San Francisco Events for July 2014

Fourth of July Activities, Fillmore Jazz Festival and Other Things to Do this Month in SF

July is a fun month to visit San Francisco. While it's hot almost everywhere else in the US, it's nice and cool in the city.

On these fabulous summer days, you will find several amazing activities. This month is when you can celebrate our independence with Fourth of July activities throughout the city. You can also catch a theater performance of Once or one of the SF Opera shows.

This month is also when you can have some fun at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, catch an SF Giants game at AT&T Park and take a free walking tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.

Half-Priced Tickets for July 2014

Each month, offers a large selection of amazing tickets at up to half-off the full retail cost. They range from SF Bay Cruises to tickets to theater performances.

I love checking out their selection before I book any tickets. It's a great way to save on some of the best activities in the city and I recommend you check them out too.

To help you get started, here are just a few of their top tickets on sale for July 2014.

Standard SF Bay Cruise Adventure

  • 60-minute narrated cruise around the SF Bay
  • Ride past the Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point and Sausalito
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge - twice!
  • Ride past Alcatraz Island and Angel Island
  • Full Price: $28.00 | Goldstar Price: $14.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today

2-Hour Champagne & Mimosa Cruise

  • Cruise the Bay on Saturday or Sunday Morning on this Champagne & Mimosa Cruise
  • Enjoy two complimentary drinks during this 2-hour cruise
  • Toast your friends under the Golden Gate Bridge at 11am
  • See SF's top sites including Alcatraz Island, Fort Mason and The Palace of Fine Arts
  • Cruise leaves at 10am (check in from 9:30 to 9:45)
  • Full Price: $60.00 | Goldstar Price: $36.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today

Day Trip to Monterey & Carmel

  • Head down south for a one-day adventure in Monterey and Carmel
  • Spend time on Cannery Row with the option to also visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Explore 17-Mile Drive
  • Spend time in the cute waterfront town of Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Full Price: $84.00 | Goldstar Price: $42.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today

*A small service fee applies

Fourth of July

This year, Fourth of July falls on a Friday, so the city will be crazy! It will be a fun year to catch fireworks along the waterfront, go on a bay cruise (either during the day or to watch the fireworks at night) or celebrate at Pier 39. On this special holiday weekend, you can also join in on a pub-crawl, catch a theater performance of Once and see the Oakland A's baseball team in action.

Date: July 4

Learn More: All Fourth of July Activities in 2014

Fillmore Jazz Festival

The Fillmore Jazz Festival is one of my favorites. This laid-back street fair offers a number of live jazz performances as well as dozens of places to grab a drink, some street food or buy local arts and crafts.

Dates: July 5 & 6

Learn More: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival Live Music Schedule & Other Details

Other Things to Do in Pacific Heights: Top Activities & Attractions

SF Festivals: Full Schedule for All of 2014

SF Giants

Come out to AT&T Park to watch the SF Giants baseball team in action. In July, they play fourteen games at home including games against the Oakland A's, Saint Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers. It's a fun way to spend the afternoon (or an evening) in the city!

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: SF Giants Schedule & Ticketing Info for July 2014

Best of Broadway: Once

Through July 13, you can catch a performance of the Tony Award winning musical, Once. It follows the story of a Dublin street musician who needs one thing to create his wonderful music - a special young lady that he meets on the street. This lively performance targets a slightly more mature audience. Kids 5 and under are not permitted.

Dates: Through July 13

Learn More: Full July 2014 SF Theater Calendar

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now

Napa & Sonoma Wine Tasting

One of my favorite things to do in July is head up north to sample some of their amazing wines. It's warm and sunny this time of year and the grapes are just starting to turn colors. It's gorgeous and a fun way to spend the day. I recommend heading up with a tour, so you can sip and sample wines all day long.

Buy Tickets: Find Wine Tasting Tours at Up to Half-Off on Goldstar this Month

Learn More: Find Details on My Seven Favorite Tours to Wine Country

Alcatraz Tours

I love heading out to Alcatraz Island. It's a fun way to spend the day and to learn more about this infamous island in the middle of the SF Bay. Every day starting at 8:45am, you can cruise over to the island. You are allowed to stay until the last ferry leaves around 4pm. Click the link below to find out even more details on what it is like to visit Alcatraz.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: What to Expect on an Alcatraz Day Tour

Book Your Tour: Book a Tour that Combines both Alcatraz and the SF City Tour

Top Places to Stay in SF

Are you spending the week or even just a few days in SF? If so, check out my hotel recommendations. Click the links below for a list of the best hotel and lodging options in each district or category. It's an easy way to quickly find the top places to stay.

You can also save by finding a great hotel deal on TripAdvisor. This month's deals include nights off your stay, free parking or even breakfast in bed. Click here to visit their site and learn more.

Free Walking Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge

If you want to learn more about the colorful Golden Gate Bridge, then I highly recommend taking a guided tour. Every Thursday morning at 11am, the SF Public Library offers a free two-hour walking tour of this magnificent structure. No reservations required. Simply show up at Strauss Statue in the Visitors Plaza on the SF side of the bridge shortly before 11am.

Dates: Every Thursday Morning

Learn More: Other Top Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Learn More: Other Free Walking Tours by the SF Public Library

Nick Cave & Bad Seeds at the Warfield

Head over to the Warfield on Monday, July 7 for Nick Cave & Bad Seeds. The performance starts at 8pm and tickets are selling quickly!

Date: July 7

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now

More Live Music: Full Live Music Calendar

Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

Head over to Fillmore Street between 7:30pm and 1:30am for the 5th Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore. This event features dancing, lessons and DJs all night long. All events take place on Fillmore between Eddy and Geary Streets.

Dates: July 11 & 12

Learn More: Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

SF Opera Performances

In July, you can catch a few final performances of the SF Opera's summer season. Madame Butterfly runs through July 9. You can also see La Traviata through July 13. All performances are at the historic War Memorial Opera House in SF's Civic Center district.

Dates: Performances Through July 13

Every July, the SF Opera presents a live simulcast of the current performance. This year, you get the chance to see Verdi's La Traviata for free. The performance is on Saturday, July 5 at 8pm.

Date: July 5

Learn More: Full Calendar & Tips to Attend a Performance

The Breastfest

Enjoy beers and raise money for a good cause at this year's annual BreastFest in the Fort Mason Center. This beer festival raises money to help low-income women get the services and breast cancer screenings needed to live a long, healthy life.

Dates: July 12

Learn More: Full Festival Details

Stern Grove Free Concerts

Every Sunday in July, head out to Stern Grove for their free concerts in the park. All shows start at 2pm. Bring along your own blanket, food and your friends to enjoy a fun afternoon with hundreds of other live music fans.

Dates: Every Sunday Afternoon at 2pm

Learn More: Stern Grove Concert Schedule

Top Ways to Save on Your Visit

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Sunday Streets

Another fun outdoor activity this July is Sunday Streets. On Sunday, July 13 several streets close in the Richmond District to car traffic. On these "car free" days, you can enjoy live music and free health screenings as well as dozens of other free, fun activities.

Date: July 13

Learn More: Sunday Streets

Renegade Craft Fair

Another popular event this month at the Fort Mason Center is the Renegade Craft Fair. During this event, you can cruise through thousands of handmade items from hand picked artists from around the US.

Dates: July 19 - 20

SF Frozen Film Festival

The annual SF Frozen Film Festival offers new and upcoming directors the opportunity to showcase their films to a broader audience. From July 17 - 20, head to the Roxie Theater to support these independent filmmakers and other talented artists.

Date: July 17 - 20

Learn More: More Details for this Festival and All Film Festivals in July

Union Square Live

This July you can catch free local performances in the heart of SF during Union Square Live. Most shows are on Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon. All performances last around 2-hours and it's a great way to see up-and-coming musicians, dance troops and theater groups perform. You can even learn how to salsa or enjoy the sounds of traditional music from around the world.

Dates: All Month Long on Wednesday & Sunday

Learn More: Union Square Live for July 2014

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Head over to the Yerba Buena Gardens for this year's festival. This free event features several performances each week. Catch acrobats performing their talents, listen to live music from around the world and dance the day away to Cuban or Latin Music.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Yerba Buena 2014 Festival Details

Mime Troupe in the Park

On July Fourth weekend, enjoy the first summer performance by the Mime Troupe in Dolores Park. Starting at 2pm, watch local artists showcase their social relevant theater work. Admission is free and music starts at 1:30pm. Get there early for great seats!

Dates: July 4 & 5

Learn More: Mime Troupe in the Park Schedule & Show Details

Japan Day Festival

The Japan Day Festival & Bon Odori is on Sunday, July 13. This annual event celebrates the rich cultural heritage of SF's Japantown. For one-day, you can sample traditional Japanese cuisine, watch authentic performances and more.

Date: July 13

Learn More: Full Schedule & Event Details

J-Pop Summit Festival

The following weekend, head back to Japantown for their large J-Pop Summit Festival. The festival celebrates the everyday Japanese culture all around the world. During this two-day event, you get the chance to enjoy Japanese music, film, fashion and more. This festival is free.

Dates: July 19 & 20

Learn More: 2014 Schedule & Other Festival Details

Learn More: Full Schedule of Films for the Japan Film Festival (Part of J-Pop)

Film Night in the Park

July's Film Night in the Park is on Saturday, July 12. Head over to Union Square for a free movie night with friends and neighbors. Shows start at dark (around 8pm to 9pm). Pick up movie munchies or bring something from home to enjoy during the flick.

Date: July 12

Learn More: 2014 Film Night in the Park Schedule

Free Museum Days for July

Most SF museums offer one free admission day per month. They include the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Botanical Gardens. On each free admission day, it's usually a little busier but it's a great time to check out these museums.

Learn More: Free Museum Days for July

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