October is the heart of "Indian Summer" in San Francisco. Here's what you should be doing during the month.

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September 28, 2022

San Francisco Festivals and Events in October

All dates and locations are subject to change and should be confirmed with sponsors before making travel plans.

Fleet Week San Francisco

Aquatic Park and PIER 39, Fisherman’s Wharf
Fleet Week is the Bay Area’s opportunity to honor the men and women of the U.S. Navy and marine services. Navy ship tours and an exciting air show will be happening. Reserved seating and corporate packages available.

How Weird Street Faire

Howard and Second streets
Billed as a “street fair for the 21st century,” the event includes nine stages of music over seven city blocks; food and vendors from around the world, and educational booths.

Mill Valley Film Festival

Various Locations
Presented by the California Film Institute, the Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent and world cinema. Founded in 1978, it has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
This free celebration of music in the park includes a who’s who of top entertainers.

Castro Street Fair

Castro Street
Arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, dancing and music are all part of the fun at this gay-friendly street festival.

San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach
The city celebrates its Italian heritage with an annual parade through North Beach with food, music, entertainment and celebrities. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary.

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Fort Mason Center
The oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast! This show includes 60 distinguished antiques dealers from America and Europe selling a broad range of antique merchandise.


Various Locations
This San Francisco literary festival showcases hundreds of the Bay Area’s finest writers for a week of readings, discussions, films, cross-media happenings and more.

Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show

Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.
Bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronco riding, team and tie-down roping and bull riding are among the competitive events at the Cow Palace.

SF Street Food Festival

Potrero Power Station,420 23rd St.
This annual food festival chooses a different focus each year. For 2018, over 30 Bay Area chefs and restaurants will salute American cuisine and how it has been shaped by immigrant cultures from all over the world.

ArtSpan/SF Open Studios

Various Locations
San Francisco’s most exciting artists open their doors to the public and reveal their latest projects, how they work and what’s for sale.

SF Brewer Weekend

Pier 45
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Get a taste of the best local beers at SF Brewer Weekend's main event, Brews on the Bay, a tasting event aboard the SS Jeremiah O'Brien at Pier 45. Special VIP packages are available.

Superfest: International Disability Film Festival

The Magnes Collection of Art and Life (Berkeley) and Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (San Francisco)
The longest-running festival of its kind in the world, Superfest showcases an innovative range of juried short and feature-length films that celebrate disability as a generative and creative force in cinema and more broadly in culture.

San Francisco Trolley Dances

Site-specific performances parallel major Muni routes in San Francisco. Artists and ensembles are matched with specific sites to create 8- to 15-minute pieces in response to the physical environment, architecture and history of the area.

Potrero Hill Festival

Potrero Hill, 20th Street between Missouri and Arkansas streets
The Potrero Hill Festival returns with a full day of fun, food, music and community activities. There will be special activities for the kids, including a puppet show and a petting zoo.

American Indian Film Festival

The world’s oldest festival dedicated to films by and about Native Americans showcases new and exciting work.

LEAP Sandcastle Classic

Ocean Beach
Teams comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for LEAP to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students.

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