Celebrate summer with these San Francisco events in July 2020. 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 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II at the Curran Theater, explore SF on a free walking tour, and visit top museums at no cost during their monthly free admission day.
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Celebrate Independence Day 2020 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.
It's one of the biggest San Francisco events in July each year!
Fourth of July is also full of other fun activities. You can head out on a cruise, head south to Mountain View for the SF Symphony Firework Spectacular, or enjoy a concert. You will also find some great baseball all week long in Oakland.
Location: Oracle Park
You will find fourteen SF Giants home games in July 2020. Watch them take on the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Considered one of the best baseball parks in the US, Oracle Park is a fun place to watch the SF Giants. They have a tasty selection of treats, fun activities for kids of all ages, some of our best local beers on tap, and views of the SF Bay from most seats in the park. Don't miss out on these popular San Francisco events in July.
You will find Oracle Park in the South of Market (SoMa) District.
You can also head over to Oakland to catch a game with the Oakland A's. If you love the American League, this is your chance to catch a game.
The A's take on the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Location: Curran Theater
The top theater show this July in San Francisco is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You can see both parts or just one or the other.
It's the story of Potter's son and how he deals with the many challenges in his life. Some are similar to what Potter faced when he was young.
All shows are at the Curran Theater.
You will also find some other great San Francisco events in July on stage at our other theaters. Here are just a few of the other top shows this month.
Mean Girls at the Golden Gate Theatre
Follies at the SF Playhouse
One of the best San Francisco events in July is our popular cruises. You can head out on the water during the day for the 60-minute bay cruise, the bridge-to-bridge cruise or the high-speed Rocketboat adventure.
As the sun goes down, you will also find a number of popular happy hour, sunset, and dinner cruises. Almost all of them cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, near Alcatraz, and along the SF Shoreline. You will get some amazing views of the entire SF Bay Area from the boats.
Many of these run daily and it's an experience you will never forget. Here are just a few of the top options. Click the links for more details and ticketing information.
SF Bay Cruise: 60-Minute cruise around the bay with narration
Sunset Sailing Cruise: 1.5 hour cruise that leaves at 7pm in July, includes both indoor and outdoor seating, two drinks and light appetizers with each ticket
Golden Gate Whale Watching: 2.5 hour cruise out to the Pacific Ocean, humpback and blue whales are migrating past SF this time of year, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf
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.
60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $34, Goldstar price $17*
California Twilight Cruise: 2-hour evening cruise on the SF Bay, includes light appetizers and one drink per ticket, Full price $80, Goldstar $55*
North Beach Food Tour: 3-hour walking tour, offers a variety of samples in this Italian district, Full price $69, Goldstar $48*
Chinatown Food Tour: Sample traditional dishes in the popular Chinatown district as you learn about its history, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am, Full price $75, Goldstar $49*
*Small service fee at checkout.
Location: Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy
The largest jazz festival on the west coast takes place on the weekend before Fourth of July in San Francisco. This is one of the fun San Francisco events in July that 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.
Breastfest Beer Festival (Cancelled): 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.
Sunday Streets (Cancelled): This month's Sunday Streets this year takes place 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. Find out which weekends to visit which neighborhoods.
Renegade Craft Fair (Cancelled): 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.
Bastille Day SF 2020 (Cancelled): Celebrate Bastille Day with the Official Committee of French-American Organizations of Northern California. This free outdoor festival runs from 10am to 7pm and features the best French food, wine and entertainment. It also includes kids activities and tours of San Francisco's French Quarter. All activities will take place at the Embarcadero Plaza at Market & Embarcadero Streets across from the Ferry Building.
Up Your Alley Street Fair (Cancelled): This popular leather and fetish street fair is not for the faint of heart. It's one of the San Francisco event sin July that draws in more than 15,000 people each year and is dedicated to those that love leather, whips, toys and so much more. The event is held in the South of Market District on Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom.
Laborfest SF (Cancelled): 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.
Enjoy a full day of sampling local beers at the Bay Area Brew Fest. This is one of the popular San Francisco events in August that features dozens of beers from all around the world.
You can also sample foods from some of the best food trucks around along Food Truck Alley. Food is sold separately and not included in the price of your entry ticket.
This year's Bay Area Brew Fest is scheduled to have more than 200 beers on hand from around 70 breweries. Some of the most popular picks include Pine Street Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
This year's event is at Fort Mason Center from Noon to 4pm or 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Dates: None this 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 café 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.
Summer is a great time to catch an outdoor shows in the SF Bay Area. There are several large amphitheaters that offer outdoor shows throughout the season.
Some of the most well known include the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and the stage at Mountain Winery in Saratoga. You will also find some great outdoors shows near the vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa.
Here are just of few of the top outdoor shows in July.
Old Dominion & Carly Pearce at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley
Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen & Caylee Hammack at the Shoreline Amphitheatre
Ozzy Osbourne & Marilyn Manson at the Shoreline Amphitheatre
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Date: Online only this summer
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.
This year's show is called Treasure Island. It's based on the classic tale written in the 1800s. This version follows the story of a San Francisco civil servant who uncovers the illegal intentions of the main developer on Treasure Island.
Dates: Online each Sunday at 2pm
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.
Make sure to arrive early as these San Francisco events in July are popular and spots fill up quickly.
Union Square Live: 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. Get the Union Square Festival details and schedule.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: 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. Get the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival details.
Dates: Museums opening in early to mid-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. You can also gain free admission to the GLBT Museum in the Castro, the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, and the deYoung Museum.
It's one of the most popular San Francisco events in July and it's a fun way to see these museums at no cost to you!
Spend an evening with the SF Symphony with several performances this month.
Top shows in July include Apollo 13-Film with the SF Symphony (7/2 & 7/5) and Pink Martini with the SF Symphony (7/30 & 7/31) Both of these shows are at the Davies Symphony Hall.
Location: Roxie Theater in the Mission
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.
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.
Here are just a few additional top exhibits in July.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Levi Strauss, A History of American Style
Legion of Honor: Last Supper in Pompeii, From the Table to the Grave
SF Museum of Modern Art: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Unstable Presence
Location: Presidio Officers' Club
Enjoy top wines from Northern California wine country at Taste West Sonoma.
Thirteen small production wineries will be in attendance this year. They include Claypool Cellars, DRNK Wines, Dutton Estate Winery, Emeritus Vineyards, Friedeman Wines, Furthermore Wines, Halleck Vineyard, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Joseph Jewell MacPhail Wines, Marimar Estate Winery, Martin Ray Winery, and Red Car Wine.
Sticky Business BBQ will also be on hand to serve up their tasty treats (additional cost). Tickets are on sale now and run from $42 to $48 per person.
This year's Orchids in the Park is in 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.
Golden Gate Park is busy on the weekends, so you will want to plan ahead for transit. If you plan to drive, you can either park on the street or in the Music Concourse Garage (north entrance at 10th Ave. and Fulton Street and south entrance at Concourse Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr.).
You can also take public transit. Your best options are the N-Judah line which will drop you off about a block away from the event. Exit the train at 9th and Irving. It's one of the more colorful San Francisco events in July.
Date: Postponed to November 15th
This year marks the 43rd 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.
Make sure to register today as this is one of the most popular running races and San Francisco events in July.
Location: Golden Gate Club in the Presidio
Spend the afternoon celebrating lamb and the ranches and farms across the nation that raise them. The event features lamb creations from 16 of SF's top chefs.
The main event runs from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday, July 19. It features the 16 chefs competing to win the best dish of the day and YOU get to sample them before casting your ballet.
In addition to the competition, there will also be local winemakers, brewers, cocktail specialists and other chefs on hand serving up some of their best beverages and culinary delights also. Head over early for the VIP event which starts at 2pm and also includes early entry to the event and a full hour of sampling with all the other VIPs.
Don't miss out on one of the hottest culinary San Francisco events in July!
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.
Dates: 7/11 & 7/12
Burger Boogaloo is a fun musical festival at Oakland's historic Mosswood Park. Hosted by actor, writer, director, and artist John Waters, this event features punk rock, pop, and international acts.
Some of the artists that have performed at this event include Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks, and Plastic Bertrand. The event runs for two days and features more than a half dozen artists per day.
Dates: 7/1 - 7/5
The annual Marin County Fair is in San Rafael at 10 Avenue of the Flags. This year, you can listen to live music and stroll through the competitive exhibits such as wine, baked goods, photography, animals, and more.
This year's carnival rides include the Giant Wheel, the Energy Storm, and the Ring of Fire. There are also several family-friendly rides such as the Slide, the Carousel, and the Tilt-A-Whirl.
This is one of the top SF Bay Area events in July and always ends with a large firework display to celebrate Independence Day. Tickets range in price depending on the amounts of days and which concerts you want to enjoy.
Dates: Saturday, 7/11 & Sunday, 7/12
Spend the weekend in Los Altos for their annual Arts & Wine Festival. This highly anticipated event features unique works from dozens of artists, a large selection of locally produced wines, and a variety of cuisines from local chefs.
This family-friendly event also free features live music all day on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the popular SF Bay Area events in July that is free and open to the public. The festival starts at 10 am each day and ends at 6 pm.
Rodney Strong is known, first and foremost, as a world class winery that produces high quality wines every year. They also have some of the best musicians come to their winery each year to perform and entertain visitors. You will see top talent and be able to watch them from the green with your favorite wine, and snacks, so you can enjoy the whole show without interruption.
The headliner for the month of July is Rick Springfield and Richard Marx. Every view from the green is excellent but being that this is an outdoor event, make sure to plan accordingly. Low back chairs are allowed, but tables, umbrellas and tall chairs are not.
Dates: 7/11 & 7/12
Check out the works of more than 150 clay and glass artists at this year's Clay & Glass Festival in Palo Alto. This 2-day event features both fine art and functional pieces that you can use around your house. This is one of the SF Bay Area events in July that also offers demonstrations as well as hands-on workshops. The event is free and is at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto.
Dates: Friday, 7/17 - Sunday, 7/26
One of the biggest SF Bay Area events in July 2020 is in Napa. Festival Napa Valley is a 10-day events that features more than 100 wineries and 60 events.
You can taste wine and enjoy music, dance, and theater. There are also several dinner events where you can sample the best of the Napa Valley. There are numerous types of tickets depending on the events you choose and dates.
One of the largest SF Bay Area events in July 2020 is the Oakland Wine Festival. It's a chance to sample from more than 100 different wines. With over 200 winery owners, winemakers, sommeliers, and more, you will feel like you are a professional after attending this awesome festival.
Each ticket holder will also get the chance to vote in the Double Blind Wine Tasting, which kicks off at 10am.
This premier event also includes a winemaker lunch and dinner plus the opportunity to taste dozens of wines from around the world.
Dates: Saturday, 7/25 & Sunday, 7/26
This fun event is always the last weekend in July, the Alameda Art & Wine Faire is the biggest free event in this lovely town in the East Bay.
Starting at 10am to 6pm both days, enjoy food & beverage vendors, arts & crafts, and live music. You will also find a special kids' zone for your little ones. The faire is free for all to attend.
If you love the beauty of kites flying high in the wind, then stop by Berkeley for their annual kite festival. You can fly your own kite, watch expert kite fliers perfect their craft, and participate in several free kite making and kite flying workshops. The event also includes a free candy drop, food & music, and a kid's zone.
You can park at Gold Gate Fields and ride the free shuttle if you want to beat the traffic.
Dates: Saturday, 7/25 & Sunday, 7/26
Oakland is known for art, soul, food, culture, and fun so this is the perfect festival to learn all about the city and the magic that it brings to all that visit and live here. Live music pumps through the air with headliners such as Goapele, Las Rakas, and others. There are dance offs with some of the most talented dance teams you'll see anywhere.
The arts are well represented up and down the festival and this year includes a mural that attendees can paint and enjoy. There are many different arts and crafts vendors and loads of different cultural foods you can taste and fall in love with during both days. Lastly, there is a special kid's section with carnival rides, inflatable bouncy toys, face painting and more to enjoy when you want a break.
All events are in downtown Oakland and start at 12 noon and end at 6 pm both days.
Dates: Friday, 7/24 - Sunday, 7/26
One of my absolute favorite SF Bay Area events in July is the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. If you are a garlic addict like me, this event will not disappoint. Sample the most garlicky food you've ever tasted as you enjoy live music with other garlic lovers.
There is also a cooking competition and fun activities for your entire family. You might even try the garlic ice cream if you are feeling especially adventurous! Children 9 years and under are free with a paid adult ticket.
Dates: Saturday, 7/25 & Sunday 7/26
Spend the weekend on the lovely waterfront at Benicia's annual Summer festival. Soak in the sun as you enjoy live music, craft beers, locally produced wines, and gourmet goodies. There is also a Kid's Activity Alley and Vendor Village.
The festival starts at 11 am both days and ends at 6 pm. One-day tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors over 65, and kids under 12 are free with an adult. Two day tickets are $15 for adults.