Best Things To Do in San Francisco This October

October 31st shouldn’t be the only date to look forward to this month. San Francisco is the place to be for fun and exciting events. Whether you’re a festival junkie or a former theatre kid, there are plenty of things for everyone to check out this month.

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in San Francisco including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in San Francisco, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. Take a peek below and join in on all the fun!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Piotr Musial
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Photo: Courtesy of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

October 4–6

Join the crowd and attend a festival like no other. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass draws nearly the entire population of SF over the course of three days. Don’t fret about VIP and weekend tickets — this FREE annual event features some of the biggest names in bluegrass as well as indie, folk, and alternative rock. So, bring your six-pack, a couple of buddies, and enjoy twangy sounds in Golden Gate Park. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Castro Street Fair Facebook

October 6

Check out all the fun and bring the whole community together at the annual Castro Street Fair. Founded by Harvey Milk, SF’s first openly gay elected official, this fair is an important annual event celebrating diversity and LGBTQ+ folks in the Castro neighborhood. Whether you’re part of the community or an ally, you can enjoy various live entertainment, vendors, and meet local artists and non-profit organizations.

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Photo: Courtesy of Fleet Week

October 7–15

Ride into the danger zone and witness something right out of Top Gun at Fleet Week. This yearly waterfront event is one of the city’s most popular, and features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other military/commercial airplanes zooming right past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Bring the entire family out because you don’t want to miss this spectacular series of choreographed performances in the sky.

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Photo: Courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

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Have a heart-thumping and brain-tingling good time while exploring the California Academy of Sciences at night. Don your costumes for an evening of larger-than-life, family-friendly Halloween fun with creepy, crawly animal demos, a silent disco, a magic show and trick-or-treating throughout the entire museum.

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Photo: Courtesy of Leap Arts

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San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is once again taken over by architecture, design, technology, engineering and construction companies in partnership with students from local schools to build what they can while raising funds for arts and architecture education at Bay Area public schools. 

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Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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