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San Francisco events October 2019

Antiques show

October 3 - 6, 2019
(gala Oct. 2)
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.

Film festival in Mill Valley

October 3 - 13, 2019
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 4, 2019
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 4 - 6, 2019
4 miles west
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass presents 90 country and bluegrass acts on multiple stages with food vendors in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Oktoberfest in Oakland

October 5 - 6, 2019
14 miles east
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond is a family-friendly festival with German food & music, a kids’ area and root beer garden, a beer garden featuring 50 microbreweries and wineries, and an eco fair at Fruitvale Avenue & MacArthur Boulevard. Free admission.

Small-town Oktoberfest

October 5 - 6, 2019
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.

Rock ’n’ roll races

October 5 - 6, 2019
47.7 miles south
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon follows a relatively flat course, with live bands on the way, and a free two-day health & fitness expo.
  • Oct. 5 – kids’ run, 5K
  • Oct. 6 – half marathon, 10K

Medieval fair

October 5 - 20, 2019
(begins Sept. 14)
92 miles SE
Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop at 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities at Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Vampire tour

October 5 & 31, 2019
(8 p.m.)
1.3 miles NE
Celebrate Halloween on the Nob Hill Vampire Tour of San Francisco, which includes historical facts, vampire lore, humor, and a costume contest, beginning at the corner of California & Taylor Streets.

Haunted walk

October 5 - 31, 2019
1.9 miles SW
A paranormal investigator describes local hauntings and the macabre history of the Haight-Ashbury district on the two-hour Haunted Haight Walking Tour, beginning at Coffee To The People for age 13+.

Castro Street Fair

October 6, 2019
1.6 miles SW
Castro Street Fair features local artists, vendors, craftspeople, LGBT organizations, live music, and dancers at Castro & Market Streets. Donation.

Concerts in the park

October 6, 2019
(begins April 28)
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. Most concerts are on Sunday. Free.

Fleet Week

October 6 - 14, 2019
2.5 miles north
Fleet Week includes tours of Navy ships at Marina Green, a parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, air shows with the Blue Angels, and military dogs. Free. Also watch for 2019 dates for Fleet Week Celebration, with bands and exhibits at Pier 39.

Horse fair

October 11 - 13, 2019
32.1 miles south
Day of the Horse has a free fair with live music, food, exhibits, pony rides, and stagecoach rides on Sunday in the small town of Woodside. The ticketed trail ride, costume contest, and after party is Saturday. A reception and art exhibition is Friday.

Glowing art

October 11 - Nov. 8, 2019
15.3 miles east
See art that glows in the dark at BlackLight Art Show & Night Market at Studio 23 Gallery in Alameda. Events held Oct. 11, 26, 31 and Nov. 8, 2019. Free.

Festival under the stars

October 12, 2019
(5 to 9:30 p.m.)
1 mile NE
See dozens of music, dance, and art performances at Yerba Buena Night around Yerba Buena Lane. Free.

Columbus Day ball

October 12, 2019
(5:30 p.m.)
1.2 miles NE
The black-tie optional Grand Ball includes a banquet, no-host cocktails, and dancing at the Palace Hotel, organized by San Francisco Italian Heritage.

Car show in Alameda

October 12, 2019
15.3 miles east
See 400 classic vehicles lined up along Park Street in Alameda during the Classic Car Show (vintage coupes, antique roadsters, hot rods, and muscle cars). DJs will be playing oldies from the ‘50s and the ‘60s. Free.

Bike & beer festival

October 12, 2019
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.

Art fair in Livermore

October 12, 2019
44 miles SE
Browse art from 200 artists and hear live music at ArtWalk indoors and outdoors near First Street in Livermore. Free.

Art fair in San Carlos

October 12 - 13, 2019
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. No pets. Free.

Miniatures show

October 12 - 13, 2019
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.

Visit art studios

October 12 - Nov. 3, 2019
(weekends)
San Francisco locations
Visit up to 800 emerging and established artists in their studios during the weekend SF Open Studios, and attend preview and tasting parties on weekdays. Held in May and October/November.

Columbus Day Parade

October 13, 2019
2.3 miles north
Italian Heritage Parade begins at Fisherman’s Wharf and ends in Washington Square. Free.

Neighborhood festival

October 13, 2019
3.7 miles south
Fiesta on the Hill features live music, dancing in the street, street artists, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a costume parade with a marching band at noon on Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights. Free.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

October 18, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer. Hear live music (7 to 10 p.m.), visit the Conservatory of Flowers (timed entry), and hang out in the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11 p.m.) for age 21+. Monthly May to November.

Neighborhood festival

October 19, 2019
1.9 miles SE
Potrero Hill Festival has a stage with live music, local restaurant food, a kids’ area with a petting zoo, and 100 local artists and vendors on 20th Street. Free.

Urban music & art festival

October 19, 2019
5.1 miles south
BayviewLive is a street festival featuring “notable performers, muralists, and tech tastemakers” at 1439 Egbert Avenue (from 3rd to Jennings). Free.

Farm festival in Muir Beach

October 19, 2019
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
18.3 miles NW
Meet baby goats and lambs, feed chickens, milk goats, make cheese & crafts, see beehives, dance to live music, buy food for sale, walk the trails, and enjoy ocean views during Fall Harvest at Slide Ranch.

Neighborhood comic con

October 19, 2019
47 miles south
Small and family friendly Campbell Con celebrates comic books, movies, fantasy, sci-fi, superheroes, and collectibles at West Valley College in Saratoga.

Pumpkin festival - Half Moon Bay

October 19 - 20, 2019
29.4 miles south
Expect crowds at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, plus giant pumpkins, pumpkin carving, art & craft booths, four stages of entertainment, wine, beer, food vendors, and a parade (Sat. noon) on Main Street. No pets. Free.

San Jose home show

October 19 - 20, 2019
48.3 miles south
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Fall Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Repeats in March.

People in the street

October 20, 2019
(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.

Death week

October 24 - Nov. 3, 2019
multiple locations
Death is the focus of 175 events, 33 performances, 32 workshops, and 25 art experiences during Reimagine End of Life, which explores “big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation.” Register online. More than half of the events are free.

Halloween in the park

October 25, 2019
5.2 miles SW
Scaregrove is a ticketed event with a costume parade, haunted house, entertainment, carnival rides, games, and food for sale at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove.

Pet parade

October 26, 2019
2 miles SE
The band begins playing at 12:15 p.m. outside Farley’s, the Pet Parade begins at 1 p.m. on 18th Street (from Arkansas to Texas Street), judging is at 1:30 p.m., and the band plays again at 2 p.m. Free, and you do not have to register to join the parade.

Vegetarian festival

October 26, 2019
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.

Sandcastles at the beach

October 26, 2019
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.

Halloween at S.F. zoo

October 26 - 27, 2019
7.7 miles SW
Children can enjoy treats, watch animals eat pumpkins, dance to music, make crafts, see creepy bugs, and join the 11 a.m. costume parade and contest during Boo at the Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.

Halloween at Oakland zoo

October 26 - 27, 2019
19.2 miles east
Children can collect treats, watch animals eat pumpkins, dance to music, make crafts, and get a free ride (if wearing a costume) during Boo at the Zoo at the Oakland Zoo.

Halloween children’s festival

October 27, 2019
(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.

Halloween Family Concert

October 27, 2019
(3 p.m.)
30.3 miles south
Children meet musicians and learn about instruments during a tour of the orchestra, and then they hear spooky music performed by Redwood Symphony at Halloween Family Concert at Cañada College Main Theatre in Redwood City. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween pub crawl

October 31, 2019
(6 to 11 p.m.)
Bay Area
Check in at Mayes Oyster House between 6 and 9 p.m. for the Adult Trick ’R Treating Pub Crawl, which includes drink specials at 8 bars. Costumes welcome.

Flamenco festival

October 31, 2019
12.9 miles NE
Halloween Flamenco Fiesta has music and dance performances, a dance-off competition, a costume contest, and a Latin DJ at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley.

Country dance weekend

October 31 – Nov. 3, 2019
San Francisco locations
Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls line dancing, two-stepping, and attending dance workshops at the LGBT friendly Sundance Stompede.

Arabian films

October 2019
(undated)
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.

Celebrate San Francisco Bay

October 2019
(undated)
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.

Fashion week

October 2019
(undated)
San Francisco
Attend fashion related events during San Francisco Fashion Week at locations throughout San Francisco.

Literary festival

October 2019
(undated)
San Francisco & Oakland
Book lovers unite at Litquake, a giant independent literary festival with cutting-edge panel discussions, hundreds of mostly free author readings, and a Lit Crawl in local bars.

Made in S.F. week

October 2019
(undated)
San Francisco
Celebrate local manufacturers, their products, and their people during SFMade Week with pop-up shops, factory tours, classes, and tastings.

Pool party

October 2019
(undated)
0.4 miles north
Watch local celebrities get soaked at the $125 Pool Toss, with “fabulous food, refreshing libations, wacky entertainment, and a wet-and-wild celebrity auction pool toss” at the Phoenix Hotel for charity.

Japanese films

October 2019
(undated)
1.1 miles NW
See contemporary Japanese cinema at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco at New People Cinema. All films have English subtitles.

Wine tasting

October 2019
(undated)
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.

Celebrity chef dinner

October 2019
(undated)
1.3 miles NE
Taste America: San Francisco includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and tasting, a 7:30 p.m. seated dinner and dessert reception, and an auction at Fairmont San Francisco for $375 to support the James Beard Foundation.

Home tour

October 2019
(undated)
1.9 miles NE
Visit an elegant private home in Noe Valley during the Annual Home Tour of The Junior League of San Francisco, which highlights architecture, art, history, and interior design.

Beer tasting on a ship

October 2019
(undated)
2.2 miles NE
Sample 70 beers from local breweries with live music, food vendors, and spectacular views at Brews on the Bay aboard the historic ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 for age 21+.

Greek films

October 2019
(undated)
2.3 miles NE
San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 25 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.

Wharf festival

October 2019
(undated)
2.3 miles north
San Francisco’s Wharf Fest has live music, street performers, craft and food vendors, and a chowder contest on the Embarcadero (from Taylor to Powell). Free.

Art + technology nights

October 2019
(undated)
3.6 miles SE
See a dozen immersive, interactive installations and performances on Wednesday and Thursday nights during Art+Tech Festival at The Midway. The full conference including workshops begins on Monday.

Celebrate Oakland

October 2019
(undated)
9.5 miles east
Life is Living Festival has live music, theater, African dancing, dance classes, a kids’ zone, and vendors at DeFremery Park. Free.

Music festival

October 2019
(undated)
10.1 miles NE
Treasure Island Music Festival has 25 bands playing indie-rock and electronic dance music, interactive art installations, roaming performers, and food vendors at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland.

Days of the Dead in Oakland

October 2019
(undated)
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. Children younger than age 8 are free.

Ideas festival

October 2019
(undated)
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.

Locally made crafts

October 2019
(undated)
15 miles east
Shop from 40 Bay Area producers of apparel, home accessories, garden products, food, and beverages at Where Craft Meets Innovation: A Market & Showcase in the Alameda factory of Concreteworks. Free, unless you buy a factory tour.

Jewish film festival

October 2019
(undated)
Palo Alto & San Jose
Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights.

Art in Livermore

October 2019
(undated)
43.8 miles SE
Browse artwork by 200 artists outdoors and in shops, hear music in the park and plaza, and check out family activities at ArtWalk Livermore. Free.

Daredevil stunts

October 2019
(undated)
48 miles south
Watch 30 freestyle athletes perform mind-blowing stunts, freestyle motocross, and BMX routines when Nitro Circus comes to SAP Center at San Jose.

Santa Cruz Film Festival

October 2019
(undated)
76 miles SE
Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates innovative and original filmmaking and screens locally made films.

Haunted house - San Leandro

October 2019
(undated)
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

October 2019
(undated)
36.2 miles SE
Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers five haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. See schedule.

Halloween party - Regency

October 2019
(undated)
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+.

Costume ball - Westin

October 2019
(undated)
1 mile SW
Halloween International Ball features multiple rooms with 10 DJs, dancers, drummers, and a costume contest at the Westin St. Francis for age 21+.

Costume ball - W hotel

October 2019
(undated)
1.3 miles NE
Halloween International Ball is a multi-room spectacular with DJs, drummers, and a costume contest at W San Francisco for age 21+.

Halloween party - W hotel

October 2019
(undated)
1.4 miles NE
Wear a costume to Haunted Hotel at W San Francisco for six DJs (playing EDM, House, Deep House, Top 40, and Hip Hop), dancing, and a bar for age 21+.

Halloween cruise

October 2019
(undated)
2.1 miles NE
Take a three-hour Speakeasy Halloween Party Cruise aboard San Francisco Belle, with bay views, DJ dance music, three levels of entertainment, and a cash bar, leaving Pier 3 for age 21+. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween comedy

October 2019
(undated)
2.2 miles north
Comedians perform jokes at a special Halloween Comedy Showcase at Cobbs Comedy Club, which has a two drink minimum and is age 18+.

Halloween cruise

October 2019
(undated)
2.2 miles east
Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise is a 3.5-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 a mask and semi-formal attire.

Halloween party - Spin

October 2019
(undated)
3 miles south
Funhouse promises celebrity DJs playing dance music at Spin for age 21+.

Halloween party for kids

October 2019
(undated)
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. Separate lounge for teenagers.

Museum party

October 2019
(undated)
3 miles west
Tour a haunted hall full of scientific curiosities, visit a haunted arcade of games, watch a drag show, join a costume contest, and order food/drinks at Creatures of the NightLife at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for age 21+.

Free classical concert

October 2019
(undated)
8 miles SW
Hear two pianists “perform Halloween-themed music” at the Annual Scary Concert in the Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State University. Free.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 2019
(undated)
34.7 miles NE
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [website has sound] at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. See schedule.

Family haunted house

October 2019
(undated)
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. Special events including a dance party, lights on for kids, and a kiddie costume parade. See schedule.

Halloween at Great America

October 2019
(undated)
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 (daytime on weekends) is for age 12 and younger.

San Jose neighborhood haunt

October 2019
(undated)
48 miles south
Just a normal house the rest of the year, Albertson Halloween House is a neighborhood attraction at Halloween. The theme in 2018 was “video games.” Free.

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