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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.

Free films

October 3 & 18, 2019 (5 p.m.)
multiple locations
Film Night in the Park presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings” in San Francisco. You can bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.
  • Oct. 3 - Mean Girls (Marina Green)
  • Oct. 18 - Hocus Pocus (Dolores Park)

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.

Made in S.F. week

October 4 - 11, 2019
San Francisco
Celebrate local manufacturers, their products, and their people during SFMade Week with pop-up shops, factory tours, classes, and tastings.

Japanese films

October 4 - 13, 2019
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.

Celebrate San Francisco Bay

October 5, 2019
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.

Horror films in San Jose

October 5, 2019 (2 to 11 p.m.)
48.7 miles south
Death’s Parade Film Festival screens films by “local and international horror filmmakers, eager to share their grisly works of art with a fresh and frothing audience” at Towne 3 Cinemas.

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 (weekends)
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. Every weekend has a theme.

Free music festival

October 6, 2019 (12 to 7:30 p.m.)
0.1 miles west
SF Music Day features 32 diverse ensembles performing short sets of chamber music, jazz, and contemporary works on four stages in the ornate War Memorial Veterans Building. Free.

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
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 held Sundays at 1 p.m. Free.

Fleet Week

October 6 - 14, 2019
2.5 miles north
Fleet Week includes concerts (Oct. 7 to 14), tours of Navy ships (Oct. 9 to 14), a parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge (Oct. 11), air shows with the Blue Angels (Oct. 11 to 13), and military dogs (Oct. 12). Also consider the Fleet Week Celebration events at Pier 39 (Oct. 8 to 13). Free.

Santa Cruz Film Festival

October 9 - 13, 2019
76 miles SE
Santa Cruz Film Festival celebrates innovative and original filmmaking and screens locally made films.

Wine tasting

October 10, 2019
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.

Literary festival

October 10 - 19, 2019
San Francisco & Oakland
Book lovers unite at Litquake, a giant independent literary festival with cutting-edge panel discussions, hundreds of mostly free author readings, parties (Oct. 10 & 19), and a Lit Crawl in local bars (Oct. 19).

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 show is Friday.

Arabian films

October 11 - 20, 2019
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.

Columbus Day ball

October 12, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
1 mile NE
The black-tie optional Grand Ball includes a banquet, no-host cocktails, and dancing at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, organized by San Francisco Italian Heritage.

Festival under the stars

October 12, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
1 mile NE
See dozens of music, dance, and art performances at Yerba Buena Night, located at Jessie Square. Free.

Electric vehicles

October 12, 2019 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
2.6 miles NE
See and drive electric vehicles, or join a workshop about ebikes and electric scooters during EV Week at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. Free.

Food festival

October 12, 2019
3.8 miles SE
Bring an appetite to shop from 50 local food vendors at San Francisco Street Food Festival, at The Power Station in Dogpatch. Bring cash but not pets. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Celebrate Oakland

October 12, 2019
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.

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. Added in 2019 is a section for electric vehicles. Free.

Bike & beer festival

October 12, 2019
20 miles north
See handmade bikes, visit 50 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 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
44 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.

Art fair in San Carlos

October 12 - 13, 2019
28.5 miles south
San Carlos Art & Wine Faire features 250 art and craft booths, two stages of entertainment, food vendors, wine, beer, a two-day 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.

Columbus Day Parade

October 13, 2019 (12:30 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
Italian Heritage Parade begins at Fisherman’s Wharf and goes up Columbus Avenue to Washington Square. Free.

Pool party

October 15, 2019
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.

Garden lights festival

October 17 - 19, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
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.

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 from June to November.

Japanese fall festival

October 19, 2019 (12 to 5 p.m.)
1.1. miles NW
Celebrate autumn with Japanese drumming, dancing, singing, martial arts, taiko, flower arranging, calligraphy, and kimonos during Aki Matsuri at Japan Center. Poster. Free.

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.

Beer tasting on a ship

October 19, 2019 (1 p.m.)
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+.

Wharf festival

October 19, 2019 (12 to 8 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
San Francisco’s Wharf Fest has live music, street performers, and craft and food vendors on the Embarcadero (from Taylor to Powell). The chowder competition and beer/wine tasting is 12 to 3 p.m. The benefit concert with four bands is 4 to 8 p.m.

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.

Glowing art

October 19, 2019 (7:30 to 11:30 p.m.)
15.3 miles east
See art that glows in the dark at BlackLight Art Show at Studio 23 Gallery in Alameda. 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.

Dancers outdoors

October 19 - 20, 2019 (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Watch dancers perform along the historic J-Church trolley route during San Francisco Trolley Dances. (Tickets to ride muni are sold out, but you can try getting a walk-up ticket or watch from the street.)

Days of the Dead - Oakland

October 19 - 20, 2019 (12 to 4:30 p.m.)
13 miles east
Days of the Dead [Días de Los Muertos] 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.

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. The pumpkin weigh-off is Oct. 14, 2019. Free.

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.

Day of the Dead - San Jose

October 20, 2019 (11 a.m.)
47.8 miles south
Día de los Muertos Procession & Festival features a colorful parade that goes from Cityview Plaza to Martin Luther King Jr. Library Plaza. The library has elaborate altars displayed on floors 2 and 5. Free.

Documentary film festival

October 21 - 27, 2019
Palo Alto & San Francisco
United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) screens films about human rights, the environment, women’s issues, refugees, racism, and health. The only screening in San Francisco is October 23, 2019.

Fashion week

October 21 - 27, 2019
San Francisco
Attend fashion related events during San Francisco Fashion Week at locations throughout San Francisco.

Haunted walk - Pacific Heights

October 21 - 29, 2019
0.9 miles north
A professional tour guide leads you on the 1.5 to 2 hour San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, which combines the city’s “rich haunted history with storytelling, insider gossip, and a magic twist” beginning at 1801 Bush Street.

Family haunted house

October 22 - 30, 2019
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 include a dance party (Oct. 18), lights on (Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.), and a kiddie costume parade & contest (Oct. 26). Schedule.

Haunted house - San Leandro

October 22 - Nov. 2, 2019
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two haunted houses “rich with monsters and unsavory demons from the darkest depths of your fears” in San Leandro. See schedule.

Master magician

October 23 - Nov. 20, 2019 (Wednesdays 8 p.m.)
0.7 miles NE
Magician David Gerard performs comedy, mind reading, and acts of illusion at PianoFight. Reviews.

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Astonishing magician

October 24, 2019
0.8 miles NE
Magician and mentalist Jay Alexander entertains with comedy, sleight-of-hand, and human lie detection at Marrakech Magic Theater, with optional appetizers and cocktails for sale. Reviews.

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Happy hour cruise

October 24, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
Take an Alive After Five Cruise to enjoy two hours of views, DJ music, and a bar selling bites and beverages, departing from Pier 3 for age 21+.

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Short plays

October 24 - 26, 2019
0.9 miles NE
The Playwrights Center of S.F. presents Best Short Plays of 2019, “a collection of nine short plays: three selected by audience vote during three preliminary rounds of readings and six chosen by the production team” at the Phoenix Theatre for age 18+.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers five haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. See schedule.

Life & death week

October 24 - Nov. 3, 2019
multiple locations
Attend 200 events that help you face death to live a better life during Reimagine End of Life, which explores “big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation.” More than half of the events are free. Register online.

Costume ball - W hotel

October 25, 2019 (9 p.m.)
1.3 miles NE
Halloween International Ball has 3 dance floors, 7 DJs, dancers, drummers, and a costume contest at W San Francisco for age 21+.

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.

Art + technology nights

October 25 - 27, 2019
2 miles NE
See a dozen immersive, interactive installations and performances, and attend workshops during Art+Tech Festival at GitHub.

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Haunted walk - Haight

October 25 - 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 1206 Masonic Avenue. Recommended for age 13+.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 25 - Nov. 2, 2019
34.7 miles NE
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. Enjoys 6 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, 4 shows, and many rides on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Oct. 14 & 31.

Dinner/variety show in Oakland

October 25 - Dec. 7, 2019
11.3 miles NE
The Soiled Dove is “an immersive, circus-infused, scandalous, and historic dinner-theater experience that will titillate your every sense” with musicians, dancers, singers, and circus performers at Tortona Big Top for age 21+. The four-course dinner is optional.

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Halloween party - Regency

October 26, 2019 (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+.

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Costume ball - Westin

October 26, 2019 (9 p.m.)
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+.

Halloween party - W hotel

October 26, 2019 (9 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Dress as your favorite superhero or villain for Superheroes vs. Villains, which has 10 DJs playing music in four rooms at W San Francisco for age 21+.

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Home tour

October 26, 2019
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.

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.

Halloween cruise

October 26, 2019 (boarding 9 p.m.)
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.

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Greek films

October 26, 2019
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.

Halloween party - Spin

October 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
3 miles south
Join the irreverent Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for “a fun-filled, spooky night of dancing, pop-up drag performances, ping pong, and FUNdraising” with a costume contest, no-host bar, and food for sale at the Saints and Spinners Halloween Party at Spin.

Halloween party for families

October 26, 2019
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.

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.

Free family event - San Jose

October 26 - 27, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
50.5 miles south
Follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail at the Winchester Mystery House through the gardens for “candy, tricks and treats from caretakers of the estate, games, and bouncy houses.” Free.

Visit art studios

October 26 - 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 April and October/November.

Flamenco show

October 26 - Nov. 30, 2019 (Saturdays 7 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
The mother-daughter team of Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña entertain with pulsating sounds of footwork, songs, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar at Peña Pachamama in North Beach. (Minimum purchase of two food or drink items.)

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Free entertainment

October 27, 2019 (Halloween event)
1.2 miles NE
Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival from May to October. Free. Popular programs include:

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.

Sunday afternoon cruise

October 27, 2019 (3:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Enjoy two hours of Bay views, a DJ playing top 40 music, and a no-host bar on the Social Sunday Cruise aboard a Hornblower yacht departing from Pier 3.

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Neighborhood festival

October 27, 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.

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.

Jewish film festival

October 27 - Nov. 17, 2019
Palo Alto & San Jose
Watch two dozen feature-length films at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, with special events opening and closing nights.

Free classical concert

October 30, 2019 (1 to 2 p.m.)
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 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.

Vampire tour

October 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.

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Halloween comedy

October 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
Comedians perform jokes at a special Halloween Comedy Showcase at The Punch Line San Francisco, which has a two drink minimum and is age 18+.

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Halloween cruise

October 31, 2019 (7 p.m.)
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.

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Museum party

October 31, 2019
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+.

San Jose neighborhood haunt

October 31, 2019
48 miles south
Just a normal house the rest of the year, Albertson Halloween House is a neighborhood attraction at Halloween. The theme in 2019 is “Jurassic Park.” Free.

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.

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