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Saturday, October 1

Win Tix: Cymbals Eat Guitars: Cacophonic Guitar & Raucous Synth | Swedish American Hall
Saturday, October 1 – 8:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Swedish American Hall
An indie rock band from New York City, Cymbals Eat Guitars made their critically acclaimed full-length album debut in 2009. Founded one year prior, the band comprises Joseph D’Agostino (aka Joseph Ferocious; vocals, guitars), Matt Cohen (guitar), Neil Berenholz (bass), Matthew Miller (drums), and Daniel ...
Boomfest: Punk Rock Music on Saturday Night | SF
Saturday, October 1 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Bender's Bar & Grill
Boomfest: Punk Rock Music on Saturday Night | SF
This year Boomfest  is back with unofficial hardly strictly night show Bender’s Bar & Grill. Performers for the night are: My Name is Joe Plasma Alliance Party Force  

Sunday, October 2

11th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon & Free Rogue Wave Concert | San Jose
Sunday, October 2 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free for spectators
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
11th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon & Free Rogue Wave Concert | San Jose
Cheer on thousands of runners from all over the world as they tackle the streets of San Jose set to a live soundtrack in the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Runners will enjoy a variety of ...
Last Day to Enjoy The Swings: Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose
Sunday, October 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Last Day to Enjoy The Swings: Interactive Musical Installation | San Jose

For two months, The Swings installation will be activated in the heart of downtown San José at Plaza de César Chavez. Created by Montréal-based interaction design studio Daily tous les jours, The Swings is a free interactive art installation in which each swing emits the ...

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 ...

The Final “Golden Gate Park Band” Free Concert of 2016 | SF
Sunday, October 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
The Final

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, presents the 134th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. The weekly concerts take place most Sundays at 1 pm and are free and open to the public. All concerts feature music of specific ...

Win Tix: “Sphinx Virtuosi” Classical Concert | Bayview Opera House
Sunday, October 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Bayview Opera House
The Sphinx Virtuosi, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras and will be performing at the newly renovated Bayview Opera House. > Get Tickets – $5 – Normally $25, get exclusive $5 tickets with code FUNCHEAP Comprised of 18 ...
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, October 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill
Sunday, October 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Thee Parkside
Original Famous Twang Sundays: Live Country Music | Potrero Hill

Original Famous Twang Sundays is a free, all-ages concert series at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill. Come by every Sunday; there’s always a fresh traditional or contemporary live act and a surprise special to purchase from the kitchen.

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, October 2 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...

Monday, October 3

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 ...
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, October 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music.

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, October 3 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, October 4

Win Tix: Americana Master “Corey Smith” | Great American Music Hall
Tuesday, October 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall
Are you ready for a healthy dose of Americana? Then you owe it yourself to come see Corey Smith on his West Bound and Down Tour. This singer/songwriter is giving back to his legion of fans with his tenth album While the Gettin’ Is Good. > Get ...
Wood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar
Tuesday, October 4 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Wood Shoppe Free Concert Series | Brick & Mortar

We’re sad to announce that the very last Wood Shoppe music showcase will take place on October 4, 2016. Wood Shoppe is a free monthly music series at Brick & Mortar Music Hall taking place every first Tuesday of the month. Get exposed to local ...

Wednesday, October 5

Win Tix: Rocky Votolato: Seattle’s Indie Folk-Rocker | Bottom of the Hill
Wednesday, October 5 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price, $13 in advance / $15 at the door
| Bottom of the Hill
Seattle’s Rocky Votolato has been relentlessly on tour over the last two decades, as a compelling Singer Songwriter, or with his former cult-punkband Waxwing. Ten years after his critically acclaimed album “Makers” and its evergreen “White Daisy Passing”, Votolato is still connecting with and captivating ...

Thursday, October 6

19th Annual “Music for People & Thingamajigs” Festival Exhibit | SF
Thursday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 55 Taylor
19th Annual
Collaborate musically with friends and strangers in an invented, hands-on orchestra space on Market Street corridor. Play Hear is an exhibit that will take place from October 6-8, 2016 at 12 pm and 5 pm at 55 Taylor Street at the Market Street Prototyping Festival.
“Off The Grid” Twilight Campfire Party | Presidio
Thursday, October 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
| Main Post Lawn

Cozy up with Off the Grid at “Twilight at the Presidio” – a free weekly evening event on the Main Post Lawn from 5-9 pm every Thursday from mid-May to October. Off the Grid street food vendors will serve up dishes tapas-style while you relax ...

First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, October 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight

The first Thursday of every month, The Red Vic hosts a free art and music show, featuring local artists and musicians starting at 6:30 pm. The Red Vic in the Haight, is a 20 room, mixed-use co-living hotel, hostel and collaboration space exploring participatory decision making, nomadic ...

“Temescal Street Flicks” Eastside Sushi Movie Night | Oakland
Thursday, October 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Kasper's Plaza

Temescal Street Flicks, an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening runs September 15 – October 13, 2016 in the heart of Temescal at the weekly pop-up pedestrian plaza (Telegraph and 46th) in Oakland along with food and craft beer for purchase from Off the Grid. Rather than showing boring ...

Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland
Thursday, October 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland

“Wheel of Karaoke” is a fun and engaging karaoke game show judged and MC’d by local up-and-coming performers of comedy and music, taking place every first Thursday at Spice Monkey in Oakland. Guest comedians, musicians, and vaudeville acts cameo throughout the night to make this a spectacle to ...

Friday, October 7

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, October 7 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, October 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

First Friday Fiesta: Free, Educational & Engaging Performances | San Jose
Friday, October 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
First Friday Fiesta: Free, Educational & Engaging Performances | San Jose

The notable First Friday Fiesta Series at MACLA brings several of the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin American music and dance companies to MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse in the heart of Downtown San José for an evening of free, educational, and engaging performances. The series is ...

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, October 7 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...

Drive-By Truckers: Southern American Acoustic Set Free In-Store Mini Concerts | Amoeba SF
Friday, October 7 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (SF)
Drive-By Truckers: Southern American Acoustic Set Free In-Store Mini Concerts | Amoeba SF
Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers play a special acoustic set to celebrate the band’s new album, American Band (out September 30th on ATO Records, available on CD, vinyl, and red vinyl). Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story ...

Saturday, October 8

2016 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow | Berkeley
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
2016 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow | Berkeley
Honor the ancestors, the present spirit, and future generations, at the 24th annual Indigenous Peoples Day featuring Native Californian dancing, an inter-tribal dance contest, foods, arts, crafts, all day raffles, drumming and singing. 2016 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10 am to 6 pm Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr ...