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
(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.

Punk rock in the park

July 1, 2018
(begins June 30)
10.7 miles east
Hear dozens of indie garage-rock bands at Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland.
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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
(begins June 30)
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.

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.

Ticket deal $10

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.

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 (except the pre-concert picnic on June 17).

Shakespeare in the park

July 1 - Sept. 23, 2018
(begins June 30)
multiple locations
Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Free.

Union Square entertainment

July 1 - Sept. 26, 2018
(also June)
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.

Concerts in the park

July 1 - Oct. 7, 2018
(also June)
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 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 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.

Counting Crows in concert

July 6, 2018
(6:30 p.m.)
36 miles south
Counting Crows (Mr. Jones; Rain King) perform with “Live” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

Ticket deal $20 to $65

Oklahoma! under the stars

July 6 - 15, 2018
17.3 miles east
Oklahoma! is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winner with classic songs and a love story, live outdoors at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland.

Ticket deal $22-$44 (child $10-$16)

Ethnic dancing

July 6 - 22, 2018
0.2 miles west
Witness music and dance from diverse ethnic communities at the Ethnic Dance Festival at the War Memorial Opera House.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

July 7 - 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 $50

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.

“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+.

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. Free.

A musical about a masterpiece

July 13 - 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

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.

Kids’ concert

July 14, 2018
(6 p.m.)
33 miles NE
High-energy Kidz Bop performs kid-friendly versions of today’s hottest pop hits in a concert for all ages at Concord Pavilion.

Ticket deal $22

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
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 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
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.]

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
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.

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.

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+.

Festival of new plays

July 20 - 29, 2018
1.8 miles SE
See six “very real, very new, very vital plays” with minimal props at the 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.

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 food 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 2:30 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

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.

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+.

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, and a band in beautiful downtown Saratoga. Free.

Music festival in Redwood City

July 27 - 28, 2018
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.

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.

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, a circus stage, art activities, art vendors, a family zone, BBQ, beer, and wine in downtown Oakland.

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.


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

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.