Get ready for summer fun with these San Francisco events in June 2016. 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 theater production of Cabaret.
It's 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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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. They include 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 2016.
Dates: Most weekends in June
Learn More: Discover the full festival calendar
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 from The Independent to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Top concerts this month include Joe Jackson at the Palace of Fine Arts and Flight Of The Conchords at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Other Bay Area shows include Zac Brown Band at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson & Of Mice and Men at the Concord Pavilion, and Steely Dan & Steve Winwood at the Shoreline Amphitheater.
Learn More: Find a full June concert calendar for SF
This month, you will find eleven home games for the SF Giants. Early in the month, they play host to the Boston Red Sox and the LA Dodgers. Later on in the month, they take on the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Oakland A's.
Dates: Several in June
This June, you get the chance to catch one of three popular operas. The first is Carmen which runs through July 3. The second is Don Carlo which runs from June 12 - 19. The final summer opera performance is Jenufa which runs from June 14 - July 1. 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
Have you always wanted a behind the scenes look at the Hunger Games? Now is your chance! Through the end of June, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is at the Palace of Fine Arts. This exhibition includes high tech, highly interactive exhibits that include costumes, props, and set recreations from this popular show.
Dates: Every Wednesday - Sunday through June 30
Head over to the Palace of Fine Arts for the 38th 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, on Friday, June 3 at noon.
Dates: June 3 - 19
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 two-thousand others on the sand of Kelly's Cove.
Dates: June 4
Learn More: Find out more about this unique music event
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 as well as well-known Asian American performers.
Date: June 4
Learn More: Find out more on the festival website
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.
Date: June 7 - 19
Learn More: Get festival details on the SF Jazz website
This is the last month to catch the Prisoners of Age exhibit on Alcatraz Island and Elephants Without Number at the Asian Art Museum. In addition, SF's other top museums are all currently featuring excellent traveling exhibits.
Dates: All throughout the month
Learn More: Make your museum visit plans for this month
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 10 - 11
Head over to Dolores Park for this month's Film Night in the Park. This month's film is Pitch Perfect. This film is free of charge and will start just as it's getting dark. Make sure to head over early to get a great spot on the lawn.
Date: June 11
The 40th edition of this event promises to come back this year much larger than the last. It is free and offers a variety of dance and music shows, as well as workshops.
Date: June 11
Learn More: Get festival details here
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 12 (Full event from April 10 - November 13)
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 12
Learn More: Visit their site to learn more
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
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.
Date: June 18
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 try wines from wineries such as DeLoach Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and (one of my personal favorites) Landmark Vineyards.
Date: June 18
Learn More: Find additional details for this year's event
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 153rd 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 18
Enjoy the permanent collection of many of SF's top museums during their free admission days. Toward the beginning of the month, you can gain free access to attractions such as the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Fine Arts Museum. Click the link below for a list of dates for June 2016.
Dates: Several in June
Learn More: Click here for the full calendar for June 2016
Spoil your father this year with a visit to San Francisco. On this special day (and weekend), you will find special holiday cruises around the bay, several restaurants with wonderful brunch/lunch options, and plenty of other events to make dad happy.
Date: Sunday, June 19
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Another one of the fun San Francisco events in June is seeing a show by the SF Symphony. Top performances include Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky (June 2 - 4), Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 (June 8 - 12), and MTT conducts Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 (June 23 - 25). All shows are at the Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center.
Dates: Several in June
Learn More: Find this month's calendar of performances
Every summer since 1938, it has been 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 19 - August 21
Every month in San Francisco, you will find hilarious live performances at the top comedy clubs in the city. This month features Heather McDonald, Anjelah Johnson, Australia's Thunder from Down Under, Mo Mandel, Ronn Vigh's Gay Bash, and Daniel Sloss. In addition, every Sunday night at the Punch Line Comedy Club, the SF Showcase spotlights the best local comics.
Dates: Several throughout the month
Learn More: See the full comedy schedule and ticketing info
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
Learn More: See Union Square Festival details and schedule
Enjoy a performance of Cabaret at the Golden Gate Theater. It's set in pre-WWII Germany and follows the story of what happens at the Kit Kat Klub, a racy nightclub that helps people forget what is going on in their lives for just a few hours every night.
Dates: June 21 - July 17
Learn More: Uncover the full theater calendar for June
If you love to explore on your own, the 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
Learn More: Find the full itinerary here
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 25 & 26. 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 25 - 26
Learn More: Find all the details here
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a free ongoing event that offers entertainment every week through October. Live outdoor performances include music, dance, and theater, and feature both well-known and emerging artists.
Dates: Several from May - October
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.
Dates: June 26