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September Events in San Mateo

San Mateo is full of fun events and activities all September long

Scroll down to view our list of September Events and Activities in San Mateo, and be sure to contact individual event hosts for RSVP details.

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Annual Fall Book Sale

SMPL-Fall-Book-SaleFri, Sept 15 thru Sun, Sept 17

Visit the Friends of the San Mateo Public Library Annual Fall Book Sale! Pick from a great selection of books at bargain prices. Proceed will help develop the Library’s collections. Shop all 3 days – new books everyday! Event held at the San Mateo Main Library, 1st Floor, Oak Meeting Room.


Java and Jazz

java_jazz_webFridays & Saturdays | Sept 1-30, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30pm

Java & Jazz is coming back to Hillsdale Shopping Center – Five weekends of musical entertainment. Enjoy the setting sun on a warm summer evening listening to smoothing jazz sounds from local musicians. Sip coffee drinks, gather with friends after shopping, dining or a long work week and settle in to a different vibe each night.



City of San Mateo – Free Movies in the Park Series


Fri, Sept 15 and Fri, Sept 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On September 15th, watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in Los Prados Park. And on Fri, September 22nd, watch Moana in Beresford Park. Movie starts at dusk, bring your blanket and low back chairs.


“Lumina Light Show” at San Mateo County Pride Center

Lumina-Light-Show-SM-PRIDESeptember 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Community member, therapist and artist, Mariah Larkin will be performing a laser light show here at the Center! Lumina Laser Arts & Music combines lasers and live music to create a sensory experience for all to enjoy! Visit to learn more about Lumina Laser Arts and Music.

Bayfront Cleanup Day

Bay-Front-Clean-UpSeptember 16 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

In 2016 more than 900 volunteers collected five tons of litter and close to 400 pounds of recycling from our shoreline, lagoon, and San Mateo Creek. We are hoping for even more volunteers in 2017 at the 33rd Bayfront Cleanup! The highlight of the event each year is the “Catch of the Day” where volunteers get to show off their most “unusual” finds. Be prepared to get dirty, have a good time, and help the environment! The nature of the event makes it most appropriate for children 10 years of age and older. Also, be sure to wear old clothes and sturdy shoes (no flip flops or open-toed shoes!). If you really like an adventure, wear old water resistant boots and look for “unusual litter” in the “Tidelands Mud Crawl”! Location: Ryder Park, 1801 J. Hart Clinton Dr, San Mateo Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 Registration:  7:30am – 9:00am Cleanup:  8:00am – Noon

Coyote Point Movies in the Park – Zootopia

September 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

San Mateo County Parks is hosting movie nights again! They’re expanding the number and locations of the events as well. For each event, please reserve tickets and bring blankets, chairs, and wear layers. Popcorn and water will be available on site. All events subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Zootopia at the Coyote Point Recreation Area, event from 7-10pm, movie begins at 7:30pm.

North B Street Festival

September 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Live Music, Great Food, Jumper for the kids, craft vendors and much more. Come out and enjoy this event. If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact 650-342-5520.

Bacon and Brew Fest

bacon-brew-logoSeptember 23 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

The 2017 San Mateo Bacon and Brew Festival will be held at the San Mateo County Events Center. It will feature Food Vendors, including Food Trucks, Art Vendors, and Music Entertainment, as well as Craft Brew Tastings.


San Mateo Autumn Moon Festival

Autumn-Moon-Festival-girls-chorus-2016September 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Performances and activities begin after the One-mile Generation Walk for Wellness. Enjoy community live music dance performances on the outdoor stage, food, and family fun activities. Don’t miss out on our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of San Mateo Senior Center. Event Highlights: Peninsula Girls Chorus Taiko Drums Korean Dance Mexican Dance Haiyan Dance Group Lion Dance Troupe Tropical Shaved Ice Truck.

Free Health and Wellness Fair

September 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department is having its annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 30, from 10am – 1pm. The Fair is in two locations, across the street from one another: San Mateo Senior Center (2645 Alameda de las Pulgas) and Beresford Recreation Center (2720 Alameda de las Pulgas). The event and parking are FREE. – Community Resources – Free Screenings – Health & Wellness Vendors Held at the San Mateo Senior Center.

San Mateo Main Library Interactive Movie: Cars

cars-movieSeptember 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Build your own cardboard car while watching Disney’s “Cars” in the first of our fall interactive movie series. All materials provided, including light refreshments to snack on while you watch the film. Construction and movie screening will happen at the same time so be prepared to have the lights on while you build and watch. This program is for ages 5+ and limited to 40 children. To register, call 650-522-7838 or visit the Children’s Desk. Registration began August 30th.

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