Published September 23, 2021
It’s somehow already fall, and we’ve got all you need to enjoy the season to the max. For San Franciscans, it’s prime weather: a cozy, warm temperature and comfortable breeze, with golden hues and crunchy leaves still rolling in. Wine Country is harvesting, the always amazing Fleet Week is approaching—and new for this year—the magnificent Outside Lands 3-day music festival has moved to Halloween! For all this and much more, check out our favorite attractions for autumn this year:
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Sipping warm tea in a gold, red and yellow “leaf-ed” garden is calling our names. Before the weather gets too cold, stroll through the famed arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, and zen garden of the Japanese Tea Garden. Visitors can then enjoy a meditative cup in the tea house in the center of the garden, overlooking the picturesque landscape and south-facing koi pond.
Tickets: Residents are $7, non residents are $10
Where: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
When: Open daily from 9 AM - 5:45 (3/1 through 10/31)
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Catch a 49er game now that we’re back to full stadium capacity! The premier Levi stadium is home for the 49’er faithful, and September means football is back in full force.
Where: 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Spooky season is near—and we’ve been jonesing for some jump scares and ghost stories. For your Bay Area fix, you can hit the world famous Alcatraz Island, local Winchester Mystery House, or you can make it a whole haunted California road trip! We’ve rounded up a list of spine-shivering places from SF to San Diego, right here. P.S. the “world’s most haunted ship,” a a demented forest, and hollywood star-filled graveyard all made the cut.
You definitely don’t want to be late to this cocktail party. Come along on a 90 minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland! Patrons will create two bespoke wonderland cocktails, solve riddles and challenges just like Alice, devious “eat me cake,” and much more.
Tickets: $47.00 per person
When: 9:30-11:30 PM Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Where: 1123 Folsom St. San Francisco 94103
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For the first time ever, there will be the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art on display. The globally acclaimed showcase features, arguably, the most talked about political street artist of modern history, whose identity is still unknown today. See iconic works such as ‘Girl and Balloon’ and ‘Flower Thrower’ alongside rarely seen masterpieces.
When: Opens Nov 22nd in SF, ticket reservations are now underway.
Ok let's get to the real best part of fall: friendsgivings, winter appetites, and cozy dinners! To help get you into cooking mode, Bucket Listers' Is excited to partner with CocuSocial to bring you a Sushi making class right here in SF. Located in Hotel Majestic, you can take a hands-on class from veteran CocuSocial Chef Instructor, Huong, to get all the tips and tricks to making your favorite rolls—including the signature California roll of course. Guests are also welcome to BYOB.
Tickets: $56 - 62 per person
Where: Hotel Majestic 1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA (classes are in person)
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Don’t miss this LGBTQ community street celebration founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, supporting multiple local non-profits. The fair is always on the first Sunday of October, making it October 3rd this year.
When: Sunday, Oct 3rd 2021 at 11 AM - 6 PM
Where: Market Street and Castro St San Francisco, CA 94114
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The SF Fleet Week Air Show returns in October with the headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels! (And, this year, they are bigger than ever with the new F-18 Super Hornet jets.) Held annually between the GG Bridge and Alcatraz, the Navy air show attracts fans from all over the globe. The waterfront event is headlined by the Blue Angels and is the only air show in the US with a commercial airliner—the United 777— to perform a fully choreographed act. For spectacular waterfront seating and hospitality, get your tickets now at Fleet Week SF.
When: Oct. 8th, 9th and 10th, at 3 PM each day.
Where: Marina Green 200 Marina Blvd.
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Due to complications of the pandemic, SF’s premier 3-day music festival Outside Lands is on Halloween this year! Costume up to hear headliners Tame Impala, Lizzo and the Strokes ignite Golden Gate Park, enjoy wine/beer/cheese lands (whatever your poison!), see live painted murals, peruse cannabis tents, and devour all the best food and drinks of NorCal.
When: Oct 29 – Oct 31, 2021
Where: Golden Gate Park
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Almost two years in the making, the Terror Vault has created a brand new, 60-minute fully immersive and completely terrifying show experience: “The Immortal Reckoning." The show is written and produced by David Mazochi and Joshua Grannell (aka "Peaches Christ"), and located at the magnificent SF Mint.
Need some liquid courage first? Visitors will start and end their haunted adventure at Fang Bang, an 80’s New Wave/Goth pop-up bar where you can partake in Halloween-themed cocktails and tasty, bloody bites.
Where: 88 5th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco is famous for its Indian summers, meaning we have that ephemeral part of October brimming with magic light and hot, still air. Everyone should soak up these coziest days with a fall picnic or lay in the grass at one of the many gorgeous parks in San Francisco.
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While our wine intakes may have increased dramatically during quarantine (thanks to zoom happy hours and general), nothing beats sipping some whites and reds outside. Famous for its hundreds of hillside wineries, Napa County is the way to go for your tasting fix, as it's filled with gorgeous landscaped gardens, tasting packages, rare grapes and delicious snacks to boot. Check out our favorite NorCal wineries to sip your way through.
Bucket Listers is excited to bring you the most talented rising comedy stars for outdoor, live shows on a weekly basis! The top performers in SF as well as traveling headliners from LA will be showcasing their funniest material. This will be an epic series that is not to be missed. Comedians from CONAN, America's Got Talent, and HBO are sure to leave you with a night to remember.
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Trick or treat yourself to a day of fun at the Arata Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay. Find the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth hay maze, explore the six-acre corn field, get spooked in their haunted barn or relax in one of the picnic areas throughout the farm.
Where: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
When: Open everyday through October
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Nothing says fall quite like your favorite movies under the stars. Sundown Cinema gets bonus points for a particular spooky classic. ET, anyone? Movies are free with select showings throughout September and October.
When: September 23, October 7, October 22
Where: Various Locations
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If you’re still not comfortable with in-person events, first of all, we don’t blame you. Second of all, we have the best fall virtual extravaganza for you. With 27 sets and three days of performances, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will be live-streaming their fantastic line-up October 1st through the 3rd.
When: October 1-3, 2021
Where: Stream on hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
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Nothing says spooky season quite like a mind trick experience with magic and mentalist Jay Alexander. This unforgettable evening begins as you step off the busy streets of San Francisco and enter into a historic speakeasy with a Moroccan flair – the perfect setting for a remarkable evening. Jay Alexander‘s unforgettable performance combines magic, mentalism, and psychological feats such as human lie detection.
When: Times Vary
Where: Marrakech Magic Theater: 419 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102