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Loveboat @ Pier 70 Oct 31.

There is an explosion of fun, artsy events happening in San Francisco this time of year.  5 weekends of art fairs, artist hosted parties, as well as music and literary themed festivals.   It’s October in SF, so it’s time to get out there and mix it up with thousands of artists, makers, movers and shakers.  Here are the dope art centered events starting this week and going into November in San Francisco.  See you out there!

Opera & Electronic Music Mashup at Mezzanine

Thurs 10/12 | 8pm @Mezzanine

SF Opera Lab is throwing a pop-up party with opera & electronic music musicians.  Sounds pretty dope right?  Some aria mixed with Ableton, it’s classy but with a beat, it’s cadenza in a club, it’s… something new, different, and definitely worth checking out for just $20.


It’s SF Open Studios Time!

Five Weekend | Oct 14 – Nov 12 @All Over SF

That’s right every weekend this month SF artists will open their studios, art collectives, & galleries to the public for opening parties and art shows.  fraternizing with artists is encouraged and expected.  The best way to go see what San Francisco artists are up to is to grab a free SFOS guide and take a stroll through SF’s living art scene, each weekend takes place in a different part of the city.

Find an Open Studios Guide at these locations
Open Studios Info & Important Dates

SF Litquake 2017

October 6-14 – Nine Days, 650+ Authors, All Over SF

The 18th Annual Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival is humming.  If you like poets, novelists, publishers, scholars, book keepers, nerds, sexy reading glasses, and literary pub crawls…you need to check out their calendar there are TONS of Lit themed events happening all over the city right now.  Click here for our October 14 closing night Lit (pub) Crawl

Events here


Armistead Maupin | Oct 11 @JCCSF

National Coming Out Day 2017 celebration with Peter Stein & Armistead Mauipin (Tales of the City) featuring a drag fashion show performance curated by legendary San Francisco fashion designer Mr. David.

Info & Tickets

Art Tasting w/ Wine

Tues 10/17 | @SOMArts Cultural Center

ArtSpan SF Art Tasting 2017: Artist & Juror Talk!  Over 400 works of art, including sculpture and jewelry by San Francisco artists. Browse the gallery, drink wine, and get a taste of the artworks on display and hear how jurors and Juror’s Choice-Award winning artists selected artwork for the exhibition.

Info here

Have a Art Attack w/ Shane Izykowski

TUES 10/17 | @Art Attack SF

Spooooky opening at the new Art Attack Gallery! Shane will give an artist talk about his interest in dark art, growing-up in a Halloween-centered household, the art of special effects and makeup, and his experience competing in a nationally televised costume contest!
*The first 25 attendees will receive a free print of Shane’s new artwork!


Blue Grass & Metal Fests

Saturday, October 21 at 12 PM – 4 PM

The glorious Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park is hosting a metal festival…ya, a metal festival in McLaren Park.  It’s free and it’s featuring old school metal bands Ancient Mariner, Hammerdown & AC/DZ.  Hail Satan.

FB Page Here

Artist Built Halloween w/ Moby & Fatboy Slim

October 27 and 28 | @Pier 70

If you like a big costume party built by SF artists with world renouned DJs, look no further.  Pier 70 is going to be rocking this Halloween, packed to gills with art structures, music, and beautifully dressed freaks.  It’s the 10-Year Anniversary celebration of America’s most epic Halloween event, San Francisco’s Legendary Ghost Ship Halloween.  This year it’s loveboat and Moby, Fatboy Slim & dozens of amazing DJ’s are holding it down.

Tickets & Info

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