With its slew of outdoor performances and festivals, September 2014 still seems like summer in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a big month for Chinese culture, with both the Autumn Moon Festival and the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. See our separate guide to Labor Day weekend for events from Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Sept. 5-20, 2014
See 35 original, indie theater shows, mostly from the Bay Area, at budget prices.
All of the box office take goes to the performers.
At the EXIT Theatre complex, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco 94102. Ticket prices vary.
Autumn Moon Festival
Sept. 6 & 7, at 11 am-6 pm
Lion dance groups, bands, vocalists and Chinese dance and martial arts troupes entertain. Vendors ply food, moon cakes, herbal remedies and Chinese arts and crafts. Saturday starts with an 11 am parade at California St. and Grant Ave., and Sunday features a dog costume contest at 2:30 pm. Similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S., the Chinese moon festival is a time to appreciate the harvest and the full moon.
On Grant Ave. between California and Broadway streets and on Pacific between Stockton and Kearny streets. Free.
San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sept. 7, at 1:30 pm
Stars of the opera’s 2014 fall season sing arias and other excerpts in the open air, accompanied by Nicola Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
At Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Free.
Art Auction ‘14
Sept. 11, at 5:30-10 pm
Live and silent auctions of works by 100 Bay Area artists, music at 6:30-7:30 pm by Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review, on-site tortilla screen-printing by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, food, wine and raffle prizes, all to benefit the Coalition on Homelessness.
At SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $35.
C2SV Tech & Music Festival
A tech conference plus street and music festival, C2SV (“Creative Convergence Silicon Valley”) includes performances by Fishbone, Breathing Patterns, Dinners and a slew of other indie bands. Speakers include Yasha Levine on surveillance and private data collection, Adam Rogers on his new book about booze, and Vivek Wadhwa on the tech industry's sexism.
At South First Street between San Carlos and Reed streets and other venues in downtown San Jose, 95113. Sept. 14 street fair free; tickets prices for other events vary.
Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama
Sept. 12, at 8 pm
“Fashion Rocks” is the title of this year’s annual fundraising show, with performances by Jason Derulo and the band of brothers Before You Exit, and fall fashions from the likes of Calvin Klein, Diesel and Max Mara. The benefit for AIDS Emergency Fund, Glide foundation and Project Open Hand, now in its 32nd year, was formerly co-chaired by Elizabeth Taylor .
At Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St, with after-party at the Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco. Tickets $89-1000.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Sept. 13 & 14, at 12-5 pm
Chef demonstrations, a talk on how chocolate is made, ice cream sundae eating contests, wine tasting, a silent auction and of course lots of chocolatey concoctions from chocolatiers, bakeries and restaurants.
All profits benefit Project Open Hand.
At Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Francisco 94109. Tasting tickets $20-50.
Sept. 14, at 12-5 pm
Nato Green, Marga Gomez, Will Durst, Tom Ammiano, Brian Copeland and about 40 others from San Francisco’s professional comedy circuit keep you snorting and guffawing all afternoon with PG-13-rated jokes and tales. This year's festival is dedicated to Robin Williams, who was often a surprise performer. Food and drink available for purchase.
At Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Free. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome; lawn chairs aren’t.
San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sept. 20, at 10 am
About 500,000 Californians have Alzheimer's or a related disorder. Walk 3 miles (or take a 1.5-mile shortcut) to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association's research and services.
Every registered participate who brings in at least $100 receives a T-shirt.
At Mission Creek Park, 290 Channel St., San Francisco 94158. Registration free (online or on-site at 8 am), but walkers are asked to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds.
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 20 & 21
The festival has 130 teams from across the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands competing in this fast, furious and raucous sport. On shore, there’s taiko drumming, martial arts performances and other entertainment, games and activities for kids, health info, food and vendors of everything from handmade crafts to athletic gear.
At California Avenue & Avenue D, Treasure Island, San Francisco 94130. Free. From 9:30 am-4:30 pm, free shuttle service to the festival from Cyril Magnin and Eddy streets (outside Parc55 Wyndham) and from Kearny near Sacramento St.
Folsom Street Fair
Sept. 21, at 11 am-6:30 pm
Leather, and lots of it (and we’re not talking shoes). Indie performers, dance music, public play stations, an erotic artists’ area with "a sick and twisted performance stage," and a plethora of vendors and exhibitors of all things leather- and fetish-related.
On Folsom between 8th and 13th streets. Suggested donation $10 (includes $2 discount on each beverage purchase); donations go to AIDS and health services providers, community centers and other local nonprofits.
Sept. 23, at 6-7:30 pm
India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the largest democratic election in history in May 2014. How will it achieve reform and economic growth, not to mention prosperity and environmental sustainability? A panel of economists and researchers presented by the Asia Society weighs in. The speakers include contributors to Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower, a book published by McKinsey that also features essays by CEOs (e.g., Starbucks' Howard Schultz) on how multinationals can succeed in India.
At Bechtel Conference Center, 500 Washington St., San Francisco. Tickets $10, 15.
Big Book Sale
Sept. 24-28, at 10 am-6 pm
Billed as the biggest book sale on the West Coast, with half a million books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and other media. Everything is $3 or less, and on Sunday, anything remaining is $1. All proceeds go toward the San Francisco Public Library’s literacy programs.
At Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco. Free.
Neon Tokyo: TAMALA 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
Sept. 25, at 7 pm
Tamala, the anti-Hello-Kitty, tries to solve the mystery of her birth in this Japanese animated film. The Neon Tokyo anime screenings are part of the Roxie's Nippon Nights, a new monthly series highlighting Japanese cinema.
At the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $7.50, 10.
Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season
Sept. 26-28 & Oct. 3-5
Led by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, this troupe performs multimedia pieces that combine dance, martial arts, video, text and music to comment on culture, history and social issues. The two weekends of performances include new works and collaborations with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate and San Mateo Dojo.
At Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco 94110. Tickets $12-20.
Bay Area Blues Festival
Sept. 27 & 28, at 10 am-6 pm
Live music on two stages, a marketplace with arts and crafts and farmers' produce, kids’ activities, gourmet food and drink, and artists creating chalk drawings on the street. The new fest is a merger of the annual Polk Street Blues Festival and the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival.
On Main St. between Court and Alhambra, downtown Martinez. Free.