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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015
It’s that time of year when banjo music fills the air in Golden Gate Park. The exceedingly popular (and free) festival once again features an all-star lineup of bluegrass, folk and rock royalty. Paul Weller, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock and many others fill the bill. Friday – Sunday, 10/2-4, 11am-7pm.

2015 Oktoberfest
If you couldn’t make it to Munich this fall, then try the Bay Area’s closest approximation with a giant beer garden and German food feast in Mountain View. Live oompah bands and lots of contests are on top. Saturday – Sunday, 10/3-4, 11am-7pm.

41st annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival
The only festival of its kind in the US, the annual black cowboy parade in Oakland features everything you’d expect in a cowboy fest, except it’s totally urban. Live music, horse and pony rides, and food vendors round out the event. Saturday, 10/3, 10am-5pm.

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals
It’s bring your pet to church day, as the good reverend fathers will put a blessing upon Fido and Fifi in the spirit of St. Francis, the patron saint of San Francisco. Sunday, 10/4, 12:30pm, Grace Cathedral.

Castro Street Fair
Expect the campy, the outrageous, and plenty of fun of the Castro variety. Three stages feature music and entertainment, while the parade of costumed attendees will provide plenty of street theater. Sunday, 10/4, 11am-6pm.

Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Hole in the Head Film Festival 
Indulge your cheesy dark side at this unusual festival of quirky and classic horror, sci-fi, fantasy and exploitation films. Poltergeist and Aliens are two of the classics, and new entries include Jennifer Help Us, filmed entirely on an iPhone4. Special events include Nosferatu with live vinyl record score (Saturday) and Scary Christmas Stories with a live theater group on Friday. Friday-Monday, 12/12-15, various times, New People Theater, Japantown, SF.

San Francisco Zoo Lights
It’s fitting that the coldest spot in San Francisco (at least in summer) is the site of a winter wonderland of lights. The SF Zoo will be loaded with the spectacle of lit Christmas decorations, live reindeer, costumed characters and real fake snow. Friday-Sunday, 12/12-14 (and each weekend through December), 5-8pm.

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
If buying local is on your list of priorities, then you’ll definitely want to visit this Fort Mason show for your holiday shopping. Vendors will be selling chocolate, bags, jewelry, homewares, apparel, toys, beauty products, etc, and all of it made right here in the city. Check out the DIY workshops while you’re here. Saturday-Sunday, 12/13-14, 10am-5pm, Fort Mason Center.

Don your fuzzy red suit and step outside your door, and you’re sure to be met with fellow SantaConners wherever you are in the Bay Area. The annual party and pub crawl starts off at Union Square in San Francisco, and the Fairmont Hotel for San Jose where Santas ride Caltrain for their crawl. There’s also a party in Soma raging late. Saturday, 12/13, all day.

German Holiday Market
Mountain View’s City Hall Plaza is the scene of Weihnachtsmarkt, a German holiday market put on by the German International School of Silicon Valley, with lots of food, drink and handcrafted gifts from Germany. There’s also musical performances and an ice rink.