A Complete Guide to Cannabis in San Francisco

All across America cannabis is becoming a legalized and well-accepted consumption product that is becoming more and more popular all the time. With a dozen states that allow for legal use of cannabis, another handful that allow for medical use, and almost all that allow for CBD use, the craze seems to be growing faster than anyone can keep up with.

This growth is known by all California residents due to the 2018 legalization of public consumption of cannabis. And boy, was 2018 an interesting year with dispensaries popping up on every street corner, and just as quickly disappearing. Well established brands close shop, and hobbyist opening up where they left off. It’s was a rollercoaster of a year in 2018 and there have been many ups and downs to it.

If you’re new to the cannabis legalization, we’re going to go over many of the basics here so you can understand the legalization of it, the dispensaries, where you can get some great products, and what all of the different products are. The last thing you want to do is go into consuming cannabis without knowing some important information first – so you don’t have a bad trip!

Legalization of Cannabis in California

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Things to Do in San Francisco in September

Things to do in San Francisco in September

This post covers the best things to do in San Francisco in September and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list of concerts, events, nighttime activities as well as free and family-friendly things to do.

You can find a few honorable mentions at the bottom of the post as well. Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in San Francisco for even more ideas.




This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in San Francisco throughout September. 

For tips on the best activities in San Francisco, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours and other popular pages: 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

(1) Major Concerts

San Francisco is seeing quite a few big-name artists coming through town this September! There is something for everyone in this month’s lineup of bands and musicians.



Click here for a complete list of who’s playing in September.

(2) Major Sporting Events

September is a great time for sports in San Francisco – you can catch the end of baseball season and see the beginning of football’s regular season.





Click here for a complete list of who’s playing in September.

(3) Theatre Performances

The internationally popular Hamilton is running at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco all throughout September. Make sure to get your tickets as early as possible, since they tend to sell out months in advance. Don’t throw away your shot! 

Hamilton is a musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and his influence on the formation of the country. 



You can also catch Anastasia the Musical from September 3 – 29, 2019. This musical is based on the story of the long-lost Russian princess who grows up not knowing who she is after the rest of her family was killed or fled. 

Click here for a complete list of what’s playing in September.

(4) Sightseeing Tours

One of the best ways to see a city is by taking a tour – that way you won’t miss any important information. And we have quite a few San Francisco tours to offer this September! If you really want to get to know the city, why don’t you take our San Francisco in One Day five-hour tour? The Lombard Street, Little Italy, and Fisherman’s Wharf walking tour is popular with its stop at an authentic Italian bakery. History buffs will enjoy our Gold Rush and Wild West tour.



If walking tours aren’t your style, we recommend taking a hop-on-hop-off bus tour as a convenient mode of transportation with live commentary about San Francisco. Since San Francisco is right on the water, taking boat tours and dinner cruises are also quite popular. 

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.

TIP: If you need somewhere to keep your bags while sightseeing, check out our posts on luggage storage in San Francisco

(5) Fringe Theatre Festival 

See a performance as part of the largest grassroots theatre festival in the Bay Area! The San Francisco Fringe Festival will host dozens of independent theatre performances at various venues throughout the city from September 5 – 14, 2019.



This Fringe Festival is the second-oldest Fringe in the country and has been presenting performances since 1992. Tickets for each show will cost no more than $13, and each show lasts no longer than 60 minutes. 100% of the ticket sales are returned to the performers, so this is a great way to support community theatre in San Francisco. 

(6) Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 

Take your sweet tooth to Ghirardelli Square for a variety of chocolate-themed events and activities from September 7 – 8, 2019!



The Chocolate Festival will include chef dessert demonstrations, chocolate tastings, vendors featuring their favorite chocolate dishes, and the ever-popular chocolate lounge. Tickets and more information are available on the website. This event takes place from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm each day.

For more family-friendly events, check out our things to do with kids post for San Francisco.

(7) Top Attractions in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to popular historic and cultural attractions, like the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. September is the perfect time to visit them thanks to fewer crowds and comfortable temperatures. 



If you’re a fan of true crime stories and interested in the prison that held Al Capone, we recommend taking an Alcatraz tour

Baseball fans will enjoy taking a tour of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. We even have tips for how to see 3 innings for free

There’s also a free museum for almost everything in the city, from cable cars and maritime history to art.  

If you’re looking for some hiking, Muir Woods is a popular nearby national monument park.

(8) Comedy Day in the Park

Head to the Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park for a free day of comedy. On Sunday, September 15, from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, enjoy over 40 stand-up comics and performances. 



Every year has a completely different lineup. However, there is usually a surprise celebrity guest who makes an appearance such as Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Whoopi Goldberg. Enjoy a nice day in the park for the 39th annual Comedy Day. 

For more free events, check out our list of free things to do in San Francisco.

(9) Oktoberfest by the Bay 

Celebrate Oktoberfest in the true German spirit at Pier 48 in San Francisco from September 20-22, 2019. This multi-day festival will include loads of live music (including a Bavarian band!), German food & drink, singing, and dancing. There will be plenty of games and entertainment for the kids during the day, so you can bring the whole family. 




  • Friday, September 20 from 5:00 pm – midnight
  • Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, September 22 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  
  • Adult Tickets: $25 – $85
  • Child Saturday Daytime or Sunday Tickets: $5

Click here for tickets. For more family-friendly activities, check out our full San Francisco with kids post. If you’re looking for other things to do after sundown, check out our things to do at night post

(10) Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

Tourist passes save you money by combining multiple San Francisco attractions and tours into one discounted price. Sometimes the price can be reduced by up to 55%. 



They also can save you time by giving you skip-the-ticket-line privileges on select attractions.

Some attractions included with tourist passes:

  • Bay Cruises
  • Historic Cable Car Transportation
  • Alcatraz
  • Muir Woods Tour
  • Tour of Sausalito

Be sure to read our comparison post to see which pass is right for you.


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Sundown Cinema: Film Night in the Park

Grab a lawn blanket and take an evening to enjoy a free movie screening in parks around San Francisco. There are 7 films shown from July to October, with two film nights in September! Kids will enjoy seeing Space Jam at the end of the month.  


  • September 6: Bohemian Rhapsody at Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre
  • September 27: Space Jam at India Basin Shoreline Park

You can find more budget-friendly things to do in our full post here. Find more family-friendly activities here, and more evening entertainment in this post

Free National Park Day 

To commemorate National Public Lands Day on September 28, 2019, all National Parks will offer free entry! The world-renowned Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, and Lassen Volcanic are within a day’s drive from San Francisco.

Sausalito Art Festival 

Known as one of the most prestigious fine art festivals in the country, the Sausalito Art Festival will offer art, live music, food & wine over Labor Day Weekend. Purchase tickets and learn more on the website!


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Everything you Need to Know About Chinatown in San Francisco

This post is about visiting Chinatown in San Francisco, updated for 2019, including directions, tours and things to do.

If you’re in the San Francisco area and looking for an iconic place to visit, you need to check out Chinatown. This is a legendary place to visit, for tourists, foodies and artists alike, and it provides a wealth of unique things to enjoy. It’s the oldest and most established Chinatown anywhere in the world outside of the Asian continent and is home to a wonderful array of people and local businesses.



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What to Do at Night in San Francisco

This post offers suggestions for the best things to do at night in San Francisco, including a top 10 list, night tours, dinner cruises, late-night museums, rooftop bars, and more. 




Below are our top 10 things to do in the evening in San Francisco.

For even more ideas on spending time in the city, check out our master post on things to do in SF or read the other sections of this post.

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San Francisco Giants Oracle Park

How to Watch 3 Free Innings of a San Francisco Giants Game

In this post, we will provide all the details you need to enjoy 3 free innings of San Francisco Giants baseball. We will also explain how to save money on tickets if you want to see a full game.




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Things to Do in Summer in San Francisco

This guide is all about things to do in San Francisco in the summer, updated for 2019. We include a Top 10 list, loads of free things to do, concerts, sports, family-friendly activities, festivals, special events, and more!


San Francisco Summer Guide


TOP 10 

This is a Top 10 list of things to do in  San Francisco in summer.  

For those on a budget, you’ll appreciate the many free activities from outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies, theater, and more.

Some of the best things to do in summer in San Francisco do charge a fee, so you might want to consider looking into buying a tourist discount pass.

These passes include free entry to popular attractions and activities that are perfect for a summer trip.

There are several different types of passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save the most money on your trip.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in San Francisco, for even more ideas.

1. Take a Sightseeing tour

Summer is the best time to see all of the sites in and around San Francisco, and there are a lot of different sightseeing tours available.



One of the easiest and most affordable options is to take one of our pay-what-you-want walking tours. We currently offer the following outings:

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you will likely visit as a tourist in the city.

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