As the kids head back to school and summer draws to a close, world travel is probably the furtherest thing from your mind. Sure exotic vacations are fun, but luckily, the Bay Area is one of the most diverse areas in the country with awesome festivals that celebrate our various cultures. Skip the passport, hassle and jet lag and get ready to travel the world closer to home this September.
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
September 1 - 2
Graham McTavish, star of Outlander and The Hobbit, will be joining us at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate Scottish culture, cuisine, competition and entertainment at its very best.
Belmont Greek Festival
September 1 - 3
Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, a mythology play, and a kids’ area at the Belmont Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont. Children 12 and younger are free.
San Francisco’s Only Greek Food Festival
September 21 - 23
Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at San Francisco’s Only Greek Food Festival, plus dancers performing to live music at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco.
SF Bay Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival 2018
The festivities unfold in Berkeley as a street party and feature a musical procession, capoeira and dance demonstrations, live music, Brazilian food and craft stands and a samba circle. The event brings together Brazilians living all over the San Francisco Bay Area and Americans of all ethnicities to celebrate the long-practiced traditions of Afro-Brazilians in Brazil.
Mole & Mariachi Festival
Mole & Mariachi Festival has food, beer, wine, craft vendors, giant piñatas, and dancers at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Free admission.
Sumo Champions Exhibition
Join us (and bring the family) to meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches in Japantown.
If you love to dance, there's always a lively band playing folk and popular music. Featured dancers in traditional dress perform Schuhplattler and other dances popular at Oktoberfest and seasonal festivals in Bavaria and Austria. Special games, dances, and activities are planned for Kinder (children) at Kinderfest at the German Tourist Club in Mill Valley.
September 21 - 23
Celebrates Munich's famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink at Pier 48. Kids are OK on Saturday and Sunday.
You're invited to the 21st Annual Polish Festival at St. Brother Albert Church in San Jose! Traditional Polish food, beer, music, songs and folk dancing throughout the day. Fun games for children, a raffle with great prizes, pottery, books, souvenirs and more!
Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival
September 15 - 16
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 at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Free.
San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival
September 15 - 16
Two days of nonstop entertainment, parades, dancers, arts and crafts, food and drink, and live music on historic Grant Avenue at Washington Street in San Francisco. Free.
Palestine Cultural Day
Cultural Entertainment & Workshops, Live Music, Dabkeh, Comedy, Kids’ Entertainment, Traditional Bazaar, Local Vendors, Authentic Foods including Falafel and Shawerma, Traditional Sweets, and more… Endless Fun For All Ages!!!
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
September 26 - 30
Let’s travel to the opposite side of the continental U.S. to The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious string band contest in venues throughout Berkeley.
Northern California Renaissance Faire
September 15 - Oct. 21 (weekends)
Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities at Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister. Age 12 and under free.