Catch a sneak peek at some of the season’s best upcoming events in California!

Women on Waves
October 17, Capitola

Photo: Phil Matthews Photography

Photo: Phil Matthews Photography

Come on out to the Capitola Jetty to celebrate the Women On Waves (WOW) Surf Fest. WOW is well known throughout Santa Cruz County as a great local fundraising event that promotes women’s participation, of all ages, in the sport of surfing. It is an amateur event that showcases the talent and athleticism of local women.

Women on Waves participants come from all walks of life and all ages. Their enthusiasm for the sport of surfing is truly uplifting and a testament to the strength of our community.

Biketoberfest Marin
October 17, Fairfax

Photo courtesy Biketoberfest

Photo courtesy Biketoberfest

With group road and mountain bike rides, cargo bike racing, 20 breweries tapping 35 different beers, great food, exceptional live music, and a comprehensive vendor expo, this year’s Biketoberfest Marin is not to be missed. Cyclists and west coast brewers alike in join forces for this popular family-friendly bicycle expo and brewfest that raises funds for local cycling advocacy organizations Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B) in their work to continue improving on and off-road bicycling conditions and access in Marin county.

As Marin County’s premier social bicycle event, Biketoberfest Marin draws over 5,000 brew and bicycle enthusiasts from throughout Northern California, and takes takes place at Fair-Anselm Plaza in downtown Fairfax, one of the Bay Area’s most popular bicycling destinations and home of the newly-opened Marin Museum of Bicycling. It’s a great way to have fun while helping a good cause.

Battle of the Bay
October 17-18, San Francisco

SUP-BOTBThe Battle of the Bay is the largest paddling event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stand up paddleboarders, prone paddlers and OC1 watercraft alike are welcome to take part in this festive weekend of racing taking place October 17-18, 2015. Races include short courses, distance, a kids’ course and relays, and the routes take paddlers around Alcatraz, down the shores of the Presidio National Park and around the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. On shore, paddling enthusiasts can check out the latest paddling gear, meet the pros, learn about sports nutrition and even take a yoga class at the event’s expo. Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Battle of the Bay will cap off the World Paddle Association’s race season. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate paddling in one of the world’s most iconic bodies of water!

Mermaid Run San Francisco
November 1, San Francisco

Soak in the best views of San Francisco with the Mermaid. Choose from the challenging Sirena10 mile run that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge or the flat and fast 5k, 10k that take you around Crissy Field. All distances include classic views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco skyline.

This event has SOLD OUT in the past. Register early to guarantee your spot at the start line. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher necklace and post race food.

A Night with Nelly
November 6, Santa Cruz

Photo: Nelly

Photo: Nelly

Exhibiting for the first time at the Surftech Santa Cruz Showroom, Dave “Nelly” Nelson presents his most iconic images and creative works. Nelly’s use of lighting, creative angles and flash photography is legendary in the surfing world. Nelly is donating 10% of all proceeds to the Jay Moriarity Foundation and Surtech Santa Cruz Showroom will be donating 20% of all board sales that day to the foundation as well. Join Surftech from 6:00 – 10:00pm for hors-d’oeuvres, beer, wine and live music for a Night with Nelly!

Call 831.479.4944 x3 for more information.

Big Sur Half Marathon
November 8, Big Sur

The Half Marathon on Monterey Bay attracts runners from all 50 states and more than a dozen other countries. There will be a two-day Health & Fitness Expo begining on Friday the 6th and The Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and the By the Bay Kids’ 3K will be held on Saturday, Novebmer, 7th. Use coupon code ASJHM15 for a $10 discount.

SF Bike Expo
November 21, San Francisco

Photo: SF Bike Expo

Photo: SF Bike Expo

The SF Bike Expo is all things bicycle! Founded in 2008 and produced by rideSFO, the San Francisco Bicycle Expo represents the myriad interests of the Bay Area’s vast cycling community, from fashion and apparel to backyard bicycle fabrications. It is a local event that happens annually and has been produced for cyclists of all types.

Whether you are just starting to ride or have been cycling your whole life, the SF Bike Expo is the perfect venue to support those who share the same interest and passion for cycling.

Snowbomb Ski & Board Festival
October 31-November 1, San Francisco
November 7-8, San Jose
November 14-15, Sacramento

The popular SnowBomb Ski & Board Festival series kicks off its 10th season in San Francisco (Fort Mason) October 31-November 1, then swings south to San Jose (San Jose Convention Center) November 7-8 and back north to Sacramento (Cal Expo) November 14-15.

Fans of SnowBomb will, as always, receive free lift tickets and deeply discounted season passes for Tahoe resorts like Heavenly, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, Alpine, Northstar and many more.

That’s three SnowBomb events being held on back-to-back weekends!

In honor of SnowBomb’s 10 year anniversary, they are offering low snow FREE general admission. For Powder Pass and VIP admissions, be sure to use coupon code “snow” at for a special 25% discount for ASJ readers!

“SnowBomb Ski and Board Festivals connect skiers and snowboarders with a fun slice of mountain culture in their own back yard,” says founder Jim McAlpine. “Whichever of the three venues you choose, expect incredible value and a fun day of interaction with the best ski resorts and industry brands.”

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour
November 13, Santa Cruz

MF-Tour-The-Coast_3Mountainfilm on Tour brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world. Its documentary films explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action, its flagship event is the renowned Telluride Mountainfilm festival, a four-day event held each Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The festival has attracted leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.”

Mountainfilm on Tour shares a selection of the films from the annual festival with audiences around the globe and offers Mountainfilm for Students, a free educational outreach initiative for K-12 schools at tour locations. Year-round and worldwide, the tour reaches over 40,000 people on five continents.

ASJ is proud to sponsor the Santa Cruz screening at the Rio Theatre on November 13 at 7 pm. A Mountainfilm presenter will introduce the films and engage the audience in discussion following the films. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour in Santa Cruz 1at Tomboy or purchased online at Tickets will also be available the day of the event at Rio Theatre. Tickets are $18. See the complete playlist at or

Click here for info on Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows and here for MSP Film’s Fade To Winter premiere events!

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