San Francisco events in September 2022 include Labor Day Weekend activities, concerts, and festivals. Broadway theater performances include Oklahoma, Moulin Rouge, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
If you're a sports fan, catch a baseball game with the SF Giants or the Oakland A's. The 49ers also have one game this month at home. Read on for details on these and other top things to do this month in SF.
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Dates: 9/3 - 9/6
The best way to say goodbye to summer in SF is by enjoying the warm weather and variety of activities over the long Labor Day weekend. Highlights include festivals, concerts, tours, and more!
This year, Labor Day Weekend runs from Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5.
You will find some of the best San Francisco events in September all weekend long!
Dates: 9/2 - 9/4, 9/12 - 9/14, 9/16 - 9/18, 9/27 - 9/29, and 9/30
Location: Oracle Park in the South of Market District
Watch the SF Giants baseball team play their last full month of the regular season.
This September, you have 13 opportunities to watch the Giants in full swing as they take on the Braves, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and others at home in Oracle Park.
There's no better way to enjoy the warm weather than at a ball game by the water.
Dates: 9/6 - 9/11, 9/20 - 9/25
Tickets: Find tickets to all home games
In addition to the SF Giants, you will also find a second MLB team here in the SF Bay Area. The Oakland A's play just over the bay. This American League team plays 12 games this month against the Braves, White Sox, Mariners, and the Mets.
Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara
Tickets: Find tickets to this month's game
The SF 49ers kick off their regular season home games this month at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks at 1:05 pm.
This is their only home game this September. You will find these San Francisco events in September about an hour south of SF.
The annual Bridge to Bridge race runs between two of our iconic bridges from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. This race is one of the most beautiful runs in America.
This is one of the San Francisco events in September that features both a 5k and a 12k run. Both groups will start on the Embarcadero near the SF Bay Bridge. You will run along the waterfront toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5k group will stop at the Marina Green and the 12k group will run almost all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and finish in the Marina Green also.
The After Party is another fun perk for this event. Celebrate your run along with family and friends on the Marina Green. The event features live music, beer, and food. Register for this event today!
Moulin Rouge! The Musical! (9/7 - 11/6): Head over to the Orpheum Theater for one of several performances of this award winning musical. It's the story of an aspiring writer new to Paris with dreams to write for Moulin Rouge. He meets many famous people and quickly falls in love with someone that is already in love with the person that finances the Moulin Rouge shows. How will it all work out for him? Find out this September in San Francisco! Find tickets to all shows.
Oklahoma! (8/16 - 9/11): Another great performance this month is Oklahoma!. The story is set in a small town in Oklahoma about a young women trying to decide which suitor is the best one for her! It's a cute story about young love in a small farm town. Find tickets to all shows at the Golden Gate Theater.
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (All month long): This long running musical will be on stage at the Curran Theater this September. Learn all about Harry Potter's eldest as he struggles with similar issues that Harry faced when he was young. Find tickets for this month in SF.
Free Days: It's easy to visit multiple San Francisco museums without spending a ton of money—if you know when to go! This month, take advantage of the free admission days at some of SF's favorites, including the Asian Art Museum, de Young, Legion of Honor, and Conservatory of Flowers. Usually, the free admission ticket will only get you into the general exhibits and permanent collections, but you can just pay an extra fee to see the special galleries. These San Francisco events in September are popular, so make sure to arrive early for your spot in line. Find my calendar of free days here.
Museum Exhibits: Take some time to check out the fantastic exhibits currently on display at SF's world-renowned museums. The Legion of Honor is currently showing Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain all month long, Contemporary Optics is on display at the SF MOMA, and Tikkun is at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.. Click the link below to find out what else you can see at the Conservatory of Flowers, Walt Disney Museum, the SF Museum of Modern Art, and more. Don't miss out on these highly anticipated San Francisco events in September. Discover a detailed list of museum exhibits in SF.
Dates: Several in September
Most live music venues are now open and offering concerts 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.
Find a show you'll love at the Chase Center, Warfield, the Fillmore, or the Independent, among many others.
SF Opera: The SF Opera will offer performances of Anthony and Cleopatra and Eugene Onegin this September. Shows run throughout the month. Get more details about SF Opera.
SF Symphony: September marks the opening of a new season at the SF Symphony. They are offering just a few shows this month including Star Wars: A New Hope with Live Orchestra (9/16 & 9/17) and the Opening Night Gala (9/23). See the full SF Symphony schedule.
Dates: Several this month
San Francisco is a great place to catch stand-up shows, improv performances, and other hilariously entertaining plays and musicals.
Some of the best comedians in the business, including have been featured at the Punch Line Comedy Club and Cobb's Comedy Club in the city. In addition, this month you can enjoy the annual free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival (TBD): 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! Get the full festival schedule.
California Rum Festival (9/4): Taste some of the best rums around at the California Rum Festival at the Hibernia Bank Building. You'll get to try a wonderful variety from large, micro, and boutique distilleries. In addition, attend seminars by rum producers and aficionados, and mingle with other rum lovers.
Folsom Street Fair (9/25): This year's Folsom Street Fair will look similar to years past with a large event along Folsom Street. You will find entertainment, live music, and plenty of vendors.
Whiskies of the World (9/24): Whisky lovers, here's your chance to taste more than 200 varieties of Scotch, Bourbon, Canadian, Irish, and other imported whiskies from around the world. You can also attend seminars and learn how to pair certain whiskies with food and cigars.
Craft Spirits Carnival (TBD): Sample some of the best craft spirits at this year's event. The Craft Spirits Carnaval features a weekend of trying the best whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, grappa, and more. The event runs for two days on Saturday, September 21 (1pm to 5pm) and Sunday, September 22 (1pm to 5pm).
California Vegetarian Food Festival & Symposium (No event in 2022, Planning to return in 2023): This year's festival will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts and features 100% vegan and green products. This one day event features plant based foods, chefs, entertainers, and lifestyle vendors. You will also find speakers, panelists, kids activities, and so much more. The event runs from 11 am to 6 pm.
Oktoberfest (TBD): It's that time of year again for you lovers of beer and all things German! Head over to Pier 35 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! Find out how to get tickets, how to get there, and more.
SF Fringe Festival (9/8 - 9/17): 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 in downtown SF at very accessible prices.
Architecture and the City Festival (9/12 - 9/23): This month, all month long, San Francisco invites you to engage with its design and architecture in ways you haven't experienced before. These San Francisco events in September include behind-the-scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and more. Explore and appreciate the city's true structural backbone in 2022. Visit the festival's website for more details.
SF Cheese Fest (TBD): The 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. Don't miss out on one of the tastiest San Francisco events in September. Find additional details on their website.
A Taste of Greece (TBD): This annual event showcases the cultural and culinary diversity of SF's Mission District. Get your fill of delicious 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!
Latino Film Festival (TBD): 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. Get details about this film festival. Find additional film festivals in September.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: The best way to get around San Francisco is on the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. It runs from 9 am to 6 pm and takes you directly from one attraction to the next. You can select from their 24- or 48-hour tour. They also have a cool night tour. The Big Bus Tour Company is the most popular and highly rated option. Visit this site to learn more.
VRBO: Want to experience San Francisco like a local? Use VRBO to book a condo, room, or other local accommodation for your stay. Visit VRBO to find places to stay throughout SF and the SF Bay Area.
CityPass: Save up to 44% on 4 of San Francisco's top attractions with the CityPass. This discount card includes admission to the California Academy of Sciences and a Blue & Gold Fleet Cruise. In addition, you can visit two other attractions of your choice from the following four options: Aquarium of the Bay, SF Zoo, Walt Disney Museum, and the Exploratorium. Visit this site to learn more.
One of the top San Francisco events in September is a cruise around the SF Bay. You will find more than a dozen options almost every day of the week.
Top daytime cruises include the 60-minute Bay Cruise, the Escape from the Rock Cruise, and the high speed Rocketboat adventure. You can also head out on a Bridge to Bridge Cruise or a wine tasting.
Our evening cruises are also popular. You can watch the sunset on a relaxing, casual cruise or dress up a bit for one of our dinner cruises. Our happy hour cruises are also popular and offer a few hours of cocktails on the water.
Here are the top picks for September.
60-Minute Bay Cruise: The 60-minute cruise leaves from Fisherman's Wharf and takes you around the SF Bay. You will ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, near Sausalito, around Alcatraz, and return to Fisherman's Wharf. The narration along the way will tell you more about SF and our top attractions. Check for ticket availability.
Sunset Sailing Cruise: In September, the Sunset Sailing Cruise leaves Fisherman's Wharf at 6:30 pm in September. It includes two complimentary beverages, light appetizers, and 1.5 hours on the water. Check for tickets in September.
One of my favorite San Francisco events in September is our Northern California wine country tours. You can head north to visit either Napa Valley or Sonoma or both in just one day.
These tours take you to three to five wineries and offer you the chance to take a sneak peak behind the scenes at the wine making process. You will also meet with those in the business and learn all about their wines and the history of these regions.
You can head up on your own, but the best thing about these guided tour is you don't have to worry about who is driving you back to SF. You will be picked up from your hotel, driven throughout one or both of these wine regions, and dropped off where you started.
Most of them are about 8 to 9 hours. If you are short on time, you will also find some great half-day tours too.
These are just a few of my top recommendations.
Napa & Sonoma Full Day Tour: Includes stops at 3 wineries. You will stop at a large winery and a smaller boutique winery, so you can get a feel for how they each create their wines. You will also have a free hour for lunch where you can grab a meal on your own at any place in the historic Sonoma Square or in the heart of Napa Valley. Tasting fees included for all three stops. Additional tastings and lunch not included. Runs daily. Check for availability for September.
Half-Day Tour: This tour will take you to the Carneros region in Sonoma County. It includes a stop at two wineries. You will also have about an hour to explore downtown Sonoma. The tour leaves SF at Noon and is about 5 hours long. Tasting fees at the first place are included and you will need to pay for your tasting at the second location. Check for availability this month.
TreasureFest (TBD): This year's TreasureFest is San Rafael is at the Marin Fairgrounds. This event features a unique shopping experience with handmade up-cycled & revamped items. You will also find additional art, vintage & collectables, and interactive art installments. You can also grab some food (25 gourmet food offerings) or an adult specialty cocktail. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm. both days.
Summer's End (TBD): Spend a fun filled day of live music, face painting, and other free family-friendly activities in Half Moon Bay on 9/25. This year's Summer's End is at John Carter Memorial Park and runs from 12 pm to 7 pm. Don't miss it!
Sausalito Art Festival (TBD): This Labor Day weekend, head over to Sausalito, the lovely waterfront town just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, for their annual arts festival. For over 60 years, the community has held this three-day event featuring a wonderful selection of art, music, food and drink. Enjoy live performances by both well known and local bands as you peruse the booths of over 270 artists selling everything from sculptures and paintings to glass, fiber, and wood works. Additional details about the festival
Oakland International Film Festival (9/15 - 9/24): This year marks the 17th anniversary of one of the largest SF Bay Area events in September--the Oakland International Film Festival. You can enjoy a variety of excellent independent works from around the globe at venues all over the East Bay city of Oakland. Attend the screenings, filmmaker panels, networking events, and more to celebrate five days of amazing shorts, documentaries, and feature films created by local and international artists. Find more information on the festival website
Monterey Jazz Festival (9/23 - 9/25): The legendary Monterey Jazz Festival is one of the SF Bay Area events in September that cannot be missed if you are a serious music fan. Over the 60 plus years of this festival, headliners have included Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Regina Carter and many more. With over 500 artists, 100 hours of music and eight different stages, you will be sure to get your fill of music, food, and fun events. The Monterey Jazz Festival always takes place on the third Saturday of September. Find out more and other fun events in Monterey this September.
Oakland Pride (9/10 - 9/11): Come out and show your pride in Oakland at this annual event. Located in downtown Oakland, the parade starts at 10:30, while the festival starts at 11 am and ends at 7 pm. Being that this is an all ages event there is a children's carnival area for them to play in and there is even a toddler's zone too. The festival always has a star singer and entertainer for everyone's enjoyment and fun. Last but not least, there is great food and other exhibits that are related to Pride. The parade is free for all to attend but the festival does have a fee.
Eat Real Fest (TBD): If you love your food and want to explore all that the East Bay has to offer, this is one of the SF Bay Area events in September that you will want to check out. Located in Jack London Square, this three-day festival is jam packed with loads of sustainably sourced food, locally brewed and created drinks and some of the best local street food that can be found anywhere. The festival is free to attend, and all street food at the event costs 10 dollars or less, so you will be able to find something your taste buds will love. Visit their site for more details.
Belmont Greek Festival (9/3 - 9/5): OPA! One of the classic Labor Day party events in the south bay of San Francisco is the Belmont Greek Festival. Three days of fun, drinking, dancing and the best food around is yours to enjoy at the Church of the Holy Cross. This event features church tours, exhibits that are dedicated to the Greek culture, live music, and even a classic Greek play. If you are looking to pick up some pieces of art for yourself, there is the agora (marketplace) for you to check out. Since this is an all ages festival, there is a kid's zone for the little ones. Visit their site for details.
Santa Cruz Greek Festival (9/9 & 9/10): Santa Cruz is known for the amazing beach, and The Boardwalk, but another reason to visit is their Greek Festival. This two-day event starts on Saturday morning and runs until Sunday night at 7 pm. Located in downtown Santa Cruz, this annual festival has been voted the best street festival in Santa Cruz County. As would be expected, there is more dancing, drinking, eating, exhibits and performances than you could imagine during this festival. If you, or your family, wants to really become a part of the fun, they even have dance lessons for all ages!
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival (9/10 & 9/11): This two-day festival in the heart of Silicon Valley is a celebration of everything related to arts and wines in the south bay. This event brings together over art pieces from 500 of America's best artists. The food is delicious and so varied that there is something for everyone's taste. Not only is there premium wine selections, but many breweries will be in attendance and there will be sangria and cocktails if you would prefer those. There is live music during the weekend, with each day having a special theme to it, and lots of room to dance. If you are a sport's fan, you are in luck, since they have giant TV screens playing NFL football and Major League baseball games during the festival.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival (TBD): The gorgeous beach front city of Capitola is home to this magnificent art and wine festival. This family centered event has over 160 artists and vendors each year and over 22 wineries all located in the Santa Cruz mountain area. Being that Capitola is located ocean side, you will be able to taste some of the best seafood you could ever imagine fresh from the sea. Both days include dance performances, live music, and even a traveling magician to entertain you and the kids. Speaking of kids, there is a special kid's area for them to play around at when you need a break from all the fun.
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival (9/17 & 9/18): Another of the SF Bay Area events in September that is always a fun time is the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. Set in the heart of Santa Clara's Central Park, this annual event is attended by over 50,000 people each year. Featuring both regional and national artists showing their best art pieces, food from all over the world, wineries and breweries from the local region, you are sure to find everything you'd like to eat, taste and buy. Kids are welcome and there is the much-loved Kid's Kingdom for them to play at during the festival.
Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival (9/17 - 9/18): Located in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains the Sol Festival is a three-day festival full of music, food, and enjoyment. Headliners have included acts such as George Clinton & Parliament, Ozomatli, Michael Franti & Spearhead among many others. The event is at Roaring Camp Meadows in Felton, CA.
Solano Avenue Stroll (9/11): For more than 40 years, the Solano Avenue Stroll has been one of the most enjoyable of the SF Bay Area Events in September. Making sure to wear your walking shoes as this event covers over 1 mile of the street and starts with their fun parade on Sunday at 10am. With over 50 food booths, 50 entertainers, and loads more non-profits and artisans, this event has something for everyone. Also make sure to visit the other businesses that are regularly located on Solano Avenue as they have so much to offer and you don't want to miss their wares and specialties. There are also rides and areas for kids.
Russian River Jazz & Blues Fest (TBD): Located on the beautiful Johnson's Beach in the quaint town of Guerneville, this two-day event is one of the best of the SF Bay Area events in September. This is the place to be If you are looking for great music, great food and a great location. This annual event has been home to headliners like Charlie Musselwhite, The Doobie Brothers, Chaka Khan and many others. The event has a wine pavilion, a food court, and since it is on the Russian River's Johnson's Beach, rentals of canoes, kayaks and umbrellas and other items to make your weekend the best.
What to Wear in September: September is one of the best times to visit San Francisco. It's warm and usually sunny during the day. It then cools off at night making it the perfect weather for a night out on the town. Make sure to bring along layers for your stay in SF as you will find that the temperature can swing up to 10 degrees during the day from one district to the next. You will also find it's even chillier on the water and along the shoreline.
Read my September weather page for more tips on what to pack, what to wear, and a few other fun things to know before you visit. Tips on what to pack and wear in SF in September.
More Things to Do in SF this Month: In addition to the fun San Francisco events in September listed above, there is so much to do this month in the City by the Bay! Take a tour or boat cruise, attend a show, check out the nightlife, and get outside to enjoy SF's beautiful summer weather! Find additional September activities in SF.