Brimming with natural wonder and small town charm, Mill Valley is an understated gem of the San Francisco Bay Area. Cozied up to the redwoods, Mill Valley Music Festival celebrates the homespun city and regional artists with two days of music, food and community. This year, it will return for its second run at Friends Field from May 13-14.
Similar to Noise Pop Festival, Mill Valley Music Festival leans toward local artists. Alternative rock band Cake from Sacramento and genre-blending project Michael Franti & Spearhead from Oakland are set to headline, and various up-and-coming acts are supporting at the Sweetwater Side Stage, including Anna Harrell . Harrel, a local Mill Valley high school student, will play at the festival following the release of her debut EP in April.
But unlike Noise Pop, which takes advantage of its urban setting with a string of independent music venues, Mill Valley Music Festival embraces the outdoors. With one main stage, there are no competing sets, and great views of the performers can be found across the venue. The food lineup has not yet been announced at the time of this article, but last year’s vendors included Mill Valley Italian trattoria Piazza D’Angelo and San Francisco Chinese-American restaurant Mamauhu.
- Tickets start at $139 for single-day GA and $259 for two-day GA. Reduced price teen tickets can also be purchased for those ages 13-19. The full price breakdown can be found here.
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How should I get to and from the festival? Mill Valley Music Festival suggests attendees ride their bikes and leave them at the free bike valet located at the main entrance. Limited parking passess are also available here.
Are tickets available for purchase at the festival? No, you must purchase a ticket online in advance.
Is the festival ADA accessible? Yes, the festival grounds are ADA accessible, and there are ADA bathrooms available as well. However, 2-day ADA parking passes are currently sold out.