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FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Hip-hop, J-pop, green tech, veggie treats — fall fairs and festivals won't be pigeonholed. Here's our guide

Don your fest best and flounce to the Bay's fall fairs, like these kawaii Lolitas at New People's J-Pop Summit in Japantown.

SEPT. 30 — OCT. 2

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF. Sure this homegrown free twangfest gets more crowded by the year — but attendance numbers are directly tied to the ever-more-badass lineup of multi-genre legends. This year: Emmylou Harris, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Robert Plant — and yes, MC Hammer.

Oktoberfest By the Bay Pier 48, SF. 1-888-746-7522, Fri, 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight; Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $25-65. Oompah, it's time for some bratwurst! Raise your stein to this boozy celebration of German culture.


OCT. 1

Wildlife Conservation Expo Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens, SF. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., $30-60. Save the Botswanan cheetahs and okapis! Learn from leading conservationists about innovative environmental projects around the world.


OCT. 1-2

World Vegetarian Day County Fair Building, 9th Ave. and Lincoln, SF. (415) 273-5481, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $10 suggested donation, free before 10:30 a.m. The 40-year old SF Vegetarian Society sponsors this expo of veggie livin' — expert speakers talk science and advocacy, and there'll even be a round of vegan speed dating for those hoping to share their quinoa with a like-minded meatless mama.

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., SF. (619) 491-1029, Check website for times and prices. The indie version of Comic-Con offers a weekend designed to give budding comics a leg up: workshops, keynote talks by slammin' scribblers, issue-based panel discussions, and tons of comics for sale.


OCT. 2

Castro Street Fair Castro and Market, SF. (415) 841-1824, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., free. This is no standard block party — big name acts take the stage at our historic homo 'hood's neighborhood get down, and along the curbs, crafters and chefs park alike.


OCT. 7-15

Litquake Times, locations, and prices vary. Our very own literary festival has grown a lot — the Valencia Street LitCrawl tradition has even spread to Austin and New York — check out its schedule for a chance to see one of your favorite scribes live and reading.


OCT. 9

Italian Heritage Day Parade Begins at Jefferson and Stockton sts., SF. (415) 703-9888, 12:30 p.m., free. Peroni floats and courts of teenaged "Isabellas" reign supreme at this long-running North Beach cultural day.

Decompression Indiana outside Cafe Cocomo, SF. Check website for times prices. The Burning Man after-after-after party will be slammin' this year, what with all the playa peeps that couldn't score a ticket in the sell-out.


OCT. 15

Potrero Hill Festival 20th St. between Missouri and Arkansas, SF. 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., free. $12 for brunch. A New Orleans-style mimosa brunch with live music kicks off this neighborhood gathering, also featuring a petting zoo and traditional Chinese dancers.

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