San Francisco is the place to be again for this year's 2016 Halloween celebrations. Whether you are looking to party or for some family friendly events, you will find them all here.
This year, it falls on a Tuesday, so most events fall the weekend before the holiday. You will also find some events the week prior too.
Highlights this year include several popular ghost tours, more than a dozen 21 and older events, and several museum sponsored events for the kids. You will also find some fun places to go trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and a few other fun activities all weekend long.
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This year, you will find dozens of 21 and older Halloween Parties. Most are on Saturday night, October 28 at some of San Francisco's largest venues.
These parties often include music by some of SF and the Bay Area's top DJs, cocktails throughout the night, and a chance to mingle with other Halloween lovers. Almost all require costumes.
San Francisco is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the US. This makes it the perfect place for fun, yet spooky ghost tours. They range from a visit to one of SF's most ghostly spots, Alcatraz Island, to a walking tour through City Hall. All of them offer chilling stories about the dark events that led to today's mysterious and unusual occurrences. Many run all year long with a few extra special tours just for Halloween.
Enjoy several kid-friendly activities for Halloween 2017. These events fall both on the weekend before and on the big holiday, so you can celebrate both weekends. Highlights this year include the SuperNatural Halloween Event at the California Academy of Sciences, Boo at the Zoo at the San Francisco Zoo, and the 5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party in Japantown.
Here are a few additional events this Halloween in San Francisco!
Catch on of this weekend's top theater performances on stage all around SF. One of the top shows is Barbeque at the SF Playhouse. It's the story of what happens when an intervention for a family members turns into a discussion about how everyone in the family needs a big life change. It's a funny take on today's American family.
Head to Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday, October 31 for Zubin Mehta Conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance starts at 8pm. In addition, you will find other performances such as Rebellious Genius: Shostakovich's First Symphony throughout the weekend.
You will find dozens of concerts all weekend long. Higlights include Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & CNCO in Oakland at the Oracle Arena and the Zac Brown Band at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
Laugh all night long at one of two performances by Joe Rogan this weekend. You will recognize this internationally renowned comedian as the host of Fear Factor, The Man Show, and his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. He performs two shows on Saturday night at the Nob Hill Masonic Center.
Enjoy local art the weekend of Halloween. On Saturday and Sunday, you can walk around the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Balboa Park, and other districts. All studios are open from 11am to 6pm.
If you are looking for the perfect Halloween costume, then check out my list of my five favorite places to shop. You can design your own look or find the perfect pre-made option. All are open year around.
Would you like to investigate some of SF's most haunted locations? On this list, you will find a list of the most haunted places in San Francisco that are open to the public. This allows you to stop by and investigate these ghostly sightings for yourself!
Find a variety of free walking tours all weekend long. These tours, given by SF City Guides, give you the chance to learn even more about San Francisco. Top tours include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown.
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