5 Fun Fall Events in October in San Francisco Bay

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area or will be visiting in October, you’re in luck! There are plenty of great events in the area throughout the month of October. These activities are especially good ideas for date nights. Take a look at this list and choose a few favorites to attend!

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
October 1st-7th

If you’re interested in film festivals or movies from around the world, this is the place for you to be. This film festival features Japanese movies, which include English subtitles. The main venue is the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, which is located in Japantown in San Francisco.

The actual festival begins on September 28th, so, if you’re in town a little earlier, you can catch a few extra films. Tickets are now available here.  You can also get a Festival Passport so that you can view all of the films here.

ArtWalk in Livermore
October 13th

This event is for the artsy couples out there. The ArtWalk features artwork from a total of 200 different artists. It’s completely free of charge, so you don’t have to worry about tickets. It takes place in all of the parks in downtown Livermore. The event runs from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM

In addition to artwork, you can listen to live music as you walk around. In the Bankhead Plaza, there will be cultural art performances from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. For more information, check out thispage.

SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
October 18-20

At the SF Shorts Festival, you can view a selection of international films. These films come from a total of 25 unique countries! Each film is less than 30 minutes long, so you’ll have time to catch a few of them. The films play in the evenings on the dates listed.

The location is the Roxie Theater, which is located near 16th Street and Mission BART. You can see more information and purchase tickets here.

Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden
October 19th

If you’re into craft beers, this is a great event for you to attend. It lasts from 6:30 PM until 11:30 PM on October 19th. You will get to enjoy the beauty of the tropical plants on display while sipping some of the best craft brews out there.

With the purchase of a ticket, you will get:

  • A craft beer
  • Access to the Conservatory of Flowers
  • Access to the Palm Terrace beer garden

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

San Francisco Halloween: Adult Trick ‘R Treating Pub Crawl
October 26-27 and October 31: 

Maybe you want to attend a Halloween event but aren’t interested in the traditional costume parties and hayrides. The San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl is a great choice! Though costumes are allowed, they are definitely not required. In addition to trying out the drinks at each of the bars, you can enjoy dancing.

You can check in at Mayes from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Each of the bars will be serving drink specials. A few of the many bars included are:

  • Mayes
  • McTeagues
  • Lush Lounge
  • Blur
  • Bitters
  • Vertigo

For more information, this Facebook page is the spot to check.

10 (More) Conversation Starters For Long Term Relationships

As we’ve mentioned before, it can be common for people in long term relationships to run out of things to talk about after awhile. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but we’ve love to help you avoid another silent dinner.

Here are 10 more suggestions to spark conversations in those moments. We’ve written them here in question format, but most of them could also be brought up in a manner less reminiscent of an interview – for instance, you could start with your answer to the question and ask what they think or what their experience is.

  1. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
  2. Who do you think has been the biggest influence on who you are as a person?
  3. If you could broadcast a 30 second message to the whole world, what would it say?
  4. Would you want to live in the universe of [insert TV show you’re watching together here]? Who do you think you would be in that universe?
  5. If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about your job, what would it be?
  6. Is there a video or board game you wish existed? What is it like?
  7. What’s the best band you ever saw live?
  8. What restaurant/venue/attraction do you wish they’d bring to our area?
  9. What do you miss most about your hometown?
  10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned recently?

Of course, a new and exciting date night activity can also help make sure you don’t run out of things to talk about. Not sure what to do with your partner? We’ve got you covered!

5 Can’t Miss Colorado Events (August 2018)

What do peaches, mushrooms, jazz and whiskey have in common? They’re all themes for festivals in Colorado this August! Check out some of our favorite events happening in August this year below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Telluride Jazz Festival – Telluride, Colorado
August 3rd-5th
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Jazz fans in Colorado, you won’t want to miss this! 3 full days of jazz festivities, with an amazing line-up including Irna Thomas, Gogo Penguin and more!

Palisade Peach Fest – Palisade, Colorado
August 16th-19th
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Mmm, peaches! Enjoy all your favorite festival activities, plus peach-themed ones, like a peach parade and a peach eating contest!

Mushroom & Wine Festival – Durango, Colorado
August 10th-11th
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Mushrooms and wine might seem like a strange combination for a festival, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun and delicious time! Dine on their VIP Friday dinner, or learn how to forage – it’s up to you!

Steers & Beers Brewfest – Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 18th
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If you’re a fan of beer or whiskey, this is the event for you – there will be over 100 to choose from! Plus live music, a mechanical bull and more!

Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, Colorado
August 24th-September 3rd
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The Colorado State Fair has it all – concerts, a carnival and more. Plus, it runs for over a week, so it’s easy to fit into your schedule!

Book Club: Hold Me Tight, Final Section, Part 2

We have been reading the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Want to go back to the beginning of the series? Just click here.

We have made it to the end of Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson. It’s been a great journey, and I hope you got as much out of it as we did here at Crescent. This final chapter is called Ultimate Connection – Love as the Final Frontier. In this chapter. Dr. Sue Johnson discusses the “culture of separateness” that is beginning to form in our society.

She discusses the importance of bonding with others – we recognize that attachment is crucial for a child to develop properly, but seem to think the same isn’t true for adults. However, it most certainly is!

Overall, this chapter is short but powerful. Dr. Sue Johnson discusses some of the important lessons she’s learned from working with couples in all situations and from all walks of life, everything from “Our need for others to come close when we call – to offer us safe haven – is absolute” to “There is no perfect performance in love or sex. Obsession with performance is a dead end. It is emotional presence that matters.”

The chapter concludes with discussing a few ways that love manifests in our culture outside of purely romantic love – specifically, familial love and the impact it has on our society as a whole. She discusses how love can manifest itself through compassion to others, perhaps in the form of donation to victims of tragedy around the world, or perhaps simply reaching for a connection with a stranger.

Overall, this is a lovely way to conclude this book. We hope you enjoyed this book club – keep an eye out for our next book club series, coming soon!

 

5 Fantastic Florida Events (August 2018)

Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still tons of fun, summery activities to do, whether you love music, art or food. Check out some of our favorites below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Paint Night at the Polasek – Winter Park, FL
August 3rd
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Learn how to paint a “Starry Night” scene, inspired by the Polasek’s Arabesque exhibit. Is there a better environment to paint in? One glass of wine is included with admission, and you get to take your masterpiece home. Don’t miss out on this fun date night!

South Beach Mango Festival – Miami Beach, FL
August 5th
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Mmm… mangoes! Enjoy this delicious tropical fruit and participate in tons of fun festival activities. This is the first year of the festival, so you’ll get to say you’ve attended from the beginning. Plus, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami will benefit!

24th Annual Grape Stomp – Clermont, FL
August 10th-12th
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Enjoy tons of fun wine-related activities – everything from grape stomping to tasting! Plus, there will be live music, winery tours and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties!

Blacklight Run – Tampa, FL
August 18th
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If you’ve been looking for a fun, energizing activity, this one’s for you! Run through colorful UV powder, and then attend a fun, blacklight filled after party – this 5K’s about more than finish times!

Blues Challenge – Gainesville, FL
August 26th
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Experience up and coming blues talent in a fun, competitive setting at the High Dive. The winner of this regional competition will move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis!