Best Things to Do in the North Bay This July

Best Things to Do in the North Bay This July

Foggy fireworks are a hallmark of the Fourth of July in the Bay Area, but rest assured there’s always sunshine somewhere in the Bay. If you’re wondering what to do in the North Bay this July, we’ve got you covered with the best parades, festivals, events, local food and more. From Sausalito to Sonoma, here’s a taste of what’s happening in the North Bay. 

Speaking of taste, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the North Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay

The sunny and warm North Bay weather continues this month, with average temperatures from high 60s to high 70s.

Featured photo courtesy of Marin County Fair. 

Bright colored swing ride at Marin County Fair
Photo courtesy of Marin County Fair.

July 3–7

Art exhibits, fireworks, exciting rides and good ol’ summer fun. Along with the usual funnel cakes and pig races, this year’s fair also features a butterfly enclosure and concerts by Ziggy Marley, Los Lonely Boys and more great acts.

Fourth of July Larkspur Corte Madera
Photo courtesy of Robert Tong.

Fourth of July Parades

July 4

Towns across Marin County hold annual parades, picnics and celebrations for Independence Day. Here are three options for red, white and blue parties in Northern, Central and Southern Marin:

  • In Novato, check out one of the Bay Area’s biggest July 4 parades, featuring military vehicles, marching bands and adorable kids groups. 
  • Corte Madera / Larkspur wind their parade through downtown Larkspur with a big finale at the Corte Madera Town Center shopping quarter.
  • And in Sausalito, a parade takes place in the morning, and fireworks light up the sky once the sun goes down. 
Jazz and Blues by the Bay
Photo courtesy of Bruce Forrester.

Fridays throug September

Jazz, blues and R&B are coming to the waterfront this July. Every Friday evening, the City of Sausalito is hosting outdoor concerts right on the lawn. Purchase dinner from one of the community group-sponsored vendors, or bring your own and have a picnic while you enjoy the music. Shows start at 6:30pm. 

Petaluma art and garden festival.
Photo courtesy of Petaluma Art & Garden Festival.

July 14

One of Petaluma’s most beloved events returns this year with an array of local artisans and gardeners. Walk through the stalls — vendors are hand-picked for their quality and creativity — while listening to live music, wine glass in hand. There will also be a children’s corner with hands-on arts and crafts, face painting and a bouncy house. 11am to 5pm Free admission.

A band plays in front of an audience with heads visible, and a poster behind the stage saying "Keeping music in the schools!" for Petaluma Music Festival

July 27

Petaluma is keeping the party going all July with exciting events, including this musical festival that’s now in its 17th year. Three music stages, 14 performing bands, 4,000 attendees and dozens of vendors combine for this festival. And, it’s all for a good cause. Since 2008, the event has raised over $450,000 to support music programs within Petaluma public schools. The 2024 lineup includes a number of amazing groups playing funk, bluegrass, psychedelic soul — you name it.

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in the North Bay? Our comprehensive list of venues below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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