When it comes to Golden Gate Park events in September 2017, there’s no denying the jam-packed schedule that this month has in store for you. From family-friendly cultural festivals to achieving a sense of calm in the middle of one of the most popular parks in the U.S., you’ll probably find yourself having a hard time deciding what to do and when. Have you ever seen a mime performance? How does a weekend BBQ picnic sound? Are you a cheese lover? How about trying your hand at a game of horseshoes? All of these activities and more below are scheduled to take place in September at Golden Gate Park.
Aloha Poly Fest – SF County Fair Building – September 2
An all-day affair including Polynesian food, music, art and dance will unfold at the County Fair Building, where you can explore the beauty and culture of the South Pacific. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the traditions and uniqueness associated with the following areas: Polynesian (Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands, and New Zealand), Melanesian (Fiji) and Micronesian (Guam) islands. Use flowers, palm leaves and feathers to make crafts such as hair flowers, jewelry and leis. Take in the sounds of the ukulele. Visit the Kids’ Zone where playtime fun, face painting and other activities await. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free for all to enjoy.
San Francisco Mime Troupe – Peacock Meadow – September 2
The SF Mime Troupe puts on free political theater and music performances around the Bay Area, and now it’s Golden Gate Park’s turn to host the Tony Award-winning group as it unveils “Walls”. You will find Peacock Meadow situated close to 240 John F Kennedy Drive. The performance begins at 1:30 p.m.
2017 San Francisco Zine Fest – SF County Fair Building – September 3
Admission is free to attend the annual Bay Area festivities dedicated to small-press publishing that include comics, art books and of course, zines. Over 200 small-press and DIY artisans will gather to sell, trade, and share their work and talents. Don’t forget to check out a workshop or stop by a panel discussion while you’re there. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Indian Summer” BBQ & DJ Picnic in the Park – Old Speedway Meadow – September 3
Although it is free to attend the “Handle It BBQ: Indian Summer Time Vibes” and picnic, donations are accepted for this event and you’re also encouraged to bring along a dish that you can share with others. So, mark your calendars and head for the picnic grounds between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with your macaroni salad, chocolate chip cookies or bags of potato chips in order to join in the fun. Old Speedway Meadow is located close to 371 Chain of Lakes Dr. E.
Golden Gate Park Cross Country 5K [Off-Road] – Polo Field – September 3
If you’re looking for an off-road running event to get your cardio going, Golden Gate Park will play host to one from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. during the first week of September. With a start at the upper dirt track on the south side of Polo Field, participants will finish at the lower paved track on the south side. Just some of the highlights of this race include Chain of Lakes Drive, Kennedy Drive, and the upper part of Speedway Meadow. For more information and details about the race, click here or call the DSE HOTLINE at (415) 978-0837.
GGP Band Russian Symphony Concert– Spreckels Temple of Music – September 3
Kicking off the weekly concert performances of the Golden Gate Park Band for this month, music from Russia is sure to entertain. It is free to absorb the sights and sounds of this family-friendly musical program, which is scheduled to take place from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Oftentimes, people bring along blankets and picnic lunches to truly take advantage of the moment.
Additional performances for September 2017 include:
- September 4: Labor Day Concert that pays tribute to the American worker
- September 17: the celebration of Robert Emmett Day with Irish music, song and dance
- September 24: Spanish dancing with El Grupo Sabores de España
Restoring Habitat for San Francisco’s Rare Endemic Manzanitas – SF County Fair Building – September 7
Did you know that the city of San Francisco is home to two of the rarest manzanitas in the world: Raven’s Manzanita (Arctostaphylos Montana subsp. ravenii) and Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana)? If you’re interested in learning more about the fight to preserve these species of plants, join vegetation ecologist Michael Chassé as he tells their story. There is no charge to attend this lecture, which runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Full Moon Walk – SF Botanical Garden – September 7
Come see what it’s like when the sun sets and the garden is lit with the help of a full moon. In addition to catching sight of unique blooms, you’ll also have a chance to sip herbal tea and enjoy light refreshments. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. This event is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and costs $23 for members and $28 for non-members to enjoy.
NightLife How To: Fermentation – California Academy of Sciences – September 7
If you’ve ever wondered about the process of making cheese, cider, mead and other delicious edibles, the Academy is holding a NightLife event centered on all things fermented. Listen to the knowledge of an urban agriculture specialist from JCCSF, who will help you explore golden mead-making. Fermentation, pickling, and jarring expert Karen Solomon will hold a demonstration that concentrates on bringing a recipe of sauerkraut made with apples to life. Other fun to anticipate includes a cider demo, tasty kombucha samples, and using yeast and fungus to make things like tempeh. Throughout the night, DJ Mawkus is in charge of music.
Look forward to additional Thursday NightLife events to take place every week, which are held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The general public is expected to pay $15 for entry, while Academy members are charged $12. Keep in mind that these events are only for those who are 21 and older – valid I.D. is checked at the door.
Other NightLife events to enjoy in September 2017 include:
- September 14: NightLife LIVE: September – Listen to sample-based electronic music performed by Ryan Hemsworth & Qrion.
- September 21: Brain & Body NightLife – Explore human health and wellness by learning about the elements that feed the brain and body.
- September 28
Roscoe Mitchell x Number 197 – de Young Museum – September 8
With Leonardo Drew’s site-specific installation Number 197 serving as a backdrop, you can enjoy the orchestral works of Roscoe Mitchell, which includes the talent of a legendary jazz musician performing with a 34-piece orchestra. The live performance in Wilsey Court is expected to be the highlight of the museum’s Friday Nights at de Young lineup for the evening, and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) – GGP Bandshell/Music Concourse – September 9
Held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., this annual festival costs nothing to attend and will treat you to an array of music, performances and other forms of art. Come join members of Bay Area communities as they celebrate diversity and attempt to build with one another.
Vintage Paper Fair – SF County Building (Hall of Flowers) – September 9 & 10
There are a couple of times a year that you can browse one of the largest selections of antique postcards, trade cards, photographs, labels, brochures, sports memorabilia, and old paper swag on the West Coast…and the month of September offers one of those opportunities.
The doors for the Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco are open at the following times:
- Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It is completely free to take in the sights of pin up art, local history gems, and advertising favorites from the past. Additionally, you can bring in your own possessions to take advantage of the complimentary, onsite appraisals.
Library 45th Anniversary Celebration – SF Botanical Garden – September 9
Can you believe that the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture has been around for 45 years? To mark its anniversary, there will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special story time in the morning. Other activities to anticipate at this event include a used book sale, kiddie crafts, retrospective art exhibition, and a plant sale with unique specimens for you to purchase. For more details, click here.
Special Story Time – SF Botanical Garden – September 9
Join author Christie Matheson as she reads her interactive tale called “Plant the Tiny Seed.” Aimed to encourage young nature lovers and gardeners, those who participate will also kick start their morning with a related activity. If you like, purchase the book and have Christie sign it for you. This family-friendly gathering is part of the 45th celebration of the Helen Crocker Russell Library, and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
California Natives & Succulents Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – September 9
This month, the San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a plant sale that allows you to bring home your own California natives and succulents. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., head for the Entry Garden near the Main Gate and Bookstore to see what’s on display.
Tour de Fromage – McLaren Lodge – September 9
If you love cheese and enjoy riding your bike, then you might want to mark your calendars for this bike tour that touches upon some of the best independent cheese spots in San Francisco – including the likes of The Spanish Table andThe Epicurean Trader. Samples of cheese await your arrival at each shop along the tour. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the aging process, different milk varieties, as well as get a better understanding of what to pair with a certain cheese. The ride is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost for this event is $20 with everyone meeting at McLaren Lodge (Stanyan and Fell). Don’t forget to bring a lock for your bike.
To register for the ride, click here.
Miami FC vs. San Francisco Deltas – Kezar Pavilion – September 9
San Francisco’s first pro soccer team takes to the field again against the Miami FC, in a match that could affect playoff standings for the Deltas (who are currently in second place). Prepare for a 5 p.m. start. Tickets are on sale for $30, and can be purchased here.
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden – Conservatory of Flowers – September 15
As part of the After Hours at the Conservatory series, you can explore what Barrel Head Brewhouse has to offer. This NOPA brewhouse and restaurant has a reputation for blending classic styles with experimental adventures to produce flavors that have visitors coming back for more. But, in order to see what they have in their collection, you must purchase a ticket to this event, which are priced at $22.50-$25. To register for this event, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., click here.
Liver Life Walk – GGP Bandshell/Music Concourse – September 16
In an effort to spread awareness for a good cause and fight liver disease, the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park will serve as the location for a 2-mile walk that brings together patients, families, doctors and other members of the community. There will be people walking in teams, as well as individually. It is free to participate in the walk with donations appreciatively accepted in order to aid the support for educational programs. To keep up with fundraising efforts and to learn more details, you can check out https://liverlifewalk.org/sanfrancisco/.
Comedy Day in the Park” Festival – Sharon Meadow – September 17
Are you in need of a good laugh? Never fear, Golden Gate Park is here to entertain you with one of the largest comedy events of its kind in San Francisco. This annual showcase of gut-splitting talent lasts for five hours (from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.), where 40+ different comedians descend upon one stage. For a special treat, surprise guests often make their way to the event, and past festivals have been entertained by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle and Ellen DeGeneres.
1880s Vintage Base Ball: Golden Gate Cup All-Star Game – Big Rec Field – September 17
Come spend the day with the local, vintage baseball league as the finals and All-Star game for the 2017 season is played. The uniqueness of this event centers on a game that follows rules from the 1880s, as well as features vintage-style uniforms and equipment, such as large wooden bats, fancy umpire attire, and small gloves. In case you didn’t know, Big Rec Field is located on Lincoln Way and 7th Ave. The league finals start at noon with the San Francisco vs. East/South Bay game kicking off at 3 p.m. This event is free to all.
“Peace In The Park” Festival – GGP Bandshell – September 23
With the help of local musicians and visual artists, this family-friendly event offers seminars, yoga, meditation sessions, Tai Chi, and activities for the kiddies – all centered on helping one another achieve a sense of peace. Although it is free to attend, you must RSVP if you want to participate in the festival, which is scheduled for between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Lord of the Ringer: Horseshoe Tourney/Skate Jam – GGP Horseshoe Courts – September 23
If you’re looking for something fun to do, perhaps a game of horseshoes might help. The SF Horseshoe Pitching Club is hosting their annual tournament and skate jam that kicks off at 12 p.m. You don’t have to pay a thing to watch the tournament and skating, but if you want to enter the horseshoe competition, the fee is $10. All levels of play are welcome to participate. The festivities kick off at noon, with an 11 a.m. signup. The Horseshoe Courts are located at Stanyan and Fulton.
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire – de Young Museum – September 30
With artworks hailing from an ancient city, the Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire exhibit will launch at the end of the month. During this time, the museum states you can explore “recent, never-before-seen archaeological discoveries and other major loans from Mexican and U.S. cultural institutions.” Monumental and ritual objects excavated from Teotihuacan’s three pyramids will be on display, as well as mural paintings, ceramics, and stone sculptures. Access to this exhibition is included with the purchase of a ticket to the museum. You have plenty of time to take in the sights, as this exhibit will run until February 11, 2018.