Fall events in San Francisco offer you the chance to enjoy the best local food, diverse traditions, and other cultural performances. You can also watch some football, laugh at the best local comedians, and visit artists in their studios.
Other fun things to do in the Fall include Fleet Week, Halloween parties, and Oktoberfest. Read on for more details on the best events this time of year in SF.
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Enjoy an afternoon of football at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The SF 49ers recently moved to a new stadium about an hour south of SF. You will find two home games here each month from August - December.
Dates: August - December
Learn More: Find this Year's 49ers Schedule
Sample traditional Greek goodies at A Taste of Greece. During this three-day event, you can try Greek food and wine. You can also listen to Greek music throughout the event. It's held at the Annunciation Church in the Mission District. It's one of the tastiest fall events in San Francisco!
Learn More: Visit the A Taste of Greece Page for More Info
The first Sunday in October, head over to the Castro District for their annual street fair. The event features live music, colorful entertainment, and dancing in the streets. It's a vibrant event that lasts from 11am to 6pm.
Learn More: Discover Details for the Annual Castro Street Fair
Celebrate Chinese traditions at the Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival. This event is on the fifteenth day of eighth month of the lunar calendar. This celebration started after the 1989 earthquake as a way to revitalize the community. Today, you will find a two-day festival with a parade, live entertainment, and a chance to explore this interesting district.
It's one of the most popular fall events in San Francisco every year.
Date: September or October
Learn More: Visit the Chinatown Moon Festival Page for More Info
Comedy Day is a way for local comedians to give back to the community for their support of their craft all year long. It's a free one-day event with dozens of performances by comedians in Golden Gate Park. Head over early to grab your seat on the lawn!
Learn More: Discover More Details for this Year's Comedy Day
The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Meso-American holiday that honors the dead and the cycle of life. It includes an alter display at Garfield Park in the Mission, as well as, an annual procession that starts at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to participate in the procession. It lasts until well after midnight.
Learn More: Visit the November Calendar for More Details
Head down to the waterfront and the Fisherman's Wharf district for the large Fleet Week event. This weekend long event features an airshow with the Blue Angels, free tours of military ships, and plenty of live music.
Learn More: Visit the Fleet Week Page for More Info
Sample Ghirardelli chocolates at this year's Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. This event also allows you to taste local wines, enjoy cooking demonstrations, and listen to live music. All activities are in Ghirardelli Square in Fisherman's Wharf.
Learn More: Discover Details for this Year's Event
The best place to celebrate Halloween is in San Francisco. Every year, you will find a lot of fun events including 21+ parties, kids activities, and ghost tours. If the holiday falls during the week, then you will find most of the events are on the weekend before or after the holiday.
Date: October 31
Learn More: Discover this Year's Halloween Events
This three-day event offers free bluegrass in SF's Golden Gate Park. It's usually the first weekend in October. Even though it is free, you will find several big name performers. Previous acts include the Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, and Emmylou Harris.
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Close out summer in style by making a trip to San Francisco. During this weekend, you can enjoy baseball, free Shakespeare in the park, and special holiday cruises. You will also find several theater productions, live music, and a large arts and music festival in Sausalito.
Learn More: Find All Activities for this Year's Labor Day Weekend
Run through the streets of San Francisco during the Nike Women's Half Marathon Race. The event is for women only and includes views of top SF attractions such as Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz.
Learn More: Visit the October Calendar for More Details on this Year's Race
Celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest. For three days, you can sample German beer, gobble up German food, and dance to traditional German music. It offers two sessions a day and is held at SF's Pier 48.
Learn More: Read More Details for this Year
Step inside local artists' studios during the annual Open Studios event. For four weekends in October and early November, artists from different districts open their doors to the public. You get the chance to talk to these artists about their craft and pick up unique pieces of their work.
Dates: October and November
Learn More: Visit the Open Studios Page for More Info
The fall SF Opera season lasts from September - December. During this time, they offer several performances of three to four different shows. You can see classics such as The Barber of Sevilla, The Marriage of Figaro, and Falstaff.
Dates: September - December
Learn More: Discover the SF Opera Fall Schedule
The SF Giants baseball team wrap up their regular season play every fall. They have their final games in September and sometimes in early October. You can catch a game this time of year at Oracle Park. Don't miss out on one of the most popular fall events in San Francisco!
Dates: April - September/October
Learn More: Find this Year's SF Giants Home Game Schedule
The Fall Antiques Show features works from top dealers from around the world. You will find furniture, silver, and jewelry. In addition, you can also admire other pieces such as ceramics, paintings, and more.
Learn More: Visit the October Calendar for More Details
Attend one of several theater performances this fall in San Francisco. You will find large production shows such as Annie, Cabaret, and Jersey Boys. You will also find top productions in smaller theaters and up-and-coming shows by local writers.
Dates: All Year Long
Learn More: Visit the Theater Calendar for a List of Shows by Month
Enjoy this season's Sunday Streets. This event allows you to walk, run, or bike on certain car free streets.
You will also find several health and wellness companies on site. You can get your blood pressure checked for free and learn more about living a healthly lifestyle.
There are events in both September and October.
The Wharf Fest is a one-day festival in SF's Fisherman's Wharf district. You can sample chowder during the annual competition, listen to live music, and try out a Segway for free.
This is one of the fall events in San Francisco that also offer gorgeous views around the SF Bay. It's a must attend for your entire family.
Learn More: Uncover Details for this Year's Event
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If you are planning to attend any of these Fall events in San Francisco, you are in for a treat. This is the BEST time of year here. The days are warm and sunny. The nights are cool with a slight breeze. Find out more about the weather this time of year.
There is also SO much going on this time of year.
Every single weekend, you will find a fun outdoor activity, event and other fun things to do. It rarely rains this time of year, so you can be out exploring all season.
San Francisco is currently on a shelter-in-place order through May 1, 2020. Learn more on my coronavirus page.
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