With its slew of outdoor performances and festivals, September 2013 still seems like summer in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a big month for Chinese culture, with both the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival and the Autumn Moon Festival being celebrated on Sept. 14 and 15. For events during the first weekend of September, please see our separate guide to the long Labor Day weekend.
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Sept. 6-21, 2013
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.
San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sept. 8, at 1:30-4 pm
Stars of the opera’s 2013 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. Free.
Art Auction ‘13
Sept. 12, at 5:30-10 pm
Live and silent auctions of works by Bay Area artists, jazz at 6:30 pm by Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 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 (sliding scale): $35 –$75.
Sept. 12, at 6:30–9 pm
Harnessing the obsolete technology of wax phonograph cylinders and a multi-channel sound performance by electronic musician Sote, artist Ala Ebtekar transforms a museum room into the Gate to All Nations, a historic landmark in Iran. The installation draws connections between inscription, recording and civilization today and during the era of Cyrus the Great, creator of the Cyrus Cylinder (539 BCE). In conjunction with the exhibit The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free with museum admission.
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 14 & 15
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 screenings, 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 4th and Mission and from Kearny near Sacramento St.
Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair
Sept. 14 & 15, at 11 am-6 pm
White Crane and other lion dance groups, bands, vocalists and Chinese dance and martial arts troupes entertain. Vendors ply food, mooncakes, herbal remedies and Chinese arts and crafts. Saturday starts with an 11 am parade at California St. and Grant Ave. , and both days end with a dragon parade at 5 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.
Yerba Buena Family Day
Sept. 15, at 11 am-4 pm
Free fun and learning for every age, including free admission to and hands-on activities at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora and Children’s Creativity Museum. Under SFMOMA On the Go’s tent, design and build creatures and ogle a living sculpture. Grammy winner Lila Downs and other entertainers appear as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
At the Yerba Buena arts district, 3rd and Mission streets, San Francisco. Free.
Sept. 15, at 12-5 pm
Nato Green, Paco Romane, Marga Gomez, Will Durst, Bob Sarlatte, Brian Copeland and about 40 others from San Francisco’s professional comedy circuit keep you snorting and guffawing all afternoon. Food and drink available for purchase.
At Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. Free. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome; lawn chairs aren’t.
Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama
Sept. 19, at 8 pm
“Fashion in a New Light” is the title of this year’s annual fundraising show, with performances by Sheryl Crow and Cirque du Soleil and fall fashions from the likes of Calvin Klein, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Rachel Roy, Tallia Orange and Weekend Max Mara. The benefit for AIDS Emergency Fund and other service groups, now in its 31st year, was formerly co-chaired by Elizabeth Taylor .
At Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market St., with after-party at Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Tickets $75-1000.
Polk Street Blues Festival
Sept. 21 & 22, at 10 am-6 pm
Live music on two stages, a marketplace with arts and crafts, food, vendors and kids’ activities.
On Polk between Pacific and Union streets. Free.
Big Book Sale
Sept. 25-29, 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. Free.
C2SV Tech Conference and Music Festival
Combining tech topics and gurus with indie bands, C2SV (“Create. Converge. Silicon Valley”) features talks about wearable computing, drones, Bitcoin, augmented reality, Internet privacy and the sharing economy and performances by Iggy and The Stooges, Three Oh Sees and other musicians. Speakers include John McAfee (giving his first public interview since fleeing Belize), Steve Wozniak, venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, NASA Space Portal’s flight projects director and leaders and executives of Zuckerberg Media, RelayRides, BlogHer, Singularity U and Mozilla Foundation.
At various venues in downtown San Jose, 95113. Ticket prices $35 and up.
World Veg Festival
Sept. 28 & 29, at 10 am-6:30 pm
Cooking and raw food demos, urban gardening info, vegan vendors, a wine tasting session, talks about detox and ayurveda, live music, catered vegan dinner and lots of yummy food, all in celebration of World Vegetarian Day (Oct. 1). Organized by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.
At the San Francisco County Fair Building, at Lincoln & 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Admission: Free-$10.
Folsom Street Fair
Sept. 29, at 11 am-6:30 pm
Leather, and lots of it (and we’re not talking shoes). In 2013, the fair is celebrating its 30th year with live music by Light Asylum, Miami Horror and other indie performers and an “enhanced” area for erotic artists. Plus elevated cage dancers, “public play stations,” DJs spinning dance music, an area just for women and a plethora of vendors and exhibitors of all things leather- and fetish-related.
On Folsom between 7th and 12th 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.