Check out our SF Happenings series to find cool things happening in San Francisco on September 23, 2016 and beyond.

Welcome to Reset San Francisco’s sixth edition 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 or Friday, we publish a 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 23, 2016: Big Book Sale

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale


The Big Book Sale is the largest used book sale on the West Coast!

As described by Eventbrite:

“Each year, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s book operations program receives over a million donated items. Each fall they fill the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center to the brim with over 500,000 books & media, priced to sell at only $3 or less.

“The five day public event draws approximately 10,000 families, students, record collectors, tourists,  bookstore owners and book lovers from near and far, and raises funds for the San Francisco Public Library that support innovative grants and learning & literacy programs.

“Categories in the sale include hundreds of cookbooks, graphic novels, literature, children’s books, science fiction, mystery, LPs and more. Hardcovers, paperbacks, 1st editions, classics and best sellers can all be found among the endless sea of stock.”


The event kicked off on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and will run through Sunday, September 25, 2016. The hours are 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM each day.


Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion – 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123


Admission is free, and the book prices can’t be beat: Hardcovers: $3; Paperbacks: $2; Children’s Books: $1; All Media: $1.

On Sunday, the final day of the sale, the price of all items will drop to just $1. And remember, all proceeds support the San Francisco Public Library!

SF Happenings September 23, 2016: Eat Real Festival

Eat Real Festival


As explained on the event website:

“The premier fundraising event of Food Craft Institute, the Eat Real Festival is an annual celebration of good food with a focus on artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and delicious cocktails—all featuring sustainable local ingredients.

“By highlighting fresh and local ingredients, Eat Real shows how easy it is to support a regional food system by bringing farmers, food producers and eaters together.”


  • Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Jack London Square – Located off of Broadway and 1st streets, Oakland, CA 94607


Free to attend, and all street food costs $8 or less.

Coming Up in the Next Few Weeks…

SF Happenings September 23, 2016: TedX San Francisco



At TEDxSanFrancisco, attendees will hear from “world class speakers featuring innovative technologies, science design and arts. This will be a full day to push the frontiers of our knowledge.”

This year’s theme is “Dare to Know”:

“Never in the field of research have so many tools been available to so many by so many, in an evolving mesh of ideas and practices, a rich mix of citizens, scientists and culture.”


Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Herbst Theatre – Located inside the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102


Ticket cost $149 -$299 and are available via Eventbrite.

New Spots (Re)Opening…

SF Happenings September 23, 2016: Bayview Opera House

Bayview Opera House


As reported by Hoodline, “After a two-year, $5.7 million renovation process, the Bayview Opera House, San Francisco’s oldest theater, [has] finally reopened its doors.”

From the BVOH website:

“Constructed in 1888, the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (known affectionately as “the Opera House”) is located at 4705 Third Street in the heart of the Bayview Hunters Point district – San Francisco’s most ethnically diverse community.

“The Opera House is San Francisco’s oldest theater and a registered historical landmark. However, the Opera House is more than just a building.

“Operated as a community cultural and arts center by the nonprofit Bayview Opera House, Inc.,
with funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission and other public and private donations, Bayview Opera House is a vital community institution for Bayview residents and holds a significant place in the history and culture of Bayview Hunters Point.”


Check the Bayview Opera House website to learn more about weekly classes open to the public and upcoming events.


4705 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124


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