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Festival Season Kicks Off in Marin County

Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough


Festival season is on the horizon, and we’ve rounded up seven of our favorites. From beer and wine to crafts and film, there’s something for every interest in Marin. While there are certainly festivals taking place year-round, the most highly anticipated events kick off in early June and wind down in late October.


1. Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting Festival

June 5, 2016

We hope you're hungry! June 5 marks the 35th annual Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting Festival for the 21-and-over crowd (sorry, no strollers). From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine, Depot Plaza will transform into a foodie paradise. Come thirsty, as there will be 60 premium wineries, 30 food vendors and 10 local restaurants represented. In the mood for some brew? You're in luck! There will be 15 breweries serving up craft beer along with hard-to-find wines.


2. San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

June 25-26, 2016

This year marks the 33rd annual San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the free festival is a one-stop shop for all things art. While the festival itself is free of charge, a pack of wine sampling tickets is an additional cost. Early-bird prices give you 10 sampling tickets for $15 ($20 cash, day of). Surrounded by hills, great views and a flowing creek, San Anselmo is the perfect spot for a cool glass of wine.


3. Corte Madera Fourth of July Festival

July 4, 2016

Looking to spice up your July 4 weekend? Head to Corte Madera’s Fourth of July Parade & Festival. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at Redwood High School in Larkspur and winds down at the Corte Madera Town Center. Come ready to dance, as the Famous Corte Madera Town Band, the Freedom Band and the Macintosh Pipe Band will be playing tunes throughout. Choose among a variety of entertainment, from arts and crafts and delicious local eats to musical performances and children's activities.


4. Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

September 17-18, 2016

Only a few more months until the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival comes to town and they will be celebrating 60 years. This September, festival goers will get to experience the region's best artwork in quite the magical setting—the redwoods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for kids 12 and under. The 2016 exhibitor list is not yet finalized, but expect to see a variety of mediums, from photography and printmaking to woodwork and glass.


5. Mill Valley Film Festival

Oct. 6-16, 2016

Calling all movie buffs! The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) is in town Oct. 6 to 16 and, in true tradition, will showcase a buzzworthy collection of internationally acclaimed films. Depending on your interest and budget, there are a few advanced ticket options: the Opening Night Package for $225, the Closing Night Package for $150 or the Movie 12-Pack for $160 (all non-member prices).


6. Only in Marin Festival

Oct. 15, 2016

There's a brand-new festival coming to town, and it's sure to be a hit. The first annual Only in Marin Festival is slated for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the festival is a few months away, the entertainment roster has not yet been released. In addition to live music, the festival will feature food vendors, including some of Marin's most beloved food trucks, along with local merchants selling their latest wares. The all-day event offers the best of Marin culture, from farm-to-table fare to handmade goods.


7. Oktoberfest Corte Madera

Dates not yet confirmed

If you can't celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany, Corte Madera might just be the next best place. For more than 20 years running, the town has been hosting its very own Oktoberfest, with an impressive collection of local craft beer to boot! Based on previous years, tasting tickets will cost $25 and include a commemorative glass mug. Not a beer drinker? Stick to wines instead. Since Corte Madera is home to some of the region's best wineries and vineyards, there will be plenty to choose from.


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

More information on featured attractions:

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Mill Valley

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San Anselmo

Sunny San Anselmo’s climate, rich history, creek-side location, and strong sense of community make it a memorable place to visit. The railroad played a vital role in...[Learn More]

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Corte Madera

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California Film Institute

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