San Jose Giant Race
San Jose Municipal Stadium, San Jose
The seventh annual San Jose Giant Race features 5 mile and 5K races. Run all three Giant Race events in Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco, and earn a Three Bagger award.
Union Street Music Festival
Union Street between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563
Now in its 41st year, the Union Street Music Festival brings the sound of summer to historic Union Street, this festival features local bands, arts and crafts booths, food and beverage gardens, community groups and unique sponsors.
San Francisco Jazz Festival
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., 866-920-5299
For more than 30 years SFJAZZ presented the San Francisco Jazz Festival in venues around the Bay Area; with the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, the festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding neighborhood and offers more than 30 shows.
Talk Story: A Festival of Storytellers
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St.
Witness tales of personal adventures, secrets, trials, tribulations, surprises and reflections as tellers “talk story” from the heart.
Crossroads Film Festival
Various venues, 415-552-1990
Cinematheque celebrates works of aesthetically radical cinema in Crossroads which showcases new film/video works by emerging and established filmmakers, including performance and works of “live cinema.”
AIGA San Francisco Design Week
With more than 60 studio tours and 75 events throughout the week featuring tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, and emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the region’s unique design talents, impact and innovations.
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., 415-752-0868
Showcases new films that reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities.
Spring India Day
A celebration of the colorful and exuberant Indian culture, this annual event features a traditional Indian wedding ceremony, henna artists, Bollywood dancing, music and enticing food booths.
Yerba Buena Art Walk
Yerba Buena Gardens
This event finds a dozen galleries and institutions open for free in the Yerba Buena Gardens art district.
Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Haight St. between Masonic and Stanyan Sts., 415-664-2970
Music, arts, crafts and food are the mainstay of this event celebrating the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco’s most internationally celebrated neighborhoods – The Haight-Ashbury district.
Across The Bay 12K and 5K
The 12k features a point-to- point journey starting in Sausalito, running across the Golden Gate Bridge, and finishing in Aquatic Park. The 5k starts and finishes in San Francisco.
20th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival
African American Art and Culture Center and other Bay Area Venues
This celebration of African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers; more than 10,000 films have been screened from around the world since the inaugural festival in 1998.
Frameline 42, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-703-8650
The longest-running, largest and most widely LGBTQ cinema film exhibition in the world, screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics.
Fillmore District between Geary and Eddy streets
The oldest known celebration among African Americans across the U.S. commemorates the announcement of the end of slavery in the U.S.; local event includes musical performances, a car show, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a variety of food vendors.
North Beach Festival
Near Washington Square Park
San Francisco’s oldest street fair delights with juried arts and crafts, live entertainment, Italian street painting, kids’ chalk art area, animal blessings, gourmet food booths, beverage gardens and other surprises. Presented by the North Beach Business Association.
JUNE 17-AUGUST 19
Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252
The Stern Grove Festival celebrates the season of free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco.
Giants LGBT Night
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Giants in celebration of the Bay Area’s rich LGBT culture with a baseball game at AT&T Park. Each special event ticket package includes a pre-game party, a ticket to the evening’s Giants game, and a limited-edition gift, with partial proceeds supporting local LGBT-focused non-profits. These are the best areas to stay for a San Francisco Giants game.
San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-0831
San Francisco’s 47th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center. These are the best areas to stay for San Francisco PRIDE 2018.
JUNE 30-JULY 1
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fillmore St. between Jackson and Eddy Sts.
Three stages of continuous jazz performances, more than 300 artists’ booths, and international food courts with some of the best food and beverages that San Francisco has to offer.
Fourth of July Celebration at The Pier
PIER 39, 415-705-5500
Dazzling fireworks, local bands, food, arts and crafts ignite this annual waterfront party. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Dress warmly. These are the best areas to stay for the Fourth of July.
Calistoga Uncorked at the Presidio
Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco, 415-561-5444
Taste and purchase wine from 30 hard-to-find Calistoga wineries, including from many not open to the public. Light bites will also be served.
Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
Fillmore Street, various venues
The Salsa Festival on The Fillmore closes off three city blocks and features free concerts, salsa lessons and outdoor dancing at the Fillmore Center Plaza.
JULY 14-15 AND 21-22
Ethnic Dance Festival
War Memorial Opera House, 415-474-3914
Special dance and music performances highlighting exciting innovations happening in the Bay Area dance community.
Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park
This annual walk to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS foundation has inspired thousands of people to walk and donate in support of fighting HIV/AIDS.
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
Showcasing the year’s best new independent avant-garde pop culture films, the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.
JULY 19- AUGUST 5
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Castro Theater and other Bay Area venues, 415-621-0556 (info), 415-621-0523 (tickets)
Films from American and international filmmakers showcase the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture. The festival is the first, oldest and most prestigious celebration of its kind in the world.
JULY 20- 22
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018
Come out and play. The Rugby World Cup Sevens comes to San Francisco’s AT&T Park, with 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s competing for the global championships.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Local and national playwrights and professional directors, dramaturgs and designers work with the Bay Area’s top actors to engage in an in-depth development process of six new plays. The work leads to two public staged readings of each play.
San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk
Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
Enjoy the amazing city of San Francisco by taking part in one of the world’s great marathons. The USAT&F Certified course is a “best of San Francisco” tour and includes a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose from running the marathon, half marathon, progressive marathon, 5K run/walk races or really take on the challenge with the “Worth the Hurt” 52.4 double marathon.
Up Your Alley Fair
Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard and adjoining block of Folsom between Ninth and 10th streets, 415-777-3247
Similar to September’s Folsom Street Fair, which is the climax of Leather Pride Week, this event has a more local appeal for leatherfolk and draws some 12,000-plus attendees.
Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition
A two-part competition incudes professional bell-ringers from the cable car ranks vying for the coveted title of Bell Ringing World Champion, as well as local personalities competing for fundraising prizes.
The Renegade Craft Fair
Fort Mason Center
The best makers of handmade goods from the Bay Area and beyond assemble for this free-to-attend marketplace for indie-craft culture, featuring interactive workshops.
JULY-OCTOBER (Weekends only and Labor Day Monday) (TBA)
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
San Francisco, Pleasanton, Cupertino and Redwood City, 415-558-0888
Bring your family, friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a beautiful park setting!