San Francisco events September 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

San Francisco
Best events for 12 months

San Francisco events September 2019

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
14.5 miles south
Billed as “The Last Blast of Summer,” Millbrae Art & Wine Festival has 250 professional artists and craft makers, fine food & beverages, kids’ activities, “classically cool cars,” and lots of live music on Broadway (from Meadow Glen Ave. to Victoria Ave.). No pets. Free.

Scottish festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
36.2 miles SE
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games offers athletic games, a grandstand show, sheepdog trials, Scottish dance, food, music, historical demonstrations, and whiskey at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Anime convention

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
48.6 miles south
Crunchyroll Expo has exhibits, screenings, panels, and special guests from the world of Japanese anime and pop culture at San Jose Convention Center.

Wine tasting in Livermore

September 1, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
49 miles east
A ticket to Harvest Wine Celebration includes wine tasting at 25 wineries in Livermore Valley.

Art festival in Sausalito

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
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.

Belmont Greek Festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
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 age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Art in the redwoods

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
32 miles south
Not the Bay Area’s biggest art fair, but perhaps its most beloved, Kings Mountain Art Fair features 135 juried artists, food vendors, and a children’s area in the forest at 13889 Skyline Boulevard. Park along the road and walk to a free shuttle stop. No pets. Free.

Shakespeare in the park

September 1 - 22, 2019
(also Aug.)
multiple locations
Watch As You Like It by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Pleasanton, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Union Square entertainment

September 1 - 29, 2019
(also Aug.)
1.1 miles NE
Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances that include jazz, blues, folk, Latin, tango, rock, swing, and even Hawaiian. Free.

Architecture festival

September 1 - 30, 2019
San Francisco
Architecture + the City Festival features walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and behind-the-scenes looks at the process of designing, planning, and building.

Concerts in the park

September 1 - Oct. 6, 2019
(also Aug.)
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. Most concerts are held Sundays at 1 p.m. Free.

San Francisco attractions

September 1 - Nov. 1, 2019
(also Aug.)
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Magic show

September 3 - 24, 2019
(7 p.m.)
4 miles west
Dan Chan weaves feats of mentalism, perception, and improv comedy with sleight-of-hand showmanship and jaw-dropping illusions at K-Elements BBQ.

Ticket deal $25 (VIP)

Fringe theater festival

September 5 - 14, 2019
0.8 miles NE
See dozens of weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups that range from storytelling to standup comedy at San Francisco Fringe Festival at Exit Theatre.

Free films

September 6 & 27, 2019
(5 p.m.)
multiple locations
Film Night in the Park presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings” in San Francisco. You can bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.
  • Sept. 6 - Bohemian Rhapsody (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater)
  • Sept. 27 - Space Jam (India Basin Shoreline Park)

Concerts at the vineyard

September 6 - Oct. 13, 2019
(begins July 12)
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Rum tasting

September 7, 2019
1 mile SE
Taste taste premium rums, attend brand seminars, and visit the Tiki Bazaar area at California Rum Festival in SOMArts Cultural Center.

Ticket deal $39

Italian festival

September 7, 2019
2 miles NE
Festa Coloniale Italiana features Italian food, wine tasting, music, vendors, and stage performances for all ages on Stockton Street (from Union Street to Filbert Street). Free.

Beer on an aircraft carrier

September 7, 2019
(12 to 6 p.m.)
14.8 miles east
Taste unlimited beer samples from 15 breweries, buy food, hear music, and watch or join a cornhole (bean bag) competition at the Battlestar Classic aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda.

Beer in the park

September 7, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
27 miles south
Buy “quality beers and ciders on tap from local breweries” and meals from food trucks at Pub in the Park, with lawn games and a live band playing bluegrass and Americana in a Redwood City park. Bring a blanket or chairs. Free.

Taste of Mexico in Santa Cruz

September 7, 2019
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.

Avocado day

September 7 - 8, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
Choose from 20 creative dishes containing avocados and sold from food trucks during Avocado Con at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Optional unlimited craft beer. Free admission for children age 10 and younger.

Titanic the Musical

September 7 - 8, 2019
0.9 miles NE
Titanic the Musical is an award-winning musical about the lives of passengers aboard the doomed luxury ship at Alcazar Theatre.

Ticket deal $23

Chinese festival

September 7 - 8, 2019
1.8 miles NW
The popular San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival offers parades, dancers, arts & crafts, food & drink, and live music on Grant Avenue (from California to Broadway). Pacific Avenue also will be car free (from Stockton to Kearny). Schedule. Free.

Streetcar festival

September 7 - 8, 2019
2 miles NE
Take rides on historical streetcars and buses from 1 to 5 p.m., attend talks at 5 p.m., and hear cable-car bells (Sat. noon) during Muni Heritage Weekend, mostly at San Francisco Railway Museum. Some events are free.

South Bay art & wine

September 7 - 8, 2019
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.

Waterfront race

September 8, 2019
2 miles east
The San Francisco Giant Race includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids’ race, and a family relay that all finish on the field at Oracle Park.

Opera in the Park

September 8, 2019
(1:30 p.m.)
2.6 miles west
Opera in the Park features artists from the fall season of the San Francisco Opera in Robin Williams Meadow at Golden Gate Park. Free.

People in the street

September 8 (Tenderloin) & 22 (W. Addition), 2019
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.

Sunday afternoon cruise

September 8 - 29, 2019
(Sundays 3:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Enjoy two hours of Bay views, a DJ playing top 40 music, and a no-host bar on the Social Sunday Cruise aboard a Hornblower yacht departing from Pier 3.

Ticket deal $18

Bloody Mary festival

September 14, 2019
1 mile SE
A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival - San Francisco includes tastes of creative bloody marys, craft spirits, artisan food samples, and live music at SOMArts Cultural Center for age 21+.

Houseboat tour

September 14, 2019
10.1 miles north
The self-guided Sausalito Floating Homes Tour includes 15 charming homes in Sausalito, with food, music, and an art show nearby. Buy tickets in advance.

Free music in Marin

September 14, 2019
18.6 miles north
Marin Music Festival promises four local bands, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine, and kids’ activities in San Rafael. Free.

Mill Valley music festival

September 14, 2019
20.9 miles north
Sound Summit promises “stellar music” by multiple performers in sunny Cushing Memorial Amphitheater at Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Palestinian festival

September 14, 2019
21.7 miles south
Palestine Cultural Day has folk songs and dance, a bazaar, traditional food, and kids’ activities at Foster City Parks & Recreation. Free.

Freaky adult circus

September 14, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
38.9 miles north
Lagunitas Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma for age 21+. No pets or large bags.

Adopt a pet

September 14 - 15, 2019
36.2 miles SE
You’re welcome to bring your leashed pet to Bay Area Pet Fair, which features 2000 adoptable animals, live shows, demonstrations, food vendors, a family zone, classes, and pet supplies at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Free admission and parking.

San Jose home show

September 14 - 15, 2019
48.3 miles south
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Fall Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Repeats in March.

Art fair in Santa Clara

September 14 - 15, 2019
50.3 miles south
Browse 165 arts & crafts booths, shop from 25 food vendors, visit the beer & wine garden, check out the kids’ area, and watch live entertainment on three stages at Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival in Santa Clara Central Park.

Medieval fair

September 14 - Oct. 20, 2019
92 miles SE
Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop at 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities at Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Sustainable design market

September 15, 2019
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 & Hayes Streets). Repeats in May. Free.

Free comedy

September 15, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
2.6 miles west
See 40+ comedians from the Bay Area and beyond on Comedy Day [website has sound in some browsers] in Robin Williams Meadow at Golden Gate Park.

Street fair in Oakland

September 15, 2019
(12 to 6 p.m.)
12.2 miles NE
Hear live music and shop for gourmet food, wine, beer, and art at Rockridge Out & About, which also has carnival rides and children’s activities on College Avenue (from Claremont to Lawton). Take BART to Rockridge Station. Free.

German family festival

September 15, 2019
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.

Polish festival

September 15, 2019
53 miles south
Enjoy Polish food, music, dance, and traditional art at PolskaFest in San Jose. Free.

Art & wine in San Jose

September 15, 2019
58 miles south
Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival has local artisans, bands on stage, boutique wines, gourmet food trucks, and a kids’ zone at Almaden Lake Park.

Improv festival

September 18 - 21, 2019
0.7 miles NE
Enjoy live entertainment by dozens of performers at San Francisco Improv Festival at Pianofight. Select “tickets” to see all shows or “passes & workshops” to get a pass for all shows or attend workshops.

Used book sale

September 18 - 22, 2019
2.3 miles north
Browse 500,000 books, DVDs, and CDs at the Big Book Sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Free.

Old-time music festival

September 18 - 22, 2019
12.7 miles NE
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention features concerts, a string-band contest, square dances, workshops, kids’ activities, and plenty of jamming.

Wine tasting in Concord

September 19, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
27.5 miles NE
A ticket to Wine into Water gets you unlimited tastes of Northern California wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a silent auction for charity at Pleasant Hill Senior Center.

Irish film festival

September 19 - 21, 2019
2.3 miles NE
See contemporary Irish cinema, including short films, at the San Francisco Irish Film Festival at Delancey Street Screening Room.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

September 20, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer. Hear live music (7 to 10 p.m.), visit the Conservatory of Flowers (timed entry), and hang out in the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11 p.m.) for age 21+. Monthly from June to November.

Greek festival

September 20 - 22, 2019
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.

Film Festival on Aging

September 20 - 22, 2019
1.1 miles NW
See thought-provoking, entertaining, and inspiring films about living a full life at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging at New People.


September 20 - 22, 2019
2.8 miles north
Bring plenty of cash to enjoy beer, bratwurst, live music, and people dancing in costume at Oktoberfest by the Bay at Pier 35. No kids Sat. evening or Fri.

Asian night market

September 20 - 22, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the NorCal Night Market, with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held in May, July, and Sept. No pets.

Latino film festival

September 20 - 29, 2019
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival screens films by emerging and established filmmakers from the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.

Dance musical

September 20 - Oct. 20, 2019
12.9 miles NE
Set at a Greek wedding and full of Abba songs, Mamma Mia! is a rousing musical about a young bride in search of her true father, at Berkeley Playhouse.

Ticket deal $21 to $31

Free museum day

September 21, 2019
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Tour modern homes

September 21, 2019
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
multiple locations
Tour five modern homes with a ticket to San Francisco Living: Home Tours, followed by an optional happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. requiring a separate ticket.

Vegetarian festival

September 21, 2019
2.9 miles NW
California Vegetarian Food Festival offers speakers, organic cooking demos, fitness activities, a kids’ area, live music, food samples, and meals for sale outdoors. It moves from L.A. to S.F. (The Palace of Fine Arts) in 2019.

Ticket deal $12

Neighborhood festival

September 21, 2019
6 miles SW
Sunset Community Festival promises local artisans, merchants, food vendors, musicians, and dance performers, with a kids’ area and a beer/wine garden at West Sunset Playground, 3223 Ortega Street. Free.

Beer tasting

September 21, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Salsa festival

September 21, 2019
25.7 miles south
Redwood City Salsa Festival fills the downtown with three stages of salsa music, salsa dancing, beer & tequila tasting, and a children’s play area. Free.

Bike ride + beer festival

September 21, 2019
40.4 miles SE
Ride 15 to 100 miles “through the majestic foothills of Mount Diablo, the San Ramon Valley, and the Livermore Valley” and then sample beer from noon to 5 p.m. with a band at V3 Septemberfest [formerly V3 Hopfest] in San Ramon.

Chalk art in San Jose

September 21, 2019
47.2 miles south
See 250 artworks created with chalk, browse arts & crafts vendors, shop from food trucks, and hear live music at Luna Park Chalk Art Festival at Backesto Park in San Jose. Free.

Hip car show in San Jose

September 21, 2019
52 miles south
Hot Import Nights brings exotic cars, nightclub acts, DJ music, and foreign models to Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Ticket deal $15

Dog day in San Jose

September 21, 2019
55.6 miles south
Bark in the Park has a dog costume contest and tail-wagging contest, demonstrations of dog training and agility, food and drink for sale, and 75 vendors of dog products and services at William Street Park.

Oakland food festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
12 miles east
Buy locally grown food for $10 or less, buy adult beverages, listen to music, and attend cooking and tasting classes during the annual Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square. Free.

Lafayette festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
21.2 miles NE
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival offers 250 arts and crafts booths, restaurant food, wine, beer, a kids’ zone, and 3 stages of music near a BART station with a free shuttle bus. Free admission.

Art festival in Los Gatos

September 21 - 22, 2019
57 miles south
Fiesta de Artes features 220 artists, food trucks, wine, beer, live music, and a children’s area. No dogs. Free.

Halloween at Six Flags

September 21 - Oct. 31, 2019
34.7 miles NE
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [website has sound] at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. See schedule.

Printing festival

September 22, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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.

Golden Gate Bridge Swim

September 22, 2019
5.5 miles NW
Watch swimmers dive in at Ft. Point Beach and cross the bay in the 3K Golden Gate Bridge Swim. Free.

San Jose open street day

September 22, 2019
48 miles south
Walk, bike, or skate on six miles of city streets with vendors and activities along the route during Viva CalleSJ. Free.

Environmental film festival

September 24 - 29, 2019
San Francisco locations
San Francisco Green Film Festival promises dozens of films from different countries that inspire us to make the world a better place.

Oktoberfest in Redwood City

September 25 - 29, 2019
25.7 miles south
A ticket to Oktoberfest gets you a stein, a drink ticket, live music, games, contests, and German food for sale at Courthouse Square in Redwood City.

Quilt & craft show

September 26 - 28, 2019
39 miles SE
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies in Pleasanton. Free.

Wine walk

September 27, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
1.6 miles north
Visit merchants on Polk Street (from Sutter to Filbert) to sample wine and appetizers with your ticket to Polk Street Fall Wine Walk. Held in April, July, and Sept.

Adventure race

September 27 - 28, 2019
3.9 miles NW
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party at Crissy Field. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video (1 minute).

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 27 - 29, 2019
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.

Haunted house - San Leandro

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two popular attractions in San Leandro. See schedule.

Halloween at Great America

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
42.6 miles south
Halloween Haunt at Great America features hundreds of monsters, 8 haunted mazes, 5 skeleton key rooms, 5 live shows, and 3 scare zones at California’s Great America in Santa Clara for age 13+. Great Pumpkin Fest (weekends to Nov. 3) is for age 12 and younger.

Challenging walk

September 28, 2019
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, lunch, and snacks.

Free national park day

September 28, 2019
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 than usual.

Spanish spectacular

September 28, 2019
(2 & 7:30 p.m.)
3 miles NW
Fuego! Spirit of Spain features Roni Benise playing nouveau flamenco on the guitar with an international cast of musicians and dancers who “take the audience on an escape to Spain” at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Ticket deal $21 to $52

Locally made crafts

September 28, 2019
15 miles east
Shop from 40 Bay Area producers of apparel, home accessories, garden products, food, and beverages at Where Craft Meets Innovation: A Market & Showcase in the Alameda factory of Concreteworks. Free, unless you buy a factory tour.

Iranian films

September 28 - 29, 2019
1.9 miles north
Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco screens independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Dragon boat festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
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 in Oakland. Free.

Leather fair

September 29, 2019
0.6 miles SE
Only in San Francisco will you find 250,000 fetish enthusiasts shopping for leather kink at Folsom Street Fair, which has a music stage, dance floor, and erotic artists’ area on Folsom Street (from 8th to 13th). Smoking is not allowed but nudity is. Donation.

Outdoor sumo wrestling

September 29, 2019
1 mile NW
Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art. Meet the wrestlers and watch matches during Sumo Champions Exhibition at Japantown Peace Plaza. Free. [Saturday is meet and greet. Exhibition is Sunday.]

Antiques fair

September 29, 2019
38.5 miles north
Vintage and antique lovers will find an eclectic variety of items available from 200 dealers at the Petaluma Fall Antique Faire in downtown Petaluma. Repeats in April. Free.

Printing advice

Print using the Chrome browser. In print settings, turn on “background graphics.”