San Francisco events calendar for October 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, Halloween haunted houses in San Francisco, California.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area with this calendar.

Miles are from from San Francisco City Hall.

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Fashion week

October 1, 2017

San Francisco

Attend fashion shows, tours, expos, and parties during San Francisco Fashion Week at various venues, with a focus this year on embracing diversity and innovation.

People in the street

October 1, 2017 (Excelsior)

San Francisco neighborhoods

Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Pet day

October 1, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Bring your pet to enjoy family-friendly activities on Pet Pride Day, including pet costume contests, a runway show, a pet photo booth, dog-toy making, adoptions, a beer garden, and food trucks at Rescue Row. Free.

Castro Street Fair

October 1, 2017

1.6 miles SW

Castro Street Fair features local artists, vendors, craftspeople, LGBT organizations, live music, and dancers at Castro & Market Streets. Donation.

Bridge to Bridge Run

October 1, 2017

1.7 miles NE

The 5K or 12K Bridge to Bridge Run follows a scenic waterfront route from Justin Herman Plaza to an after party with food and music at Marina Green.

Chinese festival

October 1, 2017

1.8 miles NW

The popular San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival offers parades, dancers, arts and crafts, food and drink, and live music on historic Grant Avenue at Washington Street. Schedule. Free.

Vegetarian festival

October 1, 2017

3 miles west

World Veg Festival features speakers, cooking demos, exhibitors, a children’s corner, samples, and food for sale at San Francisco County Fair Building.

Neighborhood festival

October 1, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

5.4 miles south

Excelsior Arts and Music Festival features live music, multi-cultural food, and a variety of family-friendly entertainment on Ocean Avenue & San Juan Avenue (at Mission). No pets or smoking.

Oktoberfest in Oakland

October 1, 2017

14 miles east

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond is a family-friendly festival with 30 kinds of German and craft beer, German food and music, an eco fair, and a kids’ area at Fruitvale Avenue & MacArthur Boulevard. Free admission.

Small-town Oktoberfest

October 1, 2017

33 miles NE

Find German food, beer, wine, arts & crafts, carnival rides, street performers, and a parade (noon Saturday) at outdoor Clayton Oktoberfest. Free entry.

Run in the mud

October 1, 2017

33.7 miles NE

Run through the wet and muddy 5K obstacle course called Muckfest both for the fun of it and to support charity at Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

Concerts in the park

October 1 & 8, 2017 (1 p.m.)

3 miles west

Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Medieval fair

October 1 - 15, 2017 (weekends)

92 miles SE

Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities at Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister. Age 12 and under free.

Fleet Week

October 3 - 9, 2017

2.5 miles north

Fleet Week includes tours of Navy ships at Marina Green (Oct. 3-9), a parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge (Oct. 6), air shows with the Blue Angels (Oct. 6-8), and military dogs (Oct. 7). Free. Pier 39 has a Fleet Week Celebration with bands and exhibits.

Wine walk

October 5, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

1.6 miles north

Visit merchants on Union Street and Fillmore Street to sample wine and appetizers with your ticket to Union Street Harvest Wine Walk.

Short films

October 5 - 7, 2017

1.2 miles south

SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films screens a wide range of films less than 30 minutes long from around the world at Roxie Theater.

Tasting in San Luis Obispo

October 5 - 8, 2017

240 miles south

Bubblyfest by the Sea is a series of gourmet wine tasting and food events at Avila Beach.

Film festival in Mill Valley

October 5 - 15, 2017

Mill Valley & San Rafael

See quality films from around the world at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF), plus panel discussions most days and live music most nights.

Whisky festival

October 6, 2017

1 mile NE

Taste from a selection of 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Country bluegrass concert

October 6 - 8, 2017

4 miles west

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass presents 90 country and bluegrass acts on multiple stages with food vendors in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Science-fiction & fantasy convention

October 6 - 8, 2017

36 miles SE

Con-Volution is a fan-run science fiction and fantasy convention with panels and workshops encouraging creativity at the San Ramon Marriott.

Literary festival

October 6 - 14, 2017

San Francisco & San Rafael

Book lovers unite at Litquake, a giant independent literary festival with cutting-edge panel discussions, a Saturday Lit Crawl in local bars, and hundreds of mostly free author readings.

Celebrate San Francisco Bay

October 7, 2017

multiple locations

Bay Day events include free entertainment and food trucks at The Yard SF, family activities at Jack London Square in Oakland, the Port Fest festival in Redwood City, and activities (pre-register) on Angel Island.

Columbus Day ball

October 7, 2017 (5:30 to 11:30 p.m.)

1.3 miles NE

The black-tie optional Italian Heritage Grand Ball includes a banquet, no-host cocktails, and dancing at the The St. Regis.

Taco tasting in San Jose

October 7, 2017 (12:30 & 4:30 p.m.)

55 miles south

Taco Takeover promises “unlimited margaritas, beer, tequila samples, and tacos” with live music, games, and a nacho contest at Avaya Stadium for age 21+.

Electric vehicles

October 7 - 8, 2017

2.6 miles NE

See and drive electric and fuel-cell vehicles, and visit the information booths during EV Week at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. Free.

Art fair in San Carlos

October 7 - 8, 2017

28.5 miles south

San Carlos Art & Wine Faire features 275 art and craft booths, three stages of entertainment, food vendors, wine, beer, a car show, and a family zone at San Carlos Avenue & Laurel Street. Free.

Miniatures show

October 7 - 8, 2017

45 miles south

See miniature objects displayed by 100 dealers and attend workshops at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures at Doubletree Hotel San Jose.

San Jose half marathon

October 7 - 8, 2017

47.7 miles south

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Jose (plus 5K and 10K) follows a relatively flat course, with live bands on the way, and a free two-day health & fitness expo.

Columbus Day Parade

October 8, 2017 (12:30 to 3 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

Italian Heritage Parade [formerly San Francisco Columbus Day Parade] begins at Fisherman’s Wharf and ends at North Beach. Free.

Palestinian festival

October 8, 2017

3 miles west

Palestine Cultural Day has folk songs and dance, a bazaar, traditional food, and kids’ activities in the San Francisco County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park. Children under age 12 are free.

Wine tasting

October 10, 2017

1.1 miles NE

Taste fine wine paired with restaurant bites, oysters, and cheese at the Top 100 Tasting by Wine & Spirits magazine at City View at Metreon.

Pool party

October 11, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.4 miles north

Watch local celebrities get soaked at the $125 PoolToss, with “fabulous food, refreshing libations, wacky entertainment, and a wet-and-wild celebrity auction pool toss” at the Phoenix Hotel for charity.

Art night

October 11, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.9 miles east

Savor features 100 art and photography vendors, performance artists, hair & makeup artists, live music, and a fashion showcase featuring local designers at 1015 Folsom Street for age 21+.

Santa Cruz Film Festival

October 12 - 15, 2017 (party Oct. 11)

76 miles SE

Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates innovative and original filmmaking and screens locally made films.

Arabian films

October 13 - 22, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

The Arab Film Festival screens films about the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the Arab world, plus its people, culture, art, history, and politics.

Festival under the stars

October 14, 2017

1 mile NE

See dozens of music, dance, and art performances at Yerba Buena Night around Yerba Buena Lane. Free.

Sandcastles at the beach

October 14, 2017

5.8 miles west

See fantastic sandcastles built by competing teams of architects, designers, engineers, and students at Leap Sandcastle Classic at Ocean Beach. Limited parking. Free.

Free music in Marin

October 14, 2017

18.6 miles north

Marin Music Festival promises five local bands, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine, kids’ activities, and a waterfront view in San Rafael. Free.

Bike & beer festival

October 14, 2017

20 miles north

See handmade bikes, visit 70 exhibitors, take a bike ride, buy a ticket to taste 35 hand-crafted beers, and hear live music at Biketoberfest in Fairfax. Free.

Horse festival

October 14, 2017

32.1 miles south

The Horse Fair is a free event with live music, food, exhibits, a petting zoo, and stagecoach rides in the small town of Woodside, with an optional ticketed ride for horse owners. See schedule.

Art fair in Livermore

October 14, 2017

44 miles SE

Browse art from 200 artists and hear live music at ArtWalk indoors and outdoors near First Street in Livermore. Free.

Visit art studios

October 14 - 15, 2017

5.5 miles SW

Visit 180 artists during Fall Open Studios, which includes food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live music, and kids’ entertainment, free at Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios. Repeats in April.

Pumpkin festival - Half Moon Bay

October 14 - 15, 2017

29.4 miles south

Expect crowds at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, plus giant pumpkins, pumpkin carving, 250 art & craft booths, 3 stages of entertainment, wine, beer, food vendors, and a parade on Main Street. Free.

Rodeo

October 13 - 14 and 20 - 21, 2017

6.5 miles south

Watch cowboys and cowgirls bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, and demonstrating lasso tricks at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace.

Greek films

October 14 - 22, 2017 (reception Oct. 13)

2.3 miles NE

San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 30+ films about Greece and Cyprus, plus films made or directed by Greek filmmakers and filmmakers of Greek descent at Delancey Street Screening Room. English subtitles.

Garden lights festival

October 19 - 21, 2017

12.3 miles east

Autumn Lights Festival features illuminated art, fire dancers, larger-than-life art installations, live music, interactive arts, and a food court in The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Country dance weekend

October 19 - 22, 2017

San Francisco locations

Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls line dancing, two-stepping, and attending dance workshops at the LGBT friendly Sundance Stompede.

Dance films

October 19 - 22, 2017

San Francisco locations

San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) features local and international dance on screen at 3 venues.

Neighborhood festival

October 21, 2017

1.9 miles SE

Potrero Hill Festival has a stage with live music, local restaurant food, a kids’ area with petting zoo, and 100 local artists and vendors on 20th Street. Free.

Wharf festival

October 21, 2017

2.3 miles north

San Francisco’s Wharf Fest features live music, street performers, craft and food vendors, a chowder contest, kids’ rides, ship tours, and fireworks on Embarcadero from Jefferson to Taylor. Free.

Urban music & art festival

October 21, 2017 (12 to 7 p.m.)

5.1 miles south

BayviewLive [sound] features Talib Kweli and other “notable performers, muralists, and tech tastemakers” at 1439 Egbert Avenue (from 3rd to Jennings). Free.

Golden Gate Bridge Swim

October 21, 2017

5.5 miles NW

Watch swimmers dive in at Ft. Point Beach and cross the bay in the 3K Golden Gate Bridge Swim. Free.

Bull riding

October 21 - 22, 2017

48 mile south

The world’s best Professional Bull Riders take on bucking bulls at SAP Center at San Jose.

Neighborhood festival

October 22, 2017

3.7 miles south

Fiesta on the Hill features live bands, dancing in the street, street artists, pumpkin carving, kids’ activities, and food vendors on Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights. Free.

Days of the Dead in Oakland

October 22, 2017 (noon to 4:30 p.m.)

13 miles east

Days of the Dead Community Celebration begins with a procession of Aztec dancers. It includes folkloric dance, mariachi music, art vendors, food booths, and community-made altars honoring the dead at Oakland Museum of California. Free for kids age 8 and younger.

Documentary film festival

October 23 - 29, 2017

San Francisco & Palo Alto

United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) screens films about human rights, the environment, women’s issues, refugees, racism, and health.

Pumpkin patches

October 23 - 31, 2017

Bay Area

Many pumpkin farms offer pony rides, petting zoos, mazes, and bounce houses in addition to pumpkins.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 23 - 31, 2017

34.7 miles NE

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [sound] at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, plus Oct. 30 and 31.
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Jewish film festival

October 23 - Nov. 12, 2017

Palo Alto & San Jose

Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights (Oct. 21 and Nov. 12).

Attractions

October 23 - Nov. 30, 2017

multiple locations

These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Family haunted house

October 24 - 30, 2017

37.8 miles SE

Candle Lighters Ghost House is a low-scare haunt with goblins, ghosts, witches, and warlocks in a historic carriage house, plus games, caramel apples, and a country store in Fremont. Lights on for kids Oct. 22, and kiddie costume parade Oct. 28, both 1 to 2 p.m.

Haunted house - San Leandro

October 24 - Nov. 4, 2017

23 miles SE

Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Musical comedy show

October 25 - 27, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.9 miles NE

Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+.

Discount tickets $26 to $31.

Sunset cruise

October 25 - Nov. 4, 2017 (6 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

California Sunset Cruise includes two hours of romantic views, live guitar music, a drink, and a light appetizer buffet with sandwiches, fruit, and cheese on a motor boat departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Discount tickets $40.

Film festival

October 25 - Nov. 8, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival screens horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and exploitation films at New People Cinema in Japantown.

Mind-reading magician

October 26, 2017

0.8 miles NE

Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander performs comedy, sleight-of-hand, and human lie detection at Marrakech Magic Theater.

Discount tickets $23 (2 left).

Magic

October 26, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Master Illusionist Kevin Blake is a popular performer at private galas for companies like Google and Square. See his immersive and interactive magic live at Amado’s in the Mission District.

Discount tickets $15.

Campy parody

October 26 - 27, 2017

0.7 miles SE

Based on the cult-classic film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live is about a high-school cheerleader who must face vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness, in drag at the Oasis for age 21+. Two drink minimum.

Discount tickets $32.

Antiques show

October 26 - 29, 2017 (gala Oct. 25)

2.3 miles north

Browse fine antiques from 50 international dealers and hear expert lecturers at The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

October 26 - 31, 2017

36.2 miles SE

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers six haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. See schedule.

Haunted house - San Jose

October 26 - Nov. 5, 2017

52.6 miles south

The Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions include a pre-show Midway of Terror, The River Styx, and DethworX at 2501 Tully Road in San Jose.

Science Festival

October 26 - Nov. 11, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Science Festival offers 40 fun events about science and technology, including exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, and workshops.

Halloween in the park

October 27, 2017 (3 to 9 p.m.)

5.2 miles SW

Scaregrove is a ticketed event with a costume parade, haunted house, hayrides, carnival rides, games, and food for sale at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove.

Halloween party - Pier 70

October 27 - 28, 2017

2.8 miles SE

LoveBoat Halloween is a Halloween art, music, and dancing experience that features multiple stages, lots of DJs, giant art installations, and art cars at Pier 70.

Ideas festival

October 27 - 28, 2017

13.5 miles NE

Hear expert speakers, join thought-provoking conversations, see pop-up performances, and mingle at a party during Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas at various venues in downtown Berkeley.

Halloween at Great America

October 27 - 29, 2017

42.6 miles south

Halloween Haunt at Great America features hundreds of monsters, 8 haunted mazes, 5 skeleton key rooms, 5 live shows, and 3 scare zones at California’s Great America in Santa Clara (Fri., Sat., Sun. evenings) for age 13+. Great Pumpkin Fest (weekends) is age 1-12.

Discount tickets $30.

Halloween Pub Crawls

October 27, 28, 31, 2017

Bay Area

Get drink specials at multiple bars (costume optional).

Trick or treating for kids

October 27 - 31, 2017

Bay Area

Find the best places for children in costume to get free candy in San Francisco, the East Bay, the Peninsula, and the South Bay.

Halloween party - Regency

October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

0.7 miles north

Join 2,000 costumed revelers at A Nightmare on Van Ness for three floors of DJ & live music, a costume contest, and go-go dancers at The Regency Center for age 21+.

Halloween costume ball

October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles NE

Halloween International Ball is a multi-room spectacular with dance music at Westin St. Francis.

Halloween cruise

October 28, 2017 (departs 8:30 p.m.)

2.2 miles east

Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise is a 4-hour ride on San Francisco Bay with two DJs, views of the city and bridges from three decks, and an open bar for age 21+. Requires semi-formal attire with a mask.

Halloween party

October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

3 miles south

Funhouse Halloween Massive [website has sound] promises four rooms of celebrity DJs, live performances, and dancing at Roccapulco for age 21+.

Halloween party for kids

October 28, 2017 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:00)

3 miles west

A ticket to SuperNatural Halloween gets you trick-or-treating, dancing, face painting, magic shows, science, pumpkin carving, crafts, food, and drink at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Halloween at the zoo

October 28 - 29, 2017

7.7 miles SW

Children can enjoy treats, watch animals eat pumpkins, dance to music, bounce, walk on a haunted trail, make crafts, and join the 11 a.m. costume parade and contest (no masks) during Boo at the Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.

Snow sports sale - South Bay

October 28 - 29, 2017

42.4 miles south

Shop for skis, boards, apparel, and lift tickets at SnowBomb, which also has a climbing wall, and a BMX/skate ramp show at Santa Clara Convention Center. Free. [See Nov. 4 for San Francisco event.]

Visit art studios

October 28 - Nov. 12, 2017 (weekends)

San Francisco locations

Visit up to 800 emerging and established artists in their studios during the weekend SF Open Studios.

Interactive theater

October 28 - Nov. 26, 2017

2 miles NE

Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Discount tickets $65 to $135.

Halloween party for kids

October 29, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Spooktacular Halloween Party offers mall-wide trick or treating for kids in costumes, games, pumpkin decorating, a bouncy house, arts and crafts, and face painting at the Japan Center. Free.

Halloween children’s festival

October 29, 2017 (12 to 2 p.m.)

1.2 miles NE

Halloween Hoopla features a costume parade, interactive performances, and games for kids under 10 and their adults at Yerba Buena Gardens. Free.

Day of the Dead - Oakland

October 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

15 miles east

Dia de los Muertos Festival has entertainment on three stages, art and food vendors, face painters, altars, and a children’s area at Fruitvale Village in Oakland. Free.

Ghostbusters house in San Jose

October 31, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

48 miles south

Just a normal house the rest of the year, Albertson Halloween House is a neighborhood attraction with a Ghostbusters theme in 2017. Free.
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