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Friday, September 30

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Swan Stage 10:30am Poor Man’s Whiskey & Cirkus Quirkus (Friday Morning Kids’ Program) 2:00pm Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas 3:10pm Dry Branch Fire Squad 4:25pm Hardly Strictly Guy: Terry & Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Jack Ingram & Steve Earle 5:45pm Dave Alvin’s Tribute to Merle Haggard & California Songwriters Banjo ...
Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2016
Friday, September 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| Speedway Meadow
Volunteer at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | 2016
Want to be involved behind the scenes of one of San Francisco’s most amazing free events? The 2016 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 ...

Aventine’s 8th Anniversary Block Party | SF
Friday, September 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
| Taverna Aventine
Aventine's 8th Anniversary Block Party | SF
Join Taverna Aventine in celebrating their eighth anniversary with a indoor/outdoor block party (actually it’s an “alley” party). This indoor and outdoor event will include: beer-garden, music, food and fun games in Hotaling Alley. Enjoy both of our bars inside the Aventine with drinks and music.  Aventine 8th ...
2016 German Oktoberfest “Free Jugs” Beer Party | Cafe Royale
2016 German Oktoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest with live music, German food and beers, and a lively ambiance at The Royale. Royale’s “Free Jugs” Oktoberfest Party Friday, September 30, 2016 | 6 pm The Royale | 800 Post Street San Francisco, CA FREE admission, but for a fee (in 2015 it was $40) you’ll get a keepsake stein and ...
Raas-Garba Festival Kick-Off: Delicious Food & Live Entertainment | Milpitas
Friday, September 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $15*
*$15 general admission; $10 for children and $5 for seniors
| Shreemaya Krishnadham
Raas-Garba Festival Kick-Off: Delicious Food & Live Entertainment | Milpitas
BAYVP welcomes you all in celebrating Navaratri with an energetic, fun filled Raas-Garba Festival for 10 days Under the Moon starting Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 9 with a famous group from India. This will be an experience like none other to enjoy the festivities ...

Saturday, October 1

2016 PortFest: Free Boat Rides, Live Music & Tiki Bar | Redwood City
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Seaport Court (Redwood City)
2016 PortFest: Free Boat Rides, Live Music & Tiki Bar | Redwood City
PortFest, an all-day waterfront festival, features free boat rides, waterfront tours, live music, food and drinks, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. 2016 Redwood City PortFest Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 10 am to 3 pm Port of Redwood City Waterfront FREE PortFest celebrates Redwood City’s working deepwater port and gives ...
21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 21st annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2016 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, October 1, 2016 | Noon to 4:30 pm (10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk) Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk meets ...
Re:Make 2016: 100+ Artisans & Free DIY Projects | Fort Mason
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Fort Mason Center
Re:Make 2016: 100+ Artisans & Free DIY Projects | Fort Mason
Ready for a creative day like no other? Join them (and thousands of others) at the Re:Make Festival 2016 to tap into your own creativity. Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, snap a pic in one of the many photo booths, eat ...
SF Maritime Fun Day: “Walk the Plank” & Historic Sail Contest | Bay Area
Saturday, October 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | SF Maritime National Historical Park
SF Maritime Fun Day:
On September 3 and again on October 1, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is trying something new—a “Family Fun Day” to encourage kids and families to get moving and get active outdoors in the park. Participants will be ...
Day in the Park/Derby | City of Brisbane
Saturday, October 1 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Brisbane Community Park
Day in the Park/Derby | City of Brisbane
Taking place on the first Saturday in October every year, the Day in the Park/Brisbane Derby is, together, probably the most widely-attended annual Community event.  The day starts at approximately 8:00am with the Derby races down a hay bale-lined San Francisco Ave. alongside the Community ...
2016 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food, or purchase advance tickets.
| Dimond District (Oakland)
2016 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland
Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. Oakland’s Dimond District continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Saturday | Golden Gate Park
Banjo Stage 11:00am Elephant Revival 12:10pm Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands 1:25pm Mary Chapin Carpenter 2:45pm The Time Jumpers Featuring: Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Ranger Doug Green and Paul Franklin 4:15pm Dave Rawlings Machine 5:45pm Steve Earle & The Dukes Rooster Stage 11:00am The Go To Hell Man Clan 12:15pm Buddy Miller’s Cavalcade ...
2016 Oktoberfest: German Beers, Beer Contests & Live Music | Mountain View
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Steins Beer Garden
2016 Oktoberfest: German Beers, Beer Contests & Live Music | Mountain View

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, in partnership with Tied House and the Chamber of Commerce, is bringing an authentic German experience to Mountain View’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. The huge 7000 sq. ft. Oktoberfest beer tent will keep you shaded while you enjoy a variety of ...

North Richmond Shoreline Festival: Healthy Lunch & Nature Walks | Richmond
Saturday, October 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
North Richmond Shoreline Festival: Healthy Lunch & Nature Walks | Richmond
Come and spend your afternoon bird watching with the Audubon Society, fishing, and riding a pony for the kids. There will be live music, nature walks, kids’ activities, zumba, and free books for the kids. They will also provide a healthy lunch(until supplies last), so come early.
Middle Eastern Food Festival | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Middle Eastern Food Festival | SF
For the past 20 years Saint Nicholas Church has provided the San Francisco Bay Area at large entertainment during their two day annual Middle Eastern Food Festival. Their Middle Eastern Food festival showcases the different flavors of the Middle East. All food prepared is home made, fresh ...
Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration: Song, Dance, Poetry & Acting | El Cerrito
Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | El Cerrito Community Center
Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration: Song, Dance, Poetry & Acting | El Cerrito
Here are highlights of the program, packed with local artists and arts organizations: Cast members from this fall’s CCCT production will sing a medley of beloved songs from the classic Lerner and Loewe musical. Ah-Lan teaches Chinese dance, ballet, and modern dance in El Cerrito and Albany. ...
Lake Merrit Music Festival 2016: Party at the Lake | Oakland
Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Lake Merrit Music Festival 2016: Party at the Lake | Oakland
Nothing says Oakland like a party at the lake. Bay Area legends Chuy Gomez and Mind Motion lead the way for this family friendly day of music, activities and art. Come hang, soak up some sun and enjoy guests sets from some of their favorite Bay ...
The East Bay Bonfire of Reflection | Oakland
Saturday, October 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required for Oakland Hills location
| Secret Location (Oakland)
The East Bay Bonfire of Reflection | Oakland
Join them at the East Bay Bonfire of Reflection® this Saturday evening, October 1, 2016, at their Oakland hills location. Please bring food and drinks for yourself and some to share. Also bring many friends, your miracle stories, and musical instruments. They will provide chocolate, Kosher marshmallows and crackers ...

Sunday, October 2

Gamble Garden Free Community Day | Palo Alto
Sunday, October 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gamble Garden
Gamble Garden Free Community Day | Palo Alto
Join in for a fall day filled with fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course…digging for worms. This event is free of charge and is open to the community. Everyone is welcome. Throughout the day, neighbors, ...
1st Annual Oakland Nature Festival | Oakland
Sunday, October 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center
1st Annual Oakland Nature Festival | Oakland
Join them in the heart of Oakland for a celebration of cultural and biological diversity at Lake Merritt, the nation’s first wildlife refuge. Enjoy nature workshops, live animals, local merchants and artists, environmental groups, community organizations, and kids activities. They’ll also have fabulous guest speakers, nature ...
2016 Filipino-American History Celebration | Asian Art Museum
Sunday, October 2 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
2016 Filipino-American History Celebration | Asian Art Museum
It’s that time of year again, when the museum gears up for its annual Filipino American History Month Celebration. This year’s theme of “Movement” focuses on the traditions of dance, martial arts, word and art of the Philippines. Celebrate Filipino American history and culture at the ...
2016 Castro Street Fair: Local Artists, Vendors & Live Entertainment | SF
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Castro & Market
2016 Castro Street Fair: Local Artists, Vendors & Live Entertainment | SF
A huge daytime costume party, the Castro Street Fair is once again 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 live music, ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Sunday | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Sunday | Golden Gate Park

2016 brings San Francisco the 16th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016 Three days, seven stages, over ...

2016 Oktoberfest: German Beers, Beer Contests & Live Music | Mountain View
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Steins Beer Garden
2016 Oktoberfest: German Beers, Beer Contests & Live Music | Mountain View

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, in partnership with Tied House and the Chamber of Commerce, is bringing an authentic German experience to Mountain View’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. The huge 7000 sq. ft. Oktoberfest beer tent will keep you shaded while you enjoy a variety of ...

Massive Outdoor DJ Dance Party: “Sunset vs. Honey Soundsystem” Season Closer | North Bay
Massive Outdoor DJ Dance Party:
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 this Sunday, they’re celebrating 22 years of epic parties at the annual Season Closer at ...

Monday, October 3

Rosh Hashanah Festival: Children’s Activities, Food & Live Music | Palo Alto
Monday, October 3 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Rosh Hashanah Festival: Children's Activities, Food & Live Music | Palo Alto
The Palo Alto JCC invites you to an exciting afternoon of children’s activities, delicious food and lively entertainment. You’ll be together in nature, connect with the meaning of the holiday, enjoy fun activities for children and adults and have a picnic. Please note that this annual event ...
Rosh Hashanah at the Beach: Celebration w/ Jazz Mafia & Bagpipes | Ocean Beach
Monday, October 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Fulton)
Rosh Hashanah at the Beach: Celebration w/ Jazz Mafia & Bagpipes | Ocean Beach
Reset your system with a modern spin on a 600-year-old Rosh Hashanah ritual called tashlich to get rid of last year’s bad karma and start the new year off fresh. JCCSF and Reboot by the shore invite you to Ocean Beach for a brief, engaging ritual and ...
Bonfire of Reflection | SF
Monday, October 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Fulton)
Bonfire of Reflection | SF
Join them at the San Francisco Bonfire of Reflection® on Monday, October 3, 2015, at Ocean Beach near Fulton. They will start gathering at 5 p.m.  The Bonfire of Reflection will begin at 7:00 pm, right after Tashlique concludes. Please bring food and drinks for yourself and some to ...

Wednesday, October 5

2016 Fleet Week Celebration: Navy Brass Band Concert | SF
Wednesday, October 5 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
2016 Fleet Week Celebration: Navy Brass Band Concert | SF

Look up in the sky when you hear the roaring of jet engines and head down to SF’s northern waterfront and Dogpatch for San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week airshow and festival. 35th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week  October 3 – 10, 2016 San Francisco FREE ...

Thursday, October 6

Fleet Week 2016 | Blue Angels Arrival & Practice
Thursday, October 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2016 | Blue Angels Arrival & Practice
Although it’s not the full airshow later in the week, you should be able to look up into the sky on Thursday and see the Blue Angels buzzing the city and over the waterfront doing their annual Survey Flights of San Francisco. Blue Angels Survey Flights: 1-5 pm