June Events

No June gloom here! Summer has begun in Marin, and residents have their pick of outdoor concerts, plus celebrations for Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Here’s a taste of the many great June events from around the county (and a bit beyond).

Click here to see some of the many outdoor concert series happening around Marin this month.

June 1 Marin Mile

There are 5,280 feet in a mile, but how many feet will run the Marin Mile? This inaugural event unites the greater Bay Area’s running community in one big day of mile-long races at Archie Williams High School. Multiple heats will break up running groups by expected finish time and gender (note: it’s a gender-inclusive event with groups for men, women and non-binary runners). The day ends with races by the “Elite” groups of runners, attempting to break the record for the fastest mile ran in Marin County! 

June 1 Mill Valley Pride in the Plaza 

Mill Valley kicks off its month of Pride celebrations with this pride flag raising at Lytton Square, followed by a party in Depot Plaza. Expect live music, a fashion show and more to ignite this new Mill Valley festival. 

June 1 Reception for Michael Brennan: 48 Squared 

"Gesture" (2022) by Michael Brennan, courtesy of the artist and Modernism Inc.
“Gesture” (2022) by Michael Brennan, courtesy of the artist and Modernism Inc.

Intertextual, absurd, playful — Michael Brennan’s style incorporates well-known pieces and icons of modern art, while showing his wit and skill as a painter. Attend this artist talk and champagne reception for the exhibition, now extended to run through June 8.

June 2 The 41st Annual Union Street Festival 

Couple dances at Union Street Festival in San Francisco
Photo courtesy of Union Street Festival.

It’s all happening on Union Street between Fillmore and Octavia on June’s first weekend. You can shop the wares of dozens of local vendors, listen to back-to-back live music or join the “Waiters Race” to see how far you can run with a drink tray. 

June 2, 8, 9, 16 The Mountain Play 

You never quite know someone until you walk a day in their sparkly, red, thigh-high boots. From the top of Mount Tam, you can have a theatrical experience like no other by watching Kinky Boots from a forest with bay views. 

June 4–9 Bouquets to Art 

A bouquet of flowers stands in front of ornate paintings for de Young's bouquets to art event this June.
Photo courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This annual exhibit at the de Young invites floral designers to create arrangements that pay homage to museum masterworks. Open for just five days, this exhibit is your chance to see the museum’s galleries in a new way. You might also walk away with your own bouquet from the flower cart. 

June 5 “Live Better Longer” Seminar Series 

Worm is the word at this community seminar by the Buck Institute. Join Dr. Gordon Lithgow in a discussion on what worms can teach us about living longer, and how just a few genetic tweaks and drugs can increase their lifespan by 50–100%. buckinstitute.org 

June 5–29 Company 

Actors stand on stage for Broadway SF's production of Company this June.
Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade.

An award-winning revival of the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical is touring (tearing?) through the country. This production swaps the original male protagonist for the feminine Bobbie, along with some other updates for a 21st-century story that just happens to be 50 years old. 

June 7 Queer Chorus of San Francisco 

To give you an idea of how fun this concert will be: the choral program ranges from Handel to Björk. Celebrate Pride Month at this free concert, with an even freer wine reception for pre-registered guests, at the beautiful Mill Valley Public Library. 

June 8 Mozart on fortepiano 

Daniel Adam Maltz plays Mozart and Haydn as they were originally intended, performing not on a grand piano but the instrument’s predecessor, the fortepiano. Catch this show at the Sausalito Center for the Arts.

June 8–9 Festival of Art, Wine and Music 

Novato Fest
Photo courtesy of Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music.

Get a commemorative pint glass from the yearly party on Novato’s Grant Avenue, featuring booze, live music and plenty of shopping. What more could you need? 

June 8–9 Fairfax Festival 

Another favorite summer festival, Fairfax’s weekend of activities includes a Friday family movie night, parade on Saturday morning and after-parties that go well into the night. 

June 9 The 113th Annual Dipsea Race 

Over a hundred years of history are baked into this race, which goes from Mill Valley’s town center, then up and down many hills until runners hit Stinson Beach. 

June 12–July 7 Pride Not Prejudice 

Now two years running, this exhibit at Sausalito Center for the Arts marries the themes of Jane Austen’s novel with LGBTQ+ pride and identity. Art from 20 different artists will explore love, choice and acceptance, with a reception in coordination with Sausalito Pride on June 21. 

June 13 Gattaca Screening and Discussion 

Dissect this science fiction film — much of it filmed in Marin and the Civic Center — as part of the Smith Rafael Film Center’s “Science on Screen” series. After the film, Dr. Katie Hasson of the Center for Genetics and Society will share her expertise on gene editing and human biotechnology. 

Starting June 14 Mrs. Doubtfire cocktails at The Madrigal

BroadwaySF and The Madrigal on Van Ness collaborate on this wacky and totally on-theme cocktail menu, available starting in mid-June to coincide with the Orpheum’s run of Mrs. Doubtfire, The New Musical Comedy. (By the way, did you know that Mrs. Doubtfire is now a musical and also coming to SF this July?) If you visit during July 2–28, you can even get 20% off your tickets to the show — all while sipping a yummy “Oh, Helllloooo” citrus and vodka cocktail, among other quirky beverages.  

June 14–16 Country Summer Music Festival 

Giddy up, cowboy. The North Bay is going country with this three-day fest featuring acts like Little Big Town and Jordan Davis. You can even camp out after the shows, staying on site at the Sonoma Fairgrounds. 

June 15 San Francisco Juneteenth 

The city’s historic Fillmore District fills up with carnival games, a classic car show, activities and vendors of all sorts at this celebration of freedom and the Black community. 

June 19–29 SF International LGBTQ+ Film Festival 

See stories from all around the world and through a variety of media at this long-running and widely recognized film festival for queer art. With yearly attendance hovering around 60,000, this festival might be the city’s most well attended LGBTQ+ arts event. 

June 20 Comedy in the Plaza 

Comedian on stage at June event Comedy in the Plaza in Mill Valley
Photo courtesy of City of Mill Valley.

Kick back and get ready to laugh at the Mill Valley Downtown Plaza during this free comedy event. Five standups will rotate while attendees can soak up the long summer evening. 

June 20 Rock the Block Novato: Kick Off Summer 

Singer on stage at Novato summer event June event Rock the Block party
Photo courtesy of the Downtown Novato Business Association.

School’s out, and downtown Novato’s summertime happenings won an A+ from me. Rock the Block is Novato’s summer block party, happening from 6–9 p.m. in downtown Novato. Stay tuned for the summer send-off concert coming in September. 

June 20–22 Sausalito Pride 

Now in its second year running, Sausalito Pride packs the weekend with events for Pride Month. The events lineup promises a Town Night Out, a reception and celebration at Jazz and Blues by the Bay and a ticketed drag event on the final night at Gene Hiller Menswear. 

June 20–23 Sonoma-Marin Fair 

Kids play carnival game at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, a summer June event in Petaluma
Photo by Will Bucquoy.

This annual fair bridges the North Bay’s best two coastal counties with goats, rides and funnel cake. Only here can you enjoy the wonderfully ridiculous World’s Ugliest Dog competition — a famous contest which champions animal rescue. 

June 22 Marin City Juneteenth Festival 

A girl and a woman smile at the Marin City Juneteenth Community festival event in June
Photo courtesy of Marin City Arts and Culture.

Say hello to the Good News Bear, the mascot of Marin City’s annual Juneteenth community festival. This day honors African American history and the end of slavery — all while having a great time with music, food, a market of African goods and tons of family fun.

June 22 Soy and Tofu Festival 

Celebrate the mighty soybean and its many iterations at this community event in Japantown. Cooking demonstrations, free samples and dancing tofu mascots fill the schedule of this too fun tofu extravaganza. 

June 25 Dr. Anthony Fauci at Dominican University 

Dr. Anthony Fauci poses in preparation for June event at Book Passage in Marin County
Photo by Christopher Michel.

Dr. Fauci, of course, was America’s top doctor through the pandemic, and a leader during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the ’80s. Hear his perspective and get his new book On Call at this event presented by Book Passage. 

June 28 through July 28 Much Ado About Nothing 

Marin’s beloved Shakespeare company returns to its outdoor performance space, kicking off summer with a production of the hilarious Much Ado About Nothing. Witness love, deceit and plenty of verbal sparring in the park at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. 

June 30 San Francisco Pride Parade 

Two women dressed in rainbow ride a motorbike in the San Francisco Pride Parade June Event
Photo by Danny Graham, courtesy of SF Pride.

It’s all about joy, community and PRIDE at this massive celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Don your best rainbow for actor-singer extraordinaire Billy Porter, the parade’s grand marshal. 

Through June 9 San Francisco DocFest 

Woman sits on a rock in film playing at June event, the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival this June
Still from film “Deep Listening,” courtesy of SF DocFest.

Documentaries don’t have to be dry narration from the History Channel. DocFest pushes the bounds of documentary filmmaking, with a lineup of over 90 compelling, daring and sometimes weird shorts and features. 

Through June 30 The Magic Flute 

Even more Mozart awaits you at SF Opera. The composer’s final opera hits the War Memorial Opera House for a month of performance. Watch the princess get rescued and learn some German in the meantime. 

Through July 22 Phoenix Kingdoms 

Ancient pots at the Phoenix Kingdoms exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco
Photo by Kevin Candland, courtesy of Asian Art Museum.

A multisensory experience through lesser known kingdoms of Southern China, this exhibit at the Asian Art Museum presents recent groundbreaking archaeological finds. Many of these works have never been displayed in the United States.

Outdoor Concerts in Marin

A crowd of people watching a concert at the June event Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the Bay
Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the Bay. Photo courtesy of Sausalito Parks and Rec.

Can you hit them all? These concerts run throughout the summer. Personally, I’m keeping that waterproof blanket in the trunk for a while. Tag us @marinmagazine and use the hashtag #MarinSummerConcerts. If you’ve been to all of them, you’re in the running to win free tickets! (Just kidding… Nearly all of them are free. How about a $100 Visa card?)

Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the BaySausalito at Gabrielson ParkThere are too many spectacular groups to list coming to Jazz and Blues by the Bay. sausalito.govFridays starting June 7.
Stern Grove FestivalSan Francisco / OnlineOkay, it’s not technically Marin, but Stern Grove Festival streams all their concerts online, so you can enjoythis free concert series from your couch, the beach — wherever! sterngrove.orgSundays starting June 23.
Concerts-in-the-ParkBelvedereBee Gees covers from YouShould Be Dancing in Belvedere’sCommunity Park. cityofbelvedere.orgMonthly on select Sundays, starting June 16.
Corte Madera Summer ConcertsCorte MaderaJam out to the Zydeco Flames, theCorte Madera Town Band and moreat Menke Park. cortemaderacommunityfoundation.orgSundays starting June 9.
Concerts on the Civic GreenNovatoLocal group Wreckless Strangers play one show, followed bysongwriter Matt Jaffe in front of old Novato City Hall. novato.org/events Every other Friday starting June 7 (except July 5). 
Hot Amphitheater NightsNovatoThe Hamilton neighborhoodwill hear rocksteady and reggae from Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band for Hot Amphitheater Nights. novato.org/eventsFinal Saturdays of the month starting June 29. 
Music in the ParkSan RafaelMarinwood Park hosts the neigh-borhood for live music, BBQ fromMarinwood Market and even a barfor those 21+. marinwood.orgSelect Sundays starting June 28. 
Summer Nights at FiloliWoodsideDown the Peninsula, you can enjoy a dreamy evening in the Filoli Historic House and Gardens, complete with pleasant acoustic music and refreshments. filoli.org Wednesdays & Thursdays starting June 12.