Here are our top picks of things to do this weekend, October 26–28, 2018 in San Francisco. Start your Halloween celebration early with tons of spooky events, movie screenings, and drinks, plus two festivals, a parade and more!
Bay Area Science Festival
This weekend kicks off the start of the Bay Area Science Festival, which lasts until November 3. Check the website for the schedule of activities, which includes things like touring working science labs, an evening telescope viewing, a pumpkin toss (out of a trebuchet!), a holographic augmented reality workshop and an exhibition about dentistry in art. Oct. 26-Nov. 3, locations & times vary
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center Food Truck Party
This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the food truck party at Fort Mason Center, hosted by Off the Grid. Sample street food from 30+ food trucks, plus craft cocktails, beer and wine set to live entertainment. Buy a VIP tasting ticket ($25 for 4 tastes) to get line-free access to select food trucks. Oct. 26, 2 Marina Blvd., 5 pm-10 pm
2018 PROXY Fall Film Fest: Dark Light: Sundance Short Films from the Midnight Collection
Things get weird at this free film screening at the Proxy Walk-In Theater with short films from Sundance’s recent years that play with the concept of the “cult” film and explore strange characters, unseen worlds and tripping out. Drink ice-cold beer from Fort Point Beer Company, and make sure to arrive early for a good spot. Oct. 26, 432 Octavia St., 6 pm-10 pm
Free Movie in the Park: Coco
Come watch the Academy-Award-winning film “Coco” with your kids for free on Friday night in McCoppin Square. Popcorn is included! Come early for Dia de los Muertos face painting. Oct. 26, 24th and Taraval, Face painting at 6 pm, movie starts at 7:15 pm or upon sunset
Halloween 5k Walk/Run
Get some exercise and help out a great cause! Presented by Sports Basement, 100 percent of proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. The course begins and ends in Crissy Field across from Sports Basement’s flagship store. $25 to register for the 5k, $10 for kids 14 and under participating in the one-mile challenge. Run in your best sports or outdoor-themed costume for a chance to win prizes and be judged by none other than drag queen Sister Roma! Register in advance; no registrations on race day. Oct. 27, 610 Old Mason St., Race start times range from 9 am-9:30 am
World Veg Festival 2018
Curious about the vegan lifestyle or maybe you just want to expand your cooking game? Check out the 19th annual World Veg Fest at the San Francisco County Fair Building. Attend lectures by expert speakers, a panel discussion with vegan athletes and more. In particular, check out the events in the Recreation Room, featuring a full day of cooking demonstrations and lessons. Tickets ranges from $5-$30. October 27, 1199 9th Ave., 10 am-6 pm
Pet Parade and Costume Contest
The 29th annual Pet Parade is going to be better than ever. The parade starts at 1 pm and costume judging starts at 1:30 pm. No need to register; just show up with your dressed-up furry friend. October 27, 18th and Arkansas Sts.
Distillery Halloween Bash at Hanson of Sonoma Distillery
Hanson Distillery is having its first annual Halloween Bash, featuring creepy craft cocktails and a costume contest. Tickets are $60, or join their Spirits Society for free tickets. If you need transportation, you can book a spot on the Distillery’s bus that runs from San Francisco to the Distillery and back, though space is limited. October 27, 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, 4 pm-7 pm
The Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash 2018
Support a great cause at the Arthritis Foundation’s inaugural Bone Bash 2018 at the Palace Hotel. The theme is “An Evening in Disguise” so wear your most elegant mask and evening attire. Enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auction, plus an after-party at Casino Mystique with games and dancing. October 27, 2 New Montgomery St., Cocktail reception & live auction start at 6 pm, Dinner & live auction at 7 pm, and after-party at 9:30 pm
Monster Bash 2018
Help support the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum by attending Monster Bash 2018. A night full of live music, dancing, drinks and food, plus a costume contest. Buy a VIP ticket for a chance to walk through the Haunted Hornet Corridors Maze (in the bowels of the ship) and for access to Haunted Foc’s’le where you will hear legendary haunted stories of the USS Hornet’s past. Doors open at 7:30 pm; general admission tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of; VIP tickets are $55 in advance and $60 day of. October 27, USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave.
Rene Magritte at SFMOMA
Sunday is your last chance to see Rene Magritte at SFMOMA before the exhibition closes. Explore this famous surrealist painter’s late career through 70 works of art, many of which are gathered together for the first time. Tickets for the exhibit are $35 (includes general admission) and entry is scheduled, so it is best to buy your tickets in advance. October 28, SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., 10 am-5 pm
San Francisco Beers Made by Walking Tapping Event
At this 4th annual event, taste craft beers created by Bay Area breweries inspired by local plants and landscapes. The plant hike on Mount Sutro is sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the tasting event and for a nursery tour where you’ll learn all about the plants used in the beers you are going to taste. Admission and tasting tickets are $35 and the nursery tour tickets are $10. October 28, 155 Johnstone Dr., Nursery Tour 1-2 pm, Tasting 2-5:30 pm
Free Play Day at Coin-Op Game Room
The last Sunday of each month is free play day at Coin-Op Game Room. Come sip on craft cocktails and beer and enjoy Neapolitan pizza while you play classic arcade games and pinball machines. 21+ only. October 28, 508 4th St., 2 pm-1 am
Outdoor Movie Series: “Scream” at Dirty Habit
Dirty Habit, the intimate hideaway bar and restaurant inside Hotel Zelos, is transforming itself into a movie theater again for the Second Summer Outdoor Movie Series. Come enjoy bar bites and drinks while you watch a screening of “Scream,” the Halloween slasher classic, in a “silent cinema” format, including individual headphones. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 7 pm and the movie starts at 8 pm. October 28, 12 4th St.