Celebrate summer with these San Francisco events in July 2018. The biggest events this month center around the Fourth of July holiday, with activities along the waterfront and fireworks over the bay.
You can also enjoy a performance of School of Rock at the Orpheum Theater, explore SF on a free walking tour, and visit top museums at no cost during their monthly free admission day.
For some of the links on this page, I receive a small commission when you purchase. You don't pay more when you buy through me and it gives me the chance to offer you all this great content for free!
Celebrate Independence Day 2018 in San Francisco! Like every year, this Fourth of July will bring lots of fun activities to the city, especially along the waterfront in Fisherman's Wharf. You can enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, and the fireworks display over the water at dark.
Dates: Several in July
You will find fourteen SF Giants home games in July 2018. Watch them take on the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and the Milwaukee Brewers. All games are at AT&T Park by the water in the SoMa district.
Dates: 6/27 - 7/22
Based on the movie with the same name, School of Rock is about an out of work musician looking to make a name for himself. He pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious school and in the process find the best students to form a band to compete in a Battle of the Bands contest. It's a funny and heartwarming musical that you will not want to miss.
Tickets: On sale now
More Theater: Find a full calendar of shows this month
Cycle One: June 12 - 17, Cycle Two: June 19 - 24, Cycle Three: June 26 - July 1
While in San Francisco, you have the opportunity to watch the second largest opera company in North America perform at the historic War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District. This summer, they are performing The Ring, a cycle of four German-language opera dramas. They will perform three full cycles of The Ring in June.
Dates: Any day in July
Are you interested in exploring the famed Haight-Ashbury District on your own? If so, then check out my self-guided tour of this colorful neighborhood. In one day, it takes you past the places where famous musicians, actors, and others lived. It will also offer you some great suggestions on where to grab lunch and a list of the top places to see while you are there.
Buying your tour and event tickets through Goldstar is a great way to save up to 50% off. These are some of the best discounted tickets for San Francisco events in July.
*Small service fee at checkout.
Another great way to save in San Francisco is with the CityPASS. It includes admission to top museums such as the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Aquarium of the Bay at a discount. You will also receive a multi-day Muni pass with unlimited rides on cable cars and buses, and a ticket for a 60-minute SF Bay Cruise.
Dates: Every day in July
Some of my favorite San Francisco events in July are the free walking tours offered through the SF Public Library by SF City Guides. Each one is guided by a knowledgeable local that will tell you all about a specific district, time period, or attraction in SF. You can discover fun facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, find out what the city was like before and during the Gold Rush, uncover real stories about the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and so much more.
Dates: 6/30 & 7/1
The largest jazz festival on the west coast takes place on the weekend before Fourth of July in San Francisco. This fun event offers free live jazz music all weekend long. The festival also features dozens of local artists showcasing their work, top gourmet goodies from SF eateries, and other fun activities.
Dates: Several throughout the month
Head out and enjoy some live music while you're in town, as San Francisco is full of great concert venues from large to small. Stop into an intimate cafe setting for some local jazz or emerging bands, or purchase tickets ahead of time for one of the bigger names visiting classic venues like the Warfield, the Fillmore, or the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Visit the hotel sites below for top reviews and discounts on hotel rooms during your stay.
No, this is not pantomiming! But it IS a fantastic, free show of a talented community-based theater group that talks, sings, and dances about socially and politically relevant themes. Their Bay Area Opening Weekend performance in Dolores Park is another one of the unique San Francisco events in July.
Dates: 7/14 & 7/15 + 7/21 & 7/22
Head over to the War Memorial Opera House for the annual SF Ethnic Dance Festival to see incredible performances of traditional dances from more than 20 world cultures, including Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, and many more. The festival takes place over three weekends, and each weekend's program is different, featuring a variety of spectacular dance companies from the Bay Area and beyond.
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than drinking beers with friends to raise money for a great cause? At this annual event held in the North Bay town of San Rafael, you can sample unlimited pours of local, domestic, and international brews while enjoying live music. The proceeds help women fighting breast cancer gain access to therapy and treatment.
Dates: Several from April - September
It's summertime! And that means free, outdoor, live performances at Union Square in the heart of downtown SF. This festival offers a variety of dance, music, circus, and theater performances every week from now through September. These shows are family-friendly and easy to access.
Dates: 7/14 & 7/15
The summer edition of the Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center features several hundred hand-selected artists and their unique work, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, posters, and more. This is a great opportunity to get new ideas and purchase the items you need for your summer redecorating projects.
Dates: Several in early July
Once a month, several SF museums offer free admission to their permanent collections. Many of these free admission days are offered toward the beginning of the month. Participating museums include the Conservatory of Flowers, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Asian Art Museum.
The fourth edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place on July 15 in the Mission. This is a monthly street fair that rotates among districts, bringing together the community to enjoy free activities for the whole family, live music, and streets closed to traffic so people can play freely in the area.
Dates: 7/19 - 8/3
Spend an evening with the SF Symphony as they perform the score of three Star Wars movies live. These epic films will come to life on the big screen as the symphony performs each song. First up is A New Hope which runs from 7/19 to 7/21. The following week, they will perform The Empire Strikes Back from 7/26-7/28. The final movie is Return of the Jedi from 7/29 to 8/3.
The largest SF film festival in July is the Frozen Film Festival. It offers independent film makers, youth, and underserved communities with great talent but few screening opportunities, a place to show their work to a wide audience. The opening night gala will feature local musicians and artists, and for four days, you can watch ground-breaking documentaries, animations, and shorts at the Roxie Theater in the heart of the Mission District.
Other Film Festivals: Review the full film festival calendar for this year
Dates: 6/17 to 8/19 (Every Sunday in July)
It is a San Francisco tradition for people to flock to Stern Grove to enjoy a picnic with friends while listening to incredible live outdoor concerts amidst the tranquility of the trees on summer Sunday afternoons. Many well-known groups perform here, and every week the concert is totally free! Previous performers include Janelle Monae, the O'Jays, and the New Pornographers. All shows start at 2pm.
AT&T Park is where you will find this year's Rugby World Cup Sevens. It's the first time this international event will be held in the US and there is no question it will be one of the top San Francisco events in July. Twenty-four men's teams and 14 women's team will face off for their chance to become world champions.
You can pick up tickets for just one day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) or buy the three-day pass to watch all the action this weekend. You will find AT&T Park in the South of Market (SOMA) District.
Dates: Any day in July
If you love tasting wine, then head up north to Napa and/or Sonoma on a fun and interesting day trip. You can leave the driving to the experts as you sit back, relax, and learn more about each region, sample new wines, and see how the wine is made. Choose among different tour packages that vary in price, duration, number of wineries visited, and form of transportation (may be a bus, private van, bikes, train, or even helicopter!).
Dates: Several in July
Laugh the night away at one of SF's premier comedy clubs. Both the Punch Line in the Financial District and Cobb's in North Beach are known to host the biggest names in stand-up, such as Dana Carvey, Russell Peters, Dave Chapelle, and many more. You can also catch local comedians, improv troupes, and musical comedies at those and several other locations all around town.
Dates: All throughout the month
This is the last month to catch the exhibit Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SoMa. In addition, check out SF's other top museums, including the Walt Disney Museum, the de Young Fine Arts Museum, and the Legion of Honor. All are currently featuring excellent traveling exhibits.
Dates: 7/21 & 7/22
This year's Orchids in the Park is this July at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. On display, you will find thousands of gorgeous orchids for sale. The event runs from 10am to 5pm both days. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and children 16 and under are free.
This year marks the 40th edition of the San Francisco Marathon! Spend your Sunday morning touring SF's streets with your own feet by joining more than 27,000 other runners in either the 5K, half, or full marathon. You'll run past landmarks like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Crissy Field, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, the Haight-Ashbury, and the Mission.
Dates: Several days in July
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is an ongoing summer event offering free entertainment every week from now through October. Find a comfy spot on the Yerba Buena Gardens lawn in SoMa and enjoy live outdoor music, dance, and theater performances that feature both well-known and emerging artists. These shows are a great way to get exposed to classical, jazz, and traditional ethnic music and dances.
Dates: All month long
Laborfest is an annual month-long event that discusses and educates the public on the struggles of everyday workers from around the world. It features almost two dozen events including documentary films, discussions, and presentations. You can also join in on their walking tours and annual boat tour. Most of the events are free or request a small donation.
In addition to these San Francisco events in July, you will find dozens of other fun things to do. Click the link below for further ideas, such as which cruises to take, which walking tours are the best, and which districts to visit this month.
Discover tips to help you pack on my weather in July page. Here you will find average highs and lows and a little more about what to expect from the weather each day. I've also included tips on how to dress while you are here.
Get out and join 7,000 others at one of California's biggest Latin dance parties, dancing under the stars to live salsa music at the Fillmore Center Plaza. In addition, the festival features three blocks of salsa bands, DJs, dance instructors, and live performances.
Enjoy a free movie in the park this July in San Francisco. Film Night in the Park's July movie is TBD. This free event will start just before dark in Union Square. Head over early to get the best seats.
in San Francisco