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Wednesday, October 1

Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square every Wednesday in October 2014. This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering on Wednesday evenings including doggy ...

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

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Friday | Golden Gate Park

Get things started on Friday at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with four stages of music including late afternoon headliners Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Cibo Matto, Yo La Tengo and Conor Oberst.
Can’t make it? Four stages will be streaming live over the internet.
Star Stage
Some artists from this stage will be …

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 ...

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 …

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 ...

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 ...

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 …

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 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 …

Win Tix: Thrive Expo: Green Living Speakers & Chef Demos | Berkeley
Saturday, October 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets, or get ticket at 50% off with our discount code SFFUNCHEAP.
| Finnish Brotherhood Hall
Thrive Expo: Green Living Speakers & Chef Demos | Berkeley

Thrive Expo brings together local businesses, entrepreneurs, visionaries, activists, community leaders and the greater Bay Area community members to share information, celebrate healthy and green living and support the growth of the Bay Area Conscious Food and Lifestyle Movement.
Visit with local vendors, attend workshops, listen …

October Saturday Night Waterfront Fireworks & DJs | Pier 39
Saturday, October 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
October Saturday Night Waterfront Fireworks & DJs | Pier 39

Take advantage of the San Francisco’s amazing, autumn weather by joining Pier 39 for fireworks, music and more every Saturday night in October - October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014. Each night unfolds at 6 pm with DJs playing the latest dance tunes at the ...

Sunday, October 5

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 ...

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 …

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 …

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 ...

Wednesday, October 8

Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland
Wednesday, October 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square every Wednesday in October 2014. This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering on Wednesday evenings including doggy ...

Saturday, October 11

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, October 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind items, there are food and craft beers ...

Win Tix: San Francisco Magazine’s 2014 “FallFest” | Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco Magazine's 2014

San Francisco Magazine transforms Justin Herman Plaza into a European-style marketplace for their annual FallFest. Create signature cocktails, enjoy live chef demos and, of course, taste everything.
Eat your way through 40 restaurants, sip wines from over 30 local wineries, watch the Bay Area’s best chefs and …

October Fireworks, DJs & Shopping | Pier 39
Saturday, October 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
October Fireworks, DJs & Shopping | Pier 39

Take advantage of the San Francisco’s amazing, autumn weather by joining Pier 39 for fireworks, music and more every Saturday night in October - October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014. Each night unfolds at 6 pm with DJs playing the latest dance tunes at the ...

Wednesday, October 15

Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland
Wednesday, October 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square every Wednesday in October 2014. This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering on Wednesday evenings including doggy ...

Thursday, October 16

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, October 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

Friday, October 17

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, October 17 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 3rd Street (Bayview)

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month. The monthly event will feature pop-up galleries, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a special children’s ...