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San Francisco in September
Big Holiday in September
Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Get some ideas for how to spend Labor Day Weekend in California.
Things That Look Like Fun to Do in September
It's a good thing I can make lists because I find so many fun things to do that I'd forget them all. These are a few things on my "That Looks Interesting" list:
Fringe Festival: If you like the avant-garde, this one's for you, self-described as presenting "exciting, uncensored, indie theater."
Autumn Moon Festival: This fall festival celebrates the glories and mysteries of the moon
Dragon Boat Festival: The festival is one of the most important in Chinese culture and the boat races are fun to watch.
Folsom Street Fair: Self-described as a leather event, "providing the adult alternative lifestyle community safe venues for self-expression, emphasizing freedom, fun and frolic, while raising money to benefit San Francisco charities." You'll see lots of leather at this gay lifestyle... fair (and lots of bare skin, too).
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: A two-day chocolate celebration whose proceeds go to charity. Where the calories go, we aren't going to say.
Things That Are Especially Fun in September
September's warmer temperatures and sunnier days make it a good time to check out some of San Francisco's best beaches.
September is blue whale and humpback whale season around San Francisco. Find out how, when and where in the San Francisco Whale Watching Guide.
Special Events in September
The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Francisco in November. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:
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- All you have to do is sign up for a free account with Goldstar to get access to discounted tickets for performances and save on some San Francisco attractions. Even better, it's just as useful when you're at home as it is when you're visiting San Francisco.
- For a look at local events, check the San Francisco Chronicle's entertainment section.
- The Major League Baseball season runs from March through early October, and San Francisco has one of the prettiest stadiums around. If the San Francisco Giants are playing at home, watching a game is a fun way to spend a few hours. We like to go to afternoon games because it's warmer than night games.
- The Oakland A's play baseball across the Bay.
- The San Francisco 49ers might be playing at home while you're there, but Levi Stadium is miles south in Santa Clara. Check the schedule at their website. The Oakland Raiders are closer, just across the Bay. So is Golden State Warriors basketball.
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More About San Francisco in September
What to Expect from San Francisco Weather in September
September brings clearer weather in most years, with warmer temperatures on average than in July and August. On a statistical basis, September is San Francisco's warmest month and one of its driest.
In September, you can expect about 12 hours of daylight for exploring the city.
- Average High Temperature: 73°F/23°C
- Average Low Temperature: 56°F/13°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.26 inches (0.7 cm) rain, 72% sunshine
If you want to compare September weather to other months, check the Guide to San Francisco Weather and Climate.
Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.
Averages are helpful for planning ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Francisco weather forecast before you leave home.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in September
With less fog and no rain, light layers will usually be plenty. An extra jacket or layer will feel nice in the evening. Rainfall is generally unlikely, but if your jacket is rainproof, it can do double duty.
More San Francisco by Month
If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Francisco is like in other months. You find that in these guides:
By fall, the skies will be clear and the crowds will be gone. In fact, the best times to visit may be San Francisco in September or San Francisco in October.