The first week of October is officially upon us—and it's chock-full of fantastic citywide happenings.
Monday, October 2nd: Listen to Classical @ The Revolution Cafe
Where: 3248 22nd St., (Mission), facebook.com
Why: Let modern adaptations of classical music ease the Mondays at Revolution Cafe with three acts, including David Boyce on the sax, accompanied by a sprinkling of electronic beats. Admission is free, but a donation ($5-$20) is recommended.
Tuesday, October 3rd: Get Inspired @ Museum of Craft and Design
When: 11am to 6pm
Where: 2569 3rd St. (Dogpatch), sfmcd.org
Why: Admission is free every first Tuesday at Museum of Craft and Design. Peruse Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts,a collection of both small- and large-scale installations by eight architectural groups including San Francisco's own Future Cities Lab and Jay Nelson.
Wednesday, October 4th: See Kevin Kwan @ University of San Francisco
Where: 2350 Turk Blvd. (Inner Richmond), usfca.edu
Why: Settle in for a fascinating fireside chat with Kevin Kwan, author of the New York Times bestselling book Crazy Rich Asians, which is soon to be adapted for the big screen. Tickets ($20) are available at the rsvp.usfca.edu/events.
Thursday, October 5th: Catch the SF Short Films Festival @ The Roxie
Where: 3117 16th St. (Mission), sfshorts.com
Why: Spend your almost-Friday nibbling on popcorn while watching award-winning flicks at the SF Short Films Festival, which kicks off Thursday. The first film mix, And Sometimes "Why,"explores the relationships between people, places, and things. Tickets ($13) are available online.
Friday, October 6th: Celebrate Fleet Week an Air Show @ Marina Green
When: 10am to 5pm
Where: Marina Blvd. and Fillmore St. (Marina), fleetweeksf.org
Why: Honor the men and women who serve (or who have served) in our armed forces at the 37th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week. This Friday, you can catch the pilots of both the United States Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds as they dip and dive, twist and turn over the city . If you fancy primo seats, tickets ($55-$275) are available at event.attendstar.com, or bring a blanket and plop down in one of several free viewing locations along the Marina Green.
Saturday, October 7th: Find out That Dave Eggers Can Also Draw @ Minnesota Street Project
Where: 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), minnesotastreetproject.com/exhibitions
Why: See the animal drawings of man-of-many-talents Dave Eggers at the opening reception for his new show, Ungrateful Mammals. The artist/author will be on hand to discuss his upcoming book, The Monk of Mokah, while also selling and signing copies of previous works. Admission is free, but books will be available for purchase and donations are suggested—all proceeds will benefit ScholarMatch, a group that helps low-income families send their kids to college.
Sunday, October 8th: Jam out @ Strictly Hardly Bluegrass Festival
When: 11am to 7pm
Where: Golden Gate Park, hardlystrictlybluegrass.comWhy: Vibe along to dozens of bluegrass bands and solo acts at the Bay Area's most celebrated jazz-meets-country music festival. Admission is free, so there's no excuse to miss it. See the full lineup—including T Bone Burnett, Brandi Carlisle, Cheap Trick and Emmylou Harris—at hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2017/schedule.