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Best SF Activities and Events in October

By: Hotel Nikko San Francisco / 01 Oct 2023
Best SF Activities and Events in October

October in San Francisco is a delightful experience, brimming with vibrant festivals, lively events, and exciting performances. Let San Francisco charm you this fall, from thrilling airshows at Fleet Week to intriguing film festivals and spine-tingling Halloween celebrations! With so much happening, San Francisco promises a whirlwind of experiences. Dive in and check out the top things to do in San Francisco.

Fleet Week San Francisco

Experience the thrill of San Francisco's Fleet Week, a spectacular celebration of naval traditions that honors those who serve in the armed forces. Witness the parade of ships, live music, and an air show featuring awe of the Blue Angels zooming above in perfect harmony.

When: October 2–10, 2023

San Francisco Film Festivals

Experience cinematic wonders from around the world in the heart of SF. It is a treat for movie enthusiasts seeking unique stories and inspirations. SF's film festivals highlight the vibrant blend of world cinema, indie treasures, and thought-provoking documentaries. Discover upcoming film festivals.


  • Latino Film Festival – September 29 – October 14, 2023
  • SF International South Asian Film Festival – October 20 – 22, 2023
  • American Indian Film Festival – November 3 to 11, 2023
  • Arab Film Festival - November 10 – 29, 2023


Halloween Festivities

Discover spooktacular fun across SF city. From family-friendly trick-or-treating to eerie haunted houses, wacky characters, and diverse Halloween surprises around Boo Alley. Experience ghost tours, party cruises, pub crawls, pumpkin patches, and thrilling performances.

When: September 29 - October 31, 2023

Fall Art & Antiques Show

Experience the 41st San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, the West Coast's premier art and design fair. Kick-off with an exclusive gala and spend four days exploring globally acclaimed pieces, solidifying its reputation in the Bay Area's vibrant art community.

When: October 12 – 15, 2023

Theater and Broadway Performances

Indulge in Broadway's magic right here in San Francisco. From heartwarming musicals to gripping dramas and avant-garde performances, the city's theaters come alive with an exciting show for everyone.


  • Before the Sword - September 15 to October 15 at the New Conservatory Theater.
  • Nollywood Dreams - September - 28 to November 4, 2023, at the SF Playhouse
  • We are continuous - October 20 to November 26, 2023, at the New Conservatory Theater.


A Perfect Fall Vacation at Hotel Nikko Near Union Square, San Francisco

Whether you're an art lover, film enthusiast, or theater buff, enjoy the top things to do and experience near Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Enjoy a relaxing retreat in our Japanese-inspired rooms and suites with top-of-the-line amenities. Discover our exclusive hotel deals and offers and start planning your fall vacation.

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