What do fall foliage and San Francisco’s slate of Autumn events, concerts, and festivals have in common? They’re both colorful, they’re both changing every day, and they’re both gone before you know it. So throw on your favorite sweater and go rake up everything the city has to offer for these next few months.
Like the kids are saying these days… it’s gonna be lit. The Litquake Festival is a week-long, citywide celebration of all things literary, and like a favorite book, there are just too many good parts to name. Meet famous authors, attend readings, hear speakers, sit in on workshops, and take part in countless other events that cover every genre, form, and interest. Litquake’s annual writing contest can even take aspiring local wordsmiths from Starbuck’s table to center stage.
Napa Valley’s more than just wine, y’know. Every Saturday this fall, Napa’s Farmers market features world-class produce and artisan goods from more than 40 local farms. Shop the best seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, seafood and eggs from small regional farms, many certified organic. Savor fresh bakery items, honey, cheeses, and jams from regional artisans and gourmet food vendors. Stay for live music, chef demo’s, children’s activities and more.
Wash up on Treasure Island for this two-day music festival and discover some of the dopest hip hop, electronica, and indie rock acts of the day. Fellow castaways include Ice Cube, Sigor Ros, Young Thug, Neon Indian, Purity Ring, and much much more. The real treasure? Performances are staggered so that ticket holders can catch every single set.
Muir Woods October Sunrise Tour
Waking up early sucks… until you realize that you’re one of a handful of people on earth lucky enough to watch the sun rise over a 1,000-year-old redwood forest. This 3-mile guided stroll engages the natural residents of Muir Woods to come out and meet you, most of which are more likely seen in early morning. Hikers will also explore the evolutionary history of Muir Woods and how the community managed to survive the threats posed by an invasive species (namely us).
Halloween… it’s not just for kids and drunk adults anymore! This pet-costume parade has the added bonus of being held at Soma StrEat Food Park, the epicenter of San Fran’s thriving food truck culture, featuring a rotating line-up of the city’s favorite trucks. Expect music, raffles, photos, giveaways and fun prizes for costume winners. And don’t forget to bring your human kids for the on-site trick or treating.
It’s about to get real over at The San Francisco Film Society this fall. They’re showcasing bold new documentary features and shorts as part of their new Doc Stories. Spread across The Vogue Theater, The Castro Theater, and JCCSF, Doc Stories explores new trends in filmmaking and celebrates the year’s most important nonfiction work. Doc Stories includes everything from moving personal portraits to explorations of our most pressing social issues, and gives the audience the chance to engage with some the field’s most important thought-leaders.
Welcome the holiday season with this Fisherman’s Wharf tradition. Watch Pier 39’s famous 60’ tree come to live with brilliant lights and decorations, and enjoy live entertainment performing seasonal favorites all while overlooking the breathtaking San Francisco Bay. It’s holly-jolly fun for the whole family as you sing stroll, and shop the night away.
Whether you’re following a deep MLB playoff run or watching NFL Sundays, the ball game is better at The Brickyard this fall. San Francisco’s favorite neighborhood bar features gametime food and drink specials and boasts the fiercest fans this side of the Bay. No matter who you root for, you’re gonna win when you eat, drink and cheer at The Brickyard.
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