Food from Market Hall, live music, dancing, free yoga classes, clowns, fashion shows and street performers. Bay Area food authors sign books and offer sample recipes and ingredients.
More than 20,000 original works of art, music, and food. At the
Discover the World with Lonely Planet: A Celebration of National Passport Month
PIER 39 invites Bay Area residents and visitors to Discover the World with Lonely Planet: A Celebration of National Passport Month on Saturday, September 2 from noon – 4:00 PM. Lonely Planet, an international travel media company, will offer attendees free passport photos from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and the first 100 visitors will receive a copy of The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World. Additionally, PIER 39 guests will have the chance to meet Lonely Planet travel authors and win a two-night Hawaiian vacation, courtesy of Shell Vacations. For
Art & Soul Festival -- Sep 2-4,
This free multi-block party in the heart of
A revolving collection of non-juried, uncensored absurdist and experimental theater pieces at the Exit Theatre and other downtown stages.
Seventh Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival -- Sep 9, SF
Free festival and concert in
Opera in the Park -- Sep 10, SF
SF Opera's annual free outdoor concert features arias and operatic excerpts by current artists of San Francisco Opera accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra. In Sharon Meadow,
Kronos Quartet - Sep 11;
One of the best-known chamber ensembles, the Kronos Quartet, will perform the West Coast premiere of
Michael Gordon's The Sad Park. The program also features work by Iraqi, Afghan, Sardinian, and Saudi Arabian
features recordings of children's reactions to the 9/11 tragedy, and it forms the Sad Park
centerpiece for a program that explores the commonalities and differences between music of the
Parade, outdoor stages with live music and dance, food and drink booths, crafts, non-profits, and children's activities.
The world famous San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, returns to the Gardens for their annual performance of audience favorites. Free.
Download Festival -- Sep 30
The British invasion expands as the premier
Bay Area Paddlefest -- Sep 30-Oct 1, San Mateo
The Paddlefest brings together many of Northern California's reigning experts in canoeing, sea kayaking, paddle racing and kayak touring, as well as teachers of special activities such as angling or birdwatching from these versatile watercraft. PaddleFest participants will be able to take workshops and classes, check out new models of demo boats of all types, and even engage in a sea kayak race with divisions for beginners or experts.
In the Street Festival -- Date TBA, SF
Featuring performers, artists and musicians including dance (belly, butoh, lindy, and hip hop), capoeira, visual arts, circus performance, women's skateboarding, burlesque, puppetry, fire arts, fire sculpture, spoken word, and aerial performance art. The festival is 100% non-commercial: the admission is free, and the festival is vendorless. On the 500 block of
Emmylou Harris - Wednesday, October 4,
SF Open Studios Private Preview Gala -
Art patrons, collectors, and artists gather at a special Private Preview Gala benefit
Spice of Life Festival -- Oct 8, Berkeley
This festival in
Information: www.northshattuckassociation.org or www.sresproductions.com/events.html
Oktoberfest By The Bay -- Oct 12-15, SF
A four-day celebration of German heritage and beer, with a Bavarian band and traditional food.
3-D Film Festival, Oct 13-19
Hands on Bay Area Day -- Oct 14
Volunteer at one of over 75 service projects, everything from painting schools to preparing meals for the homeless, benefiting people in need of all ages and backgrounds. Registration for the event is free, but Hands On Bay Area Day is a serve-a-thon. Like a walk-a-thon, volunteers contact friends, family and co-workers to donate in support of their community service.
Two weeks of jazz concerts in venues throughout
The annual (except for 1987) Bridge School Benefit concert has been a highlight of the Bay Area's fall music schedule. And it provides a major source of funding for the
Exotic Erotic Ball -- Oct 27-28,
The world's largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. 21 years and over only. At the
Information: (415) 404-4111 or www.exoticeroticball.com
Halloween In The Castro -- Oct 31, SF
It's world-renowned, and it's an "only in
David Sedaris - Tuesday, October 31
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema -- Dates TBA, SF
Screenings of features, documentaries and short films by local artists.
Information: www.filmarts.org or (415) 552-3456
Voxtrot – Nov 4,
With one foot in the library and the other on the dancefloor, Voxtrot combine classic 60's pop (think Love and Left Banke) with the heady, subversive sounds of 80's
With Sound Team at
San Francisco Green Festival – Nov 10-12
At the Green Festivals, we're celebrating what's working in our communities, for people, for businesses and for the environment. Here, green means safe, healthy communities and strong, local economies. Green is the color of hope, of social and economic justice, of ecological balance.
Join us for these huge parties with a purpose. You'll enjoy more than 200 visionary speakers and 400 green businesses in each city, great how-to workshops, green films, yoga and movement classes, green careers sessions, organic beer and wine, delicious organic cuisine and live music.
Vintage, state-of-the-art and futuristic vehicles from around the world. Auto-related demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children.