30 Things To Do This September: Oktoberfest at a Bavarian Beer Hall, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, The Bolinas Art Auction and More

Also, Belvedere and Tiburon get a renovated library; an aerial dance event in San Francisco, Bonnie Raitt at the Oxbow Riverstage in Napa and a 5k and 10k run in Tiburon.

Featured: The Belvedere-Tiburon Library Renovation

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Sept 22–Nov 11

The multiyear wait for the renovated library in Belvedere-Tiburon is over as of its grand reopening on September 17. Step into the landscaped plaza and pause at one of the new seating areas before entering the two-building structure. Nearly double the original footprint, the library now includes convening space for teens with learning resources, digital equipment and musical instruments; an all-ages makerspace with 3D printer, virtual reality equipment and recording studio; a digital skills lab for one-on-one and small group instruction; a children’s programming space to promote literacy development and a love of reading and inquiry; community meeting spaces; a dedicated used bookstore managed by the Library Friends and Foundation called Cornerbooks; and EV charging stations. The added art gallery is designed to display local artists’ work and provide cultural enrichment opportunities. The space opens with its premiere event, “Renewal: The Act of Becoming New Again,” from Sept. 22 through Nov. 11, where 17 artists and 44 new works will explore nature as a new beginning, relationships or transcendence. 

Sept 1 Drum Listens to Heart

Sept 1 Drum Listens to Heart

San Francisco’s California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute opens a three-part exhibition this month, bringing together contemporary artists from around the world to explore the nature and nuance of the percussive, along with performances both on-site and at The Lab in San Francisco, through October 15. 

Sept 2 Six California Kitchens

Kick off a weekend of festivities by celebrating Sally Schmitt, a pioneer of California cuisine (the culinary movement built on seasonal and local ingredients) who, with her husband Don, founded Yountville’s The French Laundry in 1978, at an exhibit in Yountville, through October 2. 

Sept 3 Faith Ringgold

Bringing together more than 50 years of work, including her experimental story quilts and paintings of her renowned American People and Black Light series, this retrospective of the American artist traces the artist’s evolution that expanded to consider the political and social changes taking place in the United States throughout her life, through November 27. 

Sept 4 Naiad Cove

After an expansion into the restaurant space, the Museum at the Cliff (open only on weekends) launched a new program with photographs, projections, and sound installations that takes visitors on a journey through the history of Lands End, through September 25.

Sept 5 Two Gentlemen of Verona

Today is the last day to see the Shakespearian comedy thought to be his first, which considers love, redemption, betrayal and other soon-to-be hallmarks of The Bard’s style, as performed outside at Mill Valley’s Old Mill Park Amphitheater. 

Sept 5 Spicy Flights

Only available through the end of September, San Francisco’s premier Szechuan restaurant, Z&Y, is offering a new wine tasting menu, pair authentic dishes like chicken with explosive chili pepper and Gehricke Pinot Noir with a portion of the proceeds benefitting CAL FIRE Benevolent Foundation.

Sept 6 Burning Bright

Sept 6 Burning Bright

Delving into such relevant social topics as women’s rights, job insecurity, and social class mobility, New French Filmmakers is back for its fifth edition with prize-winning films by emerging French filmmakers such as Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas’s directorial debut, “The World After Us” on opening night and “Zero F*cks Given,” by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre, the 2021 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week Grand Prize Nominee, through October 25. 

Sept 7 Consolidated Mess

Inspired by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives, Oakland’s Lexa Walsh will consider the complexities of war and will be open for “office hours” on Wednesdays and Thursdays at MarinMoCA through September 30; the interactive exhibit runs through November 6. 

Sept 8 Art Auction

Bolinas Museum is hosting a series of events for its 30th annual Benefit Art Auction, including the popular auction, online and in the galleries, and experiences, such as the Last Call Cocktail Party on September 10.

Sept 9 Chef Matthew Neele

Sept 9 Chef Matthew Neele

The return of the Global Cuisine Series at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, will bring the sous chef at New York’s Michelin-starred Wallsé to town to create dishes in collaboration with Navio’s Chef de Cuisine Francisco Simón with the restaurant’s signature Austrian flare by way of schnitzel, light fish dishes and beautiful Viennese pastries, through September 11. 

Sept 10 Maria Muldaur

Accompanied by her Red Hot Blueisiana Band and some special musical friends, the musician known for her 1973 hit song “Midnight at the Oasis” celebrates turning 80 with the Big Birthday Bash and BBQ at Rancho Nicasio. 

Sept 10 Pasolini 100

A full day of films from Cinecittá and a curated dinner from C’era una Volta restaurant is on tap to honor the filmmaker whose work reflected post-World War II Italian society in upheaval and questioned its power structures and political and sexual mores. 

Sept 11 Antony and Cleopatra

Sept 11 Antony and Cleopatra
Anina Edris, San Francisco Opera. Photo by: Cheshire Isaacs

With a libretto adapted from Shakespeare’s tragedy with supplementary passages drawn from Plutarch, Virgil and other classical texts, San Francisco Opera director Elkhanah Pulitzer blends the mythic imagery of antiquity with the starry glamour of 1930s Hollywood to open their centennial season, through October 2. 

Sept 11 Run Tiburon

Choose the 5K or 10K distances and run along Tiburon’s stunning waterfront to raise funds for The Ranch, Belvedere-Tiburon’s joint recreation program. 

Sept 12 Delicious

Sept 12 Delicious

Celebrating the sweetness and savoriness of life, a new, juried exhibit in San Anselmo from Cedars, a Marin County-based non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and more, through November 11.

Sept 13 Budmo!

Twenty percent of the purchase price of Ukrainian-born Anna Voloshyna’s cookbook, Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen, will support Ukrainian relief programs but you came to the book talk for the food, right?

Sept 13 To Kill a Mockingbird

Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas (in 1974 as John-Boy in “The Waltons”) will play the role of Atticus Finch in Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, at Golden Gate Theatre, through October 9. 

Sept 14 Mary Lynn Rajskub

Known for portraying Chloe O’Brian in “24,” and Gail the Snail in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the actress and comedienne is also known for solo performances that explore her experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood — and for her cheerful vulgarity, through September 17 at Punchline Comedy Club. 

Sept 15 Apparatus of Repair

Sept 15 Apparatus of Repair
Photo by: RJ Muna

The culmination of Flyaway Productions’ Decarceration Trilogy is once again a site-specific aerial dance and public art event addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration in the United States with five female dancers engaging in ideas of restorative justice as an alternative to the prison system, through September 25. 

Sept 16 Passengers

Sept 16 Passengers
Photo by: Emmanuel-Burriel

A.C.T. kicks off its new season at the Geary Theater with a show that combines contemporary dance, circus arts, singing, tight-rope walking and theater into a story that explores a community of strangers with one thing in common: They each have somewhere to go, through October 9. 

Sept 16 Oktoberfest

Pull on some lederhosen and head over to Schroeder’s who will honor the German tradition of marriage festivals (and daytime drinking) with a block party, complete with live music, German beer and bites, and beer games like stein chugging, stein holding, and more. 

Sept 17 Bonnie Raitt

Marin’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues singer is on the road this summer with Mavis Staples, making stops at Napa’s Oxbow Riverstage on September 17 and at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on September 18.

Sept 17 Dock of Bay Festival

Explore Vallejo’s waterfront, promenade and historic coal sheds while listening to two stages of music, including Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Eric Gales, The Mother Hips, and Vinyl, along with local musicians Lorin Rowan & Deep Blue Jam, Alvon Johnson, Miles Schon and Carlos Reyes. 

Sept 17 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival 

Sept 17 Mill Valley Arts Festival 
Photo by: BarryToranto

The redwood grove at Old Mill Park will once again host more than 130 juried artists in 15 media categories at the 65th iteration of the fair that includes live music, a children’s program and food vendors, through September 18. 

Sept 18 Rupert Wates

Sept 18 Rupert Wates
Photo by: randy-bradbury

The summer music series presented by Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society at Old Saint Hilary’s continues with the British singer-songwriter, who is known for his melodic art-folk style. 

Sept 19 Dance Series I

Smuin Ballet kicks off a new season with a mixed repertoire program including crowd-favorite Take Five choreographed by Rex Wheeler (aka Lady Camden, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist) set to the music of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Requiem for a Rose by renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and World Premiere created by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado. 

Sept 20 Andrew Sean Greer

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel Less sits down with Adam Savage to discuss his long-awaited follow-up, Less is Lost.

Sept 21 Weird Al Yankovic

In what can only be described as “The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” the man known for 14 studio albums of parodies ditches the high-octane theatrics for a stripped-down concert of music minus the props and costumes. 

Sept 22 Cats

Sept 22 Cats

The musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber that everyone loves to hate (and love) is back in San Jose but only through September 25.

Sept 23 Roger Waters

After a two-year delay, the rescheduled “This is Not a Drill” tour from the cofounder of iconic rock band Pink Floyd visits San Francisco, through September 24. 

Sept 24 Portola Music Festival

Electronic music and dance music fans get their own festival from the Outside Lands promoters, featuring a similarly huge lineup of bands including Fat Boy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Toro Y Moi, Romy, M.I.A. and many more at Pier 80 in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, through September 25. 

Sept 25 Renaissance Faire

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! The Joust, performances by Commedia Per Tutti, those giant turkey legs, and plentiful era-specific costumes by visitors may or may not lead to spontaneous cosplay on the fairgrounds in Hollister, through October 23.

Sept 26 Roxy Music

With special guest St. Vincent, the English band formed in 1970 by Bryan Ferry spins through San Francisco on their 50th anniversary tour. 

Sept 27 Lear

Sept 27 Lear

What better to kick off the spooky season than an watching an update to Shakespeare’s classic tale of power, betrayal and madness, this time set in San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the 1960s, at Cal Shakes through October 2. 

Sept 28 Silent Disco Yoga

Practice vinyasa yoga at the Ferry Building’s Back Plaza

with headphones used to create an immersive sound experience to get your Zen on while stretching out to soulful beats.

Sept 29 San Rafael Thursdays

Sept 29 San Rafael Thursdays

With seven live music and entertainment stages scattered along Fourth Street from Lincoln to G Street, plus all the food and drinks at restaurants inside and outside, a season of Thursday evenings in San Rafael comes to a close tonight.

Sept 30 Dunsinane

Sept 30 Dunsinane
Photo by: Marin Theatre Company

An imagined sequel to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” from Scottish playwright David Greig explores one man’s attempt to restore peace in a country consumed by war and draws uncanny parallels between Scotland’s medieval and present-day and political landscapes around the world, through October 16. 


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Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.