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Marin Bicycle Coalition: Ride Your Bike to Biketoberfest on Saturday

Biketoberfest Marin - Bikes, Beer, Food, Music and a Cargo Bike Jubilee! Free admission, beer tasting $25 in advance, $30 day of event

Popular Annual Bicycle Festival and Brewfest Returns To Fairfax Saturday, October 13

Highlights Include a Bike Expo, Cargo Bike Jubilee, Brewfest and Family Parade

A highly-anticipated annual festival, Biketoberfest Marin attracts cyclists and West Coast brewers alike in a combined bicycle expo and stellar brewfest. Held in Fairfax—the birthplace of mountain biking—Biketoberfest is not only Marin County’s premier bicycle event but is also a fundraiser for and presented by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B). Last year the event drew over 5,000 beer and cycling enthusiasts from all over Northern California and raised $25,000 for MCBC and A4B, to continue improving on and off road bicycling conditions and access in Marin.

Biketoberfest will be held at Fair-Anselm Plaza in downtown Fairfax, one of the most popular gathering places for both on and off-road cycling in Marin County and the home of MCBC and Iron Springs Pub and Brewery. The event takes place Saturday, October 13 from 11am to 6pm and will feature group road and mountain bike rides, live music, great food, family activities, a Cargo Bike Jubilee, dozens of bicycle, component, nutrition and athletic attire exhibitors, and 18 West Coast brewers serving over 30 beers. It’s a great way to have fun while helping a good cause.

Biketoberfest Events:

  • Cargo Bike Jubilee with bike parade, workshops and competitions
  • Live Music from noon to 5pm: Dogtown Ramblers, Philip Der Stein Quintet, Swamp Thang and The Tribal Blues Band
  • Family Activities
  • Brewfest with 30 beers from 18 West Coast Brewers
  • Bike expo with 70 exhibitors
  • Handmade bikes and bicycle museum
  • Group road and mountain bike rides

WHO: Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B) Present WHAT: Biketoberfest and Cargo Bike Jubilee
WHEN: 11am-6pm, Saturday, October 13
WHERE: Fair-Anselm Plaza, downtown Fairfax, CA
COST: FREE Admission; brewfest tasting $25 advance, $30 day-of. Proceeds from Biketoberfest 2012 benefit bicycle advocacy in Marin County, the Bay Area's premier cycling destination.
INFO: www.biketoberfestmarin.com
RIDE, DON'T DRIVE: Free valet Bike Parking provided by MCBC

Tickets for brewfest: http://biketoberfest2012.eventbrite.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bikefestmarin

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Bill Turner October 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Tony - "And I honestly don't know how I feel about the influx of out-of-town cyclists and Fairfax's transition from tie-dye to spandex." I think you hit the nail on the head. There are alcohol-based street festivals everywhere every weekend. I suspect the clucking about this particular one has more to do with general unease with the perceived changing character of Fairfax with more non tie-dyed visitors. MCBC makes a convenient target, I suppose.
C Ross October 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Bill, I'm all for civil discourse, but this is starting to get irritating. I've lived in Fairfax a long time and have served on the Fairfax Festival committee. While I personally do have some issues with Fairfax's present Green Party political agenda, I love Town celebrations and festivals that include hippies dancing with Spandex warriors and all kinds of other people, at any given event. But an event that promotes drinking and riding or driving a vehicle, including bicycles, gets a big Zero in my book.
tony masi October 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Bill, I have mixed feelings about a lot of things. I consider that 'having an open mind'. I have no real attachment to this issue and find conformity in tie-dye or spandex equally uninteresting. I do, however, enjoy Dyanne's sense of humor. I also find it amusing how some of the pro-bike&brew comments so quickly defended their alleged victimization by the notion that drinking and bicycling is an odd mix and that any questioning of such is a hatred for cyclists and a direct attack on the MCBC. I neither know or care what MCBC even stands for; although judging from some of these comments, it could just as well stand for Mommy's Cry-Baby Club. It's amazing to me how legitimate, critical observations can manage to generate such a backlash of angry rebuke from a supposedly progressive and conscious movement. Is questioning the sense of how this event is being promoted really that threatening to you?
C Ross October 13, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Update: I just got home from playing music with a group of friends that regularly meets at a private home on Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons at the Sleeping Lady. I asked one of my friends if she was coming tomorrow and she started laughing. She said that she would be there for a little while, but "Don't get mad at me...I'm volunteering at the Biketoberfest". She explained that she is going to be a beer monitor, to make sure that nobody drinks outside the perimeter of the festival. Then another friend said she too wanted to go to the "Brewfest". So who knows, maybe I'll even stop by after all, hehehe.
C Ross October 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Wow, This was from the Fairfax Police logs, dated October 11 (as published by the Patch): "Hit-and-run: 8:58 p.m. Bolinas Road and Elsie. RP’s daughter tripped on the sidewalk and then was hit by a bicyclist. Bicyclist did not leave his name or information. Daughter was injured and required hospital examination and treatment." PS It wasn't me!

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