Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, September 11, 2017 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Summer’s almost over, and before you know it, fall will be in full swing! Truth be told, fall is one of the best seasons to visit Marin County because the weather is slightly cooler and the crowds are a little smaller. Whether you’re eager to indulge in your favorite desserts or looking to get your heart pumping with a nature hike, these events won’t disappoint.
If there's ever an excuse to guzzle down a few pints of beer, Oktoberfest is it! There are celebrations all around the San Francisco Bay Area, including ones in Mill Valley, Fairfax and, biggest of all, Corte Madera. Now in its 23rd year, Oktoberfest Corte Madera is set for Saturday, Oct. 14, and per usual, there will be all sorts of entertainment—from live music and kids’ activities to domestic microbrews, hard cider and local wine tastings. Tasting tickets cost $30, which includes a commemorative glass mug, while general admission is only $15.
Cheese Lover’s Tour
If you prefer drinking wine, you might as well pair it with some gourmet cheese. Throughout the fall—Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to be exact—West Marin Food and Farm Tours runs a popular cheese-themed experience. During the five-hour excursion, you’ll explore three of the area’s award-winning creameries and sample artisan cheeses from each. Several of the creameries have dairy farms where they house sheep, goats, cows and water buffalo.
Ready to satisfy your sweet tooth? We sure hope so! Throughout September, Walk Marin is hosting an extra-special Chocolate With a View tour. Tours will run daily, starting at 1 p.m. and concluding around 4:30 p.m. Not only will participants get to sample some of the area’s richest chocolates, but they’ll experience some stunning views too. The tour is a mix of eating and hiking, so expect to work up an appetite before each tasting.
Friday Farm Tour at The Fork
If you’re a fan of the farm-to-fork food trend, we have the tour for you! On Fridays from May through October, The Fork offers farm tours that include a cheese tasting. If you arrive early or stay late, treat yourself to a housemade ice cream sandwich or other snack and enjoy it on the patio or wander through the edible garden. There are also workshops where you can get your hands dirty, like the hands-on Farmers’ Market Fresh class. Things kick off with some instructions and end with a decadent cheese tasting.
Full Moon Kayaking at Point Reyes Outdoors
If your trip coincides with the full moon on Oct. 4, you’re in for a special treat. Point Reyes Outdoors is leading a special full-moon kayaking tour for a four-hour paddle. Just because you’ll be kayaking at night doesn’t mean you won’t see any wildlife. In fact, there’s the potential for some major spotting. Keep an eye out for all sorts of animals—harbor seals, bat rays, pelicans, cormorants and more. To celebrate the full moon, the price of the tour includes a dessert picnic accompanied by treats and hot beverages.
360 Walking Tour
Walk Marin is hosting its most popular tour, the Marin 360 Full Day Walking Tour, every day in October. The tour takes travelers through rolling hills and redwood forests, with inspiring views from Tiburon and Ring Mountain. There are a few pit stops along the way, so feel free to stock up on souvenirs and snacks. Bonus points if you book a weekend tour, because most guides lead their groups through the nearby farmer’s market, where you can sample fresh produce.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of McEvoy Ranch
If you’re eager to take an inside look at McEvoy Ranch, fall is the perfect time to plan a visit. The ranch is hosting a two-hour informational morning tour that takes guests in and around the orchards, vines and olive oil mill. Learn about the McEvoy family’s history, how they keep an eco-friendly business up and running, and the unique process of extracting oil; an effort that yields their award-winning olive oil. Best of all, there’s a tasting at the end! This tour is slated for Oct. 7, with more workshops to come.
Mill Valley Film Festival
Calling all film buffs! The Mill Valley Film Festival is right around the corner, which means plenty of must-see films from around the world. Now in its 40th year, the 11-day event kicks off Thursday, Oct. 5. From film students to fans of the classics, all are welcome. Films fit into one of five categories: U.S. Cinema, World Cinema, Valley of the Docs, Children's Filmfest and 5@5 Shorts. General admission starts at $15, with various discounts for seniors, students and children.
Marin’s Outdoor Antique Market
On the hunt for buried treasure? Have a go at Marin’s Outdoor Antique Market, which comes alive every second Sunday of the month, from April through October. Grab a crepe on the go, listen to live French music and shop the stalls. Every month there are all sorts of items to sift through—from vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind collectibles to repurposed furnishings and retro decor. Whether you go home with a new treasure or not, the market is the perfect place to enjoy all the culture and local history Marin has to offer.
Shakespeare in Love at Marin Theatre Company
You don’t have to travel to England to hear Shakespeare’s words in action. Starting in late November and running until mid-December, the Marin Theatre Company will be performing the Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall romance Shakespeare in Love. The story takes place during Shakespeare’s time in the Elizabethan era, when women weren’t allowed to be actors. From there, creativity really springs to life…and love.