There's plenty to celebrate this September in San Francisco with the popular Fringe Festival, free Shakespeare in the Park, and the 12th Annual San Francisco Improv Festival. There are also tons of Labor Day activities on the weekend of September 2 to 5, including the 63rd Annual Sausalito Arts Festival…
Cultural events get into full swing with the SF Opera season opening with three popular operas, including Donizetti's Don Pasquale. And of course, there's no better time to visit the Wine Country of Sonoma & Napa than a beautiful sunny day in September as the harvest begins.
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Ready to explore? Hop on a bicycle and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to discover the beauty of the coastal towns of Marin County. After reaching Sausalito, your guide will hand you a map and ferry tickets to get you back to San Francisco. You're then free to explore on your own for the rest of the day.
During September you'll be in search of blue and humpback whales. Along the way, discover the beauty and majesty of the Pacific Ocean on a full-day adventure. The California coastal waters are known for their annual whale migration. Best part, you're guaranteed to see whales or your next trip is free!
It's an ideal time of year to take a 2-hour twilight cruise. Sail west past Alcatraz and Angel Island towards the Golden Gate Bridge while you sample antipasti, fresh fruits & a selection of desserts. On the way back you pass the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason. Best of all, the sailings are timed to guarantee you a sunset experience.
At the stunning AT&T Park see the Giants face off against the San Diego Padres, the St Louis Cardinals, the Colorado Rockies and the LA Dodgers.
• September 12 to 18 and September 27 to 30
Before she was a star in her own right, Carole King was a teenage songwriter fighting her way into the record business. Beautiful is the story of Carole King's rise from songwriter to personal stardom.
• Orpheum Theatre
•Ends September 18
This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.
The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!
An opera in four acts based on the life of French poet, Andrea Chenier. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
• War Memorial Opera House
• September 9 to 30, 2017
China's great classical novel is transformed into a dazzling opera in two acts. Performed in English.
• War Memorial Opera House
• September 10 to 29, 2017
Experience Donizetti's popular opera buffa (comic opera). It was an instant hit when it was first performed at La Scala in Milan in 1843. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
• War Memorial Opera House
• September 28 to October 15, 2017
Hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a memorable experience! On the restored antique train, you'll enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal with local California ingredients while traveling through the wine country with endless views of rolling vineyards. This relaxing tour includes round-trip transport from the city.
Leave the city for a breath of fresh air! Venture through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills. Drive along the Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to see where glaciers cut through the mountains forming granite monuments. Fuel up with lunch at the Ahwahnee Dining Room before hiking to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America.
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Go behind the scenes of North Beach's food scene on this culinary evening walking tour. Sample cheeses, wood-fired pizza, delicate handmade cannoli, gourmet sweets paired with wine. You meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood's interesting history. Take an easy evening walk to popular and hidden spots along with your local guide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
This fun event celebrates all things bicycles and beer! It started in Fort Collins and is now held in cities around the US. Expect bike, beers & bemusement.
• Golden Gate Park
• September 17, 2017
Get your fill of authentic Greek food! It all happens at Annunciation Cathedral.
• 245 Valencia Street
• September 16, 17 and 18
See the best of grassroots& indie theater featuring more than 100 performances in 30 small theaters. Enjoy comedy or drama or the absurd. This is a very popular SF event with affordable tickets.
• September 9 to 24, 2017
Celebrate Sonoma County's bounty at California's oldest festival! It takes place the last full weekend of September in Sonoma's historic downtown plaza. Sample great wine, delicious food and dance under the stars to live music. The fun continues throughout the entire weekend.
• Town of Sonoma
• September 23, 2017
A celebration of unscripted comedy! Held at the historic Eureka Theater, this festival showcases the best of local and national improv troupes. Each performance is created live in front of the audience, delivering a totally unique and hilarious experience.
• September 8 to 17, 2017
Enjoy one of the most celebrated, and one of the biggest, Shakespearean programs in the USA with free Shakespeare in the park. This summer's offering is (oddly enough) The Winter's Tale.
• Parks around the city
• Saturdays & Sundays, July to October
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