San Jose Giant Race
San Jose Municipal Stadium, San Jose
The 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 streets, 800-310-6563
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.
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 streets., 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, Haight-Ashbury.
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.
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 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.
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
Oracle Park, San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Giants in celebration of the Bay Area’s rich LGBT culture with a baseball game at Oracle 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.
San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-0831
San Francisco’s 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.