The Best Easter Celebrations in Marin County


Above: Photo credit: Northgate Mall

Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by MCVB Staff

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 Selfie

Time to catch the elusive Easter Bunny! From March 9 to 26, swing by Macy's Court at Northgate Mall in San Rafael for a picture with our favorite furry friend. 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 official hours.

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 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 is 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.


For brunch with a view, sign up for Easter Sunday Brunch at Marin Art & Garden Center on March 27, an event that benefits the Mountain Play Association. Reservations are required with seating starting at 10 a.m. and available until 3 p.m. Diners will have their pick of salad buffet and entree buffet options plus a deliciously sweet string of desserts like flourless chocolate torte and cinnamon-crumble coffee cake. Be sure to specify if you prefer to dine indoors or outdoors, and keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny. He'll be making a special appearance!


The options don't end there. Grille 101’s Easter Champagne Brunch features 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 at Rickey's Restaurant and Bar in Novato. In addition to Sunday brunch, they'll have face painting and craft stations for kids. Plus, the Easter Bunny holds four egg hunts throughout the day.


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 19, 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.


On Saturday, March 26, 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, March 26 for an Easter celebration and egg hunt. Head straight to Poppy Store to see the Easter Bunny in the courtyard. 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, March 25, 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 March 25 flashlight egg hunt in Piper Park in Larkspur. Starting at 8:15 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!


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

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 landscape...[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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