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

Best events for 12 months

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.

Fashion week

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

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.

Latino film festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 15)

San Francisco Bay Area

CMSF Latino Film Festival screens films by emerging and established filmmakers from the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.

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.
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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 (begins Sept. 30)

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. 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.

Oktoberfest in Oakland

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

14 miles east

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond is a free family-friendly festival with 30 kinds of German and craft beer, German food and music, an eco fair, and a kids’ area.

Small-town Oktoberfest

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

33 miles NE

Find German food, beer, wine, arts & crafts, carnival rides, street performers, and a Saturday parade at the outdoor Clayton Oktoberfest. Free admission.

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 (from April)

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 from Sept. 16)

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.

Halloween at Great America

October 1 - 29, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

42.6 miles south

Halloween Haunt at Great America features 500 gruesome monsters, 9 mazes and attractions, 3 scare zones, and 4 live shows at California’s Great America in Santa Clara on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The kids’ Great Pumpkin Fest begins Sept. 30.

Pumpkin patches

October 1 - 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 1 - 31, 2017 (begins Sept. 23)

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 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Fleet Week

October 2 - 9, 2017

2.5 miles north

Fleet Week includes tours of Navy ships at Marina Green, band concerts, a Friday parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, weekend air shows with the Blue Angels, and fireworks Saturday. Free except reserved seats. Pier 39 has a Fleet Week Celebration.

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.

Janet Jackson

October 5, 2017 (8 p.m.)

33 miles NE

Hear living legend Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation; Together Again; All For You) in the Concord Pavilion.

Discount tickets $28 to $50.

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 WhiskyFest San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Country bluegrass concert

October 6 - 8, 2017

4 miles west

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass presents 100 country and bluegrass acts on multiple stages with food sold by 50 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 famous Lit Crawl in local bars, and hundreds of mostly free author readings.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

October 6 - 31, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

36.2 miles SE

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

Haunted house - San Leandro

October 6 - Nov. 4, 2017 (from Sept. 29)

23 miles SE

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

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.

Magic show

October 7, 2017 (4 & 7 p.m.)

1.3 miles NE

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Discount tickets $36.

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.

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.

Free entertainment

October 10 & 29, 2017 (begins May 7)

1.2 miles NE

Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Free. Popular programs include:

Santa Cruz Film Festival

October 11 - 15, 2017

76 miles SE

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

Short films

October 12 - 14, 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.

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

The inaugural 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.

Obstacle race

October 14, 2017

36.2 miles SE

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1 mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

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.


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

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.

Family haunted house

October 14 - 30, 2017 (except 16 & 23)

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. Kiddie costume parade Oct. 21, and lights on for kids Oct. 22 (both 1 to 2 p.m.).

Visit art studios

October 14 - Nov. 12, 2017 (reception Oct. 12)

San Francisco locations

Visit up to 900 emerging and established artists in their studios during the weekend ArtSpan Open Studios, and attend preview and tasting parties.

Visit art studios

October 15 - 16, 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.

Country dance weekend

October 19 - 22, 2017

San Francisco locations

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

Dance films

October 19 - 22, 2017

2.1 miles south

San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) features local and international dance on screen at the Brava! for Women In the Arts.

Documentary film festival

October 19 - 29, 2017

San Francisco & Palo Alto

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

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.

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

Professional Bull Riders take on bucking bulls at SAP Center at San Jose.

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.

Antiques show

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

2.3 miles north

Browse fine antiques from 60 international dealers and hear expert lecturers at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Science Festival

October 26 - Nov. 11, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Science Festival offers 50 fun events about science and technology, including exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, and workshops.

Halloween costume ball

October 27 - 28, 2017

1.2 miles NE

Halloween International Ball is a multi-room spectacular with dance music at W Hotel on Friday and at the Westin St. Francis on Saturday.

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 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.

Halloween cruise

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

2.2 miles east

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

Halloween at the zoo

October 28 - 29, 2017

7.7 miles SW

Children can enjoy treats, watch animals play with pumpkins, dance to music, bounce, walk on a haunted trail, make crafts, and join the 11 a.m. costume parade during Boo at the Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.

Halloween party for kids

October 29, 2017

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.

Ghostbuster 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 will have a Ghostbusters theme in 2017. Free.

Arabian films

October 2017 (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.

Art night

October 2017 (undated)

0.9 miles east

Verve features 60 art and photography vendors, live music, aerial and dance performances, hair & makeup artists, and a runway fashion showcase featuring local designers at 1015 Folsom Street for age 21+.

Food film festival

October 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles south

Enjoy food pairings by local chefs each night of the Food & Farm Film Festival, which screens new films related to food, farming, and the food-consciousness movement at Roxie Theater.

Superhero Street Fair

October 2017 (undated)

3.1 miles SE

Join the people dressed as super heroes at Superhero Street Fair, which features music on seven stages, entertainment, and giant art exhibits for all ages on Napoleon Street from Jerrold to Evans.

Neighborhood festival

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Garden lights festival

October 2017 (undated)

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. Directions.

Day of the Dead - Oakland

October 2017 (undated)

15 miles east

Dia de los Muertos Festival has entertainment on two stages, 200 vendors of art and food, face painters, and a children’s area at Fruitvale Village in Oakland. Free.

Bike & beer festival

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 2017 (undated)

Bay Area

Get drink specials at multiple bars (costume optional).

Haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

5.8 miles SW

ScreamGate [sound] features a maze full of zombies outside Stonestown Galleria and is not suitable for children younger than 12. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Halloween.

Haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

52.6 miles south

Dead Time Dreams Haunted House [sound] includes a creepy carnival and two scary mazes with actors in makeup at 2501 Tully Road in San Jose. See schedule.

Halloween costume party

October 2017 (undated)

1 mile NW

Wear black or something old to the Cool Black Ball Vintage Costume Party, a costume ball with dancing to an R&B & pop band at Fillmore Heritage Center.

Ping pong party

October 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

Pong-o-ween features cash bars, 3 DJs, a VIP lounge, an outdoor patio, and free ping pong tables at SPiN for age 21+. Costume required.

Halloween party for kids

October 2017 (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.

Halloween party - Space 550

October 2017 (undated)

3.2 miles south

Funhouse Halloween Massive [sound] promises four rooms of celebrity DJs, live performances, and dancing at Space 550 for age 21+. Dress code.

Halloween in the park

October 2017 (undated)

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 beer in San Jose

October 2017 (undated)

56 miles south

Taste samples from 80 regional breweries at San Jose Broofest: A Nightmare on Alma Street, which also has food, a hunt for treats, and a costume contest at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Halloween party in Santa Cruz

October 2017 (undated)

73 miles south

Dance to nonstop live music plus DJs at Freaker’s Ball in four rooms at The Catalyst for age 21+ (Fri. 18+).
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