Enjoy a day outside at one of these street fairs in San Francisco. Each one offers a day or more of outdoor activities including live music, a variety of food, and arts & crafts booths with plenty of unique items on sale.
Many of them offer special activities and entertainment based on the theme or district where the event is located. A few of these also include a colorful parade.
Read on to learn more about my 15 top picks.
My list starts with one of my favorites, Carnaval. This high-energy festival celebrates Latin American cultures and includes a two-day street fair and parade. It's always the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.
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This is one of the street fairs in San Francisco that is held every year in the Castro District. It's always the first Sunday of October and includes plenty of fun entertainment and activities.
Learn More: Visit the Castro Street Fair page for more details
At the first sign of spring, you will find lovely cherry blossoms in the trees. This event celebrates this occurrence and offers you the chance to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. Enjoy Japanese food, entertainment, and kid-friendly activities. It's two weekends in April with a large parade on the final Sunday.
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One of the street fairs in San Francisco that offers a very local experience is the one in the Excelsior District. This small affair celebrates the diversity of this district. It offers five hours of live entertainment and is the perfect event for families. It draws in about 10,000 people each year.
Learn More: Visit the Excelsior Festival page for more details
Free live jazz music in the streets is what you will find at this annual event. It's always the first weekend in July, usually on or near the Fourth of July holiday. This two-day event is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country.
Learn More: Visit the Fillmore Jazz page for additional info
Another more local option is the Glen Park Festival. This long-running street fair supports the local community and includes lots of activities for kids. It's held toward the end of April on Diamond Street between Bosworth and Chenery.
Learn More: Additional details available on the Glen Park page
The Haight Street Fair is a one-day event that draws in thousands of people from all around the Bay Area. It's held on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan with two stages of live music and more than 200 vendor booths.
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Are you looking for a new experience, something totally out of the ordinary? If so, then check out the How Weird Street Faire. This event includes weird everything from music to costumes to art. This one-day event features 10 stages of different types of music, a platform for several types of performers, and a unique market with very interesting vendors.
Learn More: Visit the April calendar for this year's info
The Juneteenth event celebrates the abolition of slavery in the US. In addition to live music and food, it also features a health and wellness pavilion, a car show, and a job fair. It's held on Fillmore Street between Post and Turk Streets.
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The Nihonmachi festival is another one of the street fairs in San Francisco's Japantown District. This one celebrates the diversity of Asian-Pacific American cultures. In addition to standard street fair activities, this one also includes a car show, a basketball tournament, and an area called Doggie World where you can spoil your four-legged friend.
Learn More: Visit the Nihonmachi page for more
One of the largest street fairs in San Francisco every year is in the North Beach District. For two days, you can enjoy live music on two stages and stroll through dozens of artists' booths. You will also find street artists at work and a kid's chalk art area.
Learn More: Visit the North Beach page for more
The Pride Festival and Parade is another one of the largest street fairs in San Francisco every year. It's held in the Civic Center District near City Hall and is a celebration for the LGBT community. It's a two-day event that features a very colorful and vibrant parade on Sunday morning.
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Enjoy a day of drinking, Irish music, and mingling with others in green at the Saint Patrick's Day Festival. This event offers a day of fun in the Civic Center District. You can also start your morning off by heading over to the parade that runs along Market Street and ends to the north of the event.
Learn More: Visit the Saint Paddy's Day page for more details
Another fun street festival in June is in the Marina District on Union Street. This event has been around for years and features two stages of live music, a wine tasting pavilion, and a fashion show.
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Fisherman's Wharf is the location for one of the newest street fairs in San Francisco. The Wharf Fest offers an afternoon of live music, a chowder tasting competition, and a chance to experience riding a Segway. All activities are along the waterfront on Jefferson Street.
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