San Francisco events July 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events July 2019

County fair in Pleasanton

July 1 - 7, 2019
(begins June 14)
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.

Ticket deal $10

Festival for workers

July 2 - 31, 2019
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.

County fair in Marin

July 3 - 7, 2019
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.

Union Square entertainment

July 3 - Sept. 29, 2019
(begins May 12)
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.

Fourth of July parades

July 4, 2019
multiple locations

Fourth of July - Berkeley

July 4, 2019
(noon to 10 p.m.)
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, 2019
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, 2019
48.8 miles south
The Rotary Fireworks are 10 p.m. at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. Free.

Concerts in the park

July 4 - Oct. 6, 2019
(begins April 28)
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. Most concerts are on Sunday. Free.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

July 6 - 7, 2019
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 6 - 7, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $49 to $129

Dark comedy

July 6 - 14, 2019
2.3 miles north
Based on the cult-classic film with Winona Ryder, Heathers: The Musical is about three high-school divas and the girl who dares to stand up to them, at Fort Mason Center for age 13+.

Ticket deal $28

Ethnic dancing

July 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2019
13.6 miles NE
Witness music and dance from diverse ethnic communities at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at Zellerbach Hall, U.C. Berkeley.

Musical comedy

July 6 - Aug. 11, 2019
1.1 miles south
Featuring a teenager who becomes a celebrity on a TV dance show, Hairspray is “piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs” at Victoria Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $50

Shakespeare in the park

July 6 - Sept. 22, 2019
(begins June 29)
multiple locations
Watch As You Like It by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Pleasanton, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Free concerts

July 7 - Aug. 18, 2019
(Sundays from June 16)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

“Best” party

July 11, 2019
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+.

Concerts at the vineyard

July 12 - Sept. 11, 2019
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Taste of Napa

July 13, 2019
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+.

Craft fair

July 13 - 14, 2019
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 13 - 14, 2019
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 13 - 14, 2019
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 14, 2019
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.

Macaroni & cheese day

July 14, 2019
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.


July 14, 2019
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.

Run across the Bay

July 14, 2019
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 14, 2019
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.

Book of Mormon in San Jose

July 16 - 21, 2019
48.3 miles south
The Book of Mormon is an outrageous comedy in the vein of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket deal $49 to $89

Innovative film festival

July 17 - 21, 2019
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.

Wine walk

July 18, 2019
(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. Held in April, July, and Sept.

Jewish film festival

July 18 - Aug. 4, 2019
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.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

July 19, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
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 May to November.

Festival of new plays

July 19 - 21 and 26 - 28, 2019
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 19 - 28, 2019
South Bay Area
Silicon Valley Beer Week has tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster dinners, and new release nights at many venues.

Beer festival

July 20, 2019
(1 p.m.)
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.

Orchid show

July 20 - 21, 2019
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 20 - 21, 2019
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 20 - 21, 2019
47.4 miles NE
Destination Napa to Sonoma is a half marathon from Cuvaison Estate Wines to historic Sonoma Plaza.

Vintage market in San Jose

July 20 - 21, 2019
52.1 miles south
Shop from 70 vendors of vintage decor, antiques, and handmade collectibles at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Ice cream day

July 21, 2019
(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.

Lamb tasting

July 21, 2019
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 21, 2019
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.

Asian night market

July 26 - 28, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the NorCal Night Market, with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held in May, July, and Sept. No pets.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 26 - 28, 2019
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.

Music festival in Redwood City

July 27, 2019
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 27 - 28, 2019
(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 27 - 28, 2019
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 27 - 28, 2019
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.

Fitness expo

July 27 - 28, 2019
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.


July 28, 2019
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.

Classic car show

July 28, 2019
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.

Classical music

July 28 - Aug. 11, 2019
multiple locations
Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at San Francisco Conservatory of Music plus St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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