September Festivals in San Francisco
While September means fantastic events and experiences for all of sunny California, when it comes to festivals, San Francisco’s cup runs over (and then some). Take a look at some of the area’s best offerings for 2015.
Architecture and the City (Sept. 1-30, 2015)
Celebrate the history, art, and engineering of The City By The Bay all month long with one of the nation’s largest architecture festivals. 40+ programs are presented throughout the month by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, focused on a central theme (this year, it’s “Play: Design in Action”). It’s sure to delight and educate any curious traveler, history buff, or ambitious Lego aficionado.
Sausalito Art Festival (Sept. 5-7, 2015)
If you’ll be in town over Labor Day weekend, consider taking in the aesthetics at this inspiring open-air festival of fine art, wine, food, and music. The Sausalito Art Festival has been showing global artists since 1952, and is considered one of the most prestigious art events in the country. Nestled right along the bay for a great view, it’s a perfect date night option to relax and/or kindle some vacation romance.
San Francisco Fringe Festival (Sept. 11-26, 2015)
The San Francisco area is well known for its theater, and the Fringe Festival is an ideal way to experience it firsthand. This year, San Francisco’s EXIT Theatre will play host to 150 unique shows by 35 independent theater companies. If you’re hoping to catch a play (or seven) during your visit, consider writing Fringe into your plans.
Oktoberfest by the Bay (Sept. 25-27, 2015)
Whether you’re a beer lover, sausage connoisseur, or Midwest traveler looking for a taste of home, Oktoberfest by the Bay will satiate your craving for all things Germanic. Situated at Pier 48, festival-goers can expect non-stop “Deutscher Stoltz (German pride)” topped off with traditional Bavarian tunes and dancing.
Bay Area Blues Festival (Sept. 26-27, 2015)
This one is a must-see for music lovers. Even if it’s not your genre, this festival highlights the talent, soul, and culture found in those classic blues. The event features two music stages, arts and crafts vendors, fantastic local food, kids’ activities, a farmers’ market, and much, much more. Oh, and one last thing: attendance is absolutely free.
Folsom Street Fair (18+) (Sept. 27, 2015)
The most “scandalous” celebration to make this list, the Folsom Street Fair is not to be missed (unless you’re uncomfortable around lots of leather, rubber, drag, and/or bare skin). It’s not a family destination, so this one should be left to the 18+ crowd looking for an alternative celebration that crosses into the “wild side.” This fair is the largest in the world of its kind, and is an experience you won’t find a good facsimile for anywhere else.