Getting There - Sound Summit


We strongly encourage you to arrive early, avoid midday weekend traffic, grab a good seat, and give all our acts a full and festive audience. Mountain Theater is located on East Ridgecrest Blvd on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Doors open at 10:00 AM, music begins at 11:00 AM, and ends at 7:00 PM. There are various options to get to the venue.



Round-trip bus service up the mountain and back will be available for $20.00 per person from the Manzanita Park & Ride Commuter Lot and from the Pohono Street Park & Ride Lot (just across the frontage road from Manzanita leading to Hwy. 101) in Mill Valley beginning at 8:45 AM on day of show and continuing throughout the day until 4:00 PM. Look for Yellow First Student School Buses. Bus schedule is dependent on traffic up and down the mountain. Please plan to arrive early and allow ample time to get to the venue. Note that the last bus up to the Mountain Theater leaves Mill Valley at 4:00 PM. Stay tuned for more details about bus service as we draw closer to Sound Summit.

We strongly recommend purchasing Bus Passes in advance on our ticketing website. Bus Passes will sell out and will not be available for purchase at our Bus Lots on the day of show.

Buses depart from the Mountain Theater entrance, beginning at 7:00 PM. So that we can move people from the venue to the buses in an orderly fashion following the concert, we ask that you follow staff direction and signage in forming a line leading back to the venue entrance for boarding.

There will also be buses departing from the entrance of the Mountain Theater to shuttle concert-goers back to the Bus Lots in Mill Valley at regular intervals throughout the day once Sound Summit begins, if so desired.


Mountain Parking is available in two lots with limited spaces and prepaid Parking Passes may be purchased at the Sound Summit ticketing site. If you purchase a Parking Pass, we strongly encourage you to carpool with friends and family to reduce your carbon footprint and traffic on the mountain. Parking lots open at 9:00 AM.

Parking at the High Camp Lot, directly adjacent to the Mountain Theater, is available for $45 per vehicle and limited to 75 spaces.

Parking at the Summit Lot, a short free shuttle ride to the Mountain Theater, is available for $30 per vehicle and limited to 300 spaces.

No RVs, Trailers, or Oversize Vehicles will be admitted to the mountain parking lots.

There will be no dropoffs of passengers allowed at the front entrance to the venue except for patrons with Accessible Seating or those requiring assistance into the theater.

The ascent to and descent from the Mountain Theater is on winding roads which require close attention.

Please Drive Safely. Do Not Drink and Drive. Be Wise and Use a Designated Driver.

Once the show begins, there will be a shuttle bus available at regular intervals at the entrance to the Mountain Theater to return to the Summit Lot, in the event anyone wishes to return to their vehicle and leave prior to the end of the concert.

Following the concert, please proceed to your vehicle as follows:

• Those parking in the High Camp Lot should return to their vehicles along the short footpath on which they entered the venue.

• Those parking in the Summit Lot should proceed along the same footpath to the High Camp Lot, where shuttle buses will be provided back to the Summit Lot. Do not return to the venue entrance where you were dropped off originally.

• Those parking near Rock Spring, at Trojan Point, or out on West Ridgecrest Blvd., please exit the venue on the Mountain Theater Fire RoadYou can access the Mountain Theater Fire Road through the back of our Vendor Village where the restrooms are.


If you feel like pedaling, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will be hosting parking for bicyclists who wish to ride up to Sound Summit on the right side of the Rock Springs Parking Lot.

Visit here for more information.


Take to the trails with your best hiking gear and hoof it up the mountain. If you do so, we’ll give you a free bus ride back to Mill Valley, so you won’t be hiking down in the dark. If you’re determined to do so, we encourage you to bring a flashlight and warm clothing.

Trail Map, courtesy of Friends of Mount Tam.