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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Fleet Week
Fleet Week is back for its 35th year with a panoply of festivities to beat the band. Seven different ships are available for tours all day Saturday through Monday (a holiday) at various piers along the Embarcadero. Of course the highlight is the airshow over SF Bay, starting at 12:30 and culminating at 3pm with the Blue Angels. Saturday – Monday, 10/10-12, all day.

Ocean Beach Music+Art Festival
At the opposite corner of SF in the Outer Sunset, the Ocean Beach fest packs a lot into its two-blocks. Six stages feature over 20 bands, along with live art installations, 10 food vendors, two beer gardens, a petting zoo and a pumpkin patch. Saturday, 10/10, 11am-7pm, Noriega at 47th St.

Corgi Con
One corgi dog running along the beach as fast as its stubby legs will let it is funny/cute enough. But 500? LOLZ. For corgi owners and lovers, this is obviously a must attend, but also for anyone who enjoys a spectacle. A costume contest and corgi races highlight the event. Saturday, 10/10, 10am-2pm, Ocean Beach.

Litquake
This week-long event brings in hundreds of writers, poets and journalists in venues throughout the Bay Area. Sessions are by theme, such as thrillers, travel and erotica. Saturday – Saturday, 10/10-17, all times.

Viva CalleSJ
Downtown San Jose is a no-car zone on six miles of city streets, and open for biking, walking, skating, yogaing, whatever, as long as it doesn’t involve a motor. Moveable Feast food trucks will be on hand to administer fuel, while the Bay Area’s eight Lombardi trophies (Niners and Raiders) will be on display. Sunday, 10/11, 10am-3pm.

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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Fleet Week
That sonic boom you hear echoing through San Francisco’s streets means the return of the Blue Angels for Fleet Week after a few year hiatus. The weekend kicks off with the Parade of Ships into the bay on Friday starting 11am, with Crissy Field an ideal vantage point, followed by live music at Pier 39 and airshow practice throughout the day. Events for Saturday and Sunday start at 12:30pm with the Leap Frogs parachute team, and stretch through the afternoon with ongoing airshows. Friday-Sunday, 10/10-12, San Francisco Bay.

Leap Sandcastle Contest
Indian summer is almost over, perfect time for a sandcastle building contest on Ocean Beach. Actually, it’s more sandcastle design/build, with little room for amateurs: contestants include architects, engineers, designers, contractors and local grade school students. Now in its 31st year, the theme is food, and proceeds go to a hands-on art program in area schools. Saturday, 10/11, 10:30am-4:30pm, Ocean Beach @ Balboa.

Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Both a historic and current working farm, this East Bay park is celebrating its abundant harvest with magic shows, cider pressing, old timey music and crafts. Check out the pumpkin patch and farm animals, and ride the train. Join in the corn harvest and take a bagful home. Saturday and Sunday, 10/11-12, 10am-5pm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont.

Columbus Day Bazaar
Who doesn’t love a parade, especially one that’s been happening every year since 1919, and in such a tradition-bound neighborhood as North Beach. The annual bazaar also serves up food and drink, face painting, pumpkin bowling, salami toss, bocce, wine raffle and music. Saturday and Sunday, 10/11-12, 10am-7pm, Sts. Peter and Paul cathedral, 660 Filbert St, SF.

Bikes to Books
San Francisco’s rich literary history is the theme for this afternoon biking tour through the city’s streets. The route circles around to all the streets named in honor of our famed authors, from Jack London Street to Jack Kerouac Alley, Rexroth to Twain. The ride finishes with a reading outside City Lights Books. Saturday, 10/11, 12:45-4pm, Jack London @ South Park Sts, SF.

Fleet Week followup: the Blue Angels flyover

The Blue Angels came to town recently for Fleet Wek, October 8-9, and I was fortunate to spend the weekend at the Fisherman’s Wharf Hyatt for the big event. They say the best seats for viewing the two-hour air show are on a boat on San Francisco bay, but boats aren’t allowed in the bay during the performance. Instead I settled for second best, watching from the fifth floor rooftop of the Hyatt, about two blocks from the water, with minimal obstructions. Continue reading Fleet Week followup: the Blue Angels flyover