San Francisco Events in September 2013

Top Things to Do in SF this September

The weather is gorgeous this time of year in the city and it's the perfect time to visit. You will also find several great San Francisco events in September 2013.

Expect this September in SF to be unusually busy as the city is home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals. Other highlights this month include the final regular season games for the Giants, Oktoberfest by the Bay and Polk Street Blues Festival.

America's Cup 2013 Finals

americas cupExcitement is already building for the 2013 America's Cup Finals in San Francisco. Races will be held from September 7 - September 21 on the SF Bay. Discover the full schedule, half-priced cruise tickets for the finals and tips on where to watch this prestigious racing event for free.

Learn More: America's Cup Finals in 2013

SF Giants in September

sf giantsJoin the SF Giants for their final regular season games in September 2013. This month the Giants host the LA Dodgers, the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies. Find the full September schedule as well as a few tips on watching a game at AT&T Park.

Learn More: September 2013 Giants Schedule

Labor Day Weekend

sausalito arts festivalThis year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 2. All weekend long, you will find several fun events in and near the city. Highlights for the weekend include Shakespeare in the Park, Oakland A's baseball games and the Sausalito Arts Festival.

Learn More: Top Labor Day Weekend Activities

49ers at Candlestick Park

49ersTickets are already on sale for the two 49ers home games at Candlestick Park. The first game is on Sunday, September 8 at 1:25pm against the Green Bay Packers. Their other home game is on Sunday, September 22 at 1:25pm against the Indianapolis Colts.

More: Full 2013 Schedule & Tips to Attend a Game

September Concerts & Live Music Shows

america's cup pavilionThe September live music calendar is starting to fill up. This month, you can see outdoor performances from Jason Mraz and the Fall Out Boy at the new America's Cup Pavilion. Other top concerts scheduled already this month include Adam Ant, The Mission U.K. and Bobby McFerrin.

Full Calendar: September 2013 Live Music & Concert Calendar

Half Price Tickets & Tours for September

Here are just a few of the half priced tickets and tours already available for September.

Hornblower's Champagne Brunch Cruise on the SF Bay

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am (boarding at 11am)
  • Two-hour cruise with gorgeous views of Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and more
  • Includes a full brunch buffet as well as sparkling wine, juice, coffee and tea
  • Live music throughout the entire ride
  • Full Price: $91.54 | Goldstar Price: $54.81*

California Sunset Cruise on the Bay

  • 2-hour cruise, offered daily starting at 6pm
  • Includes a hearty appetizer buffet with sandwiches, salads, fruit and dessert
  • Cruise past historic sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Angel Island
  • One drink included with your ticket, additional drinks are available for purchase at the on-board bar
  • Full Price: $58.00 | Goldstar Price: $29.00*

Night Segway Tour

  • A unique way to see SF at night
  • Glide through the streets of North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Ride past top attractions including Saints Peter and Paul's Church, the Transamerica Pyramid and Ghirardelli Square
  • See the lights of the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz Island
  • Two hour and 30 minute journey with a professional guide
  • 30 minute training session at the beginning of each session to get you comfortable on a Segway before you begin your tour
  • Full Price: $70.00 | Goldstar Price: $35.00*

*Additional fees may apply

Polk Street Blues Festival

stern groveEnjoy free live music on September 21 and 22 at the Polk Street Blues Festival. This annual event is in San Francisco's Russian Hill district. From 10am to 6pm both days, you can also indulge in gourmet food as well as visit dozens of booths showcasing unique arts and crafts.

More Details: 2013 Polk Street Blues Festival

Theater Performances This Month

beautiful sf theaterSeptember is the start of the 2013/2014 Theater Season. Beginning on September 24, you can catch a performance of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. This award winning musical tells the story of how this Brooklyn girl became a music legend.

Learn More: September 2013 Theater Calendar

Whale Watching on the Pacific Ocean

whale watching in sfSeptember is one of my favorite times to go whale watching. This is the time of year when both the Humpback and Blue Whales migrate through the Pacific Ocean just miles from the shores of SF. These all day tours take you to the best spots to find these migrating whales as well as large sea turtles and schools of dolphins. It's an experience you will never forget!

Walk or Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

golden gate bridgeThe weather in September is gorgeous and it's the perfect time to go on a tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. Going with a group offers you the chance to learn even more about the bridge's history and other key facts. Discover the best walking and biking tours of the bridge for your September visit.

Learn More: Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge

Opening Night at the Symphony

sf symphonyThe beginning of September marks the opening of the 2013/2014 season. Join them on Tuesday, September 3 for their Black Tie Opening Night Gala. This event starts with a sparkling wine reception in the lobby of the Davies Symphony Hall. This is followed by a concert featuring Audra McDonald performing alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony.

Day Trip to Sonoma or Napa Valley

wine tour from sf September is harvest season in Sonoma and Napa Valley. It's an amazing time to visit as the wineries are bustling with harvest related activities. The grapes and leaves are both turning colors, which creates several picture perfect moments throughout both regions.

Learn More: Top Wine Tasting Tours from SF

Oktoberfest by the Bay

beer festThis year's annual Oktoberfest by the Bay is on September 20 - 22, 2013. Head over to Pier 48 for cold beer, tasty food and plenty of music and dancing.

Hours for this festival are: Friday from 5pm to 12am; Saturday from 11am to 5pm & 6pm to 12am; and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Free Opera in the Park

park thumbnailEvery year, the SF Opera performs a free show in the park to kick off their upcoming season. This year, you can catch their performance on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:30pm in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Bring along a picnic lunch as you enjoy the show. Food and beverages will also be for sale near the performance.

Learn More: Find Tips to Get to Golden Gate Park

Other SF Opera Performances in September

sf operaDuring the month of September, you will find two SF Opera productions. The first is the highly anticipated Mephistopheles, Arrigo Boito's interpretation of Goethe's Faust. The second performance is Dolores Claiborne, which brings some of Stephen King's characters to life.

Learn More: SF Opera in September

Around the World in 80 Beers

around the worldIf you enjoy craft beers, you will love this event at the Folsom Street Foundry (1425 Folsom Street) on Saturday, September 14. Around the World in 80 Beers features handcrafted beers from both the US and several countries around the world. The tasting lasts from 4pm to 6:30pm. Tickets start at around $40 per person, but you can get them on Goldstar at a fraction of the cost.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

ghirardelli squareOn Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15, head to Ghirardelli Square for their 18th Annual Chocolate Festival. During this two-day event, you can sample a variety of wine & chocolate pairings, watch Tim Nugent from "Top Chef: Just Desserts" as he hosts a culinary demonstration and participate in the silent auction. Tickets start at $20 per person each day.

Union Square Live

union square liveUnion Square Live offers a variety of entertainment in the plaza - for free! Head over to learn how to salsa dance, watch acrobats perform their tricks, and to listen to up and coming local musicians. Performances are most Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the month of September

Learn More: September 2013 Union Square Live Calendar

Orchids in the Park

orchids in the parkAt the end of September, head over to Golden Gate Park's Botanical Gardens for their annual Orchids in the Park sale and exhibition event. This two-day is on Saturday, September 28 & Sunday October 29 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $4 at the door.

Event Location: 9th & Irving in Golden Gate Park

Free Museum Days in September

This month, you can visit several SF museums for free. Here is a list of the free museum days for September 2013.

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday, September 1
Tuesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 4

Thursday, September 5

Tuesday, September 10
Sunday, September 29

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