Around the Bay in September 2014

Sausalito’s unique floating homes community invites you to its 29th annual tour, entitled “The Artistry of Waterfront Living,” on Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

Waterworld by Elaine Larsen

Published: September, 2014

Sausalito Floating Homes Tour

Sausalito’s unique floating homes community invites you to its 29th annual tour, entitled “The Artistry of Waterfront Living,” on Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the art of living on our waterfront and expect to be treated by the various talents of the numerous artists who reside on our shores. Each very unique home you see will be a treasure to remember. Docents will be on-board to sate your curiosity about the waterfront lifestyle and answer any questions you might have. Kappas Marina Green will provide respite and fun throughout the day, featuring local musicians, artists and a variety of food and drinks, which will be available for your purchase. Advance tickets are recommended as the tour regularly sells out. Purchase tickets online for $40 via Tickets on the day of the tour will be $45. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Floating Homes Association at (415) 332-1916. 


5K Walk and Lights On Festival in SF

UCSF Medical Center invites the community to participate in its 5K Hard Hat Walk and Lights On Festival on Saturday, September 6, to support its new state-of-the-art medical center for children, women and cancer patients in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. The fundraising events kick off the final countdown to the grand opening of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on February 1, 2015. The interactive 5K Hard Hat Walk concludes with the Lights On Festival, a street festival and light show projected onto the new UCSF hospitals. Members of the Warriors organization will join the festivities for the 5K Hard Hat Walk, which will begin on Third Street and finish in front of the new hospitals. Pre-walk festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 5:30 pm. At the finish line, participants who have donated or raised a minimum of $100 will be welcomed to the Lights On Festival to enjoy complimentary refreshments from more than 20 local eateries. Entertainment includes more than 10 live performance groups including local bands San Francisco Rock Project and WJM, the world’s youngest social-impact rock band (fifth graders in a rock band!), and Emmy-nominated DJ Cory Live! As the sun sets, the festival will conclude with a light show projected onto the new facilities until 8:30 p.m. Participants can walk as individuals or form teams to fundraise, directly contributing to the lifesaving work that happens at UCSF Medical Center on a daily basis. Registration for the Hard Hat Walk is $25 and each participant gains entrance to the Lights On Festival with an additional $75 donated or raised for a total of $100 (children 12 and under have no minimum fundraising requirements).


Environmental Art

MarinMOCA’s First Annual Juried Member Exhibit titled Rising Tides - Shifting Boundaries opens August 30. The theme of the show invites an artistic response to global warming and climate changes, and issues regarding physical and/or economic survival and adaptability, populations of life forms, food/water sources and emotions relating to these concerns. A committed environmentalist herself, artist Mary Eubank is the juror for this show. The exhibit will be open from August 30 to October 5, and the public is invited to attend. The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, California. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit MarinMOCA’s website at or call (415) 506-0137 for more information.


Wilderness Festival in Vallejo

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Visions of the Wild Festival will be held in Vallejo from September 3 to 6.  The event will bring ideas and values of wilderness to a diverse San Francisco Bay Area audience. The multi-day festival will include author talks, panels, concerts, art exhibits, a film series and field trips. The goal is to connect diverse urban communities to the wildness of nature around them. The festival is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and many other agencies and organizations. The festival will take place at several locations in downtown Vallejo with the primary venue being the Empress Theater. For more details, visit


Brews on the Bay

Join the San Francisco Brewers Guild for another edition of Brews on the Bay, Saturday, September 13, from 12 - 5 p.m. Enjoy over 60 different beers made by San Francisco breweries, while soaking up the salty air, sunshine, live music, food, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco. It’s one of the most memorable and unique beer festivals in the country. Member breweries will serve unlimited eight-ounce pours of their latest and greatest IPA, farmhouse ale, session beer, barrel-aged sour, imperial stout, and many other beer styles. The brewers will also be on hand to serve beer and answer questions. In addition to the local beer, there will also be local food and music. Tame your appetite by sampling San Francisco’s best food trucks and carts. Then you can tap your feet to music from Three Times Bad and The Up and Down. For the eleventh year, the fest will be held aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, which is a historical landmark from the World War II Merchant Marine era. A portion of festival proceeds will benefit the National Liberty Ship Memorial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Events page at


Pickin’ on the Potomac

Enjoy the foot stompin good sounds of the High Country Bluegrass Band dockside on the Presidential Yacht Potomac on Friday, September 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beer, Wine and Bar Nibbles will be available for sale. Tours of the ship are offered starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, and are fully tax deductible as they support the Educational Cruise program. For more information and reservations, visit or call (510) 627-1215 .

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