Get ready for summer fun with these San Francisco events in June 2017. This month, you will find dozens of festivals, SF Giants baseball, and free walking tours every day.
Top festivals this month include North Beach, Union Street, and Pride. You can also sample new wines during Pinot Days, watch or participate in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, and enjoy a Broadway theater production of Hamilton.
June is also the month to spoil your dad. Discover the best things to do for Father's Day on our special page dedicated to it. Read on for more events and activities this month in SF.
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The most popular play on Broadway is currently showing in San Francisco! Everyone is raving about this hit musical based on the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. Get a kick out of the colonial scenes and costumes, and enjoy the award-winning score that cleverly combines pop, hip-hop, blues, and jazz to make for a modern twist on our country's history. Tickets go quickly, so act fast!
Dates: March 10 - August 5
Tickets: On sale now
I recommend taking a look at the great deals on Goldstar.com before booking any tours or event tickets. They offer a variety of tickets at up to 50% off for activities such as bay cruises, walking tours, theater performances, and more.
Here are a few of their most popular tickets this month.
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Every summer, you will find dozens of street fairs and festivals. This June is no exception. Almost every weekend this month, you will find a major event, such as the North Beach Festival, Union Street Festival, and the Haight Street Fair. Click the link below for details on these and other festivals this June 2017.
Dates: Most weekends in June
Grab your glass and sample dozens of Pinot Noir wines from the best local producers. Pinot Days is the largest event in the world dedicated to this lovely and flavorful red wine. For three hours, you can sample pours from wineries such as DeLoach Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and (one of my personal favorites) Landmark Vineyards.
Date: June 3
Are you looking for a night of live music during your stay in SF? If so, then check out my concerts calendar. It includes performances at some of the best venues in SF, including the Independent, the Fillmore, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
This month, the SF Giants have 11 exciting home games scheduled. Head over to gorgeous AT&T Park by the water in the SoMa District to watch them take on the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, and Colorado Rockies.
Dates: Several in June
This June, you'll have the chance to catch one of three popular operas. The first is Verdi's masterpiece Rigoletto, which runs from May 31 to July 1. The second is Mozart's classic Don Giovanni, which runs from June 4 - 30. The final summer opera is the moving La Boheme, which runs from June 10 - July 2. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District.
Dates: Several in June
Tickets: On sale now for all shows
Did you know that you can save big on your trip to SF with a pocket-sized discount pass? The CityPASS gives you free admission to: either the the Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, either the Exploratorium or the de Young Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences.
You'll also get to ride on a 60-minute bay cruise, and all of the city's cable cars and buses, for free. In addition, get special discounts at Pier 39, Bloomingdale's, and other shopping centers.
Of all the San Francisco events in June, the Union Street Festival is one of the largest neighborhood celebrations. For two full days from 10am to 6pm, this cute commercial strip in the Marina District comes alive with live music, samples from local restaurants and shops, and three pavilions offering craft beer and wine. Browse the unique offerings from the more than 100 boutique vendors on hand.
Dates: June 3 - 4
The 19th Annual Rhone Rangers Wine Event celebrates the Rhone variety of wine grapes and the US wineries that produce them. The event begins with a Winemaker Dinner and Auction on Friday night, and continues with a Seminar Series and Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday. Head over to the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio to enjoy and learn more about the remarkable spread of red and white Rhone wines.
Dates: June 9 - 10
When most people think of northern California wines, they think of Napa Valley. But did you know there's a great little coastal town even farther north with lots of small farms that offer big flavors? Better yet, you can taste the best of Mendocino without leaving the city! This intimate wine event is hosted by the Mendocino Winegrowers at the Fort Mason Center, showcasing 30 wineries and artisanal food producers.
Date: June 10
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is an annual event that starts with a swim from Alcatraz. You will then race and run though the streets (and hills!) of San Francisco. It attracts World Champions and Olympic Medalists, as well as the best amateur athletes from the US and all around the world. If you aren't interested in participating, I recommend heading down to the waterfront first thing in the morning to watch the competitors make their way from Alcatraz to the shores of SF.
Date: June 11
Stroll through one of the most interesting districts in San Francisco, Chinatown. This "city within a city" offers an interesting history of its own with dark secrets and interesting stories about its past. On this two hour free walking tour, you will explore its back alleys, learn more about historic events that took place here, and uncover some of the best places to stop for a bite to eat. You will also learn all about its top attractions and which temples are the most interesting to visit. It runs every Monday at 10am & 1:30pm and Saturday at 10am.
Dates: Every Monday and Saturday in June
Enjoy the permanent collections for free at SF's top museums during their free admission days. Toward the beginning of the month, you have the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Fine Arts Museum without breaking the bank. Click the link below for a full list of dates for June 2017.
Dates: Several in June
Each year, San Francisco commemorates the abolition of slavery in the U.S. with a street fair for the whole family. As we mark the 154th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, head over to Fillmore Street to enjoy the activities, including a job fair, car show, live music, and fun for the kids.
Date: June 17
Spoil your father this year with a visit to San Francisco. On this special day (and throughout the weekend), you will find fun cruises around the bay, several restaurants serving up wonderful brunch and lunch menus, and plenty of other events to make Dad happy.
Date: Sunday, June 18
Some of the best San Francisco events in June are shows by the SF Symphony at the beautiful Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center. Top performances this month include: Immortal Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, a live orchestra performance of the soundtrack from Casablanca while the movie plays, organist Wayne Marshall in recital, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and MTT conducts Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet.
Dates: Several in June
Every summer since 1938, it has been a San Francisco tradition to offer stellar music performances by renowned artists with a variety of styles, for free, each Sunday at 2pm in Stern Grove Park. It's a beautiful spot to picnic while you watch the concert.
Dates: June 25 - August 27
Get ready for this legendary free anniversary concert in Golden Gate Park. Get on your tie-dye and join thousands more in paying homage to San Francisco's 1967 Summer of Love, one of the most memorable moments in the civil rights and hippie movements of that era. There are great bands, vendors, and food in store. Stay tuned for more information.
Every month in San Francisco, you will find hilarious live performances at the top comedy clubs in the city. Some of the biggest names in standup tend to frequent the Punch Line and Cobb's comedy clubs. In addition, you'll see the best of local comedians every Sunday night at the Punch Line's SF Showcase. And if you're still looking for laughs, check out SF's favorite musical comedy Beach Blanket Babylon or the variety of local improv troupes.
Dates: Several throughout the month
Head on over to Union Square to enjoy free live performances throughout the summer. The festival boasts a variety of dance, music, circus, theater, movies, and more, and the performances will continue every week through September.
Dates: Several from April - September
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel by the same name, is one of the most anticipated arrivals to SF Theater this summer, kicking off on June 27.
In addition this month, you can watch Roman Holiday at the Golden Gate Theater, The Roommate at the SF Playhouse, and You Mean to Do Me Harm at the SF Playhouse.
Dates: Several this month
If you love to explore on your own, then check out my One-Day Self-Guided Tour of North Beach. In one day, you will see the best of this district including Coit Tower, the Beat Museum, and the Vesuvio Cafe. You will also find the best places to grab some lunch, dinner, or both.
Dates: Any day in June
One of the largest festivals each year is the Pride Parade & Festival. This event is always the last weekend in June. This year, it falls on June 24 and 25. It includes a large festival with live music, dancing in the streets, and gourmet goodies in the Civic Center District. The largest draw is the colorful parade on Sunday morning. It starts at 10:30am and makes its way from Market & Beale to Market & 8th Street.
Date: June 24 - 25
Make sure to catch these incredible visiting exhibits during their last month at the following museums: Frank Stella's Prints at the de Young Fine Arts Museum, and In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In addition, check out these continuing exhibits: The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine at the Legion of Honor, and Transformations: Creativity from the Inside Out at the Walt Disney Museum.
Dates: All throughout the month
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a free ongoing event that offers entertainment every week during the summer through October. Live outdoor performances include music, dance, and theater, and feature both well-known and emerging artists.
Dates: Several from May - October
In addition to the large range of special events, check out my tips for SF's tricky summer weather and how to make the most of your trip at this time of year. Some of the best things to do include cruises, guided tours, street fairs, and a variety of dining and shopping options.
Last year in June, we also enjoyed the following events, which have not yet been confirmed for 2017. I'll update these as soon as this year's details are released.
What could be more summery than heading to the park on a lovely evening to share an outdoor movie screening with some friends? Film Night in the Park takes place at three locations in SF (Union Square, Washington Square Park, and Dolores Park) and also in Marin County, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Events are usually held once a week from June to September.
This week-long gathering of web developers and Apple engineers offers exciting opportunities to learn about inspiring innovations and the future of Mac operating systems, including mobile apps. Attend the kickoff and closing bash at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and in-depth sessions, labs, and one-on-one appointments at the Moscone Center in SF.
Head over to the Palace of Fine Arts for the annual SF Ethnic Dance Festival to see incredible performances of traditional dances from more than 20 world cultures, including Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, and many more. The festival takes place over three weekends, and each weekend's program is different, featuring a variety of spectacular dance companies from the Bay Area and beyond. Check out the opening event at City Hall, free of charge.
HUSHconcerts offers concerts unlike any other in different venues all over California, and this summer they will again be at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Their concerts are unique in that they are silent (that is, headphones-only, silent disco-style)! This event will be solar-powered, booze-free, and kid-friendly, and will feature some of the hottest DJs, including J.PHILIP, W.HAZE, DEFUNK, and OPPHIC. Go on and enjoy a great summer day grooving along with over 2,000 others on the sand of Kelly's Cove.
One of the best family-friendly events this month in SF is the Presidio Kite Festival. This one-day free event includes a build-your-own-kite workshop (kites free while supplies last), kite flying lessons, Taiko drumming, and more. All events are at the Main Parade Ground between noon and 5pm.
This unique festival features vendors of soy and tofu products, a tofu eating contest, a dessert competition, and live entertainment from local groups of Taiko drummers and lion dancers. Many well-known Asian American performers will grace the stage for this event.
This year marks the 34th Annual SF Jazz Festival, offering over a week of incredible music from acclaimed jazz musicians, including Yemen Blues, Ravi Coltrane and Void, Zoe Keating, Roy Ayers, and more.
The annual San Francisco Folk Festival is free and offers a variety of dance and music shows, as well as workshops. Guitar, ukelele, waltz, Irish step, and Argentine tango are just a few of the genres you will hear and dance to.
The third edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place on June 12 in the Sunset/Golden Gate Park/Great Highway area. 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 run, bike, and play in the area.
Dates: June date TBD (Full event from April to November)
Head over to Japantown for a day full of traditional performances, ceremonies, and workshops led by master Japanese artists. Activities include calligraphy, taiko drums, and an Obon Odori ceremony honoring those who have passed and celebrating the wonderful people around us today.