Get ready for summer fun with these San Francisco events in June 2018. This month, you will find dozens of festivals, SF Giants baseball, and free walking tours every day.
Top festivals this month include North Beach, Union Street, and Pride. You can also have fun watching the comedians at Colossal Clusterfest, watch or participate in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, and enjoy a Broadway theater production of The Humans.
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 special day. Read on for more events and activities this month in SF.
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Location: AT&T Park in the South of Market District
Dates: Several in June
This month, the SF Giants have 16 exciting home games scheduled. Head over to gorgeous AT&T Park by the water in the SoMa District to watch them take on the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies.
The 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Play, The Humans, is coming to the Orpheum Theater this June. Watch what happens during Thanksgiving Dinner as the family talks about life.
They each discover the others' fears, dreams, and so much more.
Additional Theater Shows in June
6/27 - 7/22: School of Rock at the Orpheum Theater, find tickets
6/20 - 7/8: Soft Power: New Play With a Musical by M. Butterfly Playwright at the Curran Theater, find tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar
5/8 - 6/23: An Entomologist's Love Story at the SF Playhouse, tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar for most shows
Dates: 6/1 - 6/3
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.
Head over to the Bill Graham Auditorium and the Civic Center Plaza to enjoy all of this entertainment on an array of outdoor and indoor stages.
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 and the high speed Rocketboat adventure.
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.
at The Wharf
Date: 6/23 & 6/24
One of the largest San Francisco events in June each year is the Pride Parade & Festival. This event is always the last weekend in June. This year, it falls on June 23 and 24. It includes a large festival with live music, dancing in the streets, and gourmet goodies in the Civic Center District.
The largest draw is the colorful parade on Sunday morning. It starts at 10:30am and makes its way from Market & Beale to Market & 8th Street.
If you plan to spend all weekend near the Pride Parade & Festival, then you will find some great places to stay nearby. These are just a few of my top picks. All are just a few blocks away from one of the largest San Francisco events in June.
San Francisco Proper Hotel (1100 Market Street): 4-star hotel with a rooftop bar, free wifi and suites. It's right along the parade route and is just a couple of blocks away from the festival. Check rates on Booking.com.
Holiday Inn Civic Center (50 8th Street): 3-star hotel just a couple of blocks away, I like this one as it has an outdoor pool, it's also really close to the Civic Center Muni & BART station so you can quickly get to other places thoughout SF quickly. Check rates and more details on Booking.com.
Phoenix Hotel (601 Eddy Street): 2-star hotel with a party atmosphere and a funky heated outdoor pool, it's just 2 blocks from the festival in the Tenderloin District. Check rates on Booking.com.
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.
SF Beer & Music Festival (6/2): Spend the day sampling the best local and regional beers from more than 100 producers. It's one of the top San Francisco events in June for beer lovers and you will find it in Union Square. Watch the sunset, sample amazing beers and enjoy live music from 7pm to 10pm. There are also VIP tickets that include entry an hour early.
Union Street Festival (6/2 & 6/3): 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 three pavilions 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 (6/6-6/17): This year marks the 36th 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.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (6/9): The annual San Francisco Folk Festival is free and offers a variety of dance and music shows, as well as workshops. Guitar, ukelele, 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. Get festival details here
Sunday Streets (6/3): The third edition of Sunday Streets this year takes place on June 13 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
Crafts Spirits Carnaval (6/9 & 6/10): Sample some of the best craft spirits at this year's event. The Crafts Spirits Carnaval features a weekend of trying the best whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, grappa, and more. The event runs for two days on Saturday, June 9 (4pm to 8pm) and Sunday, June 10 (1pm to 5pm). Find tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar. Find out additional information for this year's event
Juneteenth Festival (6/16): Each year, San Francisco commemorates the abolition of slavery in the US with a street fair for the whole family. As we mark the 152nd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, head over to Fillmore Street to enjoy the activities, including a job fair, car show, live music, and fun for the kids. Find out more about what to expect at the Juneteenth Festival
Presidio Kite Festival (6/16): One of the best family-friendly events this month in SF is the Presidio Kite Festival. This one-day free event includes a build-your-own-kite workshop (kites free while supplies last), kite flying lessons, Taiko drumming, and more. All events are at the Main Parade Ground between noon and 5pm. This is always one of my favorite San Francisco events in June.
Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival (6/30): 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
One of the other popular San Francisco events in June is a sunset and/or dinner cruise on the SF Bay.
These cruises are typically longer than the day cruises. They often includes drinks, appetizers and/or dinner.
Some days, you will get to see the sun setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Other days, you will see our magical fog rolling in under the bridge which makes for an unforgettable experience. In addition, these cruises will often have entertainment in the background to add to the ambiance.
Here are a few of my favorites.
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.
These are just a few of the top shows this month.
6/16: Janelle Monae at the Nob Hill Masonic Center
6/22: The Pretenders at the Nob Hill Masonic Center
6/27: The Mighty Mighty Bostones at The Fillmore
6/30: Dua Lipa at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
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 Chardonney 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.
You will find several places for free San Francisco events in June. These are the three most popular places to find free outdoor concerts all summer long.
Stern Grove Festival (6/17 & 6/24): Every summer since 1938, it has been a San Francisco tradition to offer stellar music performances by renowned artists with a variety of styles, for free, each Sunday at 2pm in Stern Grove Park. It's a beautiful spot to picnic while you watch the concert. This weekly festival kicks off with the annual Big Picnic. It's one of the most popular free San Francisco events in June. Get the Stern Grove details and plan your visit today
Union Square Live (Several dates in June): Head on over to Union Square to enjoy free live performances throughout the summer. The festival boasts a variety of dance, music, circus, theater, movies, and more, and the performances will continue every week through September. See Union Square Festival details and schedule
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (Several from May - October): 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 2018 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival details
I recommend taking a look at the great deals on Goldstar.com before booking any tours or San Francisco events in June. They offer a variety of tickets at up to 50% off for activities such as bay cruises, walking tours, theater performances, and more.
Here are a few of their most popular tickets this month.
*Small service fee at checkout.
Location: War Memorial Opera House
This June, you'll have the chance to catch The Ring. This four-part opera spectacular will be performed in full three times this month. Cycle One is from June 12 - 17, Cycle Two is from June 19 - 24, and Cycle Three is from June 26 - July 1.
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!
Did you know that you can save big on your trip to SF with a pocket-sized discount pass? The CityPASS gives you free admission to the Aquarium of the Bay, either the Exploratorium or the SF Museum of Modern Art, and the California Academy of Sciences.
You'll also get to ride on a 60-minute bay cruise, and all of the city's cable cars and buses, for free. It's a great way to save, especially if you plan to visit some or all of these attractions during your stay.
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.
Dates: Every Monday and Saturday in June
Stroll through one of the most fascinating districts in San Francisco with a free walking tour of Chinatown. This "city within a city" offers an interesting history full of dark secrets and interesting stories.
On this two-hour walk, you will explore its back alleys, learn more about historic events that took place here, and uncover some of the best places to stop for a bite to eat. You will also learn all about its top attractions and temples. The tour runs every Monday at 10am and 1:30pm and every Saturday at 10am.
Dates: Several in June
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.
More San Francisco events in June at local museums and attractions include free admission to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the GLBT Museum, and the Legion of Honor.
Click the link below for a full list of dates for June 2018.
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 events 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 as some of the best festivals this month.
SF is a food lovers dream and some of our top San Francisco events in June are our food tours. You can sample amazing treats in North Beach, which is also known as Little Italy.
You can also stroll the streets of Chinatown and to sample dim sum and other traditional treats. The Mission District is where you will find some amazing Central and South American goodies.
These are just a few of the most popular options this June.
Dates: Several in June
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.
Top performances this month include: Susanna Malkki and Nikolaj Znaider (6/7 - 6/9), MTT Conducts Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov: A Semi-Staged Event (6/14 - 6/17), and Trifonov Plays Rachmaninoff with the San Francisco Symphony (6/21 - 6/24).
Dates: Several throughout the month
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 favorite musical comedy Beach Blanket Babylon or the variety of local improv troupes.
Here are just some of the top shows this month.
6/14 & 6/15: Kathy Griffin at the Nob Hill Masonic Center
6/27 - 6/29: Phil Hanley at the Punchline
6/29 & 6/30: Kevin Nealon at Cobb's Comedy Club
Dates: All throughout the month
Make sure to catch one of these amazing exhibits at our top SF museums this month: Here are some of the top picks this month around town.
Asian Art Museum: Traces of the Past & Future: Fu Shen's Paintings and Calligraphy, book your tickets in advance
Contemporary Jewish Art Museum: Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists
Legion of Honor: The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, pick up advance tickets to the Legion of Honor
Some of the best 21+ San Francisco events in June are at our highly rated museums. One of the best is Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. Every Thursday night, the museum closes and reopens to those 21 and older only.
It's a chance for you to explore the exhibits, meet other adults and enjoy a cocktail or two. Nightlife events are centered around a specific theme each week. Some past topics include Golden State Nightlife, Pride Nightlife, Beer Garden Nightlife and many others.
The event runs from 6pm to 10pm. Music is provided by some of our top local DJs and both food and drinks are for sale at the bar.
Exploratorium: After Dark
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!
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.
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.
Here are the top Bay Area shows on the calendar for this June:
6/20: Kenny Chesney & Old Domonion at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View
6/29: Primus and Mastodon at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley
6/29: Indigo Girls at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga