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Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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Sausalito Floating Home Tour

Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay has an entirely new meaning if you literally live on the dock of the Bay year round. For the 27th year, visitors can take self-guided tours inside 16 of the most unique houseboats in the world and docents will be onboard to answer your questions. The Commodore Marina will be open to the public for the first time and its three architecturally distinct floating homes should not be missed. If you’ve ever been curious about living on the waterfront in a houseboat, don’t miss this quirky tour. Saturday 9/22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., $35 advance, $40 at gate Kappas Marina, Gate 6 Road & Bridgeway, Sausalito.

California Beer Festival

Sixty craft brews, guaranteed sun, and mouthwatering BBQ are just a few reasons to head up north to the legendary California Beer Festival. But, the best motivation should be to experience Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band. The band has four vocalists just to cover MJ’s astonishing range. Highly recommended. Saturday 9/22, 12:30 – 5 p.m. $45 advance, $50 at the door, Stafford Lake, Novato.

BBQ on the Lawn

Rancho Nicasio holds its first world music BBQ on the lawn with Zulu Spear and Beso Negro. Views of the rolling Marin hills at this tucked away spot in the quaint village of Nicasio will make you feel like you’re a million miles from the city. But you’re not. Sunday 9/23, gates open at 3 p.m., music at 4 p.m. $17 advance, $20 at the door. On the town square, Nicasio.