Our special events are small-town traditions and world-class festivals.
First Tuesday Artwalks - All Year
On the first Tuesday of each month, the Mill Valley Arts Commission and businesses throughout Mill Valley host art exhibit openings. These very popular walks are held from 6-8 p.m. in venues throughout Mill Valley, including the MV Chamber, City Hall, the Library, the Community Center and the Mill Valley Chamber & Visitor Center, 85 Throckmorton Ave. Visit the Arts Commission for more info.
Memorial Day Weekend - May 27-30, 2016
Saturday: Sidewalk Sales in downtown Mill Valley
Sunday: Mill Valley Historical Society "Walk Into History" tours start at The Outdoor Art Club
Monday: Volunteer Firefighter's Pancake Breakfast, 7am–11am outside City Hall, Adults $10, Kids under 13 $5;
Children of all ages come out for the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade featuring floats, marching bands, dogs, clowns and dancers. The parade starts at Old Mill Park at 10:30am and winds its way through downtown Mill Valley and Miller Ave. before ending at Tam High School.
Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting - June 5
This highly anticipated summertime event showcases the best of local restaurants, exquisite wines and artisan brews. Co-hosted by The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kiddo!, with the venerable The Mill Valley Market serving as the longtime sponsor, the 2015 edition of the event was the biggest in its history. The 2016 edition of this iconic Mill Valley event takes place on the Depot Plaza in beautiful downtown Mill Valley, on June 5. More info & tickets.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - September 17-18
This community event truly reflects the spirit of Mill Valley by supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists.
The 2016 event will be held on September 17 and 18. For more information, please visit the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival website.
Mountain Film Festival - Sept. 18–20
Throckmorton Theatre’s Mountainfilm Festival offers 4 days of award-winning documentaries from around the world, ranging in topics from adventure sports to environmental activism. The annual festival launched in 2012 and it was an instant town favorite. Over the course of the festival’s weekend, attendees enjoy numerous top-tier guest speakers, special outdoor activities, art-related events, and parties! For details, please visit the Throckmorton Theatre website.
Winterfest - December 4
The annual Winterfest kicks off the holiday season with music, food, and snow. Friends and families gather downtown for a full day of entertainment and fun, followed by a lighting of the trees in the Depot Plaza. The 2016 Winterfest will be Dec. 4.
The Outdoor Art Club Garden Tour - April 30, 2015
Mill Valley's many microclimates provide for amazing gardens. The April 30, 2015, garden tour features five gardens on three historic Mill Valley estates. For details, please visit the Outdoor Art Club website.
Djangofest - June 11-14
Since 2004, Throckmorton Theatre’s Djangofest has drawn Gypsy Jazz musicians, enthusiasts and fans from around the world to Mill Valley for a spectacular summer festival.The event celebrates the music and spirit of legendary French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, who pioneered Gypsy Jazz in the early 1900s. Each year features concerts, workshops and impromptu sessions with internationally renowned players. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the Throckmorton Theatre website.
Comedy on the Plaza - June 17
The Mill Valley Arts Commission's annual Comedy Night on the Plaza on June 17, 2015 was another blockbuster. The headliner was longtime Bay Area comic W. Kamau Bell, whose former late-night comedy show “Totally Biased” was produced by Chris Rock on FX. The bill also includes Joe Klocek and Emily Epstein White, with local comedy stalwart Mark Pitta serving as MC. Bring a chair and pick up a picnic dinner from one of the local shops or restaurants. Info on 2016 edition TBA.
MV Chamber Sidewalk Sales: April–December
The Mill Valley Film Festival - October 6-16, 2016
A celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, MVFF has a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival. This prestigious event showcases international features, documentaries, shorts and children's films—something for every filmgoer. Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals. This year's festival dates are October 6-16. For screening and ticket information, please visit the Mill Valley Film Festival website.
Marin Open Studios – May 14 & 15
Mill Valley is home to many wonderful visual artists, and in May, they participate in the county-wide Marin Open Studios. Artists open up their home studios and gather in joint exhibition spaces throughout town. For a complete list of participating artists, please visit the Marin Open Studios website.
The Mountain Play - May & June
The Mountain Play has been a San Francisco Bay Area cultural tradition since 1913 with performances in the natural amphitheater on top of Mt. Tamalpais. The 2016 Mountain Play will be "West Side Story" performed on May 22, 29, June 5, 11, 12 and 19. For tickets, please visit The Mountain Play's website.
The Dipsea Race - June 12, 2016
First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. And its unique handicapping system has made winners of men and women of all ages. Because of its beauty and challenge, it is a very popular event, and because of safety and environmental concerns the number of runners is limited to about 1,500. Spectators can cheer on the runners at the 8:30 a.m. race start in downtown Mill Valley. Read more about the race on the Dipsea website.
Shakespeare in Old Mill Park - August & September
Bring your chairs, blankets and a sweater to the amphitheatre in Old Mill Park to enjoy free Shakespeare by the Curtain Theatre. The 2014 offering is The Tempest, running August 23 - September 14. For more information, visit the Curtain Theatre website.
Little League Opening Day Parade - March
On a Saturday in late March, many of the boys and girls on Mill Valley don their uniforms and caps and march in teams through downtown and along Sunnyside Avenue until they reach Mill Valley's own field of dreams - Boyle Park. Little League in Mill Valley, called "pure Americana" in the San Francisco Chronicle over a decade ago, remains as popular as ever. For schedule information, please visit the Little League website.
Sunday Concerts on the Plaza - August 2016
The Mill Valley Arts Commission hosts a summer of Concerts of the Plaza, featuring new artists and local favorites across a range of musical genres. This year, the concerts will be held on August 7, 17, 21 & 24.