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Looking for fun with less crowds? Here’s five other free festivals this weekend.
By - posted 10/1/2010 No Comment

Don’t get us wrong; the huge and free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival taking place this weekend in Golden Gate Park is cool and everything, but getting to and from the festival by car or transit can be a nightmare, and maybe you don’t want to spend your entire weekend in the company of 750,000 music lovers?

Here’s a few festive alternatives for the festivally-oriented among you.

Cathedral Festival of Flowers
Renowned floral artists from all over the Bay Area have decorated the cathedral’s soaring 19 story interior with a kaleidoscope of colors and an array of magnificent floral displays to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the building’s dedication. Flowers on display for three days with a free “Festival of Choirs” concert taking place on Sunday.

– Friday 10/1 – 9am to 7:30pm | FREE
– Saturday 10/2 – 9am to 7:30pm | FREE
– Sunday 10/3 – 8:30am to 6pm (Festival of Choirs at 4pm)| FREE

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption | 1111 Gough Street (@ Geary), San Francisco, CA

27th Annual Sand Castle Contest
The Sandcastle Contest is Northern California’s largest sandcastle building event and a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students each October at Ocean Beach (just below the Cliff House).

– Saturday, October 2, 2010 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE
Ocean Beach | Balboa Street and Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

Home Front: WWII Festival By the Bay
The city of Richmond celebrates its special role in the history of modern America and in WWII with its annual “Home Front: Festival By The Bay.” Three different locations (including Craneway Pavilion & Kaiser Shipyard #3) host USO style performances, tributes to real life “Rosie the Riveters”, tours of the Kaiser Shipyard, Air Force Band performances and more.

– Saturday, October 2, 2010 – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Richmond | Harbour Way South and Hall Ave, Richmond, CA

1st Annual “Art in Nature Festival”
Stroll along the nearly 1 mile Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland and be entertained by nearly 100 different artists and performers tucked among the meadows and redwoods in this brand new family friendly (and dog friendly) all-day festival. Enjoy roaming performances and 12 different areas of live music, dance, martial arts, poetry, henna, circus arts, theater, painting, storytelling, arts, crafts and kids events.

– Sunday, October 3, 2010 – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Redwood Regional Park | 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA

4th Annual Live Graffiti Battle
Twenty of California’s most talented graffiti artists will compete in a live painting battle as part of the 4th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle at deFremery Park in Oakland – a national, traveling, one-day, urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. Always admired their work on the street? Now is your chance to see them in action up close and personal.

– Sunday, October 3, 2010 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
DeFremery Park | 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Here’s our full calendar of events for this weekend (Oct1-3)

Friday, October 1, 2010

All Day Litquake 2010 Festival (Oct 1-9) | SF FREE*
All Day Cathedral Festival of Flowers (Oct 1-3) | SF FREE*
1:30 pm Walking tour of City Scapes and Public Places | Financial District FREE
All Day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | Golden Gate Park FREE
5:00 pm Invisible City Walking Tour of Oakland | Oct 1st FREE
5:00 pm Free Street Art Event w/ Rupa & The April Fishes | de Young FREE*
5:00 pm Off The Grid: Friday Night Street Food Party | Fort Mason FREE*
5:00 pm Litquake’s Opening Night Cocktail Party | 111 Minna FREE*
6:00 pm Tutti Italia: Italian Art Reception | North Beach FREE
7:00 pm Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk FREE
7:00 pm Movies in the Park: “Ghostbusters” (1984) | Oakland FREE
7:00 pm Jeanie & Chuck’s “Hardly Strictly” Country Roundup | SF FREE

Saturday, October 2, 2010

9:30 am Free Museum Admission for Richmond Dist. Residents | (Oct 1-3) FREE*
10:00 am Free Museum Admission Day with Snoopy | Santa Rosa FREE
10:00 am 36th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival | Oakland FREE
10:00 am 27th Annual Sand Castle Contest | Ocean Beach FREE
10:00 am San Francisco Fall Home Show | SoMa FREE
10:00 am 11th Annual World Vegetarian Festival | SF FREE*
All Day “Off The Grid” All-Day Street Food Hub | Mission Dist. FREE*
11:00 am Who Do You Think You Are? Intro to Genealogy | Oakland FREE*
11:00 am Home Front: WWII Festival By the Bay | Richmond FREE
All Day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Saturday) | Golden Gate Park FREE
12:00 pm 58th Annual Armenian Bazaar | Oakland $3
12:00 pm Vegan Soul Cooking with Eco-Chef Bryant Terry | Oakland FREE
12:00 pm OktoberCreekFest 2010 | Walnut Creek FREE
1:00 pm Tennis Conditioning Class | Sunnyvale FREE*
4:00 pm MAPP: Art Walk Through The Mission | October 2010 FREE
5:00 pm Film in the Fog Night: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) | Presidio FREE
6:00 pm 50% Off Night: Walt Disney Family Museum | Presidio 50% Off
7:00 pm Rough Sketch: How Graffiti Art is Born | Berkeley FREE
1:00 pm Mission District Fashion Crawl FREE

Sunday, October 3, 2010

10:00 am Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day: Target Sundays | Civic Center FREE
10:00 am Papergirl 2010: Bike Riding Free Art Giveaway | SF FREE
10:00 am Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prayer Day | San Leandro FREE
10:30 am 5th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival FREE
11:00 am Walking tour of the Castro FREE
11:00 am Free PIXAR Exhibit Day | Oakland Museum of California FREE*
11:00 am Castro Street Fair 2010 FREE
11:00 am 4th Annual Live Graffiti Battle | Oakland FREE
All Day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Sunday) | Golden Gate Park FREE
11:00 am 8th Annual Excelsior Arts and Music Festival | SF FREE
12:00 pm 1st Annual “Art in Nature Festival” | Oakland FREE
12:00 pm 39th Annual Greek Festival | Castro Valley FREE
1:00 pm 2010 Latin Jazz Tardeada | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival FREE
1:45 pm Annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet | SF FREE*
2:00 pm Tango in the Square | Union Square FREE
2:00 pm Jon Langford (ex-Mekons) Concert at Amoeba | SF FREE
2:00 pm Sundays in the Redwoods: Rhythm Section | Oakland $6
2:00 pm Free Jazz Concert at de Young Museum FREE
4:00 pm Cathedral Festival of Flowers & Festival of Choirs | SF FREE*