We know it's October because several well-loved, annual, only-in-San-Francisco phenomena reappear--such as Litquake, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and San Francisco Trolley Dances. Thanks to federal budget-cutters, Fleet Week, though, is not flying in 2013.
Mill Valley Film Festival
The 36-year-old festival opens with The Book Thief and Nebraska and presents nearly 90 films, plus panel discussions, live music concerts and master classes. Celebs and filmmakers to look for include Geoffrey Rush, Dakota Fanning, Ryan Coogler, Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga and Ben Stiller.
Various venues in and near Mill Valley. Ticket prices vary.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct. 4, 5, 6
Its founder, philanthropist Warren Hellman, died in December 2011, but he left an endowment to fund this ever-expanding festival for the next 15 years. More than 80 soloists and groups perform on multiple stages, including Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Chris Isaak, Steve Earle and the Dukes and the Cave Singers.
At Hellman Hollow and Lindley and Marx Meadows, Golden Gate Park. Free.
Castro Street Fair
Oct. 6, at 11 am-6 pm
Bands and vocalists, stand-up comedians, drag divas, games and dedicated dance areas. Companies, restaurants, community organisations, merchants, and nonprofits hawk merchandise, services and information.
On Castro between Market and 19th streets. Donations requested at entry gates benefit community nonprofits.
Readings, panels and workshops by and about more than 800 writers such as Delia Ephron, ZZ Packer, Sandra Tsing Loh, Lewis Lapham, Ann Packer, Isabelle Allende, Andrew Sean Greer and Michele Tea. The culmination is the free LitCrawl to more than 80 SF Mission District venues on Saturday night, Oct. 19.
At various venues. Ticket prices vary.
Yerba Buena Night
Oct. 12, at 4-10 pm
Tour the galleries in the area and then roam among dance troupes and bands on several stages, art installations in progress, muralists at work, stilt walkers, aerial artists and other performances.
At Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Lane and Jessie Square. Free.
San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade
Oct. 13, at 12:30 pm
A parade to celebrate Italian heritage and Columbus’ landing in the New World, with floats, high school marching bands, Italian clubs and appearances by Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella and her court. Restaurants lining the parade route offer menu specials and al fresco dining.
Starts at Jefferson and Stockton streets in Fisherman's Wharf, heads south on Columbus Ave. through North Beach, and ends in Washington Square, in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Free.
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