September Events

September 2019 Events at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Planning to visit San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf? For the month of September and beyond, there are fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, hotels to stay, restaurants and bars to dine and drink, and plenty of sights and sounds.

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Here's what's happening at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass

The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass allows cash-free entry into 30 top attractions, tours, and experiences while visiting this iconic U.S. destination.  For 24 hours, San Francisco Sightseeing Pass holders can enjoy unlimited use of MUNI, MUNI Metro, trains & streetcars.  No need to book in advance or worry about picking anything up.  Simply purchase online at a discounted price to instantly receive your sightseeing pass.  Once you arrive and are ready to sightsee, just show your pass on any mobile device for instant access to your chosen attraction. 

Sightseeing passes can be purchased up to 12 months before your San Francisco trip.  Should your travel plans change, The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass insurance gives peace of mind, offering a full refund on non-activated Passes.  No questions asked.  To see a full list of inclusions and special offers, click here.

Sightseeing Pass Desk: 501 Bay Street (at Taylor)

For more information: Call 1-844-400-PASS (7277)

Sir Mick Jagger Says: "If You're in San Francisco, Stop in for an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista!"

At the recent Rolling Stones concert at Levi’s Stadium, the band’s frontman, Mick Jagger, advised the crowd to visit the Buena Vista, receiving a resounding cheer in response.  So if you haven’t visited before, the Labor Day holiday is a great time to discover the appeal of this historic establishment, where you’re sure to get some “Satisfaction.”  You’ll find hearty meals and lively libations served in a welcoming and festive atmosphere, and meet and mingle with locals as well as with visitors from around the world.  Enjoy breakfast any time of day, or tuck into lunch and dinner specialties featuring fresh seafood, BV menu favorites and, of course, our world-famous Irish Coffee.

Our annual celebration of the Summer of Love will be coming to a close, so be sure to visit our gift shop to check out our exclusive, limited-edition Summer of Love t-shirts, as well as unique BV logo-printed collectibles and souvenirs.

Regular Hours: Open Daily for Lunch, Dinner, and All-Day Breakfast.

Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Labor Day (Monday, September 2) Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)

For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044

September at the Blue Mermaid

The Blue Mermaid Restaurant has an authentic, richly textured oceanfront ambiance accented with seafaring touches like renderings of mermaids, rough-hewn timbers and thick braids of rope.

Join us for a Seafood BBQ at the patio during Labor Day Weekend, September 1-2

If you’re participating in the Giant Race on September 8th, simply show your race bib to receive a complimentary cup of award-winning chowder with the purchase of an entree.

There’s always Blue Mermaid Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All Happy Hour food and beverage menu options are under $9.00! 

Location: 471 Jefferson Street (next to the Argonaut Hotel)

For more information: Call 1-415-345-5532 or email

The Blue & Gold Fleet Sunset Cruise Featuring Bay Lights

Come aboard Blue & Gold Fleet’s Sunset Cruise featuring Bay Lights and enjoy the many sights of the San Francisco Bay!  This 90-minute cruise will take you from PIER 39, past the famous California Sea Lions, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and around Alcatraz Island.  Be treated to a dazzling display of illumination as the western span of the Bay Bridge transforms into the world’s largest LED light sculpture.

Cruises depart promptly.  This is not a seated event.  Don’t miss this breathtaking experience from the best seats on the bay! 

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday in September, beginning September 6, 2019

Departure Times: Varies based on the actual sunset

Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-705-8200 or

San Francisco Giant Race

The Giant Race Run/Walk Series, presented by

Alaska Airlines,  represents the perfect combination of running and baseball.  With annual events held in Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco, the Series offers Giants fans fun and competitive opportunities at every level of professional baseball.  The Series begins in Scottsdale during Spring Training, continues at Minor League facilities in Sacramento and San Jose, and ends on the field at Oracle Park, with a 20,000-participant race on the flattest and fastest course in San Francisco.

As a valued Giants Enterprises partner, we invite you to enjoy 15% off registration by using promo code SFPARTNER19 at checkout.  Registration is now open!   

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Time: 7:00 a.m. 

Location: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza.

For more information: Call 1-415-972-1881 or email

After Dark Thursdays at the Exploratorium

Things look different after dark at the Exploratorium!  Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science.  Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in everything from a pitch-black dome to a fog bridge, a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more.  Or savor adults-only programming featuring unique guest speakers, great music, specialty films, and one-of-a-kind activities.  It’ll change how you think about the world around you.  But don’t take our word for it — see for yourself!

Dates: Every Thursday Night beginning September 5, 2019

Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-528-4444

Rock the Yacht Party Cruise!

Hornblower Cruises & Events is ramping up summer with Rock the Yacht, a new two-hour party cruise departing on select Fridays through the end of October.  Come aboard and kick off your weekend right with dancing, drinks and nighttime views of the city!  Grab a cocktail and some light bites as you cruise under the Golden Gate and past the city lights of San Francisco’s epic skyline. Take advantage of the views outside with plenty of photo opportunities or hit the dance floor where the DJ will be playing top 40 hits to get the party going. 

Head down to Pier 3 on the Embarcadero to board the only late-night party you can’t find on land!  This is a 21+ event.

Dates: September 6, 13 and 27; October 4 and 18, 2019

Departure Time: 9:00 p.m., with boarding at 8:30 p.m.

Location: Pier 3, Hornblower Landing

For more information: Call 1-415-788-8866

Zingtrain: Managing Ourselves

The Cheese School of San Francisco is thrilled to welcome back Ari Weinzweig of Ann Arbor’s famed Zingerman’s to lead “Managing Ourselves” — for business owners,

entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and those looking to bring their whole self and passion to their everyday work. The Zingerman’s approach to business has been foundational for us here at The Cheese School and we highly recommend this course.

Based on book #3 of the Guide to Good Leading series, this seminar focuses on the idea that being able to manage and modify your impact as a leader is all but guaranteed to yield more productive, effective work.  Come to this seminar to hear all about Zingerman’s approach to Managing Ourselves, with the aim of being a better leader, improving your organization, and ultimately leading the life you want to lead.  Filled with real-life stories, practical tips you can apply in your everyday life, as well as a look at the big picture — drafting a personal vision — this seminar will leave you energized and inspired to focus on yourself as the next step to taking your business to the next level.

Date: Monday, September 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street

For more information: Call 1-415-346-7530 or email

Yappy Hour at Hotel Zoe -- A Social "Paw-ty" for Our Furry Friends and their Humans!

Hotel Zoe offers treats for our furry friends!  Small Bites and Beverage offerings will be available for purchase at Bar Zoe for their humans!

Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a $100 dining voucher for Pescatore Trattoria, a classic neighborhood Italian restaurant featuring fresh seafood and Italian favorites.

RSVP now!

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Zoe (Courtyard), 425 North Point Street (at Mason)

For more information: Call 1-415-561-1100

Fleet Week Cruise

Come celebrate Fleet Week with Red and White Fleet!  Enjoy spectacular views of the Fleet Week festivities from the water!  See the Blue Angels and others perform their amazing air show acrobatics on our afternoon departures.

During your cruise, enjoy some light bites, which are included in your ticket, along with drinks that you can purchase from our on-board bar.  Ticket includes: 1 free drink (beer, wine or soda) for adults; 1 free non-alcoholic drink (soda or juice) for youth.

We recommend booking early!  These afternoon air show cruises sell out quickly!

Dates: October 11 – 13, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Pier 43 1/2

For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900

The Grotto at Fisherman's Wharf

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for The Grotto’s new Seafood Buffet, featuring an incredible and fresh fair of Oysters, Prawns, Crab, Salads and more!  All you can eat for $45.00 a person (non-inclusive of beverages). 

Host your next San Francisco event at the Grotto!  Complete with the Sinatra Bar and our main dining room with bay views!  Our large venue space is perfect for your next Bay Area event.  Impress your group with the history of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Grotto and inquire today!

Weekend Seafood Buffet Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: 2847 Taylor Street

For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900

Pumpkin Spice is Back at Ghirardelli!

Happy September!  Ghirardelli is excited to announce the limited edition Pumpkin Spice Caramel Square is back at Ghirardelli shops.  Check out our pumpkin spice gift line or try the pumpkin spice square in your very own Quake Shake!

Stop by a Ghirardelli store now!

Hours: Varies

Location: 3 shops at Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street

For more information: Call 1-415-474-3938

Fall is Still Summertime at Eagle Cafe!

Join us on our outside patio at San Francisco’s favorite historic restaurant!  Since the 1920, Eagle Cafe has been serving a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menu on Fisherman’s Wharf — famous for our breakfast items, such as housemade corned beef hash, banana pecan pancakes, crab benedicts, and Boudin sourdough French toast with maple butter.

For lunch, enjoy a killer reuben, pastrami burger, fresh fish tacos, or some crab tater tots!

Seating is indoor and outdoor on the harbor side of PIER 39, with views of the Golden Gate, the infamous sea lions at PIER 39, and Alcatraz.  We can also accommodate groups.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.  (Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Location: Entrance to PIER 39, Second Level

For more information: Call 1-415-484-1282

San Francisco Experience City Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, historic districts and neighborhoods aboard a Hornblower Classic Cable Car on this one-of-a-kind, 3-hour guided premier city tour.

Throughout the tour, there will be three stops where you will have the opportunity to disembark from your trolley for brief guided walking tours and memorable photo opportunities.  Your tour guide will provide live narration and be available to answer any questions throughout the entire duration of your tour.

Times: 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Location: Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 35

For more information: Call 1-844-922-2532

Our New Fall Specials Menu Coming Soon!

Fog Harbor’s Fall Specials Menu will feature one of our most popular items — Pumpkin Curry Salmon — sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spinach, pumpkin curry sauce topped with a lavender prune jam and pumpkin seeds.  Add us on Facebook and Instagram (@fogharbor) for updates!

Fog Harbor, the quintessential waterfront dining experience, is proud to be named a Top 5 Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco.  Family owned and operated, spanning through three generations, Fog Harbor offers 100% sustainable seafood favorites, ranging from Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Jumbo Scallop & Crab Risotto, Cioppino, and Seafood Platters. 

Located on the second level of PIER 39, Fog harbor’s dining room offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, while guests sip on California Wines, Draft Beers and Award-Winning Handcrafted Cocktails.  Make your reservations now!

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Second Level of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email 

"Fall" in Love with Our Fresh, Mesquite-Grilled Seafood This Season!

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant offers 100% sustainable seafood, and a  waterfront dining experience with views of the San Francisco Bay, the infamous PIER 39 Sea Lions and Alcatraz. 

Dine with us and enjoy the iconic PIER 39, while sipping on California wines, draft beers and handcrafted cocktails. 

Get a behind-the-scenes view of our chefs at work, with an open kitchen and grill overlooking the Bay.  Make your reservations now!


Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email

Sun's Out Until October in San Francisco!

Perfect weather for football season at Wipeout Bar & Grill!  Enjoy the bustling PIER 39 and sports on our flat screen TV’s seen from every table while dining on a variety of appetizers and entrees ranging from Wipeout Burgers, Paddlin’ Pizzas, Big Wave Bowls and Killer Salads.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with local Draft Beers and Handcrafted Cocktails outdoors by the fire pit or indoors with cozy lights and bumpin’ music.  Wipeout starts everyday with breakfast favorites including Combos, Omelettes and Huevos Rancheros.

In our strides toward sustainability and environmental protection, Wipeout is a San Francisco Green Certified Business and has proudly made the switch to paper straws.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (Breakfast daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-986-5966

Bass Tub Sport Fishing

Bass Tub is San Francisco’s premier fishing vessel.  Book online now for salmon, or striped bass and halibut pot luck trips.  With

5/5 stars on both Yelp and Trip Advisor, Bass Tub is the top-rated boat for fishing trips and event charters.

Salmon season is here!  We have open load and private charters.  We highly recommend making reservations early.  rips will probably sell out quick as we are anticipating another incredible season.  Hope to see you on the boat soon!

Location: 286 Jefferson Street (Berth #4)

For more information: Call 1-415-456-9055 or 1-415-706-4947.  Email

Wetzel's Pretzels -- New Fisherman's Wharf Location

The best things in life are fresh and we bake all our pretzels fresh from scratch every day!  Whether it is an Original Pretzel snack on the go, shareable and dip-able Cin-A-Bitz with made-from-scratch Sweet Glaze, or a Wetzel Dog meal with an ice-cold lemonade, Wetzel’s Pretzels has got you covered.  Something for everyone to grab a little happiness in the palm of your hand!

We hand roll, hand craft, and fresh squeeze the finest ingredients into innovative deliciousness.  What better way to start off your summer than with a pretzel snack and an ice cold drink from Wetzel’s Pretzels!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Location: 2660 Mason Street (next to Big Bus Tours)

For more information: Call 1-415-800-8637

Alcatraz Cruises/Angel Island Combo Cruise

The secret to securing tickets to Alcatraz during the peak season, which extends through October, is to book the Alcatraz Island/Angel Island Combo Tour, with tickets still available for select dates.

In addition to this insider tip for securing the hottest tickets in town, Alcatraz Cruises’ Combo Tour offers a great value for visitors to San Francisco.  In collaboration with California State Parks and the National Park Service, Alcatraz Cruises offers a seasonal tour including both Angel Island State Park and Alcatraz Island.

The combination tour is a 5½ hour journey.  Ticket prices include the ferry rides to both islands, a one-hour historic tram tour on Angel Island, the cell-house audio tour on Alcatraz and daily optional programs and exhibits.  (Note: the tour of the Angel Island Immigration Station is not included in the Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour).

Dates: Now through October 27, 2019

Departure Time: Based on Island of Departure

Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing

For more information: Call 1-415-981-ROCK(7625) or email

Seafood Favorites at Pompei's Grotto

It’s been said that cioppino was invented on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf by the Italian fishermen returning from a day at sea, with each boat contributing some catch to a community pot, resulting in a delicious combination of various fresh fish and shellfish cooked with wine, garlic and tomatoes in a hearty stew shared with one other and their families.  Their wives would bring wine and bread, and everyone would feast on the fresh-caught stew as the night grew cold.

Pompei’s Grotto proudly continues this Italian tradition with our hearty Fisherman’s Stew — prawns, clams, mussels, calamari and fresh local fish in a garlic tomato broth — and our savory Crab Cioppino with fresh Dungeness crab in the shell, mussels, clams, and prawns in an herbed tomato sauce to warm you up on chilly San Francisco days.

Enjoy our full menu, including salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, meat, and poultry, and our seafood combinations.  Lunch specials include $6 Clam Chowder Bread Bowl, $7 Fish & Chips, $4 Bloody Mary’s, and $4 Pompei’s Lager pint. 

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 340 Jefferson Street

For more information: Call 1-415-776-9265 or email

Sailing Aboard the Adventure Cat

The Adventure Cat Sailing cruises are back in the water 7 days per week.  As in past years, guests can purchase tickets for any of our 3 daily trips (90 minutes each) out around Alcatraz and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.  The large sailing catamarans are flat, fast and fun!  Safe as always, offering both indoor and outdoor seating for everyone to find a spot!

Times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  (Call for Sunset Sail.)

Location: PIER 39, Gate J (right next to the sealions)

For more information: Call 1-800-498-4228 or email

Weekend Brunch at Bistro Boudin!

Join us at Bistro Boudin from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for our new Weekend Brunch!

We also have a new seasonal menu, featuring new seafood, steaks, pizzas, cocktails, wine and more, as well as our relaunched Happy Hour, featuring $1.00 Oysters, a variety of sliders and tacos, and $5.00 cocktails and $4.00 beers — best deal on the Wharf!  Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: 160 Jefferson Street, Second Floor

For more information: Call 1-415-351-5561 or email

Now Showing at 7D Experience: Carnival

A disturbed clown is out for revenge!
Trapped in an abandoned amusement park and played with like helpless mice, players are thrown, pulled and toyed with by the evil clown.  Maneuvering through decrepit rollercoasters, empty funhouses and possessed bumper cars, one thing doesn’t stop — the clowns don’t stop coming!   Will you be able to survive?

Combining 3D video, motion seats, special effects and play guns, this 7Dvideo game experience is a virtual roller coaster unlike any other! You’ll be immersed in another dimension as you compete with other riders to take down a variety of virtual enemies!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last show at 9:30 p.m.)
Location: PIER 39 (directly across from the Carousel)
For more information: Call 1-415-658-7372 or email  

Supreme Crab at Fisherman's Wharf -- Serving Cajun and Classic Seafood

Supreme Crab is located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.  We are a fun-filled Cajun seafood destination where patrons come and escape into flavor paradise. Our unique and absolutely irresistible Cajun sauces — a combination of spicy, sweet and tangy flavors — and freshly prepared seafood will satisfy your taste buds.

It’s also a fun place to hang out with friends and family, and for groups.  The dining room boasts a 20-foot TV screen showing your favorite sports events, as well as a 30-foot stage, perfect for parties.  We also have a private event room that can accommodate up to 80 guests, featuring a 130-inch TV and karaoke.  Click here to make your reservations now!

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 245 Jefferson Street, Second Floor

For more information: Call 1-415-673-8888

Big Bus Tours

Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history.  You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour. Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.

Tour Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Location: 99 Jefferson Street (at Mason Street)

For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687

Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours

Create your own journey or enjoy one of our road-tested itineraries showcasing the gems of San Francisco and beyond. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours has bikes for all ages, levels and tastes to explore San Francisco on your own.  By offering the largest selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, and specialty equipment, we can satisfy anyone’s biking needs.  Our local guided tour experts proudly feature four Daily Guided Tours.  Our professional guides can take you to explore San Francisco up close and personal. We also provide detailed riding maps of our favorite routes, locks, and helmets for a flawless journey!

Hours: Open daily at 8:00 a.m. Tour times and closing hours vary.

Locations: 501 Bay Street, 2661 Taylor Street, 2830 Jones Street, and 2800 Leavenworth Street

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-346-2453

Annual Events at Fisherman’s Wharf