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20 Top Summer Events in San Francisco

The Best Street Fairs, Concerts, & Other Activities in SF in 2016

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.

Summer Events in SFOther 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.

1. Concerts & Live Music

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

Learn More: Full Summer Live Music Schedule for SF & the Bay Area

2. Fillmore Jazz Festival

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

3. Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration

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

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4. Giants Baseball

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 June 2016 Schedule

5. Haight Street Fair

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.

Date: Sunday, June 12

Learn More: Details for this Year's Haight Street Fair

6. Japan Film Festival

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

7. Midnight Summer Cruises

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: May 28, June 18, & July 2

Tickets: On Sale at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar

8. North Beach Festival

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.

Dates: June 11 & 12

Learn More: North Beach Festival Details

North Beach Festival

9. Opera

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

10. Outside Lands Music Festival

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!

Dates: August 5 - 7

Learn More: Full Schedule of Performers

Buy Tickets: On Sale Today

11. Pinot Days

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.

Date: June 18

Learn More: Discover Additional Events Details

12. Pride Parade & Festival

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: June 25 & 26

Learn More: Full Schedule of Events for this Year's Pride Parade & Festival

13. San Francisco Marathon

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.

Date: Sunday, July 31

Registration: Visit the San Francisco Marathon Website to Register Today

14. San Francisco Street Food Festival

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.

Dates: TBD

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15. Stern Grove Festival

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: Sunday from June 19 - August 21

Learn More: Full Schedule of Performers

16. Sunday Streets

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: June 12, July 10, and August 21

Learn More: Additional Details on Summer Streets

17. Theater Performances

Every summer, you will also find dozens of theater performances all around San Francisco. Some of the top shows include Cabaret (June 21 - July 17) and Beautiful (August 9 - September 18).

Dates: Various Dates this Summer

Learn More: Full Summer Theater Schedule

18. Union Street Festival

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!

Date: June 4 & 5

Learn More: Details for this Year's Event

19. Union Square Live

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

20. Yerba Buena Festival

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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