May On the Scene

Out on the town this May? 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 and in the Bay Area.

Date TBD Marin Magazine Celebrates Remarkable Women

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The annual gathering, which also commemorates the magazine’s May issue, brings together accomplished women from all walks of life. Enjoy lively conversation, cocktails and tasty bites. Photos by Steven Gregory Photography.

May 2, 2025 Exploratorium’s Phenomenal Ball

The Exploratorium’s largest fundraiser of the year is a sensory celebration with live musical performances, exploration of the interactive exhibits on the museum floor and a cocktail reception and dinner. The glitzy, glamorous after-party, Science of Cocktails, provides music, dancing, science demonstrations, cabaret shows, and specialty cocktails.

Date TBD Bridge the Gap’s Vines and Vision Gala

Sausalito’s Bridge the Gap hosts its annual Vines & Vision Gala to support its work on educational justice. The evening features a wine tasting event and live auction to gather financial resources towards the nonprofit’s mission to provide educational, social and emotional resources to underserved students in Marin City and Southern Marin.

Date TBD Beyond Differences’ Bridge to Belonging Fundraiser

Beyond Differences, an Marin-based organization fostering social acceptance and a culture of belonging amongst middle schoolers, holds its annual benefit to raise support for its inclusivity programs in schools across the country.

Date TBD Spring has Sprung Walking Tour Benefitting MarinHealth’s Adolescent Clinic

The Raccoon Branch of MarinHealth Medical Center hosts a “Spring has Sprung” walking garden tour in Belvedere. Participants will peek into elegant courtyards and meander through blooming gardens on the tour, and conclude with a garden inspired sip & shop boutique at the San Francisco Yacht Club along with a boxed salad lunch. Proceeds will help fund the new Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic in Greenbrae, which provides Marin County adolescents accessible, affordable, and essential support for mental wellness. 

Date TBD In Celebration of Mothers: Supporting the Center for Domestic Peace

The Center for Domestic Peace’s annual fundraising luncheon, In Celebration of Mothers, lifts up women’s roles in nurturing the growth of children, families, communities and nations.

Date TBD UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ Notes and Words Concert

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ Notes & Words benefit returns to Oakland’s Fox Theater to raise funds through music and prose. The hospital provides not only clinical care for children but also addresses their developmental and emotional needs with programs like music, art classes, therapy dog visits and more.

Date TBD Ritter Center’s Under the Stars

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Join Ritter Center for its annual signature fundraiser, Under the Stars. The family-friendly event includes dinner, community awards, a live auction and fund-a-need drive. All funds raised will support Ritter Center’s healthcare, housing support and food pantry services. Photos: Sierra Jansen Photography

Date TBD Springtime at The Redwoods

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The Redwoods senior center’s annual benefit includes a cocktail reception, live music, a scrumptious dinner, and a heartwarming program, all on the beautiful patio under the stars. Proceeds will help The Redwoods create a brand-new memory care center, ensuring its beloved residents can age gracefully in the place they call home. Photos: Fred Larson

Date TBD Step up Marin!

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Local residents, advocates and elected officials gather for Step Up Marin!, an event to raise funds for Community Action Marin’s anti-poverty movement. Resources generated will help put people on a path of stability and greater hope while transforming systems toward justice. Photos: Nano Visser

Date TBD Take Me to the Trees: A Redwoods Celebration

 Save the Redwoods League presents Take Me to the Tree: A Redwoods Celebration—a benefit to protect and restore California’s iconic redwoods and connect people to the joy and beauty of the forests. Guests will enjoy craft cocktails and dine on conifer-inspired appetizers and sweet and savory food stations, plus have the opportunity to raise their paddle for redwoods adventure auction packages.

Date TBD Woofstock at Marin Humane

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Gather with hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged friends on Marin Humane’s extensive grounds for Woofstock, a beloved music event that benefits the shelter’s animals. Guests can enjoy food, beer and wine, animal-themed vendors, a wide array of raffle items and the main attraction—a rocking music show. Photos by Lisa Bloch, courtesy of Marin Humane.

Date TBD Walk for Moms Benefitting the Postpartum Support Center

The Annual Walk For Moms is an event dedicated to mobilizing support and raising critical funds for the Postpartum Support Center in San Rafael—which helps moms challenged with maternal mental health issues. Although there is no cost to participate in the walk, the organizers encourage a suggested donation of $10 per individual or $20 per family, which goes towards the campaign’s goal: offering comprehensive, year-round support services to families at no charge.

Date TBD Celebration of Heart by the Challenged Athletes Foundation

The yearly Celebration of Heart, put on by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), raises money to empower individuals with physical challenges and enable them to access programs and adaptive sports equipment. Guests from all walks of life are invited to stand behind dozens of local athletes and their families, including grant recipients who will take the stage as the evening’s featured athletes.


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.