Weekend of October 8 – 10
We’ve been talking about the main event all week! Fleet Week is here! In the words of Mayor London Breed, the city is BUMPIN! But if you’re not into planes… or sailors… We have some other ideas for you.
Make sure to look up this weekend to catch a glimpse of the air show because Fleet Week is back in San Francisco after a year off because of the pandemic! The 40th annual event celebrating our armed forces will feature a full display of planes, ships, precision pilots and even neighborhood concerts.
Calling all goblins, ghosts, and witches! Boo at the Zoo in Oakland starts Friday and will continue every weekend in October! Take part in a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt and find fun goodies. Instead of trick-or-treating in the Zoo this year, staff will hand out pre-stuffed goodie bags to all the kids. Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance.
This one is an oldie, but a goodie. Every Saturday, the de Young museum offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to all Bay Area residents. On top of that, the museum is offering free general admission for essential workers until the end of the year. Just bring your work badge and you’re in.
Event availability may be subject to change. Always be sure to check the event’s official website before planning your weekend!
Mill Valley Film Festival
Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, Mark Fishkin has shepherded this once small, three-day showcase into an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world in an engaged, community setting. The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.
SF’s Open Air Muni “Boat Tram” Is Back
Muni’s most popular streetcar, 1934 Blackpool, England Boat Tram 228, will be delighting passengers on The Embarcadero between Fisherman’s Wharf and our San Francisco Railway Museum (across from the Ferry Building) from October 7 to October 11, the key dates of Fleet Week 2021.
Downtown Napa: Oxbow Riverstage: STS9
With an ethos rooted in exploration, STS9 has been a sonic pioneer for two decades. Using electronic and acoustic means, the instrumental five-piece – comprised of Hunter Brown (guitar/keys), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboards), Zach Velmer (drums), and Alana Rocklin (bass) – channels the primordial and celestial, producing a cutting-edge sound that has forged a path for multiple generations of electronic dance music.
Steve Javiel “Positive Vibes” Pop-Up Exhibition
Voss Gallery presents “Positive Vibes,” a pop-up exhibition of urban contemporary paintings by Oakland-based artist Steve Javiel. The exhibition is on view October 8-16, 2021 in the gallery’s experimental space, The Down Low in conjunction with ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 8th, 5-8PM and a live painting event with the artist on Saturday, Oct. 9th, 1-6PM. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6PM or by appointment.
Old Oakland Celebrates Block Party
4 blocks, 40+ merchants and vendors… music, art exhibits, food and drinks, outdoor badminton and activity areas, outdoor old school video games and craft activities… fun for ALL AGES!!! Start at 9th and Broadway.
14th Annual Dimond Oaktoberfest
Oaktober2021 will bring together the favorite features of the large Oaktoberfest street festival in an outdoor Beer Garden style setting in a large parking lot in Oakland’s Dimond District. 2021 will be a pint sized event able to connect fans of the festival and members of the community to traditional, seasonal foods and some of the best Bay Area Craft beers. Cultural entertainment and contests, traditional German menu options, seasonal craft beers and German styles available to enjoy onsite or in mixed packs to-go!
Monster Drawing Rally 2021 by Southern Exposure
Combining the energy of a monster truck rally with the creativity and brilliance of the Bay Area art community, Southern Exposure’s annual Monster Drawing Rally is a can’t-miss event. And this year it’s back to being in person Saturday, October 9, 2-6:30 PM. The Monster Drawing Rally is an incredible afternoon of artmaking and fundraising where over 100 artists create brand new work right before your eyes in a frantic race against the clock. As you spy on the creative process, you’ll see sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for just $100 each.
ArtWalk Livermore 2021
Join us at ArtWalk – the Tri Valley’s premiere one day art festival. Over 200 artists display their works on sidewalks and plazas, in parks and galleries, surrounded by boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants in historic downtown Livermore. Art works range from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media, handmade bags, ceramic garden art and jewelry, with subject matter from floral to figurative and much more. Art is the main focus of the day at ArtWalk: meet the artists and buy one-of-a-kind, original hand made treasures.
Vallejo Family Fall Fest 2021
Join us both virtually and in-person this year for our Family Fall Fest event at Suite Treatments in Vallejo on October 9th, 2021. Shop local artisans, crafts, enjoy savory treats and yummy eats from a variety of local vendors and small businesses. Live music returns on the main stage and enjoy state of the art lounge seating and rock n’ roll flare in the main showroom at Suite Treatments Inc.
Floating Features – Cinema on the Bay – “Top Gun” for Fleet Week!
10/08 – 10/09
Floating Features is back! Red and White and The Roxie are partnering once again to turn our hybrid vessel Enhydra into a floating cinema for a limited run of nighttime film cruises on the Bay! Join us for a 2-hour twilight cruise on San Francisco Bay and a feature film handpicked by the Roxie. Our electric vessel means no engine noise and a truly one of a kind movie experience with the amazing views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline all around. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available, and the film will play on screens throughout the vessel. A full cocktail bar with drinks and snacks complete the experience. Ticket price includes complimentary popcorn and hot drinks (coffee, hot chocolate or tea).
Marin Arts & Crafts Show
10/08 – 10/10
Marin Arts & Crafts Show offers handcraft of design –a range of jewelry, artwork, woodwork, ceramics, clothing, and objets d’art –designed, made and offered for sale by independent artisans and studio artists. The exhibits bring together traditional techniques, natural colors and sustainable materials, which embue design with quality.
SF Fleet Week Air Show
10/08 – 10/10
Held annually between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, The San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show Presented by United attracts fans from all over the globe. The waterfront event is headlined by The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and is the only air show in the United States with a commercial airliner, the United 777, to perform a fully choreographed act.
Boo at the Zoo
10/08 – 10/31
Calling all ghosts, goblins, and witches – join us for Boo at the Zoo! Due to its popularity, we are extending Boo at the Zoo to four Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in October (October 8-31, 2021). Enjoy this family-friendly Halloween event with a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt and fun goodies. Grab a program as you enter the Zoo and follow the clues on our self-guided scavenger hunt to find all the trick-or-treating animals hidden throughout the Zoo. Instead of trick-or-treating in the Zoo this year, we are safely handing out pre-stuffed goodie bags to all children.
Beethoven Portrait: 32 Sonatas for Piano
10/09 – 10/10
Mari Kodama and 17 world-class performers will present all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 4 performances over 2 days. The festival, under the artistic direction of Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and illustrates the artistic and technical development of his exquisite compositional technique through the chronological performance of these sonatas.
Dreams Emerging, Beyond Resilience: Día de Los Muertos 2021
10/09 – 11/05
Now in its 22nd year, SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Founded by beloved San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts merges traditional altars with contemporary installations, continuing to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while affirming the importance of arts & culture in shaping our worlds.
Giant Hopscotch Game at Pier 15
10/10 – 1/09
The Exploratorium today announced an installation of celebrated American artist Lawrence Weiner’s OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory, interactive, social artwork in its public plaza along the Embarcadero, beginning October 10, 2021. OUT OF SIGHT will be free to access and open to the public until January 9, 2022. OUT OF SIGHT is a two-dimensional, hopscotch-like interactive experience.
Terror Vault’s “The Immortal Reckoning”
A walkthrough haunt experience that invites you to the “grand opening” of the Blackwell’s exhibition of rare artifacts related to the occult and supernatural. Be the first to see their most prized acquisition, the legendary Hecate Tablet and mystical Book of Shadows. Believers claim that these artifacts can lift the veil between the mortal and immortal worlds giving their owner the ultimate power over all beings. Is it true? Find out for yourself. Opt in for a more interactive experience.
Blunderland at Great Star Theater
Drawing from the finest burlesque, circus, cabaret, and performance art talent, BLUNDERLAND is vibrant, shocking, and uproarious, filled with scintillating surprises that you won’t soon forget. This internationally renowned award-winning variety show is fit to burst with all the club kid madness and art house weird you can handle.
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