Sunday Sept. 1
SF Zine Fest
Comic fiends flock to the closing day of the free DIY publishing event at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.
Tuesday Sept. 3
S.F. Symphony Gala
Audra McDonald sings American favorites at 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall at the red carpet opening, which ends with a pavilion party.
Wednesday Sept. 4
The British pop band with four top-10 U.K. singles plays Café du Nord.
Friday Sept. 6
S.F. Opera Ball
The 91st season opens with "Mephistopheles" in the War Memorial Opera House and the opera ball.
Saturday Sept. 7
The famous tenor performs with sopranos Angel Joy Blue and Micaëla Oeste at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre.
Sunday Sept. 8
The perching pooch appears at 3 p.m. at The Booksmith with her owner, the author of "Maddie on Things."
Wednesday Sept. 11 through Sept. 29
One Night with Janis Joplin
The San Jose Repertory Theatre opens the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical.
Saturday Sept. 14
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Tickets to the two-day weekend festival benefit Project Open Hand and include tastings, chef demos and more.
Monday Sept. 16
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks at 11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center in conversation with Sean San Jose.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Oct. 4
The San Francisco Opera opens its world premiere of the work based on the Stephen King novel.
Thursday Sept. 19
Sheryl Crow and Cirque Du Soleil perform at the glitzy fashion fundraiser at the Orpheum.
Friday Sept. 20
The choir, appearing at the Conservatory of Music, presents "She Said/He Said," exploring the battle of the sexes.
Saturday Sept. 21
Polk Street Blues Festival
The free weekend festival offers live music through Sunday on Polk Street between Pacific and Union streets.
Sunday Sept. 22
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
The renowned Cuban ensemble, including vocalist Omara Portuondo, performs at Davies Symphony Hall.
Tuesday Sept. 24
The "Waiting to Exhale" author speaks in conversation with Michael Krasny at the Nourse Theatre.
Thursday Sept. 26 through Sept. 29
The Los Angeles contemporary dance troupe begins a four-night residency at ODC Theater.
Friday, Sept. 27 through Oct. 6
The queer troupe presents the coming-of-age, coming-out drama "To Sleep and Dream" at Z Below Theatre.
Saturday Sept. 28
Bacon & Brew Festival
San Mateo's Central Park is the location for the inaugural family-friendly event, with music, food, beverages and crafts.
Sunday Sept. 29
Folsom Street Fair
The world's largest leather event runs on Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th streets.
Monday Sept. 30 through Nov. 23
Thrillpeddlers presents Andre de Lorde's horror play "Jack the Ripper" at the Hypnodrome.