The annual Haight Street Fair is a time to celebrate the diversity and history of the colorful Haight-Ashbury District.
This year marks the festival's 40th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love," which largely took place in the free-loving psychedelic streets of this neighborhood in 1967.
This year's fair is on Sunday, June 11, 2017. From 11am to 5:30pm that day, you can listen to a variety of live music performers on two stages.
This fair also features more than 200 booths with food, merchandise, and information on community outreach programs. This is one of my favorite parts of this festival, as there are so many interesting items for sale and lots of wonderful, unique art pieces to enjoy.
All activities for the Haight Street Fair take place on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan Streets.
The two stages for this event are set up on opposite ends of the Haight Street Festival. You will find one at Stanyan and Haight Streets, and the other at Masonic and Haight Streets.
Both feature live music and entertainment from 11am to 5pm. Each stage offers around five to six performers each year.
If you want to stay near the festival, you have a few options. There are a handful of small, boutique hotels right in the Haight. Click here to read more about them and what else there is to see and do in this lively district.
Alamo Square is another district that is just a few blocks away. It also features smaller, locally owned hotels and B&Bs. Click here to learn more about Alamo Square and some of the best places to stay.
The most popular place to stay in San Francisco is in the Union Square area. There are more than a hundred hotels in this district. They range from expensive, five-star mega hotels to smaller B&Bs. Click here for details on my favorite places to sleep in Union Square.
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North Beach Festival: Another top SF street fair the same month as the Haight Street Festival is the North Beach Festival. This one takes place on the northern side of the city in the North Beach District. It lasts all afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here for details.
SF Giants Baseball: Head to AT&T Park in June to catch a Giants baseball game. This month, they have about a dozen home games against the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, NY Mets, and Colorado Rockies. Find the full schedule and tips to see a game here.
Sunday Streets: Sunday Streets is a monthly event that closes off several blocks of city streets to car traffic so you can run, walk, and dance around without having to worry about waiting around for the cars to pass. Click here to learn more about the June date for Sunday Streets.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: You can also see free, live performances all month long at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This annual event features a number of music, theater, dance, and circus shows from May to October. Click here for more details.
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Bus: There are several buses that run through or near the Haight Street Fair. Your best bets are the #6, 37, 43, 66, and 71.
Muni: You can also take the N-Judah train to the Haight Street Fair. Take it to the stop at Cole and Carl Streets. From there, walk north on Cole four blocks to Haight Street.
From the East Bay, take BART to the Civic Center station. At this stop, transfer to the SF Muni N-Judah line. Stay on this train until it reaches Cole and Carl. From here, walk four blocks north to the festival.
The best public transit option from the North Bay is the 70, 80 or 101 bus to the stop at Market & Hyde Streets. From here, transfer to the 6 or the 71. Both of these will take you right to the festival.
The fastest way to get here from the South Bay is to take BART to the Civic Center Station. At this stop, transfer to the SF Muni and take the N-Judah outbound to Cole and Carl. From here, walk four blocks north to the Haight Street Fair.
As with most SF districts, parking in this neighborhood for the Haight Street Fair will be tricky. I highly recommend taking one of the public transit options listed above if you can.
There are no large parking garages or lots in this neighborhood. If you do decide to drive, look for parking on the southern side of Haight Street. You might find a spot on Parnassus. You can also find a few spots up the streets as the hills get steeper. However, parallel parking on those streets can be somewhat difficult.