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San Francisco Festivals - September 2008
Dates and details are subject to change. Always check with the organization or venue for updates.
Shakespeare in the Park
Throughout September - Check website for specific dates and times
Presidio Main Post Parade Ground
Free performances of Pericles (2008), outdoors at the Presidio
SF Jazz Summerfest
Runs June 7 through October 11
September 2008 artists: Kat Parra Latin Jazz Ensemble (9/5), Ben Adams Quintet (9/12), Cory Combs Quintet (9/19), Zadell (9/26)
San Francisco Symphony
-- Sep 10 to 13 - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
-- Sep 17 to 19 - MTT Conducts Bernstein
September Festivals - Chronological
Art and Soul - Oakland
Aug 30 to Sep 1 - Downtown Oakland
Music and arts festival celebrating performers across musical genres.
Sausalito Art Festival
Aug 30 to Sep 1 - Sausalito
Sausalito's annual fine arts and crafts festival since 1952.
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
Sep 1 & 2 - 10a to 5p - Broadway, 1 block W of El Camino Real Live music, a kids stage, food and drink, arts and crafts.
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Sep 3 to 7 - Project Artaud Theatre
A visible forum for electronic music and sound artists. If you're unfamiliar with the experimental music scene in the Bay Area, the Tim Perkis film Noisy People explores the lives of a few local sound artists.
16th Annual SF Fringe Festival
Sep 3 to 14 - Multiple Venues
Celebrating creative freedom and boundary-free theater
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
Sep 6-7 - Ghirardelli Square - 12p to 5p
Free chocolate-themed event with entertainment, tastings and demonstrations.
Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon
Sep 6-7 - San Rafael Civic Center in Marin - 10a to 5p
"The Other Dog Show" featuring mutts and rescues of all breeds, performances, seminars, children's activities, and multi-agency adoptathon of pets
Read more about Pet Fair here
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Sep 6 & 7 - Castro Street in Mountain View - 10a to 6p
Festival of live music, food, wine art, and family entertainment
18th Annual Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair
Sep 6 & 7 - Grant Avenue/Chinatown - 11a to 6p
Dancers, drummers, musicians, martial arts exhibits, vendors in celebration of the Chinese holiday.
San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair
Sep 6 - 10a to 3p
Fort Mason Conference Center
Event for new and expecting parents in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area - workshops, vendors, representatives in various fields (childbirth, fitness, photography)
Northern California Fall Boat Show - Oakland
Sep 6 to 14 - Jack London Square - Oakland waterfront
Weekends: 10a to 6p / Weekdays: Noon to 6p
$10 (adults), under 15 free - Annual boat show featuring exhibits, seminars,entertainment, and debuts of various yachts
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Sep 11 to 14 - Various Venues
Four-day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a square dance, open cabaret, and a stringband contest
San Francisco Fall Home Show
Sep 12 to 14 - Cow Palace
Designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes - hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes
Solano Stroll - Berkeley/Albany
September 14 - 10a to 6p
Huge East Bay street fair, running the length of Solano Avenue. The event draws more than 250,000 attendees and features food, entertainment, crafts, and vendor booths.
Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival
Sep 18 to 21
At 21 Grand - Oakland
11th annual festival celebrating new and unusual explorations in music and performance - central to the event is music created using made or found instruments
Treasure Island Festival (music)
Sep 20 & 21 - Treasure Island
Features 14 bands each day, on 2 stages. 2008 performers include: Justice, Goldfrapp, TV on the Radio, The Raconteurs, Tegan & Sara - See full line-up.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Sep 20 & 21 - Sat 10a to 6p / Sun 10a to 5p
At Old Mill Park in Mill Valley
An annual arts festival since 1957 featuring art exhibits, music, entertainment and children's activities.
Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup
Sep 20 - Coastal areas around the globe
Volunteer locally to be part of this global volunteer event, cleaning up and collecting trash from our oceans and waterways
Family Explorations: Gallery of Thingamajigs
Sep 21 - Oakland Museum of California
Related to the annual Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival, thingamajigs.org artists fill the Natural Sciences Gallery with collage of sounds using instruments made of found materials
25th Annual Taste of California - Oakland Museum
Sep 23 - Oakland Museum - $65
Rotary Club event featuring wine, food, beer and silent auction in a benefit for local and international Rotary charities.
36th Annual San Francisco Blues Festival
Sep 26 to 28 - Fort Mason Great Meadow (on Sat & Sun) - 11a to 6p
Blues festival featuring some of the world-class blues performers. Festival also includes free waterfront blues concert on the 26th, as well as blues films from September 26 to October 2 at the Roxie Theatre.