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Sometimes it's hard not feel spoiled here in San Francisco. In addition to beautiful fall weather and free community events almost every weekend, SF hosts one of the largest free music events in the country. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns this weekend with one of its best lineups in years, featuring rockers like Broken Social Scene, Thurston Moore and Bob Mould alongside masters of Americana, R&B and the blues. We put together a 10-song playlist with a highlights from the fest, but If the scene there seems a bit overwhelming (it draws +500,000 over three days), The Castro Street Fair offers a more manageable street party and the always-rowdy Oktoberfest by the Bay is back at Pier 48. Make your mother proud and eat your veggies at the World Veg Festival and please your sweet tooth at the World's Largest Ice Cream Social. Keep it cool with chillwave provocateur Toro y Moi and burn up the dance floor at Icee Hot.

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at Oracle Arena

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at Fox Theater
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at SF Design Center
SF Halloween Guide
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

Canadian indie rock/shoegaze ensemble Braids make noisy, somewhat experimental pop that owes a heavy debt to various shoegaze bands of the '90s. Featuring the talents of keyboardist Raphaelle Standell-Preston...
at Cold Stone Cremery (5pm - 8pm)

Come into any Cold Stone between 5-8 p.m. to receive a 3 oz. sample of their special sundae made of Sweet Cream ice cream and topped with brownies, sprinkles and fudge for free while supplies last.
at Fox Theater (8pm)

In April 2011 TV on the Radio came back strong with the release of Nine Types of Light. It's a lush and beautiful album that stands apart from the group's previous work. If their other albums had shades of dystopia and distress...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
at Vessel (10pm)

Dim Mak has now expanded to the streets of San Francisco to bring you the best and brightest Electronic & Indie performers...
SF Halloween Guide
Thursday, September 29, 2011
at Mezzanine (9pm)

Drop The Lime will be performing with a full band! Also featuring Samo Sound Boy, The Captain, Sleazemore, Eli Glad.
at California Academy of Sciences (6pm)

Enjoy special live performances by Jens Lekman and Geoffrey O'Connor in celebration of Treasure Island Music Festival presented by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment. Plus, check out some innovative applications of Microsoft technologies...
Friday, September 30, 2011
at Regency Ballroom (9pm)

A musical directed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac...
at 111 Minna Gallery (7pm)

Over 130 artists! Performances! Art Cars! Radio Valencia DJ's, Art of Bleeding, Aerial Acts, Photoboof!, Supersnail... street full of stuff! Valet Bike Parking! A dozen Giant Sculptures!
at DNA Lounge (10pm)

Where past productions have been on the pop-ier end of the musical spectrum, Hardcore conjures up a darker, edgier vibe -- think the throbbing, industrial-heavy opening club scene in The Doom Generation -- yet still retains a melodic center on many of the tracks. "I think we're making music for the apocalypse,"...
Saturday, October 1, 2011
at Concourse Exhibition Center (all day)

APE presents the very best in alternative and small press comics, with an Exhibit Hall packed with cutting-edge creators. This year's Exhibit Hall features over 400 exhibitors, including some of the biggest indy comics publishers...
at Speedway Meadow (all day)

It's your chance to check out acts from all across the board, including Broken Social Scene, Thurston Moore, Bright Eyes, MC Hammer (in a special Children's Program the Thursday before), Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, Bela Fleck, and more...
at Misson Creek Park (11am - 2pm)

Come join us at Mission Creek Park for some Howl-O-Ween fun for you and your pooches! There will be tricks, treats, a raffle for prizes, an SF SPCA agility course, haunted house photo ops and a dog costume showcase...
at Public Works (10pm)

A lineup that includes four amazing acts from three countries spanning a huge spectrum of dance music, a Live PA from an absolute ICEE legend, Two Slugs, and a special two-plus-hour set from a member of the most legendary Detroit techno crew in history...
at The Shooting Gallery (7pm)

A solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist, Ferris Plock. This new collection expands upon the artist's captivating use of ukiyo-e inspired design and vibrantly unique characters while exploring the images that shaped his childhood...
at The Endup (10pm)

"Martin Buttrich is something of a mystery. Quiet and unassuming in real life, Buttrich is the quintessential silent studio partner. Or at least he used to be..."
at Exploratorium (9:30am)

Just in time for Halloween, Lifelong Learning presents a mask- making workshop with Cardboard Institute of Technology artist Dax Tran-Caffee. Geared for adults 18 years and older, this class will have you building dynamic sculptural theater masks...
Sunday, October 2, 2011
at San Francisco County Fair Building (10am - 6pm)

This Award Winning Festival celebrates its 12th year with an action packed weekend of very informative lectures by the movers and shakers of the vegetarian movement plus creative vegan cooking demos...
at The Castro (11am - 6pm)

Founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, the Castro St. Fair is always celebrated on the 1st Sunday in October. Located in the heart of the Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area, the fair features performers on multiple stages, local merchants and exhibitors...
at The Independent (8pm)

While it may sound like an entire Balkan orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut's first album, Gulag Orkestar, is largely the work of one 19-year-old Albuquerque native, Zach Condon, and was almost completely recorded...
at The Warfield (8pm)

For the first time in Amon Tobin's career, he's now able to perform a show based around the concept of an album and deliver a truly unique visual experience to go along with his renowned audio experiences. Tobin has officially stepped away from previous DJ centric performances, and is now bringing a large scale live audio/visual experience...
at Pier 48 (all day)

Enjoy the finest German cuisine, world's best beer and authentic German music that the whole family will love. Non-stop entertainment from the world-famous 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House-which is heavily influential on Chaz's newest dance alias...
SF Halloween Guide
Monday, October 3, 2011
at NOHspace (7pm)

Theatre of Yugen invites you to join us on our journey as we explore the meeting between the stories and songs of childhood experience and ancient Japanese cultural traditions. Come revisit a magical time when every road led onward...
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