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San Francisco Events in September

Theater, Baseball, and More Things to Do in 2016

San Francisco events in September 2016 include Beautiful at the Orpheum Theater, Labor Day Weekend activities, and the Sausalito Arts Festival. You can also enjoy one of several outdoor festivals including the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park, and the Bay Area Blues Festival.

If you're a sports fan, catch a baseball game with the SF Giants or the Oakland A's. Read on for details on these and other top things to do this month in SF.

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Beautiful at the Orpheum Theater

The Carole King Musical, Beautiful, is back! This piece follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom, from her start on a song-writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time. It's one of the best San Francisco events in September!

Dates: August 9 - September 18

Discounted Tickets: Find certain performances at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Learn More: Visit the full theater calendar for details

Architecture and the City Festival

This month, all month long, San Francisco invites you to engage with its design and architecture in ways you haven't experienced before. This festival features behind-the-scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and more. Explore and appreciate the city's true structural backbone under the 2016 theme, "Resilient City: Strength by Design."

Dates: September 1 - 30

Learn More: Visit the festival's website for more details

Labor Day Weekend

The best way to say goodbye to summer in SF is by enjoying the warm weather and plethora of activities over the long Labor Day weekend, which falls on September 2 - 5 this year. Beautiful at the Orpheum Theater, free Shakespeare in the Presidio, and the Sausalito Arts Festival are just a few of the highlights.

Dates: September 2 - 5

Learn More: Visit our guide to Labor Day Weekend

SF Comic Con

The San Francisco Comic Con is a must for comic and pop-culture aficionados. This three-day convention features not only a wide variety of comic books, but games, toys, magazines, Star Trek, Star Wars, anime, manga, sketches, artwork, and apparel. Adults and children of all ages are welcome, and children under 12 get in free. If you're a big fan of particular artists--like Ian McDiarmid, Krysten Ritter, Jenna Coleman, and others--check out the full schedule to see what times they will be doing photos and autographs.

Dates: September 2 - 4

More: Tickets and other details on their site

Best Half-Priced Tickets for San Francisco Events in September

The best way to save on your San Francisco events in September is by checking out the great deals on Goldstar. Here are just a few of their half-priced tickets for this month.

  • Blue & Gold Bay Cruise, leaves from Pier 39 several times a day, Full Price $30, Goldstar Price: $15*

  • California Sunset Cruise, leaves from Pier 43 1/2 once each evening, includes an appetizer buffet, 2-hour cruise, Full Price $64, Goldstar Price $32*

  • Wine & Cheese Walk, sample 8 or more local red, white, or sparkling wines, Full Price: $100, Goldstar Price $40*

*Small service fee will apply

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The circus is coming to town! Take the family to the SAP Center in San Jose (about an hour south of San Francisco) to see "Out of This World," a fun show of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, hilarious clowns, and more.

Dates: September 2 - 5 in San Jose (just an hour south of SF)

Discounted Tickets: Up to 50% off on Goldstar

Learn More: Check out the circus website for more information and tickets

Free Museum Admission Days

This month, take advantage of the free admission days at some of SF's favorite museums, including the Asian Art Museum, de Young, Legion of Honor, and Conservatory of Flowers.

Dates: Several in Early September

Learn More: View the entire schedule

Sausalito Arts Festival

This Labor Day weekend, head over to Sausalito, the lovely waterfront town just over the Golden Gate Bridge, for their annual arts festival. The three-day event features tons of art, music, and food and always proudly welcomes dozens of big-name and local bands.

Dates: September 3 - 5

Learn More: Additional details for 2016

Free Shakespeare in the Park

The SF Shakespeare Festival is presenting free performances of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for all to enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays this month, plus Labor Day Monday. From September 3 - 18, catch the presentation on the main lawn in the Presidio, and from September 24 - October 2 (plus Friday, September 30 at 10am), head over to amphitheater at McLaren Park.

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays all month

Learn More: Visit the SF Shakespeare Festival website for more details

Find the Perfect Hotel for Your Stay

You will find more than 300 hotels in the SF City Limits. With so many options, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your stay. I recommend starting your search on Booking.com and TripAdvisor. Both offer great deals and add ons that will make your stay even more enjoyable!

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Union Square Live

It's the last month of Union Square Live 2016, an ongoing summer event that presents free, live outdoor performances of dance, music, circus, and theater. Events this September include Tango in the Square, a concert by Moonalice, Salsa in the Square by Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, and Swing in the Square. These fun performances always encourage the audience to get involved, so go on, enjoy the last of the warm weather and get out on the square!

Dates: Several in September

Learn More: Get the Union Square Festival details and schedule

SF Symphony

September marks the opening of the 2016-2017 season of the SF Symphony. Enjoy an elegant Opening Gala Night on September 7 to help kick off the season in style. Later in the month, catch stunning performances of Reich & Copland and Beethoven's Fifth (both directed by the renowned Michael Tilson Thomas), Viva Verdi: Italian Masterworks, and Yuja Wang and Stravinsky's Firebird.

Dates: Several in September

Learn More: See the full SF Symphony schedule

Golden Gate Bridge Free Walking Tour

One of the best San Francisco events in September is the free walking tours of the Golden Gate Bridge. This massive structure ties the city with its neighbor to the north, Marin County. On this tour, you will find out more about this historic bridge and get the chance to walk across it.

Dates: Every Thursday and Sunday at 11am

Learn More: Find more details

San Francisco Improv Fest

If you enjoy watching and laughing along with improv performances, get ready for 10 days of awesome shows at the Eureka Theatre at Jackson Street and Battery. This festival is in its 12th year celebrating improvisational theater. It will feature work by both local and visiting ensembles, as well as workshops and other events to help educate the public and strengthen the improv community in the SF Bay Area.

Dates: September 8 - 17

Discounted Tickets: Select events at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Learn More: Visit the event website for more details

SF Giants

Cheer on our 2014 World Champion SF Giants as they close out this season. AT&T Park is a fantastic place to catch a ballgame, and this month there are sure to be exciting series as the Giants host the Padres, the Cardinals, the Rockies, and the Dodgers.

Dates: Various Dates in September

Tickets: Buy your tickets to the SF Giants games in September

Learn More: SF Giants full September calendar

Three-Day Itinerary of SF

If you've only got 72 hours on your visit to SF, but want to make sure you cover the city's top attractions and regions, check out my three-day itinerary so you can fit it all in and not have to backtrack. You'll get to know different neighborhoods, museums, great places to dine, and more.

Dates: Any day you visit

Learn More: Find the entire itinerary here

Craft Spirits Carnival

Head over to the City View at the Metreon downtown to enjoy samples of over 100 ultra-premium spirits, including absinthe, bourbon, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, and more. Here you will get to taste handcrafted drinks from your favorite distilleries as well as discover new ones, all independent. In addition, your ticket gets you access to the Craft Beer Saloon for unlimited craft beer tastings.

Dates: September 9 - 10

Discounted Tickets: Find tickets for a discount on LivingSocial

Learn More: Check out the festival details

SF Fringe Festival

If you love theater, this month you are really in luck because September offers a 14-day grassroots theater festival, featuring over a hundred unique performances by dozens of indie companies. All performances will take place at the EXIT Theater at very accessible prices.

Dates: September 9 - 24

Learn More: Full festival details

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

San Francisco's famous Ghirardelli Chocolate is the star of this annual event, where guests can sample delectable chocolate treats, sip premium wines, and watch chefs show off their culinary skills. You can even participate in an ice cream eating contest! For sweettooths and wine-lovers, this festival is a must.

Dates: September 10 - 11

Learn More: Additional festival info

Russian River Jazz & Blues Fest

Head up north to Guerneville along the Russian River for this year's Jazz and Blues Fest. For two days, you get the chance to see top artists such as Chaka Khan, Jonny Lang, and Keb' Mo'. Other performers this year include Bobby Rush, Brian Culbertson, and Sheila E.

Dates: September 10 - 11

Discounted Tickets: Individual and weekend passes available at up to 50% off on Goldstar

More: Visit their website for a full list of performers and additional details

San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival

Head over to colorful Grant Avenue in the heart of SF's Chinatown for two full days of entertainment, food, shopping, parades, children's activities, and more. Some of the highlights are the lion dancers and dragon parades. Maybe you'll even try a traditional mooncake to celebrate the full moon and Chinese culture!

Dates: September 10 - 11

Learn More: Get the full festival schedule

Sunday Streets

The sixth edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place on September 11 in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. This monthly street fair rotates among the city's distinct districts, where each local community comes together to enjoy free family activities, live music, and closed traffic so people can play safely in the streets.

Dates: September 11 (Monthly events from April 10 - November 13)

Learn More: Find out more about Sunday Streets and get the full schedule

Live Music in SF

Throughout the year, you can enjoy live music concerts almost every evening in San Francisco. The city attracts some big names, but also has many great venues for independent and up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent. This month, you can enjoy The Monkees at the Warfield and Mr. Big at the Regency Ballroom, among many others. And for those of you who love the classics, head over to the San Francisco Fest at AT&T Park on September 4 to see Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and the Doobie Brothers.

Dates: Several in September

Learn More: See who's coming to town this month

Giant Race

Head out early on September 11 for some Sunday fun with the Giant Race half marathon/10K/5K, taking you on a run through the city and ending at SF Giants' AT&T Park. In addition, there is a Kids Race/Family Relay on Saturday, September 10 at noon.

Dates: September 10 & 11

Learn More: Visit the event website for more details and registration

SF Opera

As the SF Opera gears up to open its 2016-2017 season, enjoy the annual free show at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on September 11. Later on in the month, catch the first shows of the season: Andrea Chenier, Dream of the Red Chamber, and Don Pasquale at the elegant War Memorial Opera House.

Dates: Several this month

Learn More: Get more details about SF Opera

49ers Football

The 49ers kick off their regular season at Levi's Stadium, facing the Los Angeles Rams on September 12. This is their only home game this month, so make sure to not miss out on the action. This Monday night game starts at 7:20pm.

Date: September 12

Learn More: Check out the 49ers full 2016 schedule

TechCrunch Disrupt

With SF being front-and-center of the tech world, you won't be disappointed by this gathering of the brightest and most enthusiastic entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans. Here, innovation is celebrated as the industry's leaders are featured in on-stage interviews, a Startup Battlefield competition, and a 24-hour Hackathon.

Dates: September 12 - 14

Learn More: Visit their site for more details

A Taste of Greece

This annual event showcases the cultural and culinary diversity of SF's Mission District. Get your fill of delectable Greek treats such as spanakopita, mousaka, kotopoulo, and gyros. And of course, the festival wouldn't be complete without Greek wine, Greek pastries, and live Greek music and dance!

Dates: September 16 - 18

Learn More: Find out more about this delicious festival

Latino Film Festival

This film festival features unique works from filmmakers from the US, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Films will be screened at several venues around the city, including the Brava Theater Center, the Opera Plaza Cinema, and Galeria de la Raza. Tickets are available for purchase for individual screenings, for five films, or for the entire festival.

Dates: September 16 - 28

Learn More: Get details about this film festival

Live Comedy in SF

San Francisco is a great place to catch stand-up shows, improv performances, and other hilariously entertaining plays and musicals. Featured comedians at the Punch Line Comedy Club and Cobb's Comedy Club this month include Ricky Velez, Corey Holcomb, and Jim Gaffigan.

Dates: Several this month

Learn More: See the detailed schedule of shows

Superhero & Electronic Music Street Fair

This year's Superhero and Electronic Music Street Fair offers a full day of fun along the waterfront. The event features seven stages, 11 sound camps, art installations, and so much more. The event lasts from 1pm to 11pm and is in SF's Dogpatch District.

Date: Saturday, September 17

Tickets: Find them at up to 50% off on Goldstar

More: Additional details about this event on their website

SF Cheese Fest

The 2nd annual SF Cheese Fest features samples of amazing craft cheeses from more than two dozen California cheesemakers. If you love food, you'll want to attend this event celebrating local food pioneers in the art of preservation, which also includes cured meat, jams, pickles, and more. Enjoy your delicious bites with your favorite beverages from local brewers and winemakers, and dance along to the live 1930s jazz band.

Date: September 17

More: Find additional details on their website

Brews on the Bay

If you enjoy artisanal brews and Saturday afternoons soaking in a sea breeze with great views, you won't want to miss this unique beer festival. This popular craft brew tasting features over 60 beers on tap, and you'll have the opportunity to mingle with the brewers and ask them questions. There will also be gourmet food trucks on hand. This event is in its 13th year aboard the historic S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, a ship that served in WWII and is now docked at Pier 45 in Fisherman's Wharf.

Date: September 17

Info: Check out the full list of participating breweries and tips for attending

Sea Music Festival

Previously just a one-day music event, this year the Sea Music Festival will be held over three Saturday evenings, one in September, one in October, and the last in November. The festival showcases traditional songs of the sea, and each concert will take place at 8pm on either the historic vessel Balclutha or Eureka. The September event features performances by Diana Gameros and Maria Jose Montijo.

Date: September 17

Learn More: Find out more about the festival and other things to do at Hyde Street Pier

Korean Day Culture Festival

Interested in having a unique cultural experience in the heart of the city? The 24th Korean Day Culture Festival is a free event from 10am - 4pm in Union Square, where you will have the chance to watch colorful performances, try delicious Korean food, and learn more about Korean traditions. This festival honors Chuseok, a Korean holiday similar to Thanksgiving in which families come together to give thanks and celebrate the beautiful autumn season.

Date: September 17

Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire, is bringing its beer-and-biking sensation to San Francisco this month. This event attracts thousands of costumed riders who will parade through Golden Gate Park on bicycle to end at a $10 steal of a concert by Dr. Dog. Don't miss out on the fun!

Date: September 17

Learn More: Visit their website to get more details

Peace in the Park

This peaceful festival aims to to educate, inspire, and promote community and global peace. From 11am to 6pm on September 17 in Golden Gate Park, the event will bring together world-renowned peace leaders, yogis, meditation teachers, artists, and others for workshops and meditation.

Date: September 17

Learn More: Find out more on the event website

The Bloody Mary Festival

Looking to put a little kick in your Sunday afternoon? Head over to the Midway in SF's Dogpatch neighborhood from 1 - 4pm to sample the tastiest, most innovative bloody mary concoctions crafted by 12 outstanding Bay Area bars and restaurants. You'll vote on the best one, enjoy live entertainment, and even learn how to shake up your own version of this beloved cocktail.

Date: September 18

More: Additional info on their website

Comedy Day

This month brings us a whole day of laughter and fun as more than 40 great comedians come together to offer the city a free day of comedy in Golden Gate Park. There will be several hilarious sets throughout the afternoon, and of course there will be food and drinks on hand, including Lagunitas Brewing, the Slider Shack, and much more.

Date: Sunday, September 18

Learn More: This year's festival details

Urban Air Market

Urban Air Market is the biggest outdoor design festival in the US, with events all over the country. At each event, the marketplace focuses on sustainable design, building community, promoting independent artists, and supporting the local economy. For the fall SF market, head over to Hayes Valley and check out the unique fashion design, accessories, body products, home decor, and other types of art.

Date: September 18

Learn More: Visit the organization's website for event details

Oktoberfest

It's that time of year again, lovers of beer and all things German! Head over to Pier 48 for the annual three-day Oktoberfest by the Bay, including nonstop music, singing, dancing, and the best of German food and drink. This year's entertainment features the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. Cheers!

Dates: September 23 - 25

Learn More: Find out how to get tickets, how to get there, and more

SF Museum Exhibits

Take some time to check out the fantastic exhibits currently on display at SF's world-renowned museums. This is the last month of Emperors' Treasures at the Asian Art Museum, as well as Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier at the Legion of Honor, and About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change at the SFMOMA. Click the link below to find out what else you can see at the Conservatory of Flowers, Walt Disney Museum, and more.

Dates: Throughout September

Learn More: Discover a detailed list of museum exhibits in SF

San Francisco Fashion Week

San Francisco being one of the world's leading hubs of technology and innovation, it seems only natural that the theme of this year's 7th annual SF Fashion Week is Tech Drives Fashion. This week-long convention will showcase technology's influence on the fashion industry, including wearable tech, virtual reality, emerging designer collections, 3D fashion, and more. Check out the full schedule of events and find out how you can launch your own fashion product.

Dates: September 24 - October 2

More Info: Find additional information and ticketing details here

Bay Area Blues Festival

Head over to historic downtown Martinez on the other side of the bay for the 6th annual Bay Area Blues Festival. This event features live blues music on two stages, gourmet food booths, bistro-style seating areas, arts and crafts exhibitors, and kids activities. It's fun for the whole family.

Dates: September 24 & 25

Learn More: Details for the 2016 event

Waves to Wine Ride

Bike MS: Waves to Wine is a totally different way to get to Sonoma wine country. It involves one or two days of cycling from San Francisco to the wine region on routes between 20 and 100 miles each, along with thousands of other passionate individuals, for a great cause.

Dates: September 24 & 25

Learn More: Visit their site for details

Iranian Film Festival

This film festival showcases dozens of features and short stories all about Iran and its people. Head over to the San Francisco Art Institute to catch the film screenings and learn more about this culture.

Dates: September 24 - 25

Learn More: Visit the Iranian Film Festival page

Learn More: See all film festivals this month in SF

Folsom Street Fair

Unlike most of the family-friendly neighborhood street fairs you'll find in SF, this raucous all-day festival is for adults only, who don't mind a lot of nudity and erotic paraphernalia. The Folsom Street Fair is one of those "only in San Francisco" events, featuring 13 city blocks of leather and fetish players and dance floors with big-name indie, electronic, and alternative music. Leave the kids at home and head on over to Folsom Street on Sunday, September 25 from 11am to 6pm for an experience you will never forget!

Date: September 25

Re:Make Summit and Festival

The fourth annual Re:Make Summit and Festival is designed to inspire and enlighten its guests in their creativity. Here you'll meet the country's leading entrepreneurs, designers, bloggers, and artisans, and have the opportunity to participate in free DIY classes and projects. In addition, SF's best food trucks will be on hand!

Dates: September 30 & October 1

Learn More: Visit the festival's website for details

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