Celebrate Fall With These 5 October Adventures

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Fall is officially upon us. Days are shortening. And unlike the rest of the country, temperatures are warming. Which means this is the perfect season to get outside and find some adventures.

Here are our 5 favorite Bay Area events for this fall.

Off the Grid’s Twilight Campfire at the Presidio – Ends October 29th

Photo by Colby Stopa.

Photo by Colby Stopa.

If you haven’t been to Off the Grid’s campfire night, now is the time. Live music, food trucks, campfires, and plenty of delicious cocktails… who could ask for more?

Here’s the sitch: Campfire night takes place in the Presidio every Thursday night. You can show up early and grab a seat by the fire. Or if you want to be really fancy, buy pre-set fire pits and chairs for 8 people for $150. We’ve heard that sunsets get more colorful in the fall, and we’re pretty sure the fires get sparklier too.

San Francisco Botanical Garden – Free admission October 13th

Photo by Nicolas Raymond.

Photo by Nicolas Raymond.

Now is the time of year to visit the botanical garden, since it’s one of the few places in SF where the leaves change colors. What could be lovelier than an afternoon stroll through the garden followed by a picnic in the park?

Check out the full moon tour on October 29th that reveals “the interesting shapes and sounds of the Garden at night”. We don’t know about you, but we want to know what that means.

Brewery Tour at Speakeasy Ales & Laggers – Starts October 3rd

Photo by a olin.

Hidden amidst a business park in Bayview is one of San Francisco’s most notorious breweries, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. Although the brewery is worth a visit anytime of year, their newly opened, expanded brewery tours deserve a special shout out. The tour takes you through their 60-barrel brewhouse, canning line, and malt handling system. Tours are $7 and are limited to 10 people so they remain high-quality. Plus you get two 5 oz. tasters, steal!

Be sure to give yourself some time to hang at their dimly lit, bar area sipping their huge selection of Speakeasy beers…get there soon so you can try the Pumpkin Pie fall special!

Lower Polk Art Walk – October 1st

Photo by Laughing in the Streets.

Photo by Laughing in the Streets.

Autumn is the time for deep thoughts, red wine, and contemplation. And there’s no better way to do that than the First Thursday art walk on Lower Polk. Browse and buy art from an array of art galleries situated, oddly, in the Tenderloin.

This is not your craft show hidden behind an art facade, these are real, local, talented artists opening their world up for the city to see. Our favorite stop is the Gauntlet Collection, an uber hip gallery with fun prints, featuring stormtroopers, astronauts, and Frida Kahlo imagery.

Marin Night Hike – October 17th or October 27th

Photo by John Loo.

We knew no fall list would be complete without a night hike. What better way to take advantage of the crisp air and Halloween spookiness? But, we couldn’t settle on just one option. So we give you our two favorites:

For families: on October 30th, the Park Conservancy is hosting a Voices in the Dark tour of the Marin Headlands. It’s the perfect way to get outside and listen for owls, coyotes, and more.

For a more adult-centric trek, the Marin Moonshiners are hosting a full moon hike and picnic on October 27th where you BYO wine and picnic. They provide the blanket setup, flashlights, and direction. Either way, you’re in for an October to remember.

Like what you see? Feel like finding an adventure all of your own? Just download the app and give us a holler. Your very own free assistant will research the best options for you. (Blog readers can get access to our private beta with code ‘morefun’).


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