Community Calendar: October 2017

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October 1 – Food: World Veg Festival
The San Francisco Veg Society hosts the 18th annual World Veg Festival, featuring speakers, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors, entertainers and food vendors. SFVS is a nonprofit and all-volunteer run organization whose mission is to promote a plant-based lifestyle for healthy, ethical and sustainable living. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 regular admission; $5 students and seniors. San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. For more information:

October 3 – Art: Free Admission Day, Museum of Craft and Design
The museum showcases furniture, kinetic sculptures, and jewelry. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 2569 Third Street. For more information:

10/3 through 10/9 – Military:  Fleet Week San Francisco
Began in 1981 to honor the United States Armed Forces and educate civilians and military personnel about best practices in humanitarian assistance, Fleet Week is held annually in San Francisco on the first or second weekend in October. U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information:

10/5 through 10/14 – Literature: 2017 Litquake Festival
In its 18th year, Litquake celebrates the written word with diverse literary programming, interactive workshops, and a nine-day festival.  For schedule, ticket and venue information:

October 5 – Music: Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers
Live music by Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers, who play original tunes in the Honky Tonk country vein. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

10/6 through 10/8 – Music: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is one of the country’s largest music celebrations, attracting roughly 750,000 attendees to a three-day extravaganza featuring more than 90 artists on seven stages. Free. Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, John F. Kennedy Drive and Traverse Drive. For more information and schedule:

10/12 through 10/22 – Theater: South of Market: The Musical
After a sold-out run in 2016, South of Market: The Musical returns to San Francisco this fall with version 2.0 of a musical revue that pokes fun at the year’s trends, issues and absurdities within the Bay Area’s tech culture. $40 to $120. For tickets and more information:

10/12 through 11/5 – Theater: The Obligation
A Jewish-American comedian, an Auschwitz survivor, a half-Jewish German soldier, and an SS General explore the dark history of their/our world in the theatrical premiere of The Obligation, a one-person show written by and starring Roger Grunwald, under the direction of Nancy Carlin. Through drama and humor, The Obligation explores little-known aspects of The Holocaust and the post-war survivor experience and asks: Who decides what culture, race and ethnicity mean? What’s identity? Why do we demonize “the other”? $26 to $51. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets online:

October 14 – Community: Dogpatch/Potrero Hill Street Tree Planting Saturday
The Green Benefit District partners with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) to plant 160 trees. FUF will handle permits and site preparation, and bring the trees at no cost to property owners. As a result of Proposition E passage last year, the City maintains all street trees. To request a tree or learn how to opt out of planting in front of your building:

10/14 – 10/15 – Art: San Francisco Open Studios
Open Studios, the country’s oldest and largest open studios program, is an annual, month-long, art event held in October and November that showcases more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists. The event connects collectors with artists for a glimpse into the life of the working artist. Free. For studio maps and schedules:

October 16 – Food: Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, the first cookbook connected to Milk Street’s public television show, offers more than 125 recipes arranged by type of dish, including grains, salads, a new way to scramble eggs, simple dinners and twenty-first-century desserts. 12 p.m. Book Passage San Francisco, 1 Ferry Building. For more information:

October 18 – Music: Daniel Berkman
Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora, a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

10/19 through 10/21 – Dance: Point of Dissolve
Point of Dissolve is a collection of studies by Claudia Hubiak that address society’s perspective that working harder equates with self-worth, asking the question, “How hard do we need to work to be enough?” 8 p.m. $18 to $35. For tickets and more information:

10/19 through 10/22 – Film: San Francisco Dance Film Festival
In its eighth year, this annual festival features more than 80 dance films from the Bay Area and around the world, offered at four venues. Along with screenings, it includes opening and closing receptions, post-screening questions and answers with filmmakers, brief live performances, and special presentations. For the first time this year, SFDFF will present an exhibition of VR 360 films, where participants in headsets can virtually step inside the dances of Paul Taylor, relive the history of Cuban dance, and more. To purchase tickets: For schedule and more information:

October 21 – Community: Potrero Hill Festival
The Potrero Hill Festival returns with a day of fun, food, music, and community activities. The main stage will feature local swing band, “The Klipptones,” and “the Rubber Souls,” a Beatle’s Tribute Band. New this year will be an animal show by Fur, Scales and Tails, featuring 15 live animals, which festival goers can experience up close and even pet. Returning is the kid’s zone, with rides, bounce houses, street train, talent show, wrecking ball and more. The Potrero Hill Festival supports the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House’s programs. 
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets. Free.  For more information:

October 22 – Health: Junior Diabetes Research Foundation San Francisco Walk
One of hundreds of Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walks across the country, the money raised will support JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. Join a committed community that’s passionate about doing whatever it takes to help JDRF turn “Type One into Type None.” Length of walk is three miles. Check in: 9:30 a.m.; walk starts at 11 a.m. Great Meadow at Fort Mason, Bay and Laguna streets. For more information: or contact Kevin O’Scanlon, or 415.597.6311.

October 25 – Books: $1 Book Sale
Hosted by the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the “Wednesday Steps Sales” is located at the Main Library’s Larkin Street entrance. All books and media are just $1 or less each; proceeds benefit SFPL. This is the final sale of the year. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street. For more information:

October 27 – Halloween:  Scaregrove Family-Friendly Halloween Event
Contests, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale, and live entertainment. $8 per person; children under two years old free. 3 to 9 p.m.  Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat. For more information:

10/27 through 10/29 – Halloween: LoveBoat Halloween at Pier 70
2017 marks the 10-year anniversary celebration of San Francisco’s Ghost Ship Halloween. LoveBoat Halloween will feature original art installations schemed and built from scratch from recyclable materials. It’s the final year at Pier 70; to celebrate the decade, producers Fatboy Slim and Moby (DJ Set) headline the event. Tickets from $75. 420 22nd Street. For more information:

October 28 – Halloween:  Farley’s 28th Annual Pet Parade
Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of 18th and Arkansas streets, marches up 18th Street. Costume judging at 18th and Texas.

10/28 through 10/29 – Art: San Francisco Open Studios
Weekend three features studios in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Bernal Heights, Outer Mission, and beyond.  Free. For studio maps and schedules:

11/4 – Health: Bay Area Food Allergy Walk 2017
The FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Food Allergy “Heroes Walk” recognizes the courage and determination of food allergy families. Through fundraising and walks across the country, thousands of families come together to unite behind their commitment to FARE’s mission, and raise funds for research, education, advocacy, and awareness. Check-in and activities: 9 a.m. Walk starts: 10 a.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City. To register a team, and for more information: