September in San Francisco is one of my favorite times of the year. It's the most beautiful time of the year here with warm days and cool evenings. It's a great time to catch a theater performance, attend a street fair, or join one of several free activities.
Phantom of the Opera is the biggest theater production in September. It plays all month long at the Orpheum Theater.
This month, you can also enjoy films at the Iranian Film Festival, see grass roots theater at the Fringe Festival, and learn more about comedy at the Improv Festival.
You will also find several fun events on Labor Day weekend including the Sausalito Arts Festival, Billy Joel in concert at AT&T Park, and free walking tours.
Every month, Goldstar offers a variety of tickets to San Francisco events, tours, and other activities at up to half-off the full retail price. Here is just a sample of some of the tickets being offered this September at a discount.
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The highly acclaimed Phantom of the Opera will be at the Orpheum Theater all month long. You can catch a performance almost every night of the week. Pick up your tickets early as this one is sure to sell out.
Dates: August 19 - October 4
Learn More: All Theater Performances this September in SF
The San Francisco Public Library offers a number of free walking tours every day. They are given by local volunteers and, even though it's free, these volunteer guides know their stuff. Each week, you can learn about top SF attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Coit Tower. You can also dig into SF's history including finding out more about the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation, and the 1967 Summer of Love.
Dates: Every Day of the Week
The San Francisco 49ers play two home games in September. The first is on Thursday, September 3. In this preseason game, the 49ers take on the San Diego Chargers at 7pm. The second game is on Monday, September 14. They take on the Minnesota Vikings at 7:20pm. All games are at Levi's Field in Santa Clara.
Dates: September 3 & 14
Learn More: Full 2015 49ers Schedule
Every Thursday night, the California Academy of Sciences offers those 21 and older the chance to visit the museum from 6pm to 10pm. Each event has a different theme with special activities to help attendees learn more. Past themes include The Science of Love, Creatures of the Night, and Sharktoberfest. The event also includes cocktails and a chance to mingle with other like-minded adults.
Dates: September 3, 10, 17, & 24
Several San Francisco museums offer one free admission day every month. This gives everyone the chance to visit these amazing attractions and learn more about the arts, sciences, and more. Most are offered toward the beginning of the month.
Dates: Various Dates in September
Learn More: Free Museum Day Schedule in September
This year's free Shakespeare in the Park production is Romeo and Juliet. This Shakespeare classic will run nine times in September (plus two times in August) in San Francisco. On September 5, 6, 7, 12, & 13, you can see the production on The Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn at 2pm. On September 19, 20, 26, & 27, the production will be at McLaren Park's Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. All shows start at 2pm.
Dates: September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27
The 2014 World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants, host twelve home games this September. During the month, they take on the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dates: Various Dates in September
Learn More: Full SF Giants Schedule in September
Are you looking to explore San Francisco on your own? If so, then you will love this self-guided walking tour of the famed Haight Ashbury District. In one day, you will get the chance to do a little hiking, see where the hippie generation spent their time in SF, and admire some of the most colorful Victorians in the area.
Dates: Every Day of the Month
Learn More: Read the Entire One-Day Self Guided Tour
The SF Improv Festival offers you the chance to see some of the best local and national artists in the field. This 10-day festival includes performances, workshops, and other events designed to educate the public about improv.
Dates: September 10 - 20
The fall opera season kicks off on September 11 with the performance of Luisa Miller. This month, you can also catch one of several performances of Sweeney Todd between September 12 - 29. All SF Opera shows are at the War Memorial Opera House in SF's Civic Center District.
Dates: September 11 - 29
Learn More: Full Fall SF Opera Schedule
The Fringe Festival is a grass roots theater event that is the largest of its kind. Every year, the festival features more than a hundred unique theater performances. All shows are in small theaters that offer the audience a close and personal experience. Another thing I love about this event is they want to include as many people as possible, so they offer most of their tickets at $10 or less per person.
Dates: September 11 - 26
Learn More: Full Schedule for this Year's Festival
If you plan to visit some of SF's top museums and attractions, then I recommend looking into the SF CityPass Discount Card. It includes admission to the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium (or the deYoung & the Legion of Honor), and the Aquarium of the Bay. You will also receive a ticket for a 60-minute SF Bay Cruise as well as a 7-day Muni (public transit) pass. In total, you will save almost 44% on these tickets compared to buying them individually.
Minnie Driver is well known for her work in movies, but did you know she almost became a singer instead? Over the past decade, Driver has worked on both her acting and her music. On September 11, 12, and 13, she will perform her beautiful, original pieces from all three of her albums.
Date: September 11, 12, & 13
The RE:MAKE event offers developers, writers, artists, and other creative types the opportunity to learn and mingle. This two day event includes a conference and a festival. Day one is the conference, where you get the chance to learn how technology is changing the creative world. On day two is the festival, where you can buy handmade products from dozens of artists. Day two also gives you the chance to watch or participate in DIY projects. All day two activities are free. Both days are at the Fort Mason Center.
Dates: September 11 & 12
Spend the day at San Francisco's largest waterfront party. All afternoon long, enjoy music, lawn games, and gourmet food. You can also spend some time in the huge wine and beer garden. Food and beverage are not included in your ticket price. This event benefits The Guardsmen, supporting educational and outdoor activities for at risk youth in the Bay Area.
Date: Saturday, September 12 from Noon to 5pm
The annual Sea Music Festival on the Hyde Street Pier is Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am to 5pm. You will find free entertainment on two stages all day long. In addition, there will be activities on two of the historic vessels. These activities cost $5 per person. This event offers a nautically themed day full of fun for the entire family.
Date: Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am to 5pm
Sunday Streets is a once a month event focusing on health and well being for everyone. This free event includes workshops, kids activities, and other fun activities to show you new ways to live a healthy lifestyle. The September event is in the Western Addition from 11am to 4pm. In addition to fun activities, the streets will be closed to car traffic so you can run, bike, and walk without the stress of traffic.
Date: September 13
Enjoy homemade goodies at this year's A Taste of Greece. In addition to Greek food, this three-day event also features Greek wine, music, and dancing. It's a great way to learn more about the culture or satisfy your cravings for Greece.
Dates: September 18 - 20
Learn More: Details for this Year's Event
Head over to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater to see Primus and The Chocolate Factory live. The concert starts at 8pm.
Date: Friday, September 18
Learn More: Additional Concerts in September
One of my favorite times to go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma is in September. This is the time of year when the grapes reach their peak and the vineyards are picture perfect. If it's your first time to visit, I recommend heading up on a tour, so you can sample wine all day without worrying about driving back to San Francisco.
Share your love of biking with other local bikers at the Tour de Fat Festival in Golden Gate Park. This event kicks off with a colorful bike parade around the park. It then features beer tastings (all proceeds on beer sales go to local charities) as well as live entertainment. It's also famous for its program of trading cars for bikes, which helps them get the word out about this sustainable and healthy commuting option.
Date: September 19
Enjoy the annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in SF's colorful Chinatown District. This annual event is free and includes live music, a lovely parade, and lots of other fun activities for the entire family. This two day event runs from 11am to 6pm on September 19 & 20.
Date: September 19 & 20
Learn More: Full Details for this Year's Event
The Best Coast Beer Fest is on September 20 in the Marina Green. Join other beer lovers as you sample brews from dozens of local breweries such as 101 North Brewing Company, San Francisco Brewing Company, and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Proceeds go to Cancer for College, which helps cancer survivors go to college.
Date: Sunday, September 20
San Francisco has a large and active comedy community. Once a year, this lovely and fun community likes to give back to the public with a free day of comedy in Golden Gate Park. This year's event is on Sunday, September 20 from 12pm to 5pm. Get there early to grab your seat on the lawn and prepare to laugh all day long.
Date: September 20
Learn More: Additional Details on this Year's Event
This is your chance to see last year's contestants from Last Comic Standing. The best of the best will perform the bits that got them noticed on this hit ABC television show. All performances are at The Warfield on Sunday, September 20 starting at 7:30pm.
Date: Sunday, September 20
Head to the Asian Art Museum in September to check out their temporary exhibit called Exquisite Nature. It's a rare opportunity to check out the work of some of China's most talked about and influential painters from the 14th to the 18th Century. The exhibit features 20 pieces of these artists most well-known works.
Dates: All Month Long
Learn More: Tips to Visit the Asian Art Museum
SF Symphony's Opening Night for the 2015/2016 season is on September 24. This celebration starts with sparkling wine on the red carpet. You will then get the chance to enjoy an exciting Symphony concert lead by Michael Tilson Thomas. After the concert, is the glamorous after party with delicious food, live music, and dancing.
Date: September 24
Learn More: Full Fall Calendar for the SF Symphony
Catch AC/DC live in concert this September in San Francisco. Listen to their classic hits as Back in Black, Thunderstruck, and You Shook Me All Night Long. The show is on Friday, September 25 at 8pm at AT&T Park.
Date: Friday, September 25
Enjoy comedian Norm Mcdonald at Cobb's Comedy Club this September. He will perform five shows from September 25 - 27. You will remember him from his roles on Saturday Night Live, The Norm Show, and My Name is Earl.
Dates: September 25 - 27
Learn More: Find Additional Comedy Shows this Month
Celebrate German traditions at this year's Oktoberfest by the Bay. During this three day event, you can sample German beer, savor traditional food, and listen to several bands playing German music. All activities are south of AT&T Park on Pier 48.
Dates: September 25 - 27
Learn More: Additional Details for the 2015 Event
Grab your costumes and head over to Indiana and Cesar Chavez for this year's Superhero Street Fair. This one day event includes comic art exhibits, music, and live artists creating cartoon fun right before your eyes. You can also enjoy the superhero photo op backdrops, laser displays, food, and more.
Date: Saturday, September 26 from 1pm to 11pm
The annual Iranian Film Festival features works created by Iranian film makers from all around the world. It's a time to learn more about Iran and its communities. This two-day festival includes both feature length films and shorts.
Dates: September 26 & 27
Learn More: Full Festival Details
Learn More: All Film Festivals in September
Waves to Wine is a popular, annual event that raises money for the National MS Society. This two-day bike ride includes routes that start in both San Francisco and Sonoma County. It's a great way to see the area while raising money for a great cause.
Date: September 26 & 27
Are you planning to visit San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend? During this three day weekend, you will find a variety of special events including Free Shakespeare in the Park, the Sausalito Arts Festival, and Billy Joel in Concert at AT&T Park. You can also catch a performance of Phantom of the Opera or Beach Blanket Babylon. It's also a fun time to head up north to do a little wine tasting, hop on a cruise to see the whales, or go on one of my self-guided walking tours.
Dates: September 4 - 7
Learn More: All Events this Labor Day Weekend
One of the most talked about festivals every year is the Sausalito Arts Festival. This annual event features work from some of the best local and national artists. For three days, you also get the chance to listen to live music, sample some of the best local wines, and enjoy a variety of gourmet foods.
Dates: September 5 - 7
Learn More: Festival Details
Listen to the sounds of Billy Joel at AT&T Park on Saturday, September 5. Some of his most famous hits include The Piano Man, Captain Jack, and Tell Her About It. This one night only event starts at 8pm.
Dates: Saturday, September 5 at 8pm
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