The best things to do in San Francisco in June 2016 include bay cruises, concerts, festivals, and street fairs. Other highlights this month include theater performances, SF Giants baseball, and tours throughout SF.
Read on for some great ideas for your visit from my list of more than 50 options!
The June events calendar is also full of fun things to do. You will find dozens of outdoor festivals, theater performances, and wine tasting events.
The biggest holiday this month is Father's Day. Typically the third Sunday in June, Father's Day is a special day just for your dad. You can head to a baseball game, enjoy some time on the water, or take your dad out for a tasty meal. Click here for a list of fun Father's Day activities.
Three of the biggest festivals this month include the Pride Parade and Festival, the North Beach Festival, and the Union Street Fair. You can also do some wine tasting at the Pinot Days or the Rhone Rangers event.
The free concerts at Stern Grove start in mid-June and the annual Jazz Festival runs most of the month.
One of the top things to do in San Francisco in June is to spend some time on the water. You will find more than a dozen cruises running this month.
These are just three of my favorites this month:
All three offer you the chance to see SF's top attractions including a chance to go under the Golden Gate Bridge - twice!
One way to really get to know the city is by heading out on a guided tour. This month, I recommend heading out on a city tour by bus or exploring on a bike.
SF City Bus Tours allow you to see quite a bit in one day. They often stop at two to three places along the way, so you can get some great photos of top attractions.
The bike tours are either with a guide or on your own. Special guided tours will take you over the Golden Gate Bridge, to some of the best places for beer in SF, or just on a cruise around town. If you head out on your own, you will get some mapped recommendations, but you can head anywhere you want that day.
In addition, I also recommend checking out some of our night tours this month. With the cool fog coming in over the city, you are sure to get some amazing shots on these tours.
In June, you can catch a show at the theater, the opera, or with the SF Symphony.
The San Francisco theater has plenty of options in June. You can see a big production such as Wicked or the Lion King. You will also find dozens of smaller shows all around town. Click here for this June's calendar of theater performances.
The SF Opera's summer season is in full swing in June. You will find performances of all their summer shows this month. Click here for their calendar.
The SF Symphony also offers several shows in June. They often have around a dozen shows this month. Click here for a full schedule and tips on finding discounted tickets.
You will love the fact that there are several day trips options from SF too. My favorites this month include a visit to wine country, a trek to Yosemite, or a day away in Monterey.
Just an hour plus north of SF, you will find two large wine country regions. The most popular is Napa. Right next door, you will find Sonoma County. Both grow a variety of wines including reds and whites. There are also hundreds of wineries to visit in each. If it's your first time, I recommend heading up on one of the best guided tours, so you don't have to drive on your own.
If you love the outdoors, you will truly enjoy a visit to Yosemite Park. On this tour, you will see some of Yosemite's top landmarks. You will also have some time to explore on our own. It's a long day, but a great way to get a quick overview of this amazing national park.
My final recommendation in June is a trip down to Monterey. You can either head down on your own or go with a guided tour. Either way, you will find plenty to do all day long. Click here for the best things to do in Monterey during your visit.
You will love that some of the best things to do in San Francisco in June are FREE! This includes museums, attractions, events, and more.
Some of the top attractions in SF have no entrance fee. These include places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Lombard Street. Click here for a list of the top 10 free attractions in SF.
Every day of the week, you will find free walking tours. They are offered through SF City Guides. Click here for more information on these free walking tours.
In addition to these options, I've pulled together a list of my 50 favorite free things to do in San Francisco in June. Click here for details.
Do you want even more free activities? Click here for additional information on what you can do for free in SF.
One recommendation I give all visitors is to check out the great ticket deals on Goldstar. They offer discounts at up to 50% off on cruises, tours, and other activities. These are just some of the best ones available this month.
*Small service fee will apply
If you are visiting SF with your entire family, then you will find several activities that your entire family will enjoy.
If you plan to spend time in Fisherman's Wharf, then check out the 7D Experience, the Musee Mechanique, and the Aquarium of the Bay. You can learn more about these and other fun activities for the family in Fisherman's Wharf.
The California Academy of Sciences is another top family-friendly option. In one museum, you will find a four story rainforest, planetarium, natural history museum, and an aquarium. Click here to see pictures and learn more about visit. You can also click here to buy your tickets in advance (and skip the line!).
Another one of the fun things to do in San Francisco in June with kids is visiting the Exploratorium. This hands-on science and human perception museum will keep the entire family busy for hours. Click here for more information on visiting and ticketing information.
In addition to these fun activities, you can find a list of 25 great things to do with kids here.
You will find almost 50 museums in the SF city limits. Three of the most visited are the California Academy of Sciences, Museum of Modern Art, and the Exploratorium. Others I recommend you check out this month include the Asian Art Museum, the Disney Museum, and the Cable Car Museum
The Asian Art Museum features works of art from a variety of nations in Asia. You get the chance to see pieces from both large countries such as China to smaller nations such as Malaysia. Click here to learn more about visiting.
The Disney Museum is another one of the museums I recommend you check out. It's all about the life and career of the man, Walt Disney. This museum is really well done with several original works created by Disney. There is also a theater that shows some of his classic movies and a wonderful traveling exhibit building with additional works from the Disney family. Click here to learn more.
San Francisco is one of the few cities in the world that still regularly runs cable cars. Visiting the Cable Car Museum gives you the chance to learn more about these historic vehicles. Find out more here.
Three of the most popular attractions include Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Pier 39. Other top things to do in San Francisco in June include visiting Alamo Square, the Botanical Gardens, and Coit Tower.
Alamo Square is home to some of SF's most colorful Painted Ladies. The most famous "Seven Sisters" sit along Steiner Street just across from Alamo Square Park. If you position yourself just right, you will get a postcard shot with downtown SF right behind them. Click here for more details.
Another wonderful attraction in June is the Botanical Gardens. This 55 acre park features hundreds of plants, flowers, and trees from around the world. In June, the park is alive with color and its one of my favorite times to visit. Click here to see pictures and to learn more.
The place to get a great look at the city from above is Coit Tower. It's also home to several of US Government's Public Works Art Project's murals from the 1930s. They depict life at the time in San Francisco and the surrounding communities. Click here for pictures and additional details.
If you plan to check out several of these things to do in San Francisco in June, then you probably plan to stay at least a night or more!
Where are the best places to stay? Click the links below for some of my top recommendations.
You can also click the links below to find hotels on some of the top sites.
Not only will you find a lot to do during the day, but you will also find quite a few things to do in San Francisco in June each night. The June concert calendar shows all of the best concerts in SF and the Bay Area this month.
San Francisco also has a great comedy scene. You will find both world renowned comedians, as well as top local talent on stage. In addition, there are several comedy shows including Beach Blanket Babylon, Foodies the Musical, and Improv most nights on the week. Find this month's comedy calendar here.
If you love heading out earlier, then check out SF's great happy hour options. You will find many great drink and food discounts. Some also offer live entertainment. Click here to read more about my favorite happy hour hot spots in SF.
San Francisco has more than 3,500 restaurants. You will find everything from Nicaraguan cuisine to dim sum.
If you love to head out for a nice brunch, you will find a great, new spot every day. My list of recommendations include some of the best spots open each day, as well as some of the top picks for a special weekend brunch. Click here to find some of the highest rated options throughout SF.
You will also find a large selection of Chinese restaurants in the city. You will find dozens of casual spots with items such as fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. You will also find higher end places with special dishes you can't find anywhere else. Click here for some of the best places to enjoy Chinese food in SF.
June is also the perfect time of year to check out our gourmet ice cream shops. Many of the top stores in SF hand make their ice cream. My favorites include Mitchell's, Humphry Slocombe, and Bi-Rite. Click here for a full list.
If you are interesting in exploring SF on your own, but need some ideas then check out my self-guided itineraries. They include options by the number of days you are visiting and by district. You can follow them step-by-step or add in some additional stops along the way.
My one-day itinerary offers you the best of SF in just one day. You will visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Alcatraz. Click here for a full step-by-step walking tour of SF in one day.
Another great district to check out this month is Chinatown. On this self-guided tour, you will visit the district's historic temples, check out some of its colorful murals, and savor its tasty dim sum. Click here for this walking tour.
One of my other favorite districts is the Mission. This is where you will find the largest concentration of SF's murals. On this self-guided tour, you will also visit the oldest building in SF and spend some time relaxing in Dolores Park. Click here for details.
Another one of the fun things to do in San Francisco in June is to check out one of our local sports teams.
The most popular this month is the SF Giants baseball team. They play more than a dozen games on the southern side of SF at AT&T Park.
Other teams playing this month include the Oakland A's (a short BART ride away from SF) and San Jose's soccer team, the Earthquakes.
There are so many things to do in San Francisco in June that it can be overwhelming. One way to focus your efforts is to check out some of the discounts available at top attractions and museums through these passes and coupons.
The CityPass is the most popular discount card. It includes admission to the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium (or the de Young + the Legion of Honor), and the Aquarium of the Bay (or the Monterey Bay Aquarium).
It also includes a 7-day Muni pass, which allows you to ride any bus or cable car at no additional cost. You will also receive a ticket on a bay cruise.
Overall, if you plan to do any combination of these activities, this card offers you the chance to save up to 49%!
You can build your own discount pass by selecting the number of days and attractions you plan to visit. It also includes access to the California Academy of Sciences, the remodeled SF MOMA, and the Exploratorium.
You can also add in tours such as the SF Bay Cruise, a trip up to Napa, or a city bus tour around town. Click the link below for more details.
You will also find some great deals on the theater, symphony, or other cultural events. I also get some great deals on restaurants from their site.
Click the link below for more information and to check out the great deals in SF today.
You will also find several fun things to do in San Francisco in June in each district. Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular this time of year. You will find several events and water activities every day of the week.
One of the best things to do in San Francisco in June is to visit the Haight Ashbury district. This eclectic district is home to many different shops, beautiful houses, and wonderful places to eat. Check them all out here.
You will find several places to shop during your stay. Some of the most popular include the shops at Pier 39, the bargain stores in Chinatown, and the retail options around Union Square.
In addition, you will find several speciality stores around town. You will also find several large malls with plenty of shopping to keep you busy all day long.
Before you plan all of these fun things to do in San Francisco in June, you will need to pack for your trip. What do you pack? Layers.
While San Francisco is beautiful in June, you will find that most days are quite cool and windy. Each district will have a slightly different temperature. The average during the day is around 65 with it dipping down to around 55 at night.
This is why I recommend layers. You will find it's sunny and beautiful in one district, but quite windy and around 58 in another. I often wear a thin short sleeved shirt and carry (or wear) a light jacket. I typically wear pants as it's usually too cool for shorts (at least for me!).
San Francisco is also a very casual place. Most places are okay with jeans and casual wear. There are a handful of restaurants and events that require business casual or formal wear, but it isn't that common. Because it's so casual here, many will post requirements for dress if they have them.