If you’re looking for events in San Francisco this October you’ll find there are wonderful festivals taking place. Fall is here and that means it’s time for pumpkin spice, Octoberfest and Halloween. From the Castro Street Fair to the Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get out in the crisp cool air of autumn and take in all these wonderful events happening in and around San Francisco this month.

Events in San Francisco this October

Castro Street Fair
When: October 1st, 2017
Where: Market and Castro Streets
San Francisco, CA

The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

Halloween at Great America
When: October 1st – 29th, 2017
Where: 4701 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA

Fear is waiting for you at Great America’s 10th Annual Halloween Haunt. This year features DEMON: RE-IGNITED, with the classic roller coaster returning to its glory with an array of lights, fog and the blood red waterfall. The Bay Area’s premier Halloween event features 8 haunted mazes, 5 skeleton key rooms, 5 live shows, 3 scare zones and hundreds of monsters at every turn. Tickets are available for as low as $29.99, with incredible deals during the early haunting season. Halloween Haunt runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 22-October 29.

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
When: October 1st – 31st, 2017
Where: 1620 7th Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first Pumpkin Patch in 1979. Visiting the patch in October, you will find pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. Gourds, corn stalks, and indian corn are in abundance.

Take home pumpkins for carving, decorating, and for baking into pies. The selection includes: mini pumpkins, Sugar Pie pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, as well as blue, white, and striped pumpkins.

During October Come see the ghosts in our trees, the scarecrows in our patch, and crawl through our hay maze. You can even take a hay ride in the middle of San Francisco!

Fleet Week
When: October 1st – 9th, 2017
Where: Marina Green
San Francisco, CA

Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SFFW’s air show, parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy.

As the largest and most significant event of its kind in the nation, SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance.

Consistently attracting millions of visitors, creating important and lasting relationships for its partners, and generating over $10M in annual revenue for the city, SFFW is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.

Union Street Harvest Wine Walk
When: October 5th, 2017
Where: Union Street from Gough to Steiner
San Francisco, CA

The Union Street Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 7th Annual Union Street Harvest Wine Walk on Thursday October 5th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard.

Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site tickets sales location is 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater). Please note: The last sale of tickets is 7:30 PM.

Whiskey Fest
When: October 6th, 2017
Where: Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

Meet the whisky distillers, master blenders, and other whisky experts who will be in attendance. This is your chance to taste from a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, Taiwanese, and craft-distilled whiskies, all assembled in one Grand Ballroom. High-end rum, cognac, and other spirits will be available as well.

Sandcastle Classic
When: October 14th, 2017
Where: Ocean Beach at Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA

This year marks the 35th annual year of the Sandcastle Classic on Ocean Beach, the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California.

Teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students.

When: October 14th, 2017
Where: FairAnselm Plaza
765 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA

Biketoberfest Highlights…..

FREE Valet Bike Parking provided by MCBC – RIDE, DON’T DRIVE!
Benefiting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes.

Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise
When: October 28th, 2017
Where: Fume Blanc Commodore
San Francisco, CA

From the Creators of Pier Pressure & Midnight Cruise Series… Halloween Weekend Saturday October 28th, 2017. Prepare for the ultimate 6th annual Masquerade Party Cruise.

You will be picked up in San Francisco at Pier 40 dock, where you’ll board the beautiful Fume Blanc.  You’ll hit the city-lit bay on a 3 1/2 hour cruise, with some of the most vivid views of Treasure Island, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, Nob hill, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the magnificent San Francisco Skyline.

There are 3 amazing decks on the spacious 340 passenger Fume Blanc Commodore vessel.  Seating will be ‘first come, first serve’ on the lower decks, but there will be some reserved seating on the 2nd level so that table service can have the best views of the all the gorgeous scenery. Be prepared to have the time of your life!