This weekend’s Fall Arts Festival kicks off one of the most exciting stretches in Mill Valley’s year, capped by the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival.

Right in between them is a quintessential local event: the Mill Valley Community Block Party, a benefit for Kiddo! that boasts an array of live music, a fashion show, plenty of food and drinks, a beer garden and kids games. The event is set for Sunday, September 25 from 1pm–5:30pm in downtown Mill Valley.

Throckmorton Ave. will be blocked off between Bernard Street and Corte Madera Avenue. The free event is produced by Famous4 owner Larry “the Hat” Lautzker, and donations and proceeds will benefit Kiddo!, which provides music, art, physical education and other support services to Mill Valley schools.

Block Party creator and organizer Larry “the Hat” Lautzker has lined up a trio of local bands for the occasion – Soul SKA, Matt Jaffe & the Distractions and the Jamie Clark Band. The fashion show starts at 3pm, with local stores The Store, Branded, Carolina Boutique, Famous4 and Margaret O’Leary participating. 

There’s also a beer garden from Lagunitas Brewing Co., margaritas from Laughing Glass Cocktails, tasty food from BooKoo, HoneymoonGood Earth and Sweetwater Cafe and plenty of games for kids.

Lautzker created the Community Block Party in 1998 as a grand opening party for his Famous4 clothing store and 96 Throckmorton Avenue and has party going ever since.

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