San Francisco Festivals in 2015

Your One Stop Resource for All Festivals & Street Fairs in SF

The streets are alive again in 2015 with the San Francisco festivals and street fairs. Many of these SF events draw hundreds of people and are a tradition in many of these neighborhoods.

Entrance is free to many of them. At most festivals, you can walk the streets and enjoy live music, food and drinks. You can also visit booths with original art work, crafts, jewelry and more.

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In addition to the festivals listed here, SF is home to almost 50 film festivals every year. Click here for a full list of the film festivals in SF this year.

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March 2015

Ocean Film Festival

Chinese New Year's Street Festival

  • Dates: March 7 and 8
  • Parade is on March 7
  • Fair includes traditional dancing, art, and Chinese food
  • Discover lion dancing, calligraphy, and other activities
  • Big parade is Saturday night, March 7
  • Click here for more details

Craft Beer Festival

5TH INTERNATIONAL SF GOT KIZOMBA! FESTIVAL

  • Workshops and nightly dance parties
  • March 12 - 15 at the Hotel Kabuki
  • Learn to dance Kizomba or sharpen your skills
  • World class Kizomba dancers from all around the world will teach each workshop

Saint Patrick's Day Festival

  • At Civic Center Plaza in the heart of the city
  • Live music, cold beer and dancing
  • Outside the main festival is a fun, family friendly area with activities for the kids
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • Festival is from 11am to 5pm
  • Parade starts at 11:30am
  • See pictures and learn more about this SF festival

Rhone Rangers Wine Festival

  • 18th annual festival with more than 500 wines to choose from
  • Sample Rhone varietal wines such as Grenache, Syrah & Carignan
  • Grand Tasting for 2015 is March 27 and 28
  • Tickets range from $55 to $150+ depending on the events you want to attend
  • Click here for more details

More fun events in March 2015.


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April 2015

Union Street Spring Celebration

  • 24th Annual Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
  • Sunday, April 5, 2015
  • Event is from 10am to 5pm
  • Parade starts at 2pm
  • Union Street, Gough to Fillmore in the Marina District
  • Discover more festival details here

Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Two weekend long celebration every spring
  • In SF's Japantown neighborhood
  • April 11-12 and April 18-19, 2015
  • Listen to traditional Japanese music, sample gourmet treats and visit dozens of other vendors
  • Find additional details

Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival

  • Celebrates the life and work of this labor and civil rights leader
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Parade starts at 11am at Dolores Park
  • Festival is on 24th Street between Treat and Bryant from 12pm to 5pm
  • Festival includes entertainment, music and arts & crafts booths
  • Click here for additional details

Glen Park Festival

  • Family friendly event in the Glen Park neighborhood
  • Food, entertainment and crafts from local artists
  • Two children's areas with live entertainment, games and two jumpy houses
  • Event runs from 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday, April 26th
  • Click her for more details

International Film Festival

  • 58th Annual International Film Festival
  • Features over 150 films and live events over a two week time period
  • Showcases narrative feature films, live action, animated shorts, television and theatrical dramas
  • Date is April 23 - May 7
  • Click for a full schedule of films

Bay Area Dance Week

  • 600+ free performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • Shows from both amateur and professional dancers
  • 10-day event runs from April 24 - May 3

Find more events in April 2015.


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May 2015

International Film Festival

  • 58th Annual International Film Festival
  • Features over 150 films and live events over a two week time period
  • Showcases narrative feature films, live action, animated shorts, television and theatrical dramas
  • Date is April 23 - May 7
  • Click for a full schedule of films

International Beer Festival

Uncorked Wine Festival

  • Date is May 9, 2015
  • Ghirardelli Square in Fisherman's Wharf
  • Sample up to 50 wines from local wineries
  • Music, food and wine tasting seminars.
  • Click here for more details

Oysterfest

Taste of Potrero

  • Eat, drink, and be merry at this year's Taste of Potrero
  • Sample some of SF's best food and drinks
  • Raise money for public education
  • Thursday, May 14 from 7pm to 11pm
  • Tickets start at $100 per person

Mission Carnaval Celebration

  • Dates are May 23 & 24, 2015
  • Street fair celebrating diversity in the neighborhood and throughout the world
  • Focused on the Latin American and Caribbean cultures
  • Food, music and dancing in the streets
  • Festival is free
  • Learn more about Carnaval

Green Film Festival

  • Films showcasing people and the environment around us
  • More than 60 films this year from 21 countries
  • Focus on our impact on the earth and ways we are trying to save it
  • Date is May 28 - June 3
  • Find the full schedule here

Hill Physicians Asian Heritage Street Festival

  • Date is TBD
  • Little Saigon near Civic Center on Larkin Street from Grove to Ellis
  • Free admission
  • Faces of Asia cultural procession kicks off at 11am
  • Music, dancing, food, crafts and more
  • Click here for more details

Additional events in May 2015.


June 2015

Union Street Festival

  • Dates are June 6 & 7, 2015
  • In the Marina District, on Union Street between Gough and Stein
  • 250 craft booths, 25 gourmet food booths
  • 2 stages of live entertainment
  • Bistro style cafes by local restaurants
  • Admission is free
  • Click here for more details

Ethnic Dance Festival

North Beach Festival

  • Dates are June 13 & 14, 2015
  • From 10am to 6pm in the North Beach neighborhood
  • 125 arts and crafts booths
  • 20 gourmet food booths
  • Three stages with live entertainment
  • Italian street painting and beverage gardens
  • Children's activity area
  • Admission is free
  • Find more details here

Pinot Days

  • June 20 from 2pm to 5pm
  • Grand Tasting at Metreon in the City View Room
  • More than 70 Pinot producers on hand during the tasting
  • Tickets start at $75 per person
  • Click here for more details

Gay Pride Parade & Festival

  • This year's theme is Embrace, Encourage, Empower
  • Festival is on June 27 and 28
  • Parade starts at 10:30am on Sunday, June 28
  • Festival includes more than 300 exhibitors
  • You will also find live music and dancing in the streets all day long!
  • Click here for more details

Haight Street Fair

Juneteenth Festival

  • Date is TBD
  • It's the 64th year for this festival, celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • On Fillmore Street between Post & Turk Streets
  • Parade begins at 11am
  • Two stages of entertainment
  • A Kiddy Corner
  • Free and open to the public
  • Click here for more details

SF Free Folk Festival

  • Dates are TBD
  • Two days of music, dance workshops, concerts, crafts and more
  • Free festival, but you can support the festival with a donation
  • At Presidio Middle School at 450 30th Avenue (at Geary)
  • Find out more here

Uncover more June 2015 events here.


July 2015

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Salsa Festival on the Fillmore

  • Dates TBD
  • Fillmore Street between Eddy and Geary Streets
  • Salsa dancing, live music and DJs all night long
  • Click here for more details

Breastfest Beer Festival

Find more fun activities in July 2015 in San Francisco.


August 2015

Outside Lands Festival

J-Pop Summit Festival

  • Celebrating Japantown and the Japanese culture
  • Live music, food, and entertainment
  • New films and special guest appearances
  • August 8 & 9
  • Click here for more details

Nihonmachi Street Fair

  • Asian-Pacific American festival that features traditional and non-traditional performances, art, music and more
  • Sample yummy foods from Asian Pacific Countries as well as San Francisco favorites
  • Two stages with live music all weekend long including everything from jazz to rock
  • Bring along the kids for Asian inspired crafts and other fun games
  • Dates TBD for 2015 in Japantown

Stern Grove Festival Free Concerts in the Park

  • Every Sunday afternoon from mid-June to mid-August
  • Specific dates for 2015 are June 14 - August 16
  • Weekly outdoor musical festival
  • Starts at 2pm
  • Admission is free
  • Click for more details
Discover more events in August 2015 in SF.

September 2015

Fringe Festival

Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival

Summersalt Music Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

  • 2015 Dates: September 12 & 13
  • Sample chocolates, wine and learn new creations from SF's top chefs
  • Ice cream eating contest and a silent auction to raise money for Project Open Hand
  • Click here for more details

A Taste of Greece

  • SF's only Greek Food Festival
  • In the Mission at the Annunciation Cathedral
  • 2015 Date TBD
  • Enjoy traditional food, music, and wine
  • More details here

Oktoberfest by the bay

  • 2015 Date TBD
  • At SF's Pier 48
  • Enjoy German food, beer, and entertainment
  • Head over during one of four sessions during the weekend
  • Find out more here

Folsom Street Fair

  • Worlds largest leather & fetish event
  • 2015 Date TBD
  • On Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets
  • Admission is free

Excelsior Arts & Music Festival

  • 2015 Date TBD
  • Family-friendly event with lots of activities for the kids
  • Live music, food, and arts & crafts booths
  • Excelsior district on Ocean Avenue and San Juan Avenue
  • Learn more here

Bay Area Blues Festival

  • 2015 Date: September 26 & 27
  • Two main stages
  • Merchant marketplace with arts and crafts booths
  • Several gourmet food and beverage vendors
  • From 10am to 6pm each day
  • In downtown Martinez
  • Admission is free
  • Learn more

October 2015

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Castro Street Fair

  • Sunday, October 4 from 11am to 6pm
  • Intersection of Market Street & Castro Street in the Castro
  • Live music, almost a hundred booths
  • Small entrance fee that is donated to local non-profit organizations
  • More festival details

Fleet Week San Francisco

Dance Film Festival

Litquake

  • Longest running literary festival in SF
  • Dates are October 9 - 17.
  • Literary events from panel discussions to author readings
  • All around San Francisco
  • Click here for this year's schedule

International Festival of Short Films

  • Date is TBD
  • All films play at the Roxie Theater in the Mission
  • Shorts about important moments in people's lives including gains and losses, aspiration, and giving everything for your dream
  • Find more details and the full schedule here

Noe Valley Harvest Festival

  • One day festival in Noe Valley on 24th Street
  • Date is TBD
  • Live music, kids activities, and a costume contest
  • Learn more

Potrero Hill Festival

  • Date is TBD
  • In Potrero Hill on 20th between Wisconsin and Missouri
  • Local musicians, food, historians, and other activities for the entire family
  • Full festival details here

The Wharf Fest

  • Date is TBD
  • One day of activities ranging from live music to a Segway obstacle course
  • Other events include a chowder competition, fireworks, and booths from local artists
  • More details here

Fiesta on the Hill

  • Date is TBD
  • In the Bernal Heights district
  • Live music, dancing in the streets, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, street artists and more
  • Full festival details

Ski & Snowboard Festival

  • Explore the latest ski and snowboard gear for the upcoming snow season
  • Sip wine and brews along the way
  • $25 to $50 per person, plus a free lift ticket
  • At the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion
  • Date is TBD

November 2015

Ski & Snowboard Festival

  • Explore the latest ski and snowboard gear for the upcoming snow season
  • Sip wine and brews along the way
  • $25 to $50 per person, plus a free lift ticket (2014 prices)
  • At the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion
  • 2015 Dates TBD

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Hip Hop International Dance Fest

  • One of the largest Hip Hop Dance Festivals in the world
  • Three days of performances
  • All shows at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater
  • 2015 Dates TBD

Craft Festivals at Fort Mason

  • Both offer unique pieces from popular local and national artists
  • Buy gifts for the holidays or yourself
  • Offer everything from jewelry to art work
  • Renegade Craft Fair: Dates November 21 & 22, 2015
  • Celebration of Craftswomen: Dates TBD for 2015
  • Find more details on the Fort Mason page

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

  • Stroll through history at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
  • Enjoy food, crafts, and entertainment
  • Five weekends in November & December (dates are TBD)
  • All activities are at the Cow Palace

December 2015

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

  • Stroll through history at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
  • Enjoy food, crafts, and entertainment
  • Five weekends in November and December (Dates TBD)
  • All activities are at the Cow Palace

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Holiday events

Craft Fairs at the Fort Mason Center

  • Two fairs in December
  • West Coast Craft Fair: TBD
  • SF Bazaar Holiday Show: TBD
  • Both offer hundreds of items on sale
  • Feature handmade goods from dozens of artists
  • Visit the Fort Mason page to learn more

Another Hole in the Head

  • 12th Annual Film Festival
  • Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy, and Exploitation
  • 10 days of independent films
  • Dates: TBD
  • Learn more

January 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Festival and March

  • Celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • All day long event with a film festival, art festival, march and more
  • Date: TBD
  • Click here for more details

Bay Area Brews Festival

  • Sample wines from dozens of national and international brewers
  • Enjoy gourmet food from SF's famous food trucks (food sold separately)
  • General admission $40 (+ service fee) from 1pm to 4pm or from 6pm to 9pm
  • VIP admission $50 (+service fee) from Noon to 4pm
  • Date: TBD
  • Learn more about the Fort Mason Center

ZAP Wine Festival

  • Wine festival focused on Zinfandel wines
  • Offers the best Zins from California producers and beyond
  • At the Presidio and the Four Seasons Hotel
  • Date: TBD
  • More details on the 2015 event

February 2016

SF Sketchfest

SF Giants Fan Fest

  • 2016 Date is TBD at AT&T Park
  • Meet some of the players, get autographs, and pick up single game tickets
  • Find gear for the 2015 season
  • Get your picture taken with the World Series trophies
  • Meet other SF Giants fans
  • Click here for more details and ticketing information

SF Indie Fest

  • Independent Film Festival heading into its 16th year
  • Show include the best in independent, alternative and subversive movies from around the world
  • One of SF's largest film festivals
  • 2016 dates are TBD
  • Full line up and ticket information

Salsa Rueda Festival

  • Learn to dance or freshen up your skills during the daytime workshops
  • Practice and mingle with others during the nightly parties with world famous bands
  • 2016 Dates are TBD
  • All activities at the Hotel Witcomb

Noise Pop Festival

  • Independent film, art, and music
  • 2016 Dates are TBD
  • Several venues around San Francisco

Ocean Film Festival

  • 2016 Dates are TBD
  • More than 50 works that explore our amazing oceans
  • Pieces about the ocean's ecosystem, interesting plants and animals and more
  • Click here for a full list of films

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