Best Fall Events in Fabulous Marin County
Posted in Best Marin Attractions on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by MCVB Staff
By John Egan
Marin County hosts a cornucopia of events this fall that fit the bill, and like the colors of fall leaves, these events offer quite the variety. We’ve picked several of the many fantastic fall events in Marin County to put on your calendar now.
Annual Corte Madera Oktoberfest
October 13, 2018
October comes alive at the annual Corte Madera Oktoberfest at Old Corte Madera Square, hosted by the Corte Madera Beautification Committee. This year’s Oktoberfest, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, will feature tastings from local microbreweries, wineries and food vendors; live music; children's activities; and a silent auction. Participating breweries, wineries and cideries include Ace Ciders, Janima Wines, Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Marin Brewing.
The tasting admission is $30.00 and includes a commemorative glass mug. Kids under 12 get in for free with an adult.
Halloween in Corte Madera and San Rafael
October 27 and 28, 2018
Corte Madera, 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. 27, you and your costumed kids can take part in the 34th 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. 28, 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 3 p.m. Kids will receive free candy from local merchants and free balloons from Balloon Delights.
This year will mars the fourth annual Scream on the Green weekend event in Novato, kicking off on Friday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 in the evening. The event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Novato Business Association's Safe Trick or Treat, so there are many spooky surprises in store! Wander down the Chamber of Horrors, or kick back and relax to other types of ghoulish entertainment. Of course, there are also artisan booths, as well as a children's play area for younger kids.
Marin Symphony (2018-19 Season)
The Season begins October 27, 2018
Marin Symphony opens its 2018-19 season with Masterworks 1: Brilliant, featuring violinist Dylana Jenson. The all-Russian program concludes with Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 10.
The season-opening concerts will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael.
Masterworks Pre-Concert Talks will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The talks are free for all ticket holders. Also, all attendees are invited to a post-concert gathering Oct. 27 at Gaspare’s Pizzeria in San Rafael.
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.
Marin Homeless Aid Concert
November 3, 2018
Nostalgia will fill the air Saturday, Nov. 3, at the second annual Concert Benefiting the Homeless in Marin. Tribute bands Fleetwood Mask and the Illeagles will be on stage, taking concert-goers back to the heyday of the legendary bands Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles.
The show starts at 7 p.m. at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. Tickets are $20.00 to $50.00. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Marin Homeless Aid, which strives to alleviate homelessness in Marin County.
Former Vice President Joe Biden
November 29, 2018
Three weeks after the 2018 elections, former Vice President Joe Biden will speak Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of the Marin Speaker Series, the largest community lecture series in the U.S. From September through April, the Marin Speaker Series brings high-profile thought leaders to the Bay Area.
Doors at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael will open at 7 p.m., with the lecture running from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $330.00 to $552.00 per person.
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