Autumn is a wonderful time in the bay area, and if you’re looking for great events in San Francisco this October, you’ll have plenty to choose from. From the Castro Street Fair to all the fantastic Halloween events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month in San Francisco.

Events in San Francisco this October

Fleet Week San Francisco
When: October 1st– 8th, 2018
Where: Various SF locations

Throughout Fleet Week, thousands of visitors climb aboard amphibious carriers, destroyers and cruisers docked at the Embarcadero to get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the sailors serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy.

Berkeley Festival of Ideas
When: October 5thand 6th, 2018
Where: Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Berkeley, CA

Whether it’s Ayad Akhtar talking about identity, Allyson Hobbs and Andres Resendez exploring the power of history, or Charlie Warzel delving into deep fakes, you’ll find a mix of speakers and ideas at Uncharted unlike anywhere else.

Unscripted, unpredictable, uncharted.

Uncharted is co-curated by Lance Knobel and Helena Brantley. Lance, a founder of Berkeleyside, has curated Uncharted since its founding in 2013. Helena has been working with Uncharted since 2015.

Berkeleyside, the award-winning, independent local news website, founded Uncharted in 2013 in the belief that the most intriguing ideas — and solutions to today’s big challenges — emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives.

Halloween Haunt at Great America
When: October 5th– 28th, 2018
Where: Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA

Fear is waiting for you at Great America’s Halloween Haunt. The Bay Area’s premier Halloween event features haunted mazes, live shows, scare zones and hundreds of monsters at every turn. Get unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt this fall with a 2019 Gold Season Pass, on sale now.

Bay Day
When: October 6th, 2018
Where: Various locations in the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, CA

Bay Day unites Bay Area communities to celebrate San Francisco Bay, its people and wildlife. Like Earth Day for the Bay, this official holiday presents the perfect opportunity to explore and discover the beauty and diversity of our Bay.

This year, we want to inspire the Bay Hero in everyone. You can DIG IN at a restoration event, tour the harbor at PORTFEST, and EXPLORE more than 50 fun and adventurous Bay-themed events across the region.

Castro Street Fair
When: October 7th, 2018
Where: Castro and 18thStreets
San Francisco, CA

The 45th Annual Castro Street Fair will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11am to 6pm in and around Castro and 18th Streets.

In 2017, the Fair donated $55,000.00 in proceeds to our amazing nonprofit beneficiary organizational partners to help them continue providing essential services to the communities in and around the Castro.  Additionally, we are proud that we were able to support the purchase and maintenance of the world-famous Rainbow Flag which flies in Harvey Milk Plaza. Since 1998, the Fair is proud to have given nearly $1.5 million back to it’s community beneficiaries.

When: October 11th– 20th, 2018
Where: Various locations
San Francisco, CA

One of the West Coast’s most beloved annual literary festivals, this smart, eclectic, 76% free ten-day gathering draws booklovers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists’ mouths. Now with 160 venues in its 19th year, the festival’s uniquely portable format provides even greater access to literature.

Litquake nurtures and amplifies an ever-expanding community of conversation and engagement in the Bay Area’s cultural landscape. Litquake’s mission is to contribute to the creative economy at large and make more literature more available to readers of all ages through ever-evolving performances, readings, workshops, and film programs during the annual festival and its year-round programming. By commingling public life and literary art, Litquake uses literature as an agent of public good.

Yerba Buena Night
When: October 13th, 2018
Where: Jessie Square
Mission Street between 3rdand 4th
San Francisco, CA

Yerba Buena Night is one of San Francisco’s biggest free evening performance and visual art events. For one night you’ll hear incredible music, watch entertaining and fun performances, experience uplifting dance, and encounter many more surprises.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
When: October 13th& 14th, 2018
Where: Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA

Every year when autumn rolls around, picturesque Half Moon Bay bursts into a brilliant sea of orange and buzzes with excitement and activity to celebrate its bountiful and beautiful fall harvest. The dazzling journey is its own reward … the tunnel through Devils Slide is a sight to behold plus the breath-taking views of seaside farm country dotted with vast, rolling fields of orange, scarecrows, barns, and pick-your-own pumpkin patches. It’s the perfect time of year and the perfect place to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the fall season and Half Moon Bay does it like nobody else. The world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is the season’s signature event, drawing hordes of visitors to the “World Pumpkin Capital” for an epic festival on historic Main Street. This year’s 48th annual festival will be held on October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Autumn Lights Festival
When: October 18th– 20th, 2018
Where: The Gardens at Lake Merritt
Oakland, CA

The festive evenings blend live music, illuminated art, fire dancers, food and libations to make one unforgettable experience. This wildly popular annual tradition benefiting the Gardens at Lake Merritt is easy to get to and fun for all ages.

The Autumn Lights Festival, which has become a unique Oakland tradition, is a festive three-night community event held in the seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled in Lakeside Park surrounding Lake Merritt.

This three-night event is for all ages. It entails a leisurely stroll along paved pathways through seven- acres of lush gardens.

Warf Fest
When: October 20th, 2018
Where: Little Embarcadero from Jefferson to Taylor Streets
San Francisco, CA

Wharf Fest, a free Fisherman’s Wharf festival, returns to San Francisco’s iconic neighborhood for the 6th year. The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district and invite Bay Area locals to visit the district after the tourist season has ended and before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, exhibitors, and fun family activities and entertainment.

When: October 27th, 2018
Where: Stern Grove
19thAvenue & Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA

Boo! Scaregrove returns to Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard), on Friday, October 27 from 3 to 9 p.m. An “out of this world” Halloween event, this year’s event will feature a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and live entertainment. $10 per person; children under 2 years old are free!