San Francisco Festivals in July 2020: 10 Most Popular in SF this Month

Discover details on the 10 best San Francisco festivals in July. My top picks for this month include the Fillmore Jazz, Stern Grove, and Fourth of July Waterfront festivals.

It's a fun time to get outdoors to listen to live music, learn how to dance, and cheer on many local up-and-coming artists. Many of these are free and all are open to the public.

10 Top San Francisco Festivals in July

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1. Fillmore Jazz

Dates: 7/4 & 7/5

The Fillmore Jazz event is one of the largest San Francisco festivals in July. It's always the first Saturday and Sunday of the month and features free live music and entertainment. It's located on Fillmore Street in the Pacific Heights and Western Addition districts.

You can also stroll through local artists booths, enjoy some cool beverages, and sample gourmet treats. The event lasts from 10am to 6pm both days.

>> More on this year's event

2. Stern Grove Concerts in the Park

Dates: 6/14 - 8/16

One of the most popular San Francisco festivals in July for locals is the Stern Grove Concerts Series. This park is on the western side of SF and this annual event features well known and up-and-coming local artists. Previous performers include Kool & The Gang, Boz Scaggs, and our very own SF Symphony. Arrive early to get your seats on the lawn.

>> Find this year's line-up

3. Frozen Film Festival

Dates: 7/8 - 7/11

See independent pieces from new and aspiring directors all around the world. This is one of my favorite San Francisco festivals in July as the event focuses on getting exposure for directors from under served communities, youth, and other independents areas. The event runs for four days and you can catch this year's flicks during two of those days as the other two days focus on awards and other events.

>> More on this year's event

4. Fourth of July Waterfront Festival

Date: 7/4

Our Fourth of July celebration is huge every year. Activities start in the morning and run until our large fireworks show which ends around 10pm. All events are in Fisherman's Wharf along the waterfront. Highlights (besides the large fireworks display at dark) include live music, food, drinks, and dozens of family-friendly activities.

>> Everything there is to see and do this 4th of July in SF

Half-Priced Goldstar Tickets

If you are looking to add more to your itinerary in San Francisco, then make sure to check out the great discounts on Goldstar. You will find deals for tickets to local events, festivals, and theater performances. You will also find some steals on cruises, tours, and other fun activities.

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.

5. Yerba Buena Gardens

Dates: Several days in July

The Yerba Buena Gardens event features free, live entertainment several days a week from May to October. These performances include kids shows, music, dance, and more. All events are on the lawn at the Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets.

>> More details on this annual event

6. Breastfest Beer Festival

Date: 7/18

Head north to Marin for this year's Breastfest Beer Festival. All day long you can sample beers from a variety of local and regional breweries. Previous breweries include Fogbelt Brewing Company, Russian River Brewing Company, and Lost Coast Brewery.

You will also be supporting a great cause. All proceeds for this event support the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, which helps low-income women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and don't have the medical support they need to fight this disease.

7. Up Your Alley

Date: 7/26

Up Your Alley is a leather and fetish festival that draws in more than 15,000 people every year. Held in the South of Market District, this festival is for "real players only."

Attendees participate openly in B. D. S. M. play. There will also be more than 80 vendors selling everything you need to have a wonderful time at this festival.

The event runs from 11am to 6pm.

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8. Sunday Streets

Date: 7/19

Sunday Streets is a time to get active and discover new health tips. This event runs every Summer from April to October. It's located in a new district each month. During the events, the streets are closed so you can walk, run, or bike around them. You can enjoy group activities such as rock climbing and aerobics classes. You can also get your blood pressure tested and get other screenings (often for free!).

>> Find this July's district for this event and details on what to expect when you attend

9. Union Square Live

Dates: Several in July

Another one of the free San Francisco festivals in July is Union Square Live. These events are on stage in Union Square. You will find an event every Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon from May to September. You will find everything from free live music to free dance lessons.

>> More about Union Square Live

10. San Francisco Festivals in July: Anime & Cosplay

Throw on your best costume and head over to Japantown for this year's Anime & Cosplay Festival. This free, annual event features entertainment and tips for those just getting started. It's also a great place to meet other Cosplay lovers and see more about what Japantown has to offer. There is no need to wear a costume if you just want to check it out.

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