San FranciscoFestivals and Events in October
October is the heart of "Indian Summer" in San Francisco. Here's our guide to the can't-miss events during the month.
All dates and locations are subject to change and should be confirmed with sponsors before making travel plans.
Fleet Week San FranciscoFisherman'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 FaireHoward & Second Street
Billed as a “street fair for the 21st century,” the How Weird Street Faire includes nine music stages over seven city blocks, food and vendors from around the world, and educational booths.
Mill Valley Film Festival
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 BluegrassHellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a free celebration of music in the park that includes a who’s who of top entertainers in bluegrass, country and rock.
Castro Street FairCastro
Arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, dancing and music are all part of the fun at Castro Steet Fair, a gay-friendly street festival.
San Francisco Italian Heritage ParadeNorth Beach
The city celebrates its Italian heritage with the annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade through North Beach with food, music, entertainment and celebrities. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary.
San Francisco Fall Antiques ShowFort Mason Center
The oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast happens at the Fort Mason Center. This show includes 60 distinguished antiques dealers from America and Europe selling a broad range of antique merchandise.
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 ShowCow Palace
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 the Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show.
ArtSpan/SF Open Studios
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 at ArtSpan/SF Open Studios.
SF Brewer WeekendPier 45
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 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
San Francisco Trolley Dances are 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 Festival20th Street
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
American Indian Film Festival, the world’s oldest festival dedicated to films by and about Native Americans, showcases new and exciting work.
LEAP Sandcastle ClassicOcean Beach
Teams comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures at the LEAP Sandcastle Classic. 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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