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.
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
Friday October 5
A friend of mine spends 99% of her commuting hours on a bicycle. Last week, it was a rare night that she needed her car in the city. She approached the Fell St. left turn on Scott St. a.k.a. the Wiggle. Seeing a bike lane on the left and another on the right, she inched left, as she was planning to turn left.
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!
Sausalito Floating Home Tour
Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay has an entirely new meaning if you literally live on the dock of the Bay year round. For the 27th year, visitors can take self-guided tours inside 16 of the most unique houseboats in the world and docents will be onboard to answer your questions. The Commodore Marina will be open to the public for the first time and its three architecturally distinct floating homes should not be missed. If you’ve ever been curious about living on the waterfront in a houseboat, don’t miss this quirky tour. Saturday 9/22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., $35 advance, $40 at gate Kappas Marina, Gate 6 Road & Bridgeway, Sausalito.
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.
Every city’s subway has a distinct smell. It’s the first sense that announces to my traveling soul – yes, I’ve arrived.
But you, BART, arguably, do not have a scent as strong as that of New York City, or Boston, or Chicago. Those who debate might trace your aroma to a funky mix of mold, sweat, and the last food illegally consumed on board.
What you do have is a very distinct sound - an alto whistle that crescendos into a muted shrill as you reach maximum speed. This sound is as recognizable as the dank smell of our fellow metro’s transit. To me, BART, it means home.
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.
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