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October 3rd, 2017

Free Things To Do in SF: October Edition


Believe it or not, this is one of the best times of year to visit San Francisco. Fall in SF features temperatures from the mid-60s to low 70s, smaller crowds than summer, and an always-abundant list of things to do. Even free things.

So, as is becoming an SCH monthly tradition, we’re here to highlight a few things coming up this month that will cost you #zerodollars. Plan ahead, pack a lunch, and even borrow one of our bikes and all these events will cost you is the calories you burn getting to them.  

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Hardly Strictly is a free gathering in Golden Gate Park and features more than 90 acts on 7 stages. It’s happening October 6 and goes through Sunday, October 8. We encourage you to pack a cooler, blankets, and small chairs. Make a day out of it. There will also be food vendors on-site. No alcohol will be for sale in the park, but you can bring your own (just no hard alcohol or glass). 

San Francisco Fleet Week

You can tour the ships at San Francisco Fleet Week for free, including multiple United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ships and the HMCS Winnipeg, a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1996. There’s also the Veterans Art Exhibit, which will be open to the public, and Bark at the Park, a great event where you can see live demonstrations of dogs trained in urban search and rescue, detection and more.

Autumn Moon Festival

The Autumn Moon Festival was founded in 1988, making it almost 30 years old. It’s one of the best ways to discover (or rediscover) San Francisco’s Chinatown. It’s just down the street from us and will offer an array of wonderful entertainment, including a magnificent opening parade and many dance performances.  


San Francisco’s literary festival, Litquake, is in its 18th year and provides a great window into the creative community in the city. Litquake includes events for aspiring writers, kids or teens, and more. Their free events are conveniently color-coded in orange, giving you a wide range of budget-friendly options. Litquake is happening October 6-14 in various locations.



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