7 amazing things to do in the Bay Area this weekend, October 8-10

There’s a lot going on in the Bay Area, but it’s often the little things that make for a great weekend. So we’ve got a few of both for you this week, from Mill Valley Film Festival and Fleet Week to a pair of invigorating day trips.

And if you are heading to a live show or exhibit, please check the venue or production website for the latest COVID safety precautions before you go.

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1 PLAY: It’s Fleet Week

The Bay Area celebration of the US Armed Forces returns this week with the breathtaking stunts of the Blue Angels precision flight team and awe-inspiring tall ships. This is how you can see it all.

2 EAT, SIP & PLAY: It’s apple season

Yes, it’s a great time of year to go apple picking, sip cider, and other fun things to do in scenic Sevastopol in Sonoma County. Here’s what you need to know.

Kristen Stewart stars as Princess Diana in “Spencer,” which will screen at the Mill Valley Film Festival. (Neon Movies)

3 SEE: Hollywood heads to Marin

The Mill Valley Film Fest returns this week with live screenings and star-studded events, and its traditional mix of Oscar contenders and trendy independent films. Here’s a guide on what to see.

4 PLAY: Head to Half Moon Bay

Poor Half Moon Bay tends to be associated with only one thing – pumpkins – at this time of year. But there are plenty of other reasons to discover the charming coastal community. Wait, did someone say road trip?

5 watch: Bond, James Bond

The 007 community is shaken (not moved) by the fact that “No Time to Die” marks the last film in which Daniel Craig plays the iconic British spy. But at least he got a good start. “No Time” tops our list of new movies you should know, which also includes two of the weirdest movies you’ll see all year.

6 eat: praise of the embers

Autumn marks the unofficial start of the slow cook season, marked by embers, stews and roasts. And we’ve got the perfect short rib recipe to help you start the season in style. The deets are here.

Native American hoop dancer and teacher Eddie Madril is among the Bay Area artists appearing in a streaming production of the Ethnic Dance Festival. (Robert Tong Archives / Marin Independent Journal)

7 SEE & HEAR: A dance festival goes virtual

The colorful ethnic dance festival is one of the highlights of the Bay Area art scene. It’s billed as a movie this year and tops our list of great shows you should see this weekend.

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