San Francisco in October

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    San Francisco in October

    Aerial Aerobatics at San Francisco Fleet Week
    Aerial Aerobatics at San Francisco Fleet Week. Pargon/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    San Francisco's Best October Events: Recommendations

    These are a few ideas - things that I have done and have recommended to my friends.

    Fleet WeekThe air shows (which often feature the Blue Angels) are awesome, but there's more - including tours of visiting ships and a boat parade.

    Things That Look Like Fun to Do in October

    It's a good thing I can make lists because I find so many fun things to do that I'd forget them all. These are a few things on my "That Looks Interesting" list:

    Italian Heritage (Columbus Day) ParadeThis event is almost as old as the city itself. The parade runs along Columbus, ending at Washington Square.

    Hardly Strictly BluegrassThis free music event in Golden Gate Park features performers like Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs, and Emmy Lou Harris.

    Sand Castle Classic: At Ocean Beach, teams of sand sculptors build massive castles, fanciful masterpieces, and oversized creatures, using only sand and water.

    Things That Are Especially Fun in October

    The Castro Halloween street party ended several years ago, but down in Half Moon Bay, there's big Pumpkin Festival.

    October is blue whale and humpback whale season around San Francisco. Find out how, when and where in the San Francisco Whale Watching Guide.

    October weather is also very nice in general, making it a good time to take a day trip drive up to Napa Valley or down to Monterey.

    Special Events in October

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Francisco in November. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

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    More About San Francisco in October

    Bay Cruise & Ferry Terminal in Fisherman's Wharf
    Bay Cruise & Ferry Terminal in Fisherman's Wharf. Richard Cummins / Getty Images

    What to Expect from San Francisco Weather in October

    October stays warm and days are often clear, but it's slightly more likely to rain (in general).

    In October, you can expect about 11 hours of daylight for exploring the city. 

    • Average High Temperature: 70°F/21°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 54°F/12°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 1.26 inches (3.2 cm) rain, 71% sunshine

    If you want to compare October weather to other months, check the Guide to San Francisco Weather and Climate.

    Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.

    Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Francisco weather forecast before you leave home.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in October

    Downtown skyline at dusk, San Francisco, USA
    San Francisco Skyline at Dusk. Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

    With less fog and only a small chance of rain, light layers will usually be plenty. An extra jacket or layer will feel nice in the evening. Rainfall starts to become more likely, and it's always best to check the forecast.

    More San Francisco by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Francisco is like in other months.  You find that in these guides: 

    For a quiet time (although it may be rainy), try San Francisco in January or  San Francisco in February.

    March is the beginning of spring but you can also get spring weather (and crowds) in  San Francisco in April or San Francisco in May.

    Summer in San Francisco may not be what you think, especially if go to  San Francisco in June or in July, If you're looking for sunny days and lots of sunshine, try San Francisco in August.

    By fall, the skies will be clear and the crowds will be gone. In fact, the best times to visit may be  San Francisco in September or San Francisco in October.

    Holiday festivities make the end of the year a good time to go to San Francisco in November or San Francisco in December.