5 Fun Fall Events in October in San Francisco Bay

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area or will be visiting in October, you’re in luck! There are plenty of great events in the area throughout the month of October. These activities are especially good ideas for date nights. Take a look at this list and choose a few favorites to attend!

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
October 1st-7th

If you’re interested in film festivals or movies from around the world, this is the place for you to be. This film festival features Japanese movies, which include English subtitles. The main venue is the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, which is located in Japantown in San Francisco.

The actual festival begins on September 28th, so, if you’re in town a little earlier, you can catch a few extra films. Tickets are now available here.  You can also get a Festival Passport so that you can view all of the films here.

ArtWalk in Livermore
October 13th

This event is for the artsy couples out there. The ArtWalk features artwork from a total of 200 different artists. It’s completely free of charge, so you don’t have to worry about tickets. It takes place in all of the parks in downtown Livermore. The event runs from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM

In addition to artwork, you can listen to live music as you walk around. In the Bankhead Plaza, there will be cultural art performances from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. For more information, check out thispage.

SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
October 18-20

At the SF Shorts Festival, you can view a selection of international films. These films come from a total of 25 unique countries! Each film is less than 30 minutes long, so you’ll have time to catch a few of them. The films play in the evenings on the dates listed.

The location is the Roxie Theater, which is located near 16th Street and Mission BART. You can see more information and purchase tickets here.

Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden
October 19th

If you’re into craft beers, this is a great event for you to attend. It lasts from 6:30 PM until 11:30 PM on October 19th. You will get to enjoy the beauty of the tropical plants on display while sipping some of the best craft brews out there.

With the purchase of a ticket, you will get:

  • A craft beer
  • Access to the Conservatory of Flowers
  • Access to the Palm Terrace beer garden

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

San Francisco Halloween: Adult Trick ‘R Treating Pub Crawl
October 26-27 and October 31: 

Maybe you want to attend a Halloween event but aren’t interested in the traditional costume parties and hayrides. The San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl is a great choice! Though costumes are allowed, they are definitely not required. In addition to trying out the drinks at each of the bars, you can enjoy dancing.

You can check in at Mayes from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Each of the bars will be serving drink specials. A few of the many bars included are:

  • Mayes
  • McTeagues
  • Lush Lounge
  • Blur
  • Bitters
  • Vertigo

For more information, this Facebook page is the spot to check.

Our 3 Favorite Date Finds – May 15th, 2018

It’s that time again! We have a lot of fun here at Crescent searching for the perfect date night activity – and when we find it, we love to share it with one another. So, we decided to share some of our top picks with all of you as well!

You can see our previous month’s top picks here, if you’re interested! We know we said we’d do the post on a weekly basis, but we obviously got a little busy. 🙂 Still, we’ll be sharing our finds as often as we can!

Hot Luck Food & Music Festival – Austin, Texas
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This is one of the best looking food festivals we’ve found – possibly because it doesn’t focus on one kind of cuisine. Instead, it aims to celebrate all sorts of food. We are seriously jealous that we won’t be able to experience the Night Court, a showcase of gourmet dishes inspired by classic food court food.

The Chihuly Collection – St. Petersburg, Florida
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You can find Chihuly pieces (Or Chihuly inspired pieces) in a variety of places around the US. However, it can be a bit harder to find a lot of Chihuly art all in one place. This exhibit fixes that by featuring a wide variety of pieces, including a 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site of the collection.

Early Morning with Pandas – San Diego, California
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The San Diego Zoo is a classic date night or tourist spot – but did you know they have a ton of great extra activities? One of our favorite finds is the Early Morning with Pandas. For the small sacrifice of making sure you’re up in time for the 8:30am start, you’ll get the chance to watch the zoo’s pandas eat their breakfast, as well as meet other animals up close and personal. This is a must-do for any animal lovers!

Our 3 Favorite Date Night Finds – April 16, 2018

As you can imagine, we spend a ton of time here at Crescent searching through countless venues and events, always on the lookout for the perfect date night (or day!) activity. We thought it might be fun to start sharing some of the team’s favorite finds on a weekly basis! Note that some of these finds may end up being events that have already passed.

Want us to find you the perfect date night? Get started here!

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – San Francisco, California
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If you’re a frequent follower of our blog, you may have seen our post about cherry blossom festivals being perfect date activities – and we still believe that! We’ve loved being able to recommend the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival because it falls across two weekends in April (and there are events during the week too!). It’s always great to find a date activity that works with a lot of schedules!

Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, Arizona
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Can you tell we’re a little obsessed with outdoor activities this April? And why not? Spring is here and let’s celebrate it! There’s no better way to celebrate spring than to visit a local botanical garden. We love the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona because they always seem to have a ton of special exhibits and events going on – if you’re in the area, take a look!

31 Supper Club – Ormond Beach, Florida
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A bit of a change of pace from our other two favorites. This dinner club focuses on a 30s vibe – down to the art deco decor. You can enjoy a delicious meal and live music and then retire to the outdoor bar. Can you say glamorous? This place is perfect paired with a more interactive activity or as a standalone date!

Didn’t see a place near you on the list? Don’t worry, we’ve got tons of ideas! Just click here to get started!

6 Can’t Miss Cherry Blossom Festivals, April 2018

Cherry blossom festivals are a fantastic spring daytime date. Depending on the festival, you might get a chance to experience a Japanese tea ceremony, a traditional dance performance or even a cosplay competition. Plus, you get to spend some time outdoors in the spring weather!

Not interested in cherry blossoms? Maybe these 8 Exciting East Coast Events (April 2018) will be more up your alley. Or, we can help you plan a date that fits your interests perfectly.

Tip: Control+F your state’s abbreviation (CA, PA, etc) to see if there’s something near you! If you don’t see your state on the list, never fear – a quick google search will tell you if there’s one in your area – we just picked 6.

21st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival – Monterey Park, CA
Dates: April 21st-22nd
Cost: Free
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Enjoy events such as tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations and more at this Cherry Blossom Festival held in Monterey Park.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – San Francisco, CA
Dates: April 14-22nd
Cost: Most events are free
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Visit San Francisco’s Japantown and experience the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. The event runs a full week and includes activities such as Japanese Classical Dance performances, a ramen eating contest, and more.

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, MO
Dates: April 26th-28th
Cost: Most events are free
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This Cherry Blossom festival features events such as a cooking class from a former White House pastry chef, a panel from descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence and more!

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival – Philadelphia, PA
Dates: April 7-15th
Cost: Varies depending on event
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If you’re in the mood for some exercise, sign up for the Cherry Blossom 10K! You can also try your hand at sushi making, or experience a tea ceremony.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – Nashville, Tennessee
Date: April 14th, 2018
Cost: Most events free
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This Cherry Blossom festival has everything from a Cherry Blossom Walk to a cosplay competition. There’s even a dog costume contest!

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington DC
Dates: March 17th-April 15th
Cost: Most events are free
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Join a cherry blossom celebration in our nation’s capital! This multi-week events features activities such as a parade (April 14th), a kite exhibition, and more!

7 Can’t Miss Events in March 2018

Spring is coming, and there’s lots to do! Whether it’s tasting ice wine or stocking up on gear for your next adventure, there’s an event for you in this list!

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Some delicious events to delight your taste buds!

Ice Wine Festival – Grand River Valley Region, Ohio
Dates: March 3rd, 10th and 17th, noon-5pm
Price: $6 per winery
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5 wineries are participating in this event, running the first 3 Saturdays of March. Attendees can visit each winery, sample wine, get food, and experience a variety of other events including a sled dog demonstration and ice sculpting.

Agave on the Rocks – Phoenix, Arizona
Date: March 30, 2018, 6-10pm
Price: $75 ($70 for members)
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A tequila-themed event hosted by the Desert Botanical Gardens. Includes a welcome tequila, food tastings and live music. Additional tequila-themed cocktails available for purchase.

Sustainable Wine & Food Series – Los Angeles, California
Date: March 22nd, 6pm
Price: $150 ($140 for members)
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The LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens has partnered with local wineries to host a series of four course farm-to-table dinners. Each dinner is set at a different location in the zoo. The first event is March 22nd, featuring Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc.

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Acoustic Space Series: Destiny Muhammed Trio – Oakland, California
Date: March 16th, 2018, 6:30-8pm
Price: Museum admission ($15.95 before 5pm, $7.50 after 5pm)
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Listen to the Destiny Muhammed Trio, a jazz trio with a cool and eclectic sound. Before or after the show, take time to explore the museum.

Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating – Chicago, Illinois
Dates: March 22nd – August 26th, 2018
Price: Free with museum admission (admission prices start at $35)
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If you like unique art installations, this exhibition is perfect for you. It features a selection of chairs and stools, designed and created by Max Lamb. This is the first in the Franke/Herro Design series, which highlights the work of emerging talent.

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Check these out if you love outdoor adventures!

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Festival – Florida Keys, Florida
Dates: March 10-17, 2018. Times vary.
Price: Prices vary, many free events available
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An entire week of outdoor activities, hosted by a variety of wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys. Includes nature walks, origami, a wildlife fair, and more. Registration required, see website for details.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo – Saratoga Springs, New York
Dates: March 17th, 10am-5pm & March 18th, 10am-4pm
Price: Free
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Get ready for all your spring and summer activities with the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo, featuring over 150 exhibitors, ranging from running to biking to green living.