SF Weekend Guide: September 23–25

It appears that our dear friend Karl the Fog has decided to go on a much needed vacation because our “not-really-an-Indian-Summer” Indian Summer FINALLY here! This weekend’s groovy forecast predicts temperatures in the low 70’s to mid-80’s, making it the perfect time to go out and soak in some sunshine we so desperately need. So grab a nice cup of iced coffee, take a trip along the historic 49 Miles Scenic Drive, enjoy the best views around the Bay, or attend some of the most fun events the city has to offer. But above all… have a great weekend, and stay cool!

Friday, September 23

Photo: Oktoberfest by the Bay, Facebook.

GUTEN TAG! → Bring your beer mugs and get ready to sing, dance, eat and drink, this weekend at the 17th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay. This 3 day celebration hosted by Spaten Miinchen will take place at San Francisco’s Pier 48 where there will be an array of delicious German food and beer vendors present, along with live bands to get the party jumping. This event is CASH ONLY, with a token system in place. Paid parking will be available and the venue is accessible via public transport as well. There will be no tickets sold at the door so buy your tickets now!

17th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay // Pier 48, San Francisco, CA 94158 // Friday 6PM-Midnight, Saturday 11AM-5PM & 6PM-Midnight, Sunday 11AM-6PM // Tickets: EventBrite

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale
Photo: Jason Doiy, Flickr.

BOOKWORMS  → Featuring over 500,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and books on tape, the 52nd Annual Big Book Sale is taking place at Fort Mason this weekend. Entry is open to the public and entry is free. With prices ranging from $1-3 per item, this event should be dubbed “sale of the year.” All proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco Public Library’s literacy program for children, teens and adults, so make sure to head down to Fort Mason this weekend and check it out!

52nd Annual Big Book Sale // Landmark Building A, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123 // Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-6PM // Free Admission

Photo: Eat Real Festival, Facebook.

GET YOUR GRUB ON → Oakland’s “Eat Real” Street Food Festival is the perfect trifecta that embodies the elements of a state fair, food festival, and a block party. With more than 100 drink and food vendors attending this festival, you’re guaranteed to satisfy all of your cravings. Entertainment will be in the form of music, films, workshops, food contests, and demonstrations taking place at the event. Entry into the festival is free, and all drinks and food will be around $8.

“Eat Real” Street Food Festival // Jack London Square, Oakland, CA // Friday 1PM-9PM Saturday 10:30AM-9PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5PM // Free Admission 

Saturday, September 24

San Francisco Powell St. 1959, Photo: Roger W, Flickr.

FLASHBACK → This years Muni Heritage Weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of Muni’s first electrically operated trolley cars in San Francisco. During this weekend, visitors will get a chance to take ride down memory lane in historic streetcars, cable cars, and buses that are rarely ever seen on the streets these days. Vintage buses will also host galleries on board depicting the historical timeline of Muni, and cable car No. 42, a special double end trolley built in 1906 will also be making a special appearance on the California Street line. Be sure to check out the San Francisco Railway Museum as well on this historic weekend. Admission into the museum will be free, but normal Muni fares will apply for all special historic streetcars and busses.  

2016 Muni Heritage Weekend // 77 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105 // Saturday-Sunday 10AM-5PM // Free Admission

Photo: Treasure Island Flea, Facebook.

HUNT FOR TREASURE → Have some fun in the sun and enjoy beautiful views of the city, because every last Saturday and Sunday of the month, thousands of attendees make the trip to that small island connecting the 2 spans of the Bay Bridge for the Treasure Island Flea. Attendees go to shop, eat, drink, and be entertained by the various activities like DIY workshops, live music, nerf gun obstacle course, and many more. With over 25 food & drink vendors accompanied by rows upon rows of private vendors, there’s nothing you can’t find at the Treasure Island Flea! This event is dog friendly, admission is $3 per person, and parking is free. It does tend to get fairly busy past noon, so early arrival is definitely recommended if you’re not a fan of waiting in long lines.  

Treasure Island Flea // 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA 94130 // Saturday-Sunday 10AM-4PM // Admission: $3

Sunday, September 25

Photo: San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Facebook.

TUNE IN → With 35 ensembles and 4 stages, this year’s SFMusic Day will take place at the War Memorial Veterans Building. SFMusic Day celebrates the diverse genres of music present in the Bay Area, and performances will include early, chamber, new, and jazz music performances throughout the day. Attendees will be allowed to move from stage to stage as they please. There will also be family friendly activities and food trucks located right outside of the venue as well. This event is free for all ages, but an RSVP is however required.  

2016 SFMusic Day // 401 Van Ness Ave #110, San Francisco, CA 94102 // Sunday 12PM-8PM // RSVP on EventBrite

Photo: Güldem Üstün, Flickr.

#SUNDAYFUNDAY → Take a break from the busy city life and spend this Sunday getting in touch with mother nature, at the September Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods. The tour takes place almost every other Sunday, and begins at the ungodly time of 6:45AM, but being able to watch the sun rise through the beautiful redwood forest and catching a glimpse of all the wildlife that are usually hidden during the day is a surreal experience. So pack your bag with snacks and water and embark on a journey along the trails and learn about the various plants and animals that call Muir Woods home. Guided tours are free, but reservations are required, and heavy rain will cancel scheduled tours.

Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods // 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941 // Sunday 6:45AM-10:45AM // RSVP: (415)-388-2596


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