San Francisco events, festivals, things to do – July 2018

San Francisco
calendar of events

July 2018
best events in San Francisco

Jazz festival

July 1, 2018 (begins June 30)

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.

County fair in Pleasanton

July 1 - 8, 2018 (closed Monday & Tuesday)

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.

Festival for workers

July 1 - 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.
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Free concerts

July 1 - 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.

Fourth of July - Berkeley

July 4, 2018

11.9 miles NE

Enjoy gourmet food trucks, handmade crafts, carnival rides, pony rides, free dragon boat rides, a petting zoo, and 9:30 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 - 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.

Run through wine country

July 14, 2018

47.4 miles NE

Destination Napa to Sonoma is a half marathon from Cuvaison Estate Wines to historic Sonoma Plaza.

Craft fair

July 14 - 15, 2018

2.3 miles north

Renegade Craft Fair has indie crafts, artisan food, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. 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.

German festival

July 15, 2018

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.

Classic car show

July 15, 2018

47.5 miles south

See shiny cars, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, at the Saratoga Classic Car Show, with food, beer, wine, and a band in beautiful downtown Saratoga. 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.

Innovative film festival

July 19 - 22, 2018

1.2 miles south

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival shows cutting-edge films created by independent filmmakers, students, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from under-served communities at the Roxie Theater.

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.

Taste of Napa

July 20, 2018

46.8 miles north

Taste samples from nearly 70 local wineries, restaurants, and food artisans at the Taste of Napa, which includes a beer garden, live cooking demonstrations, and seminars at Napa Valley Expo.

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.

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.

Festival in Menlo Park

July 21 - 22, 2018

30.9 miles south

Find art and contemporary crafts by 200 artists, food vendors, and entertainment at Menlo Summerfest. Free.

Fitness expo

July 21 - 22, 2018

48.3 miles south

See martial arts, power lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo San Jose at the San Jose Convention Center.


July 22, 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. The weekend also has an ultra marathon, 5K, and two half marathons.

Lamb tasting

July 22, 2018 (3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)

3.9 miles NW

Taste lamb and BBQ cooked by six 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+.

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) entertainment on three stages, live cooking contests, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a children’s area.

Bicycle festival

July 28, 2018

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 parade and safety rodeo, vintage bikes, and vendors at Jack London Square in Oakland. Free.

Oakland festival of young artists

July 28, 2018

11.8 miles NE

Arc Youth Fest is an “outdoor summer art festival put on for youth by youth artists” ages 13 to 24 at Frank Ogawa Plaza and Latham Square. Free for students, or bring a food donation if you are not a student.

Kite festival

July 28 - 29, 2018

11.8 miles NE

Make a free kite or buy one at the Berkeley Kite Festival, which includes music, food, a kids’ zone, and kite-flying demonstrations at Berkeley Marina, with a free shuttle from the parking lot at Golden Gate Fields.

Festival in Alameda

July 28 - 29, 2018

15.2 miles east

Visit arts and crafts booths, food and beverage vendors, a kids’ zone, and a live-music stage at the Art & Wine Faire on Park Street in Alameda. Free.

Ethnic dancing

July 2018 (undated)

San Francisco

Witness music and dance from diverse ethnic communities at the Ethnic Dance Festival, held mostly at City Hall and the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Free films

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Film Night in the Park presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings.” You are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.

People in the street

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Himalayan Film Festival

July 2018 (undated)

0.4 miles SE

Let’s face it, you may never climb Mount Everest, but you can easily watch films from the area (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan) at the Himalayan Film Festival at Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

Salsa dance party

July 2018 (undated)

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. Free.

Festival of new plays

July 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles NE

See six “very real, very new, very vital plays” with minimal props at the Playwrights Festival at Custom Made Theatre on Sutter Street.

Union Square entertainment

July 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles NE

Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances, and even a circus act in Union Square. The first event is May 4, 2018. Free.


July 2018 (undated)

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.

Oyster festival

July 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles west

Join 250,000 people at Oysterfest eating oysters raw and cooked, drinking beer & wine, and watching live performances in Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park.

Concerts in the park

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Shakespeare in the park

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Free.

Punk rock in the park

July 2018 (undated)

10.7 miles east

Hear dozens of indie garage-rock bands at Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland.

County fair in Marin

July 2018 (undated)

20 miles north

Top music acts 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 free concert seats.

Beer festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Art & Garden Festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Islamic food festival

July 2018 (undated)

43 miles SE

Enjoy healthy food from India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East, take carnival rides, and shop at a bazaar at the giant Halal Food Festival in Fremont.

Concerts at the vineyard

July 2018 (undated)

48.2 miles SE

Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Polynesian dance & music

July 2018 (undated)

51 miles south

Tahiti Fête has Polynesian craft booths, island foods, hula performances, and Polynesian dance and music exhibitions by 35 groups at San Jose State Event Center.

Reggae festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Fourth of July parades

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Fourth of July - S.F.

July 2018 (undated)

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 - Mountain View

July 2018 (undated)

36 miles south

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular features the San Francisco Symphony playing American music followed by fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheatre.