The Best Things to Do on O‘ahu in September 2020

Start the fall by pedaling in an epic bike ride, supporting local breweries, helping to make our beaches pristine and more.

The only thing that’s certain nowadays is uncertainty. So we recommend calling ahead to check for any event changes.





Eric Benét

Postponed: New date will be announced when club reopens. Tickets will be automatically transferred.

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photo: courtesy of blue note hawai‘i


After months of being cooped up we all deserve the sweet, smooth vocals of R&B singer-songwriter Eric Benét. The Grammy-nominated artist will headline four shows at the Blue Note and will most likely play his 1999 hit, “Spend My Life With You.”, @bluenotehawaii



Aloha Festivals

Various virtual programs throughout the month starting on Thursday, September 24.

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Photo: courtesy of ku‘ulei leslie-lockwood


The monthlong festival will look quite different this year. Instead of a parade and ho‘olaule‘a, Aloha Festivals has partnered with KHON2 for special festival-themed programming, including a half-hour show called Aloha Festivals: Nā Mele ‘Ukulele on Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. The show will also be broadcast on and on KHON2’s YouTube channel, and will be rebroadcast on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on KHII. Visit the website for program updates.

KHON2, free,



Hawai‘i Ride of the Century

Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, October 4

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PHOTO: courtesy of hawai‘i bicycling league


Admit it: You’ve been slacking on those fitness goals. And seeing that 2020 has most of us office workers glued to our makeshift home office chairs, our bodies are begging for a little action. Bring on Hawai‘i’s largest cycling event, an annual fundraiser for the Hawai‘i Bicycling League. This year, due to the pandemic, HBL is opening the DIY-race to a 10-day window so participants can ride and log their details. All you have to do is choose your own adventure: Select your favorite route with a 50-, 100-, 200- or 350-mile goal in mind. Registration closes Aug. 31 but those who missed the deadline can sign up as a volunteer.

Virtual, $35–$125,



Frolic’s Night In

Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13


Join us for Frolic's Night In, a new virtual dining series that takes place in the comfort of your home! We're debuting with two exclusive paired dinners on Sat. 9/12 and Sun. 9/13 and all-inclusive tickets are on sale now!⁠ ⁠ Up first is a 3-course dinner from @butcherandbird with 3 German beer pairings from @villagebeer just in time for #Oktoberfest. ⁠ ⁠ Our second dinner pairs 3 courses by @chefcolinhazama with a delightful sake from @sakeshop. ⁠ ⁠ Tickets include all food, alcohol pairings and access to our interactive Zoom call hosted by @thomasohhh where you can interact and cruise with the people behind the meal. ⁠ ⁠ Visit our bio link to get the full details + purchase tickets and we'll look forward to seeing you online!

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“Chefs create new, exclusive multi-course takeout menus just for Frolic’s Night In. Drink professionals expertly pair them with beverages. You’ll order online and pick up your meal-and-drink packages the afternoon of the Zoom event. If there’s one thing we know, we are desperately missing hanging out with friends over delicious grinds. Human interaction is crucial to our well-being and OMG, where’s my beer? At dinnertime we’ll connect on Zoom and as you eat and sip at the comfort of your own table, I’ll host the event with the chefs and drink experts. These will be live events with lots of droolworthy moments and insider info, so feel free to join in with questions and comments as you indulge and watch.” —Thomas Obungen

Read more on Frolic Hawai‘i and purchase your tickets on $55 includes all courses, pairing and unique access code to the Zoom call. 


More Things to Do



CLEAN a beach with Sustainable Coastlines


The nonprofit will introduce a new DIY beach cleanup incentive this fall. After the ocean-saving organization expands its digital resources, it plans to start a checkout system for beach cleaning supplies this fall so you can host your own DIY cleanups., @sustainablecoastlineshawaii



DRINK local brews on National Beer Lovers Day

Support local breweries—like the freshly brewed Olomana Brewery in Kailua and Broken Boundary in Kalihi—by stopping in for a growler or canned brew this weekend. Read more about O‘ahu’s local American barley wines here and blonde ales here. And then learn how to pair your takeout with your fresh stock of brews here.



JOIN a virtual discussion on education

The fourth event in Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s CHANGE event series is going virtual on Sept. 17 (3–4:30 p.m.). Hawai‘i education leaders will discuss career education, the role of remote learning during the pandemic and more. All ticket proceeds will go to the Hawai‘i Foodbank., @hawaiibusinessmagazine



HEAR live-stream concerts

Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has made a big switch to a special virtual community platform called The Sounds of Resilience for classical music fans. Masterworks subscribers have free access to all five shows but anyone can join one or all of the concerts that begin on September 26.



EAT cold noodles in the sunshine

The fast-casual Vietnamese noodle bar Qing Mu is one of the newest additions to the impressive Kaka‘ako lineup of outdoor dining options. Head to the cafeteria-style eatery for a healthy portion of Saigon steak vermicelli paired with chilled sake.

602 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 544-0005,, @qingmunoodle


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