The Outdoor Art Club 1 West Blithedale Avenue • Mill Valley • California 94942


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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 wedding garden. Guests can mingle informally under the oak with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or they can be seated in the wedding garden for a ceremony. Annuals, perennials and an abundance of shrubbery around two sides of the wedding garden add to the feeling of serenity.

The clubhouse, which borders two sides of the wedding garden, 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, surrounded by Redwood trees, leads to the shaded wedding garden.

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


PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $6,000–7,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Year

  • The venue rental fee can include:

    • Exclusive use of the selected ceremony and reception space
    • Tables, chairs, and onsite furnishings
    • Getting-ready suites and a Catering Kitchen
    • Setup and teardown services
    • And more!
Additional Info
  • A $1,500 refundable security deposit and proof of additional insurance are required.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 140
Cocktails, etc. Standing 140 200
Reception Seated 140 130
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 120.

With a variety of event spaces, this venue can accommodate both large parties and intimate guest counts.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list

Couples must select from a list of approved caterers with no exceptions.



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Weekends only: Friday and Saturday 10am–11pm; Sunday 10am–10pm. A guided tour is required before renting the facility; to schedule a tour, make a reservation on the club's website.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Private Club
  • Non-Profit

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Waterfall

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: choose from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided for 140
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO, or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-street only
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer
View: garden


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: moderately amplified OK inside until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30pm on Sundays; volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required, extra charge
Other: decorations require prior approval; no candles allowed


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