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 5:30-7:30 p.m. in venues throughout town, including City Hall, Library, the Community Center, and the Mill Valley Chamber & Visitor Center, 85 Throckmorton Ave. among many more. MORE INFO.
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.
Outdoor Art Club Garden Tour - May 16
Mill Valley's many microclimates provide for amazing gardens. The 2019 garden tour will feature an array of private gardens on historic Mill Valley estates. It returns again on May 16, 2019. For details, please visit the Outdoor Art Club website.
The Mountain Play - May & June
After exploring the massive success Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia! in years past, the producers of the Mountain Play are turning to the Broadway smash hit musical Grease in 2019, a tale of clique-crossing summer romance that takes you back, for their 106th season of outdoor theater atop Mount Tam. Performances are on Sunday, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9 and June 16, with a sing-along set for June 8. Stay tuned for more 2019 details. MORE INFO.
Marin Open Studios – May
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 Dipsea Race - June 9
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.
Sunday Concerts on the Plaza - August
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 5, 12, 19 & 26 (3-5pm). MORE INFO.
This community event truly reflects the spirit of Mill Valley by supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists. The 2018 event will be held on September 15-16. 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.
This family-friendly, six-mile hike supports the nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer’s efforts aimed at breast cancer prevention in the next generation. It also encourages physical activity, which plays a key role in risk reduction, recovery after breast cancer and recurrence prevention. Old Mill Park. 9am. MORE INFO.
MV Chamber Sidewalk Sales: April–December
Memorial Day Weekend - May 24-27
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, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting - June 2, 2019
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 2018 edition of the event was one of the biggest in its history. The 2019 edition of this iconic Mill Valley event takes place on the Depot Plaza in beautiful downtown Mill Valley, on June 2. MORE INFO.
Comedy on the Plaza - June 19, 2019
The Mill Valley Arts Commission's annual Comedy Night on the Plaza is a blockbuster event of laughter every year. Bring a chair and pick up a picnic dinner from one of the local shops or restaurants. The 2017 edition was being headlined by “Whose Line Is It Anyway?" co-star Greg Proops. He was joined by comic Jann Karam and multi-talented Bay Area personality Brian Copeland. Depot Plaza. 6:30pm. Free. MORE INFO.
Shakespeare in Old Mill Park - August & September
The Curtain Theatre has been producing free theater in Old Mill Park since 2000. Its 2018 edition tackled the first of Shakespeare’s two plays on the reign of Henry IV, this one building to the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury. Directed by Steve Beecroft. Old Mill Park. Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day. 2pm. Free.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - September 14-15
The Mill Valley Film Festival - October 3-13
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 4-14. For screening and ticket information, please visit the Mill Valley Film Festival website.
Winterfest - December 8
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 2018 Winterfest will be Dec. 2.
SEE YOU IN 2019!
Djangofest - April
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.