The 47th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue Fundraiser is a fun event for the whole family with delicious food, activities for the kids, and dancing to live music by local favorites Andre Pessis and his All-Stars and opening band Soul Ska. An annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Marin, the event this year takes place on Sunday, May 26, from noon to 5pm at Santos Meadows on Frank Valley Road. Just follow the signs from Muir Beach or Muir Woods.
The Firemen’s Barbecue is a festive gathering and fundraiser for the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Some of Marin and the Bay Area’s best musicians will rock the stage while Muir Beach firefighters and community members tend to smoky grills. Sought after raffle prizes are offered and, for the kids, there is a special play zone with climbing walls and bounce houses.
Barbecue chicken and vegetarian tamale lunches, hand made desserts, plus sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase, as are clothing and other items featuring the famous Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department iconic dog logo. The day’s activities end with a raffle of more than 100 prizes that include fantastic accommodations, airline tickets and gift certificates from popular Bay Area and beyond restaurants and attractions.
The Annual Firemen’s Barbecue is free and open to the public, however the event is a fundraiser for the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department and donations and purchases of merchandise, food, beverages and raffle tickets are encouraged and appreciated.
Parking is $20 per vehicle; carpooling is encouraged.
Businesses and Muir Beach Fans all over Marin and beyond have donated prizes for our 2019 BBQ Raffle - see what was won last year!
Directions to Santos Meadow in Muir Beach
From San Francisco: Take Golden Gate Bridge and Highway 101 North.
From East Bay: Take Richmond Bridge and Highway 101 South.
From North: Take Highway 101 South
To Santos Meadow
Distances are measured from the first traffic light after exiting 101 from North or South (Fireside Motel on left)
- Exit Highway 101 at Stinson Beach Hwy 1 exit. Follow signs to Hwy 1 North.
- At first traffic light, proceed on Hwy 1 North (Shoreline Highway) towards Stinson Beach.
- At mile 0.5 (Arco Station on the left) turn left at traffic light (Tamalpais Junction). Continue on Hwy 1 North, Shoreline Hwy, towards Stinson Beach and Mt. Tamalpais.
- At mile 3.1, stay left on Hwy 1 towards Muir Beach
- At mile 6 go straight onto Frank Valley road / Muir Woods Rd. (Hwy 1 goes left)
- At mile 6.6, turn left at Santos Meadow/Frank Valley Horse Camp
A special thanks to the more than 170 community volunteers, many of whom work for months each year to make the BBQ a great success. Big thanks also to businesses contributors for their generous contributions of goods, services & raffle prizes!
A picture's worth a thousand words...
Check out the 2017 Barbecue Slide Show
Check out the 2016 Barbecue Slide Show
Check out the 2015 Barbecue Slide Show
Check out the 2014 Barbecue Slideshow
Check out the 2013 Barbecue Slideshow
Check out the 2012 Barbecue Slideshow
Check out the 2011 Barbecue Slide Show
Check out the 2009 Barbecue Slide Show
Ever wonder why the live music at every Muir Beach Volunteer Firefighters BBQ is always so exceptionally good? Chalk it up to André Pessis! Year after year André is the guy who recruits the musicians that are featured as "André's Allstars." They're André's friends and associates and they're long-time professionals. (Check out their websites!)
The world recognizes André as an Award Winning Songwriter (16 hits and in seven #1 albums), but Muir Beach folks know André as a home-boy...one of the initial Volunteer Firefighters (over 40 years ago)...and a long-time friend of the BBQ that provides most of the money that keeps the Volunteers going.
So that's why the music is so good. Come next year and see for yourself. And put your hands together for André and all his All-Stars. They rock!
Many thanks to the businesses and organizations whose contributions help to make the annual BBQ a success! Here's a partial list:
- Lagunitas Brewing Company
- Thierry Lovato, Thackery Wines/Sean
- Ellen Callaway & K Stebner, Michael Caufield, Kevin Corbit, Brenda Kohn, Peter Lambert, Deborah McDonald, Sara Nesbitt, Janet Tumpich
- Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
(ingredients for the yummy desserts & use of their kitchen)
- Lazzari Fuel Supply
(garbage and recycling bins)
(coffee for work parties)
- Trader Joe's
(food for work parties)
(discount on chicken)
- San Francisco Wholesale Ice Company
- Muir Beach Quilters
(volunteers' Sunday setup breakfast baked goods)
- D'Angelo's Pizza
(Wrap-up Party pizza)
Special thanks to all the businesses and folks who contributed 100+ prizes to
Check here to see who won 2018 Raffle Prizes.
The Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department & Debra Allen, Volunteer Raffle Coordinator, would like to thank the many locals who purchased 25-200 raffle tickets, as they made a huge, important difference for all involved!