May: The Mill Valley Music Festival and More

May 13–14

Photo courtesy of Mill Valley Music Festival

Bring a lawn chair, a hat and a refillable water bottle to the field behind the Mill Valley Community Center and celebrate the return of live music in a festival format, outdoors in Marin. Hosted by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce (with Noise Pop Industries) an inaugural, one day, all-ages art and culture festival. “We can’t wait to celebrate the resilience of Mill Valley, Marin County, and the entire Bay Area,” says Mill Valley Chamber Director, Jim Welte. “A soundtrack of fantastic music, an abundance of incredible food, drink, and art –it’s the perfect opportunity to spend an afternoon with your best friends and ones you’ve yet to meet.”

May 11 DocLands

The California Film Institute returns to San Rafael with a slate of documentary films (in theater and virtual) in three broad categories: Wonderlands, the Great Outdoors and the Art of Impact, through May 14.

May 11–21 CAAMFest

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) welcomes audiences back into the theater to celebrate its fortieth year presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences. Look for films showing around the Bay including at the newly renovated Great Star Theater in Chinatown, Castro Theater, Asian Art Museum, and SFMOMA, as well as online, through May 21.

May 18–21 Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

The Matheson restaurant will act as community hub for a welter of chefs (Nyesha Arrington, Viet Pham, Stephanie Izard, Tim Love) cooking up a storm at culinary experiences, parties and seminars, to support Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and Healdsburg High’s Future Farmers of America program, through May 21.

May 27 BottleRock

Metallica, Pink and Twenty One Pilotsheadline three days of a wine-fueled party over Memorial Day Weekend that features a culinary stage, a sparkle bar, silent disco and a sculpture garden, through May 29.

May 29 Muir Beach Barbecue

After a two-year hiatus, the Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue is back at Santos Meadows. Wreckless Strangers kick off the afternoon with their “California Americana Soul” followed by Andre Pessis and his All-Stars with classic rock and R & B tunesBarbecue chicken and vegetarian tamale lunches, beer, wine and soda available for purchase.


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Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.