A selection of artwork at the 2019 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival.

This one really hurts.

We’ve had to post an avalanche of cancellations, postponements and reductions related to the COVID-19 crisis over the past several months, and all of them have been massive losses for the residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations that make Mill Valley the gem of Marin.

But today’s news – the cancellation of the 64th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, one of Mil Valley’s landmark events and an arts-centric postcard to the beauty, vibrancy and uniqueness of our town – is particularly crushing

Due to uncertainty surrounding health risks at large gatherings in the fall related to the COVID-19 crisis, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival’s Board of Directors and Committee have canceled the annual event that was scheduled for September 19– 20, 2020. Organizers had been monitoring the official guidance regarding the pandemic in relation to large outdoor festivals as long as possible before making this difficult decision.

“For more than 60 years, our little festival has been a wonderful celebration of Mill Valley’s unique culture and community,” MVFAF Executive Director Steve Bajor said in making the announcement. “This year, the responsibility to act prudently to insure everyone’s safety is our top priority.  Like so much we are missing, we are hopeful that the festival will return next year for us all to enjoy.”

Artists who had juried into the 2020 show will be featured on the festival website mvfaf.org and will be invited to show in person at the next event, now scheduled for September 18-19, 2021 in Old Mill Park, Mill.
Want to support the 64-year-old, non-profit organization through this challenging year? GO HERE to donate to the Friends of the Festival or contact Steve Bajor at execdirector@mvfaf.org
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