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Laborfest

2017 Schedule & Other SF Event Details

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 2017.

This year, the event focuses on San Francisco General Strike and West Coast Maritime Strike. It's the 83rd anniversary of these events.

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.

2017 Schedule Highlights

Film Highlights

This year, you will find 17 films during Laborfest. Admission to all of this year's films is free and open the public. Here are a few highlights.

  • July 5: American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs at the ILWU Local 34 Hall at 7pm

  • July 10 - Two films: Divided We Fall (90 min.) 2016, The Great Sitdown (52 min.) 1976 at 7pm at the ILWU Local 34 Hall at 7pm

  • July 28: Care (60 min.) 2016 / Panel of Homecare and Disabled Care Workers at 7pm at 518 Valencia

Tours & Walks

This year, there are 14 walks around SF, Berkeley and Oakland. All of the walking tours are free. There is a cost for the bus, bike, and boat tours. Here are a few highlights for Laborfest tours and walks this year.

  • July 1: Labor History Bike Tour at 12pm at 518 Valencia Street, sliding scale from $15 to $50 per person

  • July 9: Irish Labor History Walk at 12pm at Marine Fireman's Hall, free

  • July 22: WPA Berkeley Walk at 10am at the Main Berkeley Post Office, free

  • July 29: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk at Latham Square, free

Forums & Readings

Listen to a variety of speakers and panel discussions throughout the month of July during Laborfest 2017. This year, there are 21 forums and reading. Most are free, but a couple required paid ticket to attend. Here are some of the highlights.

  • July 6: Book reading – Refinery Town by Steve Early at the Green Arcade Bookstore at 7pm, free

  • July 12: The Golden Spike: Chinese and Irish Labor versus The Big Four at the Chinese Historical Society at 5pm, free

  • July 23: The history of the Alibi Clock in Vallejo and the K-R-C case of 1937 at the John F. Kennedy Library Joseph Room at 1:30pm, free

  • July 30: The Internet, Technology, The Gig Economy and the Future of Labor at the ILWU Local 34 Hall at 10am

Music, Theater & Art

The music, theater and art programs include many locally produced shows. They include performances by the SF Mime Troupe, a Comedy Fest, and an art and poetry night. Many of these are also free with a few by required paid admission.

  • July 1, 2, & 4: Walls with the SF Mime Troupe at Cedar Rose Park and Dolores Park, free

  • July 14: Building Bridges, Not Walls at Canessa Gallery with art and poetry at 6pm, free

  • July 31: Stop the War on Workers Concert at the ILWU Local 34 Hall from 7pm to 9pm, donation on a sliding scale

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Other Events This Month

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.

More Fun Summer Events

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.

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