Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by MCVB Staff
By Whitney Butler
Summer in Marin County is the best time to enjoy the outdoors. Savor farm-fresh produce at local farmers’ markets, hike a sunny trail atop Mount Tamalpais, or stroll along the coast on one of Marin’s beautiful beaches.
In Marin, it’s easy to combine long summer days and balmy evenings with entertainment and culture. Here are a few inspired ideas to add to your summer activity checklist.
Concert Series at Town Center Corte Madera
In addition to a weekly farmers’ market, Town Center Corte Madera hosts an annual music series from June to August showcasing all kind of styles surrounded by a beautiful village-style shopping mall. Every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., live music fills the Town Center as you shop popular brands like Ethan Allen and Urban Outfitters, and lesser-known, local favorites, too.
Enjoy food from several vendors inside the mall, and don’t forget a folding chair and blanket to enjoy live jams from local artists.
Concerts Under the Oak at Northgate Mall
Enjoy a table on the patio or grab a spot on the green grass, but be warned: This outdoor concert series is known to get people up off their seat and singing along.
The Oak Plaza at Northgate Mall draws a big crowd, so come early to get a good spot. Bring a blanket, folding chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy during the evening. Concerts begin Friday, June 12, and run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Music Events at the Marin Country Mart
Larkspur follows its own beat at several musical events taking place in the courtyard of the artisan paradise known as Marin Country Mart, where you’ll find everything from local brands specializing in handmade crafts, eco-friendly products and more.
Larkspur delivers outdoor concerts in different musical styles, such as Friday Night Jazz, and Folkish Festival, which features a contemporary bluegrass group every Sunday.
Check the Marin Country Mart website for up-to-date concerts and activities happening all summer long in Larkspur.
Concerts in the Plaza in Mill Valley
Beginning Aug. 7, in the Depot Plaza near downtown Mill Valley, the 31st annual Concerts in the Plaza kicks off with local favorites, the Second Street Band.
During August, guests will enjoy free live music every week on either Sunday afternoons or Wednesday evenings.
The Depot at Mill Valley is the center of this bustling town. Once a train depot, the spot now includes a large, open space for kids to play and a sweet café with patio tables so you can enjoy the ambiance in the shade. The Depot Plaza is a great place to people-watch—even more exciting during the summer concert series.
Bring your dancing shoes, as these beats tend to bring out the boogie in most who attend this outdoor event.
For some locals, the summer tradition of watching an outdoor performance has been in the family for generations. Every May and June, Mount Tamalpais comes to life with theater productions by Mountain Play, a great outdoor theater adventure.
The stone-step amphitheater is nestled in the mountain between redwoods in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Live theater has been produced on the mountain for four generations, beginning in 1913.
This summer, Mountain Play is excited to host guests for an evening production of West Side Story, an American musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Don’t miss this amazing play that’s even more unforgettable under a star-lit sky.
The historic Mountain Theater at Mount Tamalpais State Park is where you’ll find another exciting summer event in Marin: Sound Summit, a daylong festival on Sept. 17 sponsored by the Roots & Branches Conservancy, a nature and culture conservation organization headquartered in Marin.
Bring a blanket and plenty of sunscreen, and enjoy live music from popular bands like Wilco and The Stone Foxes, with unbelievable views of the Bay Area in the background.
There will be festival food and drinks available for purchase, as well as silent auction items to help raise money for Mount Tamalpais State Park.
Last year’s event sold out quickly! Get your tickets today, and enjoy rockin’ out on a mountaintop with friends and family for a worthy cause.