Winged Wonders of Hawk Hill

Spend an afternoon on Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, and learn about the winged creatures that call this area home.

Join Liam O'Brien, local lepidopterist, and Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, and learn about the birds and the butterflies that use Hawk Hill, from the magnificent raptors that soar overhead to the endangered mission blue butterflies that emerge from the silver-leaf lupines.

Where 

Meet near the sign for Hawk Hill.

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

For more information, email trailsforever@parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3054.

If You Go 

Stay at the beautiful Marin Headlands Hostel.

Abbott's Lagoon Walk with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory

Join members of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory on their monthly bird walk through the National Seashore.

In September, learn about the Snowy Plover while exploring Abbott's Lagoon. Led by a PRBO biologist specializing in these threatened birds, this special walk focuses on the conservation and protection of the Snowy Plovers.

The walk also coincides with the fall migration, so you'll have a chance to see some of the waterfowl and shorebirds that stop at the Lagoon during their long journeys.

Where 

Meet at the Abbott's Lagoon trailhead parking lot.

Cost 
$10
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at the Point Reyes Hostel in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes Books Author Talk: David Mas Masumoto

Head to Toby's Feed Barn and Gallery in Point Reyes Station for the latest talk in the "Food for Thought" author series, featuring author David Mas Masumoto.

Masumoto is the author of Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Harvesting Legacy from the Land, Eptitah for a Peach, and three other books. He is a third-generation organic peach and grape farmer whose organic farming techniques have been adopted by farmers across the nation.

Where 

Toby's Feed Barn and Gallery, Point Reyes Station

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at the Point Reyes Hostel, 8 miles from Point Reyes Station.

Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival

The Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival celebrates the music, dance, cuisine, and crafts of the diverse communities of the Sacramento region.

The festival includes a free day of performances in Old Sacramento, featuring music and dance by more than 20 groups, representing a myriad of cultures from around the globe.

Visitors can also take part in dance workshops throughout the day, and little ones will enjoy the children's storytelling stage.

Where 

Old Sacramento

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at the historic Sacramento Hostel, just 7 blocks from Old Sacramento.

Sacramento State University "Nooners" Concert Series

Many Wednesdays, Sacramento State University presents "Nooners," free midday concerts held on the campus' Union Serna Plaza.

This month, stop by to hear:

September 2: The Thomas Confession

September 16: Mexican Independence Day Celebration

September 23
: The Generals

September 30: Christopher Fairman and the Stilts

Check out the schedule for the full lineup.

Where 

Univeristy Union Plaza

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at the historic Sacramento Hostel.

Film in the Fog: "Grease"

Film in the Fog is a free annual picnic, concert, and film screening on the lawn of the Main Post Theatre in The Presidio, with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.

Grease is the word for this year's Film in the Fog screening, complete with audience sing-a-long.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Pi Clowns physical comedy troupe entertain the crowd while they're picnicking. The film begins at 7 p.m.

The spacious lawn of the Main Post Theatre has plenty of room for low lawn chairs and blankets, and the public is encouraged to arrive early to select a prime viewing spot.

Where 

Lawn of the Main Post Theatre, the Presidio

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

Music and picnic begin at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m.

If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco.

The Presidio: 233 Years of History

Join a San Francisco Historical Society docent on a two-hour walk through San Francisco's Presidio, and learn about the Spanish/Mexican eras and U.S. Army occupation of this historic site.

Also, hear about the activities of the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust since the U.S. Army transferred the Presidio to the Golden Gate National Recreational Area in 1994.

The tour ends at Crissy Field on the northern edge of the Presidio along the Bay shoreline. For those with extra time and interest, the walk might extend to Fort Point, the 1861 brick fortress under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tour limited to 25 attendees; reserve by September 17 by calling (415) 537-1105, ext. 100.

Where 

San Francisco's Presidio

Cost 
Free
Please Note 

Wear walking shoes and dress accordingly; tour locations are often windy, foggy, and cold.

If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco.

Comedy on the Square

Head to San Francisco's Union Square for Comedy on the Square, an afternoon of fun-filled magic, juggling, comedy, variety arts and more.

Hosted by Bay Area comedy host Tony Sparks, the performers will include magician RJ Owens (who has performed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), comedy juggler "Frisco Fred" Anderson (who has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival), and comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller (who has performed at the San Francisco Porch Light Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Where 

Union Square

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco. Our San Francisco Downtown Hostel is just 1 block from Union Square.

Sea Music Concert Series

This fall, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park proudly presents its 21st annual Sea Music Concert Series.

With the city lights twinkling in the background, the Balclutha -- a square-rigged sailing ship dating back to 1886 -- is a unique setting to hear some of the finest performers of seafaring songs.

This year's series includes:

September 26: Hank Cramer

October 17: Robbie O'Connell

November 14: The Johnson Girls

Where 

Hyde Street Pier

Cost 
$14
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco. The San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel is only a short walk along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier.

Viva Las Americas at Pier 39

San Francisco's Pier 39 celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Viva Las Americas.

This festive event showcases traditional dance and music performances from Mexico and other countries of Central and South America. Children can enjoy the fun with traditional Latin American crafts, dancing, and more.

Where 

Pier 39

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco.

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