This Weekend in Mill Valley: July 1-4

Are you looking for something to do this Fourth of July weekend? Check out some of the things on the Mill Valley Patch calendar and see if there's something for you.


Written exclusively for the , The Eternal Hush of Silence is the twisting tale of a Centennial celebration gone awry. A time capsule, a body, and a never-before-published manuscript by Jack Kerouac are all part of the mystery. Here's a chance for everyone to sharpen their detective skills and solve the murder mystery.

If you go: Registration is required and will stay open as space remains available. Click here to register. The murder mystery is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the , 375 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley. Wine will be served before and after the event.



Join your friends and neighbors, bring down the kids, pets, chairs, and blankets for Creekside Fridays. This week, the fun continues with Starduster Orchestra, a traditional big band that will perform dance music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  Slip on your dancin’ shoes and get your swing on for this big band sound.

If you go: Creekside Friday is free and swinging between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m at Tennessee Valley Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road in Mill Valley. Please ride your bike or park at (203 Marin Ave.) or (oh, and no outside alcohol please). A variety of barbecue specials, including burgers and veggie burgers will be available for sale along with wine, beer and sodas.



Join John Benus (he’ll be the one in the orange vest) for this 4-mile hike on single-track trails with spectacular views. Wine, cheese and crackers will be served overlooking the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean.  Meet at the and then carpool to Pan Toll.  Bring a small backpack for your water and camera.

If you go: This hike is for the 21+ crowd and you must be an experienced hiker.  The cost is $15 and includes blankets, wine and appetizers. For questions and to register in advance call 415-388-6393. The hike is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the is at 810 Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley.



Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners in Mill Valley today!

If you go: There are two veggie exchanges in Mill Valley. Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. bring your bounty over to , 11 East Drive in Mill Valley. Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. meet at Volunteer Park, Melrose Ave & Evergreen Ave in Mill Valley.


Saturday and Sunday:

This is the only annual fine art exhibit and sale that exclusively features the beauty and spirit of Marin! Now in its 23rd year, this popular event offers works by more than forty of California’s top fine artists and photographers including Willard Dixon, Kathleen Lipinski, Steve Emery, John McCormick, Teresa Dong, Davis Perkins and more. Many artists will be at the show to meet art lovers and discuss their work.  Enjoy a complimentary selection of fine wines and cheese. A portion of every Marin/Scapes art purchase is a tax deductible donation to Buckelew Programs.

If you go: Tickets are $15 per person. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Historic Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur.



Continuing its more than 60-year tradition, the American Legion Post 313 is hosting a pancake breakfast, together with the Marin Del Centro Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Troop 43 and the Larkspur/Corte Madera Little League. The delicious breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and the American Legion’s famous 1928 recipe gin fizz!  A flag raising ceremony starts the day at 8 am.

If you go: The breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Pancakes will be flipping  from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 313, 5oo Magnolia Street (corner of Ward) in Larkspur.



The Corte Madera/Larkspur Parade begins at 10:30 a.m., leaving Redwood High School and winding through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Street until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. The party continues after the parade at Corte Madera Town Park and features arts and crafts vendors, great food, snow-cones and more. The main stage will feature live music, while the children’s area will have performing birds, carnival games, face painting and more. Don’t miss this fabulous day! 

If you go: The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. so get there early to set up.  The celebration continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Corte Madera Town Park, Pixley Avenue & Eastman Avenue in Corte Madera.



The 66th annual Marin County Fair, which serves as the beginning of a nearly year-long celebration of the iconic bridge’s birthday, unveiled its lineup of entertainment this week for the event, which runs from June 30 to July 4. The lineup includes a host of talented acts, more than two dozen carnival rides, and over 12,000 exhibitors, barnyard animals and fireworks each night.

If you go: The county fair kicks off Thursday, June 30 and runs through Monday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day at the Marin Center in San Rafael. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older and children 4 to 12 and free for children under 4 years old. Parking is $6 in all lots. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com or at the Marin Center Box Office (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael) weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 415.499.6800 for more info or visit the fair's website Bike valet parking is available at the Main Gate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.



Join the City of Sausalito for a full day of 4th of July celebrations. Festivities begin at 10:00 am when the parade rolls down the streets of Sausalito beginning at Second and Main Street, winding along Bridgeway and Caledonia and ending at Dunphy Park at noon. After the parade make your way over to Dunphy Park. Activities include a flag raising, entertainment by Paul Robinson and Friends, Curtis Lawson as well as games for the whole family. Food and beverages will be sold by local organizations and the City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department.

Moving back to downtown Sausalito, join the City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department as they co-host an evening of celebration at Gabrielson Park from 6 to 9:30 pm. The celebration will feature live entertainment by Arrival and end with a spectacular show of fireworks on the San Francisco Bay.

If you go: The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the festivities in Dunphy Park continue from noon to 5 p.m. Afterwards, head over to Gabrielson Park with your blankets and low chairs to continue the fun and fireworks from 6p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  What a day. Phew.  Happy 4th everyone!


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