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Wednesday, October 1

7th Annual LinkedIn Networking Picnic & Jazz Concert | SF
Wednesday, October 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Levi's Plaza
7th Annual LinkedIn Networking Picnic & Jazz Concert | SF

Spend your lunch outdoors networking and enjoying a jazz performance by Ron Thompson & The Resistors at Levi’s Plaza from noon to 1:30 pm on October 1, 2014.
When you arrive at the plaza, look for the LinkedIn Downtown SF Networking Group Sign. Remember to bring your lunch and …

38th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition | Berkeley
Wednesday, October 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 General Admission; $3 with Cal ID.
| Life Sciences Bldg (UC Berkeley)
38th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition | Berkeley

SUPERB Productions is hosting the 38th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition at UC Berkeley on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Doors open at 7:15 pm and the show is at 8 pm.
$5 General Admission. $3 for UC Berkeley students with ID.
The San Francisco Comedy Competition (SFCC) …

Thursday, October 2

Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014
Thursday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| Speedway Meadow
Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2014

Want to be involved behind the scenes of one of San Francisco’s most amazing free events?
The 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival is one of the great gifts given to the city each year, and you can give back by choosing to volunteer for …

Friday, October 3

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Opening Night | East Bay
Friday, October 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School
2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Opening Night | East Bay

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at the 2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. Whether you’re a master manipulator, or are ...

9th Anniversary Comedy Show & DJ Party | SF
Friday, October 3 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Il Pirata
9th Anniversary Comedy Show & DJ Party | SF

Get some laughs in for Comedy Night at IL Pirata’s “9 Year Anniversary Show,” one of the longest running comedy showcases in San Francisco, hosted by The Godfather of SF Stand-Up Comedy Tony Sparks & DJ MykeOne.
9 Year Anniversary Showcase Lineup:
Triple Headliners:

Chris Riggins (Yoshi’s/Chappelle feature)
Liz …

Saturday, October 4

2014 PortFest: Free Boat Rides, Live Music & Shark Tank | Redwood City
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Seaport Court (Redwood City)
2014 PortFest: Free Boat Rides, Live Music & Shark Tank | Redwood City

PortFest, an all-day waterfront festival, features free sailboat rides, a shark tank, waterfront tours, live music, food and drinks, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more.
2014 Redwood City PortFest
Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 8 am to 5 pm
Port of Redwood City Waterfront
FREE
Port Fest celebrates Redwood …

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Saturday | East Bay
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School
2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Saturday | East Bay

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at the 2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. Whether you’re a master manipulator, or are ...

40th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | deFremery Park
40th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival | Oakland

Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate the 40th annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade, the only parade and celebration of its kind in the United States, on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
This historic parade begins at 10 am at DeFremery Park at 18th St and Adeline. …

2014 Blessing of the Fishing Fleet: Saturday | SF
Saturday, October 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fishermen's Chapel on the Wharf
2014 Blessing of the Fishing Fleet: Saturday | SF

The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” (also known as “The Blessing of the Fishing Fleet”) is a Sicilian tradition of protecting fishermen that’s been practiced in San Francisco for over 70 years. The 2014 blessing and fishing boat parade  is an annual procession from ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Saturday | Golden Gate Park

The first full day of the 2014 festival with seven stages of music (the Bandwagon stage is new for 2014). There’s so much to choose from, to bounce from stage to stage, but we recommend checking out gravely-voiced Louisiana guitarist Chris Smither , the Time …

2014 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food or purchase advance tickets.
| Dimond District (Oakland)
2014 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland

“Oaktoberfest in the Dimond” is Oakland’s family-friendly Oktoberfest craft beer festival featuring live music, DJ battle, dance performances, a skate jam and contests, kids’ activities, and of course a biergarten.
2014 Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 11 am to 6 pm
MacArthur Blvd. and …

2014 “HeART of Market” Outdoor Dance Festival | SoMa
Saturday, October 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mint Plaza
2014

Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Mint Plaza for its HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect, a free, participatory and family friendly event, from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Learn some Bollywood dance moves, take a West African funk class, or …

2014 India Day: Bollywood Dance, Music, Fashion Show & Chef Demos | Santana Row
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santana Row
2014 India Day: Bollywood Dance, Music, Fashion Show & Chef Demos | Santana Row

Santana Row celebrates India Day and Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival that 
signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair celebrated from noon to 7 pm on October 4, 2014.
The entertainment program includes chef demonstrations, Bollywood …

Free “Bonfire Sessions” Concert: Best Coast w/ Sonny & The Sunsets | SoMa
Saturday, October 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required, but capacity is limited so arrive early.
| SoMa StrEat Food Park
Free

The 2014 JanSport Bonfire Sessions are returning to San Francisco for a night of performances by Best Coast, Sonny & The Sunsets, and Meatbodies while you enjoy free frosty beverages (beer, we’re assumming) at SoMa StrEat Food Park on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Now they call this a “bonfire” session …

MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
MAPP: Art & Performance Crawl | Mission Dist.

Water, like art, never breaks. It bends, flows, and sustains us and the earth. Yet in this time of drought, we must become aware of how water is obstructed, wasted, controlled, and manipulated by power, politics, and our own (in)actions.
The October 2014 MAPP is dedicated …

Sunday, October 5

California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences: Free Day | Sunset & Parkside Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School
2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Sunday | East Bay

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at the 2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. Whether you’re a master manipulator, or are ...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Sunday | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Sunday | Golden Gate Park

Sadly this is the final day of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, but it’s a full affair with tons of amazing artists on count ‘em seven stages (plus we’re sure there’s going to be some great renegade concerts on the streets). Our highlights for Sunday include Emmylou …

2014 Castro Street Fair: Live Music, DJs & Magical Art Worlds | SF
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2014 Castro Street Fair: Live Music, DJs & Magical Art Worlds | SF

A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is in its 41st year filling the streets of the Castro with several stages of entertainment, unique costumes, art and food.
Bring a little of your inner freak to the festivities and experience a full day of …

Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo 2014 | Japantown
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo 2014 | Japantown

Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art and it’s coming to San Francisco at this one-of-a-kind annual event in Japantown.
Watch demonstrations, meet real sumo wrestlers, learn about sumo wrestling and watch actual matches from Sumo champions, weighing up to 600 lbs, outdoors in the Japantown Peace Plaza.
Photo Credit: Joseph …

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, October 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio every Sunday through the fall starting on April 6, 2014 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Expect live music, free games and stands from San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, local ...

Massive Outdoor DJ Dance Party: Sunset Sound System Season Closer | North Bay
Massive Outdoor DJ Dance Party: Sunset Sound System Season Closer | North Bay

Drawing from the spirit of the Jamaican sound system culture, Sunset Sound System has produced over 150 free outdoor dance parties from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and they’re celebrating 20 years of epic parties at the annual Season Closer at Stafford Lake …

2014 “La Madonna del Lume” Fishing Boat Parade | SF
Sunday, October 5 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Fishermen's Chapel on the Wharf
2014

The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” (also known as “The Blessing of the Fishing Fleet”) is a Sicilian tradition of protecting fishermen that’s been practiced in San Francisco for over 70 years. The 2014 blessing and fishing boat parade  is an annual procession from ...