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Labor Day Weekend 
The first Monday in September, and for many, the end of summer.
Burning Man
When: Lasts one week, ending on Labor Day Monday.
Where: Black Rock City, Nevada

What is this? North America's greatest art event in the middle of desolation, hours from civilization.
Burning Man is about transcendent experience unhindered by dogma. A few clues: You are the show and nudity works.... It's a patriarchal figure being burned. ...The four elements are still fire, wind, water and earth... Larry Harvey... Don't worry be happy.... It doesn't get any better than this.... Event ends on Labor Day Monday. Come prepared....
Editor's Note: Just as the Greeks celebrated the Eleusian mysteries for a millennium in both Spring and Fall Carnaval.com likes to see Burning Man related to the Left Coast's Carnaval San Francisco in the same light.

Burning Man Links
The Burning Man Archives
- zpub's extensive Burning Man resource


Northern California Renaissance Faire 
WHEN: Early September to Mid-October Weekends only
WHERE: Casa de Fruta. Hollister, CA
Jugglers, jesters, royalty and revelers in period garb enjoy 16th century music, jousting, theater, crafts, food and drink in an outdoor setting. Admission $17.50 adults, $7.50 children. 
Information: 408-847-FAIR

Expo for the Artist & Musician
WHEN: Early September
WHERE: SoMarts Gallery
The Bay Area’s only grassroots connection festival for independent arts, music and culture.

Autumn Moon Festival
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, mid-September
WHERE: Five blocks of Grant Avenue between California and Pacific Paradeat
Close to the autumn equinox of the Western calendar, the festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth moon, when the moon is the brightest.
Information: Chinatown Merchants Association
Tel: (415) 982-6306

San Francisco Fringe Festival
WHEN: Two weeks, early to mid-September
WHERE: Exit Theatre and other downtown stages.
A revolving collection of non-juried, uncensored absurdist and experimental theater pieces. Article
Information: (415) 931-1094, Tickets: (415) 673-3847

Love Parade San Francisco
WHEN: Three days, late September
WHERE: The streets of San Francisco, and various venues
Started in Berlin in 1989, Love Parade came to SF in 2004. World famous not only for its eccentrically dressed revelers dancing alongside floats, but also for its celebration of diversity, promotion of tolerance, and fostering of community.

San Francisco Blues Festival
WHEN: Late September Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco
The oldest blues festival in the U.S., the SFBF celebrates some of the biggest names in the blues. 

WHEN: Sunday, Late September
WHERE: 7th to 12th Streets, along Harrison, Folsom and Howard.

A grand finale celebration of kinky love at the end of Leather Pride Week. Whether you love fetish gear, naughty spankings, public demonstrations of safe BDSM techniques, or simply dressing up sexy, the Folsom Street Fair has something for you Article
Information: (415) 861-3247

San Francisco World Music Festival
WHEN: Late September to Mid-August
Various venues in San Francisco
An exciting gathering of some of the most interesting musicians in the world.
Information: (415) 861-3247


WHEN: begins on the first Friday in October
WHERE: Fisherman's Wharf
Blue Angels air show, parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, and additional activities along the waterfront. Many navy ships are docked and open to visitors. 
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Castro Street Fair 
WHEN: Early October
WHERE: Castro and Market streets. 
San Francisco's famous gay neighborhood gets dressed up to celebrate its heritage with this street fair, featuring arts and crafts, music, dancing, and food.  
Information: (415) 841-1824

Sand Castle Classic 
WHEN:  Early October
WHERE: Ocean Beach, SF
This event brings together children and representatives from architecture, building and developing firms to create ephemeral masterpieces from sand. 
Information: (415) 512-1899

Italian Heritage Festival & Columbus Day Parade
WHEN: 10/15/00
WHERE: Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.
Features food, art and music of Italy. 
Information: (415) 434-1492

San Francisco Jazz Festival 
WHEN:  end of October  beginning of November 
WHERE: Many venues thoughout SF & East Bay
America's greatest with 2 weeks of live music from up-and-coming talent and legendary jazz greats, photo exhibits, master classes and lectures. 

Exotic Erotic Ball 
WHEN:  Late October
The world's largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. 21 years and over only. No video cameras.

Halloween San Francisco
WHEN: October 31st
WHERE: Crowds are too big at Castro & Market but "official" city event, spawned to try to divert crowds from the Castro at the Civic Center Plaza needs a fresh start .Costumes, music and dancing, food and drink Information: MECA (415) 826-1401
 [F] FOTOS: Halloween San Francisco 



Day of the Dead Procession & Rooms for the Dead
It's the third millennium and time now to move to the next level

WHEN: November 2  5:30 pm
WHERE: Mission Cultural Center 25th & Mission
One of the great Latin-American events in the USA. Bring a candle, wear a skull face, and prepare to visit your long lost loved ones. The Day of the Dead dates to the 12th century, when Aztec culture flourished in central Mexico and the present was considered a dream before you returned to the reality of another world

More Info: Day of the Dead by Carnaval.com
 [F] FOTOS: Day of the Dead 

Run to the Far Side with Gary Larson 
WHEN: -- Late Nov Early Dec
WHERE: Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive at Eighth Avenue in Golden Gate park.
10K and 5K run to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. Many runners wear costumes designed after Gary Larson's Far Side comics. 
Information: (415) 750-2690
RhodyCo Productions

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
WHEN: Late November
Ghirardelli Square 
Christmas tree lighting and a visit from Santa. 
Information: (415) 775-5500

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Last Update: March 2006