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Friday, October 7

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, October 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, October 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

Saturday, October 8

Life is Living 2016: Hip Hop, DJs, Theatre & Graffiti Battle | Oakland
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | deFremery Park
Life is Living 2016: Hip Hop, DJs, Theatre & Graffiti Battle | Oakland
Life is Living is a free celebration of urban life through hip hop, intergenerational health and environmental action presented by Youth Speaks. 2016 Life is Living Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10 am to 7 pm Lil’ Bobby Hutton Park (DeFremery Park), 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland FREE
Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Meet Up & Costume Party | SF
Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Meet Up & Costume Party | SF
  Join them in the park by the Conservatory of Flowers while wearing awesome costumes. It’s an unbirthday party and formal attire is encouraged. Bring them your tea cups and Alice in Wonderland activities for their meet up as you play croquet and paint roses and other diversions. You will have imaginary ...
Conscious Family Festival: Kids & Adult-Only Workshops | Santa Rosa
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Finley Community Center
Conscious Family Festival: Kids & Adult-Only Workshops | Santa Rosa
The Conscious Family Festival is a free, multi-generational event for families to discover and create new methods and tools for experiencing happy and fulfilling lives. This day-long festival offers a variety of fun and inspirational activities for children, parents and grandparents, as well as adult-only workshops ...
97th Annual Columbus Day Bazaar: Saturday | North Beach
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Saint Peter and Paul Church
97th Annual Columbus Day Bazaar: Saturday | North Beach

The annual Columbus Day Bazaar is a lively and fun North Beach tradition hosted annually during San Francisco’s Fleet Week. The weekend event celebrates the neighborhood’s heritage featuring iconic American, Italian, and Asian foods; an abundance of games and activities; plus great entertainment and community engagement. Head ...

Market Street Prototyping Festival: Saturday | SF
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Market and 3rd Street
Market Street Prototyping Festival: Saturday | SF

Market Street comes alive with over 40 prototype projects. The wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performance spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more. Market Street runs through the heart of our beautiful city, yet it can feel uninviting and ...

Whiskerino 2016: Beard & Moustache Contest | Petaluma
Saturday, October 8 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration to participate as a contestant starts from $5.
| The Phoenix Theater
Whiskerino 2016: Beard & Moustache Contest | Petaluma
The 58th annual Bill Soberanes Memorial Petaluma Whiskerino descends on the historic Phoenix Theater on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Petaluma Brothers of the Brush are hosting the event and all ages are welcome. Admission for onlookers/gawkers/admirers is free. Contestants must pay registration fee (why not register now and ...
“Journey to The End Of The Night” 2016 | Fort Mason
Saturday, October 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but advanced registration is required.
| Fort Mason Center
For one night, drop your relations, your work, your leisure, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the chase. Journey to the End of the Night is an annual free street game / scavenger hunt of epic proportions ...
2016 “Come Out & Play” Festival Closing Night: Journey to the End of the Night | SF
Saturday, October 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are gladly accepted.
| Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
2016

The Come Out & Play Festival is back celebrating a sixth year of bringing play to the Bay with new and innovative real-world games happening all over San Francisco. 2016 Come Out & Play Festival September 24 – October 8, 2016 All over San Francisco FREE (festival ...

Schroeder’s Oktoberfest Celebration, Live Music & Games | SF
Saturday, October 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but food and drinks are for purchse.
| Schroeder's Restaurant
Schroeder's Oktoberfest Celebration, Live Music & Games | SF

San Francisco’s favorite historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 183rd Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world – with a grand Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on September 16, 2016. The party moves indoors for the next five ...

Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland
Saturday, October 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Layover
Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland

Finally, a storytelling event where the point is to meet each other. At this brand-new, participatory event, you’ll have a chance to get to know each other as well as listen to real-life stories without notes or scripts. Tell your friends, bring a girlfriend or a ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, October 8 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Sunday, October 9

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, October 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

2016 Rockridge “Out & About” Street Festival | Oakland
Sunday, October 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Rockridge
2016 Rockridge
From a business district to a festival, nearly a mile of College Avenue in Oakland will be transformed into the Rockridge Out & About Festival featuring gourmet food and drinks from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, wellness activities, kids’ activities, and a chef stage. 2016 ...

Tuesday, October 11

Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland
Tuesday, October 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland

Form a band (guitar, bass, drums, vocals) and rock the world. Rockband 4 will be projected on the wall and connected to a large amp so you can rock out loud. With over 2000 songs to choose from you will surely find an anthem. This ...

Thursday, October 13

“Sandbox”: Live Games Open Mic | SF
Thursday, October 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated
| Secret Location (SF)

Sandbox is a monthly open mic, held every second Thursday, for playtesting live games and participatory experiences. Work presented is generally embodied play–unlike video games or board games, the experiences at Sandbox generally involve players moving around and exploring space and interacting with other players. ...

Saturday, October 15

2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon: Saturday | San Rafael
Saturday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marin Center Fairgrounds
2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon: Saturday | San Rafael

The Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair features more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters in attendance, with over 1,000 adoptable dogs, cats & small animals. It is the largest pet adoption fair in the state. 2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon ...

2016 Leap Sandcastle Contest | Ocean Beach
Saturday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Balboa)
2016 Leap Sandcastle Contest | Ocean Beach
Northern California’s largest sandcastle building event, the 34th annual Leap Sandcastle Contest is a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students at Ocean Beach (just below the Cliff House). There’s also a community castle for everyone to join in to build. Leap’s ...
2016 Potrero Hill Festival & Street Fair: 100+ Vendors & Live Music | SF
Saturday, October 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
2016 Potrero Hill Festival & Street Fair: 100+ Vendors & Live Music | SF
Potrero Hill, iconic neighborhood extraordinaire, is hosting the 26th annual festival – an exciting street fair on 20th Street. They’ll have music, food, crafts, rides and activities for young and old alike. 2016 Potrero Hill Festival Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 11 am to 4 pm 20th Street ...
2016 Bacon Festival of America | San Jose
Saturday, October 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Single day tickets are $10 adv, $15 door. Bring cash for food purchase.
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2016 Bacon Festival of America | San Jose

Celebrate Labor Day weekend and your right to eat lots and lots of bacon at the San Jose Bacon Festival of America on October 15-16, 2016. Previously taking place on July 4th, the festival is now rebooted for Labor Day Weekend with thousands of people enjoying bacon on ...

“La Caída” Community Demolition Party: Guajolotas & Piñata Candies | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 15 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Southern Exposure
Come together for a celebration of food, music, and destruction that crosses borders. People’s Kitchen Collective will narrate the demolition of the wall along with music by La Pelanga. Free, but an RSVP is requested. Chefs Norma Listman and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik will prepare guajolotas, sandwiches stuffed with a ...
Schroeder’s Final Oktoberfest Celebration, Live Music & Games | SF
Saturday, October 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but food and drinks are for purchse.
| Schroeder's Restaurant
Schroeder's Final Oktoberfest Celebration, Live Music & Games | SF

San Francisco’s favorite historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 183rd Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world – with a grand Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on September 16, 2016. The party moves indoors for the next five ...

8th Annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl | Alameda
Saturday, October 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 1400 Bar and Grill
8th Annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl | Alameda
The annual Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl is back with a whopping 15 participating bars, plus tattoo shops and a few other venues featuring drink specials for zombies. 2016 Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 8 pm to 2 am All Over Alameda FREE, but $10 gets you in ...

Sunday, October 16

2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon: Sunday | San Rafael
Sunday, October 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marin Center Fairgrounds
2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon: Sunday | San Rafael

The Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair features more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters in attendance, with over 1,000 adoptable dogs, cats & small animals. It is the largest pet adoption fair in the state. 2016 Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon ...

14th Annual Arts & Music Festival | Excelsior
Sunday, October 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission & Ocean
14th Annual Arts & Music Festival | Excelsior
The outskirts of the city will share their ethnic flare at the 14th annual Excelsior Arts & Music Festival coinciding with Excelsior Sunday Streets on October 16, 2016. The streets will be filled with live music, delicious multi-cultural food and a vast selection of entertainment for all ages. ...
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Sunday, October 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

2016 Bacon Festival of America | San Jose
Sunday, October 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Single day tickets are $10 adv, $15 door. Bring cash for food purchase.
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2016 Bacon Festival of America | San Jose

Celebrate Labor Day weekend and your right to eat lots and lots of bacon at the San Jose Bacon Festival of America on October 15-16, 2016. Previously taking place on July 4th, the festival is now rebooted for Labor Day Weekend with thousands of people enjoying bacon on ...

“Eats, Beats & Brews” Block Party: Salsa Dancing, Games & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Sunday, October 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Shattuck & Center (Berkeley)

Downtown Berkeley’s Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music, along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden every third Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm from June through October. Also, Games of Berkeley will be taking over part ...

Tuesday, October 18

Adult Coloring & Wine Night | SF
Tuesday, October 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Adult Coloring & Wine Night | SF
They’re thrilled to welcome back neighborhood coloring book artist Kristin Henry for another all-adult coloring night. You bring the creative juices, they’ll provide the wine and the coloring books. Whether you’re a doodling dilettante or a serious shader come join this casual midweek social and tap ...