San Francisco is great during the fall. The weather is warm and sunny, parks and nature look stunning. Besides there are many festivals and public events going on in the city.
Folsom Street Fair 2018 (September 30)
One of the most kinky event in San Francisco is definitely not for the shy people. Only in San Francisco you can witness around 250,000 leather and BDSM lovers come together to share their weirdest fantasies. The consists of 200 booths with all kinds of fetish toys, a few stages with different music genres and erotic performances. There is also a dance area, and a public playground. No restrictions concerning participants’ appearance are applied so you can see anything from giant babies to simply naked folks. Folsom Street Fair is held on Folsom street, from 8th to 13th Streets on South of Market district of San Francisco.
Autumn Moon Festival (September 15–16)
Chinese community of San Francisco keeps its traditions alive. And Autumn Moon Festival is definitely one of the most popular ones. In Asian culture and mythology,, the moon plays a special role – it represents yin or the female principle. So no wonder that during ancient moon festivals women took leading positions in rituals on the full moon night, making offerings of fruit, candles, flowers, and mooncakes. Visit the annual Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown that happens every year in September or October on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is especially bright and full.
San Francisco Street Food Festival 2018 (October 13)
San Francisco Street Food Festival – one of the tastiest events of the year, that foodies await for a long time. Not only gourmets, but virtually everyone will be carried away by San Francisco’s best street food. San Francisco is home for some the most delicious foods in the USA for a reason. Don’t miss your chance to try the largest food variety from 100 vendors. From Nepalese dumplings-momos to American grilled cheeses, pizza, hot dogs and anything one can imagine! The festival draws around 50,000 people every year.
Corgi Con 2018 (October 13)
This is not a massive event, but definitely one of the cutest parades in San Francisco with hundreds of adorable short-legged dogs. The event takes place at Ocean Beach. It is a perfect beach party for dogs and their fans. Hundreds of lovely corgis come together not far from the Cliff House between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a dog show, Corgi costume contest, races and more.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival (October 13-14)
Every year the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival takes place in Half Moon Bay. It falls on an October weekend during peak pumpkin season. The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is one of the oldest and largest events in the state. There is no admission fee to enter the festival. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is worth seeing due to its Great Pumpkin Parade, held at noon on Saturday. It marches from Miramontes, through Main St, and Mill Street. During the festival there are two stages for live music: country, and blues.
Dia de los Muertos (October 31)
The scariest night of the year is a unique experience in San Francisco. So put on your black outfit on, do a skeleton make up, take a candle – and you’ll be ready for iconic death celebration. Dia de los Muertos or “day of the dead” is a Mexican festival honoring ancestors. In San Francisco people from Mexican American community wear dark clothes and paint their faces white or wear skeleton masks. Lots of street processions can be spotted with people carrying dead flowers, dance symbolic Aztec dancing, play music and art performances which dedicated to the theme of death. The main procession goes through 22nd and Bryant Streets ending up in Garfield Park, where everyone leaves candles at a large community altar in memory of dead relatives. Some make their own altar somewhere in the park. People attach photos of those who passed away. The festival starts on October 31st and lasts till November 2nd.