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October 2014 Manager Picks

October is a great month to be in San Francisco. The weather is still mild and relatively moisture-free (rain or fog). The city hums with convention activities and wonderful events throughout the city. Here are my picks for the month:

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – October 3-5 A free festival in Golden Gate Park featuring over 100 musicians on 7 stages. Headliners include Steve Earl, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Dwight Yoakam and Chris Isaacs. Learn More

Castro Street Fair – Oct 5 The Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area. The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds. Learn More

Fleet Week – October 9-13 San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 mission is to continue to focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Preparedness while we take this annual opportunity to host and thank the young men and women of the Naval Services for their selfless devotion to duty in safeguarding our country. Events throughout the week climax with the Air Show featuring USAF Blue Angles squadron.. Learn More

San Francisco Open Studios – October 18 – November 9 SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long art event in October that showcases over 900 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors venture out on self-guided tours to see as many SF Open Studios artists and their artworks as possible, in the hopes of finding their next true art love. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art. Learn More

2nd Annual Wharf Fest – October 25 Wharf Fest, sponsored by The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district. This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, maritime themed activities, a bike decorating contest and a “trashy” fashion show. The day will be topped off with a screening of the “Best of Fest” animated films from San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and a spectatular fireworks show at Pier 39. Learn More

Halloween – October 31 Expect an extra crazy Halloween in the city this year as it falls on a Friday night. Highlights include several popular ghost tours, more than a dozen 21 and older events and several museum-sponsored events for the kids. You will also find some fun places to go trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and a few other fun activities all weekend long. Learn More

To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our calendar of events page on our website for details of some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month. Regardless of what you have planned, enjoy visiting our beautiful city.

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Happy Travels ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager



Fort Point National Historic Site
Located beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point has stood guard at the narrows of the Golden Gate for over 150 years. The Fort has been called “the pride of the Pacific,” “the Gibraltar of the West Coast,” and “one of the most perfect models of masonry in America.” Although its guns never fired a shot in anger, the building has tremendous significance due to its military history, its architecture and its association with maritime history. Open every day but Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm. Learn More



Loló is a family-owned restaurant that offers non-traditional and uniquely inspired Mexican food, utilizing local ingredients. Through the use of color, music and great food, coupled with the vision of one of Mexico’s most creative designers, Loló invites people to experience Mexican culture and cuisine, reimagined. 974 Valencia Street, San Francisco (415) 643-5656 Learn More

Lou’s Fish Shack
Lou’s was opened in 1988 by Laura “Lou” Gillespie. She satisfied two of the great loves of her life by opening a restaurant downstairs and a blues club upstairs. In 1998 the restaurant was sold to Don Tarantino and the Meyers family, who retained Lou as a consultant and friend. In 2011 the restaurant was closed for an extensive remodel. The stunning new building re-opened as Lou’s Fish Shack in March, 2012. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday upstairs. 300 Jefferson Street, San Francisco (415) 771-5687 Learn More


Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco
Shambhala is both a spiritual path of study and meditation, as well as a path of serving others and engaging with our world. These vital and timely teachings open the door to the compassionate care of ourselves and others. The Center offers a program called Sunday Morning Sit which is free (donations accepted). This public meditation session welcomes newcomers, beginners and people who have an established sitting meditation practice. Whether your motivation is to simply relax , or to explore this profound path, sitting meditation cultivates sanity and fundamental well-being. 1231 Stevenson Street, San Francisco (415) 796-2507 Learn More


Dining in the Dark Diners are invited to enhance their senses and “see” what is beyond. This culinary adventure unfolds in a pitch-black dining room with all meals served by blind waiters. 689 McAllister Street, San Francisco (800) 710-1270 Learn More


Houghton Hall
Portrait of an English Country House Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state. Key highlights include works by British painters Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and William Hogarth; Italian painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Andrea del Sarto; and American painter John Singer Sargent.

This exhibition also offers a unique opportunity to view Houghton Hall’s distinguished collection of 18th-century silver, Roman marble busts, 17th-century Mortlake tapestries, Sèvres porcelain, and a fascinating group of objects reflecting the present owner’s role as hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain. Legion of Honor – October 18, 2014 – January 18, 2015. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Street, San Francisco (415) 750-3600 Learn More


Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
Clancy's opened San Francisco's first Pumpkin Patch in 1979. Visiting the patch in October, you will find pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. Gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn are in abundance. Take home pumpkins for carving, decorating, and for baking into pies. The selection includes: mini pumpkins, Sugar Pie pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, as well as blue, white, and striped pumpkins. 1620 7th Avenue, San Francisco (415) 753-2689  Learn More

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Ring in the New Year with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. This is a free, family event that begins at Midnight. There are many great spots to view the show; however the best public viewing spots are located along the Embarcadero and south of the Ferry Building.

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