by Anaïs Zuniga
There’s nothing quite like the changing of the seasons. With the anticipated arrival of fall, most folks are eager to get their pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking on. While San Francisco might not have the same fall foliage that the east coast claims, we still have ways to indulge your taste for all things autumn and cute. Grab your coziest cable-knit sweater and get ready for these things to do and see in SF this fall.
Nothing is quite as quintessentially fall as apple picking. About two hours north of San Francisco is where you can escape into rolling hills and a bounty of farms. The folks at Live Earth Farm have made it super accessible, with U-Picks held on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Spend the day picking seasonal fruits, getting to know the farmers and community, while also making your friends green with envy from all your charming photos.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
This annual free musical festival is the perfect segway for music lovers who are wanting a more backyard chill and hangout vibe after a busy summer. No tickets are needed for entry, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages (no alcohol is sold on site). Expect names like Alison Krauss, Gregory Alan Isakov to the lesser known and up and coming sounds of bluegrass and country. (October 5-7th in Golden Gate Park)
SF Street Food Festival
Sometimes, the best way to sample all this SF has to offer is to have all the trendiest names in restaurants to come to you. Or rather, the Dogpatch, where this year’s SF Street Food Festival will take place celebrating the Bay Area’s diverse community and rich culture. Satisfy your curious palette, as well as your inner philanthropist. A portion of the day’s proceedings, go to La Cocina, an organization dedicated to supporting low-income food entrepreneurs, women and POC. ($6 entry, October 13th, 2018 11:00 am-7:00 pm)
Fort Point Oktober Fest
Fort Point is an independent San Francisco Brewery that has quickly become a staple among residents and tourists alike. They are celebrating autumn by hosting weekly pop-up beer gardens near the Ferry Building. Enjoy limited release beers, as well as classic favorites such as Export, KSA, Villager. You can also watch ferries dock and taking in that fresh sea breeze air. (Every Friday through 10/12 at the Embarcadero Promenade.)
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
No need to leave the city to get your pumpkin fix going. Clancy’s has been around for over 30 years and is right in the heart of San Francisco. Expect all the usual gourds, fairytale pumpkins and mazes. And, there is a hayride! (October 1st through October 31st daily 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm.)
150th Italian Heritage Parade
Celebrate a milestone for one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods! With participating vendors and restaurants, you’re sure to get a whole lotta Italian into your day. It all culminates with High Mass and Parade on Sunday, October 7th at 12:00 pm. And it’s free to the public. If you still can’t get enough Italian, get your fill on one of our North Beach tours for a more exclusive, away-from-the-crowds experience.
Interested in booking a private food tour as one of the things to do and see in SF this fall? Visit our website to book a public or private culinary experience in North Beach, Mission, or Tendernob.