As we head into the fall season, you’ll probably want to squeeze in a few outdoor events being held at Golden Gate Park in September 2015. You’ll be pleased to know that the schedule of fun this month touches upon a variety of interests. For instance, a handful of free festivals are planned; some of which will be especially entertaining for the comic book lover, bike lover, and yoga enthusiast. You’re sure to find something interesting to enjoy…so browse below and mark your calendars for the following September events at Golden Gate Park.

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GGP Band: Great American Song Book – Spreckels Temple of Music – September 6

Flip a few pages of the ‘Great American Song Book’ by listening to favorites tunes fill the air on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. The free concert is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., providing an ideal time to enjoy a picnic in the park while listening to a live band play. Expect to hear music from the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael.

In addition to a Labor Day performance on September 7, other Golden Gate Park Band concerts to look forward to in September 2015 include:

  • September 20 – Spanish dancing with El Grupo Sabores de Espana
  • September 27 – Jazz at the Park

SF Zine Fest – County Fair Building – September 6

Every year, small-press publishing rules the SF County Fair Building with a fantastic event devoted to the joy of zines, comics, art books, and similar publications. It’s a time to browse the goodies, sell your wares, trade with others, and enjoy the goods belonging to more than 200 small-press and DIY artisans who will gather for the event being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to falling in love with endless things for sale, you can also attend a workshop or listen to the infinite wisdom of panel speakers. The best part is…it’s all free.

Labor Day Concert: GGP Band – Spreckels Temple of Music – September 7

If you’d like to blend a lovely outing with the family, music, and a nice day off spent at Golden Gate Park, then you should head for where the resident park band will play tunes to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with patriotic and American songs. This special concert is slated to start at 1 p.m. and will continue on until around 2:45 p.m. As always, it is free to enjoy.

Nightlife LIVE: September – California Academy of Sciences – September 10

If you’re looking for a music-filled night on the town, the summer music series at the Academy might be a place to check out. Presented by (((folkYEAH!))), the live performances of the night will include the talent of Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada) and Peaking Lights Acid Test, which opens with their psychedelic pop. Happy Hour will also take place in the West Garden (from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.), where DJs play sets as you munch on appetizers, sip on cocktails, play lawn games, take a flick in the photobooth, and mingle.

Other Nightlife events planned for September 2015 include:

  • September 17: Sci-Tech NightLife – Cutting-edge science is the focus of the evening, where you’ll encounter a Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) demo; live climbing demo from Academy researcher and sloth scientist Dr. Bryson Voirin; and drone technology.
  • September 24: Coastal NightLife – Come explore the beauty and versatility of marine habitats with an evening filled with innovative underwater research, activities centered on Sea Otter Awareness Week, and eye-catching surfboard designs from Sunset Shapers.

Thursday Nightlife events at the Academy run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with tickets costing $10-$12 (depending on whether you are a member or not). As always, only people 21 years of age and older are permitted to attend Thursday Nightlife events at the Academy. Be prepared to show valid identification.

Friday Night at de Young: Virtuosity – de Young Museum – September 11

Just one of the things to look forward to during this Friday Night event includes live music by classically-trained violist Christen Lien. Her performance will take place at Wilsey Court (6:30 p.m.), where you’ll hear original compositions on viola that blends the sounds of Eastern and Western music traditions. In Buchanan Court, join Indira Urrutia in a mixed media art-making adventure at 6 p.m. You’ll also be able to check out the Artist-in-Residence Taro Hattori’s “Leitmotif” exhibit in Kimball Education Gallery starting at 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

These weekly events at the museum take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and are free to the public. All ages are welcome to enjoy the cultural, artistic, musical, educational and entertaining aspects of these events.

Other Friday Night events at de Young for September 2015 include:

  • September 18: Cultural Encounters Celebrates the Final Weekend of “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free” and Cine+Mas San Francisco’s Latino Film Festival – Including a film screening at Koret Auditorium and a live musical presentation by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Star Quintet.
  • September 25: A Night of Pure Dazzle – With the highlight of the night being the 5th annual SOME THING Tiara Sensation pageant held at Wilsey Court at 6:30 p.m.

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – September 12

If you’re looking to expand your garden, consider this month’s showcase of California Natives & Succulents at the sale being held at the SF Botanical Garden’s Nursery. You can access the sale from the Main Gate between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to browse and buy plants.

Opera in the Park – Sharon Meadow – September 13

The park is an ideal location in San Francisco where the arts collide to provide an assortment of enlightening adventures throughout the year. Annually, a free concert featuring the San Francisco Opera takes place in Sharon Meadow – located on the east side of the park. It’s the perfect time to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sounds which offer a taste of the company’s fall season program. This event is free to attend, and starts at 1:30 p.m.

Botanical Drawing Class– SF Botanical Garden – September 17

Calling all art lovers! Local artist Nina Antze will host a session of art centered on botanical illustration. Participants of this event will concentrate on one flower (or other piece of nature, such as fruit or a leaf), and complete color studies, as well as draw and color their chosen object. Antze will touch upon different techniques, and help you develop your skills in colored pencil drawing. Fresh flowers and other specimens will come from the Botanical Garden. You are also encouraged to bring your own, if you wish. All levels are welcome to join. It is suggested to also bring along a lunch. If weather permits, class will take place outside. The cost to enjoy this workshop is $75 for members and 90 for non-members. To get tickets, click here.

Eye on the Environment (Drones for Conservation) – Academy of Sciences – September 17

With all of the publicity in the news about drones, it’s time to shed light on the good that they can bring. A collection of drone users, manufacturers, and creative minds from across the globe will gather at the California Academy of Sciences to participate in a summit involving more than just drone-users and drone-developers in the Bay Area. You’ll encounter the results of case studies that make connections between positive drone use and anti-poaching efforts and illegal logging detection. Innovative technology will be at the forefront of this event. For more information, contact the Academy.

Tour de Fat Bike & Beer Festival Lindley Meadow – September 19

Once again, the beer and bike extravaganza will bring a compilation of different sights, sounds, sustainability and activities to Golden Gate Park – from live music to recycling efforts. The New Belgium’s Tour de Fat 2015 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting with a costumed bicycle parade through the park. Entertainment then takes over with musical performances, vaudeville acts and even yo-yo experts. In between bike contests and brewing informationals, take time to enjoy the ‘Bicycle Revival.’  This gathering is for everyone, even dogs (who are used to loud crowded settings). Those with a membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition will also get a free beer at Tour de Fat. Although this event is free to attend, you must RSVP.

Peace in The Park Festival – Spreckels Temple of Music – September 19

In an effort to bring attention to the beautiful diversity thriving throughout the city and neighboring communities, this festival focuses on peaceful activities that all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.  You’ll encounter a range of artists, including local musicians. Expect to meditate, take in a seminar, try out Tai Chi, and learn a new yoga pose. Kids will find their own activities. This event will take place at the Golden Gate Park Bandshell, near de Young Museum, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. While this event is free to enjoy, you are required to RSVP.

Vintage Fashion Expo – SF County Fair Building – September 19 & 20

This two-day features an impressive showing of vintage design, style and period pieces, where you’ll find exquisite pieces of clothing, jewels, and accessories that date as far back as the late 18th century. The event brings in curious collectors and enthusiasts from all over who come to see the selections for men and women. You never know what you will find, and more than 50 dealers are ready to pique your interest in their vintage couture, fine jewelry, as well as rare items.

Hours for this event are as follows:

  • Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday – 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to single-day tickets for $12 (online) or paying $15 at the door, tickets for early entry, student discounts, and weekend passes are also available. To purchase tickets to the event, email [email protected].

Comedy Day in the Park – Sharon Meadow – September 20

How many comics can you pack into one afternoon? When you come to the annual five-hour comedy show in the park, you’ll have a chance to experience the humor of more than 40 comedians in one sitting. This event marks the 35th time that locals have enjoyed free laughs at Golden Gate Park…and you never know who will make a guest appearance. In the past, the likes of Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ellen DeGeneres have surprised the crowds. And, it costs nothing to enjoy this event, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Liver Life Walk – Music Concourse – September 20

In association with the American Liver Foundation®, this national fundraising walk works towards raising awareness and financial support for patient services and educational programs related to liver disease. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. with the two mile walk starting at 10 a.m. Although it is free to participate in this event, fundraising does support a good cause. To register, ask about sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more, check out; call (415) 248-1060; or email [email protected].

Lindley Meadow XC 5K – Linley Meadow – September 27

With a start time of 9 a.m., a 5 K run will take place at the end of the month – beginning and ending at Lindley Meadows (located across from Spreckles Lake). The course involves a double 2-mile cross country loop that takes runners through grass, dirt, and trails. A Kids Run will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fees to participate include $3 (for 13-17 year olds and members 18 and over); $5 for non-members 18 and over; and free for participants up to 12 years old.

Full Moon Walk – SF Botanical Garden – September 28

If you’re looking for an enchanting evening in the park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden may have something you’d like to participate in. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., allow the moon to guide you on a dusk tour of the garden, which comes to life with a variety of different experiences for the senses. Afterwards, gather for a cup of hot tea and other refreshments in the Garden. It is highly recommended to arrive on time, and once the tour leaves, you will not be able to enter the Garden. The only thing to stand in the way of enjoying this event is you and heavy rain. Don’t forget to bring along a flashlight. This event will cost $20 for members and $25 for non-members.