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Weekender: Five Ways to Soak Up the Last Days of Summer

It's true: summer in San Francisco is ending. But here's how to make the most of your last days of it this weekend.

We've almost made it to the season of spiced pumpkin lattés and mulled wine. The era of sun-drenched festivals, boozing, and general outdoor revelry will soon be shelved for yet another year. To celebrate the changing tides, you could rock out at the much-anticipated Treasure Island Music Festival, or throw back a cold one at the Craft Spirits Carnival—but better yet, check out some of these other warm-weather options below:

San Francisco Magazine’s Fall Fest 2012
Our annual food and wine extravaganza is a surefire way to satisfy your epicurean delight—and rub elbows with top Bay Area chefs and winemakers. So bring a friend (or two or three), and head to the four-hour shindig featuring drink seminars and chef demos lead by the likes of Stuart Brioza of State Bird Provisions, and Anthony Strong of Locanda, plus food tastings from Tacolicious, Dosa and more. Oh, and did we mention it’s a celebration with a cause? All proceeds for the event go to San Francisco Meals on Wheels
Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Purchase tickets
here. At Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero Center.

Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio
The same group who made popular the Bay Area street food truck revolution now brings this: Gourmet food, lawn games, and blanket-side cocktail service for one heck of a sun-kissed Sunday picnic. “Mix and match the brunch of your dreams” they say, with food trucks like Bar Crudo, Nopalito, and Humphry Slocomb. Sprawl out on your personal tarp (they’re thrown in free of charge), and sip on refreshing mimosas and Irish coffees, while challenging friends to a round of horseshoe or bocce ball.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At The Presidio Main Post Lawn

Hike the Batteries to Bluffs Trail 
You don’t have to be a hiking pro for this short trek. The moderate, .7 mile trail with Golden Gate Bridge views snakes its way past rugged bluffs, coastal plants and wildlife, and veers offs to Marshall Beach and the California Coastal Trail. Make the trek at sunset and realize why it's called the Golden State.
Access the trail at Langdon Court Parking Lot, PresidiGo Stop #20 and the California Coastal Trail at Battery Crosby

San Francisco Open Studios 
The oldest and largest open studios program in the country is back with over 900 emerging and established local artists featured at this month-long citywide art event. Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts will gather at the galleries and studios around Fort Mason, North Beach, Hayes Valley, and Russian Hill to name a few. Pick up a free copy of SF Open Studios Guide to help you navigate the event, including studio listings and maps. 
Oct. 12 to 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ Various locations

Ferry to Angel Island
With America’s Cup hoopla momentarily on hiatus (the next scheduled set of regattas are next April), a strong desire might linger to get out on the water and get in touch with seafaring ways. The Bay is good for that. Hop on the Blue and Gold Fleet ferries at Pier 41 or at the Ferry Building to make the 25 to 50 minute cruise to Angel Island. It’s not exactly world-class racing, but you can't beat the views. 
Visit here for Angel Island ferry schedule. Ferry departs @ Pier 41 and Ferry Building