San Francisco events calendar for September 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, free events, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in San Francisco, California.

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Enjoy the best San Francisco Bay Area events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from San Francisco City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza.

Comic book convention

September 1 - 3, 2017

1.3 mile NE

San Francisco Comic Con is an annual convention for fans of comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, and popular culture at Moscone Center West.

Wine weekend in Sonoma

September 1 - 4, 2017

64 miles north

Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend during tastings, barbecues, and dinners in Sonoma County.

Architecture festival

September 1 - 30, 2017

San Francisco

Architecture and the City features walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and behind-the-scenes looks at the design and planning process.

Scottish festival

September 2 - 3, 2017

36.2 miles SE

Scottish Highland Gathering & Games offers athletic games, a grandstand show, sheepdog trials, Scottish dance, food, music, and historical demonstrations at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Art festival in Sausalito

September 2 - 4, 2017

9.1 miles NW via ferry

You’ll have to pay to enter the classy Sausalito Art Festival, which features 260 juried artists, 2 music stages, wine tasting, and food vendors at Marinship Park in Sausalito. No outside beverages or pets.

Greek festival

September 2 - 4, 2017

23.9 miles south

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, a mythology play, and a kids’ area at the Belmont Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont. Children 12 and younger are free.

Shakespeare in the park

September 2 - Oct. 1, 2017 (begins July 1)

Location varies each month

See Hamlet by William Shakespeare in 2017 at multiple outdoor locations. Free.
  • July 1 - 16: Pleasanton
  • July 22 - Aug. 6: Cupertino
  • Aug. 12 - 27: Redwood City
  • Sept. 2 - Oct. 1: San Francisco

Free entertainment

September 2 - Oct. 29, 2017 (begins May 7)

1.2 miles NE

Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Free. Popular programs include:

Concerts in the park

September 3 - Oct. 8, 2017 (from April)

3 miles west

Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Gladys Knight

September 7, 2017 (8 p.m.)

49 miles south

Hear legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, whose hits include “Midnight Train to Georgia,” at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

Discount tickets $35 to $65 at Goldstar.

Taste of Asia

September 8, 2017 (8 p.m., VIP 7)

1.6 miles NE

San Francisco Feast is a walk-around tasting featuring Asian-inspired food and cocktails from top chefs and bartenders at Bently Reserve.

Fringe theater festival

September 8 - 23, 2017

0.8 miles NE

See dozens of weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups that range from magic to solo acts at the San Francisco Fringe Festival at Exit Theatre.

Taste of Mexico in Santa Cruz

September 9, 2017

73 miles south

Mole & Mariachi Festival has food, beer, wine, craft vendors, giant piñatas, and dancers at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Photos. Free admission.

Japanese pop culture festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

multiple locations

Find the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, and food at J-Pop Summit at Fort Mason Center.

Chocolate festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

1.8 miles north

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival includes chocolate tasting, chef demonstrations, live music, and vendors at Ghirardelli Square.

South Bay art & wine

September 9 - 10, 2017

37.2 miles south

Shop from 600 artists and craft makers, drink wine (plus beer, margaritas, and sangria), eat good food, and hear live music at Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Castro Street in Mountain View.

Bacon festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

70 miles east

Baconfest promises bacon, beer, and bands at Dell’Osso Family Farm in the Central Valley.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Fest

September 9 - 10, 2017

75 miles north

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival has an eclectic lineup of classic and contemporary musicians in Guerneville.

Japanese films

September 9 - 17, 2017

1.1 miles NW

See contemporary Japanese cinema at the Japan Film Festival at New People Cinema.

People in the street

September 10, 2017 (Western Addition)

San Francisco neighborhoods

Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Opera in the Park

September 10, 2017 (1:30 p.m.)

2.6 miles west

Opera in the Park features artists from the fall season of the San Francisco Opera at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Dine under the moon

September 10, 2017 (4:30 to 9 p.m.)

73.6 miles north

Eat an unforgettable meal when Lincoln Avenue is closed to cars and a 1,000-foot long Calistoga Harvest Table is set up under the moon to serve food from 13 restaurants and wine from 40 wineries in Calistoga. Buy tickets July 17 at noon.

Film Festival on Aging

September 15 - 17, 2017

1.1 miles NW

See thought-provoking, entertaining, and inspiring films about living a full life at the Film Festival on Aging at New People on Post Street.

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

117 miles south

Billed as the world’s longest running jazz event, Monterey Jazz Festival features 500 artists on eight stages at the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Latino film festival

September 15 - Oct. 1, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area

CMSF Latino Film Festival screens films by emerging and established filmmakers from the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.

Medieval fair

September 16 - Oct. 15, 2017 (weekends)

92 miles SE

Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities at Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister. Age 12 and under free.

Sustainable design festival

September 17, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at the Urban Air Market, with street food and local musicians on Patricia’s Green (at Octavia & Fell Streets). Repeats in May. Free.

Printing festival

September 17, 2017

1.4 miles SE

A giant steamroller presses prints on the street at Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, a public printmaking and book arts extravaganza with free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, and vendors on Rhode Island Street.

Free comedy

September 17, 2017

2.6 miles west

See 40+ comedians from the Bay Area and beyond on Comedy Day in Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park.

German family festival

September 17, 2017

15.6 miles NW

Hike an easy mile to Kinderfest at San Francisco Tourist Club in Mill Valley to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, drink, live music, and kids’ games. Tickets only online.

Concerts at the vineyard

September 19, 2017 (begins July 12)

48.2 miles SE

Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Used book sale

September 20 - 24, 2017 (preview Sept. 19)

2.3 miles north

Browse 250,000 books, DVDs, and CDs at the Fall Book Sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Old-time music festival

September 20 - 24, 2017

12.7 miles NE

The Old Time Music Convention features concerts, a string-band contest, square dances, workshops, kids’ activities, and plenty of jamming in Berkeley.

Greek festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

0.9 miles SW

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at San Francisco’s Only Greek Food Festival, plus dancers performing to live music at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.


September 22 - 24, 2017

2.1 miles NE

Bring plenty of cash to enjoy beer, bratwurst, live music, and people dancing in costume at Oktoberfest by the Bay at Pier 48. Kids are OK on Sunday.

Oakland food festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

12 miles east

Buy locally grown food for $8 or less, hear music, and learn about sustainable farming at the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square. Free.

Fashion week

September 22 - Oct. 1, 2017

San Francisco

Attend fashion shows, tours, expos, and parties during San Francisco Fashion Week at various venues, with a focus this year on embracing diversity and innovation.

Halloween at Great America

September 22 - Oct. 29, 2017

42.6 miles south

Halloween Haunt at Great America features 500 gruesome monsters, 9 mazes and attractions, 3 scare zones, and 4 live shows at California’s Great America in Santa Clara on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The kids’ Great Pumpkin Fest begins Sept. 30.

Challenging walk

September 23, 2017

San Francisco

Walk 14 miles on an urban trek across 10 peaks on the Peak2Peak to discover hidden stairways and explore new paths around the city. Your ticket includes breakfast, dinner, and a beer.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 16 Bay Area museums on Museum Day Live.

Feel good festival

September 23, 2017

3.1 miles west

Peace in the Park promotes inner calm and clear thinking via meditation, yoga, tai chi, music, folk dance, and seminars at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Beer tasting

September 23, 2017

8.2 miles via ferry boat

Taste beer from 30 brewers at Tiburon Taps Beer Festival, with restaurant food samples and live music on the waterfront. No kids or pets.

Bacon festival

September 23, 2017

19 miles south

The family-friendly Bacon & Brew Festival features live music, local food vendors, bacon treats (bacon pizza, bacon burgers, bacon cheese hot dogs, bacon blue fries, chocolate bacon, and more), breweries, arts & crafts, and a kids’ area at San Mateo Central Park.

Iranian films

September 23 - 24, 2017

1.9 miles north

The San Francisco Iranian Film Festival screens independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Dragon boat festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

12.6 miles east

Watch dragon boat races and see stage shows (lion & dragon dances, taiko drumming, Tahitian dancing, and Chinese acrobats) at Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, which has a kids’ area, fitness fair, and food vendors at Lake Merritt. Free.

Blues music festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

35 miles NE

Bay Area Blues Festival features blues on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet food vendors, kids’ activities and rides, a farmers’ market, beer, and wine in Martinez. Free.

Halloween at Six Flags

September 23 - Oct. 29, 2017

34.7 miles NE

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Leather fair

September 24, 2017

0.6 miles SE

Only in San Francisco will you find 400,000 fetish enthusiasts shopping for leather kink at Folsom Street Fair, which has a music stage, dance floor, and erotic artists’ area on Folsom Street (8th to 13th). Donation.

Free national parks

September 30, 2017

U.S. National Parks

Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking today than usual.

Houseboat tour

September 30, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

10.1 miles north

Buy tickets in advance for the Sausalito Floating Homes Tour to visit a dozen charming homes in Sausalito, with food, music, and an art show nearby.

Airport Day

September 30, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

24.2 miles south

Airport Day at San Carlos Airport includes small planes on display, exhibitors, vendors, an aviation-themed scavenger hunt, food, helicopter rides, and free airplane rides for kids 8 to 17. Free, including parking.

Chinese festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

1.8 miles NW

The popular San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival offers parades, dancers, arts and crafts, food and drink, and live music on historic Grant Avenue at Washington Street. Free.

Oktoberfest in Oakland

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

14 miles east

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond is a free family-friendly festival with 30 kinds of German and craft beer, German food and music, an eco fair, and a kids’ area.

Small-town Oktoberfest

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

33 miles NE

Find German food, beer, wine, arts & crafts, carnival rides, street performers, and a Saturday parade at the outdoor Clayton Oktoberfest. Free admission.

Haunted attractions - Pleasanton

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2017

36.2 miles SE

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park offers five haunted attractions at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. See schedule.

Haunted house - San Leandro

September 30 - Nov. 4, 2017

23 miles SE

Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. Dates in 2017: Sept. 30; Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 18-31; Nov. 3-4.

Beer tasting on a ship

September 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles NE

Sample 70 beers from local breweries with live music, food vendors, and spectacular views at Brews on the Bay aboard the historic ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 for age 21+.

Creativity festival

September 2017 (undated)

2.3 miles north

Re:Make includes a summit for creative professionals the first day, and a free festival for everyone the second day. The festival features handmade goods for sale, food trucks, do-it-yourself projects, and DJ dancing in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Irish film festival

September 2017 (undated)

2.3 miles NE

See contemporary Irish cinema, including short films, at the San Francisco Irish Film Festival at Delancey Street Screening Room.

Palestinian festival

September 2017 (undated)

3 miles west

Palestine Cultural Day has folk songs and dance, a bazaar, traditional food, and kids’ activities in the San Francisco County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park.

Antiques fair

September 2017 (undated)

38.5 miles north

Vintage and antique lovers will find an eclectic variety of items available from 180 dealers at the Fall Antique Faire in downtown Petaluma. Repeats in April. Free.
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