Art Walks, Ghirardelli Festival & Sunday Streets: 3 weekend events to kick off September in SF

It's another sunny weekend in San Francisco — which is perfect, because we found a few fun outdoor events to keep you entertained.

Here's our top picks for fun in and around the city this weekend.

Neighborhood Art Walks

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The beginning of each month brings a trio of neighborhood art walks, giving you the chance to explore historic areas and check out vendors and open houses all at once.

Kick it off tonight with several local artists and sculptors featured on the Castro Art Walk, or head over to the galleries in Lower Polk/Tenderloin and grab dinner at one of the shops, cafes, and restaurants which are offering special deals and discounts.

On Friday evening, explore the featured North Beach galleries, including a climate change exhibit, a look at building future cities and sculpting mushrooms.

When: September 6 in the Castro and Lower Polk/Tenderloin, September 7 for North Beach, times vary
Where: Castro, Lower Polk/Tenderloin, North Beach
Price: Free

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23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

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If you're willing to put your diet on hold for a good cause, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival is the perfect place to start. The annual event offers activities that range from personalizing your own chocolate bar to dessert demonstrations by local culinary celebrities — all in support of Project Open Hand, which provides meals to seniors and critically ill people.

The festival also includes the Chocolate Lounge, with an assortment of gourmet treats, wine, beer and live music. It's a rain-or-shine event, because chocolate tastes good no matter what the atmosphere is doing.

When: September 8-9, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point
Price: $26-$55

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Sunday Streets: Western Addition

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It's time again for Sunday Streets, the popular car-free event where selected neighborhood streets are cleared in favor of pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters and any other mode of transportation you can think of.

There's only three Sunday Streets left in the year, so don't miss out on the Western Addition's event, which includes routes that swing by the Panhandle and Alamo Square. Features of this weekend's walk include a SF Circus Center booth at Fillmore and Eddy, a mobile climbing wall at O’Farrell and Fillmore and live music at the Turk & Fillmore Mini-Park.

When: September 9, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Fillmore, Fulton and Baker streets (map)
Price: Free

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