The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival began as The Arts Festival in 1957 with a group of artists exhibiting their works in downtown store windows. As participation increased, the fledgling festival was held in Lytton Square. In 1962, the festival was incorporated, became an independent nonprofit organization and officially changed its name to The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival and moved to its present site at historic Old Mill Park.
The Dipsea Race:
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. While racers enter from all over the world, the Dipsea is primarily a Northern California event and the entry process is tilted slightly to favor local contestants. Please see the section on How To Enter for details.
The 104th Annual Dipsea will be run on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 8:30 am sharp!
This highly anticipated summertime event showcases the best of local restaurants, exquisite wines and artisan brews. Co-hosted by The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kiddo!, with the venerable The Mill Valley Market serving as the longtime sponsor, the 2015 edition of the event was the biggest in its history. The 2016 edition of this iconic Mill Valley event takes place on the Depot Plaza in beautiful downtown Mill Valley, on June 5.
Photo courtesy of Gary Ferber Photography
Celebrate the holiday season in Mill Valley, featuring a snow hill, Santa Claus, live entertainment, fantastic food and holiday treats and an array of children's activities, concluding with a Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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. This year's festival dates are october 2-12. For screening and ticket information, please visit the Mill Valley Film Festival website.
On Sunday, May 31st, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mill Valley will sponsor the 34th Annual Mill Valley Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting, with proceeds going to the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation.
The annual Winterfest kicks off the holiday season with music, food, and snow. Friends and families gather downtown for a full day of entertainment and fun, followed by a lighting of the trees in the Depot Plaza.
Saturday: Sidewalk Sales in downtown Mill Valley
Sunday: Mill Valley Historical Society "Walk Into History" tours start at The Outdoor Art Club
Monday: Volunteer Firefighter's Pancake Breakfast; Parade.
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 and winds its way through downtown Mill Valley before ending at Tam High School.