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Oktoberfest at Schmidt’s
What: Celebrate with ten seasonal beers, two beer flights with a soft Bavarian pretzel, and modern spins on traditional German fare.
Why: Smoked pork chop with curried apricot chutney and cauliflower schnitzel, herbed cheese spaetzle, and fresh pea pancakes with cured salmon are just a few of the go-tos.
When: Thru Oct. 23. Mon.-Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-11 p.m.
Where: 2400 Folsom St., at 20th St. (415-401-0200).
Canela Bistro Bar
What: The Spanish-style restaurant is now open, with an under-$10 tapas menu, as well as a rich list of Cali and Spanish wines.
Why: Taste the translation of albondigas, revueltos with chorizo, and garlic gambas.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 2272 Market St., b/t Noe & Sanchez Sts. (415-552-3000).
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
What: Run the gamut of rock from M. Ward and Bright Eyes to Emmylou Harris and the South Memphis String Band at the free concert.
Why: Poor Man’s Whiskey is good on the ears (not just an unfortunate scenario).
When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, b/t John F. Kennedy Dr. & Middle Dr. W.
Open Studios in the Mission
What: Artspan kicks off the creative weekend with jewelry and sculpture from ten artists from the Metal Arts Guild.
Why: Organic statements from Jenny Reeves, textured wares from Shana Astrachan, and colorful geometry from Emiko Oye.
When: Opening reception, Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 724 Studios, 724 Valencia St., at 18th St.
Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips
What: Drink your way through wine country with more than 120 selections from 60-plus wineries conveniently coming together for your tasting pleasure in the Presidio.
Why: Get $25 off admission (reg. $75 for general admission, $125 for VIP) with code DAILYCANDYWINE.
When: Oct. 7. VIP tasting, 6-7 p.m.; general admission, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, nr. Infantry Ter. (650-329-0400). Tickets online at bottlenotes.com.
Chelsea Handler at Litquake
What: The perennial queen of late-night and comedic genius graces the Bay Area with her brilliance for an intimate convo with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl.
Why: She’ll divulge her secrets to talk show success and top vodka picks for showbiz stamina.
When: Oct. 13. Thurs., 8 p.m.
Where: Z Space, 450 Florida St. Tickets online ($40) at brownpapertickets.com or at the door ($45).
Photo: Ron Kurti / Courtesy of Schmidt’s