It won’t be long before “fall back” forces us all into the dark ages again so make sure you optimize your October options before Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 4, 2012. And if this isn’t enough to keep you busy, check out our special weekend roundup for October and learn more about the AC World Series races, Litquake and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

SF Open Studios 2012
It’s absolutely possible during this month-long art event showcasing more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios that you will have your very own Gertrude Stein moment. Each weekend from Oct. 13-Nov. 4, 2012 art patrons, admirers and collectors venture forth on self-guided tours to visit as many SF Open Studios as possible. If that all seems a little daunting, there’s an exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., showcasing more than 400 artworks by SF Open Studios artists, Oct. 11-Nov. 3, 2012.

And wait there’s more! Take a picture with Instagram at SF Open Studios and tag it #SFOS in the caption field and you will be entered to win a “Stay & Play” San Francisco package that includes an overnight stay at the Orchard Garden Hotel, a $100 dining certificate and tickets to many major museums and local attractions.

Shaking and Stirring: Litquake Rocks San Francisco
San Franciscans (for perfectly understandable reasons) are not too fond of words that have “quake” in them or references to events of “seismic proportions.” They do make an exception for Litquake which rumbles into San Francisco Oct. 5-13, 2012. The largest literary festival west of the Mississippi, Litquake brings more than 840 authors into the literary fray for a period of nine days; 77 events are scheduled for the main portion of the festival. An additional 89 on the closing night Lit Crawl includes some “only in San Francisco” such as a live haiku battle and a ministry that preaches poetry on Clarion Alley. New initiatives include “Words and Pictures: A Cultural Stroll through Yerba Buena,” which includes an array of museums and galleries. ZSpace, which also hosts a series of events, is the site of this year’s Barbary Coast awards presentation to Poetry Flash.

At Home with Bill and Babe: The William S. Paley Collection
A selection of major works from The William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York will be on view at the de Young through Dec. 30, 2012. The Paley Collection is an incredibly personal one, reflecting the broad tastes of Paley, his wife Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley, and to some degree, his first wife Dorothy Hart Hearst. As founder of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Paley was a master of emerging media in his own era. His distinguished collection was initially very much a part of his private world and is often intimate in scale and quality. The collection was launched during a trip to Paris in 1933 when Paley made his first purchase: Paul Cezanne’s Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat from the artist’s son. Photos of the Paley residence on 829 Fifth Ave. show many of the works in the collection—including a Gauguin that was mounted on hinges and swung open to reveal a projector. The exhibition, The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism, features more than 60 paintings, sculptures and drawings and is particularly strong in the works of Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Go Giants! San Francisco Giants Capture National League West Division
Matt Cain summed it up in an interview with MLB.com reporter Chris Haft: "Every bit of this season was amazing." San Francisco Giants fans would agree and come October (visit www.mlb.com for schedule) they get more chances to root for their team. So congratulations to Matt for pitching the only perfect game in franchise history, welcome back Buster, great catch Gregor Blanco, we miss you Brian, keep wearing that San Francisco 49ers hat Bruce and keep hitting Panda Bear and El Marco. Tickets may be hard to come by but visit the dine section of our website and you’re sure to find a friendly bar with a giant TV screen.

Dead Reckonings: El Dia de Los Muertos
The centuries-old tradition of building altars to welcome and celebrate deceased loved ones is marked with a Day of the Dead procession in the Mission District on Nov. 2, 2012 come rain or shine, as well as a San Francisco Symphony community concert on Nov. 3, 2012 and special exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California Oct. 10-Dec. 9, 2012, SOMArts Cultural Center Oct. 12-Nov. 10, 2012, and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Oct. 20-Nov. 17, 2012.

Hock-U-Py SF: Puck Drops Oct. 12, 2012
That headline grabber in the ad for the San Francisco Bulls signals the return of professional hockey to the Cow Palace. The San Francisco Bulls, an ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, officially take to the ice on Oct. 12, 2012. They will play a 72-game schedule with 36 home games at the legendary Cow Palace; tickets start at $12. And if you want to see some real bulls at the Cow Palace, check out the Junior Grand National and the Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. Bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, team and tie-down roping are among the competitive events.

Treasure Island Music Festival
They’ll be music there on Oct. 13-14, mate. The line-up for the Treasure Island Music Festival includes a range of artists: Girl Talk, The Presets, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Tycho, Araabmuzik, Matthew Dear, Toro y Moi, Grimes, The Coup, K. Flay, Dirty Ghosts, The XX, M83, Gossip, Best Coast, Divine Fits, Youth Lagoon, Los Campesinos, The War on Drugs, Ty Segall, Hospitality, Imperial Teen and The Neighbourhood. And did we mention the views? Awesome.

Treasure Island Flea Costume Caper
Treasure Island Flea, an urban open-air market held on Treasure Island the last weekend of every month showcases local designers, specialty food purveyors, wineries and entertainment. On the weekend of Oct. 27-28 customers and vendors are encouraged to wear costumes —you can shop and maybe emerge as a completely different character. It’s also the annual food drive for the San Francisco and Marin food banks. Bring a canned good (or two or three) and get in free.

Who Knew? We Like to Be Scared!
The Haunted Attractions Association reports that people sort of like to be scared if the frightening experience is planned (knowing that deep down, there is no real danger). With Halloween coming up there’s plenty of thrills and chills to go around from riding a roller coaster to wandering through a haunted house. Among Bay Area attractions that fit the bill are Winchester Mystery House, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America. And if you’d really be just as content to visit the pumpkin patch, we suggest that you check out Half Moon Bay or download the latest Sonoma County Farm Trails guide.

Let’s Go Visit the Neighbor(hoods)
There’s a quintet of neighborhood festivals and fairs coming up this month: Castro Street Fair “County Fair,” Oct. 7; Union Street Wine Walk, Oct. 11; Inner Sunset Sunday (the second of four and the theme is “fancy pants” so let your imagination soar), Oct. 14; Potrero Hill Festival, Oct. 20; Fiesta on the Hill, Oct. 21, and Noe Valley Harvest Festival, Oct. 27.