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Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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Get outside and enjoy the Headlands Center for the Arts Fall Picnic. Photo courtesy of their website.

Escape Karl the Fog and chilly temps this weekend with a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or a brisk ferry ride.

THE DARKNESS

It’s almost Halloween so why not subject yourself to panic and horror at Tamalpais Valley’s Haunted House titled The Darkness: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You. Conveniently enough for families with little, easily scared kiddos this haunted house has different tour times designated for varying levels of fright. This Saturday you can go to the “Not Scary At All” tour from 3-4:30 p.m. or the “Scary” tour from 5-6:30 p.m. And for the uber brave and hard to scare folks you can take a stroll through the “Horrifying” tour from 7:30-9 p.m. For just $5, see how the Tamalpais Community Center turned into the perfect place for ghouls, ghosts, and gravesites.

FALL OPEN HOUSE AND PICNIC

The Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an open house just three times a year, taking visitors for a closer look at its Artist in Residence program. This Sunday, take a trip to the backcountry of the Marin Headlands to observe the creative processes of artists of all kind and appreciate the landscape with a fresh perspective during artist-led hikes. Be picnic ready as the Center's organic Mess Hall will have picnic lunches for sale. Browse the artisan pop-up shops and enjoy a creativity-filled day in the park. Check out a complete schedule of events here.

EVENING OF SOUL

San Rafael's premier music venue, The Fenix, hosts a night with the Will Russ Band. Born and raised in Detroit, Will Russ Jr.'s soothing and soulful voice will mesmerize you. The singer has been fortunate enough to perform with the likes of Mavis Staples, Ray Charles, and Darius Rucker. The Fenix's dinner menu has just a touch of the South with a heavy dose of sophisication. Get tickets here. $10, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael.