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Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer in Style

Andrea Powell | September 2, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Grape Stomping!
What: An ongoing daily grape stomp during crush
Where: Grgich Hills Estate, Napa
When: September 1-October 31
Cost: $30; reservations not accepted.
Why: With a t-Shirt and wine tasting included in the price, “voluntourism” takes on a whole new meaning.

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Pub Crawl
What: Each bar represents a different round of the game, eliminating players as you go.
Where: The crawl meets at Northstar Café and moves on from there
When: Wednesday, September 3, 8:30pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Because the winner receives a $50 bar tab. And remember: "Good old rock. Nothing beats that."

"Chicago" Sing-a-Long and Costume Party
What: Dress up like a flapper, belt out "All That Jazz," and walk out not guilty.
Where: Jack London Square, Oakland
When: Friday, September 5, 8pm
What: FREE
Why: Because Sing-A-Longs aren’t just for kids.

Film Night in the Park
What: The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” projected on a large screen over looking the park’s expansive lawns.
Where: Dolores Park, San Francisco
When: Saturday, September 6, sundown
What: FREE
Why: Wes Anderson in Dolores Park. If that's not Peak Twee, we don't know what is.

Nike Missile Site Open House
What: A chance to get up close and personal with the only restored Nike missile site in the country and hear stories from veterans and park rangers.
Where: Field Road, Marin Headlands
When: Saturday, September 6, 12:30pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Lest you think San Francisco was all about peace and love in the Sixties, this last line of defense tells a different story of the Cold War.

Sea Chantey Sing Along
What: Hot cider, sailor songs, and history under the stars.
Where: Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco
When: Saturday, September 6, 8pm
Cost: FREE, RSVP required (bring your own mug for cider)
Why: Despite being surrounded by water on three sides, few of us get the opportunity to test our sea legs.

The 19th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
What: A two-day celebration that includes samples, chef demonstrations, and an ice cream sundae eating contest.
Where: Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
When: September 13-14
Cost: Tickets range from $20-$40
Why: Not that an excuse for gorging on chocolate is needed, but proceeds from the festival go to Project Open Hand, a non-profit that delivers meals to senior citizens and the critically ill.

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