Discover the 20 Top Summer Events in San Francisco in 2016. Every year, you will find an amazing line up of events all season long. They range from the large music festival, Outside Lands, in Golden Gate Park to a fun wine tasting event in the Metreon, Pinot Days.
Other highlights this year include free live music at Stern Grove Park, free entertainment & fireworks for the Fourth of July, and several award-winning theater productions.
This summer, you will find a number of concerts and live music events in San Francisco and all around the SF Bay Area. You will find performances at top venues including the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Fillmore, and the Warfield. You can also catch live performances at several festivals this summer.
Dates: Various Dates this Summer
The largest west coast free jazz festival is in San Francisco over the Fourth of July Weekend. The Fillmore Jazz Festival is all day on Saturday and Sunday and covers twelve blocks in the Pacific Heights District. In addition to free, live jazz music, you can enjoy gourmet food, cold beverages, and arts and crafts from vendors from around the US.
Learn More: Summer Fillmore Jazz Festival
The largest of the summer events in San Francisco is on July 4th. The annual waterfront celebration includes live music in Fisherman's Wharf, fun activities all day long, and a colorful fireworks display at dark. Most activities are free and I recommend getting there early to grab your place for the show.
Date: July 4
Learn More: Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration
Head over to AT&T Park to catch the 2014 World Series Champions in action. The San Francisco Giants play at home more than a dozen times in June, July, and August. This summer they will take on teams such as the LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and the Arizona Diamondback.
Dates: Various Dates Each Month
Tickets: Buy Tickets for All Games
Learn More: Full Schedule
The annual Haight Street Fair features live music on two stages. You can also spend time enjoying the 200+ booths that feature gourmet food, arts & crafts, and information on community outreach programs. The event is free to attend and all activities are on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan.
Learn More: Details for this Year's Haight Street Fair
One of the largest film festivals this summer is the Japan Film Festival. This nine day event features independent films by Japanese and Japanese American film makers. They cover important topics in the community both at home and abroad.
Learn More: Details for this Year's Japan Film Festival
Another one of the top summer events in San Francisco is the Midnight Summer Party Cruises. This year, they are offering a cruise on May 28, June 18 and July 2. All three cruises leave at 9:30pm and include two levels of entertainment. Two DJs will spin House & Top 40 music and the boat will feature three well stocked cash bars.
Dates: Usually once a month in May, June, & July
Tickets: On Sale at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar
The North Beach Festival is one of the largest street fairs every summer. This annual event features several stages of live music, activities for the kids, and more than 20 gourmet food events. You can also enjoy Italian Street Painting, a kids chalk art area, and the blessing of the animals celebration both afternoons.
Learn More: North Beach Festival Details
Every summer, the SF Opera performs several shows in June and early July. This summer, you can see performances of The Trojans, Two Women, and The Marriage of Figaro. All shows are at the War Memorial Opera House.
Dates: Various Date in June & July
Learn More: Full Schedule for this Summer
Buy Tickets: SF Summer Opera Tickets
The biggest music festival in San Francisco is every August at Golden Gate Park. The Outside Lands Music Festival features three days of live music from more than 70 bands. Performers this year include Elton John, the Black Keys, and Mumford & Sons. Get your tickets early as this festival sells out every year!
Learn More: Full Schedule of Performers
Buy Tickets: On Sale Today
If you love wine, then head over to Pinot Days at the City View Room in the Metreon. This one-day event gives you the chance to sample some of the best Pinot Noir wines from American producers. Top wineries include DeLoach, Landmark Vineyards, and Dutton-Goldfield. During the 3-hour tasting, you can sample as many wines as you want.
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The annual Pride Parade and Festival is always the last weekend in June. This large event celebrates the LGBT community with live music, entertainment, and dozens of vendor booths. Get there early for the large parade on Sunday morning. It starts at Market and 2nd and ends near Market and 8th Streets. Both are free, but they do ask for donations at the entrances to the festival.
Dates: Last Saturday and Sunday in June
The streets of San Francisco come to life every year during the popular SF Marathon. This road race takes you through the streets of the city. You can choose to run the full marathon, the half marathon, or the 5K road race. This year, they will also once again offer the Ultramarathon. Register early to secure your spot.
If you love street food, you must attend this year's San Francisco Street Food Festival. This two day event features the best street food in the area as well as food from some of SF's top restaurants. They will serve up everything from pizza to Indian cuisine. Those already signed up this year include A16, Curry Up Now, and Tacolicious. This year's event is at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch District.
Every Sunday afternoon at 2pm, you will find a free, live concert in Stern Grove Park. This summer festival offers music by both internationally recognized stars as well as local favorites. This year's concerts start on June 19 and last until August 21.
Dates: Sundays from mid-June to mid-August
Learn More: Full Schedule of Performers
Enjoy dozens of outdoor activities at this summer's Sunday Streets event. Once a month, a district closes off some of its streets to offer a car free area of events. Activities include health screenings, free dance lessons, free bike rentals, and more. The event lasts from March through October.
Summer Dates: Once a month on Sunday afternoon
Learn More: Additional Details on Summer Streets
Every summer, you will also find dozens of theater performances all around San Francisco. Top shows include traveling Broadway companies performing award-winning productions such as The Lion King, Hamilton, and Wicked. You can also catch a small performance by local or up-and-coming writers.
Dates: Various Dates this Summer
Learn More: Full Summer Theater Schedule
Head over to the Marina District for this year's Union Street Festival. This annual event offers several stages of live music, food from some of the best Marina restaurants, and more than 250 arts & crafts booths. It's a fun way to spend the day in San Francisco!
Learn More: Details for this Year's Event
Enjoy free, live entertainment all summer long at Union Square Live. This annual festival offers free music and entertainment most Wednesdays and Sundays. You can see kids shows, learn how to dance, and listen to local musicians.
Dates: Most Wednesdays and Sundays
Learn More: This Year's Event Schedule
Another place to enjoy free, live entertainment this summer is at the Yerba Buena Festival. This event is at the Yerba Buena Gardens in SF's SOMA District. Several times a week, they offer music and entertainment from local bands and performers.
Dates: Several in June, July, & August
Learn More: This Year's Festival Schedule
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