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The Outdoor Art Club

Mill Valley Wedding Venue
1 West Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94942

Contact: Rental Coordinator
Phone: 415/383-2582
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Why We Like This Place

The Outdoor Art Club, located in the heart of downtown Mill Valley, is one of Marin’s favorite (and most sought-after) event spots. You enter through a quaint, arched gate into a restful garden patio area that immediately removes you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A sprawling native oak tree provides a leafy canopy to the lovely, large garden patio. Guests can mingle informally under the oak with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or they can be seated on the patio for a ceremony. Annuals, perennials and an abundance of shrubbery around two sides of the patio area add to the feeling of serenity.

The clubhouse, which borders two sides of the patio, is a charmer with a capital “C”. Designed in 1904 by Bernard Maybeck, this classic Arts and Crafts structure has a rustic brown-shingled exterior, multipaned windows and multiple sets of French doors that bring the outside in when they’re all opened. The interior is spacious, with a beamed vaulted ceiling, hardwood floor and raised stage along one end, perfect for a head table or band setup. The Sun Porch, which is suitable for the cake table or buffets, is a smaller space with two sets of French doors opening out onto a wide deck behind the clubhouse. The deck runs almost the full length of the building, connected with the kitchen area at one end, and at the other end with wide, shallow steps leading down to the shaded wedding patio area.

This sheltered patio is the optimal spot for a wedding ceremony. Guests can be seated in rows here, while the bride and groom say their vows in front of a backdrop of dense trees and shrubbery. It’s no mystery why the Outdoor Art Club is so popular—it has an Old World appeal that’s hard to resist.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 125

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 160
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The wedding patio holds 120 seated guests and the front patio area 125 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility seats a maximum of 160 guests inside for dining.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Main Room can accommodate approximately 200 seated in rows; the Sun Porch and Library seat approximately 60 guests each.

Fees & Deposits

The Club’s rental fee is $3,700. Half of the rental fee is required as a deposit to reserve a date, and is due 10 days after receipt of the written contract. The balance of the rental fee, a $1,500 security deposit, and proof of additional insurance are due 60 days before your event. A custodian is provided for 2 hours for table and chair setup. The security deposit is refunded after the site has been checked and the Clubhouse key has been returned.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings


Catering: choose from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided for 160
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO, or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-street only
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer
View: garden

Site Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Club


Alcohol: BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: moderately amplified OK inside until midnight; volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required, extra charge
Other: decorations require prior approval; no candles allowed

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Weekends only. Saturdays 10am–11pm; Sundays 10am–10pm. A guided docent tour is required before renting the facility. Tours are by reservation only.

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