San Francisco events July 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events July 2018

Japanese festival

July 1, 2018
0.9 miles NW
Japan Day Festival features Japanese music, dance, and taiko on two stages at Japantown Peace Plaza, plus the Art of Tea Ceremony in nearby Union Bank. Free.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

July 1, 2018
1 mile west
Billed as the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, Fillmore Jazz Festival offers live music on multiple stages, arts and crafts, and gourmet food vendors on Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy. Free.

Punk rock in the park

July 1, 2018 (noon)
10.7 miles east
Hear dozens of indie garage-rock bands at Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland. Shop from 10 food vendors and visit the beer garden.

Custom car convention

July 1, 2018 (1 to 6 p.m.)
48.6 miles south
Billed as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest San Jose displays 400 pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts 400 aftermarket vendors in the San Jose Convention Center.

County fair in Marin

July 1 - 4, 2018
20 miles north
Music concerts and most carnival rides are free with a ticket to Marin County Fair, plus a short-film festival, art show, farm displays, petting zoo, and a nightly 9:30 p.m. fireworks show in San Rafael. Expect lines, and arrive early if you want the best concert seats, or pay extra for premium seats.

County fair in Pleasanton

July 1 - 8, 2018 (closed Mon. & Tues.)
39 miles SE
Brave the crowds and heat to enjoy carnival rides, fair food, farm animals, music concerts, and horse races at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

Fourth of July parades

July 4, 2018
multiple locations

Fourth of July - S.F.

July 4, 2018 (9:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles north
The city’s Fourth of July Celebration includes setting off 10,000 fireworks for 20 minutes from barges near Aquatic Park and Pier 39. Free.

Fourth of July - Berkeley

July 4, 2018
11.9 miles NE
Enjoy gourmet food trucks, international craft vendors, carnival rides, pony rides, free dragon boat rides, folk music, and 9:35 p.m. fireworks over the water at 4th of July at Berkeley Marina south of Berkeley Pier. Free.

Fourth of July - Foster City

July 4, 2018
22 miles south
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration offers games, entertainment, a family parade, carnival rides, a barbecue, and fireworks over the lagoon at 9:30 p.m. at Leo Ryan Park.

Fourth of July - Mountain View

July 4, 2018
36 miles south
The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular features the San Francisco Symphony playing American music followed by fireworks at 9:50 p.m. at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Fourth of July - San Jose

July 4, 2018
48.8 miles south
The Rotary Fireworks are 9:30 p.m. at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. Free.

Art & Garden Festival

July 8, 2018
38.5 miles north
Art & Garden Festival hosts local crafters, artisans, gardeners, live music on two stages, and booths for an array of local wineries, breweries, and restaurants in Petaluma. Free except tasting tickets.

Choir festival

July 9 - 14, 2018
Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco
Children from all over the world perform, compete, and build friendships at the Golden Gate International Choral Festival. Concerts are free except July 9 & 14.

“Best” party

July 12, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
3 miles NW
The magazine Best of San Francisco is throwing a big party with unlimited food, cocktails, wine, and dancing at the Palace of Fine Arts for age 21+.

Wine tasting

July 12, 2018 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)
3.9 miles NW
Taste wine from 30 Calistoga winemakers with artisan cheese, charcuterie, and other small bites during Calistoga Uncorked at Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+.

Salsa dance party

July 13 - 14, 2018
1 mile NW
Join hundreds dancing to live music at Salsa Festival on the Fillmore under the stars on Fillmore Street from Eddy to Geary. Salsa lessons 6 p.m. both days. Free.

East Bay music festival

July 13 - 15, 2018
45 miles NE
The inaugural XO Music Festival promises 150 DJs and performing artists (including T.I. and Ludacris), with art installations, carnival rides, and gourmet food & drinks at Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

Macaroni & cheese day

July 14, 2018 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
2.3 miles SE
The Great Mac ‘n Cheese Melt-Off features 15 food trucks selling macaroni and cheese creations, with live music and optional all-you-can-drink beer at Spark Social SF.

Beer festival

July 14, 2018
20.1 miles north
Drink endless beer from 40 breweries and eat unlimited food samples at Breastfest to support charity outdoors at Marin Center in San Rafael.

Reggae festival

July 14, 2018
52 miles south
Celebrate reggae culture at Island Reggae Festival [sound] with two stages of live music, island food, carnival rides, and arts & crafts at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose for all ages.

Craft fair

July 14 - 15, 2018
2.3 miles north
Renegade Craft Fair has indie crafts, food trucks, craft cocktails, DJ music, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Repeats in April and November. Free.

Art festival in Palo Alto

July 14 - 15, 2018
33.1 miles south
Visit 150 juried artists displaying their work (with a focus on glass and clay) at the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, which has food booths, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with clay at Palo Alto Art Center. Free.

Art fair in Los Altos

July 14 - 15, 2018
43 miles south
The giant Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has more than 200 art and craft booths, wine by the glass, beer, food vendors, live music, and a kids’ area at Main & State Streets in Los Altos. Free.

People in the street

July 15, 2018 (Mission)
San Francisco neighborhoods
Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Ice cream day

July 15, 2018 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
2.3 miles SE
Ice Cream Sunday Showdown promises 50 flavors of ice cream for sale from multiple vendors, plus games and savory food at Spark Social SF. Free admission for children age 10 and younger.


July 15, 2018
2.6 miles west
Join 20,000 people rain or shine in the 10K AIDS Walk that begins at Golden Gate Park and raises funds for local HIV programs and services. It has an opening ceremony and a post-walk show.

German festival

July 15, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
15.6 miles NW
Hike an easy mile to Sommerfest at the San Francisco Tourist Club in Mill Valley to celebrate summer with German food, drink, live music, and dancing. Tickets only online.

Run through wine country

July 15, 2018
47.4 miles NE
Destination Napa to Sonoma is a half marathon from Cuvaison Estate Wines to historic Sonoma Plaza. [The cheapest tickets are sold out for 2018.]

Festival for workers

July 16 - 31, 2018
multiple locations
LaborFest screens films about the history and culture of working people, and it organizes walks, tours, and panel discussions in support of workers’ rights. Mostly free.

Rock musical

July 17 - 18, 2018 (8 p.m.)
0.3 miles east
The New York Times named School of Rock a critics’ pick for its “appealing” cast, “zingy” dialog, and “showstopper” music by Andrew Lloyd Webber at SHN Orpheum Theatre.

Ticket deal $55 to $70

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A musical about a masterpiece

July 17 - Sept. 8, 2018
1 mile NE
Sunday in the Park with George is Sondheim’s musical about famous painter George Seurat, who is torn between making meaningful art and maintaining a relationship with his lover, at San Francisco Playhouse.

Ticket deal $33 to $42

Musical comedy show

July 18 - 20, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+.

Ticket deal $27 to $33

Innovative film festival

July 18 - 22, 2018
multiple locations
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival shows cutting-edge films created by independent filmmakers, students, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from under-served communities at PianoFight and Roxie Theater.

Union Square entertainment

July 18 - Sept. 26, 2018 (Wed. & Sun.)
1.1 miles NE
Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances that include jazz, blues, folk, Latin, tango, rock, swing, and even Hawaiian. Free.

Wine walk

July 19, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)
1.6 miles north
Visit merchants on Polk Street from Jackson to Post to sample wine and appetizers with your ticket to Polk Street Summer Wine Walk. Repeats in Feb.

Jewish film festival

July 19 - Aug. 5, 2018
Bay Area theaters
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

July 19 - Aug. 5, 2018
1.1 miles south
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a romantic musical combining elements of the gothic novel, songs from the Disney film, and new music. Unlikely hero Quasimodo must save a beautiful gypsy girl from an evil archdeacon at Victoria Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $33

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

July 20, 2018 (6:30 to 11:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer and access to the Conservatory of Flowers (until 10:30 p.m.) and the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11:30 p.m.) for age 21+.

Rugby tournament

July 20 - 22, 2018
2 miles east
Watch the best rugby players from around the world compete in the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park.

Festival of new plays

July 20 - 22 and 27 - 29, 2018
1.8 miles SE
See six “very real, very new, very vital plays” with minimal props at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival at Potrero Stage.

Beer week in San Jose

July 20 - 29, 2018
South Bay Area
Silicon Valley Beer Week has tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster dinners, and new release nights at many venues.

Women’s comedy

July 20 - Aug. 12, 2018
18.6 miles north
The Savannah Sipping Society is about four women who meet once a week to drown their sorrows, toast their successes, and turn their lives around, in Ross.

Ticket deal $14

Vaudeville cabaret

July 20 - Oct. 27, 2018
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Ticket deal $65 to $120

Beer in the park

July 21, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
27.3 miles south
Buy “quality beers on tap from local breweries,” cider, and meals from food trucks at Pub in the Park, with lawn games and a live band at Red Morton Park in Redwood City. Bring a blanket or chairs. Free.

Taste of Napa

July 21, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
43.5 miles north
Taste samples from 70 local wineries, restaurants, and food artisans at the Taste of Napa, which includes a beer garden, live cooking demonstrations, and seminars at Vista Collina Resort for age 21+.

Ticket deal $70

Ethnic dancing

July 21 - 22, 2018
0.2 miles west
Witness music and dance from diverse ethnic communities at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the War Memorial Opera House.

Orchid show

July 21 - 22, 2018
3.1 miles west
See orchids on display and buy plants and supplies from vendors at Orchids in the Park in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

Vintage market

July 21 - 22, 2018
18.2 miles NE
Shop from 70 vendors of vintage decor, antiques, and handmade collectibles at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Festival in Menlo Park

July 21 - 22, 2018
30.9 miles south
Browse art and contemporary crafts made by 200 artists, shop from food & beverage vendors, watch live entertainment, and visit the kids’ zone at Menlo Summer Fest. Free.

Fitness expo

July 21 - 22, 2018
48.3 miles south
See martial arts, power lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 300 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo San Jose at the San Jose Convention Center.

Ticket deal $15

All-American musical

July 21 - Aug. 5, 2018
12.9 miles NE
Take a rollicking trip back to the 1950s with the cast of Grease as they navigate the social waters of high school and love at Berkeley Playhouse.

Ticket deal $28 (child $20)

Shakespeare in the park

July 21 - Sept. 23, 2018
multiple locations
Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Lamb tasting

July 22, 2018 (3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
3.9 miles NW
Taste lamb cooked by a dozen local chefs, and sample beer, wine, and spirits at San Francisco Lamb Jam, with butcher demonstrations and live music at Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+.

International soccer

July 22, 2018 (2 p.m.)
43 miles south
Watch the San Jose Earthquakes play the famous Manchester United Football Club from England in an exciting game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Ticket deal $25 to $35

Classic car show

July 22, 2018
47.5 miles south
See shiny cars, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, at the Saratoga Classic Car Show, with food, beer, wine, craft vendors, and a band in downtown Saratoga. Free.

Free concerts

July 22 - Aug. 19, 2018 (Sundays 2 p.m.)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

Concerts in the park

July 22 - Oct. 7, 2018
3 miles west
Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Sunset cruise

July 23 - Aug. 31, 2018 (7 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
California Sunset Cruise includes two hours of romantic views, live guitar music, a drink, and a light appetizer buffet with sandwiches, fruit, and cheese on a motor boat departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Ticket deal $44

Dark comedy of corporate greed

July 24 - 29, 2018
13.3 miles NE
Dry Powder is “a slick drama set in sleek boardrooms” says the New York Times, “addressing the hot-button topics of income inequality and the collapse of American manufacturing” at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.

Ticket deal $20

Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 27 - 29, 2018
82.5 miles south
The outdoor Gilroy Garlic Festival has garlicky food (pickles, fries, steak, calamari, and even ice cream), beer, wine, entertainment on 3 stages, live cooking contests, arts & crafts, and a children’s area. No pets.

Tickets online are $2 off

Bicycle festival

July 28, 2018 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
10.9 miles east
Take the ferry to Pedalfest for pedal-powered food, live music on a pedal-powered stage, daredevil stunts, a kids’ bike rodeo, vintage & hand-built bikes, and vendors at Jack London Square in Oakland. Free.

Music festival in Redwood City

July 28, 2018 (and Friday evening)
25.7 miles south
Hear five music acts ranging from cover bands to Latin jazz, browse art, and buy food and drinks at PAL Music Festival at Courthouse Square in Redwood City. Free.

Oakland festival

July 28 - 29, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)
10.4 miles east
Join the crowds at Art + Soul enjoying blues & gospel music, a world dance festival, street performers, art vendors, a family zone, world cuisine, beer, and wine in Oakland next to 12th Street BART. No cans, bottles, alcohol, or pets. Low-back chairs OK.

Kite festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
11.8 miles NE
Berkeley Kite Festival has kites for sale, free kite-making for kids (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Taiko drummers, food vendors, a kids’ zone, a hill to fly your kite, and kite-flying demos at Berkeley Marina. Free shuttle bus from the parking lot at Golden Gate Fields. Free.

Festival in Alameda

July 28 - 29, 2018
15.2 miles east
Browse 250 arts & crafts booths at the Art & Wine Faire, which has food and beverage vendors, a kids’ area, carnival rides, and three music stages on Park Street in Alameda. Free.


July 29, 2018
1.8 miles NE
The San Francisco Marathon begins Sunday on the Embarcadero, goes across the Golden Gate Bridge, and winds around the entire city. Also check out the ultra marathon, half marathons, and 5K.

Concerts at the vineyard

July 31 - Sept. 26, 2018
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.