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. Take a peek below and join in on all the fun!

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

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

October 1-2

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. 

More info: hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

Photo: Courtesy of Castro Street Fair Facebook

Castro Street Fair

October 2

Check out all the fun and bring the whole community together at 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. 

More info: castrostreetfair.org

Photo: Courtesy of Fleet Week

Fleet Week Air Show

October 7-9

Ride into the danger zone and witness something right out of Top Gun. This waterfront event features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other military/commercial airplanes zooming right past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. In addition, the Aquarium of the Bay will be hosting a Fleet Week watch party. For an additional cost, the watch party event will include a full-catered buffet, complimentary beverages, and VIP outdoor terrace access — perfect for those who want a panoramic viewing experience. So, bring the entire family out because you don’t want to miss this spectacular choreographed performance.

More info: fleetweeksf.org

Photo: Courtesy of SF Zoo & Gardens

Boo at the Zoo at SF Zoo & Gardens

October 23-24 and 30-31

Spooky season has arrived in SF. Celebrate the season with your kids at the SF Zoo & Gardens. This year the zoo has partnered with the Sloth Conservation Foundation to bring Sloth-oween — a self-guided, sloth-themed tour at Boo at the Zoo. If sloths aren’t your spirit animal, you can also find a Day of the Dead haunted house and a costume contest/parade. To attend, guests must make reservations in advance. 

More info: sfzoo.org

Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Broadway SF

Now through November 6

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film of the same name, Moulin Rouge! revitalizes the original musical magic and takes a modern jukebox twist. The musical has won 10 Tony Awards and features fun cabaret scenes along with a sweet love story. The musical will be showing at the Orpheum Theatre all October long.

More info: broadwaysf.com

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