Celebrate summer with these San Francisco Events in July 2016. The biggest event this month is Fourth of July, with activities along the waterfront and fireworks over the water at dark.
You can also enjoy a performance of Cabaret at the Golden Gate Theater, explore SF on a free walking tour, and visit top museums at no cost during their monthly free admission day.
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July is the final month of performances for the SF's Opera's Summer Season. Toward the beginning of the month, you can catch a few of the final shows including Carmen (through July 3) and Jenufa (June 14 - July 1). All are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center near City Hall.
Dates: May 27 - July 3
Are you interested in exploring the famed Haight Ashbury District on your own? If so, then check out my self-guided tour of this colorful neighborhood. In one day, it takes you past the places where famous musicians, actors, and others lived. It will also offer you some great suggestions on where to grab lunch and a list of the top places to see while you are there.
Dates: Any day in July
Learn More: Check out the full itinerary
One of the most highly anticipated theater productions and San Francisco events in July is Cabaret. Set in pre-WWII Germany, it tells the story of what happens inside the famous Kit Kat Klub. Many people spend their evenings here trying to forget their daily struggles. Will these fun evenings be enough to get through these hard times? Head over to the Golden Gate Theater to find out.
Dates: June 21 - July 17
Tickets: On sale now
Discounted Tickets: Find tickets for a handful of dates at up to 50% off on Goldstar
Another top theater production this month is Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This classic Broadway musical tells the story of a beautiful young woman, Belle, and The Beast, who is actually a prince in disguise. The Beast must learn to love and be loved to break the curse. This classic tale is one the entire family will enjoy!
Dates: June 29 - July 10
Tickets: On sale now
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Another great way to save in San Francisco is with the CityPass. It includes admission to top museums such as the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Aquarium of the Bay at a discount. You will also receive a 7-day Muni pass with unlimited rides and a ticket on a 60-minute SF Bay Cruise.
Learn More: Find tips to make the most of this discount pass
One of my favorite San Francisco events in July is the free walking tour offered through the SF Public Library by SF City Guides. Each one is guided by a knowledgeable local that will tell you all about a specific district, time period in SF, or attractions. You can discover fun facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, find out what SF was like before and during the Gold Rush, and uncover real stories about the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
Dates: Every day in July
Learn More: Full schedule of free walking tours by day
The largest jazz festival on the west coast is Fourth of July weekend in San Francisco. This fun event offers free, live jazz music all weekend long. The festival also features dozens of local artists showcasing their works, top gourmet goodies from SF eateries, and other fun activities all weekend long.
Dates: July 2 - 3
Learn More: Uncover more details for this year's event
Every month, San Francisco welcomes big and small names to the stage, offering amazing concerts in every music genre. This July, you can catch Brit Floyd at the Warfield, Diana Ross at the Orpheum Theater, and Phish a the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. In addition, you can also see Bryan Adams at the Concord Pavilion, Sting & Peter Gabriel at the SAP Center, and Adele at the SAP Center. Get out and enjoy!
Dates: Several throughout the month
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Celebrate Independence Day in San Francisco in 2016! On this day, you will find a lot of fun activities all along the waterfront in Fisherman's Wharf. You can enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, and the fireworks display over the water at dark.
Date: Monday, July 4
You will find thirteen SF Giants home games in July 2016. They host three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cincinnati Reds. At the end of the month, they host a four-game series against the Washington Nationals. All games are at AT&T Park in the SOMA district.
Dates: Several in July
Learn More: Discover the full 2016 schedule
No, this is not pantomiming! But it IS a fantastic, free show of a talented community-based group that talk, sing, and dance about socially and politically relevant themes. It's another one of the unique San Francisco events in July.
Date: July 4, 24, & 30
The fourth edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place on July 10 in the Tenderloin. This is a monthly street fair that rotates among districts, bringing together the community to enjoy free activities for the whole family, live music, and streets closed to traffic so people can play freely in the area.
Dates: July 10 (All events April 10 - November 13)
Get out and join 7,000 others at one of California's biggest Latin dance parties, dancing under the stars to live salsa music at the Fillmore Center Plaza. In addition, the festival features three blocks of salsa bands, DJs, dance instructors and live performances.
Dates: July 15 - 16
Learn More: Read more about this fun, lively salsa event
It's summertime! Enjoy a series of free, outdoor, live performances at Union Square. This festival has a variety of dance, music, circus, and theater, and the performances will continue every week through September.
Dates: Several from April - September
Taste delicious beers from local breweries while supporting an excellent cause! In addition to beer, there will be samples from local restaurants, live music, a raffle, and more. This annual fundraiser at the Marin Center in San Rafael helps raise money for low-income women fighting breast cancer.
Dates: July 16
The summer edition of the Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center features several hundred hand-selected artists and their unique work, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, posters, and more. This is a great opportunity to get new ideas and purchase the items you need for your summer redecorating projects.
Dates: July 16 - 17
This year's annual Anime and Cosplay Festival in SF's Japantown is on Saturday, July 16. Make sure to wear your costume and have fun at this free event. Not sure what to do? Stop by the Senpai booth to get 101 instructions from Cosplay professionals.
Date: Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 4pm
Once a month, several SF museums offer free admission to their permanent collections. Many of these free admission days are offered toward the beginning of the month. It includes museums such as the Conservatory of Flowers, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Asian Art Museum.
Dates: Several in early July
The largest film festival in July is the Frozen Film Festival. It offers independent film makers, youth, and underserved communities a place to show their work. It includes documentaries, animations, and shorts.
Dates: July 21 - 24
It is a San Francisco tradition for people to flock to Stern Grove to enjoy a picnic with friends while listening to incredible live outdoor concerts amidst the tranquility of the trees on summer Sunday afternoons. Many well-known groups perform here.
Dates: June 19 - August 21
J-Pop Summit is an annual Japanese cultural festival in San Francisco, which presents the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, technology, anime, and food, as well as niche subcultures. It's one of the San Francisco events in July with most of its activities at the Fort Mason Center.
Dates: July 22 - 24
Learn More: Read more about this festival
This nine-day festival of films about Japan and the Japanese community will take place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in Japantown. It is a great opportunity to gain insight into Japanese culture. The film festival is a prominent feature of the 2016 J-POP Summit, an annual cultural festival that highlights Japanese film, music, fashion, technology, and more.
Dates: July 23 - 31
Learn More: Get more details about this year's festival
If you love tasting wine, then head up north to Napa and/or Sonoma on a fun and interesting day trip. You can leave the driving to them as you learn more about each region, sample new wines, and see how wine is made. Each tour offers a slightly different experience, but you can quickly review the options by using my comparison chart.
Dates: Any day in July
Learn More: Read about the top wine tours from San Francisco
Laugh the night away at one of SF's premier comedy clubs. This month, you can catch performances from world renowned comedians including Hal Sparks and Louie Anderson. You can also catch local comedians at several locations all around town.
Dates: Several in July
Enjoy a free movie in the park on Saturday, July 23. Film Night in the Park's July movie is Finding Nemo. This free event will start just before dark in Union Square. Head over early to get the best seats.
Date: July 23
This is the last month to catch the Chinese Lacquerware exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. In addition, SF's other top museums, including the Walt Disney Museum, the de Young Fine Arts Museum, and the Legion of Honor, are all currently featuring excellent traveling exhibits.
Dates: All throughout the month
Learn More: Make your museum visit plans for this month
This year's San Francisco Marathon is on the last day of July. During this event, you can run the full marathon, a half-marathon, or a 5k race. If you want to really test your running, you can also run the ultra marathon where you will run the full 26.2 mile marathon loop twice. You can also run on your own or as a team. Register early to reserve your spot today.
Dates: Sunday, July 31
Learn More: Visit their website for details & to register
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a free ongoing event offering entertainment every week from now through October. Live outdoor music, dance, and theater performances feature both well-known and emerging artists.
Dates: Several from May - October
Laborfest is an annual month long event that discusses and educates the public on the struggles of everyday workers from around the world. It includes almost two dozen events including documentary films, discussion, and presentations. You can also join in on their walking tours and the annual boat tour. Most of the events are free or request a small donation.
Dates: All Month Long
In addition to San Francisco events in July, you will find dozens of other fun things to do. Click the link below for additional ideas for this month such as which cruises to take, which walking tours are the best, and additional advice on which districts to visit this month.
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