Nothing goes better with a cold beer and a warm sunny day than great music. And where could you better find that combination than the scenic and culture-rich Marin County? Here are the best music festivals in the county. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Mill Valley Music Fest (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Music Festival picks see below.
Our 2023 Arts & Entertainment category sponsor is Gene Hiller.
We’ve broken it down by region: Southern and Central Marin.
Beer, wine and excellent music can be found in abundance at this family-friendly festival. They advise you to bring a pair of dancing shoes, because once you hear the music your feet won’t be able to stop tapping.
315 Montford Ave, Mill Valley
Conveniently located next to the Mill Valley Community Center, nestled below the verdant Mount Tamalpais, this two-day festival is a multi-genre mix of sound, lights, and acts both local and national. That said, its focus is certainly on spreading the culture of Mill Valley through the Bay Area and beyond, drawing eyes to what this section of the county has to offer.
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Enjoy the stunning views of the bay from Mount Tamalpais’s historic Mountain Theater while listening to musical traditions that date back to the Summer of Love in 1967. Inspirational and nourishing to the soul, the great performances also raise money for Mount Tamalpais, ensuring that the mountain’s beauty will remain for further generations of music.
Mount Tamalpais State Park, 3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley
Fairfax is known for its nonconformist, fun, and funky character. A draw for any foodie, cycling enthusiast, and anyone who wants an escape from the city. Nothing better exemplifies this culture like the Fairfax Festival, a bright flare of food, arts, and music. Highlights include the Saturday parade and the kid-zone on the ballfield.
142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax