5 Best Things to Do This Week: December 2 – 8

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.

ICB Winter Open Studios

The ICB Artists, known as one of the nation’s most creative artist collectives, will present their biggest event of the year, the 2019 Winter Open Studios this Friday through Sunday. The ICB is a collective with art in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography, film, technology. Since 1968, the ICB Artists have welcomed the public into their working studios every winter. This unique opportunity to meet the artists, learn about their work and their creative process takes place just before the holiday season. Winter Open Studios is a perfect time to purchase affordable high-quality art from over 100 artists under one roof. Artists provide welcoming and comfortable studio spaces for visitors to relax, converse, view artwork, and meet others who are there to enjoy the experience.

Muir Beach Holiday Art Fair

Find gifts for everyone on your holiday list while enjoying a beautiful coastal view, live glass blowing demonstrations, gourmet treats, carolers and more at the 2019 Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair. The fair is set for Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 at the Muir Beach Community Center. An over 40-year tradition, the Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair features over 40 local artists hailing from Marin and throughout the Bay Area will be selling their artwork and colorful crafts, including hand-made pottery, sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, home & fashion accessories, wreaths, ornaments, children’s toys, hand-blown glass, holiday knick-knacks, and gifts from the garden. The award-winning Muir Beach Quilters will be on site with handmade scarves, dolls and quilts for sale. Also, the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be selling their popular dog-logo clothing, hats, sustainable stainless cups and water bottles and more, which help fund the Fire Department. Homemade food and snacks will be available all day and beer, wine, coffee and tea will be served on the balcony offering views of the beach, the Marin Headlands and San Francisco beyond.

Legion of Honor and the De Young Free Admission

Every Saturday, the Legion of Honor and the de Young offer free general admission to the permanent galleries to Bay Area residents. Please note that admission to any special exhibits is not included nor discounted and will require the full admission price. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, including art-making, gallery guides, and tours with discussion and sketching in the permanent galleries. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions still applies.

Indoor Antique French Market

The antique French market goes indoors for “The Big Christmas Show” with many of your favorite outdoor market vendors selling at the show along with our celebrated indoor vendors all under one roof this Saturday and Sunday at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. Over 70 vendors with antique treasures and vintage bargains will be present.

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker

The vibrant Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker provides a magical start to the holiday season. Now in its 31st year, this production features inspired dancing, exquisite costumes and lavish sets. The Victorian-era tale opens with a joyful party, featuring exquisite period-authentic costumes. The mysterious Drosselmeyer makes a grand entrance, weaving magic into the festivities and giving Clara a Nutcracker. Artistic Director Virginia Stapleton’s production features guest artists performing with over 250 dancers from the Stapleton School of Performing Arts. Complimentary meet and greet with costumed characters after 1:00 p.m. matinees.

All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.


Kasia PowlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.

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