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September 2018 Guide to Family-Friendly Events in San Francisco

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Hooray for September! Good weather is just around the corner, and we can’t wait. Here’s what’s going on around town this month. 

 

When you find yourself on the Peninsula, check out things to do in the area from Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog, and Wine Country Moms Blog has you covered for trips up north.

Know of something else fun going on around town? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below!  

Happening All Month

Public Library Children’s Activities

Check out all the great programs taking place across the main and branch locations of the public library this month.

Toddler Tuesdays

Salesforce Transit Center, Children’s Play Area

Tuesdays, 10-11am

Now through October 23, enjoy “fun in the sun with rotating activities entertainment like storytime, magic, and games.”

Kids Improv & Movement  Class

Salesforce Transit Center, Amphitheater Lawn

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Now through October 25, “an energetic hour of on-your-feet movement and theater games (ages 7-10). Led by Epiphany Dance Theater.”

Urban Play Family Fitness 

Salesforce Transit Center, Central Lawn

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am

Now through October 27, a “children’s fitness class that promotes healthy choices and active lifestyles using a combination of play and education for all ages.”

S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays

Salesforce Transit Center, Children’s Play Area

10:30 – 12:00

Now through October 27, “hands-on creativity in science and art activities (ages 4-9) with our partners. August is Music in Schools Today; September is Children’s Creativity Museum; October is Bricks 4 Kidz.”

Cinderella @ Walt Disney Family Museum

Sun & Mon – Friday: 1 pm

Sat: 4 pm

Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio

Bring the kids to watch this Disney classic in a cozy theater on the lower level of the museum. Plays every day except Tuesdays.

Off the Grid Food Trucks 

Check the schedule to see where the food trucks will be parked around the city. 

Family-friendly highlights include:

Sundays: 11 am – 4 pm, Presidio Picnic

Thursdays: 5 – 9 pm, Presidio Twilight

Fridays: 5 – 10 pm, Fort Mason

Local Events in September

Click on the date below to be taken directly to the events happening on that day or keep scrolling to view them all! (If you aren’t taken to a list of events for a certain date, then we do not have any on the calendar for that day.)

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1st

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30; 4:00

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Visit a Greenpeace Ship

Pier 19

10am-5pm

“Join Greenpeace on board the Arctic Sunrise in San Francisco and learn about life at sea as an activist, take a guided tour of the Arctic Sunrise, immerse yourself in the history of environmentalism and snap that photo in front of the iconic dove and rainbow on the ship’s bow. Be a part of the 2018 West Coast Ship Tour and learn about how we can all work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.”

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

2nd

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Visit a Greenpeace Ship

Pier 19

10am-5pm

“Join Greenpeace on board the Arctic Sunrise in San Francisco and learn about life at sea as an activist, take a guided tour of the Arctic Sunrise, immerse yourself in the history of environmentalism and snap that photo in front of the iconic dove and rainbow on the ship’s bow. Be a part of the 2018 West Coast Ship Tour and learn about how we can all work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.”

Family Fun Day

Asian Art Museum

 10:30-2pm

“Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again.” Check website for full schedule.

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long

Castro Theater

3:30 pm & 7pm

“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!”

Union Square Live

2-4 pm 

Union Square

Check out free concerts and performances happening throughout the month. Click here for details. 

3rd

Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long

Castro Theater

2pm

“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!”

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

4th

Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long

Castro Theater

7pm

“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!”

 

5th

 Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long

Castro Theater

7pm

“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!”

7th

Stroller Tours

Asian Art Museum

9:30-10:30am 

“Get together this Summer with other moms, dads and caregivers, along with their children, on the first Friday of every month for a docent-led tour of the Asian Art Museum. Tours begin at 9:30 am before the museum opens to the public. Fussy babies are always welcome!”  Tickets must be purchased no later than Sept. 6.

8th

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30; 4:00

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Visit a Greenpeace Ship

Pier 19

10am-5pm

“Join Greenpeace on board the Arctic Sunrise in San Francisco and learn about life at sea as an activist, take a guided tour of the Arctic Sunrise, immerse yourself in the history of environmentalism and snap that photo in front of the iconic dove and rainbow on the ship’s bow. Be a part of the 2018 West Coast Ship Tour and learn about how we can all work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.”

Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival

Ghiradelli Square 

12-5pm

“This family-friendly event features prominent local chefs creating chocolate inventions during cooking demonstrations, and live musical entertainment. Over 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies will provide dessert samples during the two-day event.”

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

 

9th

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Giant Race 

7am

“Join us for the 9th annual San Francisco Giant Race Presented By Alaska Airlines Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race & Family Relay on September 9, 2018. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K courses tour the scenic San Francisco waterfront and participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and exclusive runner bobblehead featuring Bruce Bochy. Kids Race & Family Relay participants receive a medal and bobblehead. All races finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.”

Jog in the Fog

8-11am

Mountain Lake Park

“It’s time for the sixth annual Richmond District Jog in the Fog, a 5k fun run/walk for the whole family. The course runs on road and trail through the Richmond District neighborhood of San Francisco, including Mountain Lake Park and along the scenic cliffs of Lands End.”

Visit a Greenpeace Ship

Pier 19

10am-5pm

“Join Greenpeace on board the Arctic Sunrise in San Francisco and learn about life at sea as an activist, take a guided tour of the Arctic Sunrise, immerse yourself in the history of environmentalism and snap that photo in front of the iconic dove and rainbow on the ship’s bow. Be a part of the 2018 West Coast Ship Tour and learn about how we can all work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.”

Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival

Ghiradelli Square 

12-5pm

“This family-friendly event features prominent local chefs creating chocolate inventions during cooking demonstrations, and live musical entertainment. Over 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies will provide dessert samples during the two-day event.”

Sunday Streets | Western Addition

11am – 4pm

“Come dance in the streets with Sunday Streets car-free route along The Western Addition’s main corridors! Fillmore and sections of Fulton and Baker Streets will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters, toddlers, families, seniors and more.”

Union Square Live

2-4 pm 

Union Square

Check out free concerts and performances happening throughout the month. Click here for details. 

 

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

15th

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30; 4:00

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival 

Grant Ave. between California and Broadway

11am-6pm

Two days of entertainment, food, shopping, dragon parades, cultural events, and children’s activities.

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

McClaren Park Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

16th

Pete the Cat | Bay Area Children’s Theater

Children’s Creativity Museum

10:30; 1:30

When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin’ out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles’ to learn some manners. But Pete won’t go silently into house cat arrest–not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade.

Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8.

Creativity Festival

Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens

10am – 4am

“Join us in celebrating creativity and innovation with a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities. This is a free event held throughout the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden.

  • Slime time! – Experiment with different ingredients to create your own slime.
  • Parachutes and Flying Machines – Design and test your own parachutes and flying machines.
  • Live music from Chelle! & Friends – presented in cooperation with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Check https://creativity.org/calendar/creativity-festival/1537092000/ for complete information.”

Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival 

Grant Ave. between California and Broadway

11am-6pm

Two days of entertainment, food, shopping, dragon parades, cultural events, and children’s activities.

Let’s Plant with Tracy!

11-12:30

Playland at 43rd Ave.

“Join Tracy Thatcher for another Family Garden Workshop! Help prepare the communal gardens for winter with plants that thrive in the Outer Sunset as the seasons changes. Have fun in the Playland Community Garden”

Urban Air Market

Hayes Valley, Patricia’s Green

11am – 6 pm

Twice a year Urban Air Market comes to Hayes Valley with over 150 vendors, live music, and interactive art.

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Presidio Parade Ground

2pm 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

JAMband Family Concert

3-4pm

Park Chalet

“There’s nothing better than singing and dancing together outside under the green trees and big blue sky. The concert is all ages, and free. Food and bevs available for a fee.”

Union Square Live

2-4 pm 

Union Square

Check out free concerts and performances happening throughout the month. Click here for details. 

18th

Story Hour

Cafe Boho

10am

Join us at Cafe Boho for a free story time event for children ages 0-3. More details to come.

 

21st

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

McClaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

10am 

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

22nd

Sunset Community Festival

West Sunset Playground

11am-4pm

“Come Eat, Drink, Shop, Play, Connect and Be Local at the 24th annual Sunset Community Festival, presented by Sunset Youth Services and featuring a Sunset Mercantile pop-up of local makers, merchants, artists, causes plus yummy food trucks, vendors and artisans… as well as an electric vehicle info Fair with demos presented by The Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association, wine and beer tasting featuring Seven Stills, Hard Frescos, Social Brew and SF Wine Trading Co… live performances and TONS of children’s activities in collaboration with The Friends of West Sunset Playground.

As if that all wasn’t enough… The Ortega Library will be celebrating their anniversary with an open house including tons of fun activities both inside and out…good times for the whole family.”

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

McClaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

2pm

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

23rd

Shakespeare in the Park: A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

McClaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

2pm

“The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to present our 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Union Square Live

2-4 pm 

Union Square

Check out free concerts and performances happening throughout the month. Click here for details. 

29th

Kids Carnival

Palace of Fine Arts

11am-6pm

“Hurry hurry! Step right up to our first annual FREE Kids Carnival! Join us in the historic Palace of Fine Arts atrium for carnival games, soccer relays with SF Social & Volo City Kids, Zombie Tag, face painting, paint station, large bubbles, musical acts, carnival fare from Culinary Eye Catering & Events for the youngest and oldest in the family. Non Plus Ultra is excited to bring you a carnival themed day that will be fun for all ages. Enjoy projects with The Renegade Girls Tinkering Club and the Museum of Craft and Design. This event is FREE for all ages. 100% of your donations will go to Project Wreckless.”

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