The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival began in 1956 with a group of artists exhibiting their works in downtown store windows. Five years later, as participation increased, the
fledgling "Harvest Moon Festival" was held in Lytton Square. In 1962, the festival was incorporated, became an independent nonprofit organization, changed its name and moved to its present site at historic Old Mill Park.
This is a community event that reflects the spirit of Mill Valley. Scores of Festival
volunteers staff the gates and the Poster, T-Shirt and information booths during this annual two-day event. Much needed support comes from all areas of our community, from in-kind services and dollar donations to the food and beverages provided by numerous
Mill Valley nonprofit service organizations. Bay Area performers provide free entertainment on the main stage. Free children's entertainment and crafts activities are also provided in
the redwood grove by local performers and service organizations. The Festival Committee works hard to continue our tradition of:
- Encouraging and fostering public education in the awareness and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.
- Providing an open and continuing dialogue between the established artist and the public.
- Creating a foundation upon which local service organizations are able to raise a large portion of their operating budgets.
- Providing an important showcase for new and emerging artists.
- Presenting a high-quality family event that is accessible to interested people of all ages for a small admission fee.