October Events

October 2019 Events at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Planning to visit San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf? For the month of October and beyond, there are fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, hotels to stay, restaurants and bars to dine and drink, and plenty of sights and sounds.  

Looking for more details on visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, or a list of restaurants and hotels? Please visit our website at www.fishermanswharf.org. 

See you soon!

Here's what's happening at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Wharf Fest 2019 -- Benefitting Wharf Cares

Wharf Fest returns to San Francisco’s iconic waterfront neighborhood.  For the seventh year in a row, Fisherman’s Wharf invites Bay Area locals to come enjoy the neighborhood before the fabulous fall weather fades away.  Join us for a Chowder Competition, Beer & Wine Tasting, and free Street Fair and activities.  

This year’s event includes a Benefit Concert featuring four bands, including The Side Deal, featuring Grammy-winning artist Charlie Colin of Train, Stan Frazier of chart-topping band Sugar Ray, and brothers Joel and Scott Owen of The PawnShop kings.  The benefit concert supports the Fisherman’s Wharf Homeless Outreach Program, Wharf Cares.  

Hurry and get your Tickets now!  Events will sell out!

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Location: Central Fisherman’s Wharf

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more information: Call 1-415-673-3530



84th La Madonna del Lume Celebration

La Festa della Madonna del Lume (Mother of the Light) is one of many traditional celebrations Italian immigrants brought to the United States.  This particular Sicilian Festa honors Mary, guardian and patroness of fishermen, with a Mass, Procession, and the ancient ritual of the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet.  Its origins are in the little Sicilian fishing village of Porticello.  It is a time for families and friends to come together in memorial, prayer, thanks and celebration.

Three-day festivities take place in San Francisco’s North Beach district and Fisherman’s Wharf.  Click here for Schedule of Events.

Dates: Friday through Sunday, October 4 – 6, 2019

Locations and Times: Varies based on event

For more information: Call Rose at 1-415-474-9995 or email mdlnewsSF@gmail.com


California Sunset Cruise™

This is your last chance to take a California Sunset Cruise in 2019!  On this relaxed, two-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy spectacular sunset views, light appetizers, live music, and a complimentary mixed drink, glass of beer, wine, or soda.  Cruise past the infamous Alcatraz Island, around Angel Island National Park, under the majestic span of the Golden Gate, and along the beautiful shorelines of Tiburon and Sausalito, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.  Red and White Fleet’s California Sunset Cruise™ is a must for locals and tourists alike.  

Be quick!  The final Sunset Cruise for this year will be on October 13, 2019!

Dates: Now through October 13, 2019

Departure Time: Daily at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Pier 43 1/2 

For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900



October at the Blue Mermaid

The Blue Mermaid Restaurant has an authentic, richly textured oceanfront ambiance accented with seafaring touches like renderings of mermaids, rough-hewn timbers and thick braids of rope. 

Join us for National Vodka Day featuring special varieties of Vodka tasting on October 4th.    

There’s always Blue Mermaid Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All Happy Hour food and beverage menu options are under $9.00!  

Location: 471 Jefferson Street (next to the Argonaut Hotel)

For more information: Call 1-415-345-5532 or email bluemermaid@noblehousehotels.com




The Blue & Gold Fleet Sunset Cruise Featuring Bay Lights

Come aboard Blue & Gold Fleet’s Sunset Cruise featuring Bay Lights and enjoy the many sights of the San Francisco Bay!  This 90-minute cruise will take you from PIER 39, past the famous California Sea Lions, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and around Alcatraz Island.  Be treated to a dazzling display of illumination as the western span of the Bay Bridge transforms into the world’s largest LED light sculpture. 

Cruises depart promptly.  This is not a seated event.  Don’t miss this breathtaking experience from the best seats on the bay!  

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday in October, beginning October 4, 2019

Departure Times: Varies based on the actual sunset

Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-705-8200 or info@blueandgoldfleet.com



The Buena Vista -- Your Front-Row Seat for October Festivities

In addition to warm, sunny days, October hosts a full calendar of events taking place at Fisherman’s Wharf, where the Buena Vista Cafe provides a prime base to enjoy the festivities.  The month gets off to a flying start with Fleet Week (Oct. 6 – 14), with events ranging from the Parade of Ships beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, to the awesome aerobatics of the Blue Angels.  On Sunday, October 13th, the

151st annual Italian Heritage Parade

makes its lively and colorful way from Fisherman’s Wharf to nearby North Beach.  October 19th brings the annual Wharf Fest benefit event, which includes their popular chowder competition, as well as beer and wine tasting.  To take a break and fuel up without missing the action, stop by the BV to savor all-day breakfasts or lunch and dinner featuring an appetizing selection of fresh seafood and signature menu favorites, as well as our world-famous Irish Coffee.  

Hours: Restaurant and Gift Shop Open Daily:  Lunch, Dinner, & All-Day Breakfast.  Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)

For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044 



Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gatherings

This event* commemorates 527 years of Indigenous resistance and survival in the Americas, honors the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1970.  It has been sponsored and coordinated by the International Indian Treaty Council for the past 40 years.

The Ticketbooth opens at 4:15 a.m., and ferries will depart Pier 33 at approximately 5:00 a.m., 5:15 a.m., and 5:45 a.m.  We encourage visitors to purchase tickets online in advance. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-415-981-ROCK (7625) or from the Ticketbooth at Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing.  General admission is $11.00 per person.  Toddlers under 5 years of age are free.

*This is not the standard Alcatraz Island tour and all areas with the exception of where the ceremony takes place will be closed and inaccessible to the general public.

Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing

For more information: Call 1-415-981-ROCK (7625) or email info@alcatrazcruises.com  



San Francisco Maritime Annual Gala Celebrating 70 Years!

We are excited to announce the San Francisco Maritime Association’s 17th Annual Maritime Ball, celebrating our 70th Anniversary — Platinum Jubilee.  


This will be a great event as we celebrate the founders of our organization and the creation of the largest floating national park and maritime education facilities in the region — a dream of seven decades.  Purchase your tickets now!

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Location: Aboard The San Francisco Belle, Pier 3, Hornblower Landing

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For more information: Call 1-415-561-6662



Trick or Treat for Ice Cream!

What goes better with ice cream than candy!  

Show this newsletter item and get 20% off your purchase on Halloween at one of Ben & Jerry’s Fisherman’s Wharf ice cream shops.

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Locations: 475 Jefferson Street (next to Argonaut Hotel) and Pier 41

Hours of Argonaut Hotel Location: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Saturday); and 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Hours of Pier 41 Location: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Friday); 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

For more information: Call Janna Kaufman, 1-650-465-8001



After Dark: Halloween

It’s no trick — just a refreshingly nerdy Halloween treat!  Join us at the Exploratorium for a night filled with fun and spooky Bay Area favorites: Nerd Nite, Awesome Orchestra, and Odd Salon will be teaming up with Exploratorium scientists for an utterly eerie evening.  Costumes highly encouraged!  Adults only (ages 18+).  Purchase your tickets now!

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  

Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-528-4444  



Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Book your hotel holiday party at the Argonaut by October 31st and choose a special gift* from us:  Eggnog & Hot Cider Station; Welcome Glass of Champagne; or International & Domestic Cheese & Fruit Station.

The demands of the social calendar — we know, it can be just a little stressful, especially when choosing the venue.  That’s where the Argonaut and our Four Diamond service comes in.  First, consider our waterfront setting in the iconic, turn of the last century Haslett Warehouse building on the grounds of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.  Our five flexible events spaces totaling close to 9,000 square feet are also dressed to impress, with elements such as exposed brick, wide plank floors and a rich color scheme of navy blue, reds and golds.  Pair all this with the culinary magic crafted by our adjacent Blue Mermaid Restaurant, and you have the all the ingredients necessary for one memorable occasion.

*Offer is subject to food and beverage minimum of $6,000, excluding tax and gratuity.

Location: 495 Jefferson Street (at Hyde)

For more information: Call Marsha Augustin, 1-415-345-5552 or email maugustine@noblehousehotels.com  


Celebrate the Season at Hotel Zoe!

Book your hotel holiday party at Hotel Zoe by November 1st and receive a one-hour hosted wine/beer bar!

Experience timeless social events with a refined flair.  With space for parties ranging from 25 to 90 people, Zoe can help design the perfect party.  Enjoy the following amenities:
  • Four-star dining at our onsite restaurant
  • More than 2,700 square feet of fully revamped event space, private catering and banquet facilities
  • Unique location in the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Screens and full audio-visual services available
  • Onsite parking available
Location: 425 North Point Street (at Mason)
For more information: Call Debbie Jimenez, 1-415-292-4545 or email djimenez@noblehousehotels.com 


The Grotto at Fisherman's Wharf

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for The Grotto’s new Seafood Buffet, featuring an incredible and fresh fair of Oysters, Prawns, Crab, Salads and more!  All you can eat for $45.00 a person (non-inclusive of beverages).  

Host your next San Francisco event at the Grotto!  Complete with the Sinatra Bar and our main dining room with bay views!  Our large venue space is perfect for your next Bay Area event.  Impress your group with the history of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Grotto and inquire today!

Weekend Seafood Buffet Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: 2847 Taylor Street

For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900



Weekday Happy Hour & Friday Live Music at Bistro Boudin!

Join us at Bistro Boudin for our Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Featuring: $1 Oysters and $5 – $7 drink specials, as well as classic happy hour food, including sourdough tortilla tacos, sourdough pizza, sliders, and more!

Every Friday, Nova Jazz trio will be performing from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: 160 Jefferson Street, Second Floor

For more information: Call 1-415-351-5561 or email info@bistroboudin.com



Fall is Still Summertime at Eagle Cafe!

Summer may be over, but San Francisco’s Indian summer is about to start.  Please join us on our outside patio at San Francisco’s favorite historic restaurant!  Since the 1920, Eagle Cafe has been serving a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menu on Fisherman’s Wharf — famous for our breakfast items, such as housemade corned beef hash, banana pecan pancakes, crab benedicts, and Boudin sourdough French toast with maple butter.

For lunch, enjoy a killer reuben, pastrami burger, fresh fish tacos, or some crab tater tots!

Seating is indoor and outdoor on the harbor side of PIER 39, with views of the Golden Gate, the infamous sea lions at PIER 39, and Alcatraz.  We can also accommodate groups.


Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.  (Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Location: Entrance to PIER 39, Second Level

For more information: Call 1-415-484-1282


San Francisco Experience City Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, historic districts and neighborhoods aboard a Hornblower Classic Cable Car on this one-of-a-kind, 3-hour guided premier city tour.

Throughout the tour, there will be three stops where you will have the opportunity to disembark from your trolley for brief guided walking tours and memorable photo opportunities.  Your tour guide will provide live narration and be available to answer any questions throughout the entire duration of your tour.

Times: Daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 35

For more information: Call 1-844-922-2532


Our New Fall Specials Menu is Here!

Fog Harbor’s Fall Specials Menu

features one of our most popular items — Pumpkin Curry Salmon — sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spinach, pumpkin curry sauce topped with a lavender prune jam and pumpkin seeds.  

Fog Harbor, the quintessential waterfront dining experience, is proud to be named a Top 5 Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco.  Family owned and operated, spanning through three generations, Fog Harbor offers 100% sustainable seafood favorites, ranging from Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Jumbo Scallop & Crab Risotto, Cioppino, and Seafood Platters.  

Located on the second level of PIER 39, Fog harbor’s dining room offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, while guests sip on California Wines, Draft Beers and Award-Winning Handcrafted Cocktails.  Make your reservations now!

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Second Level of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email fogharbor@simcorestaurants.com  


"Fall" in Love with Our Fresh, Mesquite-Grilled Seafood This Season!


Pier Market Seafood Restaurant offers 100% sustainable seafood, and a  waterfront dining experience with views of the San Francisco Bay, the infamous PIER 39 Sea Lions and Alcatraz.  

Dine with us and enjoy the iconic PIER 39, while sipping on California wines, draft beers and handcrafted cocktails.  

Get a behind-the-scenes view of our chefs at work, with an open kitchen and grill overlooking the Bay.  Make your reservations now!


Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email piermarket@simcorestaurants.com


Sun's Still Out in October in San Francisco!

Perfect weather for football season at Wipeout Bar & Grill!  Enjoy the bustling PIER 39 and sports on our flat screen TV’s seen from every table while dining on a variety of appetizers and entrees ranging from Wipeout Burgers, Paddlin’ Pizzas, Big Wave Bowls and Killer Salads.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with local Draft Beers and Handcrafted Cocktails outdoors by the fire pit or indoors with cozy lights and bumpin’ music.  Wipeout starts everyday with breakfast favorites including Combos, Omelettes and Huevos Rancheros.


In our strides toward sustainability and environmental protection, Wipeout is a San Francisco Green Certified Business and has proudly made the switch to paper straws. 


Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (Breakfast daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-986-5966



Wetzel's Pretzels -- New Fisherman's Wharf Location

The best things in life are fresh and we bake all our pretzels fresh from scratch every day!  Whether it is an Original Pretzel snack on the go, shareable and dip-able Cin-A-Bitz with made-from-scratch Sweet Glaze, or a Wetzel Dog meal with an ice-cold lemonade, Wetzel’s Pretzels has got you covered.  Something for everyone to grab a little happiness in the palm of your hand!

We hand roll, hand craft, and fresh squeeze the finest ingredients into innovative deliciousness.  Come in for one of our pretzel snacks from Wetzel’s Pretzels!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Location: 2660 Mason Street (next to Big Bus Tours)

For more information: Call 1-415-800-8637  



The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass

The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass allows cash-free entry into 30 top attractions, tours, and experiences while visiting this iconic U.S. destination.  For 24 hours, San Francisco Sightseeing Pass holders can enjoy unlimited use of MUNI, MUNI Metro, trains & streetcars.  No need to book in advance or worry about picking anything up.  Simply purchase online at a discounted price to instantly receive your sightseeing pass.  Once you arrive and are ready to sightsee, just show your pass on any mobile device for instant access to your chosen attraction.  

Sightseeing passes can be purchased up to 12 months before your San Francisco trip.  Should your travel plans change, The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass insurance gives peace of mind, offering a full refund on non-activated Passes.  No questions asked.  To see a full list of inclusions and special offers, click here.

Sightseeing Pass Desk: 501 Bay Street (at Taylor)

For more information: Call 1-844-400-PASS (7277)


Seafood Favorites at Pompei's Grotto

It’s been said that cioppino was invented on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf by the Italian fishermen returning from a day at sea, with each boat contributing some catch to a community pot, resulting in a delicious combination of various fresh fish and shellfish cooked with wine, garlic and tomatoes in a hearty stew shared with one other and their families.  Their wives would bring wine and bread, and everyone would feast on the fresh-caught stew as the night grew cold.


Pompei’s Grotto proudly continues this Italian tradition with our hearty Fisherman’s Stew — prawns, clams, mussels, calamari and fresh local fish in a garlic tomato broth — and our savory Crab Cioppino with fresh Dungeness crab in the shell, mussels, clams, and prawns in an herbed tomato sauce to warm you up on chilly San Francisco days. 

Enjoy our full menu, including salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, meat, and poultry, and our seafood combinations.  Lunch specials include $6 Clam Chowder Bread Bowl, $7 Fish & Chips, $4 Bloody Mary’s, and $4 Pompei’s Lager pint.  

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 340 Jefferson Street

For more information: Call 1-415-776-9265 or email info@pompeisgrotto.com 



Sailing Aboard the Adventure Cat

The Adventure Cat Sailing cruises are back in the water 7 days per week.  As in past years, guests can purchase tickets for any of our 3 daily trips (90 minutes each) out around Alcatraz and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.  The large sailing catamarans are flat, fast and fun!  Safe as always, offering both indoor and outdoor seating for everyone to find a spot!

Times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  (Call for Sunset Sail.)

Location: PIER 39, Gate J (right next to the sea lions)

For more information: Call 1-800-498-4228 or email info@adventurecat.com    



Now Showing at 7D Experience: Carnival

A disturbed clown is out for revenge!

Trapped in an abandoned amusement park and played with like helpless mice, players are thrown, pulled and toyed with by the evil clown.  Maneuvering through decrepit rollercoasters, empty funhouses and possessed bumper cars, one thing doesn’t stop — the clowns don’t stop coming!   Will you be able to survive?

Combining 3D video, motion seats, special effects and play guns, this 7D video game experience is a virtual roller coaster unlike any other! You’ll be immersed in another dimension as you compete with other riders to take down a variety of virtual enemies!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last show at 9:30 p.m.)

Location: PIER 39 (directly across from the Carousel)

For more information: Call 1-415-658-7372 or email info@theflyersf.com  


The Gregangelo Museum -- the "Weirdest Home in the City"

The Gregangelo Museum is a one-of-a-kind artistic spectacle that has become known as the Weirdest Home in The City

Dreamed up by native San Franciscan and Artistic Director of Velocity Circus, Gregangelo Herrera, the tour explores the unique history of SF, the artistry that founded it, and the diverse cultures that make up its residents. 

Disconnect digitally and reconnect to the world around you as you are led on an imaginative journey that explores a myriad of immersive installations.  Rich with earnest conversation, laughter, and dynamic storytelling, this interactive experience is sure to ignite the imagination and captivate the senses.

Tours are by appointment only. Half-Tours are $65.00 to $75.00; Full Tours are $85.00.  

Hours: Tours available year-round by appointment only 

Location: 225 San Leandro Way, San Francisco

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-664-0095 or email greg@gregangelo.com


Supreme Crab at Fisherman's Wharf - Serving Cajun and Classic Seafood

Supreme Crab is located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.  We are a fun-filled Cajun seafood destination where patrons come and escape into flavor paradise. Our unique and absolutely irresistible Cajun sauces — a combination of spicy, sweet and tangy flavors — and freshly prepared seafood will satisfy your taste buds. 

It’s also a fun place to hang out with friends and family, and for groups.  The dining room boasts a 20-foot TV screen showing your favorite sports events, as well as a 30-foot stage, perfect for parties.  We also have a private event room that can accommodate up to 80 guests, featuring a 130-inch TV and karaoke.  Click here to make your reservations now!

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 245 Jefferson Street, Second Floor

For more information: Call 1-415-673-8888 



Big Bus Tours

Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history.  You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour. Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.

Tour Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Location: 99 Jefferson Street (at Mason Street)

For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687  



Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours

Create your own journey or enjoy one of our road-tested itineraries showcasing the gems of San Francisco and beyond. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours has bikes for all ages, levels and tastes to explore San Francisco on your own.  By offering the largest selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, and specialty equipment, we can satisfy anyone’s biking needs.  Our local guided tour experts proudly feature four Daily Guided Tours.  Our professional guides can take you to explore San Francisco up close and personal. We also provide detailed riding maps of our favorite routes, locks, and helmets for a flawless journey!

Hours: Open daily at 8:00 a.m. Tour times and closing hours vary.

Locations: 501 Bay Street, 2661 Taylor Street, 2830 Jones Street, and 2800 Leavenworth Street

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-346-2453


Annual Events at Fisherman’s Wharf