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Indoor Antique Market
Fans of Marin's French Market held on Sundays in the spring and summer will be happy to know the Indoor Antique Market is open this weekend for your treasure-hunting pleasure. Avoid the mall and peruse over 70 booths showcasing fine art, Asian and American Indian art, vintage and antique jewelry, antique china, silver, glass, porcelain, pottery, linens, watches and clocks, books, photographs, postcards, posters and prints, and ancient artifacts like coins, vintage toys, kitchen collectibles, vintage clothing. Who knows? One of the treasures you find may eventually end up on Antique Roadshow. Sat. 12/7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 12/8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibit Hall at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
Music at Throckmorton Theatre
The intimate theater plays host to two worthwhile live shows this weekend. On Saturday night, two-time Grammy award winning singer Rita Coolidge takes the stage. Coolidge is a legend in the music industry having performed as a backup singer for Ray Charles and The Temptations, toured with Joe Cocker, married Kris Kristofferson, appeared with Barbra Streisand, and has even been on the cover of Rolling Stone. 8 p.m. Sat 12/7, $32 advance, $38 day of, get tickets here. Sunday brings the Left Coast String Bands who will perform various compositions of classical, perfect to chill you out after a frenetic weekend of holiday shopping. 7 p.m., Sun 12/8, $30, buy tickets here. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.
Holiday Boat Parade
Instead of driving around neighborhoods gawking at festively decorated homes, head up to San Rafael for a cool, one-of-a-kind experience. The city unofficially celebrates the start of the holiday season with its annual lighted boat parade in the San Rafael Canal. Boaters throughout Marin devote countless hours preparing their vessels for what has become one of the largest lighted boat parades in the Bay Area. The recommended viewing locations include the Pickleweed Community Center, Beach Park, along the Canal area at the Montecito Plaza. Sun. 12/8, parade starts at 5:30 to roughly 7 p.m. Click here for more info.