Surf Film Festival
The first-ever Mill Valley Surf Film Festival takes place at the Sweetwater Music Hall this Saturday. Expect an awesome array of surf films that celebrate big wave-riding, the daredevils who do it, and the ocean's beauty. A gathering of local artists, musicians, and ocean-related charities will be present and San Francisco's the Merman will be taking the stage once the last film wraps. Sat 10/20, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley.
Ghost Town Tour in Santa Rosa
Bicycle + Beers + Oktoberfest
Jump on two wheels or take the ferry up to Larkspur, no matter how you do it, head over to Biketoberfest. Dozens of breweries will be pouring and 70+ bike exhibitors will be showcasing their wares. The SF Bike Coalition will be leading a slow-paced ride up there (leaves from the Ferry Building at 9:45 a.m.). Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day of event, FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax.
Beer and bicycles don’t always mix, but this weekend is a notable exception. Marin’s Biketoberfest offers bicycling beer lovers a chance to burn off as many calories as they consume.
Located in Fairfax, Biketoberfest is a relatively flat, 20-mile ride from downtown SF. If you prefer to ride with friends, join the SF Bicycle Coalition’s casual-pace group cruise from the Ferry Building at 9:45 a.m.
Mill Valley Film Festival
Marin's Oscar-feeding celebrity-packed 35th year just opened and runs through Oct 14. It boasts a massive slate of much-hyped spectacles like Holy Motors, The Sessions, and Argo and guests ranging from Stevie Nicks to Dustin Hoffman. Check out the schedule and buy tickets here.
Visit the Marine Mammal
If the weather gods are correct, we are getting a hefty dose of summer this weekend, which means Marin will be hot hot HOT! Take advantage of the one or two days of the year when a dip in the Bay or the ocean doesn’t seem like an outrageous proposition.
Go to the Beach!
Volunteer on the Coast
Saturday is California Coastal Cleanup Day and Marin has dozens of sites where you can participate in beautifying its beaches, bays, trails, and parks. It’s super easy to get involved.
Hike to Stinson Beach
Weekend traffic to Stinson Beach can be a nightmare, especially if the fog decides not to kiss the coast and sunny skies prevail. An alternate way to access Stinson Beach is to hike the Steep Ravine Trail. It’s a real beauty with tall redwoods, lush fern groves, and trickling waterfalls.
About halfway up Tomales Bay, California’s largest unspoiled coastal embayment, Hog Island is well-known among food lovers for its oysters, but the briny bivalves are certainly an acquired taste. Luckily, there is also cheese to be had in the area.
Does anything epitomize the American independent spirit like a road trip? We think not. Plus, if you feel like getting out of town on Fourth of July but don’t yet have plans, it’s not likely you’ll get a hotel room at this point. So hop in the car, head over the Golden Gate and follow all or part of our Marin coast itinerary: from funky hippie parade to gourmet picnic to an expensive, but luxuriously relaxing, view of the SF fireworks.