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SF Bay Area events in July 2020 include not only things to do in San Francisco, but also in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Marin and other cities around the bay. You will find several fun arts & wine tasting festivals, baseball games, and Fourth of July celebrations.
You can also find top theater performances, the best concerts, and other activities in Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey.
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Dates: 7/11 & 7/12
Burger Boogaloo is a fun musial 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.
Date: Saturday, 7/4
Dozens of parades, festivals, and fireworks displays are once again planned to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Bay Area. Click the links below to find details for these SF Bay Area events in July!
Dates: Several in July
July is a great time to head to the ballpark for America's favorite pastime, baseball! The SF Giants are in action all month long at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park). They have more than a dozen home games against teams such as the Padres, Cubs, and Diamondbacks.
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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.
Dates: Several in July
The SF Bay Area theater calendar is full of several top Broadway shows this month. Two of the most notable are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and Disney's NEWSIES at the Berkeley Playhouse.
You can also catch some great performances in Berkeley, Marin County, and Oakland.
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.
Dates: Nightly throughout the Bay Area
Top Bay Area concerts this July include shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, SAP Center in San Jose, and outdoors at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. You will find additional larger and smaller shows all month long in SF, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and several other venues in the Bay Area.
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: Several games in July
If you are looking for additional baseball games this summer, then head over to Oakland to watch the A's. This July, they will play more than a dozen home games. They often play at home when the SF Giants are on the road, so between the two teams, there is a baseball game almost every day this month in the SF Bay Area.
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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.
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