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Friday in San Francisco: Indoor mask mandate partially lifted in S.F. and Marin, Noise Pop block party and more

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By Sri Ravipati

Good morning and happy Friday!

While we are in the thick of October and there are plenty of pumpkin patches and hayrides out there, this weekend we have some other local events to check out. Right after an important mask update.

S.F. and Marin counties ease some mask requirements

On Friday, mask rules loosened for some venues in San Francisco and Marin Counties.

Masks are no longer required inside offices, gyms, college classes, religious gatherings or other organizations with regular meetings where everyone is fully vaccinated and there aren't more than 100 people, KRON4 reports.

Masks must still be worn in retail stores and in common areas of a building like elevators and restrooms.

Noise Pop block party returns to Mission District this weekend

After a 2020 hiatus, Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party returns to the Mission District on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The free community-wide event has partnered with local nonprofits serving students, as well as female and minority business owners.

The block party features a local lineup of music favorites, including Con Brio and Louda y Los Bad Hombres. French Cassettes, Same Girls, Strange Cities, L.A. Witch and Y La Bamba are also scheduled to perform.

Nocturne X features a technological art forest of extraterrestrial sculptures

Gray Area is launching a new 4,000-square-foot expedition called Nocturne X, which is an interactive forest filled with hidden puzzles, stories and plants.

The project was created by Numina Studio — a new community of over 100 local Bay Area artists and creative technologists — in collaboration with Gray Area. The expansive exhibition is home to hundreds of bioluminescent sculptures and interactive installations.

Nocturne X opens Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is open through Oct. 29 with tickets available at

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