Laborfest: 2019 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 2019.

This year, the event focuses on Labor on the Edge: Dystopia or a Future for Works.

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. 

2019 Schedule Highlights

Film Highlights

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

  • 7/6: 1987, When the Day Comes
  • 7/12: Fukushima, The Olympics and Labor
  • 7/28: Freedom Isn't Free

Tours & Walks

This year, there are 15 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.

  • 7/5: Labor History, The Longshoremen's and General Strikes of 1934, free starts at 3pm at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • 7/13: Labor History, The Waterfront Strike of 1901 Reenacted, starts at 12 pm and 2pm at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • 7/20: SF Waterfront Labor History Walk 1835 - 1934, free, starts at 10am at 75 Folsom Street

Forums & Readings

Listen to a variety of speakers and panel discussions throughout the month of July during Laborfest 2019. This year, there are 29 forums and reading. Most are free, but a couple required paid ticket to attend. Here are some of the highlights.

  • 7/5: Union Time at Anchor Steam, starts at 5:30 pm, Anchor Public Taps at 495 De Haro Street
  • 7/6: The San Francisco Comfort Women Memorial and Lessons for Today, starts at 11am at St. Mary's Square at 651 California
  • 7/13: The US and Global Fight Against Privatization and Outsourcing, free, starts at 1pm at the ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street
  • 7/20: Press Freedom, Whistleblowers and the Case of Assange, Manning and Carmody, free at 2pm 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.

  • 7/4: Treasure Island by SF Mime Troupe at Dolores Park starting at 2pm
  • 7/27: Keep Hope Alive! Moving Forward in Challenging Times at 7pm at the ILWU Local Hall at 801 2nd Street

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. 

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.

Ticket Discounts: Before you buy any tickets for SF activities, make sure to check out Goldstar. On their site, you will find dozens of tickets at up to half-off. You will find tickets to everything from SF tours to admission to some of this year's top annual events. Click here to check out their current selection.

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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