Check out our SF Happenings series to find cool things happening in San Francisco on September 15, 2016 and beyond.

Welcome to Reset San Francisco’s fifth installment of SF Happenings, a weekly series that highlights amazing things happening in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

The articles cover everything from art exhibits and cultural events to outdoor activities and a seemingly never-ending array of new restaurants and other spots opening.

Each Thursday we publish a weekly roundup of the coolest events and fun things to do so you can plan your weekend — and maybe even the next few weeks — with ease.

Happening This Weekend…

SF Happenings September 15, 2016: Oktoberfest Block Party

Oktoberfest Block Party


As reported by Hoodline:

San Francisco’s favorite historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 183rd Oktoberfest – the largest beer festival in the world – with a grand Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on September 16. Founded in 1893, the establishment has a long history of hosting Oktoberfest with authentic Bavarian flair.

“Schroeder’s Oktoberfest kick off boasts an elaborate celebration closing down all of Front Street beginning at 3 p.m. Hundreds of revelers join for an outdoor Bavarian beer hall featuring benches and communal tables for outdoor dining to set the stage for dancing, brews and traditional German fare alongside Hofbräu activities, including stein holding contests, Polka dancing and the traditional Danish ‘chicken dance.'”


Friday, September 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Oktoberfest celebration will continue with indoor parties on the following five Saturdays — including September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, and October 15 — with doors opening at 5:00 PM and music playing from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.


Schroeder’s Restaurant – 240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111


Admission is free! Brats, chicken sausage and pretzels will be available for $5 and $10 through a token system.

Please note that this is a 21+ event. Oh, and Lederhosen and dirndls are encouraged. 🙂

SF Happenings September 15, 2016: Exploratorium

Fall Free Day at Exploratorium


This Sunday, the Exploratorium — The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception — will open its doors to the public for Free Fall Day.

As the museum’s website describes,

“Step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a curved mirror, count rings on a 300-year-old tree, build your own electrical circuits, and explore more than 600 hands-on exhibits. You’ll find all of this at our spectacular Pier 15 setting, plus engaging programs, discussions, and events.”

This is truly fun education at its best and the perfect weekend activity for family members of all ages!


Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Exploratorium – Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco, CA 94111



Coming Up in the Next Few Weeks…

SF Happenings September 15, 2016: SFMOMA Modern Cinema

“Modern Cinema” at SFMOMA


Co-presented with the San Francisco Film Society, Modern Cinema is SFMOMA‘s new film series, which will explore the “dynamic interactions between cinema’s past and present.”

As the art museum’s website elaborates:

“Cinema is a thoroughly modern invention—one that has evolved in tandem with and illuminated the complexities of the modern world. This drive to investigate the relationships, trials, and transformations that define our lives continues to motivate contemporary filmmakers—who build on and question the films and techniques of their predecessors. Modern Cinema reveals this ongoing dialogue, and shines a light on the historical continuity and ongoing impact of this most modern of art forms.”


Modern Cinema kicks off on Friday, October 7, 2016, with a screening of Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa) at 6:00 PM, followed by The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) at 8:30 PM.

Additional films will be screened throughout the weekend of October 8-9, 2016, as well as on October 13-16, 2016 and October 21-23, 2016.

Check the website to view the full lineup!


SFMOMA – 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


General admission is $12. SFMOMA members and SFFS members (with promo code) can snag tickets for just $10.


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