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September 2013 Events
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
San Francisco Bay
Four days of racing for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup; Challenger and Defender course access.
San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala
Davies Symphony Hall, 415-864-6000 (subscriptions available in March; individual tickets for concerts go on sale in July)
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas open the orchestra’s 102nd season with an Opening Gala Concert on September 3 at 8 p.m.
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Exit Theatre and other downtown venues,
415-931-1094 (info), 800-965-4827 or 415-673-3847(tickets)
The 22nd annual festival is a marathon of 40-plus shows with low price tickets and a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis.
San Francisco Opera Opening Gala
War Memorial Opera House, 415-864-3330
The 2013-14 season begins with the annual opening night gala, Opera Ball 2013.
34TH America’s Cup Finals
San Francisco Bay
Finals include super yacht regatta and two races as scheduled between Defender and Challenger.
San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-864-3330
Enjoy this outdoor venue and free admission to an opera concert featuring arias and ensembles by the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema
The four-day event—Dance Screen 2013 with San Francisco Dance Film Festival—will be produced in collaboration with European media arts organization International Music & Media Centre to present not only the best dance films from around the world, but also to host a public forum with professionals from the field of dance, music, filmmaking, technology/media, education and visual arts.
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square, 415-775-5500
Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Nearly 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 paddlers from across North America will race the 500-meter course; festival also features entertainment and children’s activities.
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets, 415-982-6306
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities.
Oktoberfest By The Bay
Pier 48 near AT&T Park, 888-746-7522
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages.
Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
Self-guided tours include access to dozens of the most unique homes in the world; docents are onboard to describe Sausalito’s incredible waterfront style and to answer questions.
Polk Street Blues Festival
Polk Street, California Street to Broadway, 800-310-6563
Two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths and much more are all a part of this annual homage to San Francisco’s blues roots.
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th Streets, 415-777-3247
The “daddy of all leather celebrations,” the Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish street fair in the world drawing some 400,000 attendees annually, dressed in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag or very little at all.
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