5 Best Things to Do This Week: October 7 – 13



A Beautiful Oktoberfest

On Saturday, October 12th at Menke Park, Oktoberfest Corte Madera will bring together community and friends for another robust round of tastings, local restaurant gourmet eats, treats and fun kid activities. This year features some old favorites like Moylan’s, Marin Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada and Lost Coast, plus an assortment of other craft and home-brewed beers, wines, mead, ciders and kombucha. New participants to watch out for: Gowan’s, a premium award-winning hard cider, and Henhouse, a fast-growing favorite for unique flavored beer. Boochcraft Hard Kombucha, also a big contender, will pour their “kombucha beer” with probiotic benefits. A ‘gluten-reduced’ beer is also coming.

Fleet Week

Fleet Week and Blue Angels

You’ve seen them and you’ve certainly heard them and now it’s that time again. Yep, Fleet Week is coming back to the bay. Much more than just the Blue Angels, this yearly festival and celebration of military power typically features a full airshow with a 747, Coast Guard rescue demonstrations, plus Navy ship tours, live music, a parade of ships underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, fireworks and tons more. San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) began in 1981 when then Mayor Dianne Feinstein led the nation in celebrating America’s sea services. Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SFFW’s air show, parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy. As the largest and most significant event of its kind in the nation, SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster response. Consistently attracting millions of visitors —and scaring the unsuspecting tourists — San Francisco’s Fleet Week creates lasting relationships for its partners and is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.

Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain at Book Passage

Tiffany Shlain takes readers on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

Ford v Ferrari

Mill Valley Film Festival

The start of the NBA season — and hopefully a Warriors comeback — plus Halloween and all the fun that comes with the holiday are plenty of reasons to be excited about October. In Marin, however, the biggest deal this month is the 42nd annual Mill Valley Film Festival. Spanning 11 days and featuring twelve world premieres, eleven North American premieres, and seventeen US premieres, the event truly offers a globally notable experience. This year the fete kicked off last Thursday with Just Mercy, but aside from screenings, guests still also have an opportunity to sit in on intimate Q&As with actors and directors, listen to panels, go on a hikes and attend parties, like the closing night one after Ford v Ferrari.

Marin Foster Care

Marin Foster Care Gala

The Marin Foster Care Association (MFCA) is at the forefront of support and advocacy for foster children and their dedicated caregivers. The second annual Blues & Brews Marin offers a chance to learn about the unique needs of foster children and spotlights Marin’s remarkable caregivers. The best of last year’s event returns this year — live music, craft brews, exclusive wine, delicious food and one-of-a-kind silent auction items.


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Marin Magazine Kasia PawlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.