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March 31, 2017

San Francisco Festivals and Events in September

SEPTEMBER 1-30
Architecture and the City
Citywide, 415-362-7397
www.aiasf.org/archandcity
Sponsored by AIA San Francisco, the largest architectural and design festival in the U.S. includes a series of architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures, home shows and more.

SEPTEMBER 2-4
Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito, 415-332-3555
www.sausalitoartfestival.org
Sausalito’s yearly art festival has been showcasing stars from the contemporary art world since 1952. Browse fine art and crafts along the beautiful bay shore.

SEPTEMBER 4
JLVelo Giro di San Francisco
Levi Strauss Plaza
www.metromintcycling.com
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.

SEPTEMBER 8
San Francisco Opera Opening Gala
War Memorial Opera House, 415-864-3330
www.sfopera.com
The season begins with the annual opening night gala.

SEPTEMBER 8-23
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Exit Theatre and other downtown venues,
415-931-1094 (info), 800-965-4827 or 415-673-3847 (tickets)
www.sffringe.org
This annual festival is a marathon of 150 performances by 35-plus theater companies 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.

SEPTEMBER 9-10
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square, 415-775-5500
www.Ghirardellisq.com
Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.

SEPTEMBER 10
San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-864-3330
www.sfopera.com
Enjoy this outdoor venue and free admission to an opera concert featuring arias and ensembles by the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra.

SEPTEMBER 14
San Francisco Symphony’s 106th Season Opening Night Gala
Davies Symphony Hall, 415-864-6000 (subscriptions available in March; individual tickets for concerts go on sale in July)
www.sfsymphony.org
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas open the orchestra’s regular season with an opening gala concert.

SEPTEMBER 17
Comedy Day
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-820-1570
www.comedyday.com
Laugh out loud … it’s the free comedy “concert” featuring 30+ of the U.S.’s and Bay Area’s best comedians.

SEPTEMBER 20-24
Big Book Sale
Fort Mason Center
http://www.friendssfpl.org/
Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the Annual Big Book Sale will feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories.

SEPTEMBER 22-24
Oktoberfest By The Bay
Pier 48 near AT&T Park, 888-746-7522
www.oktoberfestbythebay.com
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages.

SEPTEMBER 23-24
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Lake Merritt, Oakland
www.sfdragonboat.com/
Nearly 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 paddlers from across North America will race the 500-meter course; festival also features entertainment and children’s activities.

SEPTEMBER 23-24
Bay Area Blues Festival
www.sresproductions.com
Two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths and much more are all a part of this annual homage to San Francisco’s blues roots.

SEPTEMBER 24
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th Streets, 415-777-3247
www.folsomstreetfair.com
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.

SEPTEMBER 30
Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
Sausalito, 415-332-1916
www.floatinghomes.org
Self-guided tours include access to dozens of the most unique homes in the world; docents are onboard to describe Sausalito’s incredible waterfront style and to answer questions.

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets, 415-982-6306
www.moonfestival.org
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities.

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