San Francisco Festivals in 2014 & 2015

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

The streets are alive again in 2014 and 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.

Click here to download the list of all major annual San Francisco festivals and street fairs.

October 2014

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Castro Street Fair

  • Sunday, October 5 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


  • Longest running literary festival in SF
  • October 10 - 18
  • Literary events from panel discussions to author readings
  • All around San Francisco
  • Click here for this year's schedule

International Festival of Short Films

  • October 16 - 18
  • 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
  • All activities on October 18
  • Live music, kids activities, and a costume contest
  • Learn more

Potrero Hill Festival

  • Saturday, October 18
  • 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

  • Saturday, October 25 in Fisherman's Wharf
  • 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

  • Sunday, October 26
  • In the Bernal Heights district
  • Live music, dancing in the streets, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, street artists and more
  • Full festival details

Click here for the full October 2014 event calendar.

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November 2014

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Dance Film Festival

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
  • November 14 - 16

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 on November 8 & 9
  • Celebration of Craftswomen on November 28 - 30
  • 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 between November 22 and December 21 (also the Friday after Thanksgiving)
  • All activities are at the Cow Palace

Discover other top events in November 2014 in San Francisco.

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December 2014

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

  • Stroll through history at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
  • Enjoy food, crafts, and entertainment
  • Five weekends between November 22 and December 21 (also the Friday after Thanksgiving)
  • 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 on December 6 & 7
  • SF Bazaar Holiday Show on December 13 & 14
  • Both offer hundreds of items on sale
  • Feature handmade goods from dozens of artists
  • Visit the Fort Mason page to learn more

January 2015

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 from 2pm to 5pm (2014 prices)
  • VIP admission $50 from 1pm to 5pm (2014 prices)
  • 2015 dates are 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
  • Grand tasting on Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • More details on the 2015 event

SF Sketchfest

Click here for the full January 2015 calendar.

February 2015

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
  • 2015 dates are TBD
  • Full line up and ticket information from 2014

SF Beer Week

  • Large craft brew festival
  • Most beers are from Northern California breweries although there are also brews from around the world
  • 2015 dates are February 6 - 15
  • Daily events including tap takeovers, meet the brewers and more
  • Click here for the full event schedule

March 2015

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
  • Estimated date is the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day
  • Festival is from 11am to 5pm
  • Parade starts at 11:30am
  • See pictures and learn more about this SF festival

Ocean Film Festival

Chinese New Year's Street Festival

  • Date: March 7 and 8
  • 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

April 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival

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

Rhone Rangers Wine Festival

  • 17th annual festival with more than 500 wines to choose from
  • Sample Rhone varietal wines such as Grenache, Syrah & Carignan
  • Grand Tasting is on April 6 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond (across the bay from SF)
  • Tickets range from $55 to $150+ depending on the events you want to attend
  • Click here for more details

Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival 2014

  • Celebrates the life and work of this labor and civil rights leader
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • 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 27
  • Click her for more details

May 2015

International Film Festival

  • 56th 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


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

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

International Beer Festival

Mission Carnaval Celebration

  • Date is 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

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 TBD
  • Find the full schedule here

June 2015

Union Street Festival

  • Date is 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

Cultivate Festival

  • Free festival in Golden Gate Park
  • Date is TBD
  • Enjoy music, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, local foods, craft beers and more
  • Music performers: Neon Trees, Charli XCX & Andrew MacMahon
  • Celebrity Chefs: Graham Elliot and Amanda Freitag
  • Click here for more details

Haight Street Fair

North Beach Festival

  • Date is 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

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

Gay Pride Parade & Festival

  • This year's theme is Embrace, Encourage, Empower
  • Festival is on June 28 and 29
  • Parade starts at 10:30am on Sunday, June 29
  • 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

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

J-Pop Summit Festival

  • Celebrating Japantown and the Japanese culture
  • Live music, food, and entertainment
  • New films and special guest appearances
  • Dates TBD
  • Click here for more details

August 2015

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 TBD for 2015 in Japantown

Stern Grove Festival Free Concerts in the Park

  • Every Sunday afternoon from mid-June to mid-August
  • Specific dates TBD for 2015
  • Weekly outdoor musical festival
  • Starts at 2pm
  • Admission is free
  • Click for more details

September 2015

Fringe Festival

Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival

Summersalt Music Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

  • 2015 Date TBD
  • 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 TBD
  • 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

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