Need a break from pumpkin carving, costume planning, and candy stockpiling? San Francisco’s arts and music scene also offers some great activities this month. Check out these upcoming opportunities:
Friday-Sunday | Oct. 5-7
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass kicked off in 2001 and is still going strong. So this year, pack up a picnic blanket, some snacks and head to Golden Gate Park for a weekend of free music and entertainment! Artists will include Ani DiFranco (with Andrea Gibson), Justin Townes Earle (with special guest Aaron Lee Tasjan) and Gomez/Howlin Rain among many others.
Saturday-Sunday | Oct. 13-14
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland
Tickets start at $105
After taking a year off, the Treasure Island Music Festival is back with a diverse group of artists from all over the world. The festival is not only a treat for the ears – the outdoor setting is filled with art installations and beautiful San Francisco Bay views serve as a stage backdrop.
This year will be the 11th year of the festival, and the lineup will include more than 20 artists like Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), rapper A$ap Rocky and Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala.
Saturday-Sunday | Oct. 20-21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Building 101 Auditorium at Hunters Point Shipyard
Got a blank space on your wall? You can find the perfect artwork to fill it while supporting local artists at STAR’s annual art auction at the Hunters Point Shipyard. This two-day, silent auction will offer patrons the opportunity to make silent bids or take their purchases home by choosing the “buy it now” option.
The artwork up for bid has been donated to STAR, a large community of visual artists, writers and musicians who work in studios in Hunters Point Shipyard, by artists from the Shipyard and Islais Creek studio.
Thursday-Saturday | Oct. 18-20
Roxie Theater, The Mission, 3117 16th St.
Single “mix” $13, all pass $35
Why see one movie when you can see five in one sitting? The annual San Francisco International Festival of Short Films screens short movies from around the world, giving moviegoers the opportunity to see five or six shorts in a sitting.
This year’s program will feature short films from 25 countries grouped into six 90-minute “mixes” that cover themes such as transformation and our relationship with the world. Choose from 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. show times.
Sunday | Oct. 20, 9 a.m.
Candlestick Point Recreation Area, 1150 Carroll Ave.
Registration: $3 (11-17 year olds) and $5 (18 and older)
A brisk morning run is a great way to start a fall morning, so why not jog with hundreds of your closest neighbors? The Candlestick Point 5K follows a flat, paved path around Candlestick Point Recreation Area. You’ll enjoy views of the East Bay hills and the San Francisco Bay while you jog, plus all participants will get a finisher ribbon. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and parking is free.