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Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Photo by Philip Martin/Art Burst Miami

Escape from the city for true fall colors as well as dance, wildlife, and serious deals on shopping in Marin this weekend. 

Bahia is one of the most stunning and culturally rich areas of Brazil and it's reknowned for its strong African heritage and explosive Carnival scene, one highlight of which is dance. See for your self as the 25-member troupe Balè Folclórico da Bahia descends upon Marin with explosive drumming, feverish dancing and ebullient energy. From Capoerira to Samba de Roda to Afixire dances, expect the evening to be packed with thrilling choreography, festive rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious exuberance. 8 p.m. Sat. 10/23, Tickets $20-45, buy tickets here. Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium is located at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

The Marine Mammal Center kicks off a new monthly series entitled "Marine Science Sunday" with thematic tours, activities, classroom presentations, and more. This Sunday, they are celebrating animals who love to travel in light of the upcoming migration season. Presentations will highlight animals like the gray whale (which has the longest single migration of any mammal in the world), the sperm whale, and the blue whale, the largest animal on earth. Find out the best times and places to see these magnificent creatures off the California coast. One hour docent-led tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Adults $9. One hour classroom presentations at 12 and 2 p.m. Buy advanced tickets here. 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito

Heath Ceramics' Sausalito Factory & Showroom has a lineup of deals and activities to celebrate its annual sale. Besides getting 20% off on everything in store, an extra 30% off seconds is available at the Marin location. Besides shopping, you can take a tour of the general factory (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.). Tours are on a first come, first served basis and you must wear closed-toe shoes and safety glasses (provided). Coffee and baked goods will be available from 2Girl Roaster & Cibo at 10 a.m. with lunch available from The Melt, noon to 3 p.m. If you're feeling creative, indulge your inner artist from 12-3 p.m. when can design and glaze a tile. Heath will fire it for you to take home. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 11/23, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11/24, 400 Gate Five Rd, Sausalito, (415) 332-3732.