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Sunday, September 10

43rd Annual Solano Stroll & Parade: 500+ Vendors, Performers & Artists | Berkeley & Albany
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Solano Avenue
43rd 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 ...
46th Annual Art & Wine Festival: Salsa Sunday | Mountain View
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
46th 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. 46th Mountain View Art & Wine Festival Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 11 am to 7 pm Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 10 am ...

45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Valley Blvd
45th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival: Sunday | East Bay

The 45th 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 | 2017
Sunday, September 10 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Parade is free to watch. Oakland Pride VIP Experience Festival costs $75.
| Downtown Oakland
Oakland Pride Parade & Festival | 2017
Oakland will once again host a Pride Parade kicking off at 10:30 am and will once again continue the celebration with a Pride Festival from 11 am to 7 pm at Uptown Oakland. 2017 Oakland Pride Parade Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 10:30 am Broadway & 14th Street, Oakland FREE ...
“J-Pop” Huge Japanese Pop Culture Festival 2017 | Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason hosts one of the country’s biggest J-Pop culture events of the year with the 2017 J-Pop Summit Festival, a two-day event taking place for more than 30,000 people. J-Pop Summit Festival Sat-Sun, September 9-10, 2017 | 11 am-9 pm – Fort Mason Center J-POP passes ...

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | SF County Fair Building
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2017 – January 7 & 8 ...

Inner Sunset Flea 2017 | Block Party & Street Fair
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 9th and Irving
Inner Sunset Flea 2017 | Block Party & Street Fair

The Inner Sunset Flea is a cross between a block party, a festival, and a street fair. The whole neighborhood is invited to create a public space where everyone can all enjoy their community, food, family fun and more. 2017 Inner Sunset Flea Second Sundays May to Sept ...

22nd Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Chocolate samples require tickets.
| Ghirardelli Square
22nd Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival: Sunday | SF

From vanilla beans to caramel fillings, indulge in it all at the 22nd 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 ...

Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live
Sunday, September 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live
Crosscut, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, ...

Monday, September 11

13th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival | Oakland
13th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival | Oakland
The 9/11 Truth Film Festival, held annually by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, is dedicated to uncovering the truth about 9/11, and also the truth about related cover-ups, like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr assassination. That is why this year’s keynote speaker is the ...

Friday, September 15

2017 Mariachi Festival & Taco Eating Contest | East Bay
Friday, September 15 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Hayward City Hall
2017 Mariachi Festival & Taco Eating Contest | East Bay
The annual Mariachi Festival features mariachi bands, ballet folkórico dancers, a taco eating contest, and an outdoor market celebrating Mexican food and art at Hayward City Hall Plaza. 2017 Mariachi Festival Friday, September 15, 2017 | 4:30-9:30 pm Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St, Hayward FREE This free, family-friendly event is hosted by ...
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival
Friday, September 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 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. 2017 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...

Saturday, September 16

2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival | Union Square
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*In 2016, it is free but an RSVP is required for a free gift and a raffle entry.
| Union Square Park
2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival | Union Square
Celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with a day full of beautiful bajis and mouthfuls of bulgogi at the 25th Annual Korean Day Cultural Festival in Union Square. 2017 Korean Day Cultural Festival Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 10 am to 4 pm Union Square Park FREE but an ...
22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Oakland Metro Opera House
22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of ...

2017 Bark in the Park | San Jose
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*$5 donation per dog encouraged
| William Street Park
2017 Bark in the Park | San Jose
Bark in the Park San Jose, the largest dog festival in the United States, is held at William Street Park in downtown San Jose on Saturday, September 16, 2017. 2017 Bark in the Park Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm William Street Park, S. 16th ...
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 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. 2017 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...

2017 Delta Blues Festival | Antioch
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Antioch
2017 Delta Blues Festival | Antioch
Head to downtown for the 19th Annual Delta Blues Festival held in downtown Antioch on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Delta Blues Festival is a non-profit, community-oriented festival with a full day of live music, art, and various food stalls. Please note, it is an alcohol free event. 19th Annual ...
Facebook’s “Bacon, Blues & Brews” Festival | Menlo Park
Saturday, September 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Facebook Headquarters
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Join them for Battle-of-the-Bacon with Facebook’s own culinary team and enjoy sizzling bacon-inspired dishes prepared for public tasting and voting. Proceeds will be donated to local art & music programs. Celebrate this epic battle with dozens of craft beers, plus enjoy Blues, Jazz & Funk tunes from many talented ...
2017 “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Fest | San Jose
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Guadalupe River Park
2017
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 12:30-10 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The Festival features live music and entertainment, multi-cultural food vendors, as well as cultural, local community service ...

Sunday, September 17

Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 Cupertino Carnival
Sunday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | St. Joseph of Cupertino
Live Music, Art Making & Family Games | 2017 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. 2017 Cupertino Carnival Friday, September ...

Urban Air Market: Fall 2017 | Hayes Valley
Sunday, September 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP gets you a free tote bag.
| Patricia's Green
Urban Air Market: Fall 2017 | Hayes Valley
Urban Air Market, the Bay Area’s sustainable shopping event, comes to Hayes Valley with over 130 vendors, live music, and interactive art from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Twice a year SF’s largest outdoor design festival comes to ...
2017 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
2017
If you like lounging in the park, laughing your ass off with the distant smell of pot wafting through the air, then the 37th Annual Comedy Day might be the best way for you to spend a Sunday afternoon. The biggest single-day comedy event of the ...

Wednesday, September 20

Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square
Wednesday, September 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square
Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie. With a uniquely modern take on retro Americana genres including blues, swing, rock, and soul, ...

Friday, September 22

2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Friday | Oakland
Friday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
| Jack London Square
2017

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% ...

Fall Beer Pour: Beer Tastings, Live Music & Discounts | Pier 39
Friday, September 22 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $20*
*Tickets are $20 online, otherwise it's $25 at the door.
| Pier 39
Fall Beer Pour: Beer Tastings, Live Music & Discounts | Pier 39
Round up your friends and head to The Pier for an evening of beer, music and fun at the PIER 39 Fall Beer Pour on Friday, September 22, 2017. Stroll The Pier and stop by participating businesses to enjoy beer tastings, exclusive discounts, and live music ...

Saturday, September 23

2017 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2017 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...

2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
| Jack London Square
2017

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% ...

2017 “Peace In The Park” Festival | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
2017
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 23, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young ...
2017 Osaka Matsuri: SF’s “Sister City” Food, Dance & Music | Japantown
Saturday, September 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2017 Osaka Matsuri: SF’s “Sister City” Food, Dance & Music | Japantown
Japantown is pleased to host “Osaka Matsuri,” an event to celebrate their oldest sister city relationship with Osaka, Japan. This year, San Francisco is celebrating its 60th year of its relationship with Japanese sister city Osaka by hosting “Osaka Matsuri.” Enjoy Japanese music and dance performances at ...

Sunday, September 24

2017 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse
2017 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural ...