of Fun Things To Do - S.F. Bay Area... and beyond
Please Check all Dates and Times for Events - They are subject to change
---Sept. 1 — The National Buffalo Wing Festival, Coca-Cola Field, Downtown Buffalo, NY. Calling all Buffalo Wing lovers! Fun festival includes Buffalo Wing Competitions, Eating Contests, live entertainment, kids zone, awards... and more! Sat 12 noon-9pm, Sun 12 noon-7pm. 716-565-4141
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Sept. 1-2 — Millbrae
Art & Wine Festival (Labor Day Weekend), Broadway
Avenue (between Victoria and Meadow Glen), Millbrae. Arts and
festive food, premium
and Microbrew Tasting Tent. Live entertainment, special performances,
Kids' Stage & Playland. Classic Car Show... and more! Complimentary
shuttle service from the Millbrae BART station every 20 minutes.
Free admission. No pets. 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 1-2 — 147th
Annual Scottish Highland Gathering & Games (Labor Day Weekend),
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Live entertainment on
7 Stages featuring traditional Celtic Entertainers and Celtic
Rock Bands. Western US Open Highland Dancing Championships, Piping & Drumming
Competition, Sheep Dog Trials, Highland Cattle & Clydesdales,
over 100 vendors, ethnic and traditional foods, soccer, and
more! 10am-5pm. Gates open at 8am.
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Sept. 1-2 — Sonoma
Wine Country Weekend "Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food" (Labor
Day Weekend), Sonoma, CA. Internationally recognized as
the "largest wine event in Sonoma County,' Showcase is the
only Sonoma County wine and food event that features wines from
all 14 wine growing regions. Fun event features over 100 Sonoma
County vineyards and wineries, "Best of Sonoma" Chef’s
Competition, Appellation Experience, Winery Luncheons & Dinners,
Winemaker Dinner & Barrel Auction Dinner, and more! 800-939-7666
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a Hotel Room for the Sonoma Wine Event.
Sept. 1-2 — The Historic Downtown Truckee Arts & Crafts Festival, Bridge Street between Donner Pass Road and Church Street, Truckee, CA. Fun arts & crafts (this is the first of three arts and crafts summer events in this location). Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 1-2 — Last Chance To See "Phantoms of Asia" at Asian Art Museum, S.F. "Phantoms of Aisa" exhibit features over 150 artworks from past and present, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and more by artists from all over Asia.
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Sept. 1-3 — Labor Day Weekend
Sept. 1-3 — Kings
Mountain Art Fair
(Labor Day Weekend), Woodside. This
unique fair is surrounded by a beautiful redwood forest at Kings
Mountain Community Center and Firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd.
(Highway 35), above the town of Woodside. Shop for jewelry, photography,
and arts & crafts. Supervised play area for children at Kiddie
Hollow 10am-4pm. Parking is located along Skyline
Blvd. A free shuttle van runs one mile in each direction of the
fair, with shuttle stops marked by signs. Park to the right of
the white line if you don't want to get a ticket. No pets except service dogs. Weather
can be unpredictable, so wear layers and sunscreen. Free admission. Cash only for all food and beverages. 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 1-3 — 60th Annual Capitola Begonia Festival, Capitola. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Capitola's annual Begonia Festival and 60th Birthday Party! Sand Sculpture Contest, Arts, Concert in the Park, Horseshoes on the Sand, Nautical Parade featuring Begonia-covered barges floating down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon, Fishing Derby, Rowboat Races... and more! Free admission. Free shuttle runs from 10am-8pm.
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Sept. 1-3 — 60th Annual Sausalito
Art Festival (Labor Day Weekend), Marin Park, adjacent to the Ferry landing, Sausalito.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Sausalito Art Festival. The
festival features local, American and International artists — see
over 20,000 original works of art, including paintings, sculpture,
ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media,
Sat-Sun 9am-6pm, Mon 9am-5pm. Admission: Adults $25, Seniors
62+ $15, Juniors 6-12 $5, Children 5 and under free. No 3-day passes this year. 415-331-3757
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Sept. 1-3, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 — Free
Shakespeare in the Park 2012 "Henry V" at Presidio's Main Post,
Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St and Keyes Ave, near the
Officer's Club & Visitor's Center), S.F. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a fun day out watching "Henry V" with family and friends. All shows begin at 2pm.
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Sept. 1-5 — "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London at Regent's Park, London. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. It's 1,240-seat auditorium is one of the largest in London. Over 140,000 people attend its four annual productions that run from May-September. Programs change each year — from classic plays and Shakespeare to musicals and family shows. "Ragtime The Musical" is running Sept. 6-8). The theater is located about a 10-minute walk from Baker Street Station in London.
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Sept. 1-9 — Paralympic Games "Inspire a Generation", London, U.K. London's 2012 Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games. This year's event has drawn the biggest crowd ever. The multi-sport event features athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities (including mobility disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy).
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Sept. 1-9 — Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Northstar California Resort, North Lake Tahoe, West Show and Squaw Valley, CA. Events include Grape Stomp, Food & Wine Pairings, Parties, Chef Cook-Offs, Marketplace Wine & Beer Tasting, Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting, Auction, Kids Cooking Classes... and more. Tickets available online.
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Sept. 1-30 — iTunes Festival 2012 London, Roundhouse, London, U.K. The festival features 60+ artists performing over 31 consecutive nights @ one venue, the Roundhouse in London. Headliners include Usher, Jack White, Norah Jones, One Direction... and many more! Festival Tickets are Free (you need to apply for tickets by entering a drawing). Apple will be streaming live performances — watch shows live with iTunes (for a limited time on your computer), or with the iTunes Festival app on your iPhone, iPad or iPodTouch.
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Sept. — "EarthQuake Exhibit & Planetarium Show at California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Find out everything you always wanted to know about earthquakes... and more! Exhibit features a walk-thru' model of the Earth, live baby ostriches, an earthquake simulator resembling an old Victorian home, and an interactive preparedness arena. Planetarium show takes you through space and time, flying over the San Andreas fault and traveling back in time to experience the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Find out about the latest seismic events happening around the planet.
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Sept. 1-30— Mountain
Winery 2012 Summer Concert Series, Mountain Winery,
Saratoga. Plan a fun day out and enjoy one of Mountain Winerys
Summer Concerts. Tickets on sale now thru' October 6, 2012.
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Sept. 2 — Oakland Pride 2012 "It's a Celebration", uptown Oakland at 19th Street & Franklin Street (exit 19th St BART station). This year's Oakland Pride theme is "It's a Celebration." Live entertainment on four stages — CeCe Peniston, Caravanserai, K-Paz and Rah Digga. Family & Children's Garden featuring fun activities. Admission $10. 11am-7pm. 510-545-6251
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Sept. 2-3 — Livermore's
31st Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore Valley
wineries. Annual Harvest Wine Celebration showcases wineries
in the Livermore Valley and features newly released wines,
special barrel tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts,
and more. Visit website for Ticket info. Complimentary shuttle bus service on Sunday only. 12-5pm. 925-447-WINE
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Sept. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30 — "Jewels in the
Square" Free Outdoor Performances in Union Square,
Union Square, S.F. "Jewels
in the Square" features live music, dance, outdoor movies and other entertainment
at Union Square. Wednesdays at
12:30-1:30pm and 6-8pm, Sundays at 2-4pm. Free admission.
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in the Square
Sept. 2-Oct 14 — Golden
Gate Park Band Series @ Music Concourse,
Golden Gate Park, S.F. Come and enjoy outdoor concerts every Sunday
thru' October 16th. Classical, Marches, Opera, Broadway Shows,
Big Band, Folk, Swing... and more! It makes a FUN Family Day Outing!
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of Music Concourse and Bandshell in Golden Gate Park
Sept. 3- 27 — S.F.
Giants LIVE at AT&T Park, San Francisco. Don't
miss your chance to see the San Francisco Giants LIVE at AT&T Park — one of the best stadiums in the nation.
It's worth it just to eat their GREAT Garlic Fries!
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Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25 — "Dancing on the Square", Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Put on your dancing shoes and have FUN at these Free Dance Series every Tuesday night — featuring the Tango, Swing, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Country Western, Hula... and more! Free mini lessons, 30-minute demo and open social dancing for all ages and levels. Some dance nights will feature live bands (check schedule for band names). 6-8pm
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Sept. 5-8 — San Francisco 2012-13 Season Opening Week (Gala on Sept 19), Davies Symphony Hall, S.F. Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony with special guest violinist Pinchas Zukerman and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 and the SF Symphony. Opening Night Gala on Sept 19 features renowned violinist Joshua Bell — and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas opens his season with Boléro and Mahler's Fifth Symphony later in the month.
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Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 — SFJAZZ SummerFest "Free Summer Concerts" at Levi Plaza, between Battery and Bay Streets, off the Embarcadero, S.F. Wednesday show times: 12 noon-1:30pm
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Sept. 6 — Cable Car Bell-Ringing
Competition, Union Square, S.F. Yes, the competition is back again this year! This fun
annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Competition has become a San
Cable car gripmen compete for prizes by ringing out tunes on
their cable car bells. The fun starts at 12 noon. Free admission.
Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest is sponsored by Muni.
415-673-MUNI / 415-673-6864
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Car Bell-Ringing Contest
Sept. 6 — Fashion's Night Out, The Village at Corte Madera (outside in Center Court). Models will be styled head-to-toe showcasing the latest fall fashions from The Village's retailers. Appetizers, sweets, wine and other refreshments will be served. $20 per person cash donation. Seating on a first-come first serve basis. RSVP for event by visiting Concierge (between Starbucks and Boudin SF) or call 415-924-8921.
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Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27 Nightlife
at the Academy, California Academy
of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Thursday nights, after
the Academy closes, the museum
features "Nightlife" — a weekly evening event blending cutting-edge
science, music (live band or DJ), dancing, cocktails (no-host bar) and food in a unique museum setting. Mingle and have fun exploring
the museum at night. 6-10pm. Adults
ages 21 and over.
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California Academy of Sciences
Sept. 6 & 20 — Free Waterfront Movies @ Jack London Square, Oakland. Movies begin at sundown, but the fun starts earlier with trivia contests and delicious treats form local vendors. Free admission.
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Sept. 7 — San Francisco Opera Ball
2012 "90th Anniversary Season", Opera Ball Pavilion, War Memorial Opera House, S.F.
The 2012-13 Season begins with the annual Opening Night Gala,
Opera Ball 2012 "90th Anniversary Season"
5pm — Pre-Performance Elegant Cocktail Reception
6pm — Lavish Seated Dinner at tented Opera Ball Pavilion
8pm — Season-Opening Performance of Rigoletto conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti
Post-Performance Gala Celebration at Opera Ball Pavilion (cocktails, dessert and dancing)
Black Tie. 415-565-3204
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Sept. 7 — AVP Championships 2012 (Beach Volleyball Tournament), Santa Barbara, CA. Free admission. Seating is limited.
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Sept. 7-9 — Virginia City
International Camel Races,
Virginia City, Nevada. Jockey Party, Media Races, Parade featuring
camels, floats, marchers, hot rods, llamas and equestrian teams,
Camel Races, Children's Fun Zone, Camel Hump Ball, Championship
Races... and more!
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Sept. 7-9 — The Great Reno Balloon Race,
Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno. The Great Reno Balloon
Race is the largest free hot-air balloon gathering in the
country, drawing more than 150,000 spectators.
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Sept. 7-9 — The Triathlon at Pacific Grove & 5K-10K Fun Runs, Lover's Point Park (Forest Ave & Ocean View Blvd), Pacific Grove, near Monterey. The Triathlon at Pacific Grove features two days
of Triathlon (run, swim and cycle) racing. Back again this year — a 5K and 10K run. Sports Expo, activities and food vendors. 831-373-0678
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Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — FREE
Music on the Square, New Courthouse
Square, Downtown Redwood City. Come and enjoy Free Friday Night
Concerts at Redwood City's Courthouse Square featuring
Rock & Roll, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Salsa, Country and more!
6-8pm. This area also features the Century
Theaters, outdoor dining, cafes, restaurants and bars. 650-780-7250
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in Redwood City
Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Off The Grid @ Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd (near Marina Green), S.F. Off The Grid features the largest market of Gourmet Street Food on the West Coast (30 Food Trucks and Tents). Live Music. Friday nights 5-10pm. Rain or shine. NOTE: Seasonal market shuts down a week before Thanksgiving and returns in March.
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Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Friday
Nights at the de Young, de
Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. "Friday Nights
at the de Young" features a mix of live music,
poetry, films, dance, art-making demos, lectures, docent
tours and interactive kids activities. The entire museum
is open until 8:45pm. Runs mid-January thru' Thanksgiving.
on "Friday Nights at the de Young"
Sept. 8 — Do Napa Wine & Crafts Fair, First and Main Streets and Veteran's Park, downtown
Napa, Napa Valley. Do Napa Wine & Crafts Fair always takes place on the second Saturday in September. The fair features 150
Arts & Crafts vendors. Enjoy a variety of Napa Valley wines
and live entertainment. This event draws 25,000 people every
year — more than any other one-day event in Napa. Note: Fall is Harvest & Crush
time in Napa Valley, so if you're driving up for the day, be
sure to get an early start. 10am-6pm.
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Sept. 8-9 — Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Village, overlooking Monterey Bay. Enjoy Arts & Crafts, wines from a variety of Santa Cruz wineries, gourmet food, live music, and fun kids activities. Free admission. No pets allowed. 10am-6pm. 831-475-6522
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Sept. 8-9 — 17th
Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, Ghirardelli
Square, Beach and Larkin Streets, S.F. A chocolate lover's delight!
Tickets must be purchased to taste chocolate; $20 for 15 samples. The Chocolate Festival benefits Project Open Hand. 12-5pm. Rain or shine. 415-775-5500.
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Sept. 8-9 — Thames Festival, London, U.K. Annual Thames Festival takes place between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge. Enjoy a weekend of free events along the River Thames — live music, street entertainers, night carnival parade, fireworks finale ... and more! Free admission.
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Sept. 8-9 — Mountain
View Art & Wine Festival, Castro Street, Mountain
View (between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue). Enjoy an array
of Fine Foods from around the world, Premium Wines, Margaritas,
Microbrews, plus Live Music — Bands playing Rhythm & Blues,
Swing, Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz, Soul, World-Beat and Celtic
Folk — Fun Arts & Crafts, Kids' Entertainment and Activities — Magicians, Jugglers, Comedy, Music, Amusements, Hands-on Art, Face-Painting... and
more. Free admission. 10am-6pm. 650-968-8378.
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Sept 9 — Broadway on Broadway, Times Square, New York City. See the biggest hits on Broadway at this year's free concert in the heart of Times Square. Thousands of fans are expected at the live show, featuring musical performances and appearances from current Broadway shows, plus a sneak peak at upcoming shows.
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Sept. 9 — Family Winemakers of California "Tasting 2012" at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Family Winemakers of California "Tasting 2012" features more than 1,000 different wines from over 325 wineries — the most comprehensive tastings of California wines in the world! Tickets required for admission. 3-6pm.
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Sept. 9 — "National
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents
Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Show
your Grandma and Grandpa how much you appreciate and love them — do something special
together for the day.
on National Grandparents Day
here for fun "Grandma Rocks" Gifts
here for fun "Grandpa Rocks" Gifts
Sept. 9 — Sunday Streets in San Francisco — Western Addition route, including Filmore Street between Fulton and Geary, Fulton Street between Fillmore and Baker, Baker Street between McAllister and Grove, Grove Street between Broderick and Central, and Central Avenue between Grove and Fell Street. Enjoy a day outside... walking, jogging, biking and more with NO traffic! 11am-4pm. Subject to change
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Sept. 9-16 — "A Taste of West Cork" Food Festival, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland. "A Taste of West Cork" Food Festival takes place every September in and around Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland.
The week-long festival features food-tastings, demos, cookery competitions, celebrity chefs, talks, exhibits, markets, childrens' events, guided walks, boat tours, live music... and the famous Sunday Festival!
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Sept. 9-Dec. 30 — S.F. 49ers Season Schedule
Time for football! S.F. 49ers Season Schedule kicks off on September 9th at Lambeau Field as the 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers at 1:25 PDT (FOX), 9/16*, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7*, 10/14*, 10/18*, 10/29, 11/11*, 11/19*, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9*, 12/16, 12/23 and 12/30*
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Sept. 11 — World Trade Center Memorial "11-Year Anniversary of 9/11"
Every year, a memorial service
is held at Ground Zero in New York City at the exact time the planes
hit the Twin Towers during the nation's worst terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. This year marks the 11-year anniversary of 9/11.
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Sept. 11-Nov. 2 — Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Party features Mickey's Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade, spectacular fireworks show, Disney characters in special costumes... and more — fun for kids and big kids too! NOTE: Held on select nights in September & October-November 2nd.
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Sept. 13-16 — Ringling
Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus "Dragons",
Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA. See "Dragons" (all new circus entertainment) at "The Greatest Show On Earth" with your family and friends.
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Sept. 13-16 — Northern
California Fall Boat Show, Jack
London Square. The largest power and sail boat
show on the West Coast. The marinas are filled with over 100
of the latest and best in yachts and powerboats, plus two huge
tents displaying dozens of manufacturers and maritime products.
Adults $10, Children under 15 free. Weekdays 12 noon-6pm, Weekends 10am-6pm. 916-372-4239
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Northern California Fall Boat Show
Sept. 13-23 — Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy, New York City. Feat of San Gennaro is NYC's longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the nation. The annual Feast takes place in Little Italy for 11 days and features religious processions, colorful parades, live entertainment, delicious ethnic foods — and a world-famous Cannoli-Eating Competition. Fun for everyone! 212-768-9320
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Sept. 15 — 16th
Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, Kendall-Jackson
Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. The festival will
be held in the walnut grove behind the Château at the Kendall-Jackson
Wine Center that sits on 120 acres in the center of Sonoma County.
Taste more than 175 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes in every size,
shape and color imaginable. Gourmet food, Garden Tours, live
entertainment, food and wine seminars, art festival and Kendall-Jackson
wines. 11am-4pm. Admission $85 per person ($60 for Wine Club members).
Tickets are limited and this event usually sells out. 866-287-9818
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Sept. 15 — The Lawn Party "Music, Food & Wine: A Benefit for Others", Magnolia Terrace, 1312 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA. Event benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Wounded Veterans. Tickets: $50 advance / $50 at the door. Tickets on day cash only. Parking behind San Rafael City Hall. Admission 21 years or older. 6-10pm.
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Sept. 15-16 — Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, downtown Lafayette. Enjoy fun Arts & Crafts, live music on three stages, festival food, wine & beer, children's area and entertainment... and more! Free admission. Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
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Sept. 15-16 — Orchids in the Park (formerly OrchidFest),
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), corner of 9th Ave & Lincoln
Way, S.F. Orchid Demo's, Lectures, Raffle. Take the opportunity to browse and purchase colorful and unique orchids. Put on by the San Francisco Orchid Society, this amazing show boasts rare orchid species and beautiful blooms. Proceeds benefit orchid conservation and the Conservatory of Flowers. Admission $4; Seniors $3; Children 16 and under free. 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 15-16 — Santa
Clara Art & Wine Festival, Central Park, Santa Clara.
Arts & crafts, international foods, fine wines and micro-brewed
beer, live entertainment on three stages, Kids Kingdom and more.
Free admission. 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 15-16 — Mill Valley Arts Festival, the foot of Mt. Tamalpais in historic Old Mill Park, Mill Valley. Arts & Crafts, food, wine, live entertainment, fun kids activities... and more! General admission $10, Students and Seniors $5, free for children under 12.
No dogs allowed.
Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm. 415-381-8090
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Sept. 15-16 — San Francisco
International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, S.F.
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
is the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the U.S. Enjoy a weekend of world-class Dragon Boat Racing as over 120 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers race the 500 and 300 meter course. The festival also features spectacular
cultural performances, live dance and music performances, Dragon
Land, a children's activity tent, a variety of food, fun arts & crafts,
and more! Opening Ceremony takes place on Saturday at noon with the traditional blessing of the festival by Buddhist monks from Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale.
Festival Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm; Racing Hours: Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
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Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 15-16 — UFO CON, Marriott Hotel, Santa Clara. If you're into UFOs and Aliens, Conspiracy Theories, Hidden Agendas... and more, you won't want to miss UFO CON. The event features 13 prominent speakers, special guests, exhibits, evening banquet... and more!
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Sept. 15-Dec 30 — The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism, de Young museum, S.F. This exhibit focuses on the extraordinary French School and School of Paris, late 19th- and early 20th-century artists. Featuring more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and drawings, the selection of Paley’s collection is particularly rich in the works of Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse, with significant works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Roualt, and Andre Derain.
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Sept. 16 — 32nd Annual Comedy Celebration Day 2012, Sharon
Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Enjoy a free outdoor comedy "concert" featuring
Bring a picnic lunch
and enjoy a day of laughter. Dont forget your sunblock and a jacket... the
weather can be unpredictable. 12-5pm. Free admission.
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Sept. 19 — 4th
Annual "A Taste of Downtown San Rafael",
Fourth Street and surrounding streets, San Rafael, CA. The fun event features a Tasting
program from 4-8pm. Free admission. Tasting Wristband $25 (includes a wine glass and map of tasting locations). Rain or shine. Cash only event. 800-310-6563
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Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire CANCELED for 2012
Past Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faires have featured over 900 costumed performers, live entertainers, arts & crafts, jousting, live music, comedians, theater, an Elizabethan feast and ales.
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Sept. 21 — Free San Francisco Symphony Concert, Justin Herman Plaza (across from the Ferry Building). Concert begins at 5pm and runs for approximately two hours.
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Sept. 21 — 2013 Beijing International Triathlon in Beijing, China
The Beijing International Triathlon is a world-class, Olympic distance triathlon schedule for September 19 – 21, 2013 in the beautiful Fengtai District of Beijing. The race features a 1.5km swim in the picturesque Qing Long Lake, a challenging 40 km bike race from the Park to Qian Ling Mountain and back, and finally a fast 10 km run through the beautiful trails and pathways of Qing Long Lake Park.
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Sept. 21-23 — Eat
Jack London Square, Oakland. Eat Real Festival celebrates delicious,
healthy and sustainable street food. Enjoy
all your favorite street foods, fresh summer fruits and veggies,
40 California micro-brews. The event also features live music,
dance performances, chef demos, food competitions...
and more. Free admission.
required for all beverages. Master Case Competition on Saturday at 2pm. Flying Knives Steer Butchery Contest on Saturday at 4pm. Pig Butchery Contest on Sunday at 1pm. Fri
1-9pm, Sat 10:30am-9pm, Sun 10:30am-5pm. 510-336-6042
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Sept. 21-23 — 55th Annual Monterey
Jazz Festival, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey. Enjoy three days of
fabulous Jazz entertainment at the Annual Monterey Jazz Festival — the
longest running Jazz Festival in the world. Over 500 artists will be performing
on 8 stages.
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Sept. 21-23 — Pacific Pinball Exposition "The World's Largest Pinball Show" at Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall, San Rafael, CA. See a huge variety of Pinball and other games spanning the last 80 years from the museum's collection, as well as historic displays, unique artwork and science exhibits from other pinball collectors and enthusiasts. All machines will be set to free play so you can step back in time and play a game on a historic "woodrail" from the 1950's or try to beat the high score on one of the many newer games produced in the last decade. Fun for kids and adults alike! Fri-Sat 10am-12 midnight, Sun 10am-8pm.
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Sept. 21-23 — "San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition 2", Gallery 4N5, 863 Mission Street, S.F. The exhibition features nude, sensual, exotic, glamorous, bondage, fetish, and kinky paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography from 25 erotic artists, sculptors and photographers. Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 1-10pm ; Sunday 12-5pm. Admission $5. Must be 21. 415-884-2579
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Sept. 21-23 —Healdsburg Film Festival 2012, Raven Film Center, Healdsburg, CA. Film festival features Short Films from countries around the world.
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Sept. 22 —Healdsburg Arts Festival 2012, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, on the Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, CA. Festival features arts & crafts, live entertainment kids' Art Zone, festival food and wine. Free admission. 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 22 — Annual
Sausalito Floating Homes Tour, Sausalito, CA. This year 15 floating homes will be open for self-guided tours. Take a peak inside some of the world's most fun and unique floating homes. Docents will be on-board to answer questions. Enjoy free live entertainment and an Art Show on the Kappas Green. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Event sells out quickly, so get your tickets early — $35 for advance purchase, $40 at the door. 11am-4pm. 415-332-1803
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Sept. 22 — Barnes Food Fair, entrancing village pond in Barnes, London. Harvest Festival Celebration features artisan food-makers, winemakers and brewers, celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs, cooking demos... and more! 9:30am-5:30pm
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Sept. 22-23 — Russian
River Jazz & Blues Festival, Johnson's
Beach, Guerneville. Jazz on Saturday,
Blues on Sunday. Enjoy Jazz on the River, Arts & Crafts,
fine food, wine-tasting, and more. 707-869-1595
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Sept. 22-23 — 15th Annual Fleet Week Coronado
Speed Festival "The Race at the Base", San Diego. "The Race at the Base" Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival takes place from 8am-5pm or until last race. Parking lot opens at 7:30am; Gates open at 8am.
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Sept. 22-23 — Annual Autumn Moon Festival & Parade,
Grant Avenue, between California and Pacific, S.F. Multicultural
entertainment, Traditional Lion and Dragon Dances, Acrobats, Chinese
costumes and activities for children. Main stage on Washington
Street and Grant Avenue. 11am-6pm. Opening Parade— Sat 11am
on Grant Ave, from California to Washington Street, leading to
Main stage at Washington & Wentworth. 415-982-6306
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Sept. 23 — Folsom Street
Fair — "The World's Largest Leather Event",
Folsom Street (bet. 7th & 12th Streets), S.F. Dubbed as the "World's
Largest Leather Event," people come from far and wide to
participate in and see people in their most outrageous leather/rubber/fetish
attire. Dance, eat, drink and be merry! The fair takes place
on Sunday, South of Market on Folsom Street, between 7th and
12th Streets. 11am-6pm.
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Sept. 23 — 64th
Annual Emmy Awards, Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. Invite
your friends, family, or business associates over and host
Emmy Awards Party.
The 64th Annual
Emmy Awards will air live from
the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles at 8-11pm (7c, live ET, delayed PT) on ABC. This year's Emmy host is late-night favorite Jimmy Kimmel.
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Sept. 28-30 — San
Francisco Irish Film Festival, Roxie Cinema, 3117
16th Street (at Valencia), S.F. The Festival showcases
the very best in contemporary Irish films.
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Sept. 28-Oct. 14 — The 50th New York Film Festival 2012, Lincoln Center Campus at Alice Tully Hall and various venues around New York City. Tickets available by phone, online and at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
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Sept. 28-Dec. 18 30th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, S.F. Enjoy talented
local, national and international jazz artists (saxophone superstars, keyboard wizards, vocal virtuosos and more) at performances
throughout the city.
Tickets: 866-920-5299; Members:
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Sept. 28-30 — Oktoberfest By the Bay, Pier 48, San Francisco. Enjoy German music, beer, wine and food, traditional folk
dancing, and German arts and crafts. Live entertainment — the talented 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band will be headlining the stage. Fri 5pm-12am, Sat (Day) 11am-5pm or (Night) 6pm-12am, Sun 11am-6pm.
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Sept. 29 — Autumn
at Filoli Festival, Filoli Gardens, Woodside. Fun-filled
day of activities, including orchard tours, pumpkin decorating,
boxed lunches and live entertainment. Pumpkins,
Parrot Show, Bubble creations, Halloween
crafts, face-painting and more! Children's entertainment. BBQ Lunch. Filoli Cafe is also open. Admission fee. 10am-3:30pm.
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Sept. 29 — 2012 Martinis on the Plaza - 3rd Annual Martini Festival "Shaken or Stirred" at Plaza Ygnacio Fountain at Martinez City Hall (Alhambra Ave & Henrietta Street), Martinez. Enjoy live music, specialty martinis and epicurean delights. Tickets available online. 6:30-10pm.
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Sept. 29 — "Redwood City Salsa Festival",
on the streets surrounding Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Browse and shop for fine arts and crafts, including paintings, jewelry, glass, ceramics and more. Live entertainment on three stages — Latin Rock, Salsa and Latin Jazz. Tequila Tasting, Salsa Tasting Competition and Children's Play Area with bounce houses and carnival rides. 12 noon-8pm
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Sept. 29-30 — Treasure Island Flea Market, Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, S.F. Treasure Island Flea (the Bay Area's fourth large market) takes place on Saturday and Sunday (the last weekend of each month). Entrepreneurs showcase their products, including handmade bags, jewelry, art, sports collections, furniture, clothing... and more! Specialty foods and gourmet products. Admission $3 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Dog Friendly. Free parking. Transportation via 108-Treasure Island Muni. 9am-4pm. 415-898-0245
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Sept. 29-30 — Pacific
Coast Fog Fest" along Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica. Pacifica
Parade, Fog Fest Marching Band Competition, over 190 arts & crafts
booths, three stages with live music, carnival, contests, sand
sculpture, food, Fog Cutter (specialty drink created for Fog
Fest), and fun activities. No dogs, scooters, bikes, skateboards
or rollerblades. Free admission. 10am-6pm. 650-355-8200
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Sept. 29-30 — Polk Street Blues Festival, Polk Street, S.F. The Blues Festival takes place on Upper Polk Street (Jackson to California). Festival features two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts & crafts, gourmet food booths, family area... and more! 10am-6pm. Free admission. Rain or shine. 800-310-6563
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Sept. 29 — San Mateo Wine Walk 2012 is back again!
San Mateo Wine Walk 2012 takes place in downtown San Mateo.
The event includes wine-tastings, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment. Wine Walk is an annual
fundraising event for the Downtown San Mateo Association, a non-profit organization
representing more than 800 businesses in downtown San Mateo. 2pm-6pm 650-342-5520
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Sept. 29-30 —World Maker Faire NY, New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y. The World Maker Faire is a 2-day family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, showcasing people who love sharing what they do in the area of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts & crafts. Maker Faire Editor's Choice Ribbons will be awarded to Makers who demonstrate great creativity, ingenuity and innovation. Buy your tickets in advance and save money. Tickets available on-site — the event is very popular and sells out quickly. Rain or shine (indoor and outdoor exhibits). Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
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Sept. 29-30 — Semi-Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fall Fair,
downtown Walnut Creek (along the sidewalks of Cypress, Locust and
North Main Streets, bet Mt. Diablo Blvd and Civic Drive.
The Free event will showcase one-of-a-kind works including
paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing accessories and much
more. Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
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Sept. 29-Jan. 27, 2013 — "The World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon" exhibit at the de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.
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Sept. 30 —36th Annual Oral-B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge 12K & 7K Run/Walk & Expo,
Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge, S.F. Race benefits Special Olympics Northern California.
12K Race and 7K Race & Walk: Both races start at 9am (rain or shine) in front of the Ferry
Building, then run through Fisherman's Wharf,
along the Marina
Green, thru' Crissy
Field (with magnificent views of the Golden
Gate Bridge), finishing at the
Parade Grounds in the Presidio National
Park. Post-Run activities (9am-12 noon) at Presidio
Parade Grounds include live entertainment — Concert in Presidio @ 9am, Health & Fitness Expo, Kids Zone
and sports pavilion. Free shuttles for registered participants from the finish
back to the start area. Free parking at Presidio Parade Grounds (enter Presidio
thru' Lombard Gate).
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NO Annual Spice of Life Festival will not take in 2012 — New Event:
"Sunday Streets Berkeley" will be held instead on Sunday, October 14th. Stay tuned for updates...
Sept. TBD — Annual Tour For Woodside, Woodside, CA. Ride thru' the beautiful Northern California
hills and Santa Cruz mountains, near Woodside. Cycling Route
choices: 32 miles (Easy/Moderate), 55 miles (Moderate/Difficult)
or The Century Ride - 100 miles (Difficult).
on Tour For Woodside
Sept.-Oct — Yerba Buena
Gardens Festival, Esplanade of Yerba Buena Gardens, 760
Howard Street, S.F. Popular and Operatic Music Series, Cultural
Festivals, Dance Performances, International Music Concerts,
Art Exhibits and more — 100 Programs, 3 Outdoor Stages. Free admission. 10:30am-5pm. 415-543-1718
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