July is a fun month to visit San Francisco. While it's hot almost everywhere else in the US, it's nice and cool in the city.
On these fabulous summer days, you will find several amazing activities. This month is when you can celebrate our independence with Fourth of July activities throughout the city. You can also catch a theater performance of Once or one of the SF Opera shows.
This month is also when you can have some fun at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, catch an SF Giants game at AT&T Park and take a free walking tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.
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I love checking out their selection before I book any tickets. It's a great way to save on some of the best activities in the city and I recommend you check them out too.
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This year, Fourth of July falls on a Friday, so the city will be crazy! It will be a fun year to catch fireworks along the waterfront, go on a bay cruise (either during the day or to watch the fireworks at night) or celebrate at Pier 39. On this special holiday weekend, you can also join in on a pub-crawl, catch a theater performance of Once and see the Oakland A's baseball team in action.
Date: July 4
Learn More: All Fourth of July Activities in 2014
The Fillmore Jazz Festival is one of my favorites. This laid-back street fair offers a number of live jazz performances as well as dozens of places to grab a drink, some street food or buy local arts and crafts.
Dates: July 5 & 6
Other Things to Do in Pacific Heights: Top Activities & Attractions
SF Festivals: Full Schedule for All of 2014
Come out to AT&T Park to watch the SF Giants baseball team in action. In July, they play fourteen games at home including games against the Oakland A's, Saint Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers. It's a fun way to spend the afternoon (or an evening) in the city!
Dates: All Month Long
Through July 13, you can catch a performance of the Tony Award winning musical, Once. It follows the story of a Dublin street musician who needs one thing to create his wonderful music - a special young lady that he meets on the street. This lively performance targets a slightly more mature audience. Kids 5 and under are not permitted.
Dates: Through July 13
Learn More: Full July 2014 SF Theater Calendar
Buy Tickets: On Sale Now
One of my favorite things to do in July is head up north to sample some of their amazing wines. It's warm and sunny this time of year and the grapes are just starting to turn colors. It's gorgeous and a fun way to spend the day. I recommend heading up with a tour, so you can sip and sample wines all day long.
I love heading out to Alcatraz Island. It's a fun way to spend the day and to learn more about this infamous island in the middle of the SF Bay. Every day starting at 8:45am, you can cruise over to the island. You are allowed to stay until the last ferry leaves around 4pm. Click the link below to find out even more details on what it is like to visit Alcatraz.
Dates: All Month Long
Learn More: What to Expect on an Alcatraz Day Tour
Book Your Tour: Book a Tour that Combines both Alcatraz and the SF City Tour
Are you spending the week or even just a few days in SF? If so, check out my hotel recommendations. Click the links below for a list of the best hotel and lodging options in each district or category. It's an easy way to quickly find the top places to stay.
You can also save by finding a great hotel deal on TripAdvisor. This month's deals include nights off your stay, free parking or even breakfast in bed. Click here to visit their site and learn more.
If you want to learn more about the colorful Golden Gate Bridge, then I highly recommend taking a guided tour. Every Thursday morning at 11am, the SF Public Library offers a free two-hour walking tour of this magnificent structure. No reservations required. Simply show up at Strauss Statue in the Visitors Plaza on the SF side of the bridge shortly before 11am.
Dates: Every Thursday Morning
Learn More: Other Top Golden Gate Bridge Tours
Head over to the Warfield on Monday, July 7 for Nick Cave & Bad Seeds. The performance starts at 8pm and tickets are selling quickly!
Date: July 7
Buy Tickets: On Sale Now
More Live Music: Full Live Music Calendar
Head over to Fillmore Street between 7:30pm and 1:30am for the 5th Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore. This event features dancing, lessons and DJs all night long. All events take place on Fillmore between Eddy and Geary Streets.
Dates: July 11 & 12
Learn More: Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
In July, you can catch a few final performances of the SF Opera's summer season. Madame Butterfly runs through July 9. You can also see La Traviata through July 13. All performances are at the historic War Memorial Opera House in SF's Civic Center district.
Dates: Performances Through July 13
Every July, the SF Opera presents a live simulcast of the current performance. This year, you get the chance to see Verdi's La Traviata for free. The performance is on Saturday, July 5 at 8pm.
Date: July 5
Learn More: Full Calendar & Tips to Attend a Performance
Enjoy beers and raise money for a good cause at this year's annual BreastFest in the Fort Mason Center. This beer festival raises money to help low-income women get the services and breast cancer screenings needed to live a long, healthy life.
Dates: July 12
Learn More: Full Festival Details
Every Sunday in July, head out to Stern Grove for their free concerts in the park. All shows start at 2pm. Bring along your own blanket, food and your friends to enjoy a fun afternoon with hundreds of other live music fans.
Dates: Every Sunday Afternoon at 2pm
Learn More: Stern Grove Concert Schedule
Another fun outdoor activity this July is Sunday Streets. On Sunday, July 13 several streets close in the Richmond District to car traffic. On these "car free" days, you can enjoy live music and free health screenings as well as dozens of other free, fun activities.
Date: July 13
Learn More: Sunday Streets
Another popular event this month at the Fort Mason Center is the Renegade Craft Fair. During this event, you can cruise through thousands of handmade items from hand picked artists from around the US.
Dates: July 19 - 20
The annual SF Frozen Film Festival offers new and upcoming directors the opportunity to showcase their films to a broader audience. From July 17 - 20, head to the Roxie Theater to support these independent filmmakers and other talented artists.
Date: July 17 - 20
This July you can catch free local performances in the heart of SF during Union Square Live. Most shows are on Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon. All performances last around 2-hours and it's a great way to see up-and-coming musicians, dance troops and theater groups perform. You can even learn how to salsa or enjoy the sounds of traditional music from around the world.
Dates: All Month Long on Wednesday & Sunday
Learn More: Union Square Live for July 2014
Head over to the Yerba Buena Gardens for this year's festival. This free event features several performances each week. Catch acrobats performing their talents, listen to live music from around the world and dance the day away to Cuban or Latin Music.
Dates: All Month Long
Learn More: Yerba Buena 2014 Festival Details
On July Fourth weekend, enjoy the first summer performance by the Mime Troupe in Dolores Park. Starting at 2pm, watch local artists showcase their social relevant theater work. Admission is free and music starts at 1:30pm. Get there early for great seats!
Dates: July 4 & 5
Learn More: Mime Troupe in the Park Schedule & Show Details
The Japan Day Festival & Bon Odori is on Sunday, July 13. This annual event celebrates the rich cultural heritage of SF's Japantown. For one-day, you can sample traditional Japanese cuisine, watch authentic performances and more.
Date: July 13
Learn More: Full Schedule & Event Details
The following weekend, head back to Japantown for their large J-Pop Summit Festival. The festival celebrates the everyday Japanese culture all around the world. During this two-day event, you get the chance to enjoy Japanese music, film, fashion and more. This festival is free.
Dates: July 19 & 20
Learn More: 2014 Schedule & Other Festival Details
July's Film Night in the Park is on Saturday, July 12. Head over to Union Square for a free movie night with friends and neighbors. Shows start at dark (around 8pm to 9pm). Pick up movie munchies or bring something from home to enjoy during the flick.
Date: July 12
Learn More: 2014 Film Night in the Park Schedule
Most SF museums offer one free admission day per month. They include the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Botanical Gardens. On each free admission day, it's usually a little busier but it's a great time to check out these museums.
Learn More: Free Museum Days for July