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SF Amateur Astronomers

It’s your last chance to catch an astronomy program on Mt. Tam before spring of next year. This weekend, Planetologist Dr. Kevin Zahnie talks about the collision of Earth with another world gone wild that caused the extinction of dinosaurs and everything else. (And it could happen again!) The best part of this evening is the opportunity to view through telescopes provided by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Good timing as Jupiter just returned to the night sky and Mercury enters retrograde starting on Monday (watch out!). Rock Springs Parking Lot, Mount Tamalpais (Mill Valley)Sat, 11/3, 7 p.m.

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Oxbow Public Market in Napa

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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.

Bikes and Beers Align at Marin's Biketoberfest

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.

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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 MotorsThe Sessions, and Argo and guests ranging from Stevie Nicks to Dustin Hoffman. Check out the schedule and buy tickets here

Visit the Marine Mammal

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Limantour Beach

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!

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Coastal Clean Up

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.

Three Reasons to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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.

Hog Island is Heaven for Foodies

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.

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