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Our friends at the San Mateo Daily Journal maintain a comprehensive event calendar filled with activities for kids, families, and seniors. Check out to see what's going on in the Peninsula!​​​​

"Rock The Block" Concert Series

September 1-29, 2023

Rock out for FREE and join the jam at the "Rock the Block" Concert Series! Relax, dine and dance under the stars to a different sound each week. North Block Plaza.

Sept. 1 KGO's Dan Ashley - Country, Americana & Rock n Roll
Sept. 8 Wild at Heart - New Country & Classic Rock
Sept. 15 The British Infection - Best of the Beatles
Sept. 22 Pure Ecstasy - Motown, R&B, Jazz, Soul & Top 40
Sept. 29 Momotombo SF Band - Latin Jazz & Rock

Time: 6:00-8:00PM

Location: North Block Plaza, Hillsdale Shopping Mall

Movies in the Park

September 8-29, 2023

Enjoy a night under the stars and watch a movie outdoors! Movies start at dusk (between 7:30-7:45pm). Enjoy activities by Mobile Recreation starting at 6:00pm! Popcorn, hot dogs, candy, and drinks will be available for sale starting at 6:00pm.

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San Mateo’s Annual Bayfront Cleanup

September 23, 2023

Stop by anytime from 8-11:30 a.m. to help cleanup the bay and support our environment. Afterwards, we’ll be hosting our popular volunteer appreciation picnic with a BBQ, music, and prizes. It’s San Mateo's largest, longest-running volunteer shoreline cleanup event and brings community awareness to cleaning up and protecting our marine environment in the San Francisco Bay. In 2022 more than 630 volunteers collected 14 cubic yards of waste and 8 gallons of cigarette butts were collected from our shoreline, lagoon, and San Mateo Creek. The City is hoping for even more volunteers in 2023

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 AM

Location: Ryder Park

Train Ride & Scavenger Hunt

September 23, 2023

 All Aboard, Peninsula! and experience how riding climate-friendly transit can be sustainable and fun. The ride will start in Menlo Park on the Library Lawn with storytime, before riding Caltrain up to San Mateo, where attendees can disembark for a scavenger hunt and refreshments on B Street, the vibrant pedestrian mall in downtown. The adventure ends in San Francisco, where attendees can tour Caltrain’s electric trains that are planned to be in operation next year. 

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street Menlo Park

Planning Commission – Draft General Plan 2040

September 26. 2023

At this meeting the Planning Commission will review the Strive San Mateo Draft General Plan 2040. The General Plan lays out the community’s vision for how our City will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. Since 2018, we’ve been gathering community input, which has been incorporated into the final Draft General Plan. The Planning Commission will review the Draft General Plan and recommend any revisions needed.

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
330 W. 20th Avenue

The Fall Fest

September 30, 2023

Enjoy a wide variety of music, entertainment, local arts and street vendors, gastronomical delights, and family-friendly activities as you stroll down B Street. Craft beer and cider as well as a selection of local wines will be available for purchase to quench your thirst. The event is free and open to the public. It is expected to draw 5,000 + attendees from throughout the Bay Area.

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: B Street, San Mateo

Vitalant Blood Drive

October 2, 2023

Did you know that every blood donation has the potential to save the lives of 3 patients in need? You can help rebuild the blood supply to adequate levels as we continue to provide lifesaving blood to patients across Northern California. Be a lifesaver, please schedule an appointment today!

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Oak Room, San Mateo Main Library

Pink Patch Party

October 7, 2023

This is a FREE public event benefitting newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients
and is hosted by the San Mateo Police Officers' Association! This event will feature a beer garden, bounce house, donut eating contest, raffles, live music, animals with the Human Society that you can pet, Police Dunk Tank, Police Vehicle Display, and drones and K9 Presentations!

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Downtown San Mateo on B Street between 1st and 3rd Avenue

Dia de Los Muertos

October 14, 2023

This event is FREE and run by the San Mateo Police Activities League and The City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department. Highlights include Arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, live music, dance performances, food for sale, craft vendors, a car show, and community booths! 

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

San Mateo Rotary Foundation 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk

October 22, 2023

The San Mateo Rotary Foundation Fun Run/Walk is back, and it's happening in October! Get ready to sweat it out and enjoy the company of fellow enthusiasts as they support our local community and provide four-year college scholarships. The SMRF hopes to see you there for a fantastic morning of exercise and inspiration. This event will be a roaring Rotary success with your help!

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Seal Point Park at Bay Trail

Boos on B Street & Trick or Treating

October 28, 2023

Join the City of San Mateo for carnival games, activities for the kids, crafts, and trick or treat through the Downtown businesses! Grab lunch first and head on over, or enjoy the event then grab dinner! Costumes are welcomed and are highly encouraged!This event is run by the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown San Mateo Association.

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Downtown San Mateo on the Pedestrian Mall (B Street between 1st and 3rd Avenue)

College of San Mateo – Farmers Market

Saturdays, dates TBD from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.College of San Mateo (1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.)

Summer and Spring Activity Guide

The San Mateo Public Library is offering virtual story times, lessons, workshops, and more! 

Check out all of their daily activities using this link.

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