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San Francisco events September 2020

Architecture festival

September 1 - 30, 2020
San Francisco
Architecture + the City Festival features walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, parties, and behind-the-scenes looks at the process of designing, planning, and building.

Country dance weekend

September 3 – 6, 2020
San Francisco locations
Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls line dancing, two-stepping, and attending dance workshops at the LGBT friendly Sundance Stompede.

Anime convention

September 4 - 6, 2020
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.

Beer on an aircraft carrier

September 5, 2020
14.8 miles east
Taste unlimited beer samples from 30 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. Children age 6 and younger are free.

Taste of Sonoma

September 5, 2020
47 miles north
Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs at Taste of Sonoma during wine talks and tastings at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

September 5 - 6, 2020
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 5 - 6, 2020
36.2 miles SE
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games offers a grandstand show, athletic games, sheepdog trials, Scottish dance, food, music, historical demonstrations, and whiskey at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. No pets.

Art festival in Sausalito

September 5 - 7, 2020
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 5 - 7, 2020
23.9 miles south
Enjoy Greek food, wine, 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 5 - 7, 2020
32 miles south
Set in the forest above Woodside, Kings Mountain Art Fair features 135 juried artists, food vendors, and a children’s area at 13889 Skyline Boulevard. Park along the road and walk to a free shuttle stop. No pets. Free.

Waterfront race

September 6, 2020
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.

Wine tasting in Livermore

September 6, 2020
49 miles east
A ticket to Harvest Wine Celebration includes wine tasting at 28 wineries in Livermore Valley.

Fringe theater festival

September 10 - 19, 2020
0.8 miles NE
See 19 weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups that range from storytelling to standup comedy at San Francisco Fringe Festival at Exit Theatre.

Rum tasting

September 12, 2020
1 mile SE
Taste taste premium rums, attend brand seminars, and visit the Tiki Bazaar area at California Rum Festival in SOMArts Cultural Center.

Kids’ obstacle race

September 12 - 13, 2020
18.4 miles south
Kids 4 to 14 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. Parents can race for free.

South Bay art & wine

September 12 - 13, 2020
37.2 miles south
Shop from 500 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.

Free comedy

September 13, 2020
2.6 miles west
See 50 comedians from the Bay Area and beyond on Comedy Day in Robin Williams Meadow at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Dine under the moon

September 13, 2020
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.

Bloody Mary Festival

September 19, 2020
1 mile SE
A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival - San Francisco includes tastes of creative bloody marys, craft spirits, and artisan food samples at SOMArts Cultural Center for age 21+.

Neighborhood festival

September 19, 2020
6 miles SW
Sunset Community Festival promises local artisans, merchants, food vendors, beer & wine tasting, musicians, dance performers, and a kids’ area at West Sunset Playground, 3223 Ortega Street. Free.

Dog day in San Jose

September 19, 2020
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, 75 vendors of dog products and services, and a kids’ zone at William Street Park.

Chinese festival

September 19 - 20, 2020
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.

Iranian films

September 19 - 20, 2020
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 19 - 20, 2020
12.6 miles east
Watch dragon boat races and see stage shows (lion dancing, Chinese acrobats, Taiko drumming, Tahitian dancing, martial arts, and magic) at Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, which has a kids’ area, fitness fair, and food vendors at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Free.

Lafayette art & wine festival

September 19 - 20, 2020
21.2 miles NE
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival features 300 arts & crafts booths, food vendors, wine, beer, kids’ activities, and four stages of entertainment near a BART station with a free shuttle bus. Free admission.

Art fair in Santa Clara

September 19 - 20, 2020
50.3 miles south
Browse 175 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 19 - Oct. 24, 2020
(weekends)
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. Every weekend has a theme.

German family festival

September 20, 2020
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 games. Buy tickets in advance. Children younger than age 18 are free.

Polish festival

September 20, 2020
53 miles south
Enjoy Polish food, music, dance, and traditional art at PolskaFest at Saint Brother Albert in San Jose. Free.

Old-time music festival

September 23 - 27, 2020
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.

Quilt & craft show

September 24 - 26, 2020
39 miles SE
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies in Pleasanton. Free.

Wine walk

September 25, 2020
(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 and Sept.

Short films

September 25 - 27, 2020
1 mile NW
San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival screens “a distillation of the very best of thousands of voices, styles, and stories from around the world” grouped by subject area at New People Cinema.

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 25 - 27, 2020
117 miles south
Billed as the world’s longest running jazz event, Monterey Jazz Festival features 500 artists on 8 stages at the sprawling Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Free national park day

September 26, 2020
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.

Oktoberfest

September 26, 2020
2.1 miles SE
Drink “local and imported Oktoberfest and German-style beers on tap,” either unlimited or by the glass at Bottomless Oktoberfest, which has outdoor games and a dozen food trucks selling bratwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, schnitzel, and more at Spark Social.

Korean festival

September 26, 2020
3.8 miles NW
Honoring the traditional harvest moon festival, Bay Area Korean Chuseok Festival has Korean dancing and music on stage, food vendors, and games & activities on the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio. Free.

Leather fair

September 27, 2020
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.

Challenging walk

September 2020
(undated)
San Francisco
Walk 13 miles on an urban trek across 10 peaks on the annual Peak2Peak to discover hidden stairways and explore new paths around the city. Your ticket includes lunch, snacks, and a celebration at the finish.

Environmental film festival

September 2020
(undated)
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. Many directors attend.

Free films

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Latino film festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

People in the street

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Shakespeare in the park

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Tour modern homes

September 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Tour five modern homes with a ticket to San Francisco Living: Home Tours for age 12+, followed by an optional happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. requiring a separate ticket.

Sustainable design market

September 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles SW
Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at the Urban Air Market, with food trucks and local musicians on Patricia’s Green (at Octavia & Hayes Streets). Held in May and Sept. Free.

Improv festival

September 2020
(undated)
0.7 miles NE
Enjoy live entertainment by dozens of performers at San Francisco Improv Festival at Pianofight, with workshops held in additional locations.

Avocado day

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Greek festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Outdoor sumo wrestling

September 2020
(undated)
1 mile NW
Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art. Meet the wrestlers and watch exhibition matches during Sumo Champions Exhibition at Japantown Peace Plaza. Free.

Film Festival on Aging

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Union Square entertainment

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Printing festival

September 2020
(undated)
1.5 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 at San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB).

Italian festival

September 2020
(undated)
2 miles NE
Festa Coloniale Italiana features Italian food, wine tasting, music, dancers, pizza tossing, vendors, and kids’ activities on Stockton Street (from Union Street to Filbert Street). Free.

Electronic music

September 2020
(undated)
2.1 miles south
Hear three artists performing “adventurous electronic music” each evening at San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at Brava Theater Center (except Thursday is pre-recorded music at Envelop SF).

Irish film festival

September 2020
(undated)
2.3 miles NE
See contemporary Irish cinema, including short films, at the San Francisco Irish Film Festival at Delancey Street Screening Room.

Used book sale

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Opera in the Park

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Oktoberfest

September 2020
(undated)
2.8 miles north
Bring plenty of cash to enjoy beer, bratwurst, a Bavarian band, and people dancing in costume at Oktoberfest by the Bay at Pier 35. No dogs. No kids Sat. evening or Fri.

Vegetarian festival

September 2020
(undated)
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 at the Palace of Fine Arts. No pets.

Concerts in the park

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Adventure race

September 2020
(undated)
3.9 miles NW
Questival is a 10-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.

Spirits tasting

September 2020
(undated)
4 miles NW
Taste “handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world” at the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival, with music and specialty food vendors at Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+. No pets.

Beer tasting

September 2020
(undated)
8.2 miles via ferry boat
Taste beer from 30 brewers while you listen to a cover band at Tiburon Taps Beer Festival, which also has food for sale on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.

Oakland food festival

September 2020
(undated)
12 miles east
Eat “sustainably sourced” food, drink adult beverages, listen to music, and attend cooking and tasting classes during the annual Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square. Free admission.

Street fair in Oakland

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Locally made crafts

September 2020
(undated)
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 at Concreteworks in Alameda. Free, unless you buy a $10 factory tour.

Hip-hop music festival

September 2020
(undated)
16.8 miles SE
Rolling Loud Bay Area is held on the grounds of Oakland Coliseum. Headliners include Future, G-Eazy, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert. See the list of prohibited items.

Free music in Marin

September 2020
(undated)
18.6 miles north
Marin Music Festival promises four local bands, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine, and kids’ activities on the waterfront in San Rafael. Free.

Palestinian festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Oktoberfest in Redwood City

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Salsa festival

September 2020
(undated)
25.7 miles south
Redwood City Salsa Festival fills 11 city blocks with 3 stages of music (salsa, reggae, and Latin jazz), salsa dancing, salsa tasting, tequila, beer, and a children’s play area. Free.

Beer in the park

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Wine tasting in Concord

September 2020
(undated)
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 Community Center.

Beer festival in Vallejo

September 2020
(undated)
31.6 miles NE
Big Vallejo BrewHaha offers “unlimited samples of 50+ brews, ciders, and wines” with live music and a police vs. firefighter cook-off on the waterfront near Vallejo Bay Ferry for age 21+ to support charity.

Adopt a pet

September 2020
(undated)
36.2 miles SE
You’re welcome to bring your leashed pet to Bay Area Pet Fair, which features 2000 adoptable animals, classes, workshops, food trucks, and pet supply vendors at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Free admission and parking.

Asian night market

September 2020
(undated)
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the 626 Night Market: Bay Area [formerly NorCal Night Market], with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held in May, July, and Sept. No pets.

Antiques fair

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Alcohol-free music concert

September 2020
(undated)
38.8 miles north
RockSoberFest offers music and dancing for all-ages at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Freaky adult circus

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Bike ride + beer festival

September 2020
(undated)
40.4 miles SE
Ride 15 to 100 miles “through the majestic foothills of Mount Diablo, tree-lined streets of San Ramon Valley, or Livermore Valley vineyards” and then sample beer from noon to 5 p.m. with a band at Veterans Victory Velo (V3) Septemberfest in San Ramon.

Chalk art in San Jose

September 2020
(undated)
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.

San Jose open street day

September 2020
(undated)
48 miles south
Walk, bike, or skate on three miles of city streets from Backesto Park to the Municipal Rose Garden during Viva CalleSJ, with vendors, bathrooms, and activities along the route. Free except the 5K run at 8 a.m.

Concerts at the vineyard

September 2020
(undated)
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Music festival in Sonoma

September 2020
(undated)
51 miles north
With capacity limited to 4000, “You’ll feel like you’re at a private party without the usual crowds” at all-ages Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. Hear 10 bands, eat artisanal foods, and drink premium wine and craft beer at B.R. Cohn Winery.

Hip car show in San Jose

September 2020
(undated)
52 miles south
Hot Import Nights brings hundreds of customized vehicles, DJ music, entertainment zones, and professional models to Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Art festival in Los Gatos

September 2020
(undated)
57 miles south
Fiesta de Artes features 200 artists, food trucks, wine, beer, live music, and a children’s area. Free.

Art & wine in San Jose

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Taste of Mexico in Santa Cruz

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Brazilian festival in Berkeley

September 2020
(undated)
12.5 miles NE
S.F. Bay Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival offers Brazilian music and dance, a children’s village, food and craft vendors, a beer and cocktail garden, and a procession at 2 p.m. at Casa de Cultura. Free.

Haunted house - San Leandro

September 2020
(undated)
23 miles SE
Fear Overload Scream Park offers two haunted houses “rich with monsters and unsavory demons from the darkest depths of your fears” in San Leandro. See schedule.

Halloween at Six Flags

September 2020
(undated)
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. Enjoy 6 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, 4 shows, and many rides on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Halloween at Great America

September 2020
(undated)
42.6 miles south
Halloween Haunt at Great America has monsters, 8 haunted mazes, 3 live shows, 2 scare zones, and all of the rides at California’s Great America in Santa Clara for age 13+. Great Pumpkin Fest is for age 12 and younger on some weekends.

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