Mill Valley Film Fest
Each Fall, Mill Valley hosts the Bay Area's most prominent fall film festival. The Mill Valley Film Festival is known as a filmmakers' festival, as it is non-competitive and provides a great opportunity for exhibiting independent films. The festival lasts for 11 days each year and sells over 40,000 tickets. More than 200 filmmakers from around the world attend the event as well, screening their films, holding workshops, speaking on panels, and mingling with attendees. Named one of the top 10 U.S. film festivals by Screen International, the Mill Valley Film Festival is definitely an event young filmmakers and movie-lovers will not want to miss.
Wrapping around the shores of Richardson Bay is the beautiful Bayfront Park. This public park offers not only plenty of recreational opportunities for Mill Valley's human residents, but also serves as a natural sanctuary for the non-human residents, such as fish and various marine mammals. A multi-use path runs through this park, allowing people to take a scenic walk or bike ride anytime between dawn and dusk. From October through February, the area around this path becomes a birdwatcher's paradise, as birds find sanctuary in Mill Valley's warm climate during winter. With picnic areas and a soccer field as well, Bayfront Park has something for everyone.
Originally opened in 1972, the Sweetwater Saloon was a Bay Area treasure. With at least five acts per week, including an open mike night, it was a popular Mill Valley hangout for over 30 years. So the community was devastated when it closed down in 2007. Luckily, just four years later, the Sweetwater Music Hall was opened in downtown Mill Valley. Today, this is a popular venue for both big name and up-and-coming artists. Featuring a top-rated restaurant and cafe as well, make sure to always come hungry and thirsty if you want to see a show.