The Bay Area is renowned for its diverse culture, iconic landmarks, and vibrant events. As the leaves begin to change and a crisp autumn breeze sweeps through the city, San Francisco comes alive with a full schedule of great goings-on! From cultural celebrations, to music festivals, and even big sports action, the autumnal season offers a wide range of activities for locals and visitors alike. Read on to explore some of the must-attend autumn events happening this fall in San Francisco.
49ers Football (August – December)
For sports enthusiasts, autumn in San Francisco means one thing: cheering on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium! Experience the electrifying, high-energy atmosphere of the NFL as you join the sea of red and gold-clad fans, all rooting for the home team. From the thrilling plays on the field to the tailgate parties in the parking lot, attending a 49ers game is a quintessential autumn activity for football lovers.
A Taste of Greece (September 15 – 17)
Indulge in an international culinary adventure at this annual gala of Mediterranean magic. Held at the Orthodox Annunciation Cathedral in the Castro district, this event brings together the flavors and traditions of Greek cuisine. From mouthwatering souvlaki and spanakopita to baklava and even Greek wines, attendees can savor the rich and diverse offerings of one of the oldest and most celebrated global cultures. Live music and traditional dance performances add to the festive ambiance of the event, making it a delightful experience for all who attend.
Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival (September 23 – 24)
Immerse yourself in rich traditions and colorful festivities at this treasured celebration. Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival is a vibrant cultural event that pays hómage to the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, a time of family reunion and celebration in Chinese culture. Visitors can enjoy brightly-colored lion and dragon dances, time-honored music performances, martial arts demonstrations, and (of course) a wide array of delicious Chinese cuisine. The Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival offers a captivating glimpse into the city's Chinese heritage that’s fun for all.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (September 29 – October 1)
Music lovers won't want to miss this celebration of classic American sound. This free three-day event takes place in Golden Gate Park and features an incredible lineup of renowned bluegrass, folk, Americana and other roots musicians. Set against an always-breathtaking backdrop of autumn foliage, the festival invites attendees to relax in amazing outdoor weather, and enjoy the soul-stirring melodies of both legendary and emerging artists. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a musical experience that perfectly captures the spirit of San Francisco.
Castro Street Fair (October 1)
San Francisco has long been known as a global hub of the LGBTQIA+ community, making us the perfect host for events like the annual Castro Street Fair. Held annually in the heart of the Castro District, this inclusive street fair celebrates and promotes cultural diversity. Attendees can look forward to live entertainment, local artisans, delicious food, and kiosks from community organizations. Expect a vibrant atmosphere filled with music, dancing, and a strong sense of pride. The Castro Street Fair is always a joyful celebration!
Fleet Week (October 2 – 10)
Accentuating the autumn season in spectacular fashion, Fleet Week is a cherished San Francisco tradition. This event celebrates the rich maritime history of the city and honors all who serve in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. Visitors can witness awe-inspiring air shows featuring aerobatic maneuvers by the legendary Blue Angels, tour naval ships, and enjoy various exhibits and activities along the waterfront. Fleet Week is a thrilling experience that always brings the San Francisco community together.
Leap Sandcastle Classic (October 28)
Get in touch with your inner child at this beloved annual event that supports arts education in local schools. During the Classic, teams of architects, designers, and students compete to create incredible and elaborate sand sculptures along the shores of Ocean Beach. Witness incredible creativity and craftsmanship as these stunning-as-they-are-temporary works of art take shape before your eyes. The Leap Sandcastle Classic is a testament to the power of imagination and community collaboration.
San Francisco Coffee Festival (Nov. 11 – 12)
For aficionados of brewed awakenings, the SF Coffee Festival is an event not to be missed. Held in the heart of the city, this festival brings together coffee enthusiasts, roasters, and baristas to celebrate the art and craft of the almighty bean. Attendees can sample a variety of specialty brews, attend workshops and demonstrations, and learn about the coffee industry's latest trends and innovations.
Start Your Celebration at Hotel Caza
As autumn paints the city with vibrant hues, San Francisco comes alive with an array of captivating events. Hotel Caza is the ideal stay when experiencing it all! In fact, with our central location, competitive rates and an abundance of amenities, we’re a destination unto ourselves. Take a look at the San Francisco travel deals on our Special Offers Page, reserve your stay, and start celebrating!