Ahhh, the beautiful late summer season—I think it’s my favorite. It’s actually the warmest and, in my opinion, the best time to visit San Francisco and the coast. Wine country is also all abuzz this time of year with the excitement of the harvest season, which produces hundreds of harvest parties and celebrations. Plus, special harvest tours at many wineries allow you to step behind the scenes and see the winemaking production in action. All these activities make for an unforgettable day in the Bay!
TINA-The Tina Turner Musical | San Jose | Aug. 29 – Sept. 3
This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other. Come to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts and witness the inspiring journey of a woman who broker barriers and became the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll. For more info and tickets, go to broadwaysanjose.com.
Summer Nights At Filoli | Woodside | September 7, 14, & 21
Wander and wonder through the gorgeous grounds at the magnificent Filoli estate on Thursday nights this month. Slow down, smell the roses, and watch the sun dip behind the mountains. Meet friends for a drink at the Bluebird Bar, dine from a local food truck ,or hike the trail at twilight. Visit filoli.org for more info.
Art & Wine Festival | Mountain View | September 9-10
Voted “Best Festival” in the South Bay by Metro readers numerous times, this year’s Mountain View Art & Wine Festival features 350+ of the region’s finest artists and craft-makers, stellar live music, and artisan specialty food. Live music throughout Downtown Mountain View transforms Castro Street into an entertainment hot spot. Learn more at mvartwine.com.
KRTY Songwriter Series | San Martin | September 14 – 15
Just down the valley in beautiful San Martin, you can enjoy an incredible late summer eve listening to top songs performed in person by the writers themselves, all while sipping glasses of delicious wine at Clos La Chance Winery. Check out the lineup at clos.com, as well as other end-of-summer special tribute concerts throughout September.
Fiesta De Artes | Los Gatos | September 16 – 17
Shop, dance, eat, drink, and be merry at the annual Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival! Known as Fiesta de Artes, the event features over 200 artists, live music all day, fine wines by local vintners, and food trucks! All proceeds go back to the community to support local, at-risk high-schoolers, leadership clubs, and community service projects supported by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. Visit losgatosfiesta.com.
Fall Wine Walk | Downtown Campbell | September 21
Come indulge at this one-night oasis of wine-tasting filled with good times, great bands, and great wine from 20 area vintners in fun-loving Downtown Campbell. Buy tickets here.
SF 49ers Vs. NY Giants | Santa Clara | September 21
The start of the NFL season is here! Cheer on the Bay Area’s own San Francisco 49ers at the first home game of the NFL regular season against the New York Giants at Levi’s Stadium. There’s nothing like a live game—join the Niner Faithful and wear red! Get tickets here.
66th Annual Jazz Festival | Monterey County Fairgrounds | September 22-24
The legendary 66th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the country. This massive musical gathering features dozens of acclaimed artists and rising stars in jazz, as well as soul, rock ‘n roll, hip hop, and much more. For scheduling and tickets, visit montereyjazzfestival.org.
“Senior Year: Love Never Fails” Premiere | All Over America | September 29
I am so proud to be a part of this film produced by Anchor Media Studios as the sequel to “Freshman Year” (2019). It beautifully articulates an inspiring story that picks up five years after the main characters have a baby, facing multiple challenges to their faith and destiny. It was filmed entirely in our Bay Area; you may recognize some local hot spots, a local NFL legend, Vernon Davis, and one of my great actress friends, Heidi Montag. The movie is being released in theaters all across the country, and I would love for you to see it and tell me what you think! For tickets near you, click here.
Valley Of The Moon Vintage Festival | Sonoma | September 29 – 30
The 126th Annual Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival commemorates Sonoma Valley’s 199th grape harvest with community-wide festivities in historic Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy a fun run, artisan festival, live music, wine, and activities for all ages! Dazzle your senses at the Sonoma Valley Legends Dinner or Grand Tasting events for a truly unforgettable experience. For more info and tickets, click here.