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October 5, 2018
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Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

A weekend full of cultural happenings is the perfect way to experience San Francisco. Check out everything that's happening across the City by the Bay.

Litquake Rumbles Into San Francisco

Litquake, happening Oct. 11-20, 2018, is the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast. It turns 19 this year, with a ten-day program that features a variety of authors and participants at 160 different venues. There are events for all ages, including "Kidquake" and "Teenquake," offering the youth a place of enouragement to showcase their readings of poetry, memoir, and prose, along with performances of dance and music. All kinds of art and literature are welcome!


Get Cultured At Yerba Buena Night

From 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, there will be surprises around every corner at Yerba Buena Night. The eighth annual free, outdoor arts festival in the Yerba Buena Cultural District includes dance, music, art and video projections. More than 30 groups will be performing in Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

PIER 39’s 40th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration

PIER 39’s 40th anniversary celebration wraps up with a bang on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.  There will be live music by DJ Busy B from 5 to 8:30 p.m., as well as roving PIER 39 street performers and free caricature sketches, while supplies last. At 8:30 p.m., the fun-filled evening under the stars culminates with PIER 39’s spectacular fireworks show over San Francisco Bay.


Cowboy Up!

The spirit of the Old West is still alive and well in San Francisco. The 2018 Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo continues with the PRCA Rodeo at the Cow Palace for two weekends, Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, 2018. For more than 70 years, the Grand National has been the West's most prestigious western lifestyle event, attracting thousands of participants and fans.

La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival Returns

The San Francisco Street Food Festival, an essential element of the thriving Bay Area food scene, returns Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at The Power Station (420 23rd St.). The festival embraces the delicious and diverse story of American food with Mexican huaraches, Vietnamese pho, Southern fried chicken, Nepalese dumplings and so much more.  

SF Open Studios 2018

Showcasing more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists, Open Studios is the perfect moment for art patrons, admirers and collectors to venture out on self-guided tours throughout San Francisco and visit as many studios as possible. Each weekend from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11, 2018, highlights a different group of neighborhoods. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, Open Studios is the largest and oldest open studios program in the U.S. 

Lights! Camera! Action!

The Bay Area loves going to the movies, and our abundance of film festivals is the proof. The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival has just begun! Happening through Oct. 14, 2018, in various locations just across the Golden Gate Bridge, the festival is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season. This year, the festival includes tributes to Academy Award nominees Rosamund Pike and Matthew Heineman; director and screenwriter Peter Farrelly; and Oakland native Mahershala Ali, who won as Oscar for his work in Moonlight. Co-presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and SFFILM, “Modern Cinema” is back through Oct. 21, 2018, exploring the work and interests of storyteller, novelist, and film critic Satyajit Ray. The ninth annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival continues through Oct. 14, 2018 at the Brava Theater Center. And don’t forget that tickets are already available for the Napa Valley Film Festival, coming up Nov. 7-11, 2018.

It’s Show Time!

Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Miserables, is now at the SHN Orpheum Theater. This legendary musical tells the story of a Vietnamese woman who is orphaned by war and on a journey to reunite with the love of her life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Sweat, continues through Oct. 21, 2018 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. Red Scare on Sunset, which campily juxtaposes Hollywood and Washington, closes on Oct. 21, 2018 at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Grab your tickets now!

Something For Your Littlest Travelers

Rock, play and learn this October as the San Francisco Public Library celebrates the 10th anniversary of Tricycle Music Fest.  The stellar lineup includes the Alphabet Rockers, Jose-Luis Orozco, The Okee Dokee Brothers, and Grammy and Emmy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. On Oct. 14, 2018, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band present a special concert for children and caregivers with VIP access to the Main Library before public hours.

Last Chance Exhibits

Some of the astonishing exhibits at San Francisco's must-see museums won't be here forever. See Rene Magritte's The Fifth Season at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the only retrospective of its kind in the U.S., before it leaves on Oct. 28, 2018. There's still time to see Infinite Cycle at the Chinese Cultural Center before it's gone on Oct. 21, 2018. This new exhibit was part of the recent Global Climate Action Summit and sparks a conversation about environmental awareness through artworks and performances.


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