[What to Pack & Wear] San Francisco Weather in October

San Francisco weather in October

October: A Wonderful Time to Visit San Francisco


October is one of the best months to visit San Francisco. This piece will discuss why the weather is so great, what to wear, and what fun things to do!


Weather to Expect During October


During October in San Francisco, you can expect a generally clear and mild climate.

The midday highs will be in the mid-to-high 60's Fahrenheit.

Then, at night you can expect lows in the upper 50's Fahrenheit.

Early mornings and late in the evening things may be a bit foggy and cool. Yet, expect the midday to be perfect for fun and seeing the sights!

When it comes to rain in October, it does not occur too often.

Within all 31 days of October, you only need to prepare for 2 to 4 rainy days.

Only one of those days will be a "Heavy," rainstorm (generally). October has such amazing weather in San Francisco. It is without a doubt a smart time to visit!


What to Pack and What to Wear


Considering how the weather can change during the day during October, it is smart to wear layers.

If you are going to go out during the chilly mornings or evenings, a light jacket is wise to put on.

During the middle of the day, you will most likely be fine in a shirt and jeans (or a nice sundress). 

Wearing shorts generally is going to make you feel cold except on the warmest of afternoons.

For that reason, it is not advised. Also, open-toed shoes could result in chilly feet.

Instead, wear walking shoes/sneakers. Plus, if you're going to be exploring San Francisco, those will provide better support and comfort as well!

Keep in mind that because many days it will be sunny that you should pack sunscreen.

Nobody wants to get a nasty sunburn while enjoying the gorgeous weather!

Also, if you get a bit warm walking around during midday, you will probably get thirsty.

So, it is advisable to carry some water bottles in a backpack, tote, or large purse as well.


Things to Do During October in San Francisco


If you are in San Francisco, it is practically a law that you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge.

With that in mind, taking our $5 Walking Tour of the Golden Gate Bridge is always a fun time.

For an incredible price, you get to learn all about the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco itself. Plus, you learn all this from the people who know the most--locals!

San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the oldest and most established in America.

After you enter through Dragon's Gate, there is so much to see and do it can be dizzying!

In Chinatown, there are bakeries, herbalists, souvenir shops, clubs full of live music, and restaurants.

It is the place to go in San Francisco to learn about and enjoy Chinese culture.

Fisherman's Wharf has been (and continues to be) one of the hottest spots in San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf has several fun restaurants, stores, and tourist attractions. Fisherman's Wharf is home to a Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum as well as Madame Tussauds of San Francisco (a wax museum full of incredible figures).

Also, when it comes to fun for younger and older, the Exploratorium at Fisherman's Wharf is a top attraction within the city. This location is full of diverse and exciting exhibits.

There is a lot to learn. Plus, many exhibits are hands-on for those who want to experience science and fun!

Should you want to visit the infamous Alcatraz Island, it is a short cruise to go there.

The boat departs from Pier 33 at Fisherman's Wharf.

This prison held such known criminals as Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Arthur, "Doc," Baker.

It is no longer in operation as a penitentiary, but still holds tours for those wanting to visit it. 

If you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere and activity,

High Tea is held at a variety of historic hotels. The Fairmont San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, and Palace Hotel are three such hotels. They all have a delightful tea time featuring finger sandwiches and delicious scones.


Notable October Events


When visiting San Francisco during October, there are many fun and exciting events that occur throughout the month! Some of the most notable include but are not limited to the following five...

The Castro Street Fair is famous for being dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community and its allies. It has vendors, food, dancing, and all the endless fun of any fair!

Assorted Halloween-themed events happen all over San Francisco during October.

Many are family-friendly (don't worry about being scared).

The Halloween Hootenanny in the Haight Ashbury District and Halloween Hoopla at the Yerba Buena Gardens are popular. Also, Japantown holds a Spooktacular Halloween Party that provides fun for all as well!

The Italian heritage parade happens every October.

It starts in Fisherman's Wharf and goes all around San Francisco before finishing at Washington Park (in North Beach). It always ties-in with the city's general Columbus Day celebrations.

Fleet Week occurs in October. It provides many opportunities to tour the docked military ships for free. They are found at the earlier-mentioned Fisherman's Wharf.

For fans of bluegrass music pretty much, nothing can top the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Held during October in Golden Gate Park, it is full of amazing performances by a variety of incredible musicians.


Plan Your Visit Today!

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It has been made clear that San Francisco is a stellar place to visit in October. The weather is mild and usually pleasant. There are many great places to visit and sights to see. Plus, a bunch of incredible events happens that are fun for the whole family. 


Visiting San Francisco can be fun no matter what time of year you can go there, and it has now been shown how October is yet another stellar time to visit!