30 Things to Do in Marin and the Bay Area This April

Marin Art & Garden, Nick Taylor artist

Things are opening up, and there’s more to do than ever. Catch a movie at the Lark’s Drive-In theater, view sculptures at Marin Art & Garden, or check out the San Francisco Film Festival.

We understand that after months of being cooped up most of us are excited to see the county and businesses begin to open. However, Covid-19 is still present in the community and we urge you to exercise best practices — maintain at least 6 feet of distance, wear a mask (or 2), wash your hands properly and frequently — when going out.

Apr 1 Bravo’s Top Chef

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Nelson German of Oakland’s a la Mar and Sobre Mesa, is the sole Californian on the latest iteration, Season 18, of the long-running cheftestant program. The city of Portland, Oregon, hosts.

Apr 2 The Lark Drive-In

Corte Madera The Lark Drive in, convertible with the top down

The Lark Theater is re-invigorating a seasonal program to view movies on a big screen from your car car. Running from late March until November, movies like Wall-E, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Sound of Music will be shown Thursday–Saturday evenings.

Apr 3 YBCA Summit


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Nominated by the public, everyday heroes—artists, activists, and community leaders including Corrina Gould, Tahirah Rasheed, Davey D—whose work is in service of building sustainable, equitable, and regenerative communities are honored with performances, stories, and rituals in an interactive communal experience.

Apr 3 Easter Bunny

Easter Buddy Pictures Bay Area Bon Air

Hop over to Bon Air Center where floppy bunny ears await kids of all ages to try on and take a picture with the giant white rabbit. Look for the bow-tied bunny in a tent in front of Mollie Stone’s.

Apr 5 Abstract Nature

Monotype prints from San Anselmo’s Katherine Warinner and sculptures from Nick Taylor bring capture the light, space and beauty of Northern California in a new exhibition to be enjoyed virtually or in-person.

Apr 6 Recent Acquisitions


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The main gallery at the Bolinas Museum celebrates its reopening with an exhibition of recently acquired historical and contemporary works by coastal Marin artists.

Apr 7 Bay Trail Confidential


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The 500-mile, around the Bay loop trail which runs along much of Marin’s Bay coastline, digs into the history of the historic town of Alviso in the South Bay.

Apr 8 Michael Mwenso’s Black Music Series

The musician, artist and social commentator offers Black ancestral music and his own perspectives in a roundtable discussion with artists Vuyo Sotashe and Jules Latimer in negotiating LBQTQ+ identity.

Apr 9 San Francisco Film Festival


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Resuming after a one-year hiatus, the festival runs from April 9–18 with virtual and in-person events scheduled.

Apr 10  Flour Craft Cookbook Signing

Mill Valley and San Anselmo Flour Craft Bakery, coffee cake

Marin’s favorite gluten-free pastry chef, Heather Hardcastle, will be signing her new cookbook at the Mill Valley Lumberyard.

Apr 11 Coiled Basketry


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Learn the indigenous tradition of coiling from fine artist Judith Schonebaum while crafting your own work from plastic bags, wire and other materials you find around your home.

Apr 12 French Slang Workshop

Titillate the Francophones in your life or just share a few giggles a la français at this interactive workshop hosted by the Alliance Français De San Francisco.

Apr 13 Kara Goldin

One in a series of “fireside chats” with female entrepreneurs, this time with the founder and CEO of Hint, Inc.

Apr 14 Alonzo King


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The visionary choreographer of Alonzo King LINES Ballet discusses his art and the revolution in ballet he helped engineer in conversation with Steven Winn. cityarts.net

Apr 15 Windy Chien


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Learn a handful of macrame knots from the San Francisco artist and author of “The Year of Knots.”

Apr 16 Mill Valley Gourmet Wine and Food Tasting

Mill Valley Wine Beer Gourmet

Back for the 39th year, an all-virtual two-day event from Mill Valley Market wraps up with a tasting of Hanzell Sonoma Valley Chardonnay and Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir paired with specialty snacks with proceeds to benefit Kiddo! and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Apr 17 The Cassandra Project


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Ensemble for These Times presents a project of five works, inspired by the Greek mythological priestess cursed to utter truthful prophecies but never to be believed.

Apr 18 Street Magic Live

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Miss the random sightings of San Francisco’s street musicians and performers? Like everyone else, they’ve taken to ZOOM, including Frisco Fred, who hosts an hour of magic, mind reading, crazy stunts and maybe even a pirate sighting.

Apr 19 This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection


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Berlin-based Mosotho filmmaker, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, earned the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking for this film at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and it is now available to stream.

Apr 20 Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Hip-Hop History

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Join Davey D and Jeff Chang as they discuss their new book and take questions from the audience, via Zoom.

Apr 21–May 2 Livable Planet Film Festival


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Exploring environmental film through compelling documentaries, adventure films or narrative fiction films. Opening night features Landfall which looks at everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico. 

Apr 22 Conserving the Magic of Our Planet

Works collected from artists around the world inspired by Walt Disney’s passion for stories about natural environments and protection of our planet debut on Earth Day.

Apr 23 7 for Eight


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The San Francisco Ballet created a digital series including this neoclassical work choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, Mrs. Robinson (yes, THAT Mrs. Robinson) by Cathy Marston and David Dawson’s Anima Animus.

Apr 24 Interruption Show


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The Bay Area’s Dalia Malek and a rotating slate of hosts try to throw other comedians off their game by, well, interrupting them to ask burning questions and other queries.

Apr 24 Independent Bookstore Day

We Run the Tides Book Vendela Vida

Local authors, artists, live music, beer and wine are showcased in-person with all pandemic protocols (if permitted) or live online.

Apr 25 Contemporary Ballet

Ballet, dancer, artists, Smuin performs on Ellis st in front of John’s Grill

A two-part livestream program of contemporary ballet by women choreographers, guest-curated by Kathryn Roszak, includes new work by Smuin Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Diablo Ballet, and Danse Lumière.

Apr 26 The Matchmaker

Matchmaker director Dawn Monique Williams

Thornton Wilder’s play, a new performance for A.C.T’s Act Out Loud series acted as readings for digital audiences, follows wealthy widower, Horace, who becomes engaged in a comedy of errors once Dolly Levi sets her sights on finding him a suitable companion in Manhattan.

Apr 27 The Barber of Seville

SF Opera Daniela Mack

Live opera returns with an outdoor, drive-in production from San Francisco Opera of a match-making romantic comedy sung in English with real life couple, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack and tenor Alek Shrader, playing the lovers.

Apr 28 Altered Book Exhibition

Over 150 original book art objects, juried by Mary Austin, Founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, and Donna Seager, of Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley will will be on view and available for silent auction from April 24-May 23.

Apr 29 Tales from the Museum


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Discover the wonders of the (hopefully) soon-to-reopen San Francisco Exploratorium, with hosts Join Kylie Holloway and Zak Martellucci.

Apr 30 Best of San Francisco Stand-up

Kick-off the weekend with a fresh line-up of laughs from shows held at San Francisco’s Variety Preview Theater.

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Christina MuellerChristina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.