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San Francisco Festivals in 2016 & 2017

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

The streets are alive again in 2016 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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Types of SF Festivals

Click the links below for a list of popular annual festivals based on interests.

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Food | Music | Parades | Street Fairs | Wine

July 2016

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Stern Grove Festival Free Concerts in the Park

  • Every Sunday afternoon from mid-June to mid-August
  • Specific dates for 2016 are June 19 - August 21
  • Weekly outdoor musical festival
  • Starts at 2pm
  • Admission is free
  • Click for more details

Yerba Buena Festival

Breastfest Beer Festival

  • Beer festival and fundraiser for low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Features more than 35 breweries from around the world with many local favorites
  • Date is July 16
  • This year's event is in Marin at the Marin Center in San Rafael
  • Click here for details and ticketing information

Salsa Festival on the Fillmore

  • Dates: July 15 & 16
  • Fillmore Street between Eddy and Geary Streets
  • Salsa dancing, live music and DJs all night long
  • Click here for more details

>>More events in July in San Francisco

>>Concert calendar for July

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August 2016

Outside Lands Festival

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 are August 6 & 7 in Japantown
  • Click here for details

Stern Grove Festival Free Concerts in the Park

  • Every Sunday afternoon from mid-June to mid-August
  • Specific dates for 2016 are June 19 - August 21
  • Weekly outdoor musical festival
  • Starts at 2pm
  • Admission is free
  • Click for more details

SF Street Food Festival

  • This festival is on hiatus this year, but should return in 2017

>>More events in August in SF

>>Concert calendar for August

September 2016

Fringe Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

  • 2016 Dates: September 10 & 11
  • 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
  • 2016 dates are TBD
  • Enjoy traditional food, music, and wine
  • More details here

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Oktoberfest by the Bay

  • 2016 Dates are September 23 - 25
  • 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

Bay Area Blues Festival

  • 2016 Dates: September 24 & 25
  • 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

Folsom Street Fair

  • Worlds largest leather & fetish event
  • 2016 Date is September 25
  • On Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets
  • Admission is free

>>More events in September

>>Full concert calendar for September

October 2016

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

  • Free Bluegrass Festival held in Golden Gate Park
  • Date is September 30, October 1 & 2
  • Music is free, dozens of food and beverage vendors on hand selling a variety of items
  • Find additional details

Castro Street Fair

  • Sunday, October 2 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

Excelsior Arts & Music Festival

  • 2016 date is October 16
  • 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

Dance Film Festival

Litquake

  • Longest running literary festival in SF
  • Dates are October 7 - 15
  • Literary events from panel discussions to author readings
  • All around San Francisco
  • Click here for this year's schedule

The Wharf Fest

  • Date is October 22
  • 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

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

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

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
  • At the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion
  • Dates are TBD

>>More events in October

November 2016

Ski & Snowboard Festival

  • Explore the latest ski and snowboard gear for the upcoming snow season
  • Sip wine and brews along the way
  • At the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion
  • Dates are 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
  • 2016 Dates are TBD

Craft Festivals at Fort Mason

  • Offer unique pieces from popular local and national artists
  • Buy gifts for the holidays or yourself
  • Offer everything from jewelry to art work
  • West Coast Craft Fair:TBD
  • Renegade Craft Fair: TBD
  • Celebration of Craftswomen: TBD
  • 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
  • All activities are at the Cow Palace
  • November 19 - December 18

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

>>Full calendar of events in November

December 2016

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

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

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Holiday Events

Craft Fairs at the Fort Mason Center

January 2017

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

SF Sketchfest

February 2017

Chinese New Year's Street Festival

  • Dates: TBD
  • Parade is on TBD
  • Fair includes traditional dancing, art, and Chinese food
  • Discover lion dancing, calligraphy, and other activities
  • Click here for more details

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 this year's event

SF Giants Fan Fest

  • 2017 Date is TBD at AT&T Park
  • Meet some of the players, get autographs, and pick up single game tickets
  • Find gear for the 2017 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 17th year
  • Show include the best in independent, alternative and subversive movies from around the world
  • One of SF's largest film festivals
  • 2017 dates are TBD
  • Full line up and ticket information

Salsa Rueda Festival

Noise Pop Festival

  • Independent film, art, and music
  • 2017 Dates are TBD
  • Several venues around San Francisco

March 2017

Ocean Film Festival

  • 2017 Dates 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

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 $49 from 1pm to 4pm or from 6pm to 9pm
  • VIP admission $59.02 from Noon to 4pm
  • On SF's Pier 35
  • Date: TBD

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
  • Date: TBD
  • Festival is from 11am to 5pm
  • Parade starts at 11:30am
  • See pictures and learn more about this SF festival

Union Street Spring Celebration

  • 25th Annual Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
  • Date: TBD
  • Event is from 10am to 5pm
  • Parade starts at 2pm
  • Union Street, Gough to Fillmore in the Marina District
  • Discover more festival details here

April 2017

Cherry Blossom Festival

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
  • Dates: TBD
  • Find the full schedule here

Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival

  • Celebrates the life and work of this labor and civil rights leader
  • Date: TBD
  • 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
  • Date: TBD
  • Click her for more details

International Film Festival

  • 59th 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
  • Dates: TBD
  • 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
  • Dates: TBD

May 2017

International Film Festival

  • 60th 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 TBD
  • Click for a full schedule of films

International Beer Festival

Uncorked Wine Festival

  • Date is TBD
  • 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
  • Date is TBD

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

Mission Carnaval Celebration

  • Dates TBD
  • 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

Spicy Unlimited

  • Spicy food festival
  • Enjoy spicy creations from local stores, restaurants, and chefs
  • Free admission, but you must pay to sample
  • Date is TBD
  • Festival is from 11am to 6pm
  • Justin Herman Plaza

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

  • Enjoy Taiwanese food, music, and other cultural activities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Event in Union Square from 10am to 6pm
  • Date is TBD

>>More May events in San Francisco

>>May concert calendar in SF

June 2017

Union Street Festival

  • Dates are TBD
  • 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

Rhone Rangers Wine Festival

  • 120th annual festival with more than 500 wines to choose from
  • Sample Rhone varietal wines such as Grenache, Syrah & Carignan
  • Date: TBD
  • Tickets range from $55 to $150+ depending on the events you want to attend
  • Click here for more details

Soy & Tofu Festival

  • Date: TBD
  • Peace Plaza in Japantown
  • Sample soy and tofu products from a variety of vendors
  • Enjoy live music from Asian American performers
  • Participate in the interactive games
  • Attend an educational session on the uses of soy
  • Admission is free

SF Jazz Fest

  • Two week long festival of jazz performances
  • Kick off is a free event on TBD
  • Dates: TBD
  • All performances (except the kick off) are at the new SF Jazz Center

North Beach Festival

  • Dates are TBD
  • 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

Haight Street Fair

Pinot Days

  • Dates are TBD
  • Grand Tasting at Bespoke in the Westfield Shopping Centre
  • 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 TBD
  • Parade starts at 10:30am on TBD
  • 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

Juneteenth Festival

  • Date is TBD
  • It's the 65th year for this festival, celebrating the 153rd 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

  • Date is TBD
  • One full day of music, dance workshops, concerts, crafts and more
  • Free festival, but you can support the festival with a donation
  • At Cyprian's Center, 2097 Turk Street (at Lyon)
  • Find out more here

>>More events in June

>>June concert calendar

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