October 6 - October 14
In the air & on the water (Fleet Week Festival Center is located on Marina Green)
Fleet Week honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces with tons of events like veterans art exhibits, ship tours, and K-9 demos. The highlight every year is the parade of ships on Friday at 11:30am, when the first U.S. Navy ships sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the three days of air shows over the weekend when you can see all kinds of planes (including the famous Blue Angels) soaring above the Bay. If you want to ensure a fantastic viewing spot for the air show complete with sound, tickets are available.
Cost: Free to $325
City View at Metreon
Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Tasting honors the wineries around the world that delivered the best wine throughout the year. At this event, you get to sip on them all while chatting with the winemakers. Go VIP to beat the crowds and get your first sips an hour before everyone else.
Cost: GA: $135, VIP: $185
October 10 - October 19
Litquake is SF’s beloved literary festival where you can get inspired by interactive workshops, lectures, walking tours, and the most anticipated event: Lit Crawl... like a bar crawl, but for author readings. This year’s headliners include Tobias Wolff, Ann Patchett, Chris Kattan, Saeed Jones, Michelle Tea, and many more, with 217 events taking place across 165 different venues, featuring more than 860 authors.
Cost: Mostly free
October 10 - November 10
San Francisco Mint
The Terror Vault takes over the basement of the San Francisco Mint with a storyline, sets, and characters whose sole purpose during your 45 minutes is to make you scream, jump, and wonder why on Earth you paid good money to be terrorized. (In the best and most Halloween-appropriate way possible, of course.) If you went last year, don’t fret; there are all-new sets and storylines so you won’t know what’s lurking around the next corner. Luckily, there’s a bar at the venue so you can get a stiff drink after to settle your nerves.
October 11 - October 12
Golden Gate Theatre
There are only three performances of this immersive concert-style show that chronicles the journey of iconic folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, starting at the beginning and culminating with their famous Central Park concert in 1981 (which if you don’t have in your music library, you should remedy immediately.) Tickets will sell out, so get yours soon.
Cost: $56 to $226