Out on the town this December? Here are some of the most fun and fabulous local galas, fundraisers and community events to see and be seen at this month around Marin County.
Dec 7–8 ICB Winter Open Studios
The ICB Art Studios in Sausalito hosts its annual Winter Open Studios the first weekend in December, to the delight of art lovers and families. The historic building hosts over 90 studios featuring a variety of accomplished artists — painters, sculptors, photographers, fiber and digital artists. Last year, approximately 1,500 visitors came from the Bay Area and beyond to mingle with the artists, view artwork and purchase original work directly. Photos by Erika Perrino, Michael Wolfe, Anki Gelb and Kathleen Mozena.
Read more about the event here.
The Narada Michael Walden Foundation holds an annual Holiday Jam at the Throckmorton Theatre to fundraise for its musical grants and youth programs. Decorated musicians play alongside youth bands and performers, familiarizing young people with the music industry and teaching them skills from some of the best musicians around.
Date TBD Festival Napa Valley Benefit
Festival Napa Valley holds benefits year-round to support their Arts for All initiative, which aims to fund educational programming, scholarships and great performances. To date, the Arts for All Galas and fundraisers have generated millions toward the arts.
Date TBD Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade
Festively lit and decorated vessels fill the waters of the Sausalito Harbor for the annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade. Bundled-up observers can line up along the waterfront to enjoy the show. Expect fireworks to amp up the holiday spirit, and those wanting to keep the merriment going can attend the captain’s after-party at The Spinnaker with a live band, dancing and a no-host bar.
Date TBD Holiday Heroes at Oracle Park
See a ballpark transformed into a holiday wonderland for the annual Holiday Heroes, put together by the Wender Weis Foundation for Children and multiple Bay Area sports team. The celebrity-filled evening offers boundless holiday fun to over 400 children and their families, many of whom come from underserved communities.
Schoolchildren from across Marin gather at Larkspur City Hall to receive their winning prizes for the “Why I Love Libraries” art contest. The contest is hosted by The Commons Foundation, which has led fundraising for the new Larkspur Library. Kids from first grade to middle school were asked to submit physical art, digital art, video and poetry that show their love for libraries, reading and books. Larky, the Larkspur Library mascot, will likely be on hand to congratulate all the winning contestants.
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.