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Fall Culture Guide to Marin County

Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough


Summer may be winding down, but there’s plenty of fun in store this fall. From film festivals and live theatrical performances to flights upon flights of cold brews, autumn is a very special time in Marin County. Whether you’re a movie buff or a sucker for symphonies, there’s a fall festival for you. Get ready, because you’re about to get cultured, Marin style!


1. Mill Valley Film Festival

Oct. 6 to 16


Calling all film buffs! The Mill Valley Film Festival is right around the corner, which means plenty of must-see films from around the world. Now in its 39th year, the 11-day event kicks off this October. From film students to fans of the classics, all are welcome. Films fit into one of five categories: US Cinema, World Cinema, Valley of the Docs, Children's Filmfest and 5@5 Shorts. General admission starts at $15, with various discounts for seniors, students and children.


2. Italian Film Fest at Marin Civic

Sept. 24 to Nov. 5 (Saturdays and Sundays only)


If it's Italian films you crave, then it's Italian films you shall get. On opening night, there's sure to be a packed crowd, so snag your seats early. The Legendary Giulia (Noi e la Giulia) begins at 5:30 p.m., with a repeat showing at 7:45 p.m. Individual tickets will set you back $15, but if you're eager to see them all, opt for the $112 price for all eight  films. While all films are in Italian, there are English subtitles so you know when to laugh … or cry. Perfect for dinner-and-a-movie dates.


3. Marin Symphony Season



For an elegant evening in Marin, splurge on tickets to the Marin Symphony. The 2016-2017 season calendar is looking pretty impressive, with several must-see shows. Masterworks 1: Bold Beginnings, on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, features masterpieces by John Adams, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Then, in early December, the symphony is hosting its Share the Glow of the Season show to get people in the holiday spirit. Tickets for upcoming shows are going fast, so make sure to snag yours soon.


4. Marin Theatre Company Season



If a night at the symphony isn't enough for you, buy tickets for a play, too. Marin Theatre Company has quite the roster coming up, and, seeing as this is its 50th anniversary season, makes perfect sense. The next show, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 2. The New York Times described the story as a "fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy," so get those tissues ready. Ticket prices vary, starting as low as $10 and climbing to $37 for prime seating.


5. Corte Madera’s Annual Oktoberfest

Oct. 8, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


If there's ever an excuse to guzzle down a few pints of beer, Oktoberfest is it! There are celebrations all around the San Francisco Bay Area, including ones in Mill Valley, Fairfax and, biggest of all, Corte Madera. From live music and kids’ activities to domestic microbrews, hard cider and local wine tastings, Germany suddenly feels a lot closer to home. Tasting tickets cost $25, which includes a commemorative glass mug, while general admission is only $10.


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