In most places, Fall means the weather growing colder, the leaves changing color, and wrapping necks in scarves. But not in San Francisco! We’re at the height of Indian Summer with seemingly endless activities for entertainment throughout the Bay Area. Here’s UpOut’s Guide to some of the best ways to spend your Fall days and nights.

Event: Exploratorium After Dark
Date(s): Thursday Nights
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Pier 15
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
Price: $17.95-19.95



Things look different after dark. Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art and science. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in everything from a pitch-black dome, to a fog bridge, large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors and more. Or savor adults-only programming: featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films and one-of-a-kind activities. It’ll change how you think about the world around you. But don’t take our word for it—see for yourself.

Event: The Grand National Rodeo
Date(s): Oct. 13-14 & 20-21
Time: Multiple Times
Location: Cow Palace
(2600 Geneva Ave. in Daly City)
Price: $10-42

$6 OFF Rodeo Tickets! Best available Dress Circle Tickets while they last. Use promo code “SAVE6” to get $6 off Rodeo tickets (Regular price $23).  Offer valid on all dates of the show.
The Grand National Rodeo, October 13-14 & 20-21 at the San Francisco Cow Palace is jam-packed with all sorts of wonderful events. Bronc Riding, Horseshow, Bull Riding, Western Marketplace, Tons of Family Fun, Live Music and Dancing, Western BBQ and more.

Event: The National – Special Matinee Show with Rogue Wave
Date: Oct. 15, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley
Price: $49.50

The National are doing a special matinee show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on 10/15 with special guests Rogue Wave. All kids 10 & under are free! Kids will not need proof of ID or a ticket – all will be admitted at the door.

Event: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Date: Oct. 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Half Moon Bay
(Main Street between Mill and Spruce Streets)
Price: Free

The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor. Catch a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts and homestyle foods.
Watch expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpt monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces and see the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds.
The blockbuster entertainment lineup includes The California Cowboys, The Megatones, Pamela Rose, Haulin Oats, Urban Outlaws, Apple Z, Jim Stevens & Friends, Bits & Pieces, The Swampers Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute, Coast Tribe, Business Casual, Jazz Con Fusion, Derek Fairchild, The Jenny Kerr Band, The Patrick Maier Duo, DreamCycle, Emerson & The GroWiser Band, John Clarke, Bob Culbertson, West Coast Ramblers, Bob at Large, The Singing Lizard, and the Half Moon Bay High School Pep Band.

Event: Hornblower Fireworks Spectacular Cruise
Date: Oct. 7, 2017
Time: Boards 7 p.m.
Location: Pier 3, Hornblower Landing On the Embarcadero
Price: $125

Hornblower Cruises & Events presents their annual Fleet Week Fireworks Spectacular Cruise! Join in the Fleet Week festivities on board this three-hour yacht cruise, complete with a generous buffet dinner, live DJ and dancing. You’ll be treated to non-stop views of San Francisco’s best sights as you sail under the Golden Gate, around Alcatraz and past the city skyline. Then, step outside to marvel at Hornblower’s very own fireworks show!

Event: Luxury Wine Weekend
Date: Oct. 21, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Wine School
(415 Grand Avenue, #301 in South San Francisco)
Price: $175 – $295

San Francisco Chronicle joins San Francisco Wine School for this year’s Anniversary Celebration & Auction with Luxury Wine Weekend benefiting the Glancy Wine Education Fund!
These light-hearted festivities will kick off with a serious “Somm Smackdown” in a Luxury Ingredient Perfect Pairings Competition, followed by a Luxury Wine Bazaar complete with hilarious Service Olympics and a Live Auction with items and experiences you won’t find anywhere else.  All profits from this event will benefit the Glancy Wine Education Fund, offering aid to worthy students to pursue their dreams with wine education.

Event: SF Vintners Market – Fall 2017
Date: Nov. 4 & 5
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
(Marina Boulevard & Laguna Street)
Price: $80 – $150

Try AND buy wines from up to 200 wineries! If you’re tired of going to wine tasting events, discovering great new wines and then never being able to find them again, SF Vintners Market is for you.
SF Vintners Market will feature top local wineries and boutique producers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and other regional wineries plus imported wines from around the world. SF Vintners Market features wine at all price points and styles including new releases, library collections and end-of-vintage selections, all available for immediate purchase.

Event: Tonga Room Rooftop Rumtoberfest
Date: Oct. 19, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Fairmont San Francisco
(950 Mason Street)
Price: $75

Fairmont San Francisco’s Rooftop Garden Party Series presents Rumtoberfest:Tonga Room’s epic homage to rum.
Enjoy Tonga Room al fresco as we bring our famed tiki bar “upstairs” for one-night only! Gather friends for a rooftop pau hana at our urban oasis!
Tickets include tiki cocktails & bites, lawn games, lei-making, entertainment and more! Must be 21+.

Event: Monday Night Hubba: Gold Town Burlesque
Date: Oct. 16, 2017
Time: 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: DNA Lounge
(375 11th Street)
Price: $7 – $12

Monday Night Hubba is the perfect way to start your week sexy: with cocktails, tease, comedy and a more intimate experience than Hubba’s big monthly extravaganzas! Each Monday night is a fun-filled, shimmering showcase of local, national and international burlesque and variety talent — and a chance to see the most dazzling debuts before they hit it big!

Event: The Oakland Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Date: Oct. 27, 2017
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Oakland Metro Operahouse
(522 2nd Street in Oakland)
Price: $10 – $13

Oaklands’s Premier Underground Art Show featuring:
• 60+ Emerging Artists
• Live Body Painting
• Live Music
• Live Art
• Free Pancake Bar
• 21+ ONLY

Event: All Day Rosé – The Great Rosé & Silent Disco Fest
Date: Oct. 14, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Fort Mason Lawn
(522 2nd Street in Oakland)
Price: $20 – $65

Indian Summer in San Francisco marks the debut of “All Day I Rosé”, the city’s first large-scale outdoor silent disco festival dedicated to rosé. Our guests are invited to eat, drink, and enjoy entertainment spread across “The Lawn” at Fort Mason – rosé in hand, of course.

This event is an unparalleled opportunity to sip and savor rosé from around the world, enjoy tropical fare by Palm House and indulge in The Dorian SF ‘s famous frosé. Rounding out the festival is a diverse lineup of talented local DJ’s that will keep you dancing with pink in hand, while surrounded by stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. And if somehow rosé isn’t your thing, there will be a full bar available as well.

Don your best pink and white clothes and celebrate all things rosé with us!

Event: ArtSpan ArtLaunch 2017: SF Open Studios Exhibition Opening Reception
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: SOMAArts
(934 Brannan Street)
Price: $25 – $100

Celebrate with ArtSpan as we kick off FIVE WEEKENDS of SF Open Studios at ArtLaunch, the SF Open Studios Exhibition opening reception featuring over 400 original artworks. The party continues until 9 p.m. with an open bar, snacks and DJ dancing with Tyrone Cornelius.

Event: The Gaslamp Fantasy – A Benefit Party for the Conservatory of Flowers
Date: Oct. 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory of Flowers
(Golden Gate Park)
Price: $55 – $75

Take flight in the reverie that is The Gaslamp Fantasy set in the Victorian splendor of the Conservatory of Flowers. This playful, immersive experience offers you a night of music & dance, performance art, libations, savory delights, and artful illumination.

Beer from ThirstyBear Organic Brewing! Acme Toast Bar! Don Bugito’s Toffee Insect Crunch Ice Cream Sundaes! Cornology! More!

Join this rare opportunity, a benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers and its rare orchid collection, greenhouses, and galleries.

Event: Ross Valley Players present Cabaret
When: Sept. 21 – Oct. 22
Where: Ross Valley Players: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross, Calif.
How Much: $10-$27
Tickets: Purchase Here

Ross Valley Players presents CABARET from September 21 to October 22, (extended one week due to popularity). Performances are Thursdays (7:30pm), Fridays (8:00pm), Saturdays (8:00pm,) & Sundays (2:00pm).

Cabaret is a ground-breaking musical that remains one of the sexiest, and most shocking in the cannon theater history more than fifty years after its debut. For mature audiences only!

Set in 1931 during the Nazi era, the play revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with Kit Kat Klub chanteuse Sally Bowles. The chilling, groundbreaking musical remains one of the sexiest, and most shocking, in theatre history. Featuring a live orchestra and filled with some of the most memorable songs in theatre history. Directed by Mountain Play veteran James Dunn.
Cabaret is based upon the semi-autobiographical collection The Berlin Stories (1945) written by Christopher Isherwood and the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten. The 1966 musical, risqué at the time, has enjoyed a successful film adaptation and several revivals.
Now in its 88th year, Ross Valley Players, a non-profit arts organization, is the oldest longest continually operating community theater on the West Coast. Barn Theatre is located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957. Tickets: $16 to $32. To order tickets, call 415-456- 9555, ext. 1 or visit

Event: World Premiere: This Bitter Earth
When: Sept. 22-Oct. 22
Where: New Conservatory Theatre Center: 25 Van Ness Avenue
How Much: $20-$50
Tickets: Purchase Here

World Premiere of “This Bitter Earth” at New Conservatory Theatre Center

By Harrison David Rivers
A protest brings Jesse, a black man, together with his white lover, Neil, a Black Lives Matter activist. But now, as Neil immerses himself in the struggle, Jesse must confront his own political apathy or risk his rights and their love. This gripping new play asks what is the real cost of standing on the sidelines.

“A refreshing, authentic voice” –

In partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora.

Event: Smuin Contemporary American Ballet’s Dance Series 01
When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 7
Where: Palace of Fine Arts
How Much: $32-$79
Tickets: Purchase Here

Dance Series 01 kicks off with Michael Smuin’s joyful tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Fly Me to the Moon. This blend of ballet and popular dance is the embodiment of the smooth and stylish melodies that have inspired generations, including Sinatra’s renditions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Performed against the twinkling backdrop of a glowing night sky, the ballet highlights all the warm and witty favorites, culminating in a full chorus, high-kicking “New York, New York.”

Event: 42nd Street Moon presents AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ The Fats Waller Musical
When: Oct. 11-Oct. 29
Where: Gateway Theatre: 215 Jackson Street
How Much: $25-$76
Tickets: Purchase Here
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The rollicking, joyous music of Fats Waller will have you singing and dancing in the aisles during our season opener! Equal parts pianist, singer, songwriter and comedian, Fats Waller was one of the seminal figures of 20th century jazz and Tin Pan Alley, with such standards as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” to his name. Five top-notch performers will give you an evening of non-stop, high-energy singing and dancing while celebrating one of America’s greatest artists!

Tickets range from $25 – $76 and can be purchased at or by calling (415) 255-8207.

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Event: World Premier of The Eva Trilogy
When: Oct. 19-Nov. 12
Where: Magic Theatre Fort Mason Center: 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D
How Much: $35-$80
Tickets: Purchase Here

Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy is a lyrical Irish epic spanning thirty years over the course of three plays: Eden, Enter The Roar and No Coast Road. All three plays will be performed, in succession, during each performance. Each play stands alone as a complete work, but together they comprise a trilogy that tells one comprehensive story.

Julia McNeal (Fred’s Diner, A Lie of the Mind) stars as “Eva.” The Company features Caleb Cabrera as “Tom,” Justin Gillman as “Father O’Leary,” Rod Gnapp as “Eamon,” Amy Nowak as “Roisin,” Lisa Anne Porter as “Teresa,” and Megan Trout as “Nymph.”

Event: RAW Artists San Francisco Presents Savor
When: Oct. 11
Where: 1015 Folsom Street
How Much: $22 – $30
Tickets: Purchase Here

RAW Artists San Francisco showcases indie talent in visual art, film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography. Featuring 50+ local artists with music by Emilio Cortez with hosts Cash Monet & Mama Celeste.
“Art is not just about the visual. It is an experience that excites all of the senses. This is something that
RAW: Natural Born Artists embraces with enthusiasm.”
Sixty Inches from Center, Chicago
“A groundbreaking local arts movement.”

Event: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live!
When: Oct. 5-Oct. 31
Where: SF Oasis
How Much: $25-$250
Tickets: Purchase Here


In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer…

D’Arcy Drollinger presents the drag send up of the beloved Sci-fi television series – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! – Based on the popular 90’s supernatural series known for it’s groundbreaking themes and smart quips.

Event: The Farm
When: Oct. 15-Nov. 11
Where: Live Oak Theater: 1301 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
How Much: $20-$25
Tickets: Purchase Here

TheatreFIRST breaks down its doors with THE FARM, a song-poem-beat-opera adaption of George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM. Originally commissioned and performed at Shotgun Players, TheatreFIRST redevelops this classic cautionary tale of animal uprising to address our own experiences of oppression and maybe most importantly, the oppressor inside us all.

Event: SF Symphony: Halloween with Young Frankenstein
When: October 29
Where: SF Symphony
How Much: $29-$60
Tickets: Purchase Here

Come to Davies Symphony Hall for a spooky evening of musical chills and comical thrills this Halloween! Watch Mel Brooks’ hilarious cult classic Young Frankenstein on the big screen*, paired with chart-topping piano duo Anderson & Roe performing haunting music and silent film accompaniment with spine-tingling twenty-fingered dexterity—so good it’s scary.

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