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SF Weekend Guide:  North Beach Art Crawl, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass & Castro Street Fair
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SF Weekend Guide: North Beach Art Crawl, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass & Castro Street Fair

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Updated: 20 December 2016
Make the most of your two-day vacation with our weekly roundup of can’t-miss events in San Francisco.

Friday 10/2

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl

In honor of the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach, over a dozen galleries, museums, bars and restaurants stay open late on the first Friday of every month. The monthly art crawl features live music, poetry, drinks, meetings with local artists, and entertainment for the guests. Grab a beer, enjoy some great music and experience the best art and entertainment North Beach has to offer.

When: Friday, October 2, 2015 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: FREE

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

This weekend marks the return of one of the largest (and free-ist) music festivals in the country. The three-day event attracts over a hundred talented musicians who perform on seven unique stages throughout Golden Gate Park. Familiar faces such as Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes are slated to perform as well as a myriad of talented new performers. The best part is that the historic festival is one hundred percent free of charge. That’s right – three days of amazing artists and performances completely free. It doesn’t get much better than that!

When: October 2-4 ALL DAY

Where: Hellman Hollow, Lindley and Marx Meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA

Saturday 10/3

“Hard French” at El Rio

If bluegrass music isn’t your thing, head on over to El Rio for a fun-filled day of ‘hard dancing and hard cruising.’ The Motown-heavy queer day party features a jam packed six hours of free BBQ, dancing and $1 beer. And, because it’s a day event, you can kick off the party here and still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening.

When: Saturday at 2 pm

Where: El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-282-3325

Ticketing: HardFrench.com ($7)

EC Twins at Hue SF

Spend your Saturday night dancing into the wee hours of the morning at one of the newest nightclubs in San Francisco, Hue SF. The highly anticipated club is located in the heart of San Francisco’s entertainment mecca and boasts a unique, high-end nightlife experience. This Saturday the EC Twins, two of the most influential figures in EDM, will take the stage. Luxurious and modern, Hue SF is slated to quickly become one of the hottest going out spots in San Francisco.

When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 10:00 pm to 2:00 am

Where: Hue Lounge and Nightclub, 447 Broadway, San Francisco, CA

Ticketing: Here (Guest List Free Before 10:30 pm)

Sunday 10/4

Castro Street Fair

An annual event that takes place on the first Sunday of October, The Castro Street Fair brings together hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople and organizations throughout the city. Founded in 1974 by social rights activist Harvey Milk, the community fair celebrates the diversity of San Francisco and promotes equality throughout the city. Additionally, all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community.

When: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 11 am- 6pm

Where: Castro St. and Market St., San Francisco, CA, USA

Ticketing: Free!