Things to do in the Bay: Flower Piano, Comedy Day, free museums

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The state of the pandemic is always changing-but one thing is certain. There are still plenty of safe and fun activities that you and your family can do to create a "better weekend." ABC7's Jobina Fortson has a list of events happening where you live.

Weekend of September 17 - 19

The Flower Piano in San Francisco's Botanical Gardens is blooming again. The city's so-called alfresco concert hall was put on pause in 2020, but it's back! Twelve pianos are nestled throughout the garden's 55 acres in Golden Gate Park for anyone to listen, now through September 21. You can play the keys too when performances aren't scheduled. Sanitizing stations will be available at all twelve pianos.

If you decide to venture to the park on Saturday, you can also catch Comedy Day in Robin Williams Meadow! One stage, five hours, 40 comedians and a million laughs they say! And I mean... we could all use a laugh these days... plus its free!

And sticking with that theme, Saturday is also the Smithsonian's Annual Free Museum Day! Participating museums in our area include the American Bookbinders Museum, Museum of Craft and Design, USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum, Bedford Gallery, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

Event availability may be subject to change. Always be sure to check the event's official website before planning your weekend!



"All Hallows' Eve" at the Winchester Mystery House
San Jose
9/10/2021 through October 31
Explore this insane 160 room Victorian mansion with the all new Lost In The House Tour (an indoor theatrical paranormal investigative adventure) the family-friendly Jack O' Lantern Trail through the Victorian gardens and a brand new projection show on the exterior of the mansion.

44th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition semifinals
Oakland and Santa Rosa
9/17/2021
The San Francisco Comedy Competition is an annual, multi-week, judged, stand-up comedy contest. Over thirty comedians, out of hundreds who apply, perform in shows held in comedy clubs, bars, restaurants, casinos and theaters in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. No other festival or TV show can claim to have discovered as many future comedy superstars as the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. The list begins with the likes of Louis C.K., Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and Robin Williams.

SF Botanical Garden Flower Piano
San Francisco
9/17/2021
San Francisco Botanical Garden and Sunset Piano are excited to present one of the most unique, creative, and innovative events in the Bay Area. After five successful years, and a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are excited to bring back Flower Piano to transform San Francisco Botanical Garden once again into the city's own alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen.

Night Watch on the Bay
San Francisco
9/17/2021
The Catherine Clark Gallery, BOXBLUR, and the Immersive Arts Alliance co-present Shimon Attie's floating media installation, Night Watch, which is visible from many points along the San Francisco Bay waterfront from Friday, September 17, 2021 through Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Cross Rhythms
San Francisco
9/17/2021
When the lockdown started, pianist Sarah Cahill gathered pianists from across the United States via Zoom for a weekly sharing of ideas and work-in-progress. We'll hear results from their collaboration in this exuberant group concert that combines new music with works by women composers and composers of color.

Downtown Napa: Oxbow Riverstage: Gary Clark Jr
Napa
9/18/2021

The Grammy-winning Austin, TX musician is best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop. Enjoy the show in Oxbow Commons, a Napa City park nestled up against the backdrop of the Napa River, with scenic views of the rolling hills and vineyards. Oxbow Commons provides concert-goers grass fields, paved walkways, and great views. The venue is steps away from the world-renowned Oxbow Public Market and numerous top-rated restaurants and hotels. Guests can sit back and enjoy the concert or walk around taking in the region's craft beers and spirits, local Napa Valley wines, tasty food, art by world-renown artist Gordon Huether, and sponsorship activations.

Day to Night Festival
San Francisco (Treasure Island)
9/18/2021
It's that feeling of the sun on your neck and the Bay Area breeze on your brow, that feeling you get when you hear the best music with your best friends. We are here because we feel the Bay Area needs something new, something different, something with feeling... From the minds behind All Day All Night Events, DJ Dials, and Audio SF comes DAY TO NIGHT FESTIVAL, a boutique concert and community experience on Treasure Island. Call it a festival. Call it a moment. Call it whatever you want, but know that it's a VIBE. Day to Night features an INCREDIBLE DJ line up, Vip access, food, art and more, set to the gorgeous backdrop of San Francisco.

Lights on Festival
Concord
9/18/2021
A two-day music festival curated by H.E.R. at the Concord Pavillion. Featuring H.E.R., Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $Sign, Keyshia Cole, and more. Currently sold out.

Second Sky Music Festival
Oakland
9/18/2021
An EDM music festival featuring Porter Robinson, Madeon, Jai Wolf, Toro y Moi, Jon Hopkins, Jacob Collier, and more.

TreasureFest
San Rafael
9/18/2021
The monthly, two-day, open air market drew one-of-a-kind indie designers, artists, craft makers, local eateries, musicians, along with thousands or shoppers...even dogs!

West Coast Craft
San Francisco
9/18/2021
WCC San Francisco features over 250 of the best artist and designer craftspeople working today.

The Menagerie Open Air Halloween Market
Alameda
9/18/2021
You're invited to Alameda's official Halloween Market to celebrate this most delightful Hallowday. Our spooky artists from near and far will fright and delight you with handmade wares and ghoulish collectibles. Find one of a kind tricks & treats including home decor, fashion, fine art & photography, dolls, taxidermy, ephemera, jewelry, tarot readings, assemblage art, the occult and more! Vendors will fill the al Fresco Dining park and line the sidewalk of Webster between Taylor & Haight from 11-7pm as you creep your way down the road.

SF Lowrider 40th Anniversary Exhibit, Celebration & Cruise
San Francisco

9/18/2021
A free art exhibit opening on Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission District aims to highlight the history of lowrider vehicles - a celebrated form of expression for Latinos in the U.S. The exhibit is being put on by the San Francisco Lowrider Council as part of the organization's 40th anniversary celebration and can be seen at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts at 2868 Mission Street. The exhibit will showcase the history of lowrider culture in the city, touching upon its beginnings as a social justice movement that rebelled against government censure and police brutality, eventually becoming an art form in its own right. In addition to the exhibit, the Lowrider Council will also hold a special event on Saturday, September 18 along Mission Street, at 24th Street, featuring performances, food vendors, art, and, of course, lowriders. The event starts at 2 p.m. and goes through 9 p.m.

Hubba Hubba Revue's 15TH ANNIVERSARY
San Francisco
9/18/2021
15 YEARS OF HOORAYS! Join San Francisco's world-famous burlesque and variety show as we mark a major milestone with the best in burlesque from across the country & beyond!

Rock at the Dock!
Vallejo
9/18/2021
The Mare Island Dock of Bay Festival will create a memorable experience where you can explore the Mare Island waterfront, promenade, and historic coal sheds while listening to 5 headline bands and taking in amazing views of Vallejo and the Napa River. You will enjoy local and international cuisine via licensed food truck vendors, exclusive Mare Island Brewing Co. beers, and have a choice of fine wines from around northern California region. While sipping your libations and enjoying the incredible music, you can view artwork from local artists, browse through vendor arts and crafts, and pick out one of a kind festival merchandise that was designed by a local artist. Featuring Fantastic Negrito, Jackie Green, Dumpstaphunk, and more.

Daly City Firefighters Classic Car Show
Daly City
9/18/2021
Daly City Firefighters Classic Car Show with live music, cool cars ('75 and older), and cold beer! Free to the public.

Wedding Fair - San Francisco
San Francisco
9/19/2021
Enjoy the day planning your wedding at the unforgettable InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel, where modern luxuries meet the Bay area's golden, glamorous era. Find breathtaking views at this Nob Hill hotel. Meet with 60+ wedding professionals eager to help you with your wedding. Win prizes and giveaways including a $10k Wedding Package & 20 Las Vegas Winners announced during the Fashion Show at 2:30.

Mid-Autumn - Snowskin Mooncake making class
San Francisco
9/19/2021
A mooncake is a traditional Chinese pastry It's a symbol of family reunion, and the cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of people in the family. September is upon us and the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming. Do you want to make your own moon cake to celebrate the festive season? Join our moon cake-making class and bring home a box of specially-made moon cakes to share with your friends and family.

40th Annual Comedy Day
San Francisco
9/19/2021
Since 1981 nearly 1,000 of the world's funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for more than a 500,000 people at the Original. Longest-Running, FREE, Outdoor Comedy Concert in the World. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past 20 or so years, has found a home in Robin Williams Meadow (formerly Sharon Meadow). San Francisco's professional comedy community joins together each year to support this highly-entertaining, five-hour show. The Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, SF Sketchfest, and others help make Comedy Day the most anticipated comedy event of the year.

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