Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Annual used book sale at Fort Mason

The Big Book Sale
Yes, people still read books made of paper. And from now through Sunday you and the rest of them can browse endless tables at the best used book sale in the Bay Area. Now in its 50th year, The Big Book Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and proceeds go toward their literacy program for children, teens and adults. Hardbacks are $3, paperbacks $2 and dvd’s/cd’s/etc are $1. Friday-Sunday, 9/26-8, 10am-6pm, Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion.

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Artwork at Art Explosion open studios

Art Explosion Open Studios
The city used to be flush with artists creating wonderful works. Now, not so much. But Art Explosion Studios, the largest artist collective is the Mission, is keeping up the good fight with its annual fall open studios all weekend. The event kicks off with a Friday gala reception from 7-11pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9/27-8, noon-5pm, 2425 17th St. and at 744 Alabama St.

Candy apples at Candypalooza in Fairfield

Candypalooza Festival
Did you know the Jelly Belly factory was located just up the I-80 in Fairfield? Then you probably didn’t know they’re holding their second annual candy fest this weekend at Jelly Belly HQ. Besides plenty of samples, there are carnival rides, arts and crafts, an entertainment lineup, and wine and chocolate. And get this, actors Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) and Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) from the original Willie Wonka film will be in attendance. Saturday and Sunday, 9/27-8, 9am-5pm, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield.

Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day
Go to the link, choose a museum, and download a ticket for you and a friend to get free admission to any of the best museums in the Bay Area. The de Young and Legion of Honor are both part of this annual event sponsored by the Smithsonian. Saturday, 9/27, participating museums.

Fog Fest
Pacifica, that fogbound town by the coast that used to have cheap rents, is once again hosting the Pacific Coast Fog Festival and the city really goes all out. On tap is a fun run, parade and marching band competition, sand sculpture contest, three music stages and lots of food and booths. And if it’s a non-foggy day, there’s no better beach to visit. Saturday and Sunday, 9/27-8, 10am-6pm.

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