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Learn Something New This Spring in Marin County

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura


Sharpen your skills or discover a new craft in the culinary, creative and cultural arts by visiting Marin County, which attracts luminaries who live life to the fullest on the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge.” There’s a stellar schedule of intriguing courses and learning opportunities coming up in Marin County that you’d be wise not to miss.


For fine arts, food and more, Marin County offers daylong sessions and deep-dive intensives to help you better hone your passion or discover a new one. Nestled between San Francisco and Napa, Marin County’s accessible location makes these courses great for a weekend trip or a romantic getaway for couples. Here are just a few upcoming classes, lectures and lessons for curious minds of all ages and stripes.


The Art of Filmmaking

Rafael Film Club

Thursdays, May 10 to June 7


Marin County’s cinematic legacy makes it an incomparable location to explore the art of film. The Rafael Film Club’s Art of Filmmaking series returns with an homage to international films of the mid-1950s to mid-1960s, with each Thursday afternoon screening featuring a filmmaker or film historian for a lively conversation after the screening, plus a private cocktail reception after that. Attendance is only open to subscribers, so check the Rafael Film Club web page for subscription information.


Spring Wood-Fired Pizza Class

The Cheese School of San Francisco

Tuesday, May 29


Celebrity chefs Julia Child and Tyler Florence have both called Marin County home, and our chefs still have that special sauce. The Spring Wood-Fired Pizza Class at The Cheese School of San Francisco brings executive chef Jocelyn VanLandingham to a hip San Francisco location to go deep into gourmet wood-firing pizza techniques you can use even if you don’t have a wood oven. (Note: This event is currently sold out, but you can register for a place on the wait list by clicking on “Registration available online” on the Spring Wood-Fired Pizza Class web page.)


Intuitive Painting: Watercolor and/or Fluid Acrylic Wet-on-Wet

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27


Brush up on your painting technique at the Intuitive Painting: Watercolor and/or Fluid Acrylic Wet-on-Wet two-day workshop. Renowned instructor Carol Duchamp guides painters through warm-up exercises, the painting process, and the creation of masterworks. Both days’ courses are held at Novato’s Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA), where exhibits are always free and donation-based, providing plenty of inspiration before or after your painting class.


Growing and Appreciating Great Oil: From Orchard to Table Workshop

McEvoy Ranch

Friday, May 25


Marin County is a premier agri-tourism destination that has helped grow the popularity of the farm-to-table movement. Famed fruit, vegetable and olive farm McEvoy Ranch hosts Growing and Appreciating Great Oil: From Orchard to Table Workshop, an event for anyone interested in the secrets of cultivating magnificent artisan olive oil. You’ll hear from internationally known Extra Virgin Alliance co-founder Alexandra Devarenne and McEvoy Ranch general manager Samantha Dorsey, plus you’ll enjoy a complimentary farm-fresh lunch, a glass of wine and a few more surprises in the tasting room.


Horseback Riding Classes

Five Brooks Ranch



No matter when you visit, horseback riding in Marin County always takes the right track. Olema’s Five Brooks Ranch, a full-service riding stable, offers guided rides on the spectacular mountain, meadow and beach trails of Point Reyes, plus riding lessons for every age and skill level. Kids may even ride ponies around the Five Brooks pond, where they might see wildlife, including great blue heron and California quail. Five Brooks Ranch is open all year, but reservations are strongly encouraged.  


The cultured coastal region of Marin County is a great place to expand your horizons, with lots of restaurants and places to stay to complete your visit. Learn what it takes to hone your craft in Marin County, whose beauty and charm you’ll get the hang of pretty quickly.


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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