Locals know that weatherwise, on the California coast, fall is more like summer than summer is. Never go to Santa Cruz in July -- it's cold. And unless you love fog, why go to the beach in June? No, the truly savvy hold out for September and October to plan barbecues, wear shorts, and take in the splendor of the city.
Just in time, that wacky comedian-led walking tours company, Foot! Tours, is celebrating Walktoberfest by offering $5 off all expeditions, all month. Before it gets cold again, take advantage of the funny people who want to teach you fascinating facts about Chinatown, the Castro, the Tenderloin, and other parts of San Francisco. Foot! tours start at various times and at various places and cost $20-40; call 793-5378 for reservations or visit www.foottours.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
Though San Francisco's hills and watery views make the city appear expansive, in reality we live on a strip of sod small enough to walk across -- or run, as the case may be. And the case most definitely is today, when the 27th annual edition of the Bridge to Bridge Run takes off. Participants pant their way from the vicinity of the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, raising money for the Special Olympics as they enjoy magnificent vistas. The skedaddling starts at 9 a.m. at the Ferry Building, Market & Embarcadero, S.F. Registration is $18-30; visit www.bridgetobridge.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
Weihenmayer's dark climb
Though tens of thousands have attempted to scale forbidding Mount Everest, the vast majority either slumped down in oxygen-starved exhaustion before summiting or died somewhere on the treacherous paths. But in 2001 Erik Weihenmayer astonished the world by becoming the first blind person to reach the top of Everest. Weihenmayer, one of fewer than 100 people to scale all seven of the world's highest peaks, is on hand at the West Coast premiere of his documentary, Farther Than the Eye Can See, to describe how he made the ascent -- and to make you feel like a lazy wuss for spending all weekend on the couch. The event benefits teen wilderness nonprofit Big City Mountaineers. Break out the popcorn and PowerBars at 8 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), S.F. Admission is $15; call 392-4400 or visit www.herbsttheatre.com.
-- Jack Karp