(See previous page for events in early October).
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 19 & 20, at 9 am–5 pm
Half Moon Bay's main drag turns into a giant pumpkin patch. Pumpkin in every ingestible form imaginable (such as smoothies, churros and ale), (pumpkin) pie-eating contests, pumpkin carving and a parade featuring a huge, commissioned pumpkin sculpture. Non-pumpkin offerings include an art show, a battle of local bands, and an arts and crafts market.
Along Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Free.
San Francisco Trolley Dances
Oct. 19 & 20, at 11 am-2:45 pm
On Muni’s F-line trolley and during pit stops along Market Street, take in various dances choreographed specifically for each location. Keep your eyes peeled out the trolley window. Performances by Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Tezkatlipoka Aztek Dance and Drum, Maru Dojo and other ensembles.
Starts at Market St. Railway Museum, south of Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco 94103. First-come-first-serve tours leave every 45 minutes between 11 am and 2:45 p.m. Cost: Regular Muni fare.
Treasure Island Music Festival
Oct. 19 & 20
Electronic and indie rock, pop and rap by 26 acts including Atoms for Peace, Beck, Little Dragon, Animal Collective and Japandroids.
On Treasure Island. Limited on-site parking; passes must be bought in advance. Free shuttle between Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Treasure island.
The Hula Show
Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
This year's annual show by Na Lei Hulu, an established hulu school in San Francisco, presents new dances inspired by a century's worth of Hawaiian-language newspapers and news. A special Oct. 27 noon matinee is geared toward kids and families.
At Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco. Ticket prices vary.
SF Open Studios
October 19-November 10, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am–6 pm
Said to be the largest open studios program in the US, here's your chance to catch 900 San Francisco artists in their element. Pop into their studios, watch them create, and inquire, peruse and shop. Each weekend offers self-guided tours of studios in different neighborhoods of San Francisco.
At various venues. Free.
Fiesta on the Hill
Oct. 20, at 10 am–6 pm
Bernal Heights’ community fair features games and activities for kids, live bands and food, arts and crafts, nonprofit and merchant booths. Benefits Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.
On Cortland Ave. between Bocana Ave. and Folsom St., Bernal Heights.