San Francisco Festivals and Events in October

San Francisco Festivals and Events in October

OCTOBER 1-NOVEMBER 6
ArtSpan/SF Open Studios
Various locations, 415-861-9838
www.artspan.org
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.

OCTOBER 2
Castro Street Fair
Castro Street, 415-841-1824
www.castrostreetfair.org
Arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, dancing and music are all part of the fun at this gay-friendly street festival.

OCTOBER 6
Union Street Wine Walk
Union Street from Gough to Steiner and Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, 800-310-6563,
www.sresproductions.com
Restaurants and merchants along Union Street offer hors d’oeuvres and wine samples; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations

OCTOBER 6-16
Mill Valley Film Festival
CineArts@Sequoia and 142 Throckmorton (Mill Valley), Century Cinema (Corte Madera) and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael), 415-383-5256
www.mvff.com
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.

OCTOBER 7-10
Fleet Week San Francisco
Aquatic Park and Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, 650-599-5057
www.fleetweeksf.org
Fleet Week is the Bay Area’s opportunity to honor the nation’s men and women of the Navy and marine services. Navy ship tours and air show. Reserved seating and corporate packages available.

OCTOBER 7-15
Litquake
Citywide
www.litquake.org
A 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.

OCTOBER 13-16
Sundance Stompede
Various locations, 415-820-1403
www.stompede.com
San Francisco’s annual Country Western weekend for the LGBT community and friends. Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls as they dance their feet off with three days of workshops and three nights of open dancing.

OCTOBER 14-15, 21-22
Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show
Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., 415-404-4111,
www.grandnationalrodeo.com
Bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronco riding, team and tie-down roping and bull riding are among the competitive events.

OCTOBER 15
Potrero Hill Festival
Potrero Hill, 22nd Street between Missouri and Arkansas Streets
www.potrerohill.biz
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.

OCTOBER 15-16
Treasure Island Music Festival
www.treasureislandfestival.com
Internationally renowned artists gather for a spectacular two-day, outdoor concert festival featuring electronic music and indie pop, local designers, artists, food and beverage. The two festival stages are erected on Treasure Island offering amazing views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.

OCTOBER 15-16
San Francisco Trolley Dances
www.epiphanydance.org
Site-specific performances parallel major Muni routes; 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.

OCTOBER 20-23
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Brava Theater Center
www.sfdancefilmfest.org
A four-day event featuring the best dance films from around the world — and San Francisco’s own backyard. From feature documentaries on choreographic luminaries to innovative experimental shorts, the festival offers something for dance aficionados and newcomers alike.

OCTOBER 22
San Francisco Barbecue Festival
The Yard at Mission Rock
www.sfbbqfestival.com
A celebration of the best Bay Area BBQ, this event includes local BBQ, a beer garden, music, games and the latest in BBQ tech all right in the backyard of AT&T Park.

OCTOBER 27-30
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Fort Mason Center, 415-989-9019
www.sffas.org
The oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast. The show includes 60 distinguished antiques dealers from America and Europe selling a broad range of antique merchandise.

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