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Muir Redwoods

Photo of Muir Woods courtesy of Stepan Mazurov

2nd Fridays Art Walk and AWD Open Studios

Treat yourself to some refreshments and live music as you stroll down San Rafael’s Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. If you can't make it on Friday, Art Works Downtown (AWD) will hold additional open studios this weekend under the brand new circus theme, “Under the Big Top.” Visit over 30 studios featuring live music and performances, clowns, face painting, circus movies, jugglers, magicians and other surprises. Free, Friday, Nov. 9 5 pm-8 pm during 2nd Fridays Art Walk and continues through Saturday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 am- 5 pm. 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael

Napa Valley Film Festival

Drop by the 2nd Annual Napa Valley Film Festival for a day (or weekend) of the best new independent films, artisan food and boutique wines. A walkable festival village, the Napa Valley Film Festival has plenty to offer whether you grab a day pass or a festival pass that grants you access to the closing night awards and wrap parties. Buy your passes here. $50-500, Friday, Nov. 9- Sunday, Nov. 11, 1400 W. Clay St., Napa

Hike Muir Woods (for free)

Escape the city for a day and spend it amongst the famous Redwoods in Muir Woods. Normally priced at $7, admission will be free to Muir Woods this Veteran's day weekend. You can find out which additional national parks are participating in Free National Park Weekend here. Free, 8 am- sunset, Saturday, Nov. 10 - Monday, Nov. 12, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley