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5 Best Outdoor Marin Summer Concerts

Posted in Best Marin Attractions on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by MCVB Staff

As the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once said, summer means happy times and having fun. And you’ve got to admit that the Beach Boys are summertime experts.

So when you’re hunting for free fun this summer in Marin County, you don’t have to look far – especially if you’re in search of entertainment outdoors.

For your summertime pleasure, we’ve rounded up five free outdoor music events in Marin that appeal to pretty much anyone – so bring it on for you and your family!


Corte Madera Summer Sunday Concert Series
Sundays, June 9 through Aug. 26

There’s nothing quite like chilling out on a lazy Sunday evening in the summer and catching a concert in the great outdoors. Especially if the shows are free!

Every year, the Corte Madera Community Foundation presents the Corte Madera Summer Sunday Concert Series at Piccolo Pavilion

The 2019 concerts – featuring a melodious mix of R&B, soul, rock, West Coast blues, funk and Americana – run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday through August 26. And you don’t have to pay a penny to take in the tunes.

The Tim Hockenberry Trio kicks off the season on June 9th with S.E. Willis and the Willing following next on June 16th.  Check back often on Marin’s event calendar for updated performances.

Piccolo Pavilion at Menke Park is located in Old Corte Madera Square, at Redwood & Corte Madera Avenues.           


Kanbar Performing Arts Center’s Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival
Saturdays, July 13 to August 3

Music lovers gather each summer at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael to enjoy plenty of ear candy. And there’s a variety to be sampled at the Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival.

Concerts will feature a set of sounds from Afro-Cuban, New California Soul, American folk pop, to Latin big band genres.

And concert-goers can do more than sit back and listen. Bring your picnic, blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes because there's fun for the whole family!

Each concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; kids 17 and under are admitted at no charge. Parking is free. To entertain the kids, there’ll be an on-site playground and even art activities.

By the way, if you get hungry or thirsty, dinner fare, snacks, coffee, tea, soda, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase. Or you can bring your own picnic basket overflowing with goodies.

Location: 200 N San Pedro Road in San Rafael


Thirsty Third Thursdays at Bon Air
Thursdays, June 20 to August 15

Jumpstart your weekends this summer with Thirsty Third Thursdays – The third Thursdays of summer!  Enjoy free family-friendly evenings, with kid-friendly beverages and activities, craft beer tastings for adults, and live bluegrass. Delicious box dinners are available for purchase from many of Bon Air’s popular restaurants.

Drink, dine and dance al fresco on these beautiful summer evenings from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Thursday, June 20:  Live bluegrass from Bloomfield Bluegrass Band; craft beer by Seismic Brewing
Thursday, July 18:  Live bluegrass from Festival Speed Bluegrass; craft beer by East Brother Beer Company
Thursday, August 15: Live bluegrass from Lucky Drive Bluegrass Trio; craft beer by Eel River Brewing Co.

Summer Wednesdays for Kids

Bon Air also invites little ones and their caregivers to Summer Wednesday Music Time with Ms. Dani. This is a fun, silly hour of singing, dancing and wiggling with children playing percussion instruments, improvising and rhyming. The program is free and designed for preschoolers.

Music time with Ms. Dani is on each Wednesday afternoon from 2:30pm to 3:15pm June through August:

June 19 and 26
July 10, 17, and 25
August 7th

Location: Just off Highway 101 in Greenbrae


Summer Music Concert Series at the Town Center in Corte Madera
Sundays, June 2 through August 25

Join us every Sunday beginning June 2nd through August 25th from Noon to 2:00 at the Corte Madera Town Center for their Summer Music Concert Series! Enjoy a wide variety of music and family fun each afternoon during our warm summer days. The warm-up music schedule for June is here, but visit our event calendar for monthly updates.

  • Silver Bell Jazz Band, June 2
  • Megan Schoenbohm, June 9
  • Dave Rocha, June 18
  • Kyle Craft, June 23
  • Joel Rydman, June 30

Location: 100 Corte Madera Town Center in Corte Madera. Admission is free!


Summer Concert Series 2019 at The Marin Art & Garden
Thursdays, June 20 to August 1

The Concert Series at The Marin Art & Garden Center is in its 13th year, and promises to be a great time for all! This year, we will have food trucks with amazing offerings for purchase.

While there is a charge for parking, it’s donations that help keep this a free event.

Concerts are on the iconic gazebo lawn and grounds at MAGC on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00pm - June 20 to August 1, 2019 (no concert 7/4).

Don’t miss this Summer’s lineup:

Thursday, June 20th: The Big Fit
Food Truck:  Casablanca Moroccan Food Truck

Thursday, June 27th: One Grass Two Grass
Food Truck: Curry Up Now

Thursday, July 11th: Zydeco Flames
Food Truck: Black Star Pig Co.

Thursday, July 18th: Adam Theis MOBTET
Food Truck: Casablanca Moroccan Food Truck

Thursday, August 1st: Matt Jaffe
Food Truck: Adams Grub Truck

Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross.

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