September On the Scene

Out on the town this September? 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.

Sept 14 Marin Humane’s Tails by Twilight

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Tails by Twilight, Marin Humane‘s annual gala, treats guests to cocktails and food while gathering donation’s for the organization’s many services. Silent and live auctions raise funds, with much of the proceeds going toward the fund-a-need for Marin Humane’s youth programs. Photos courtesy of Marin Humane.

Mid September Mill Valley Kicks off Fall

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Mill Valley is ushering in fall in late September with two back-to-back weekend events: the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park and the homegrown Mill Valley Block Party in downtown Mill Valley. The former runs Sep 14 – 15 and celebrates the arts amongst the redwoods, while the latter is a 24-year community tradition with a locally curated fashion show and beer garden serving as a fundraiser for KIDDO. Photos by Barry Toranto Photography.

Sept 20 Buckles and Bling to Benefit Halleck Creek Ranch

Since 1977, Halleck Creek Ranch has helped people with disabilities live a life without barriers through Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) and therapeutic horseback riding. The ranch’s annual fundraiser, Buckles and Bling, is held annually at Rancho Nicasio and features wine tastings, delicious food, live music and three auctions.

Sept 21 Annual Chili Cook-Off in Sausalito 

There’s nothing like a chili cook-off to bring out fiercely competitive spirits, and Sausalito’s 45th Annual Chili Cook-Off comes to Dunphy Park on September 21. Event goers can sample the goods and watch a few extra brave souls participate in a hot pepper eating contest. Live music will be performed by the Zydeco Flames, and by the end of the day, awards will be disbursed to the best chilis of the year.

Dates TBD MarinMOCA’s ArtFoward Auction

Join the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art for its annual art auction fundraiser this September. Guests can bid on a selection of art works by known artists while supporting MarinMOCA’s operations.

Date TBD Child Mind Institute’s Fall Luncheon

Supporting Bay Area youth and families struggling with mental health and learning disabilities, the Child Mind Institute hosts an annual fall luncheon fundraiser. Attendees can contribute to CMI’s cause while listening to leading minds in mental health and childhood development. Photos: Kala Minko 

Date TBD Dreamfest for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Returning to San Francisco for 2024, Saleforce’s annual AI conference Dreamforce and its accompanying concert Dreamfest are set for mid-September. Last year, this event raised over six million dollars for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with a performance by the headlining Foo Fighters. Photos: Drew Altizer Photography

Date TBD Youth in Arts’ AGlow

Youth in Arts hosts its community-focused AGlow fundraiser to support its arts education programs throughout Marin, which bolster creativity for more than 5,000 students. Expect great performances by Youth in Arts Teaching Artists and local groups. Photos: Luk Creative

Date TBD WildCare Gala with Animal Ambassadors

WildCare’s yearly gala raises thousands toward the nonprofit’s care for injured and orphaned wild animals, as well as its continued education and advocacy work to protect wildlife. The animal ambassadors are the stars of this event, and guests can enjoy a vegan gourmet dinner by McCall’s alongside event programming. Photos: Drew Altizer Photography

Date TBD SF Symphony’s Opening Night Gala

Opening night at the San Francisco Symphony is always a highlight of the fall season, and this year’s event will mark the orchestral organization’s 113th season. A red-carpet welcome will greet concert-goers with sparkling wine and light bites, followed by an evening of music arranged by music director Esa-Pekken Salonen. Photos: Drew Altizer Photography 

Date TBD Sound Summit Fundraiser for Nature Conservation

Sound Summit, presented by nonprofit Roots & Branches Conservancy, returns to the hills of Mount Tamalpais for another daylong celebration of music and community. The annual gathering at the Mountain Theater has featured big-name music groups and has raised $250,000 to date for Mount Tam.

Date TBD Spirit of Marin Awards

Bank of Marin celebrates the winners of the Spirit of Marin Award at its annual luncheon. The award recognizes citizens who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to Marin County through their leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Date TBD Playing Pickleball for a Higher Purpose

Beyond Differences, a Marin nonprofit which inspires youth to create cultures of belonging in their schools across the country, will hold a pickleball tournament to fundraise while having fun. Last year’s inaugural Pickle with Purpose sold out ahead of a lively tournament with fun additions like a taco and margarita bar.


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.