Laborfest is an annual event in San Francisco with dozens of events focused on labor movements, the history of workers all around the world, and some of those still struggling today. This educational festival offers walks, panel discussions, films, public forums, and other activities all throughout the month of July 2016.
This year, the event focuses on Workers' Survival, Resistance and Power in the 21st Century. It also coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the Preparedness Day Bombing on Market Street.
It's also the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Uprising.
It's a great place to learn more about all of these historic struggles and find out what is being done to help protect workers in the future.
I listed the 2016 schedule by activity to make it easier for you to find the types of events that interest you. Either scroll down to look at each one or click the links below to jump ahead to a specific type of event.
Here is a list of the films included in this year's Laborfest. The cost for films are either by donation or free.
|July 5||7pm||The Factory||518 Valencia||Donation|
|July 6||6:30pm||The Hand That Feeds||Berkeley City College Auditorium at 2050 Cetner Street in Berkely||Free|
|July 6||7pm||We Don't Like Samba & Limpiadores||518 Valencia||Donation|
|July 8||7pm||The Mine Wars||518 Valencia||Donation|
|July 8||7pm||Blue Elephants & Driving for Hire||San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose||Donation|
|July 13||7pm||Press + Lost Signal of Democracy||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 14||7pm||The Factory||San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose||Donation|
|July 16||7pm||Still the Enemy Within||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 20||7pm||Freeway Flyer & UDITA (Arise)||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 22||7pm||Limpiadores & Claiming Our Voice||San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose||Donation|
|July 29||7pm||Operation Bootstrap||San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose||Donation|
|July 30||7pm||Goodwin's Way & They Live||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
Many of the Laborfest tours and walks are free. A handful request a donation or a small fee per person. Also, most are in San Francisco, but there are a few in other SF Bay Area communities.
|July 3||10am||SF General Strike Walk||Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building||Free|
|July 9||10am||San Francisco Waterfront Labor History Walk 1835 - 1934||75 Folsom Street at the Entrance to the Hills Brothers Coffee Building||Free|
|July 10||10am||WPA Bus Tour||Meet in front of the Bill Graham Auditorium at 99 Grove Street||$25 per person|
|July 10||12pm||Irish Labor History Walk||240 2nd Street in front of the Marine Firemen's Hall||Free|
|July 12||2pm||Union Sponsored Affordable Housing in SF: St. Francis Square Cooperative Tour||Southwest Corner of Geary and Laguna||Free|
|July 17||9:45am||Coit Tower Mural Walk||Meet at the Coit Tower Entrance||Free|
|July 17||10am||San Bruno Mountain Watch Office||44 Visitation Avenue, Brisbane||Free|
|July 17||5:45pm||Building Bridges & Labor Maritime History Boat Tour||Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf||$45|
|July 23||10am||1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Walk||One Market||Free|
|July 23||9am to 1:30pm||New Almaden Quicksilver Mine - Labor History Tour||New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose||$15|
|July 24||10am||WPA Berkeley Walk||Main Berkeley Post Office at Milvia and Alston in Berkeley||Free|
|July 24||2pm||Hunter's Point/Bayview History Walk||Bayview Plaza at 3801 3rd Street at Evans||Free|
|July 30||12pm||Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk||Fountain in Latham Square in Oakland||Free|
|July 31||10am||Labor Politics and Architecture of San Francisco||ILWU Sculpture at Mission and Steuart||Free|
|July 2||2pm||The ILWU and Japanese Americans (Presentation)||National Japanese American Historical Society at 1684 Post Street||Free|
|July 5||10am||Bread & Roses with Retired Union Members||SF Labor Council Office-1188 Franklin Street, Suite 203||Free|
|July 7||7pm||Black Lives Matter, Labor & Minority Workers on the Job||SF General Hospital, Carr Auditorium at 22nd and San Bruno||Donation|
|July 9||9am to 4pm||Labor Education Share||City College of SF Mission Campus at 1125 Valencia, R107 - 109||Free|
|July 14||7pm||Puerto Rico, Colonization, Privatization, and Human Rights||ILWU 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 15||7pm||The Cost of NAFTA, CAFTA, & TPP||Free Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street||Free|
|July 16||10am to 4pm||International Conference Against Privatization||ILWU 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 18||7pm||Red Vienna to SF||518 Valencia||Free|
|July 19||7pm||Refugees, War, Immigrants in Europe and the Rise of Neo-Fascism||518 Valencia||Free|
|July 19||7pm||Unheard Voices Rising Up: Workers' Survival, Resistance, and Power||Green Arcade Bookstore at 1680 Market Street at Gough||Free|
|July 20||5pm||Adjuncts, Temps, Privatization, and Education||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 21||7pm||Freelancers, Journalism, Worker Rights, and Technology||518 Valencia||Free|
|July 22||7pm||The Lessons of the Preparedness Day Bombing for Today||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 23||1pm||Global Depression, the New Cold War, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games||SF Main Library, Mary Louis Strong Room, 100 Larkin||Free|
|July 23||3pm||Labor System and Unrest in Saudi Arabia||SF Main Library, Mary Louis Strong Room, 100 Larkin||Free|
|July 24||10am to 4pm||The Lessons of the Preparedness Day Bombing||ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 25||6:30pm||Take It From the Workers Who Built Everything||Pumbers Hall at 1621 Market Street, 2nd Floor||Free|
|July 26||7pm||Forum - Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, Labor and Zionism||Uptown Body and Fender at 401 26th Street, Oakland||Free|
|July 27||7pm||Uber, Worker Rights, Tech, and the Public||Redstone Building at 2940 16th Street||Free|
|July 29||7pm||The Council on Foreign Relations, Our Unions, and Foreign Policy||Green Arcade Bookstore at 1680 Market Street||Free|
|July 30||10am to 4pm||Defend Public Education, Charters: Connecting the Dots and Privatization - Conference||Richmond High School at 1250 23rd Street, Richmond||Free|
|July 4||2pm||SF Mime Troupe Performance of Schooled||Dolores Park||Free (Donation Requested)|
|July 9||6:30pm||100th Year of Easter Uprising & Celebration of Renee Gibbon's Life||ILWU 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street||Free|
|July 11||7pm||Gold Mountain||Aurora Theatre at 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley||Donation $10|
Breastfest Beer Festival: Sample craft beers as you help raise money for a great cause. This annual fundraiser helps pay for medical services needed for low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer. It's run by volunteers and all profits go to support this cause. Click here for more information.
Frozen Film Festival: One of the largest SF summer film festivals is the Frozen Film Festival. For two days, you get the chance to see a number of documentaries and short films produced by independent film makers from around the world. Click here for this year's schedule.
Ticket Discounts: Before you buy any tickets for SF activities, make sure to check out Goldstar. On their site, you will find dozens of tickets at up to half-off. You will find tickets to everything from SF tours to admission to some of this year's top annual events. Click here to check out their current selection.
Stern Grove: Every summer from mid-June to mid-August, head to Stern Grove for their free concerts in the park. On Sunday afternoons at 2pm, you can catch free shows by both local and internationally recognized artists. Click here for this year's line-up.
Union Square Live: Another free festival this summer is Union Square Live. From May to October, you get the chance to see several free performances right in the square. They range from circus acts to local musicians to salsa dancing lessons. Click here for this year's full schedule.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Just a few blocks away, you will find more fun, free entertainment. Several times a week, catch cultural performances in Yerba Buena Gardens. You can see musicians performing world music, watch family friendly acts, and more. Click here for the full schedule.