31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss For the Month of September

Fall has arrived, the kids are back in school, and the summer weather has (hopefully) arrived.  There is a ton out there to get out and enjoy.  Check out these 31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco not to miss in the month of September.

Updated 9/13/2017

Every Thursday, 5-9PM: Presidio Twilight

Celebrate summer evenings in the park at Presidio Twilight! Back for its fourth season, the gathering features delicious international food and drink from a large selection of local vendors, lantern-lit cabanas, shared fire pits, live music, and views of the sun setting over San Francisco Bay. Grab your blanket, bundle up, and enjoy San Francisco Bay views, yoga at dusk, and a great community vibe.

Every Thursday, 4-8PM: Mission Community Market

Mission Community Market is so much more than just a farmers’ market. Our open-air marketplace is made up of farmers, small local businesses, live music and culture programming and after-school activities. Join us on Thursdays from 4-8pm and enjoy food, music, and community!

Union Square Live: All Month Long

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., from April through October, there’s something new under the sun and stars downtown at San Francisco’s historic Union Square Park. Rock & Roll, classical and jazz music. Swing and salsa dancing. Circus performer. Outdoor cinema. And much more.  July: Circus performances, music, and more.

Sundays in September: Off the Grid Presidio Picnic

Try food and drink from more than 30 vendors and enjoy free activities such as yoga classes, lawn games, a photo booth, bike riding lessons and more. Sundays.

September 2/3, 9/10, 23/24, 30, 11AM: Creative Family Fun at the Presidio

September 2/3: September 2nd is Family Friendly Bike Ride Day at the Presidio Visitors Center. Roll on over to the Officer’s Club afterwards to join us in making Bendy Bicycles! September 9/10: On September 9, 1850, California officially became the 31st state in the union! To commemorate this day, come celebrate by creating print collages of the California State Flag. September 23/24: September 22 is the first day of fall! Celebrate by printing a postcard with leaves native to the Presidio and send it off to someone you love. September 30: October 4th is World Animal Day! Come celebrate and learn about some animals who live in the Presidio by making your own cardboard critter!

September 2 & 16, 10AM: Presidio Family Friendly Bike Ride

Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that’s fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own.

September 2, 11AM: Aloha Polyfest

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING Pacific Islands cultural event at San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park during Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September 2, 2017 welcomes the general public to celebrate and learn about the rich, diverse cultures and traditions of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Cook Islands and Guam. Live Entertainment, Crafts & Souvenir Booths, Cultural Villages with information and demonstrations, Raffles & Giveaways, Food, and Kids’ Zone featuring face painting, games and activities for the young ones.

September 2, 8PM: Chantey Sing

Sing traditional working songs aboard the floating historic vessel Eureka. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot cider.

September 2/3: Overnight at the Zoo

Set up camp at the zoo, enjoy a pizza dinner, meet with a zookeeper, have a snack, then take a guided nighttime tour before heading off to bed. Wake up the next day and finish off your adventure with a continental breakfast. For ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult. Starts at 5:30pm Saturday, ends at 10am Sunday.

31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in September

September 3, 2PM: Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet

Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Set in Denmark in 1559, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet.

September 3-10: Drop-In Art-Making: Beeswax Studio with Blick Art Materials

Every first and second Sunday and select school holidays from 11am-3pm, families can experience a new adventure in art-making free with admission to The Contemporary Jewish Museum. As always, the hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the exhibitions on display in the galleries, the building’s architecture, or holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art techniques.

September 3, 11AM: Y Learn to Bike Program

Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.

September 7-10: Sing-A-Long Little Mermaid at the Castro Theater

This interactive presentation of Disney’s classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! (1989, full program runs approx 120 min, 35mm)

September 8, 4PM: 70’s Roller Disco Party

We’re rolling back to the year we opened—1978—with a free 70s Roller Disco Party! Head to The PIER for an evening of fun, music and roller-skating in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza from 4-10pm. Bring your own skates and protective gear or rent them for free. For details, visit pier39.com. The 70s Roller Disco Party is just one of PIER 39’s 39th Anniversary Celebration events!

31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in September

September 9: Movie in the Park: The Graduate

Grab your blanket and a picnic dinner an head out to Dolores Park for an outdoor screening of The Graduate.

September 9/10: J-Pop Summit

This Japanese cultural festival introduces the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food and niche subcultures.

September 9/10, 12-5PM: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

What could be better than a chocolate lounge?!!  This event features chocolate tasting, live culinary demonstrations and ice cream eating contests.  12-5pm.

31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in September 2017

September 10, 11AM: Sunday Streets: Western Addition

Come and enjoy the historic Western Addition neighborhood! Sunday Streets Western Addition connects from Fillmore to Fulton and all the way to Baker St. You are sure to find plenty of hidden gems and historic places to explore along the route.  Activity Hubs will be located along Fillmore St and Baker St., with dozens of free activities in between offered by local merchants. September 10th will be a special day to explore old and new.

September 10, 1:30PM: Opera in the Park

Come for arias al fresco from the 2017-18 season and other opera favorites. Features Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season.

September 10, 3pM: Jamband Family Festival

Charity and the JAMBand present a magical mix of music, dance, mindfulness and family love. Connect with your kids and relax in the outdoors.

September 16, 8:30AM: San Francisco Zoo Bike About

Pedal while enjoying the sights and sounds of the zoo. This is a docent-led tour. Participants must bring bikes; none are available for rental.

September 16, 10AM: Korean Day Cultural Festival

This event will feature colorful cultural performances, authentic Korean food and specialty vendors.

September 16-October 29: Zootoberfest

Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season… FALL! Go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Jump in the bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

September 17, 11AM: Rosh Hashanah Puppet Show

Come to a magical, interactive puppet show to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Then come to the studio to create your own puppets.

September 17, 12PM: Sumo Champion Exhibition

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 6th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art and we’re bring it to San Francisco for FREE. Join us (and bring the family) to meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches.

September 21, 4PM-8PM: Commons on Third Thursdays at Civic Center Plaza

Listen to live music, purchase.  Food and beverage  and let the kids participate in activities organized by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks department. The Asian Art Museum will stay open late.

September 23/24: Candypalooza at the Jelly Belly Factory

Join us Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 for the fifth Annual Candy Palooza, a family-friendly event where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Play games, experience rides, eat delicious food, and the Jelly Belly artist will be on hand signing autographs. Those 21 and over can imbibe beer or enjoy our chocolate and wine pairings. Discover something new from arts and craft vendors, and listen to live performances throughout both days on the Jelly Belly stage, located outside at the front of the Visitor Center.

September 23, 10AM: Free Day at the Exploratorium

Explore cutting-edge exhibits dedicated to human phenomena, tinkering, seeing and listening, living systems and more.

31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in September

September 23, 11AM: Peace in the Park

Explore a variety of ways to unplug and unwind while living in a fast-paced urban environment. This festival features world music, dances, tai-chi, hatha yoga, life enhancing seminars, kids, activities, peace exhibits and meditation experiences.

September 23, 7PM: Movie in the Park: The Breakfast Club

Relive those ’80’s memories and share them with your kids with a picnic dinner in the park watching the rat pack.

September 28, 7:30PM: Stargazing Party at the Presidio

Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky’s most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour.

September 29 6PM: Movie Nights at Pier39: The Pursuit of Happyness

Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 for outdoor Movie Nights, held the last Friday of every month through September! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special Movie Night discounts at participating businesses. At sundown, settle in for a free screening of a classic San Francisco film. For more information and to see the monthly movie schedule, please visit http://www.pier39.com/home/events/39. Movie Nights are just one part of PIER 39’s 39-week long anniversary celebration! Learn more at pier39.com/39.

September 30, 11AM: Sharktoberfest at Crissy Field

Sponsored by the Greater Farallones Association, this free event features shark science, shark experts, shark films, shark conservation, beer, food, live music and even a parade.

What are you up to this month?  Did you get tickets to the Color Factory or Museum of Ice Cream before they sold out for the month?!  Let me know the fun things you are up to and what we should be trying.

31 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in September










  1. Resa till Hawaii | 18th Jan 18

    Well it is quite tough sometime to find the entertainment shows and program me for the kids. Mainly you can get some variety in summers and if there are vacations then you can also plan to travel somewhere.

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