Around the Bay in September 2019

Spend this Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 2, at the 67th annual Sausalito Art Festival.

Published: September, 2019

Sausalito Art Festival

Spend this Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 2, at the 67th annual Sausalito Art Festival. One of the most anticipated festivals every year, this annual event features work from some of the best local and national artists for three days. You also get the chance to listen to live music, sample some of the best local wines and enjoy a variety of gourmet foods. This year’s entertainers include a day of tribute bands, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Blues Traveler. For more information, visit


Bridges of the Bay Cruise

Enjoy a three-hour cruise on Saturday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. aboard the USS Potomac—also known as FDR’s “floating White House.” Enjoy a hearty box lunch while learning about the history and construction of the Bay’s three most famous bridges. The cruise will visit the Golden Gate, Bay and Richmond-San Rafael bridges. Tickets are $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and $50 for children 2 to 12 years old. For more information, visit


Wilderness Festival in Vallejo

The Visions of the Wild Film and Arts Festival, with its newest theme, “Transforming Fire,” will take place September 12 to 15 at various locations in Vallejo. The festival is a celebration of the plants and animals that live in our urban and suburban settings. Events will include film screenings, field trips, art exhibits, guest speakers and kayaking. The festival connects nature, culture and community, and is designed to bring together artists, conservationists, students and teachers. It is a fun and interactive long weekend with activities for all ages, with all events free to the public. Saturday night’s Empress Theatre program will feature the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour with 10 short films that inspire environmental activism and a love for nature. The festival shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. For more information on the festival or details about the events, visit


Big BrewHaha in Vallejo

The Big Vallejo BrewHaha from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 celebrates all things beer while supporting critical community services. Enjoy unlimited sampling of craft brews from more than 30 brewers around the region, local food, live music and fun activities. They’ll be firing up the grill and offering some great food with the “Guns and Hoses” cook-off (police vs. firefighters). Don’t miss the homebrewing demonstrations, and you can participate in a great raffle with your chance to take home “99 bottles of craft beer.” Proceeds benefit Child Haven, which serves vulnerable children in Solano County. Tickets are available through at $35 ($10 without the beer) for general admission and $65 for VIP with early admission. For more information, contact the event organizer, Michalle Shown-Rodriguez, at (707) 759-2703.


Marin Music Festival

The fourth annual Marin Music Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. The festival is sure to excite music lovers with the harmonious sounds of local bands and the beauty and peaceful surroundings of Marin. Known for its musical revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, Marin County provides a gorgeous natural backdrop for this free day of local music showcasing Marin’s musical flair along with arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine and a stunning waterfront view. The event is held at the Marin Rod & Gun Club, 2675 Francisco Blvd East in San Rafael.


Free Record Release Party

The Well Known Strangers are excited to host a record release party at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Sunday, September 15 in support of their new album, TMI. The party is free and open to the public. Guests will be treated to an evening of country soul and a delicious buffet from Sweetwater’s famed café. Vinyl and CD copies of the new album, inspired by the information age giving way to the too-much-information age, will be available at the show. Doors will open at 4:30 pm; buffet at 5 pm; music at 6 pm. Sweetwater Music Hall is located at 19 Corte Madera Avenue in Mill Valley. The band will also be playing a free concert in Union Square on Sunday, September 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Walk the Blue Carpet

Join Aquarium of the Bay for its annual Blue Marble Benefit on September 20 for a night of environmental awards, cocktails, food, live music and dancing in support of the aquarium’s nonprofit mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation through the BayEcotarium and its six institutions. Hosted at the Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39, the Blue Carpet event (dress code is blue) runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit


Free Art!

For the second time this year, SFMOMA is opening the museum free of charge all day on Thursday, September 19 as part of the Culture for Community initiative—a coalition of more than a dozen Yerba Buena neighborhood arts and cultural institutions. Don’t miss out! Tickets are free, but an RSVP is highly encouraged. Bring your friends along to enjoy SFMOMA’s seven floors of lively and inspiring artworks. Visit for reservations. Limit two adult tickets per reservation. Children 18 and younger always get in free.


Spirit & Soul Returns to Richmond

Richmond’s Spirit & Soul Festival and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor festival is held on Macdonald Avenue between 13th Street and Harbour Way. A true celebration of Downtown Richmond, the Spirit & Soul Festival transforms historic Main Street into an outdoor bazaar filled with food and artisan vendors, live music from two stages, dancing in the street, a beverage pavilion with VIP seating, and youth zone. Proceeds from wine, beverage and raffle sales will benefit Richmond Main Street’s mission to support the revitalization of historic downtown Richmond. In addition to great music, Spirit & Soul’s outdoor marketplace will feature handmade jewelry, home goods, accessories, clothing, and more crafted by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Local food vendors will dish up healthy and delicious cuisine and a wine and beverage pavilion will offer refreshments for purchase. Admission is free.


Wine Walk on the Waterfront

Jack London Square will host another popular Wine Walk on the Waterfront on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will feature tastings from more than 20 Northern California wineries. Wineries participating include Rosenblum Cellars, Wente Vineyards and Wachira Wines. There will also be live entertainment, vendors and more. General admission tickets are $40 and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. VIP admission tickets are $80 and include access to three VIP lounge areas featuring tastings from premier boutique wineries, small food bites and live entertainment. All guests must be 21 to attend. Tickets are available now online and the day of the event. For more information, visit 

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