October 2015

Enjoy the best San Francisco events, festivals, and things to do in October 2015 with this calendar of events.

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All Month: San Francisco Halloween Events, Parties, Costumes, Contests, Haunted Houses

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All Month: Free San Francisco Walking Tours | Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More
City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco. Walk along the streets, sidewalks, and byways of America’s most beautiful – and fascinating – city! More info.

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October 29-November 1: 90+ San Francisco Halloween Weekend Events: Parties, Haunted Houses, Pub Crawls, Costume Contests, Burlesque, Movies, & More

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October 31: San Francisco Halloween Events, Parties, Costumes, Contests, Haunted Houses

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October 31: Halloween Hoopla @ Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12-1:30PM

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October 31: Bootie SF @ DNA Lounge | Drag & Burlesque Shows, Midnight Costume Contest, 21+, 9PM-After Hours (more info)

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October 31: Nightmare On Van Ness @ The Regency Center | Halloween Party, Live Entertainment, Go Go Dancers, Costume Contests, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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October 31: The Black Pearl Halloween Yacht Party | 5 DJs, 4 Decks, Open Bar, Costumes, Views Of The City (more info)

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October 31: A Club Called Rhonda: Halloween @ Mezzanine | DJ Dance Party, 21+, 9PM (more info)

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October 31: Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise @ Fume Blanc Commodore | 3 Decks, 2 DJs, Open Bar, 9PM-1AM (more info)

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October 31: Phantasm – A Karnival Of Mischief @ Opel/Vau de Vire | Haunted Castle, Dance Performances, DJs, Art, Immersive Midway (more info)

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October 31: Haunted Island @ Treasure Island Event Venue | 6 Stages, Over 40 Live Performers, 8PM (more info)

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October 31: Scary Party @ The Midway SF | 3 Areas Of Music With Groove Armada, Seth Troxler, & Other DJs, 9PM-3AM (more info)

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October 31: Oakland – Saints & Sinners Halloween @ Grand Theatre | 3 DJs, 2 Rooms Of Music, 21+ 9PM-2AM (more info)

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October 31: Night Of The Crawling Dead | Halloween Pub Crawl, Costumes, Drink Specials (more info)

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October 31: Haunted Carnival @ Pier 33 | Halloween Party On The Waterfront, Guest DJs, Dramatic Views, 21+, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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October 31: Funhouse @ Space 550 | Halloween Party, Celebrity DJs, Indoor/Outdoor, 4 Rooms, 3 Bars, Costumes, 9PM (more info)

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October 31: BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG @ SF Art Institute | Benefit for NEXT Village, Performance By Comedian Will Durst (more info)

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October 31: Vacaville – Howl-O-Ween @ Andrews Park | Pooch Parade, Free, Music, Treats, Pet Vendors, 10AM-2PM (more info)

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October 31: Mountain View – Halloween Ukulele Jam & Costume Party @ Mountain View Public Library | Free, Open Jam Session, 1-3PM (more info)

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October 31: Berkeley – Halloween Fest @ Fourth Street | Free, 65 Merchants, Trick-Or-Treating, Music, Games, 2-5PM (more info)

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October 31: Skepticism & The Supernatural, A Dialogue @ Brava Theater | Science & Skepticism Discussion with Michael Shermer & Jamy Ian Swiss (more info)

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October 31: Dance-O-Ween 2015 | Free, Roving, Raving, Dance Party Extravaganza, 9PM (more info)

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October 30-November 2: San Jose – Jack Yo Lantern @ SJSU Event Center | Halloween Party, DJs, 6PM (more info)

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October 30 & 31: Mayhem Mansion @ Haas-Lilienthal House | Haunted House, Beer & Wine, Raffle Prizes

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October 30 & 31: Boo! @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | DJs, 5PM (more info)

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October 30: Night Of The Crawling Dead | Halloween Pub Crawl, Costumes, Drink Specials (more info)

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October 30: Mad Hatter’s Ball @ 1015 Folsom | DJs Sets, 21+, 10PM-4AM (more info)

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October 30: Ghost Ship VIII: Annihilation @ Pier 70 | Art Installations, DJs, Costumes (more info)

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October 30: Halloween International Ball @ W San Francisco | DJs, Live Drummers, Samba Dancers, Costume Contest, Prizes, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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October 30: Eye Heart Halloween @ Mezzanine | Halloween Dance Party With DJ Vice (more info)

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October 30: Halloween Masquerade Ball @ JW Marriott Hotel | Masquerade Cocktail Attire, DJs, Drinks (more info)

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October 30: Palo Alto – Kids’ Halloween Fun Faire @ Hope Technology School | Free, Costume Parade, Snacks, Games, 10:30AM-Noon (more info)

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October 30: Creepy Crawly Night Hike @ Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station | Free, Guided Tour, 7-9PM (more info)

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October 30: Pre-Halloween Bash @ University of San Francisco | Free, Costume Swap, Photo Booth, Silent Disco (more info)

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October 30: San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club @ Zeitgeist | Free, 7-10PM, Fourth Fridays
Join the SF Beard and Mustache Club for a monthly gathering at Zeitgeist at 7 pm every last Friday of the month. If you have a beard or mustache, if you like beards and mustaches, or if you want a beard or mustache, then by all means come on down. More info.

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October 30: SF Critical Mass @ Pee Wee Herman Plaza | Bicycle Ride, 5:30PM, Free, Last Fridays
Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in cities around the world. Everyone is invited! You are encouraged to bring your ideas, energy, opinions and talents to Critical Mass. More info.

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October 30: Berkeley – Interfaith Labyrinth Walk @ Grace North Church | Free, Live Music, 6-10PM, Last Fridays
Find peace. Find calm. Find hope. — by walking the Grace North Church Labyrinth. When our lives get busy, this Interfaith labyrinth offers the perfect place and time for contemplation, meditation and prayer in community with others. More info.

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October 30: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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October 29: Redwood City – Scare On The Square @ Courthouse Square | 3D Light Show & Pumpkin Carving Contest, Free (more info)

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October 29: Haunt Your Ride @ Island Drive-In | Free, Art Car Show, Drive-In Movies, Haunted House Crawl, 6:30-9:30PM (more info)

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October 29: San Jose – Monster Mania Double Feature Movie Night @ Orchard Supply Hardware Parking Lot | Frankenstein & Dracula, Free, 7PM (more info)

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October 29: Creatures Of The NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Drag Performances, Costume Contest, Haunted House, Hands On Exhibits, 6PM (more info)

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October 28: SF Opera, SF Symphony or SF Jazz @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free, 12-1PM

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October 27: T-Mambo @ Embarcadero Square | Free Afro-Cuban, 12-1PM

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October 25: Pet Pride Day @ Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park | Demonstrations, Vets & Vaccinations, Photo Booths, Entertainment, 11AM-3PM (more info)

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October 25: Spooktacular Halloween Party @ Japan Center Malls | Free, Mall-Wide Trick-Or-Treating, Games, Pumpkin Decorating, Bouncy House, Noon-4PM (more info)

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October 25: Pin Up Picnic @ Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park | Potluck In The Park, Vintage Dress, 2PM (more info)

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October 25: Monsters Bash @ USS Hornet Museum | Live Music, Costume Contest, Children’s Zone, 7:30Pm-1AM (more info)

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October 25: Halloween Costume Boat Party @ Pier 3 | Party Aboard The San Francisco Belle, DJs, Drinks, 5-11PM (more info)

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October 24-25: Moby-Dick Marathon | Free, Marathon Reading Of The Melville Classic Novel, 100+ Readers & Performers, Food Trucks (more info)

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October 24-25: Treasure Island Flea Halloween Special | $3, 10AM-4PM, 400+ Vendors, Food Trucks, Drinks, Live Music, Kid Zone
400+ curated vendors and makers selling original artwork, antiques, vintage apparel, re-purposed and up-cycled items, new designs and fashion, underground food, startups and much, much more! More info.

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October 24: Wharf Fest @ Fisherman’s Wharf | Free, Live Music, Chowder Cook-Off, Family-Friendly Activities
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district and invite Bay Area locals to visit the district! This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, maritime themed activities, a bike decorating contest, and a “trashy” fashion show. More info.

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October 24: Zombie Walk | Free, All Ages, Costumed Group Event, Food Bank Collections

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October 24: Skeletonfest @ Richmond Art Center | Free, Sugar Skulls & Other Hands-On Art Projects, 1-3PM (more info)

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October 24: Thrill The World @ Adira Dance & Costume | World Record Attempt For Most People Dancing To Thriller, 2PM (more info)

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October 24: Cathedrals @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | With The She’s & Heartwatch, 21+, 6PM (more info)

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October 24: Diwali Festival Of Lights @ Non Stop Bhangra | DJs, Live Painting, 9PM-2AM (more info)

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October 24: Berkeley – Party @ Berkeley Bohemian Glass Studio | Blow Glass, Dance, Food & Drink, 6PM (more info)

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October 24: Oakland – FIGMENT Oakland | Free, Family-Friendly, Participatory Art Event (more info)

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October 24: Presidio Pumpkin Carving Festival @ Main Post Lawn | Free Pumpkins, Tools Available, Food & Drink, Noon-5PM (more info)

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October 23-24: Mayhem Mansion @ Haas-Lilienthal House | Haunted House, Beer & Wine, Raffle Prizes

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October 23: Twirl & Dip Grand Opening @ 1717 17th Street | Storefront Opening, Mini Dipped Ice Cream Cones, Tastings, 4-6PM (more info)

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October 23: Adult Swim Drive-In @ Treasure Island | Un-Aired Pilots, Specials, Food Trucks, Trivia, Prizes (more info)

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October 23: Ghost Walk @ City Hall | Free, Guided Tour, 6:30PM (more info)

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October 23: Maleficent @ McCoppin Square | Free Halloween Movie In The Park, Starts At Sunset (more info)

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October 23: SADDERDAY Halloween Bash @ Pops Bar | Emo, Pop-Punk, Screamo & Post-Hardcore Music, Costume Contest, Drink Specials, 9:30PM (more info)

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October 23: Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music @ Alley Cat Books | $5, 7-9PM, Cheap Beer
Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are fun, easy, and led by an actual caller, with live music by KC and the Moonshine Band. More info.

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October 22-25: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Bay Area Science Festival, Mayhem Mansion, Wharf Fest, Markets, Parties, Beer, Wine, & More!

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October 22-November 3: Bay Area Science Festival | Family-Friendly, Featuring Hands On Activities, Exhibits, Science Acts, Workshops, Explorer Tours, & More!

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October 22: Push / Pull / Suspend @ Adobe Backroom Gallery | Shibari Endurance Performance, 7-10PM (more info)

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October 22: DNews After Dark @ Castro Theater | Science Show With Special Guest Science Presenters, $15-20, 9PM (more info)

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October 21: Great San Francisco Sock Hop @ Monarch | Happy Hour Event To Collect Socks For Homeless Shelters, Drinks, DJ, 5:30-8:30PM (more info)

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October 21: SF Opera, SF Symphony or SF Jazz @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free, 12-1PM

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October 15-18: 75+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Art & Pumpkin Festival, Sunday Streets Finale, Film, Parties, Comedy, Beer, Wine, & More

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October 18: San Francisco Sunday Streets in Mission | Free, Closed Streets, Music, Activities, & More
Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Non-profit and health organizations offer free activities and share information about their services during the event. More info.

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October 18: Sunday Streets Finale On Valencia Street | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Free Bike Rentals, Arts & Crafts, Dance Performances, & More!

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October 18: 49ers vs. Ravens Tailgate Game Party & Cheap Beer Day @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free, Big Screen TVs, Food Trucks, 1:25PM (more info)

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October 18: Berkeley – Sunday Streets Berkeley @ Shattuck Avenue | Free, Block Party, Bicycles, Live Music, 11AM-4PM (more info)

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October 17-18: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival | Free, Family-Friendly, Huge Champion Pumpkins, Parade, Live Music, Food & Drink, Tons of Activities

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October 17-18: SF Open Studios @ Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios | Many Artists, Art-Centric Prizes, 11AM-6PM (more info)

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October 17: Masquerotica: A Carnival Of Creatures @ The “S” Factory | Halloween Party, Costumes Encouraged, DJs, 9PM-4AM (more info)

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October 17: Clarion Alley Block Party | Free, Murals, Live Music, 11AM-11PM (more info)

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October 17: Walnut Creek – Oktoberfest @ Pyramid Alehouse | Live Music, Beer & Food Specials, Stein Holding Competition, Costume Contest, 4PM (more info)

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October 17: Sharktoberfest @ Greater Farallones National Marine | Shark Science, Experts, Art, Films, Beer, Food, Live Music, 11AM-4PM (more info)

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October 17: Biketoberfest Brewfest @ Fair-Anslem Plaza | Brew Samplings, Live Music, 70+ Bike Exhibitors, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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October 17: El Rio’s 37th Birthday Party | Free, Live Music, DJs, Games, Happy Hour Specials, 2PM-2AM (more info)

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October 17: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday
Participants are expected to a) meet at a local bar, b) depart for a ride at midnight, c) bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and d) be awesome. Ride start location will be posted to our website the day of the ride. Only the ride leader knows where we’re going so bring your sense of adventure. Rides are strictly no rider left behind and generally around 5 miles. More info.

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October 17: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party
A monthly tribute party for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths every third Saturday at Milk Bar! More info.

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October 17: San Rafael – Fall Carnival & Supply Drive @ Venetia Valley School | Games & Activities, Food & Drink, Prizes, 11AM-4PM
The event will feature an assortment of delicious food, available for take-out; games and kids’ activities including jumpies; live, local entertainment; face painting, henna tattoos and a cake walk; CrossFit gymnastics; and a drawing for a Wii, bicycle, $500 cash prize and other great items. More info.

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October 17: Oakland – “Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap @ American Steel Studios | Free, 4PM
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Also included is a series of DIY craft and sewing workshops through which a community explores creativity and reuse. More info.

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October 16-17: Oakland – Autumn Lights Festival | Fundraiser For The Gardens At Lake Merritt, 6-11PM (more info)

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October 16-17: Berkeley – Uncharted: Festival Of Ideas @ Downtown Berkeley’s Arts District | Stimulating Conversations & Creative Exploration, Pop-Up Performances, Workshops
A two-day festival of ideas and activities for infovores. Conversations with leading thinkers, hands-on experiences, wonderful food and drink. More info.

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October 16: Popular @ SF SPCA – Mission | Ode To Hipness, Free Adoptions, Cocktails, Ramen & Sushi, Tattoos, DJ, Photobooth, & More!

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October 16: Oktoberfest @ Schroeder’s Restaurant | Free Celebration, German Food & Beer, Live Music, Games, 6PM (more info)

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October 16: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)

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October 15-17: SF Shorts | SF International Festival of Short Films
SF Shorts brings short films from around the globe to San Francisco. We explore a wide mix of genres and cultures without circumscribing them into niches. We love to see different types of films rub up against each other to catalyze new meanings. More info.

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October 15-17: Anniversary Bash @ Pacific Coast Brewing | Beer Specials, DJ, Retro Arcade Games, Food (more info)

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October 15: Beetlejuice @ McCoppin Plaza | Free Outdoor Movie Screening, Family-Friendly, 8PM (more info)

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October 15: Real Funny Comedians (Who Happen To Be Women) @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy, 18+, 8PM (more info)

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October 15: Tomorrow Transit: The Future Of The Downtown Plan @ SF Public Library | Panel Discussion, 6-7:30PM (more info)

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October 15: Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena | Free, Downtown Art Walk
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena: a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in San Francisco’s arts and culture district in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. Free and discounted museum and gallery events, live performances, and extended happy hours throughout the neighborhood. More info.

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October 15: Oakland – Slow Ride Sessions @ The Crucible | Free Yoga Class, Tour, Slow Ride To Bars, Third Thursdays, 6:30-9:30PM
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a free yoga class, tour of The Crucible, & slow ride to a local bar to cheers with your buddies both old and new! We will be FUNdraising for our friends at The Crucible and they will be hosting a raffle for participants with some really swell gear! Join us for one of many monthly community rides and bring your friends! More info.

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October 15: Oakland – Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Free, Art Walk, Third Thursdays, 6-9PM
Every 3rd Thursday of the month we invite you all to come out to the Ave to join us in supporting local artists, local independent businesses and community fun. Piedmont Ave. Stroll is in restaurants, stores, cafes and more with art, music, events and more. More info.

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October 15: YCBA: Converge Monthly Art Gathering | Free, Music, Art, Performances, Cocktails, Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. More info.

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October 15: Oakland – The Smart Culture Show @ 3rd St. Warehouse | Free Admission & Pizza, 3rd Thursdays
Art themed comedy show held in a warehouse space in the Jack London section of Oakland. Each month, they bring you some of the Bay Area’s best comedians, who will not only tell you jokes, but hilariously dissect the theme at hand. More info.

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October 14-31: Inferno @ San Francisco Armory | Haunted House, Immersive Horror Experience (more info)

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October 14: SF Opera, SF Symphony or SF Jazz @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free, 12-1PM

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October 13: Litquake @ Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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October 13: Free Second Tuesday Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. More info.

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October 12: Half Moon Bay – World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off @ I.D.E.S. Grounds | Giant World-Class Sized Pumpkins, Cash Prizes (more info)

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October 8-11: 65+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Fleet Week Festivities, Bacon & Brew Festival, Big Gay 10K, Litquake, Parties, Film, & More

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October 11: Big Gay 10K @ Golden Gate Park | Costumed Run & Walk To Fight AIDS, 5K & 10K (more info)

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October 11: Founder’s Day @ Exploratorium Pier 15 | Free Day At Community Museum (more info)

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October 11: Tenderloin Neighborhood Tour | Free Guided Tour, Historical, 9AM (more info)

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October 11: Fleet Week Fun @ The Winery SF | Stomp Grapes & Watch The Blue Angels, Noon-3PM (more info)

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October 11: Very Vegan Sunday @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Watch The 49ers Play New York Giants, 5:30PM (more info)

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October 11: Free Admission To The Exploratorium Museum @ Pier 15
The Exploratorium has six main galleries, each focused on a different area of exploration. Common to all are interactive exhibits that reward your attention and give you much to think about. Indulge your curiosity and ask your own questions as you play with the exhibits, and discover new ways to understand how our world works. More info.

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October 10-11: Fleet Fest @ Pier 80 | Part of Fleet Week SF, Live Music, Food Trucks, Ship Tours, 900+ Sailors & Coasties

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October 10: San Mateo – Bacon & Brew Festival @ Central Park | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Local Food Vendors, Craft Breweries, 11AM-5PM (more info)

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October 10: FallFest @ Justin Herman Plaza | Premier Wine & Food Tastings, Cooking Demos & Challenges, Interactive Cocktails, Grill-Offs, Noon-4PM (more info)

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October 10: SF Botanical Garden’s Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons Plant Sale | 10AM-1PM
Come by for a unique opportunity to admire and acquire an outstanding selection of plants seldom found in commercial nurseries or garden centers. Enjoy a wide variety of plants at each monthly Saturday sale, in addition to featured selections, based on the season. Find the right plants for your Bay Area (or beyond!) microclimate with many propagated from our very own collections. More info.

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October 10: Saturday Night Action Club: Zombie Scavenger Hunt | 21+ Competitive Bar Crawl, Prizes, Creative Team Play (more info)

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October 10: Kids’ Festival @ McLaren Park | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Magic Show, Workshops, Guided Treks (more info)

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October 10: Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Educational Science Discussions, 2-3PM, Second Saturdays
Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration. On the second Saturday of every month from 2-3PM, gather at the lake to hear researchers from a variety of disciplines talk on topics ranging from Archaeology to Zooplankton. More info.

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October 10: Oakland – Jack of All Trades Market @Jack London Square | Free, Second Saturdays, 11AM-5PM
Free & Pet friendly market includes 85+ local vendors, DIY workshops, food, local music, beers, and more. More info.

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October 10: Oakland – Golden Gate Second Saturdays | Free, Community Event
The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event, with activities in the following categories: Art, Music, Food, Volunteerism, Classes, and Family Friendly. More info.

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October 10: Campbell – Second Saturdays @ Downtown Campbell | Free, 2-6PM
Second Saturdays is a blend of everything that makes Downtown Campbell one of the best places in the South Bay to spend a Saturday afternoon. You’ll find artists exhibiting, sidewalk sales, live music, street entertainment, special deals, and various other fun sights and sounds. More info.

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October 10: Berkeley – Beginner Parkour Class @ Mulford Hall | Free, Second Saturdays, Noon
The Beginner’s Class is geared towards first timers & lasts 1.5 hours. The emphasis will be on controlled progression and will cover: philosophy of parkour, training, conditioning and safety tips, and basic movements such as vaults, landings and rolls. More info.

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October 9-November 7: Dia De Los Muertos @ SOMArts | Day Of The Dead Expedition, Poets & Performance Artists, Extended Gallery Hours (more info)

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October 9-17: Litquake | Lit Festival, Author Discussions, Readings & Signings, Seminars, Classes, Book Sales
Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals. More info.

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October 9-12: Fleet Week @ Marina Green Park | Naval Boat Parade, Ship Tours, Air Show
A tradition since 1981, Fleet Week is the most anticipated Fall event in San Francisco. With an estimated audience of 1 million, spectators are drawn every year to the city’s northern waterfront to be awed by a parade of Navy ships, along with a spectacular aerial show that includes the Navy Blue Angels. More info.

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October 9: East Bay Bike Party: Trick Or Treat @ San Leandro BART | Free, Customed Group Bike Party, Meetup 7:30PM (more info)

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October 9: Sing-Along Cinema: Hairspray @ Jack London Square | Movie Screening, Costumes, Singing, 7:30-10:30PM (more info)

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October 9: Mortified @ DNA Lounge | Live Readings By Adults From Their Teenage-Written Diaries, Poems, Love Letters, & More, 7:30PM (more info)

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October 9: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM
The galleries, clubs and restaurants that make Alameda and Jingletown a lively and cosmopolitan destination welcome you! Make time every 2nd Friday of the month to discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful and challenging contemporary art from the bay area and beyond. More info.

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October 9: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael.  Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. More info.

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October 9: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays
Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. Most locations are in the central core of the downtown and very walkable but a few are spread out a few blocks in each direction. More info.

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October 9: Oakland – Sing Along Cinema: Hairspray @ Jack London Square | Free Outdoor Film, Family-Friendly, Costumes, 9-10:30PM
Enjoy an evening of song, dance and movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals. This lively film series will screen fan favorites on special evenings at sundown. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume dressed as their favorite character and sing-along to their favorite songs. Join the fun and a little bit of madness at this starry night sing-along. More info.

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October 9: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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October 8-10: Joe Kreiter: Needles To Thread | Off The Ground Dance Production Suspended Between Buildings In The Tenderloin, 8&9PM (more info)

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October 8: The Exorcist @ Orinda Theatre | Free Movie Screening, 7PM (more info)

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October 8: In Motion NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Ballet Performance, Workshops, Food & Drink, Exhibits, 6PM (more info)

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October 8: Union Street Wine Walk | Wine Samples & Tastings, Hors d’Oeuvres, 4-8PM
Experience the flavor of Union Street: don’t miss this unique event. The tasting event will be located throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard and will include restaurants and merchants offering hors d’oeuvres and wine samples. More info.

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October 8: Sandbox Playtests @ The GoGame | Monthly Game & Adventure Testing, 7-9PM
Sandbox is a monthly playtesting event. Think of it as an open mic for real world game design, participatory theater, and immersive experiences. Each month we create a space where you can test out your adventures and receive criticism on how to make it better. More info.

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October 8: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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October 7: Free First Wednesday Admission @ GLBT History Museum in Castro District
Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.More info.

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October 7: SF Opera, SF Symphony or SF Jazz @ Civic Center/Alioto Plaza | Free, 12-1PM

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October 7: Berkeley Free First Wednesday @ UC Berkeley Botanical Garden | 9AM-5PM, First Wednesdays
Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres. More info.

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October 6: First Tuesday Free Admission To Conservatory of Flowers
Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. More info.

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October 6: First Tuesday Free Admission To San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship. More info.

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October 6: First Tuesday Free Admission @ de Young Museum
Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. More info.

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October 6: First Tuesday Free Admission To Legion Of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections include Rodin’s Thinker, which sits in the museum’s Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. More info.

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October 6: Free First Tuesday Admission To Museum of Craft and Design
Since opening to the public in 2004, the Museum of Craft and Design has delivered innovative exhibitions and programs to thousands of visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. More info.

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October 5: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)

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October 1-4: 70+ San Francisco Weekend Events: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Castro Street Fair, Oaktoberfest, Parties, Comedy, Beer, Wine, & More

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October 4: Castro Street Fair @ Castro & Market Streets | Live Entertainment, Food & Drink, Community Vendor Booths, 11AM-6PM
Funded by Harvey Milk & the Castro Valley Association, this annual, LGBT street fair features multiples stages with live entertainment, DJs, food vendors, community-group stalls as well as a curated artisan alley with dozens of Northern California artists. More info.

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October 4: Grande Finale – All Request Program @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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October 4: Ugnayan Lahi @ Asian Art Museum | Filipino American History Month Celebration, Live Music, Martial Arts, Food & Drinks, 10:30AM-4PM (more info)

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October 4: 49ers vs. Packers: Tailgate Party @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free Entry, 10+ Big Screen TVs, Beer Specials, Food Trucks, 1:25PM (more info)

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October 4: Free First Sundays @ The Asian Art Museum 
Free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. More info.

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October 4: Oakland – Free First Sundays @ Oakland Museum of CA
OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California. More info.

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October 3-4: Mountain View Mountain View Oktoberfest | Authentic German Beer, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, Kids’ Zone

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October 3: Oakland –  Oaktoberfest in the Dimond | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Dance, Biergarten

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October 3: Strut Your Mutt 5K/Walk | Run/Walk Fundraiser, Pet Activities, Music, Refreshments, 10AM-2PM
At Strut Your Mutt, you can enjoy a leisurely community dog walk or a timed 5k run (with or without your dog), and then hang out at a festival for all things dog (and dog-lovers). This life-saving annual event, which includes doggie yoga, pet portraits, refreshments, music, contests, post-run pet massages and more, is for a great cause — ending the killing of pets in America’s shelters. More info.

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October 3: Cars & Coffee @ Cafe SpA Cars & Coffee SF | Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup, Free, First Saturdays, 8-11AM
Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. More info.

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October 3: Yosvany Terry & Baptiste Trotignon’s Ancestral Memories @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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October 3: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)

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October 3: Chantey Sing @ Hyde Park Pier | Free, 8PM-Midnight
A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider. More info.

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October 3: Oakland – The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. More info.

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October 3: Sausalito – Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays
Get an upclose look at a restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site and hear intriguing stories from Nike veterans, park rangers, and volunteers every first Saturday of the month. This valuable historical resource is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country. It’s a great chance for you to see the tools of the Cold War up close. More info.

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October 2-4: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass @ Golden Gate Park | Free 3-Day Music Festival, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Connor Oberst, & More!
An annual, FREE, non-commercial music festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco featuring over 100 musical artists on 7 stages. It’s three days of treating your ears. More info.

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October 2: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays
San Francisco Bike Party is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. The rides are fun and safe with stops to dance and socialize along the way. More info.

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October 2: Steve Espaniola @ Crocker Galleria | Free Hawaiian, 12-1PM

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October 2: Pat Wilder @ 201 Spear St. | Free Blues, 12-1PM

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October 2: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM
First Fridays presents the North Beach community the chance to marvel in the vibrant art scene that awaits them right outside their doorstep. Participating galleries stay open until 9pm and offer drinks, live music, poetry, meetings with local artists, and entertainment for the guests. More info.

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October 2: Oakland – First Friday Follies @ Stork Club | Free, Burlesque & Caberet Performances
First Friday Follies @ the Stork Club is Oakland’s own community supported giggles ‘n’ jiggles. Featuring the very best in burlesque and cabaret performances, First Friday Follies is FREE!! More info.

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October 2: Coelho and Ridnell @ 101 California St. | Free Brazilian, 12-1PM

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October 2: Bistro Moustache @ 425 Market St. | Free Gypsy Jazz, 12-1PM

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October 2:  First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)

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October 2: Dolci by the Bay @Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)

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October 2: The Tragically Hip @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 8PM (more info)

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October 2: Oakland – Great Wall Of Oakland @ 400 Grand Avenue | Outdoor Digital Art & Film, First Fridays, 7-11PM
The Great Wall of Oakland is the Bay Area’s premiere space for digital art and film. Every first Friday, during Oakland’s Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland illuminates the Uptown with cutting-edge digital art and film from artists locally and world-wide. More info.

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October 2: Oakland – First Friday Shorts @ The New Parkway | Film Screenings, 6-8PM
The monthly screenings highlight short films by local filmmakers and from Bay Area community arts organizations that use media production as part of a larger commitment to social justice and community transformation. More info.

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October 2: Oakland – Temescal First Fridays @ Temescal Square | Free, Art Galleries, Shopping, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, 6-9PM
Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling the streets along Telegraph Avenue and in Temescal Alley and Alley 49. More info.

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October 2: Redwood City – Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum
The History Museum is an innovative regional history center. Featuring interactive experiences, the long-term exhibits are the place where you can explore the county’s rich and colorful history. More info.

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October 2: San Jose – South First Fridays Art Walk
An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month. More info.

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October 2: Santa Cruz – Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as the “whale museum”, is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. More info.

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October 2: Oakland – First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. More info.

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October 2: Oakland – The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM
On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring member galleries and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. OAM is an organization of over 40 galleries that produces weekly art walks, guided tours and other exclusive events. More info.

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October 1-30: Time Travel Segway Tour | Interactive Tour Through SF’s Famous Haunts, 7:30PM Nightly (more info)

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October 1: Sharktoberfest Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences | Shark Specimens, Trivia, Guest Speakers, Beer Garden, Crafts, & More!

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October 1: EuroCycle Presents: Oktoberfest | German Music, German & Czech Beer, Outdoor BBQ, 6PM (more info)

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October 1: HellaMotown Dance Party @ Neck of the Woods | Dance Party, Motown Music, DJs, $10-15, 9PM (more info)

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October 1: Free First Thursday Admission | The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. More info.

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October 1: New Filmmakers Open Screening @ Artists’ Television Access, Mission | Free, 8PM, First Thursdays
ATA’s openscreening is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area. One hour of shorts are accepted monthly on an open revolving basis, anything goes with the screened work, and the refreshments are pretty good too. More info.

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October 1: The Traveling Kind Tour: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell @ Montalvo Arts Center | 7PM

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October 1: Yassir Chadly & Bouchaib Abdelhadi @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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October 1: Axelrod/Ventresco Band @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free Americana, 12-1PM

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October 1: First Thursday Lower Polk / Tenderloin Art Walk
Every First Thursday from 6-10PM / / Over 20 galleries and art spaces bringing together the arts and culture of the surrounding Lower Polk and Tenderloin communities. More info.

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October 1: Burlingame – Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Over 900 unique Pez characters have been produced since 1950. See them all at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia including the World’s Largest Pez Dispenser. More info.

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October 1: Amanda King @ Mint Plaza | Free Jazz Vocals, 12:30-1:30PM

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October 1: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ The Masonic | Live in Concert, 8PM (more info)

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All Month: Oakland – Free Harbor Tours @ Jack London Square | Free, Guided 90-Minute Tours
The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic U.S.S. Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack London Square. The tours will be held monthly and the tour will last approximately 90-minutes. More info.

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October TBA: Treasure Island Music Festival In The Bay
Produced by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, Treasure Island Music Festival has grown to become one of the west coast’s most-loved festivals capping out the festival season, not just for the fans who attend, but for the artists themselves. With no overlapping sets, Bay Area cuisine, and the gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay serving as the festival’s backdrop. More info.

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San Francisco Weekly Events:

  • Wednesdays: Castro Farmers’ Market @ Noe Street at Market Street | March 15-Dec 16, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Upper Haight Farmers’ Market @ Waller Street at Stanyan Street | April 1-Oct 28, 3-7PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Geary at St. Joseph’s Street | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: VA San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Veterans Drive | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM
  • Wednesdays: Mission Bay Farmers’ Market at UCSF | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market @ 505 Parnassus Ave | Year-Round, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
  • Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
  • Thursdays: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)
  • Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Berkeley – Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
  • Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (mo
  • Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market @ Parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station | March 29-Nov 29, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio @ Main Post Lawn | March 1-Nov 1, Great Views of the Bay, Food Carts, Drinks, Music (more info)
  • Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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