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28 Fun Things: Fleet Week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Castro Street Fair + More Bay Area Events

October is here and with it come some serious festivals and fun.

Look out for Oktoberfest events, the Blue Angels, loads of live music, new restaurants, and more. Have a great week!


Monday, Oct. 1st

Angler catches on…

When: Dinner from 5 to 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday

Where: Angler, 132 The Embarcadero, anglerrestaurants.com

Why: If you’ve always wanted to dine at Saison but found the prices to be beyond your pocket, get excited for a new dining destination from the same team. If the waterfront locale, bubbling fish tanks, and scaly taxidermy don’t give it away, Angler focuses on seafood—and, unsurprisingly to followers of chef Joshua Skenes’ Saison, wood-fired dishes. But unlike Saison, the menu is all a la carte, with options including antelope tartare, purple sea urchin, whole petrale sole, and a bone-in porterhouse steak.

Barneys SF finally gets a Freds!

When: Monday – Saturday 11am to 7pm; Sunday, noon to 6pm

Where: Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St. (Union Square), barneys.com

Why: Loyal Barneys shoppers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have long celebrated their purchases with Champagne lunches at Freds, the department store’s restaurant that has eluded San Francisco fashion mavens—till now. At last the Union Square store is serving Fred’s classics (think Estelle’s chicken soup, Fred’s spaghetti, and pomme frites). Make your way to the 6th floor and say chin chin.

SalsaCrazy Mondays

When: 7pm to 1:30am

Where: Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), neckofthewoodssf.com

Why: It’s not too late to sign up for this four-week salsa dance series complete with progressive lessons and all-night parties hosted by the SF Salsa Dance Academy. // Tickets ($60) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd

Meet a Red Panda

When: Multiple dates and times

Where: San Francisco Zoo

Why: IfOnly has put together a once-in-a-lifetime experience for animal lovers. Choose your preferred date for a private tour with the zookeeper in which you’ll come FTF with a red panda and check out its custom-designed habitat at the SF Zoo. // Tickets ($325/person) includes a certificate of adoption, a collector’s bracelet, and parking; available at ifonly.com/adventure.


Modern Elders & Millennials at Work

When: 6:30-7:45pm

Where: Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St. (TenderNob), marinesmemorialtheatre.com

Why: Because people are still relevant over the age of 35. Airbnb’s millennial cofounder Brian Chesky and 52-year-old Joie de Vivre founder and legend Chip Conley—Airbnb’s strategic advisor and author of the book Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder—have a candid convo about work, creativity and innovation. // Tickets ($15-$65) are available at eventbrite.com.


Free Play Tuesday

When: 6-11pm

Where: Brewcade, 2200 Market St. (Upper Market), brewcadesf.com

Why: If Tuesday is a just-one-drink kind of day, make it count with free games when you purchase an adult beverage from the bar. // For more info, go to facebook.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

Studio Tour at Gensler

When: 6-8pm

Where: 4500 Fremont St., #1500 (SoMa), gensler.com

Why: Of course you’ve heard of Gensler—the San Francisco–based architecture firm is the largest in the world. And you know they have a cool office. Tour the SoMa headquarters, which also houses Gensler’s Brand Design team whose clients include the likes of Timbuk2 and SFO. // Tickets ($20-$30) are available at eventbrite.com.


See Garbage Live

When: 7pm (doors)

Where: Fox Theater (Oakland)

Why: It’s the 20th anniversary of the band’s sophomore album, Version 2.0—hear them play it in full, plus some B-sides. Because Shirley Manson forever. // Tickets ($50) are available at ticketmaster.com.


The Bay for Beto

When: 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), chambers-sf.com

Why: Because Texas is this close to electing its first Democratic senator since anyone can remember. Go for eat, drinks, and DJ beats to support Beto O’Rourke, the skateboarding Texas politician who was once in a punk band. // Tickets ($50 min. donation) are available at act.myngp.com; for more info, go to facebook.com.


Females in Food

When: 6:30pm to 8pm

Where: The Assembly, 449 14th Street (Mission), theassembly.com

Why: Go learn from five powerhouse women who are rocking the restaurant industry. Enjoy Smitten ice cream and drinks, while hear from Lindsay Tusk (Quince, Cotogna), Robyn Sue Fisher (Smitten), Neka Pasquale (Urban Remedy), Jessie Nguyen (Little Window), and Kavitha Raghavan (Indian Paradox) as they discuss how they’ve created each of their successful businesses. // Tickets ($15) can be purchased on theassembly.com.

Thursday, Oct. 4th

Mill Valley Film Festival

When: Various venues

Where: Through Oct. 14th

Why: This is as close to Sundance as the Bay Area gets. Opening night at MVFF brings two star-studded events: Go say hey to actress Rosamund Pike at the screening of A Private War (7pm at San Rafael Film Center) or what’s up to Mahershala Ali and director Peter Farrelly at The Green Book, about a black jazz piano prodigy and his white chauffeur (7pm at CinéArts Sequoia). Also look for appearances from Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins whose new film, based on James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, closes out the fest. // For more info and tickets, go to mvff.com.


Happy Hour With Red Car Wine

When: 5-7pm

Where: Batch, 1648 Pacific Ave. (Russian Hill), visitbatch.com

Why: Free tastings of sustainably harvested Sonoma wines and small bites are a just-perfect way to end a Thursday. But since this happy hour is also being hosted at Batch—the Russian Hill showroom founded by 7×7 Style Council honoree Lindsay Meyer—you can also shop while you drink. // Event is free; register at eventbrite.com.


Sharktoberfest Nightlife

When: 6-10pm

Where: Cal Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park),

Why: “It’s like Shark Week—but with more beer and more actual science.” Participating breweries include Ballast Point, Laughing Monk, Magnolia Brewing, Triple Voodoo, and more. // Tickets ($15) and info at calacademy.org/nightlife.

Joshua Tree Music Festival

When: Through Oct. 7th

Where: Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, 2601 Sunfair Rd. (Joshua Tree)

Why: Music lovers and vanlifers descend upon Joshua Tree today for the 12th annual, ultimate four-day campout with live performances from acts you’ve likely not seen everywhere else. Tune in for raucous blues, afro-funk, hip-hop, jazz fusion, electro dance and more. // Day passes ($60-$90) and festival passes ($200) are available at the gate and online, joshuatreemusicfestival.com/fall-festival.


A Nirvana Founder Plays Slim’s

When: 7pm

Where: Slim’s, 333 11th St. (SoMa), slimspresents.com

Why: Remember Krist Noveselic? Well, the OG Nirvana bassist is back with a new band, Giants in the Trees, composed of members all from his native Wahkiakum County in Washington State. Check out their fresh Americana sound—think banjo, slide, and accordion—at Slim’s tonight. // Tickets ($20-$45) are available at eventbrite.com.

Friday, Oct. 5th

The Blue Angels!

When: Noon to 4pm

Where: Marina Green and San Francisco Bay

Why: Technically Fleet Week kicked off earlier in the week with brass band performances, ship tours, and more. But let’s be honest: It’s the Blue Angels air show we care about. Dose up your dogs with calming CBD tincture and then gather at the Marina Green Festival Center for the best view of the three-day spectacle that starts today. // For more info, go to fleetweeksf.org/events.

The What Women’s Summit

When: 9am to 4pm

Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop (Presidio)

Why: F is for Friday and Female Empowerment. Join The What founders Gina Pell and Amy Parker for a day long bossfest with conversation, lunch, and wine. Sign up for panels and workshops on health, money, writing, family, sex, and more. // For tickets ($599) and info, go to events.bizzabo.com.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

When: Through Oct. 7th

Where: Golden Gate Park

Why: Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Patty Griffin, Alison Krauss, and Mavis Staples are just a few of names taking the stage at this free annual festival. // For more info and the full schedule, go to hardlystrictlybluegrass.com.


New Oakland Dinner Series

When: 6pm and 8:30pm seatings, Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Gastropig, 2123 Franklin St. (Oakland), thegastropig.com

Why: Oakland’s popular breakfast and lunch spot The Gastropig is now open for dinner—sorta—thanks to the Abstract Table, a new Japanese-influenced dinner concept that’s popping up here on weekend nights. Expect laid-back evenings and artistic platings (five- and seven- course prix fixe menus are available) that focus on fish and ingredients foraged by the chefs themselves. // Reservations ($50-$70/person) can be made resy.com.

Crocodile Dundee & Dinner

When: 6:30-9:30pm

Where: MKT Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St. (Union Square), mktrestaurantandbar.com

Why: MKT Restaurant is kicking off its new Friday night movie series tonight with Crocodile Dundee and a themed dinner to match. Take the fam for shrimp on the barbie, Australian wine pairings, and Tim Tams for dessert. // Tickets ($59/person) include dinner, snacks and wine, and are available eventbrite.com.


25 Years of 111 Minna Gallery

When: 5pm until late

Where: 111 Minna St. (SoMa), 111minnagallery.com

Why: The gallery-slash-events-spot is celebrating its quarter-century in SoMa with a special art exhibition and weekend of parties, starting with Friday night’s opening reception and continuing into Saturday with an all-day (11am to 9pm) Qool bash with a different DJ every 45 minutes.

Saturday, Oct. 6th

Live Archaeology Dig

When: 10am to 2pm

Where: Archaeology Field Station across from the Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave. (Presidio)

Why: This free weekly series is coming to an end later this month, so get yourself to the Presidio to see a live dig in action. You never know what lies beneath this historic Spanish Colonial site.


Bottomless Oktoberfest

When: Noon to 4pm

Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. (SoMa), somastreatfoodpark.com

Why: Don you lederhosen (we know you have them) for unlimited beers, live music, lawn games, and food truck eats. Can’t make it today? It’s happening next Saturday as well. // Admission is free, but bottomless beer is $36; register at eventbrite.com.


Rare Barrel’s 5th Anniversary

When: 1-7pm

Where: The Rare Barrel, 940 Parker St. (Berkeley), therarebarrel.com

Why: Toast the East Bay brewer’s five-year mark with special anniversary brews, a dunk tank, food trucks, and a DJ. // Tickets ($25) include one beer ($5 additional beers), a commemorative glass, and raffle ticket; purchase at universe.com/events.


Silent Disco Beach Yoga

When: 5:30-6:45pm

Where: Ocean Beach

Why: Famed yoga teacher Janet Stone leads a waterfront class at golden hour to beats by DJ Drez. // Tickets ($33) are available at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, Oct. 7th

Castro Street Fair

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: Castro Street

Why: This 45th annual street fest is the perfect reason to play in the city’s rainbow neighborhood. Go for live music, DJs, food and drink, street vendors, and all round local color. // Free; for more info, go to castrostreetfair.org.


Brunch at Violet’s

When: 11am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Violet’s Tavern, 2301 Clement St. (Outer Richmond), violets-sf.com

Why: Among our favorite restaurant openings of the summer, the Outer Richmond seafood spot Violet’s is expanding its offering with a delicious weekend brunch. Grab a table on the recently opened patio, order up a craft cocktail, and dig into egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches or shrimp and grits.

SF Indie Mart

When: Noon to 5pm

Where: Anchor Public Taps, 495 De Haro St. (Potrero), anchorbrewing.com/publictaps

Why: This outdoor DIY fest will bring together more than 40 makers—including woodworkers, ceramicists, fiber artists, designers, and more. Plus, you can learn to make stuff too with activities from Workshop SF. // Event is free; for more info, go to thesfindiemart.com.


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