Get ready for summer fun with these San Francisco events in June 2021. This month, you will find dozens of things to do including SF Giants baseball, free museum admission days, and small festivals.
June is also the month to spoil your dad. Discover the best things to do for Father's Day on our special page dedicated to this holiday. Read on for more events and activities this month in SF.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's are allowing fans into their games in June 2021. Each team has a specific set of requirements to attend.
Dates: 6/1, 6/3 - 6/6, 6/14 - 6/17, 6/18 - 6/20, 6/25 - 6/27
Location: Oracle Park in the South of Market District
This month, the SF Giants have 15 exciting home games scheduled. Head over to the gorgeous Oracle Park by the water in the SoMa District to watch them take on the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Oakland Athletics.
Dates: 6/8 & 6/9, 6/10 - 6/13, 6/14 - 6/16, 6/29 & 6/30
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Head across the SF Bay to see the Oakland A's in action. This month, they play 11 games at home. They play hose to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, and the Texas Rangers.
Free Museum Admission Days: Enjoy the permanent collections at SF's top museums during their free admission days. Toward the beginning of the month, you have the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Fine Arts Museum without spending an arm and a leg. See which days are free admission days in June.
Exhibits at SF Museums: Most of SF's top museums are open and welcoming visitors daily. You will also find some interesting temporary exhibits on display all month long. My top picks this month include Levi Strauss, A History of American Style at the Contemporary Jewish Museum; Last Supper in Pompeii, From the Table to the Grave at the Legion of Honor; and The Walt Disney Studios & World War II at the Disney Museum. Find a full calendar for this month here.
Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences: One of the best options at night is Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. These 21+ over themed parties includes drinks, music, and a chance to check out the exhibits when fewer people are around. It's every Thursday night from 6pm to 10pm. Learn more about visiting this museum.
Spoil your father this year with a visit to San Francisco. Some of the top San Francisco events in June this weekend include cruises around the bay, several restaurants serving up wonderful brunch and lunch menus, and plenty of other activities to make Dad happy.
You can also head up to wine country for a fun wine tasting tour, stroll through Muir Woods, and catch a baseball game. Don't miss out top free walking tours this weekend as well!
Instead of a big festival and parade, Pride this June in San Francisco will include a variety of events throughout the month.
Movie Night at Oracle Park: There will be two screenings at Oracle Park in June. These two movie nights will allow for social distancing and other safety procedures based on state and local mandates. They are on June 11 & 12 and you must pick up tickets in advance.
Black Liberation Event with the AAACC: This event is on the eve of Juneteenth, Friday, June 18. It will be held at the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition neighborhood.
Juneteenth Festival (6/19): Each year, San Francisco commemorates the abolition of slavery in the US with a street fair for the whole family. As we mark the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, head over to Fillmore Street to enjoy the activities, including a job fair, live music, and fun for the kids. Find out more about what to expect at the Juneteenth Festival.
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: One of the best San Francisco events in June 2021 is the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. It's one of the hottest shows in the world right now and it will be here throughout the month of June. It's a new way to experience art with over 300,000 cubic feet of Van Gogh's art. You will see them displayed via projections all around you as you learn more about this famous European artist. Visit their site for ticketing details.
Stern Grove Festival: This free outdoor concert series has happened every summer (until last year) since 1938. This year's concerts start on June 20 and run through August 29. The festival is on Sunday afternoons at 2pm. You must book your tickets in advance for all performances. More details.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a free ongoing event that offers entertainment every week during the summer through October. Live outdoor performances include music, dance, and theater, and feature both well-known and emerging artists. Discover the 2021 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival details.
SF Symphony: Some of the best San Francisco events in June are shows by the SF Symphony at the beautiful Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center. This month, they will offers performances every Thursday and Friday night. Some seats require that you are vaccinated (and you will sit closer to those around you) and other seats required a negative COVID-19 test. Find this month's calendar of performances
Summer is a fun time to head out on the SF Bay. These San Francisco events in June run several times each day and are a great way to check out the bay front attractions.
The 60-minute bay cruise is the most popular and it runs almost a dozen times each day. Another popular options is the Bridge to Bridge cruise, which takes you under both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. It runs just once a day, several days a week.
All bay cruises leave from and return to the piers in Fisherman's Wharf. Here are just some of the top picks for this month.
June is also a great time to head up to wine country. Napa Valley is a well known region with some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world. You will also find some great Chardonnay here too.
Sonoma County offers several wine country regions including Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River, Alexander Valley as well as several others. Due to the different climates throughout Sonoma, you will find a wide range of wines here from Pinot Noir to Zinfandel to Sauvignon Blanc.
You can head up on your own or let someone else do the driving by heading north on a guided tour. Here are a few of the most popular tours.
In addition to the large range of special San Francisco events in June, check out my tips for SF's tricky summer weather and how to make the most of your trip at this time of year. Some of the best things to do include cruises, guided tours, street fairs, and a variety of dining and shopping options.
Do you need some advice on what to pack for your visit in June? Check out my June weather page for information on average highs and lows as well as a few ideas on what to bring along with you for your stay.
This section include events from around the Bay from 2019. It will give you an idea on what to expect if you plan to visit in 2022 and beyond!
Location: Golden Gate Theater
One of the hottest musicals is coming to town, The Band's Visit. The winner of 10 Tony Awards, this musical is the feel good story about how music can turn a community around.
The story is set in a small, off the beaten path town with not much going on. That all changes when a band of musicians gets lost and ends up here. They begin to play their songs which ring out throughout the town, which draws all of the locals to listen, dance, and enjoy their lives.
The runtime for this Broadway show is 100 minutes and there is no intermission, so make sure to prepare before you get seated for the performance.
Dates: All concerts are on hold for now, they will resume once the city has determined it is safe to reschedule
Are you looking for a night of live music during your stay in SF? If so, then check out my concerts calendar.
It includes performances at some of the best venues in SF, including the Independent, the Fillmore, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
You will also find some great shows all around the SF Bay Area in Oakland, San Jose, and beyond.
Every summer, you will find dozens of street fairs and festivals. This June is no exception. Here are some of the top festivals this month.
Barley & Grapes (Cancelled for 2020): Head over to the China Basin District for the 1st Annual Barley & Grapes Festival. This event will feature a large variety of wine and craft beers. You can also sample small bites. The festival will take place along the waterfront and proceeds will benefit the Giants Community Fund. This year's event will run from 3pm to 7:30pm.
Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival (Cancelled for 2020): This unique festival celebrates these essential and healthy ingredients of Asian cuisine and brings them to a wider market. It features vendors of soy and tofu products, a tofu eating contest, a dessert competition, and live entertainment from local groups of Taiko drummers and lion dancers. Many well-known Asian American performers will grace the stage for this event. It's one of the top San Francisco events in June in Japantown. Find out more on the festival website.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (Cancelled for 2020): The annual San Francisco Folk Festival is free and offers a variety of dance and music shows, as well as workshops. Guitar, ukulele, waltz, Irish step, and Argentine tango are just a few of the genres you will hear and dance to. In addition, there will be crafts, vendors, and it's one of the San Francisco events in June with fun activities for the whole family.
Sunday Streets (Cancelled for 2020): The June edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place in the Sunset/Golden Gate Park/Great Highway area. 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 run, bike, and play in the area. Find out which weekends to visit which neighborhoods.
Union Street Festival (Cancelled for 2020): Of all the San Francisco events in June, the Union Street Festival is one of the largest neighborhood celebrations. For two full days from 10am to 6pm, this cute commercial strip in the Marina District comes alive with live music, samples from local restaurants and shops, and beverage booths offering craft beer and wine. Browse the unique offerings from the more than 100 boutique vendors on hand. Get more details about the Union Street Festival.
San Francisco Jazz Festival (Cancelled for 2020): This year marks the 38th Annual SF Jazz Festival, offering over a week of incredible music from acclaimed jazz musicians, including those such as Lizz Wright, Stanley Clarke, Bokane, Con Brio, and more. Find out more on the SF Jazz Center site.
Location: War Memorial Opera House
This June, you'll have the chance to catch three performances with the SF Opera. The first is Ernani (6/7 - 7/2), a dramatic opera about love by Verdi. The second is Partenope (6/12 - 6/27), a romantic comedy with a battle of the sexes including cross dressing, mischievous men, and a lovable heroine. The final show is The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (6/20 - 7/3), the real story about Jobs and his inability to really connect with those around him.
All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District. It's one of the most anticipated San Francisco events in June!
Dates: Cancelled in June
Every month in San Francisco, you will find hilarious live performances at the top comedy clubs in the city. Some of the biggest names in standup tend to frequent the Punch Line and Cobb's comedy clubs.
In addition, you'll see the best of local comedians every Sunday night at the Punch Line's SF Showcase. And if you're still looking for laughs, check out SF's variety of local improv troupes.
In addition to the California Academy of Sciences, you will also find an 18+ event every Thursday night at the Exploratorium. Here you can also sip on cocktails as you enjoy some of their interactive exhibits.
Each week, After Dark also features food, weekly performances and art installations. It's a great way to meet other science loving adults!
One of the most anticipated San Francisco events in June is the Colossal Clusterfest, brought to you by Comedy Central. This three-day festival is a dream come true for comedy and pop-culture junkies.
You'll have the chance to watch the best comedians in the business and to dance to concerts by several cool bands.
Date: Moved to August
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is an annual event that starts with a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shores of San Francisco. It continues with an 18-mile bike ride and finishes with an 8-mile run through the city's hills.
This race attracts World Champions and Olympic Medalists, as well as the best amateur athletes from the US and all around the world. If you aren't interested in participating, I recommend heading down to the waterfront first thing in the morning to watch this amazing act of athleticism.
All concerts are cancelled for June
The San Francisco concert calendar heats up every Summer and you will find plenty to do within the city. However, it's also the time of year when several large outdoor concert venues around the SF Bay offer up a schedule of fun outdoor shows.
Some of the top picks include the Greek Theater in Berkeley, the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. They feature several shows a week through the Summer and early Fall months. With little rain in the bay this time of year, you are almost guaranteed an amazing night under the starts.
This two-day festival starts at 6 pm and lasts until midnight each night. This festival is a bit different than most festival since it is more of an experimental event where geek meets street. There are outdoor stages, performers and artists among other exhibits. This festival is free so check it out and enjoy an event unlike any you'll see anywhere else.
The Livermore Rodeo is one of the only SF Bay Area events in June where you will get up close and personal of some real cowboys and buckin' broncos! This three-day event, located in the East Bay city of Livermore, is always a rip roaring time for the whole family.
Not only are the more roping and riding events than you could imagine, there are also a Cowgirl Luncheon, Family night, a Princess and Queen competition. If you want to kick up your heels, there is also live music.
Low Rider cars are in full view for all that attend the amazing StreetLow San Jose Car Show & Concert. This one-day event features Low Riders that cruise and hop using their suspensions, low rider bikes that can be just as exciting, and cool, as the cars. There is live music, great food and lots of entertainment for everyone. The doors open at noon and the event ends at 7 pm.
The Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting is an epicurean delight. This one-day event is known as a highlight of the Marin area for all thing's food and drink. There are more than 65 wineries, lots of top notch craft beer from more than 15 breweries, and food from more than 40 restaurants and merchants. It runs from 1 pm to 4 pm in downtown Mill Valley. Buy your tickets early as they increase as as the event date approaches.
Oakland's Temescal Street Fair is located in one of the upcoming and coming areas of the city. It has a lot of local flavor and there is so much for kids, and kids of all ages, to experience when they go to this fair.
The street is closed down so you can walk around and check out everything it has to offer including lots of local bands, a low rider bicycles showcase, and over 150 booths featuring all the arts and crafts you could ever imagine. Starting Noon, this 10 block festival will allow your family to enjoy yourself almost all day long.
The East Bay Open Studio tour is one of the biggest of the SF Bay Area events in June. This two weekend event features more than 200 studios, and artists, as they show their work in different parts of the East Bay. Enter their world and learn from the artists as they explain their vision and how they make their art. It is best to plan ahead as there are so many exhibits and studios to choose from each year. Studios are open from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a 10-day event that will make you want to boogie. You will find music at venues throughout the quaint town of Healdsburg. It's the perfect stop that any music lover will enjoy and treasure their experience. Some of the top local, and world, talent come to Healdsburg every year. This is also an exploration of different types of jazz as they regularly have smooth jazz, Latin jazz, and swing type jazz.
If you are Portuguese, or just want to experience some of this amazing culture, then Dia de Portugal in San Jose is a must attend of the SF Bay Area events in June. This festival has everything Portuguese that you could ever imagine including museum exhibits, live entertainment, food, drinks, music, and parades for both adults and kids. It is located at the History Park San Jose at Kelley Park and is always on the second Saturday of the month. This year's festival is on June 9th and starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm.
Montclair is a town located on a hill above Oakland and is a secret Bay Area gem. There will be more than 60 artist, live music, and loads of arts and crafts for you to choose from and enjoy. There are also special areas for the kids to play and give you some time to chill out and check out the gorgeous view overlooking Oakland. If you don't know this area, make sure to put this festival on your list. Friday and Saturday start at 10 am and end at 6 pm. Sunday starts at 10 am and ends a 5 pm.
I can't think of a better place to getaway and enjoy some smooth jazz than the Napa Valley wine country. For five days, starting on the 5th and continuing through the 9th, you will get a musical experience you will enjoy like no other. Performances are at different venues, and artist from all over the world will be playing different types of jazz.
There is also top quality food, craft brews, cigar events and, of course, incredible wines from across Napa Valley. There are numerous different tickets, and passes, so make sure to choose what is right for you.
Another one of the top SF Bay Area events in June is the free Make Music San Jose Festival. This event is at venues throughout the city and you will get to enjoy music in halls, theaters and even on people's porches! Performances start at sunrise and continue straight through to sunset.
One of the reasons that this festival is so beloved by the community, and visitors alike, is that you are welcome to be a participant and join the bands as you see fit. It is a perfect way to a part of the crowd while also being a part of the performance. Tickets are $20 for general admission.
There really isn't any place better to go wine tasting than the gorgeous city of Monterey. Famous for the aquarium, and Jack London's Cannery, the views and the location are magnificent. Add a three-day wine festival, and you are set for the weekend! Being that this is right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the food will include everything from lobster to crab to clam chowder and more.
The wines are the center of the festival and you will not be disappointed as more than 60 wineries will be present with their best vintages for you to taste and enjoy. Tickets vary depending on days and tasting so make sure to check and see which is your best choice if you want to go to one of the best SF Bay Area events in June.
Danville is about 30-45 minutes east of San Francisco and a beautiful city to visit when you are on vacation and looking for something different from the big city hustle and bustle. Danville has everything you want without being crowded and busy. That is why so many people enjoy the Danville Summer Fest every year.
There will be live music, arts and crafts and a car show during this lively two day event. There is an emphasis on kid's events so bring the whole family and have a great day or two! Saturday and Sunday both start at 10 am and end at 5 pm.
Our list concludes with the last, but definitely not the least, of the SF Bay Area events in June being the Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose. The doors to this one day event open at 11 am, the music starts at 12 noon and ends at 8 pm.
This festival is located at San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and is always a great way to spend the day listening to some of the top blues musicians from all over the United States. There are both general admission, and the VIP (Very Important Patron of the Blues) tickets, so you will want to see which one fits your mood for the day.
Just north of San Francisco, the stunning city of San Rafael holds the Italian Street Painting Festival every June. This two-day event is a must visit if you enjoy chalk art street painting and seeing artists producing their artwork live and in person.
Over 100 Modonnari come from all over the United States and will make sure to impress you with their realistic, and 3 Dimensional, pieces of art. There is also live music, lots of delicious food options and events for the kids. Kids can even design their own street painting and see how they compare to the pros!