5 Best Things to do This Week: July 8–14

Renegade Craft Fair

The craft fair landscape is getting more dense with each passing season. A decade ago, craft fairs were generally small, novel affairs, often held in churches or elementary school multipurpose rooms (MPRs to the initiated) on weekends with nary an advertisement save for a clip art flyer. Presently, they’ve gone the way of the farmers market — i.e. from being obscure, truly insider events, to the hip place to be seen at. And look at the website. It doesn’t get much cooler than royal blue waves. But in the sea of current craft fairs, Renegade Craft Fair has the distinction of being among the first — a herald of sorts. It is returning to San Francisco with a celebration of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Guests are invited to shop emerging and established Makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end (or start) the day with a cocktail.

Michael Pollan in Conversation with Peter Coyote

One of the New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, a New York Times Notable Book, and a #1 New York Times bestseller, How to Change Your Mind is a brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs, and the spellbinding story of Michael Pollan’s own life-changing psychedelic experiences. The author of seven previous books, Pollan will have a conversation onstage with Peter Coyote moderated by Rebecca Solnit at Book Passage Corte Madera.

San Rafael Hops

The first annual downtown San Rafael Hops & Vines Stroll will be taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrating the craft beer and premium wine scene in Marin, the tasting event will take place along the San Rafael Downtown Fourth Street corridor through the West End Village and is set to feature music, numerous downtown breweries, bars and restaurants, merchants and businesses offering wine and beer tastings as well as light refreshments inside their establishments. Attendees 21 and over wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase advance tickets for $25 or day-of tickets for $30. The on-site ticket table will be located in the City Plaza at Court Street, 1000 Fourth Street, San Rafael. The last sale of tickets is 6:30 p.m. Eventgoers can hop on and off of the free trolley to easily cruise the full length of the event and will receive a branded glass and a map with all of the tasting locations. The ticket price includes wine and beer samples at all of the sampling locations. Participating wineries and breweries include Pond Farm, Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen, Iron Springs Public House, Ojos de Toro, Wente Vineyards, St. Mayhem and more.

Movies in the Park

Each summer the Mill Valley Recreation Department hosts free monthly Movies in the Park. This year movies will be screened at both the Mill Valley Community Center as well as Old Mill Park and will take place on the first Friday night in July, August, September, and October. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics to this family-friendly event.

2019 Scheduled Movies and Dates:

San Rafael’s Second Fridays Art Walk

Art walks rarely disappoint. Not only do you get to check out cool (often local) art, there’s generally live music, pop-up restaurants or food trucks, plus you also get to go out with friends and meet new people, and wine. Lots of wine that’s often free. Even if it wasn’t for all those aforementioned features, the highlights of this Friday’s are not to be missed. Aside from Underground Gallery and Art Works Downtown there’s at least 10 other galleries and businesses participating in the event ensuring something for everyone –– better than ordering food at home in the very least. Don’t forget about the wine.

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