The Top Things To Do in Marin This November

Sonoma Botanical Garden

November is when the festive season starts to get into full swing — Halloween is past, Thanksgiving is coming and Christmas is right over the horizon. Take a look at a few of the best events coming up this fall.

Arts & Lectures

Belvedere-Tiburon Library Art Gallery: Renewal


The Grand Opening art exhibition at the new Belvedere-Tiburon Library Art Gallery considers the act of becoming new again with 44 artworks that range from soulful pastel portraits, to water colors while embracing nature as a new beginning or speaking to transcendence.

Ross Valley Players: Gypsy

Nov 11–Dec 18

Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, including for “Everything is Coming Up Roses” are just a part of the enduring appeal of a musical fable that follows the efforts of Rose —  the ultimate show business mother — to raise her daughters to be performers.

The Marin Theatre: Two Trains Running

Nov 25–Dec 18

August Wilson’s play considers the plight of restaurant owner Memphis Lee amidst the Civil Rights movement in 1960s Pittsburg, Pa., as he fights to sell his restaurant for a fair price before it is demolished.

MPSF Speaker Series: Admiral James Stavridis

Nov 28

The retied 4-star naval Admiral and current NBC commentator makes a stop in Marin to discuss the world’s most pressing issues and what can be done about them.


Castalian String Quartet

Nov 6

Named for the mythological Greek nymph Castalia who transformed herself into a fountain to evade Apollo’s pursuit, the group’s three violins and a cello make music said to be full of poetry, joy and sorrow.

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band

Nov 20

The Summer Music Series at Old St. Hilary’s wraps things up with Alameda-based brothers Miles (fiddle) and Teo (mandolin, fiddle) Quale, bassist Andrew Osborn and guitarist John Gooding who play everything from bluegrass and original modern acoustic music, to dawg and jazz.


The Marin Center: Late Night Catechism

Nov 26

America’s beloved ruler-wielding nun is back in the habit for an audience participation slash spontaneous stand-up routine inspired by the 1960s-era Catholic school experience.


Moments of Transition

Emerging Mill Valley artist Tom Zizzo found his passion for painting in the early days of retirement. The trained microbiologist, who ran a printing and graphic arts business in San Rafael, is highlighted at a one-man show showing at O’Hanlon Center of the Arts in Mill Valley and at San Rafael’s Smith Ranch Homes where Marin arts visionary, Phyllis Thelen resides. One of the founding members of the Marin Ballet, Marin Youth in Arts and a visionary behind Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, Thelen saw an opportunity to bring the budding artist’s work to the community. Zizzo’s shows are open to for viewing through mid-November.

Family Matters

THROUGH April 9, 2023

Organized into four acts, with photographs dating from 1999–2020, a solo exhibition of more than 60 photographs captures photographer Gillian Laub’s family landscape — emotional, psychological, and political–that reflect the unfolding of a deeply conflicted and polarized nation, tearing at family ties and asking: what, in the end, really binds us together?


Live in the Vineyard

Nov 1–3

A three-day festival celebrates renowned and up-and-coming songwriters, such as Diane Warren (“If I Could Turn Back Time”/Cher, “Because You Loved Me”/Celine Dion), Justin Tranter (“Believer”/Imagine Dragons, “Sorry”/Justin Bieber, “Cake By The Ocean”/DNCE), and artists Alec Benjamin, Jax, JP Saxe, and many more, at music and wine paired events around Napa.

Joanne Weir

Nov 2

Homeward Bound of Marin is relaunching its Fresh Start Chef Events series with a Spanish dinner prepared by the host of “Plates & Places” on PBS and co-owner of Copita Tequileria & Comida in Sausalito, with all proceeds to benefit shelter and job-training programs.

Sweetwater Music Hall: 50th Anniversary Concert Series

By Bob Minkin Photography.

Nov 4–30

Mill Valley’s legendary non-profit music venue, Sweetwater Music Hall, is recognized for presenting a who’s who of roots and rock musicians, launching countless careers and making space not only for new musicians, but for all styles of American music. Musicians, including Jules Broussard, Vinyl, Bonnie Hayes, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the Grateful Dead’s Bobby Weir (headlining the 50th anniversary gala on November 17), are gigging all month long, celebrating the venue and what it has wrought. “Sweetwater has been a little playpen for San Francisco and Marin musicians for fifty years now,” says Mill Valley’s Weir. “When it briefly disappeared for a few years a while back, life just wasn’t the same without it — so the whole community came together and brought it back. Much better…”

The Redwoods in Mill Valley: Golden Anniversary Gala

Nov 5

The Redwoods in Mill Valley honors its 50th year serving seniors with a black-tie dinner and dance party at The Seminary at Strawberry.

Wine & Food Affair

Nov 5–6

Forty wineries on Sonoma’s Wine Road fling open their doors to a weekend’s worth of events and tastings, including a barbecue at Viszlay Vineyards and a cabernet library tasting at sunset with the winemaker at West Wines. 

Sonoma Botanical Garden: From East to Zest

Sonoma Botanical Garden
Yellow organic buddhas hand.

Nov 5–March 5, 2023

Home to 25 acres of wild Asian plants and an immersive Asian woodland, Sonoma Botanical Garden (formerly known as Quarry Hill) in Glen Ellen kicks off its new special exhibition program with an indoor interpretive botanical display, transforming its greenhouse into a cornucopia illustrating citrus’ journey across the globe with fragrance, color, facts and myths. “With 50 specimens in fruit, it’s like the jewels of Ali Baba’s Cave,” says executive director Scot Medbury, who came to the garden after stints at Brooklyn Botanical Garden and San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. “We are interested in the history of citrus in our area, from its arrival via the Spanish Mission system to today.” The Garden is also opening the first phase of its California Trail, an accessible path lined with seven species of native oaks and other native plants. Deciduous trees — elm, oak, maple and the less familiar tulip tree, pistache and cherry cultivars — will be ablaze with orange, red and pink. “It’s massively immersive with amazing autumnal colors,” Medbury says.

Vivalon’s Masquerade Soirée

Nov 12

A costume or black-tie optional ball features circus acts and cabaret performances, a live auction, a seated dinner from Stacy Scott Catering, and a Fund-a-Mission to help Vivalon provide meals and other safety net services for older adults in Marin County.

Turkey Trot

Nov 24

On Thanksgiving Day, choose 5K, 10K or 1-mile lengths of a course that winds along Novato’s Ignacio Blvd before finishing at College of Marin’s Indian Valley campus and earn the afternoon’s big meal while supporting School Fuel, Novato’s education foundation.