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The Best Easter Celebrations in Marin County

Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by MCVB Staff

On March 16, the public health officers of seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Marin, issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17.  The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. As a result, most of the below activities may no longer be available.

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Easter’s almost here and it's time to start rounding up our favorite brunches, hunts and special events. Springtime in Marin is always a beautiful time to connect with nature, and come Easter, that’s especially true. Whether you're hoping to snap a selfie with the Easter Bunny or hunt for eco-friendly eggs, here are some of Marin's most highly anticipated Easter events. Get your baskets ready!


Springtime Selfies

Springtime Easter Event fun! Hop your way to the Bon Air shopping center in Greenbrae for your selfie with the Easter Bunny. Put on your free floppy bunny ears Saturday, April 11 from 11:00am to 2:00pm and shop the sidewalk specials.
From March 28 to April 11, swing by Macy's Court at Northgate Mall in San Rafael for selfie opportunities, face painting, and Fairy sightings. Along with snapping an epic selfie, you'll receive a special gift as well. If you purchase your photo bundle in advance, there's a discount, so it pays to plan ahead. Check the Northgate Mall website for event listings and official hours.


Sunday Easter Brunches

Instead of snacking all day on chocolate eggs, book a table at one of Marin County's best restaurants and indulge on a hearty but healthy brunch.

The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap in San Rafael will once again host an Easter brunch from 10:00am to 2:00pm for families and groups. The buffet menu this year looks delicious: seasonal fresh fruit and freshly baked scones and muffins with whipped butter and housemade preserves are just one of the many dishes. Best of all, there's a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a community egg hunt at 11:00am - please bring your own baskets! 

Rancho Nicasio's Annual Easter Sunday Buffet on April 12th will be complete with its own menu to delight all ages from 10:00am to 4:00pm! Reservations are recomended~

The options don't end there. The Embassy Suites' new Red Oak Pacific Rotisserie & Bar will host an Easter Champagne Brunch featuring a selection of starters, entrees and desserts. They'll also have stations set up for carved prime rib au jus, glazed spiral ham and more. If you're bringing the kids along, consider booking a table or Easter buffet at Rickey's Restaurant and Bar in Novato. 


Easter Egg Hunts

There’s no shortage of Easter egg hunts in Marin County, so take your pick!

Pre-Easter, the action is just getting started. On Saturday, March 28, the Mill Valley Community Center is hosting its Spring Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon. After a delicious breakfast of french toast, sausages, refreshing orange juice and more, join the Easter Bunny at Friends Field for the annual egg hunt. While the egg hunt is free of charge, you’ll need to purchase breakfast tickets. 
As of March 10, sales of Bunny Breakfast tickets are on hold until further notice. There are no firm plans to cancel the Eggstravaganza, but possibly the Bunny Breakfast. Refunds will be given for Bunny Breakfast tickets if it is canceled.

On Saturday, April 11, Fairfax will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bolinas Park, which is always a crowd favorite. Besides live music and colorful face painting, the Easter Bunny will be there from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for photos, so bring your camera. Make sure to get there on time, as the egg hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. Oh, and remember to bring your basket! This hunt is ideal for children 8 and under.

In the Corte Madera/Larkspur area, stop by Marin Country Mart Farmers Market on Saturday, April 11 from 8:00am to 2:00pm for an Easter celebration and egg hunt. Head straight to Poppy Store to see the Easter Bunny in the courtyard. Egg hunt starts at 10:30 am for ages 3 and under and 10:45 am for ages 4 and up. There will be an Easter art project and egg dying, too. Children should arrive with their own baskets to participate in the eco-friendly egg hunt. Come early for a peek at the baby chicks and bunnies. Grownups, toast to a day well played at the mimosa bar.


Flashlight Egg Hunts

Bring a flashlight! You’ll need it.

On Friday, April 10, San Anselmo is hosting the yearly Flashlight Egg Hunt in Memorial Park. Bring a basket and a flashlight because this nighttime hunt will be unlike any other! The hunt starts right at 8:15 p.m. and only lasts for about five minutes, so this is not the event to roll up late to! Ideal for kids 8 and up.

There's another April 10 flashlight egg hunt in Piper Park in Larkspur. Starting at 8:30 p.m., unleash your inner sleuth as you hunt for eggs stuffed with tasty goodies. As with many of Marin's egg hunts, it starts promptly, so make sure to arrive on time. Once the horn sounds, it's safe to turn on your flashlight and begin the search!


Easter Weekend on the Farm 

Join the frolic early on Saturday, April 11, as you celebrate renewal in the garden and pasture and joyful, new life with all the baby animals. Bottle feed the goat kids. Pet the soft fleece of young lambs. Feel the golden fuzz of young chicks. Participate in goat milking, garden projects, cooking and crafts. Family Farm Days at Slide Ranch are exciting four-hour programs, 10:00am-2:00pm, featuring a wide variety of activities related to the day's theme. Discover Slide Ranch's feathered, furry and wooly friends with your whole family. If this event is sold out, please join the waitlist here.

For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.


More information on featured attractions:

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Northgate Mall

From its commanding location along Highway 101 in San Rafael – the county’s oldest and largest city – Northgate Mall has been a part of the local...[Learn More]

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Easter Brunch Buffet at The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap

The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap is pleased to continue the tradition of Easter Brunch for your family and friends. Relax and let our talented Chef and attentive staff...[Learn More]

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Marin Art & Garden Center

The Marin Art & Garden Center is a vibrant, green oasis promoting education, enjoyment and inspiration to people of all ages through diverse and innovative arts, horticultural, history...[Learn More]

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Agricultural Institute of Marin - Marin Farmers Markets

Our mission is to promote a viable food system, to educate the public about the benefits of buying fresh and locally grown food, and to bring farmers and...[Learn More]

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