Best Things to do in the North Bay This September

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the North Bay? With so many offerings in the region, we’ve curated some of the top events this month so you don’t have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

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Cars and Coffee in Novato

September 4

Cruise on over and enjoy a cup of joe with the locals at Marin County’s Cars and Coffee. At this free, family-friendly event, you and your family can check out some cool hot rods, wagons, sports cars — you name it! Sip on a delicious latte and learn about how these cars come to life in the garage. Located at the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato, you’re also near other fun shopping options to take advantage of, too. 

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Sea Otter Spectacular at the Marine Mammal Center

September 11

Spend your Sunday with the cutest creatures of the sea at Marine Mammal Center. Perfect for your aspiring marine biologist — it’s a great opportunity to come out and learn about sea otters and other marine science topics. 

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September 13

Support a good cause and enjoy cold, crisp IPA at Lagunitas Brewing Company in sunny Sonoma County. Gibson Guitars and Lagunitas are collaborating to bring good rock ‘n’ roll and beer to support music education and non-profit music organizations. So, grab your comfy lawn chairs and warm blankets, and let the music speak for itself.  

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Free National Parks Day at Muir Woods

September 24

Don’t let your hiking boots and gear collect dust! Take the family out and enjoy the great outdoors on Free National Parks Day. Muir Woods and other California National Parks will host a free admission event to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Enjoy the magnificent coastal redwoods in the national monument and be with nature.

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Sausalito 43rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

September 24

Whether you like it hot or not, you can’t say no to a hearty bowl of chili. Join local chefs and come out to Sausalito’s 43rd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Dunphy Park. At this dog-friendly event, you can enjoy an unlimited tasting of some of the best chili in Marin County. For those who can handle the heat, there is a chili pepper eating contest and a best hot sauce contest to test your spice limits.  

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