The 2nd weekend is better for me but either weekend works.
no bear cannister, you can build a fire, on a clear night very bright stars.
To get to Vincente Flats you start at the Kirk Creek campsite on Highway 1, the trail is across the street. It looks like this as you hike in.
It's an easy hike into Vincente flats, if it's 2 nights you have the option of climbing Cone Peak, Then Hiking out on Sunday the same way you came in. (about 6 miles
or Pat Spring is also a great trip.
View from ridge at Pat Spring trip