The Union Street Festival is one of the largest outdoor San Francisco neighborhood fairs every summer. The 2018 fair is on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 in SF's Marina District.
From 10am to 6pm both days, you can listen to live music, sample goodies from local restaurants, and try new craft beers and wines. You can also view and buy art, photography, and other unique items from the more than 100 boutique vendors.
This year will once again feature special areas including Fashion, Technology, Local Exhibits, Crafts, and Health and Fitness.
You can also sample craft beer and wine in three dedicated pavilions throughout the Union Street Festival. Although it is free to enter, there is an additional cost to taste the beer and wines in these pavilions.
All activities are on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore Streets.
The Union Street Festival offers two stages of live music and entertainment each year. The main stage is on Union Street at Webster. On this stage, you will find live music all weekend long.
The second stage is where you will find dance lessons, a dance contest, and more entertainment.
Instead of beer gardens, this year's Union Street Festival will offer craft beer and wine samples in three pavilions.
With the entrance fee to this part of the festival, you will receive 10 tasting tickets that you can use in any of the pavilions. You will also receive a reusable cup for your samples. Each sample is around 1 to 3 ounces.
You can buy tickets on site each day of the festival for $20 (cash only), or online in advance for $15.
There are two fashion shows on each day of the festival. The first starts at 1pm and the second is at 3pm.
They feature clothing and jewelry from Union Street stores including Nike, Liv Fashion Boutique, Simply Chic Consignment, and Sprout.
The Health & Fitness area includes vendors, free health screenings, and more.
These are just some of the vendors scheduled to serve at this year's Union Street Festival:
The Marina offers a few options for those wishing to stay nearby. In this district, you will find several affordable two-story motels. You will also find some cute and fun boutique hotels. Click here to check out the best options.
I also recommend checking out the hotel deals on TripAdvisor.com before booking. Each month, they feature dozens of special offers on places in the Marina and all around the city. Click here to check out their current deals.
You can reach the Union Street Festival by bus. Take the 22, 30, 41, or 45 to get to the Marina.
From the North Bay, take the 70, 80, or 101 to Lombard and Fillmore Streets. Walk north three blocks to find the Union Street Festival.
The best way to get here from the East Bay is to take BART to the Montgomery Street Station. After exiting, walk two blocks north to the corner of Kearny and Sutter Streets to find the stop for the 30-Stockton bus. Take this all the way to Fillmore and Chestnut Streets. Walk south (away from the water) four blocks to the Union Street Festival.
From the South Bay, you can take either BART or Caltrain to easily get to the Marina. Take BART to the Mission and 16th Street stop. After exiting, head to the corner to pick up the 22. This bus will take you right to the heart of the Union Street Festival.
For Caltrain, walk to the bus stop at Townsend and 4th Streets. At this stop, pick up the 30 bus and take it all the way to Chestnut and Fillmore. From here, walk four blocks north to the Union Street Festival.
Parking will be tough on the day of this event. I highly recommend that you take public transit. However, if you do decide to drive, then I recommend looking for parking to the north and west of the Union Street Festival. This area has fewer shops and restaurants and it will be easier to find parking here.
There are also a few garages and small paid lots in this district. The best one is on Pierce Street, just to the south of Lombard Street. Since it's a few blocks from the festival, you might have some luck finding a spot here.
Palace of Fine Arts: One of my favorite free SF attractions is the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. It sits on the northwest corner of the Marina District. Click here for pictures and details on how to find it.
Fort Mason Center: The Fort Mason is on the eastern end of the Marina. On this old army base, you will find two small museums and a few art galleries. It also has several outdoor exhibits on display as an extension of the Exploratorium. Click here for more.
Shopping on Chestnut Street: If the Union Street Festival is too crowded, you can also head over to Chestnut Street for a shopping adventure. This cute street offers five to six blocks of shops from stores such as The Gap to more than a dozen boutique stores.
In addition to the Union Street Festival, you will find a number of fun street fairs and other events all weekend long.
SF Giants: Head to AT&T Park to watch the Giants in action this June. They take on top teams such as the Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, and the New York Mets. Find the full June schedule here.
Sunday Streets: One Sunday a month, SF features a free community event in a different part of town. This monthly event offers miles of car-free streets for pedestrians to run, walk, and ride their bikes. It also includes free live music, health screenings, and other fun activities. Learn more about this month's Sunday Streets event.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Another free annual event in SF is the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This month, there are several music, dance, and entertainment events for you to enjoy. Find more details here.
Free Walking Tours: There are many free walking tours each month in San Francisco. They are offered by SF City Guides, part of the SF Public Library. Each day, they feature five to ten tours on various districts and themes. Click here for details on all of the tours this month.
Savings Tip: Another great place to look for events this month is on Goldstar.com. They offer tickets for up to half-off on tours, cruises and top events throughout SF and the Bay Area. Click here to check out their current selection.
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