JULY 1-OCTOBER 1 (Weekends only and Labor Day Monday)
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 “Hamlet” in a beautiful park setting!
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Custom Made Theatre
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.
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.
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 20-AUGUST 6
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Castro Theater and other venues around the Bay Area, 415-621-0556 (info), 866-558-4253 (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.
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.
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
New People Cinema, 1746 Post St.
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully dedicated annual Japanese film event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing the latest in anime, live-action and documentaries straight from Japan, this week-long festival will take place in San Francisco’s historic Japantown.
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+ attendees.
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.
American Craft Council San Francisco Show
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 612-206-3100
This is the largest juried craft event west of the Rockies, featuring more than 225 of the nation’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists.
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Japantown and Japan Center, 415-771-9861
A celebration of the Asian and Pacific communities in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on the nonprofit organizations that provide vital services. Live musical and cultural performances, Asian artisans, food, information tables, exhibits, and Children’s World.
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Dr., 415-272-2012
The Excelsior District celebrates native son and Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia with an outdoor concert and family fun.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Golden Gate Park
This huge event in Golden Gate Park has upped the ante on music festivals going green and “leveraged San Francisco’s food, wine, technology and activism cultures,’ according to Rolling Stone, “for a one-of-a-kind world-class experience.”
Noe Valley Wine Walk
24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga, 800-310-6563
The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and on Castro Street.
Eat Drink SF
Fort Mason Center
Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated in this interactive urban food and wine festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events.
The Giant Race
AT&T Park, 415-972-1881
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances, that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants. Families can participate in the Kids Race and Family Relay.
AfroSolo Arts Festival
Various venues, 415-771-AFRO (2376)
The 23nd annual event features celebrity and emerging African American artists in various performances such as a jazz concert, visual art exhibit, solo performances, a youth performance extravaganza and more.