While Corte Madera is small, its close proximity to San Francisco, mild weather and rich history make it a prime location for a series of events throughout the year. Attracting residents and visitors alike, Corte Madera’s annual events serve to enrich the community and entertain attendants with a variety of interests, from art and food to music and alcohol. Suitable for both adults and children, as well as for those on a budget, these yearly occasions will keep you busy and having fun.
Larkspur Flower and Food Festival
Downtown on Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur
There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than at the Larkspur Flower and Food Festival, the Bay Area’s longest running festival of this type. Set at the base of the majestic Mt. Tamalpais, Magnolia Avenue is a picturesque setting for such an event, which features a sample of bouquets and a taste of the area’s finest foods. With live music, a variety of vendors and flower art and crafts galore, the festival is a perfect event for families, children and adults. Presented by the Larkspur Community Association, this event is held on Magnolia Avenue between King and Ward Street in Larkspur.
Corte Madera-Larkspur Fourth of July Festival and Parade
Magnolia Avenue to Town Center
This is a hometown parade for the twin cities of Larkspur and Corte Madera. This parade is considered to be one of the best in the county. This has been a cherished annual event for nearly 50 years in the local community. The annual event is sponsored by the cities’ Chambers of Commerce with the help of many citizens. Drawing people from all over the Bay Area, it is a must see.
Summer Outdoor Concerts
Town Center Summer Music Series: Corte Madera
Concerts Under the Oak: Northgate Mall
Concerts in the Park: Belvedere/Tiburon
Whether you’re in Corte Madera, at the Northgate Mall or in Tiburon, you have the opportunity to enjoy live music on a mild, summer night. From June to August, you can take your lawn chair and even a picnic to a local park. A perfect event for families and friends, Corte Madera’s summer concert series takes place in Old Corte Madera Square at the Piccolo Pavilion. Hosted by the Corte Madera Community Foundation, these shows run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and are completely free, so make sure to stop by on a summer Sunday.
The Old Gazebo Square, Corte Madera
Corte Madera Avenue, Redwood Avenue and Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera, CA, 94925
Featuring beer and ale produced by the best microbreweries in Northern California, Oktoberfest is a long-running tradition that the community loves. Drawing residents and visitors from nearby cities, Oktoberfest in Corte Madera allows you the chance to taste domestic and imported microbrews and a variety of festival foods. There is live music and a silent auction, as well as a multitude of children’s activities, which make the festival a family friendly event. Bring the kids and treat them to ice cream and root beer floats while shopping for locally grown pumpkins. Or you can come with adults to grab a beer and enjoy yourself. Admission is $20 for tasting and includes a commemorative glass mug. General admission is only $5, while children younger than 12 can attend for free.