San Francisco September 2019 Calendar of Unique Events
Published By Dean Badessa
What's happening this month in San Francisco
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September 1 18th Annual SF ZINE FestCounty Fair Building, Golden Gate ParkIn our annual festival, we celebrate and support independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in exhibitions and public events. VISIT THE SITE

September 2 – Born In ChinaWalt Disney Family Museum - Follow three distinct stories: a giant panda mother raising her newborn, a golden snub-nosed monkey adjusting to the new arrival of his baby sister, and a snow leopard on a journey to protect her two cubs, and experience the beautiful China terrain like never before. VISIT THE SITE

September 3 – CabaretSF Playhouse - Even after fifty years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget. VISIT THE SITE

September 4 SF Symphony Opening Night GalaDavies Symphony Hall - This spectacular celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25th and final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony will be one for the ages. From the pre-concert Scharffenberger Cellars sparkling wine promenade, to the one-of-a-kind concert, to the exciting after-party, you will be a part of San Francisco history while toasting the arts in style. VISIT THE SITE

September 5 San Francisco Fringe Festival Opening NightThe EXIT Theatre – The San Francisco Fringe Festival is produced by EXIT Theatre and is the oldest grassroots theater festival in the Bay Area, and the second-oldest Fringe Festival in the US. VISIT THE SITE

September 6 San Francisco Comedy CompetitionThe Bindery – The second night of the San Francisco Comedy Competition comes to the Bindery in Haight-Ashbury. We have 15 new comedians competing for just five spots to advance to the Semifinals. VISIT THE SITE

September 7 California Rum Festival 2019SOMArts Cultural Center - Last year more than 20 Rum brands participated and over 700 people attended the event. This year we will enhance the event adding a Trade Program and some Tiki flair. VISIT THE SITE

September 8 2019 Autumn Moon Festival ChinatownArts and crafts, lion dancing, live music, martial arts, games, food and much more! VISIT THE SITE

September 9 Mythos, Psyche, ErosSFMOMA - One of San Francisco’s most enigmatic figures, the artist known simply as Jess (1923–2004) quietly forged a body of work that privileged the mystical, whimsical, and absurd. VISIT THE SITE

September 10 Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, HeapedContemporary Jewish Museum - The exhibition features more than 120 of Rosen’s most influential and dynamic works, never before exhibited in her home base of Northern California. VISIT THE SITE

September 11 The Body ElectricYBCA - YBCA presents the West Coast debut of The Body Electric, an expansive array of more than 70 works revealing the ways that technology changes our collective understanding of the body, everyday life, and sense of self. VISIT THE SITE

September 12 Doobie Brothers Masonic Theatre - The Doobie Brothers announced they will be returning to their hometown for a special album night at The Masonic in San Francisco on September 12, 2019. The band will be performing landmark albums, Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me, in their entirety, plus a few select hits. VISIT THE SITE

September 13 SF Opera Presents Romeo & JulietWar Memorial Opera House - Bryan Hymel and the sensational Nadine Sierra headline a powerful cast in this timeless classic. VISIT THE SITE

September 14 Bloody Mary FestivalSOMArts Cultural Center - Tickets include tastes of all participating bloody marys, local food and beverage samples, temp tattoos and more! VISIT THE SITE

September 15 Annual Armenian Food Festival & BazaarArmenian Community Center & Saroyan Hall - Annual Food Festival Celebrating Authentic Armenian Cuisine, Dancing, Music, and Art. VISIT THE SITE

September 16 Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America with author Randy ShawMechanic’s Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room – Randy Shaw tells the powerful stories of tenants, politicians, homeowner groups, developers, and activists in over a dozen cities impacted by the national housing crisis. VISIT THE SITE

September 17 Transportation/TransformationsThe Exploratorium - Test-drive with us the transit transformations of our rapidly approaching future. VISIT THE SITE

September 18 The 15th Annual SF Improv Festival Opening Night PartyCabaret Bar - Help kick off the 15th annual SF Improv Festival right with a roomful of improvisors, drinks, music, live acts and installations illuminating this weird and wonderful thing we love called improv! VISIT THE SITE

September 19 Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream TourPalace of Fine Arts Theatre –  Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers, this cutting edge holographic performance with remastered audio will transport the audience back in time for an unforgettable evening of Roy & Buddy’s greatest hits onstage. VISIT THE SITE

September 20 San Francisco’s Only Greek Food Festival 2019Annunciation Cathedral - One of the oldest, most prestigious Greek Food Festivals, attracts visitors from around the world. VISIT THE SITE

September 21 Shakespeare In The Park Presents As You Like It: A New MusicalJerry Garcia Amphitheatre – Our new musical adaptation features original music and lyrics by celebrated Bay Area composers The Kilbanes and Resident Artist Phil Wong. Bring your family, friends, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park setting! VISIT THE SITE

September 22 The 16th Annual Road Works Steamroll Printing FestivalSF Center for the Books – The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 16th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours and more. VISIT THE SITE

September 23 Daniel Handler’s Bottle GroveCommonwealth Club of Ca - Handler’s new novel, Bottle Grove, addresses love, greed and the precipice of change as two couples living in San Francisco deal with the effects of the tech boom looming over its citizens. Join us in welcoming Daniel Handler back to San Francisco this fall! VISIT THE SITE

September 24 – SF Green Film Fest Opening Night At The Castro!Castro Theatre - We launch with a spectacular Opening Night at the Castro Theatre on Tuesday, September 24, with our Green Carpet Gala. VISIT THE SITE

September 25 Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject deYoung Museum Over the past four decades, Matt Mullican has created a body of work encompassing drawing, collage, painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation as well as performance under hypnosis. VISIT THE SITE

September 26 4th Annual Women Sports Film FestivalBrava Theatre – The Women Sports Film Festival uses the power of documentary film to celebrate female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen. VISIT THE SITE

September 27 Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar JapanAsian Art Museum – U.S.-born sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi and Japanese painter, theorist and teacher Saburo Hasegawa both reacted to the catastrophic effects of the war by questioning how art could balance tradition and modernity, Japanese culture and foreign influences, past and present. VISIT THE SITE

September 28 Africa State of Mind MOAD - Africa State of Mind explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. VISIT THE SITE

September 29 Ballet Insights: SF Ballet On Film And Television Presents The Dance BoomWar Memorial Opera House – What was it like to film dance for television at the height of the dance boom? Hear from Judy Flannery, producer and Executive Director of Dance Film SF about managing the production department for KQED during the 1980s and its partnership with SF Ballet. VISIT THE SITE

September 30 The Life and Work of Mabel McKayCa Historical Society – The Life and Work of Mabel McKay tells the story of a renowned basket weaver, healer, culture bearer, and inspiration. Mabel McKay was a member of the Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo tribe from Northern California and was the last speaker of her language. VISIT THE SITE 

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