As many of the locals will tell you, fall is the prime time to be in San Francisco. The crowds are fewer, the temperatures are comfortable, and flight and hotel rates are more affordable than in the summertime. This is a wonderful season to soak up the bliss of nature in the great outdoors, take a stroll through a new neighborhood, or try a random hobby that you’ve always been curious about.
These are some of our favorite ways to spend the fall season in San Francisco.
Paper Mache Mask Making Art Class
Masks aren’t just for Mardi Gras and Halloween! The Day of the Dead is on Sunday, November 1 this year, so get into the spirit by taking a Paper Mache Mask Making Art class in nearby Berkeley. You’ll learn about Mexican cultural traditions with internationally-acclaimed artist, Diego Marcial Rios, and make your own unique hand-painted masterpiece to take home. This experience lasts about two hours and is a great way to spend a creative afternoon.
Muir Woods Tour
San Francisco is situated in and surrounded by lots of stunning nature, and you can take a Muir Woods Tour through November to experience this area in an interesting and informative way. In addition to Muir Woods, you’ll get to check out the Marin Headlands and take a ferry cruise back to San Francisco at the end of the day. This relaxing tour lasts about 4.5 hours, and you should wear layers to be prepared for cool and changing weather conditions.
Animal Tracking Class
Another interesting way to get in touch with nature in the Bay Area is to take an Animal Tracking Class at Point Reyes National Seashore. This five-hour experience is just an hour from San Francisco but feels like a world away. You’ll learn how to read the ground, study animal behavior patterns, and tracking techniques. This is a great experience for the true nature lover wanting to get more out of hiking trips and learn more about the animals and plants in the area.
Learn to Knit
Fall is a great time to learn how to knit in San Francisco or wherever you are! This needle craft is relatively easy to catch on to, and you can make some really beautiful warm things for yourself or to give as gifts. Knitting classes will teach you how to make scarves, hats, and blankets in one-hour sessions. Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and you’ll need to bring your own materials to class.
Mountain Biking Clinic
Mountain biking involves more than just pedaling around the streets of San Francisco, and a Mountain Biking Clinic can teach you all the basics of bike handling on steep, rocky terrain with tree roots and other natural obstacles. You’ll learn these skills on the beautiful trails in Marin County and the Santa Cruz Mountains on a moderate-level six-to-eight mile ride. This experience operates all throughout the fall and lasts about five hours.
Your options are without limits in the city by the bay, so tap into your adventurous or creative side to try something new this season!