San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-777-4908
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents silent films accompanied by live music. This festival promotes silent film as art and historical record.
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest)
Roxie, Brava and Vogue Theaters, 415-662-FEST(3378)
These documentaries, while exploring fun and lighthearted subject matter, often uncover serious truths. Produced by the SF IndieFest.
Union Street Festival
Union Street between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563
Now in its 41th year, this is one of San Francisco’s largest, free art festivals offering an organic farmers market, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, eco-friendly exhibits, gourmet food booths and live entertainment. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants, as well as Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions.
JUNE 3-JULY 16 (Weekends)
Ethnic Dance Festival
War Memorial Opera House, 415-474-3914
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts and San Francisco City Hall for three exciting weekends of awe-inspiring dance and music performances from more than 20 world cultures. Each weekend’s program is unique, and features different Bay Area dance companies, along with innovative cross-cultural collaborations.
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.
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., 415-752-0868
Showcase new films that reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities.
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.
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.
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 41, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-703-8650
Legendary showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics.
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.
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 include musical performances, a car show, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a variety of food vendors.
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Pride Celebration Parade (“Pride”)
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-FREE
San Francisco’s 46th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on June 26.
JUNE 25-AUGUST 27
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.
Little Saigon Larkin Street Festival
Larkin Street between Ellis and Eddy
Street food, discounts from businesses in the area, crafts, music and traditional performances equal fun for the whole family.