J-Pop Summit Festival New People, 1746 Post, SF; (415) 525-8630, www.newpeopleworld.com. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., free. Japantown floods with Tokyo pop culture, featuring live music, movies, art, and food.
SEPT. 14– Nov. 20
SF Jazz Fest Times, locations, and prices vary. (866) 920-5299, www.sfjazz.org. The SF High School All-Stars are a highlight of this world-class fest, which will also draw performances from Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, and many more.
Northern California Fall Boat Show Jack London Square, Broadway and First St., Oakl.; (510) 536-6000, www.ncma.com. Weds-Fri, 12–6 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., $10. You're on a boat! Or you could be if you hightail to this show of sea-going vessels
SEPT. 24–OCT. 17
24 Days of Art Times, locations, and prices vary. Most events are free. www.centralmarketarts.org. The Central Market celebrates it's budding prominence as an arts district with this performance cavalcade from indoor gallery and dance to outdoor plaza concerts.
Folsom Street Fair Folsom from Seventh to 12th streets, SF; www.folsomstreetfair.org. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Whips, chains, and you! Show your kink at this leather orgy for everyone.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF; www.strictlybluegrass.com. Fri, 2–7:30 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m., free. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Randy Newman are a few amongst many that will play one of SF's favorite free events of the year.
International Festival of Classical Indian Dance and Music Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; www.kathak.org/traditionsengaged. Fri, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 9 a.m.–10 p.m., $150–$295. Performances and workshops focusing on the ancient art of Indian dance.
Litquake Times, locations vary; most events free. www.litquake.org. Book enthusiasts won't skip ahead to the last page of this literary festival — its author readings and panel discussions make it the biggest of its kind on the West Coast.
World Veg Festival SF County Fair Building, Ninth Ave and Lincoln, SF; (415) 273-5481, www.sfvs.org. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $7 suggested donation. Meat-free mingling with cooking demos, fashion shows, and even vegan speed dating.
Wildlife Conservation Expo Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens, SF; www.wildlifeconservationnetwork.org. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $60. The cotton-topped tamarin needs your help! Learn how to help our endangered furry (and feathered, and scaly) friends at this environmentalist convention.
Castro Street Fair Castro and Market, SF; (415) 841-1824, www.castrostreetfair.org. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free. SF's rainbow neighborhood kicks out the jams on three stages, with the usual passel of vendors, a vaudeville stage, and a country western pavilion.