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Saturday, September 10

2016 Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
2016 Bluegrass Pickin' Picnic in the Park | Golden Gate Park
Update: The Pickin’ Picnic was originally scheduled for May, but postponed due to sketchy weather. This event is re-scheduled to happen on September 10, 2016. Bring a blanket (and an instrument if you like) or just kick back and watch some of the Bay Area’s top bluegrass, country and ...
Win Tix: 21st Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival | SF
Saturday, September 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Ghirardelli Square
It’s time for the 21st Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival held in Ghirardelli Square benefiting the non-profit Project Open Hand. Come and experience Chocolate School, Chef Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, Chocolate Vendors, and the popular Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. > Get Tickets – $20 Chocolate Road Tasting ...

53% Off: 2016 Craft Spirits Carnival | Unlimited Tastings of 100+ Ultra-Premium Spirits
Saturday, September 10 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $50*
*Regular price, $100 and up, 50% discount off tickets. Enter discount code
| Fort Mason Center
53% Off: 2016 Craft Spirits Carnival | Unlimited Tastings of 100+ Ultra-Premium Spirits

Celebrate the craft spirits movement with a grand selection of over 100 ultra-premium spirits from around the world at the 2016 Craft Spirits Carnival – a huge festival at the City View at Metreon on September 9-10. Funcheap has an exclusive code for you to get your ...

Sunday, September 11

42nd Annual Solano Stroll & Parade: 500+ Vendors, Performers & Artists | Berkeley & Albany
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Solano Avenue
42nd Annual Solano Stroll & Parade: 500+ Vendors, Performers & Artists | Berkeley & Albany
Since 1974 Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival. The mile-long festival features over 500 vendors including 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry ...
45th Annual Art & Wine Festival: Salsa Sunday | Mountain View
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
45th Annual Art & Wine Festival: Salsa Sunday | Mountain View

More than 200,000 arts lovers gather in Silicon Valley’s epicenter on Castro Street in Mountain View for this vibrant multicultural celebration. 45th Mountain View Art & Wine Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 11 am to 7 pm Sunday, September 11, 2016 | 10 am ...

44th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Valley Blvd
44th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay

The 44th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival is a two day festival features over 150 arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths. Local wineries are chosen to accompany the vast assortment of food booths, joined by beer on tap. It all happens from 10 am to ...

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2016
Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2016
Oakland will once again host a Pride Parade kicking off at 10:30 am and an all-day Pride Festival (tickets are $10) from 11 am to 7 pm in Downtown on Broadway. The Festival once again features four stages of live music, DJs and entertainment, plus community and family friendly activities. R&B artist, Deborah ...
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2016 Cupertino Carnival
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2016 Cupertino Carnival

The Cupertino Carnival is a free, three-day festival featuring live music, entertainment, real amusement rides, jump houses/inflatables, games for kids of all ages, arts and crafts, a wide variety of food and more; it’s perfect for families with young children. 2016 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...

2016 Autumn Moon Festival: Sunday | Chinatown
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2016 Autumn Moon Festival: Sunday | Chinatown

Celebrated in Asia for more than 1,000 years, the 26th Annual Autumn Moon Festival will be held in Chinatown over two days filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food and multiple parades along historic Grant Avenue between California Street and Columbus Avenue.  2016 Autumn Moon ...

59th Annual Armenian Bazaar & Food Festival: Sunday | SF
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free on Sunday; $5 admission on Friday and Saturday
| St. Gregory's Church (Brotherhood Way)
59th Annual Armenian Bazaar & Food Festival: Sunday | SF

Celebrate Armenian food and culture the 59th annual Armenian Bazaar & Food Festival. The festival features live music and Armenian folk dancing, shish-kebab dinners for purchase, a beer and wine garden, and a kids zone. 2016 Armenian Bazaar & Food Festival St. Gregory Church, 825 Brotherhood ...

21st Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Chocolate samples require tickets.
| Ghirardelli Square
21st Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF

From vanilla beans to caramel fillings, indulge in it all at the 21st Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Come and experience Chocolate School, Chef Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, chocolate vendors, and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge. Over 50 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products ...

2016 Fiestas Patrias “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Festival | San Jose
Sunday, September 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Guadalupe River Park
2016 Fiestas Patrias
The outdoor Fiestas Patrias “El Grito” Festival brings families and friends together to enjoy a fun-filled day in San Jose celebrating Mexican Independence Day from 12:30-9 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  The Festival features live music and entertainment, multi-cultural food vendors, as well as cultural, local community service ...

Thursday, September 15

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, September 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur by the East Bay Express, ...

Friday, September 16

2016 Greek Food Festival: Friday | SF
2016 Greek Food Festival: Friday | SF

Whether you dream of visiting the Acropolis in Athens, or swimming off the shores of sunny Mykonos, you can get a taste of Greece at Annunciation Cathedral’s own A Taste of Greece, the only Greek festival in San Francisco. Souvlaki, Gyros, Moussaka, Spanokopita – all of your ...

2016 Mariachi Festival & Taco Eating Contest | East Bay
Friday, September 16 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Hayward City Hall
2016 Mariachi Festival & Taco Eating Contest | East Bay
The 7th Annual Mariachi Festival features mariachi bands, ballet folklorico dancers, and an outdoor market celebrating Hispanic food and art at Hayward City Hall Plaza. 2016 Mariachi Festival Friday, September 16, 2016 | 4:30-9:30 pm Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St, Hayward FREE This year, featured bands include Mariachi Mexicanísimo, Mariachi ...
“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, September 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street & Oakdale Ave). The monthly event features pop-up galleries, ...

East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, September 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland

East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, learn and have fun. The East Bay Burner Social takes place monthly in the run-up to the festival and ...

Saturday, September 17

Sports Basement’s 3rd Annual Yoga Fest | Mission Dist.
Saturday, September 17 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are accepted.
| Sports Basement (Bryant St.)
Sports Basement's 3rd Annual Yoga Fest | Mission Dist.
Join for Sports Basement’s Third Annual Yoga Fest at Sports Basement on Bryant Street. This year they have an exciting lineup of awesome yoga instructors teaching diverse classes. They will also have vendors participating again this year and providing goodies for classes. There’s nothing better than ...
21st Annual International Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday | Lake Merritt
Saturday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boating Center
21st Annual International Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday | Lake Merritt
On Saturday at noon, do not miss the opening ceremonies with the traditional blessing of the festival boats ceremony, a traditional Chinese ceremony accompanying dragon boat races all over the world for thousands of years. Dignitaries from the community will help awaken the dragons and bless ...
2016 “Peace In The Park” Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
2016
Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities for a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds. Peace in the Park Festival Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 11 am to 6 pm Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young ...
2016 “Tour de Fat” Bike & Beer Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*General admission is $10. Children 12 and under are free.
| Lindley Meadow
2016
Get ready for another wild, wonky day of bike philanthropy, beer, bikes and bemusement as New Belgium’s Tour de Fat 2016 stops in SF with live music, bicycle constests, lots of beer, brewing education and lots of recycling and composting. 2016 Tour de Fat Saturday, September 17, 2016 | ...
2016 Greek Food Festival: Saturday | SF
2016 Greek Food Festival: Saturday | SF

Whether you dream of visiting the Acropolis in Athens, or swimming off the shores of sunny Mykonos, you can get a taste of Greece at Annunciation Cathedral’s own A Taste of Greece, the only Greek festival in San Francisco. Souvlaki, Gyros, Moussaka, Spanokopita – all of your ...

2016 Superhero Street Fair | SF
2016 Superhero Street Fair | SF
Create your own SuperHero persona for the 2016 SuperHero Street Fair, an electronic music festival dedicated to bringing out the superhero in everyone – interactive challenges, out-of-this-world lighting displays, Tesla Coils and more. Please note the date change and location change for 2016. The fair is ...
Day of Wellness: Pop-Up Creativity & Relaxation | Oakland
Saturday, September 17 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
Day of Wellness: Pop-Up Creativity & Relaxation | Oakland
Join them for free massages, snacks, healing sessions, tarot card readings designed to open your creativity, and an opportunity to build sustainable time capsules. Bring a small item (favorite recipe, favorite song lyric) for your time capsule or write a poem or story while you’re there. Although we ...

Sunday, September 18

21st Annual International Dragon Boat Festival: Sunday | Lake Merritt
Sunday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boating Center
21st Annual International Dragon Boat Festival: Sunday | Lake Merritt

The 21st Annual SF International Dragon Boat Festival is a free weekend of world-class dragon boat racing with cultural performances, and kid-and-adult-friendly games at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the U.S. This year, they would like to introduce their Dragon Land –  a large pavilion filled ...

LeatherWalk 2016: Kinky Leather Parade | Castro to SoMa
Sunday, September 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged. Registration requested. Bring cash for drinks.
| Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
LeatherWalk 2016: Kinky Leather Parade | Castro to SoMa
LeatherWalk is the official kick-off for San Francisco’s Leather Pride Week which culminates one week later at the Folsom Street Fair. Walk together to celebrate leather, kink, family and community — all while raising funds for Folsom Street Events, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Breast Cancer Emergency ...
Viva Calle: Walk, Play & Skate Safely In The Streets | San Jose
Sunday, September 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown
Viva Calle: Walk, Play & Skate Safely In The Streets | San Jose
VivaCalleSJ (pronounced Vee-Va Ka-Ye SJ) is a free recreational program that closes miles of scenic San José streets. Come see what it’s like at their next event. VivaCalleSJ’s route will take participants through some of San José’s most eclectic and historic neighborhoods. The open street events brings ...
2016 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
2016
If you like lounging in the park, laughing your ass off with the distant smell of pot wafting through the air, then the 36th Annual Comedy Day might be the best way for you to spend a Sunday afternoon. The biggest single-day comedy event of the ...
2016 Greek Food Festival: Sunday | SF
2016 Greek Food Festival: Sunday | SF

Whether you dream of visiting the Acropolis in Athens, or swimming off the shores of sunny Mykonos, you can get a taste of Greece at Annunciation Cathedral’s own A Taste of Greece, the only Greek festival in San Francisco. Souvlaki, Gyros, Moussaka, Spanokopita – all of your ...

Win Tix: Comedy Day 2016 VIP Backstage Passes | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Sharon Meadow
Comedy Day 2016 features 40+ comedians over five hours in Golden Gate Park with an excellent lineup of some of SF’s funniest performers. You can’t buy VIP passes anywhere. You have to win them. 21+ The festival is totally free, but a few lucky Funcheapers will win ...