Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Marin 2017

May 8, 2017

Novato Concerts on the GreenPhoto: Concerts on the Green, courtesy City of Novato

One of my favorite things about summer are the free outdoor concerts that take place throughout Marin. There's something about the warm weather and the long days that make events like these really special. From Novato to Sausalito, there's something for every family!

Pack a picnic and your folding chairs and check out a free summer concert near you. Here's our list of events taking place this summer. If we've missed your favorite, please let us know.

Belvedere

  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sundays, 4 pm

    June 19, July 17, August 14 & September 4
    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. For complete list of entertainment, visit their website.

Corte Madera

  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6 pm
    , June 11–August 27
    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the amazing line-up of fine local bands, including Dirty Cello, Corte Madera Big Band, Bubba's Taxi, and Danny Click and the Heck Yeahs!. See the entertainment schedule here.

Larkspur

The Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing offers two free concert series this summer, in addition to live music during its farmer's market on Saturdays from 9 am–2 pm. Food and drink are available from local restaurants like El Huarache Loco, Rustic Bakery, Belcampo Meat Co., and Three Twins Ice Cream. Learn more on their website.

  • Folkish Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm

    The Folkish Festival presents performances by talented folk and American roots musicians. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes!
  • Friday Night Jazz
    Fridays, 6–10 pm
    Marin Country Mart's free outdoor jazz series takes place on Friday evenings throughout the summer. For more info, visit their website.

Mill Valley

  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Fridays,
    June 19–August 14
    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to this weekly free musical event. Creekside Fridays is a series of music events for the whole family to enjoy. Each week features local musicians playing great music, a kids' area with face painting, bounce house, cotton candy, food and more. Opens at 5:30 pm and food available starting at 6 pm. Location: 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts on the Plaza
    Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley
    Wednesday, August 9 & 16, 6:30–8 pm
    Sunday, August 20 & 27, 3–5 pm

    This August concert series will feature music by a wide range of local musicians on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Listen, sing along, and dance. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes. For more info, visit their website.

Novato

  • Concerts on the Green
    Novato City Green
    Saturdays,
    5–7 pm, June 17, July 15, and August 19
    Novato's free 2017 summer concert series features soulful blues from Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, classic jazz by Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Caribbean grooves from La Mixta Criolla. Beverages for sale by Finnegan's Marin. Location: Novato City Green, 901 Sherman Avenue (adjacent to Novato City Hall). For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato

    Fridays, 6–9 pm, June 16 & August 18
    Bring your chairs and enjoy a picnic from Nugget Market or sit outside the local restaurants including Boca Pizzeria, Taki Japanese restaurant, and Marin Coffee Roasters. Acts include the Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band and the Jimi James Band. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.

Ross

  • 2017 Summer Concert Series
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Thursdays, 5–7 pm, June 23–August 11

    The Summer Concert Series at the Marin Art and Garden Center has been a popular community event for 10 years. With a different band every week, visitors will enjoy diverse musical styles such as bluegrass, folk, and jazz. Performers include Lorin Rowan's Rattlebox, Zydeco Flames, Adam Theis MOBtet, and Highway Poets. Admission is free! Picnic dinners, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.

San Rafael

  • Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Fridays, , 6–8 pm
    June 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18
    Marinwood's most popular event returns this summer! Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market, and a bar for the grownups. Entertainment lineup TBA. Concerts are free. Location
    : 775 Miller Creek Road. For more information, visit their website.

Sausalito

  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Fridays, 6:30–8 pm, June 2–August 25

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). Performers include Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Curtis Lawson & Friends, the US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band, and Eugene Huggins & Friends. Food available to purchase. For more information, visit their website.

Tiburon

  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Fridays, 6–9 pm, May 26–September 29

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. Events take place the last Friday of the month in May, June, and July and September. For more information, visit their website.
  • Angel Island Live
    Ayala Cove, Angel Island State Park
    Saturdays & Sundays, 2–4:30 pm
    , June–October, dates TBA
    Hop on the ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco and enjoy live music on the Angel Island Cantina's deck, from bluegrass to reggae. Band lineup TBA. For more information, visit their website.

San Francisco

  • Stern Grove Festival
    San Francisco
    Sundays, 2 pm, June 25–August 27
    Head to the park for the Stern Grove Festival, a popular, admission-free concert series in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater. This year, Kool & the Gang, Eric Burdon & the Animals, War, Mavis Staples, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and more will get the whole family into the musical spirit. You’ll want to arrive super early (like 7 am… really). People will be setting up blankets trying to save a seat first thing in the morning. Food is available at the Grove Café, and you are also welcome to bring your own goodies. Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
  • Summer JAMBand Family Festival
    The Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sundays, 3–5 pm, June 11, August 6 & September 10

    Grab your kids and your dancing feet and cruise on down to the Park Chalet for a summerful of free outdoor family concerts on the lawn. The popular JAMband Family Festival is in it’s eighth year and features the music of local favorite and nationally acclaimed Charity and the JAMband, along with guest family artists and themed activities. Park Chalet food and beverages are available for a fee, and you can even celebrate your child’s birthday party at a concert with a JAMband song dedication and more. Location: the Park Chalet, the Great Highway and John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.