Laborfest

2018 Schedule & Other SF Event Details

Laborfest is an annual event in San Francisco with dozens of events focused on labor movements, the history of workers all around the world, and some of those still struggling today. This educational festival offers walks, panel discussions, films, public forums, and other activities all throughout the month of July 2018.

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Laborfest in San Francisco

It's a great place to learn more about all of these historic struggles and find out what is being done to help protect workers in the future.

2018 Schedule Highlights

Film Highlights

This year, you will find 9 films during Laborfest. Admission to all of this year's films is free and open the public. Here are a few highlights.

  • July 1: We The Workers, 2017 (174 min.), China, 3:00 pm at ILWU Local 34 Hall

  • July 6: Last Train Home, 2010 (87 min.) China, 7:00 pm at 518 Valencia

  • July 20: Dare To Struggle Dare To Win, 1968 (96 min.) France, 7:00 pm at 518 Valencia

Tours & Walks

This year, there are 12 walks around SF, Berkeley and Oakland. All of the walking tours are free. There is a cost for the bus, bike, and boat tours. Here are a few highlights for Laborfest tours and walks this year.

  • July 1: Labor History Bike Tour, sliding scale from $15 to $50 per person, 12:00 pm at 518 Valencia

  • July 15: Coit Tower Mural Walk, free, 9:45 am at Coit Tower

  • July 21: WPA Berkeley Walk, free, 10:00 am at Main Berkeley Post Office

  • July 21: Tom Mooney and Preparedness Day Bombing Walk, free, 10:00 am at One Market St.

Forums & Readings

Listen to a variety of speakers and panel discussions throughout the month of July during Laborfest 2018. This year, there are 23 forums and reading. Most are free, but a couple required paid ticket to attend. Here are some of the highlights.

  • July 8: Panel – Workplace Racism, Hanging Nooses and Fightback, free, 7:00 pm at 518 Valencia

  • July 10: The History of SF Labor Temple, free, 6:30 pm at Red Stone Building

  • July 11: Taxi Workers and The Street of San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm at Red Stone Building

  • July 16: Air B&B and Effects on The Workers, Tenants, Neighborhoods, free, 7:00 pm at Unite HERE Local 2 Hall

  • July 18: Whistle Blowers and Workers Rights, free, 7:00 pm at ILWU Local 34 Hall

  • July 27: Uber, Lyft, Public Transit & The App Nightmare, free, 7:00 pm at 518 Valencia

Music, Theater & Art

The music, theater and art programs include many locally produced shows. They include performances by the SF Mime Troupe, a Comedy Fest, and an art and poetry night. Many of these are also free with a few by required paid admission.

  • July 4: SF Mime Troupe – 2018: Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical, free, 2:00 pm at Dolores Park

  • July 20: The Rockin' Solidarity Labor Chorus : No Human Is Illegal, free, 7:00 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church

  • July 31: Play- Fight for 52¢ - Written and Performed by Howard Petrick – 70 min., free, 7:00 pm at ILWU Local 34 Hall

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Other Events This Month

Breastfest Beer Festival: Sample craft beers as you help raise money for a great cause. This annual fundraiser helps pay for medical services needed for low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer. It's run by volunteers and all profits go to support this cause. Click here for more information.

Frozen Film Festival: One of the largest SF summer film festivals is the Frozen Film Festival. For two days, you get the chance to see a number of documentaries and short films produced by independent film makers from around the world. Click here for this year's schedule.

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More Fun Summer Events

Stern Grove: Every summer from mid-June to mid-August, head to Stern Grove for their free concerts in the park. On Sunday afternoons at 2pm, you can catch free shows by both local and internationally recognized artists. Click here for this year's line-up.

Union Square Live: Another free festival this summer is Union Square Live. From May to October, you get the chance to see several free performances right in the square. They range from circus acts to local musicians to salsa dancing lessons. Click here for this year's full schedule.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Just a few blocks away, you will find more fun, free entertainment. Several times a week, catch cultural performances in Yerba Buena Gardens. You can see musicians performing world music, watch family friendly acts, and more. Click here for the full schedule.

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