Marin County Fairs and Festivals â€“ the Biggest and the Best
Marin County is blessed in the number and quality of fairs and festivals that it enjoys throughout the summer season. The following is just a sampling of those events, most of which are held in southern Marin County.
Â In 2009, the Mountain Play celebrated its 96th year with a musical called Man of La Mancha. The schedule began at the end of May and ran weekly through June 21. The play is held at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre at Mount Tamalpais State Park in Mill Valley. Tickets were $23 to $40. While some hike or bike to the venue, shuttle buses are provided and driving is discouraged since parking is limited. www.mountainplay.org, Tel: (415) 383-1100.
Â The Italian Street Painting Festival is held annually from 9 am to 7 pm on two days in mid-June in downtown San Rafael. Chalk is the medium. The event is free. www.youthinarts.org, Tel: (415) 457-4878, ext. 15
Â The Marin Arts Festival is held on two days in the latter part of June at the Marin Center Lagoon at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. More than 250 artists display their work and many kinds of music are performed. www.marinartsfestival.com, Tel: (415) 388-0151.
Â The Tiburon Music Festival is held over the course of 5 days in June at St. Hilary Church in Tiburon. It celebrates chamber music and chamber opera with performances by Marin classical musicians. Tickets are $10 and $20. www.tiburonmusicfestival.org, Tel: (415) 457-5226.
Â The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival is held for two days in late June on San Anselmo Avenue. 200 artists also display their wares.Â www.sananselmochamber.org, Tel: (415) 454-2510.
Â The biggest county event held every year is the Marin County Fair, running from 11 am to 11 pm for five days in the beginning of July. The location is the Marin County Fairgrounds on Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. In 2010, the Fair will be 65 years old and itâ€™s a blast from the past and the future with the typical pie baking and dairy cattle competitions and so much more. Concerts, fireworks, carnival rides and amusements galore. www.marinfair.org, Tickets are $12-$14.
Â The Tiburon Art Festival is held over the course of two days in the latter part of August along â€œArt Rowâ€ in Tiburon. www.tiburon-artfestival.com.
Â Arias in the Park is held towards the end of August at Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us, Tel: (415) 289-4152.
Â In September, a particularly important event is the Sausalito Art Festival, held over four days along Bridgeway and Marinship Park. The annual Labor Day weekend outdoor event features fine art and sculpture, delicious food and beverages and big name musical entertainment. Tickets are $5 to $20; $30 for a three-day pass. www.sausalitoartfestival.org, Tel: (415) 332-3555 or (415) 331-3757.
Â The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is held in the latter part of September for two days at the Old Mill Park on Throckmorton Avenue at Cascade. It highlights over 100 craftspeople from around the country with work in 15 categories. There is also live music and entertainment for children with magic, puppets and marionettes, stories and songs. Tickets are $5 to $8, children under 12 free. www.mvfaf.org, Tel: (415) 381-8090.