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Best Fall Events in Fabulous Marin County

Posted in Best Marin Attractions on Monday, October 2, 2023 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan


Although Marin County is perfect year-round for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling and kayaking, sometimes a little eating, drinking, and culture is on the agenda and mind.

Marin County hosts a cornucopia of events this fall that fit the bill, and like the colors of fall leaves, these events offer quite a variety. We’ve picked several of the many fantastic fall events in Marin County to put on your calendar now.


Mill Valley Film Festival

October 5 through 15, 2023

The internationally renowned Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high-profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. The MVFF (the oldest fall film festival in California) remains committed to celebrating film and filmmakers and offering the highest resources and production elements possible, whatever challenges the world throws our way. We are approaching 2023 with the same commitment to quality and openness to opportunity as we plan for our showcase of new cinema at MVFF46. Watch this year's festival trailer on the MVFF's website of movies to be shown!


Marin Symphony (2023-2024 Season)

The Season begins October 14, 2023

Marin Symphony opens its 2023 - 2024 season with Mozart’s enchanting serenade no. 11, alongside the romantic compositions of the 19th-century virtuoso, Louise Farrenc, and the 20th-century melodist, Francis Poulenc. Prepare to be thoroughly charmed by this mesmerizing concert!

The season-opening concerts will be on Saturday, Oct 14 at 7:30 with a new temporary location at the Marin Country Club in Novato and one Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Tiburon.

Masterworks Pre-Concert Talks will be held at 6;30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 2 p.m. Oct. 16. The talks are free for all ticket holders. 


AppleGarden Farm Tours

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Crisp apples and the crisp fall air definitely go together. There’s no place like AppleGarden Farm in Tomales to savor that combo.

The farm offers weekend tours that include a visit to the apple orchard and a tasting of the farm’s organic hard cider. Tours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $5.00 per couple. But if you buy some cider, the admission fee is waived. Admission for large groups (up to 15 people) is $20.00.


Sound Summit 2023

This year's Sound Summit returns to benefit Mt. Tam this September and will boast a lineup led by "Lord Huron". Held in an intimate venue set amidst an expansive landscape, Sound Summit is a musical gathering like no other in the Bay Area. The festival is staged at the historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat natural stone amphitheater with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and beyond. Add a sun-filled day, a resonant cause, and a healthy dose of joy, spice generously with stellar music, and you have a recipe for a magical mountain brew.


Get Dressed and Prepare for a Halloween in Marin

October 29 - 30th

Corte Madera, Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato will be serving up some safe, family-friendly Halloween fun on the weekend before the big day.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, you and your costumed kids can take part in the Annual Downtown San Rafael Trick-or-Treat event along the Fourth Street corridor. Admission is free. Festivities will include trick-or-treating at participating downtown shops, handouts of free candy bags at City Plaza and performances of live music.

The following day, Sunday, Oct. 30, in Corte Madera, kids and adults get another chance to unmask more Halloween activities during a trick-or-treat event at Town Center Corte Madera from noon to 4 p.m. Kids will receive free candy from local merchants and free balloons from Balloon Delights.

Halloween weekend this year will cover some fun music events as well. Wear your freakiest costume to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on October 31st and listen to the Free Creatures. Free Creatures have enjoyed steadfast, all-organic, independent growth since their inception in 2019. Now touring coast to coast, including Alaska and Hawaii, and promoting their latest full-length album release, “While We Can”, catch Free Creatures in your habitat while you can!

At the Hopmonk in Novato witness the fun and music with Mustache Harbor's Halloween Bash Party on Friday, October 27th. Mustache Harbor is a group of dedicated and talented musicians brought together by their astrological signs and a love for vintage soft rock and sweet stashes. If we are not at the Dojo, perfecting our kick-ass moves, you will find us in, on, or near the water, producing sweet sounds as smooth as the summer sea.


More updated events for 2023 are still coming!

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

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