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.
Culture for Community Free Day
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.
San Francisco Symphony’s 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
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 Oracle 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
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.
Oktoberfest by The Bay
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.
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.