April On the Scene

Out on the town this April? Here are some of the most fun and fabulous local galas, fundraisers, celebrations and other events to see and be seen at this month around Marin County.

April 11 St. Vincent de Paul Ladies’ Luncheon

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The St. Vincent de Paul Auxiliary Board hosts its annual Ladies’ Boutique, Luncheon & Fashion Show. This event at the Meadow Club draws in supporters to raise money to help end senior homelessness in Marin. Last year’s luncheon raised over $100,000 to combat homelessness. Photos by Mo D

April 13 Lifehouse Great Chefs and Wineries

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The Fort Mason Festival Pavilion will set the backdrop for the annual Lifehouse Great Chefs & Wineries fundraiser on April 13. Dance to live music by Pride & Joy SF, watch a performance by the Lifehouse Performers and shout your bid during the event’s live auction. Last year’s gala raised $700,000 toward providing quality programs and support for Lifehouse’s community of people with developmental disabilities in the Bay Area. Photos by Drew Altizer Photography.

April 16 Marin Charitable Spring Fling

High Tea at Downton Abbey is the theme of this year’s Spring Fling. Afternoon tea will be served at Marin Country Club beginning at 3:30 pm, with the event lasting into the the evening hours with supper service. There’s also a fashion show that promises to deliver “dishy male models” and a shopping event. All proceeds benefit Marin Charitable’s grant program for Marin’s youth.

April 20 MarinHealth Foundation Gala

On April 20, the community supporting MarinHealth Foundation will gather in black tie attire to celebrate this year’s fundraiser, “An Emerald Evening.” Benefactors of the hospital will dine and dance the night away, while contributing to MarinHealth’s Cancer Care Program.

April 20 Marin Ballet Extravadance Gala & Fundraiser

Marin Ballet Performance March on the scene
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For over 60 years, Marin Ballet has contributed to the arts and cultural enrichment of Marin County. The organization offers ballet classes for students of all levels and ages, including adults, and their Laurie Klein Scholarship Fund provides students financial assistance to increase accessibility and diversity in ballet. Support the company’s efforts at their annual gala and fundraiser this April. Photos by Sara Abushaban and Sandy Lee.

April 25 Huckleberry Youth’s Hearts in Harmony Benefit

The Hearts in Harmony Benefit at The Chapel in San Francisco will bring together hundreds of hearts in support of Huckleberry’s youth programs rooted in safety, health, justice and education which serve communities in Marin and San Francisco. It will feature inspiring guest speakers, delicious food, cocktails, wine and dessert, plus dancing and music by The Cottontails.

April 27 Play Marin’s Player’s Night Fundraiser

In 2023, local nonprofit Play Marin in partnership with Marin Magazine kicked off the first annual Player’s Night in Sausalito. Supporters enjoyed mechanical bull riding with a backdrop of Mt. Tam, music by DJ West Coast Good Times, vintage arcade games, and food and drinks by Dee’s Organic Catering, Salt Point and Baldacci Vineyards. One highlight included Paul Austin, Play Marin’s founder, handing out Play Marin basketballs to everyone who joined the sustainer’s club.

April 27 WildCare’s Family Nature Day

WildCare‘s annual Family Nature Day on April 27 at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary always draws in animal lovers of all ages. Along with fostering a love and appreciation of nature and wildlife, the event features “Mrs. T Nature Scavenger Hunt,” a game to learn more about birds and how they fly. WildCare’s live Wildlife Ambassador animals will also make an appearance, including Milo the opossum and Mohave the desert tortoise.

April 27 10,000’s Degrees’ Gala for College Success

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10,000 Degrees, a Marin-based nonprofit instrumental in setting up students from low-income backgrounds for college success, welcomes guests to its annual One Amazing Community fundraising gala. The event gathers donations for the organization’s programs and scholarships, benefiting students from the eight Bay Area counties that 10,000 Degrees serves, and celebrates educational equity. Photos by Rachel Clark.

April 28 Children 4 Change Challenge

The annual Children for Change Challenge brings families together with community leaders and nonprofit partners for a day of youth-led advocacy and volunteer activities. Families enjoy food, music and community alongside partner organizations like Multicultural Center of MarinLove is the Answer, Cedars and others.

Date TBD Annual Spring Fling Concert by Narada Michael Walden

Young musicians will organize a performance as part of the Narada Michael Walden Foundation Academy, an immersive, educational and inclusive real-world experience in the art of music and production. Under the guidance of Narada Michael Walden himself, all performing youth put together the show in an accelerated production experience over 8 weeks.

Give Back When You Go Out: Volunteer

Looking for more ways to give back to our community by volunteering your time? Here’s a list of Marin County nonprofits supporting a variety of causes — ranging from helping our most vulnerable residents to keeping our environment healthy — where your assistance can really make a difference.