Best Things to Do in the East Bay This September

Best Things to Do in the East Bay This September

Looking for the coolest things to do at the beginning of the fall season? From Labor Day to the autumnal equinox, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the East Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours and more. Speaking of food — we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the East Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay.

No need to bundle up in the East Bay during this month, temperature averages are in the 70s.

Featured photo courtesy of Aaron Burden/Unsplash. 

Two people stand facing a wall covered with historic Black Panther movement posters. The posters feature various slogans and images, including "FREE THE NY 21," "1969: Year of the Panther," and "The Souls of Black Folk." Observing the posters closely is one of the best things to do in the East Bay this September.
Photo courtesy of AP2TP Collective.

Black Panther Party Oakland City Tour

Dates TBD

Learn about the innovative social community programs pioneered by Oakland’s legendary “Power to the People” party in the 1960s in a downtown walking tour led by party alumni.

More info: bppaln.org

A group of people, including some wearing masks, gather outside twin domed observatories on a sunny day. One of the domes is partially open, revealing a telescope inside. A tree branch with green leaves hangs in the foreground, framing the scene—one of the best things to do in the East Bay this September.
Photo courtesy of Chabot Space and Science Center.

Sunset Science

Dates TBD

Join local astronomers at Chabot Space and Science Center for an evening oriented around the early evening sky and learn about stellar (and interstellar) concepts while noshing on light bites.

More info: chabotspace.org

Outdoor music festival by the waterfront with a band performing on stage. A large crowd of people is enthusiastically cheering and raising their hands. The stage has a sign that reads "DOCK OF BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL," and boats can be seen docked in the background—one of the best things to do in the East Bay this September.
Photo courtesy of Dock of the Bay Fest.

Dock of Bay Festival

September 7

Explore Vallejo’s waterfront, promenade and historic coal sheds while taking in two days of music on two stages. The solid lineup includes 80s fave Morris Day and the Time plus Fantastic Negrito, The California Honeydrops and Con Funk Shon. 

More info: dockofbayfest.com

A bustling outdoor craft fair with people walking among various vendor booths. Tents are set up under the shade of trees with colorful foliage. The scene includes displays of crafts and art, and visitors are engaging with vendors and exploring items on sale—one of the *Best Things to do in the East Bay this September*.
Photo courtesy of Lafayette Art and Wine Festival.

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

September 21-22

At one of the largest annual festivals in Contra Costa County, stroll among the booths of art and handmade crafts, enjoy foods from local restaurants, food vendors and food trucks, sip on quality wines and microbrews and pause to enjoy continuous music on four stages.

More info: lafayettefestival.com

Looking for more things to do in the area?
Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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