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In Mill Valley, Every Day Is Infused With Events and Opportunities to Gather, Engage, Learn and Let Your Hair Down

Discover the Magic of Mill Valley’s Vibrant Events

Welcome to Mill Valley, where you’ll discover the magic of Mill Valley’s vibrant events that create lasting memories. Whether you’re nestled in one of our five commercial districts or coming to the 94941 from out of town, Mill Valley is your gateway to a world of exciting and diverse events.

Immerse Yourself in Community Spirit

Mill Valley pulses with a unique community spirit that comes alive in our events. From lively festivals to intimate gatherings, each occasion is a chance to connect with neighbors, make new friends, and revel in the warmth of our tight-knit community.

Diverse Events for Every Taste

Whatever your interests may be, Mill Valley has an event to captivate you. Explore the vibrant arts scene through gallery openings, immerse yourself in the sounds of live music at our outdoor concerts, or savor the flavors of local cuisine at our food and wine festivals. From family-friendly affairs to sophisticated cultural events, there’s something for everyone in Mill Valley.

Nature as Your Backdrop

Imagine attending events surrounded by the majestic redwoods, with the scent of nature in the air. Mill Valley’s premier parklands, including Muir Woods National Monument and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, serve as the perfect backdrop for outdoor events. Whether it’s a yoga session at sunrise or a music festival at sunset, our events seamlessly blend with the natural beauty that defines our town.

Stay Updated on Upcoming Events

Don’t miss out on the excitement! Stay updated on upcoming events in Mill Valley by checking our event calendar regularly. From farmers’ markets to art walks, there’s always something happening in our vibrant community.

Plan Your Visit

Planning a visit to Mill Valley for one of our events? Explore our Visitor’s Guide for information on accommodations, dining, and other local attractions. Make the most of your time in our picturesque town, where every street is a story, and every event is an experience.

Join Us in Celebration

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, Mill Valley invites you to join us in celebration. Discover the joy of community, the magic of nature, and the thrill of unforgettable events. Welcome to Mill Valley – where every moment is an event, and every event is an invitation to make memories. We look forward to sharing the excitement with you!

The Mill Valley Chamber hosts monthly After Hours events that allow members to connect and share success and moments of learning in their respective fields, set in rotating venues throughout town and supported by our hosts and venues.

The City of Mill Valley also hosts at least twice monthly events focused on city government, all built around the community’s desire to make Mill Valley the best version of itself.

Check back here at our Enjoy Mill Valley Calendar to regularly to see events posted by our members all over town and beyond!

First Tuesday Artwalks – All Year


On the first Tuesday of each month, the Mill Valley Arts Commission and businesses throughout Mill Valley host art exhibit openings. These very popular walks are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in venues throughout town, including City Hall, Library, the Community Center, and the Mill Valley Chamber & Visitor Center, 85 Throckmorton Ave. among many more. MORE INFO.

MV Chamber Sidewalk Sales: April–December


On the second weekend of every month, along with major event weekend (dates below), retailers are invited to spread their wings out onto the sidewalk to showcase their wares.



Winterfest kicks off the December holiday season with music, food, a jumpy house, a massive rainbow slide and much more. Friends and families gather downtown for a full day of live music and entertainment and fun, followed by a lighting of the trees in the Depot Plaza.

Little League Opening Day Parade – March


On a Saturday in late March, many of the boys and girls on Mill Valley don their uniforms and caps and march in teams through downtown and along Sunnyside Avenue until they reach Mill Valley’s own field of dreams – Boyle Park. Little League in Mill Valley, called “pure Americana” in the San Francisco Chronicle over a decade ago, remains as popular as ever.

Memorial Day Weekend

In the last weekend of May, thousands of children of all ages come out for the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade featuring floats, marching bands, dogs, clowns and dancers. The parade starts at Old Mill Park at 10:30am and winds its way through downtown Mill Valley and Miller Ave. before ending at Tam High School. The weekend also features sidewalk sales, the Mill Valley Historical Society‘s “Walk Into History” tours, the Volunteer Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast outside City Hall and the Kiddo! Carnival at Friends Field and MV Middle School.

Mill Valley Music Fest – May 


The MV Chamber’s Mill Valley Music Festival seeks to be much more than a thrilling musical moment. The multi-genre, all-ages, event takes place at Friends Field @ the Community Center in May. MORE INFO.

The Dipsea Race – June


First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. And its unique handicapping system has made winners of men and women of all ages. Because of its beauty and challenge, it is a very popular event, and because of safety and environmental concerns the number of runners is limited to about 1,500. Spectators can cheer on the runners at the 8:30 a.m. race start in downtown Mill Valley. MORE INFO.

Comedy on the Plaza


The MV Arts Commission’s annual Comedy Night on the Plaza is a blockbuster event of laughter every year. Bring a chair and pick up a picnic dinner from one of the local shops or restaurants.  City officials close the block of Miller Ave. between Throckmorton & Sunnyside avenues to allow for outdoor dining and extra space. Depot Plaza. 

Sunday Concerts on the Plaza


The Mill Valley Arts Commission hosts Concerts of the Plaza, featuring new artists and local favorites across a range of musical genres. 

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival


This community event truly reflects the spirit of Mill Valley by supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists. . MORE INFO.

Mountainfilm Festival 


Throckmorton Theatre’s Mountainfilm Festival offers 4 days of award-winning documentaries from around the world, ranging in topics from adventure sports to environmental activism. The annual festival launched in 2012 and it was an instant favorite. Over the course of a weekend, attendees enjoy numerous top-tier guest speakers, special outdoor activities, art-related events, and parties! MORE INFO.

Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer


This family-friendly, six-mile hike supports the nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer’s efforts aimed at breast cancer prevention in the next generation. It also encourages physical activity, which plays a key role in risk reduction, recovery after breast cancer and recurrence prevention. Old Mill Park. 9am. MORE INFO.

Shakespeare in Old Mill Park


The Curtain Theatre has been producing free theater in Old Mill Park since 2000.  Old Mill Park. Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day. 2pm. Free. ​MORE INFO.​​

The Mill Valley Film Festival


A celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, MVFF has a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival. This prestigious event showcases international features, documentaries, shorts and children’s films—something for every filmgoer. Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals.. MORE INFO ON THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL.

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