Best Things to Do in San Francisco This October

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in San Francisco? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

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Photo: Courtesy of SF Dance Film Fest

Dance Film Festival

Oct 11–24

Over 100 long- and short-form films in a mix of in-person and virtual experiences capture the essence of movement and its practitioners and includes Australia’s “Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra” and the California premiere of “Coppelia,” which combines live-action dance with animation.

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Photo: Courtesy of Nocurne-X


Oct 15

A new program from local arts non-profit Gray Area invites visitors into a multi-sensory journey of a massive alien forest of extraterrestrial flora that responds to touch, sound, and movement, each in its own unique way, through January 15.

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Photo: Chef Bryant Terry by Adrian Octavius Walker

Chef Bryant Terry

Oct 21

The chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), sits down with Check Please! Bay Area producer Cecilia Phillips for a conversation about food justice and his new book, Black Food, followed by a tasting of some of his favorite dishes.

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Fun Run

Oct 23

A two-day conference dedicated to discussion and debate around cell-cultured meat, poultry and seafood at scale opens the second day with a community-wide run for charity along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

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The Jayhawks

Oct 24

Touring in support of their 2020 album release, XOXO, the Minnesota roots band known for distinctive harmonies builds in some power pop.

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Photo: By Jose A. Guzman

The Immortal Reckoning

Oct 28–31

The minds behind The Terror Vault update a fully immersive, haunted performance for the spooky season with a supernatural adventure.

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