San Francisco Festivals and Events in September
Architecture and the City
Sponsored by AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture and Design, this architectural and design festival in San Francisco includes a series of tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures, home tours and more.
Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito’s annual art festival has been showcasing stars from the contemporary art world since 1952. Browse fine art and crafts along the beautiful bay shore.
JLVelo Giro di San Francisco
Levi Strauss Plaza
Featuring more than 800 amateur and pro racers on a course covering northeast San Francisco, Il Giro (Italian for tour) begins at Levi Strauss Plaza, and includes a day-long expo and a series of races for all levels, and concludes with a pro race at 3 p.m.
San Francisco Symphony’s 107th Season Opening Night Gala
Davies Symphony Hall
Subscriptions available in March; individual tickets for concerts go on sale in July.
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas open the orchestra’s regular season with an Opening Gala Concert.
San Francisco Fringe Festival
This annual theater festival is a marathon of 40-plus shows with low price tickets and a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis.
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Films, visiting filmmakers and guest speakers from around the globe cover environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water and art in the environment.
San Francisco Opera Opening Gala
War Memorial Opera House
The season begins with the annual opening night gala.
Annual Peak2Peak Walk
Get a unique view of San Francisco's skyline and discover hidden stairways and paths on this 12-mile urban trek connecting neighborhoods, parks, and vistas as you walk the spine of the city, cresting 10 peaks along the way.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point
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Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.
Muni Heritage Weekend
Featuring vintage streetcars, special cable cars and possibly the introduction of one newly restored vehicle, the event celebrates San Francisco’s diverse and fascinating public transit history.
The Giant Race
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Families can participate in the Kids Race and Family Relay.
San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Enjoy this outdoor venue and free admission to an opera performance featuring the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra.
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets
This Chinatown event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities.
Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Laugh out loud at this free comedy “concert,” featuring 40 of the U.S.’s and Bay Area’s best comedians.
Oktoberfest by The Bay
Pier 48 near AT&T Park
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages.
Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival
San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island St.
An all-day public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking, book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors and more. Highlight of the day is the printing of linocuts using a seven-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller and a 12-ton 1916 Kelly Springfield steamroller.
SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 2
Oracle NetSuite Open Squash Championship
Embarcadero Plaza and additional locations
The ninth annual event brings an international field of top professional squash players for the Bay Area stop on the Professional Squash Association World Tour. Don't miss the all-glass SuiteSuccess court.
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street between Eighth and 13th Streets
The “daddy of all leather celebrations,” the Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish street fair in the world, drawing some 400,000 attendees annually, dressed in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag—or very little at all.