Best of the County 2023 Readers’ Choice Arts & Entertainment

Best of the County Arts and Entertainment

From museums, art galleries, music and film festivals, theater and more, here are the Best of the County Readers’ choice for Arts and Entertainment.

Our 2023 Arts & Entertainment category sponsor is Gene Hiller.

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael

Expenses are rising in Marin and artists are at increasing risk of being priced out, but Art Works Downtown, a nonprofit art center, is committed to staying put with a mission to make art visible and accessible for the betterment of all. Drawing from the community as well as from the breadth of creators in the area, Art Works Downtown showcases art in all mediums to inspire the public and encourage aspiring artists to pursue their dreams. After a quarter of a century in business, it is as dedicated as ever to fostering unity and opportunity through the arts in a time where being an artist is getting harder and harder.

Best Children’s Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

The reimagined play spaces encourage thoughtful engagement while amplifying learning as fun for all children, stimulating all five sense for children aged 6 months to 10 years and beyond.

Best Comedy Venue

142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

142 Throckmorton Theatre

“The Throck” is beloved for its commitment to showcasing rising stars in American comedy while also providing community-focused educational programming, a Fresh Voices series and its annual summer celebration of world music.

Best Community Event

Marin County Fair, San Rafael

Few events say Marin County quite like the county fair. For many, it’s a summer extravaganza that inspires nostalgia to this day, for others, it’s their first time at the kind of classic fair that just screams Americana in a way nothing else does. Between the colorful rides, mouth watering fried food, and prize-winning games, this is the perfect way to pass idyllic days of summertime. 

Best Community Theater Marin

The Mountain Play

It really does not get more Marin that watching a live theatrical performance in a Greek-style amphitheater on the side of Mount Tam, now does it?

Best Film Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley

What started out as a three-day event has sprawled into a 11-day extravaganza of film from around the world. Many filmmakers have been launched from this festival, being showcased with the best of American independent films and foreign films. But it’s not just upcomers that are on display; there’s always a number of high-profile contenders in the mix. 

Best Live Music Venue

Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley

All the big names in folk, rock and American roots music drop by Mill Valley’s most intimate music venue; plus, the newly remodeled patio is an awesome outdoor space to sit and enjoy brunch.

Best Museum

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA), Novato

Contemporary exhibits and education programs in support of Bay Area artists, including free family days, artist receptions and an art auction are free to the public, helping to ensure access for all to the arts in Marin.

Best Music Festival

Mill Valley Music Fest, Mill Valley

Conveniently located next to the Mill Valley Community Center, nestled below the verdant Mount Tamalpais, this two-day festival is a multi-genre mix of sound, lights, and acts both local and national. That said, its focus is certainly on spreading the culture of Mill Valley through the Bay Area and beyond, drawing eyes to what this section of the county has to offer. 


Gene Hiller: 2023 Best of the County Arts & Entertainment

Gene Hiller Logo
Gene Hiller Menswear has been providing American gentlemen with the very best clothing from brands like Canali and Brioni since 1953. Gene Hiller is also it’s own menswear brand designed in-house and manufactured in Montreal, Italy and Spain. Owners Tom Gangitano and Wayne Kaleck share more about their storied business.

What’s unique about your business?
Our business is a community business that extends all around the world. We are not only fashion consultants for our clients, but also their personal concierge service. From securing private drivers for airport transfers, booking hotel stays, making reservations — we do it all. Another element of our success is the longevity of our knowledgeable sales staff, which includes our world renowned tailor shop.
What you love about living in Marin?
Marin is a very beautiful place — its temperate climate, amazing views and diverse communities — it’s no wonder we all love to live and work here.