From free concerts in the park to community programs and a public library, Corte Madera has a mixture of art and culture opportunities. With spaces for dancing, learning and listening to live music, residents and visitors have many options to choose from when it comes to enjoying art and culture in this small town. Drawing on the rich artistic tradition of San Francisco and Marin County, this town has something for you to enjoy all year long.
One of the biggest advocates for art and culture in town is the Corte Madera Community Foundation, which works to better the community and support many programs. These programs include scholarships for local high school graduates, free grab bar installation for seniors, taxi scrip for the elderly, and disabled and the summer concert series at Piccolo Pavilion. The foundation also provides grants to the Summer Playground Program at Town Park and Redwood High School Grad Night, which are both annual events.
Summer Concert Series at Piccolo Pavilion
Old Corte Madera Square, where Tamalpais Drive meets Corte Madera Avenue
The foundation hosts this free summer concert series every Sunday from mid-June to the end of August. Taking place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., these concerts feature local bands and live music in an intimate setting. Bring the family, along with a blanket and low back chairs for sitting on the lawn. You can even pack a picnic and eat a relaxing meal as you enjoy the music with others in town.
Corte Madera Town Band
Supported by the Corte Madera Community Foundation and the Corte Madera Town Council, the Corte Madera Town Band is an organization of volunteers who love to play music. Consisting of around 40 musicians from multiple walks of life, ages and communities in the Bay Area, the band plays all types of music, including classical compositions, musicals, rock and roll, jazz, blues, marches and more. With a season that runs from September to mid-July, including 10 to 13 performances throughout the year, you have many opportunities to witness this fun and well-practiced band. From the Spring Concert, Marin County Expo and Golden Gate Band Festival to the Fourth of July Parade in Corte Madera and Larkspur, Oktoberfest and several more outdoor concerts and holiday concerts, their performances are just the thing for a music lover’s ears.
CirqueFly Aerial Acrobatics, Marin
129 Carlos Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
To train in the beautiful cirque-inspired art form, heady to CirqueFly Marin and experience a fun and challenging sculpting and toning workout that’s good for everybody. With a program developed by cirque performer and coach Cypher Zero, beginners are welcome to join these classes are designed for children 8 years old and older.
Corte Madera Library
707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Corte Madera branch of the Marin County Free Library was founded in 1928. Originally sharing the Parkside Hotel building with the Post Office, the library is now a well-developed and well-stocked building with its own calendar of events. Offering materials, services and programs to meet the needs of the community, the library is a free and fun option for experiencing the rich culture of the town.
San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater
10 Colton St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Corte Madera youth, from ages 5 to 25, can enjoy taking part in this quality recreation program of singing, acting and dancing, while adults can enjoy fun shows. Just a short drive away from town, this theater and program is a unique opportunity for children, teenagers and young adults in the Bay Area to learn all about the theater while committing to “Saturday only” rehearsals, which are easy on families. Visit the website and join the mailing list to learn about upcoming shows and auditions.