Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Marin 2017
Photo: 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 Concerts in the Park Summer Series
Belvedere Community Park
Sundays, 4 pm
June 18, July 16, 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.
- 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.
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.
- Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
Fridays, June 16–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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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–August
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.
- Stern Grove Festival
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.
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