9 Events around San Francisco: Sept 2017

August 9, 2017

Sept 1 – 3: San Francisco Comic Con

“San Francisco Comic Con is a comic book convention located in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Comic Con is San Francisco’s largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches, and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comiccon-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children, the San Francisco Comic Con is a family-friendly convention.”


Sept 2 – 3: Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

“We’re delighted to announce that Graham McTavish, star of Outlander and The Hobbit, will be joining us at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day Weekend (September 2 – 3, 2017), as we celebrate Scottish culture, cuisine, competition and entertainment at its very best – at the 152nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games!”


Sept 9 – 10: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival


“100% of the profits are donated to the non-profit Project Open Hand! Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill.”


Sept 10: Gatsby Summer Afternoon


“Join several hundred aficionados of the 1920’s and 30’s as they step back to a time when elegance was a way of life. At the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, the panoramic front lawn of the historic Dunsmuir Hellman House becomes the stage on which every participant dresses in vintage day wear styles of the era. They play, picnic, sip champagne, and dance; the Charleston and Fox Trot is all the rage. It is reminiscent of a scene from the famous 1925 novel – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.”


Sept 10: Opera in the Park

“Share in San Francisco Opera’s gift to the City. Join us for arias al fresco from our 2017–18 Season and other operatic favorites. Featuring Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season. Bring friends and family for a great afternoon of opera.”


Sept 10: Solano Avenue Stroll

“Since 1974 Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley CA, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival! The Solano Avenue Association invites you to see what makes Solano Avenue a wonderful place. We feature over five hundred vendors including 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry parade, state of the art mechanical rides and much more! (Parade begins at 10 am.)”


Sept 16 – Oct 15: Northern California Renaissance Faire


“Come celebrate the harvest with us as the streets and pathways of our village come to life! Our marketplace of master artisans once again offers the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, armor and chain mail, romantic clothing, leatherwork, woodwork, hand wrought jewelry, sculpture and much, much more. Stop to play a game of darts, sip an ale or sink your teeth into delicious fare while perusing the fine crafts displayed throughout the shire. Then, sit, relax and watch a show on one of our beautiful stages located throughout the marketplace or interact with some of the locals before heading on.

Our little village of Willingtown comes to life as our annual Market Faire welcomes talented and exotic performers from throughout the globe to our streets and stages. Nine stages boast non-stop entertainment.”


Sept 20 – 24: Big Book Sale

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“The 53rd Annual Big Book Sale will be held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion from September 20th – 24th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with our Preview Sale for members on the September 19th from 4-8 p.m. This year’s Big Book Sale will have twice the number of books in Ancient History, Architecture, Art, California & the West, Graphic Novels, Mathematics, Mythology, Nature, Philosophy, Photography, Science, Science Fiction and World History—more than 70 categories in all. There will also be twice as many Audio Books, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl. You never know what you’ll find!

All items will be $3 or less, with everything dropping down to $1 on the last day of the sale, Sunday, September 24th.”


Sept 23 – 24: Dragon Boat Festival


“The California Dragon Boat Association presents the 22nd Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt, Oakland! Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017.

This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games and arts & crafts await.”


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By Amber Alexander

Through my own adventures, I strive to provide insight into experiences that will enrich your life. Traveling is my passion and I want to share that with you. Along with recommendations for adventures, I will also review books and supplies that are related to those adventures. I want you to push your own boundaries of what you thought you could do. Let me be your guide and compass to rediscovering how fun life can be!

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