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County fair in Marin

July 1 - 5, 2020
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 - 12, 2020
(begins June 19)
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. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Festival for workers

July 1 - 31, 2020
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.

Fourth of July parades

July 4, 2020
multiple locations

Fourth of July - S.F.

July 4, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
36 miles south
The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular features the San Francisco Symphony playing a variety of music followed by fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Fourth of July - San Jose

July 4, 2020
48.8 miles south
The Rotary Fireworks are 10 p.m. at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. Free.

Concerts in the park

July 5 - Oct. 4, 2020
(Sundays 1 p.m.)
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. Held Sundays plus July 4 and Sept. 7. Free.

Innovative film festival

July 8 - 11, 2020
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.

Festival of new plays

July 17 - 26, 2020
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.

Hip hop cocktail party

July 11, 2020
(6 to 9 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dance performances, and a silent auction at One Love, a benefit for the Hip Hop DanceFest at City Dance Studios. Moved from March 14 to July 11.

Macaroni & cheese day

July 11 - 12, 2020
2.1 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.

Craft fair

July 11 - 12, 2020
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. Held in July, August, November. Free.

Punk rock in the park

July 11 - 12, 2020
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.

Art festival in Palo Alto

July 11 - 12, 2020
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 11 - 12, 2020
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.

Run across the Bay

July 12, 2020
Sausalito to S.F.
Across The Bay 12K begins in Sausalito and goes over the Golden Gate Bridge to Aquatic Park. A shorter 5K begins at Aquatic Park and does not cross the bridge.

Art & Garden Festival

July 12, 2020
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.

Custom car convention

July 12, 2020
48.6 miles south
Billed as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest San Jose displays hundreds of pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts aftermarket vendors in the San Jose Convention Center.

Jewish film festival

July 16 - Aug. 2, 2020
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.

Bead show

July 17 - 19, 2020
29.8 miles NE
Shop for beads and handmade art from 200 vendors, and choose from 30 daily workshops at Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show at the Crowne Plaza Concord. Held in March and October. Moved from March 27 - 29 to July 17 - 19.

Ice cream day

July 18, 2020
2.1 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.

Beer festival

July 18, 2020
20.1 miles north
Drink endless beer from 40 breweries, eat unlimited food samples, and hear two bands at Breastfest to support charity outdoors at Marin Center in San Rafael.

Taste of Napa

July 18, 2020
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+.

Bacon and beer in San Jose

July 18, 2020
47.5 miles south
Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, music, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Earthquakes Stadium. Moved from April 4 to July 18.

Festival in Menlo Park

July 18 - 19, 2020
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.

Run through wine country

July 18 - 19, 2020
47.4 miles NE
Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon has a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday from Cuvaison Estate Wines to historic Sonoma Plaza.

People in the street

July 19, 2020
(Mission area)
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.


July 19, 2020
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.

Lamb tasting

July 19, 2020
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+.

German festival

July 19, 2020
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.

Art & antiques show

July 24 - 26, 2020
21.4 miles south
Shop from 100 vendors of fine antiques and decorative arts ranging from the 17th century to modern day at the Hillsborough Antiques + Art + Design Show at San Mateo Event Center. Held in spring and fall. Spring show moved from April to July 24 - 26.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 24 - 26, 2020
82.5 miles south
The outdoor Gilroy Garlic Festival has garlicky food (pickles, fries, steak, calamari, and even ice cream), beer, wine, entertainment on three stages, live cooking contests, arts & crafts, and a children’s area. No pets.

Forest run in Oakland

July 25, 2020
18 miles east
Run on park trails and dirt roads in Oakland Hills on the Redwood Trail Run, with options from 5 to 30 miles plus a kids’ run at Chabot Space & Science Center. No dogs.

Orchid show

July 25 - 26, 2020
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.

Oakland festival

July 25 - 26, 2020
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 25 - 26, 2020
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 25 - 26, 2020
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 26, 2020
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 see the schedule for the ultra marathon, half marathon, and 5K.

Classic car show

July 26, 2020
47.5 miles south
See shiny cars, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, at the Saratoga Classic & Cool Car Show, with food, beer, wine, craft vendors, and a band in downtown Saratoga. Free.

Craft fair

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2020
2.3 miles north
Shop from 250 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists at the American Craft Show in San Francisco in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Asian night market

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2020
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the 626 Night Market: Bay Area [formerly NorCal Night Market], with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held on specific weekends from May to August. No pets.

Classical music

July 2020
multiple locations
Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Shakespeare in the park

July 2020
multiple locations
Watch King Lear by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Pleasanton, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Union Square entertainment

July 2020
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.

Free entertainment

July 2020
1.2 miles NE
Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival from May to October. Free.

Beer festival

July 2020
2.3 miles north
Join the young crowd age 21+ at Bay Area Brew Fest for unlimited samples of 200 varieties of beer, live music, and food trucks at Fort Mason Center. Held twice a year.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

July 2020
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer. Hear live music (7 to 10 p.m.), visit the Conservatory of Flowers (timed entry), and hang out in the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11 p.m.) for age 21+. Monthly from June to November.

Free concerts

July 2020
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free unless you reserve a table.

Family party in Oakland

July 2020
14.7 miles east
Everything is FREE at Party in the Park in Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, including food, DJ & live music, scavenger hunts, pony rides, and circus acts.

Music festival in Redwood City

July 2020
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.

Beer in the park

July 2020
27 miles south
Buy “quality beers and ciders on tap from local breweries” and meals from food trucks at Pub in the Park, with lawn games and a live band playing bluegrass and Americana in a Redwood City park. Bring a blanket or chairs. Free.

Beer week in San Jose

July 2020
South Bay Area
Silicon Valley Beer Week has tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster dinners, and new release nights at many venues.

Concerts at the vineyard

July 2020
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Charity party in San Jose

July 2020
51 miles south
A $175 ticket to Christmas in July gets you live music, dancing, a catered dinner, an open bar, a 200-foot zip line, bathtub racing, and live & silent auctions for charity at History Park. Video (1 minute).

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