Marin Yearly Events are a blast!

Yearly Marin County Events: 

Marin Civic Center Tours, Marin County, Retreat activity

  Marin County Fair- every year during Independence day/week.  Fireworks nightly!

 Experience Marin by going to local events and mingling with the locals.  


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Tours

JANUARY

Whale Watching on the Coast
Pt. Reyes National Seashore,  Pt. Reyes
Witness the California gray whale  migration south to Baja. Continues through March.   
(415) 464-5100      www.nps.gov/pore

 


FEBRUARY

Fly Fishing Show
Marin Center, San Rafael
Over 100 exhibitors selling every  thing imaginable for the fly  fisherman.                   
(415) 472-3500  www.marincenter.org  

American Indian Art Show
Marin Center, San Rafael
The largest show of Native American art in the country bringing together arts from North and South America.  Displays representing art items in  daily  life among Native American cultures.       (415) 472-3500   www.marincenter.org

 


MARCH

Fairfax Brewfest: 

 

Egret and Blue Heron Nesting    

  • Audubon Canyon Ranch,  Stinson Beach  -   Get a rare glimpse of these majestic birds!
    • open late March through early July
      • Saturdays,  Sundays and  holidays.
    • For weekdays, please call for  appointment.

APRIL
 

Opening of Yacht Season -  So MUCH FUN!!!!!   If you don't have a boat, get to a waterfront!!
Tiburon, Sausalito - San Francisco Bay
Opening Day on the Bay is a long-observed ritual that takes place annually on the last Sunday of April on San Francisco Bay. People participate in the event for a variety of reasons, but whether they view it as a religious event or just a rite of spring, all participants celebrate the upcoming boating season.   Pleasure craft are decorated and blessed during celebration.    (415) 435-4771

Egg Hunt on the Lawn
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
Children enjoy a romp on the grass in the shade of a Victorian mansion.  (415) 485-3328

Sausalito Annual Floating House Boat & art show Tour
Issaquah dock, Sausalito, Ca.  website: http://www.artistsofissaquah.com

-Annual Sausalito Floating House show - Buy tickets before sold out!

 


MAY

Human Race
Marin Center, San Rafael
Benefit 10K run-walk for all Marin  non-profits. (415) 479-5660

May Madness Classic Car Parade and Street Dance
Fourth Street, San Rafael
The County’s oldest and biggest classic car show and parade, with live rock 'n roll throughout the day.   (415) 720-5591     
Weekends throughout Marin County. (415) 499-8350               www.marinarts.org

 


JUNE

Antique Fair
Creek Park, San Anselmo 
Over 200 dealers specializing in a wide  number of antique areas and periods are  represented within 30 establishments. (415) 457-1266

Dipsea Foot Race - Longest running race!  A Marin historic tradition!
Mill Valley
1,500 runners navigate a tortuous, hilly route in this famed cross-country race. 
(415) 331-3550                  www.dipsea.org

Italian Street Painting Festival
A Street between Fourth and Fifth, San Rafael.  Artists use chalks to create visually stunning works on pavement squares. 
(415) 457-4878            www.youthinarts.org

Marin Art Festival
Marin Civic Center Lagoon
Elegant lawn party featuring a juried exhibit  of top level art, a variety of ethnic foods, and music ranging from jazz to classical.  (415) 388-4836      www.marinartfestival.com
 

Mountain Plays:  GREAT! This is one of those "location, location, location" scenes.  A Marin tradition!

  • Musicals performed in amphitheater on Mt. Tam for six weekends, through June.
  • Theater has spectacular views of the Bay.  (415) 383-1100         
  • www.mountainplay.org

Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival
Grant Avenue, Old Town Novato
Artists and craftspeople, two dozen wineries, food and continuous free entertainment. 
(415) 897-1164   www.novatochamber.com

Annual Fairfax Festival -Luv it!  Hippie atmosphere.
Come for an “only-in-Fairfax” parade, food, drink and live music. 
(415) 453-1584  www.townoffairfax.org

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival  
Buy exceptional art directly from the artists at the best prices!
(415) 258-4600  www.sananselmoarts.com

Mill Valley Wine & Food Tasting  
Taste many hard to find wines, plus imports. Gourmet food tasting  under the redwoods.
(415) 388-9700 www.millvaleywinefestival.homestead.com

Larkspur Flower & Food Festival
On Magnolia Avenue, an exciting daylong  schedule of colorful festivities surrounding the theme of flower related arts & crafts and  gourmet food exhibitors.
(415) 383-3470    www.larkspurcityhall.org

 


JULY

Marin County Fair -Luv it!
Civic Center Fairgrounds, San Rafael
Annual fair features free carnival rides, fireworks on the lagoon, and special juried  exhibits.
499-6400     www.marinfair.org

Corte Madera-Larkspur Fourth of July
Festival and Parade
Corte Madera and Larkspur
Hometown parade for Marin’s Twin Cities.   (415) 924-0441       www.cortemadera.org

Indian Big Time Celebration
Point Reyes at Kule Loklo
Native American celebration involving native dance, song and food. 
(415) 464-5100      www.nps.gov/pore

 


AUGUST

Marin Shakespeare Festival
Dominican University, San Rafael
Weekend performances of Shakespeare under the stars. Amphitheater seating. 
(415) 499-4488     www.marinshakespeare.org

Carrera de San Rafael  -Action!
Downtown San Rafael 
World-class professional competitive  bicycle race.Begins and ends on Fourth Street.
(415) 485-3465       www.carrerasanrafael.com

San Rafael Food and Wine Festival -Luv it!
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
Come taste the wine, plus food and entertaiment on the grounds of a Victorian mansion. 
(800) 310-6563       www.sresproductions.com
     
Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Point Reyes at Drakes Beach
(415) 464-5140          www.nps.gov/pore

 


SEPTEMBER

Marin Designers Showcase Luv it!
Marin’s top interior designers take over a stately Marin home to create an interior fantasy.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Luv it!
Fine Art exhibit with food booths and live  entertainment in a redwood grove.
(415) 381-8090      www.mvfaf.org
 
Great American Blues & BBQ Festival

Downtown Fourth Street celebrates San Rafael and Marin's outstanding heritage of great music, it's world famous musicians and the great American roots of the blues. 
(415) 383-3470         www.proevent.com

 


OCTOBER

Vincenzo Food and Wine Festival 
The always-spectacular fundraiser and auction raises vital funds and community awareness for St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael.
(415) 927-1239                     www.cccyo.org

Mill Valley Film Festival Luv it!

  • Sequoia and Rafael Film Centers
    • Eleven-day fest includes screening that draw 40,000 ticket holders, both film fans and professionals.  
  • (415) 383-5256      
 
  • October (dates change yearly)
  • Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. 
  • Premiere environmental conference, social and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity.   
 

NOVEMBER

Winter Wonderland/Parade of Lights
Downtown San Rafael
A candle-lit walk through downtown San Rafael. There’s even a man-made snow bank for sledding and making snowmen.

 
Coho Salmon Spawn Run - begins with the rains- Endangered!
Lagunitas Watershed, Marin Creeks.

 


DECEMBER

Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker
Marin Center, San Rafael  (415) 453-6705      www.marincenter.com

Victorian Holiday Celebration
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
The evening spotlights live holiday  performances, hosted by Mr. Charles Dickens
himself with characters in Dickens attire, old-fashioned caroling and an authentic 
Father Christmas. Storytelling will take place for kids of all ages.
(415) 485-3436      www.cityofsanrafael.org

 


YEAR ROUND EVENTS

Marin Center, San Rafael
National and International touring acts.
(415) 499-6800         www.marincenter.org

Kanbar Center for Performing Arts
200 No. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
Indoor and outdoor events for all ages.
(415) 444-8000     www.marinjcc.org

 

FARMERS MARKETS

Marin Farmers Market Luv it!
Year round on Thursdays and Sundays at the
Marin Civic Center. Sells farm-direct specialty
foods and organically grown produce.
(415) 472-6100 
www.marinfarmersmarkets.org 

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market Luv it!Luv it!Luv it!Luv it!Luv it!Luv it! FUN FUN FUN!
Only from April through October on 
Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 on Fourth Street.
The market features food, produce, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.
(415) 472-6100
www.sanrafaelmarket.org