San Francisco events calendar for July 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, music, free events in San Francisco, California.

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Enjoy the best San Francisco Bay Area events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from San Francisco City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza.

Oyster festival

July 1, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $20 (reserve seat $90) at Goldstar.

Jazz festival

July 1 - 2, 2017

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.

Punk rock in the park

July 1 - 2, 2017 (noon)

10.7 miles east

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

Polynesian dance & music

July 1 - 3, 2017

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.

County fair in Marin

July 1 - 4, 2017 (begins June 30)

20 miles north

Top music acts and carnival rides are free with your ticket to Marin County Fair, plus a short-film festival, art show, farm displays, petting zoo, and a nightly fireworks show in San Rafael. Expect lines.

County fair in Pleasanton

July 1 - 9, 2017 (begins June 16)

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.

Discount tickets $10 at Groupon.

Festival for workers

July 1 - 31, 2017

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.


July 1 - Aug. 31 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Shakespeare in the park

July 1 - Oct. 1, 2017

Location varies each month

See Hamlet by William Shakespeare in 2017 at multiple outdoor locations. Free.
  • July 1 - 16: Pleasanton
  • July 22 - Aug. 6: Cupertino
  • Aug. 12 - 27: Redwood City
  • Sept. 2 - Oct. 1: San Francisco

Free entertainment

July 1 - Oct. 29, 2017 (begins May 7)

1.2 miles NE

Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Free. Popular programs include:

Country music: Martina McBride

July 2, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

53 miles south

See Martina McBride (This One’s For the Girls) at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

Discount tickets $30 at Goldstar.

Music festival

July 2 - Aug. 27, 2017 (Sundays from June 25)

5.2 miles SW

Arrive early to hear concerts Sundays at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

Concerts in the park

July 2 - Oct. 8, 2017 (from April)

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.

Fourth of July - S.F.

July 4, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017 (8 p.m.)

36 miles south

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

Discount tickets $15 to $20 at Goldstar.

Fourth of July - San Jose

July 4, 2017

48.8 miles south

The Rotary Fireworks includes music at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. Free.

Abba musical

July 7 - 16, 2017

17.3 miles east

Mamma Mia! is a rousing dance musical and story of love and friendship featuring dozens of Abba songs at Woodminster Amphitheater outdoors in Oakland.

Discount tickets $10 to $43 at Goldstar.

Reggae festival

July 8, 2017

52 miles south

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

Art festival in Palo Alto

July 8 - 9, 2017

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 8 - 9, 2017

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.

Muslim food festival

July 8 - 9, 2017

43 miles SE

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

Ethnic dancing

July 8 - 16, 2017

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.

Dr. Seuss

July 8 - Aug. 5, 2017

0.9 miles NE

Seussical is a smash hit musical featuring colorful characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Whos, and Gertrude McFuzz at Alcazar Theatre.

Discount tickets $18 to $50 at Goldstar.

Art & Garden Festival

July 9, 2017

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.

Union Square entertainment

July 9 - Aug. 30, 2017 (begins May 21)

1.1 miles NE

Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances, and even a circus act in Union Square. Free.

Concerts at the vineyard

July 12 - Sept. 19, 2017

48.2 miles SE

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

Festival of new plays

July 13 - 23, 2017

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.

Himalayan Film Festival

July 14 - 15, 2017

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 14 - 15, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 15, 2017

18.4 miles south

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. Parents race for free.

Beer festival

July 15, 2017

20.1 miles north

Drink endless beer from 38 breweries and eat unlimited food samples at Breastfest to support charity outdoors at Marin Center in San Rafael.

Craft fair

July 15 - 16, 2017

2.3 miles north

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

Festival in Menlo Park

July 15 - 16, 2017

30.9 miles south

Find art and contemporary crafts by 200 artists, plus entertainment and food vendors at Menlo Summerfest (formerly Connoisseurs’ Marketplace). Free.

People in the street

July 16, 2017 (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.

Lamb tasting

July 16, 2017 (12 to 3 p.m.)

2.3 miles SE

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 Spark Social SF for age 21+.


July 16, 2017

2.6 miles west

Join 20,000 people rain or shine in the 10K AIDS Walk that begins in Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park and raises funds for local HIV programs and services. It has an opening ceremony and a post-walk concert.

German festival

July 16, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

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 16, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

47.4 miles NE

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

Classic car show

July 16, 2017

47.5 miles south

See a wide range of shiny cars, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, at the Saratoga Classic Car Show, which includes a music stage in Saratoga. Free.

Innovative film festival

July 20 - 23, 2017

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 films

July 20 - Aug. 6, 2017

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.

Lionel Richie

July 21, 2017 (7 p.m.)

17.3 miles SE

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey perform the hits that earned them Grammy Awards at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Discount tickets $47 to $104 at Goldstar.

Bicycle festival

July 22, 2017

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.

African-American expo

July 22 - 23, 2017

11.5 miles east

Bay Area Black Expo is a combination health fair, tech fair, job fair, music showcase, kids’ corner, and food pavilion with retail vendors at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. Children age 15 and younger are free.


July 23, 2017 (sold out except 5K)

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.

Scrapbook Expo

July 28 - 29, 2017

42.4 miles south

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Santa Clara Convention Center.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 28 - 30, 2017

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.

Kite festival

July 29 - 30, 2017

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 shuttle from the parking lot at Golden Gate Fields.

Festival in Alameda

July 29 - 30, 2017

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.

Fitness expo

July 29 - 30, 2017

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.
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