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

San Francisco
calendar of events

June 2018
best events in San Francisco

Silent Film Festival

June 1 - 3, 2018 (begins May 30)

1.6 miles SW

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens important titles from the silent era, often fully restored and with live music, at the Castro Theatre.

Greek festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

48.3 miles south

Enjoy authentic Greek food, drink, music, and dancing at the San Jose Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Church in San Jose.
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Jazz festival up north

June 1 - 10, 2018

69 miles north

Healdsburg Jazz Festival showcases jazz legends, new talent, and local favorites in the wine country.

Film festival

June 1 - 14, 2018 (begins May 31)

S.F. movie theaters

DocFest is a documentary film festival focusing on politics, music, social issues, and youth-oriented subcultures, and holds after-parties.

Union Street Festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

1.6 miles north

Union Street Music Festival features live music (jazz, blues, country, bluegrass), arts and crafts booths, festival food, and beverage gardens. Free.

Art & wine festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

26 miles NE

The Art and Wine Festival in Walnut Creek features art and crafts vendors, music, a kids’ zone, food, beer, and wine at Heather Farm Park. Free.

Festival in Sunnyvale

June 2 - 3, 2018

40.3 miles south

Shop from 350 artists, hear live music, eat, and drink margaritas, wine, and beer at Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival at Sunnyvale Town Center. No pets. Free.

Artichoke festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

117 miles south

Most of America’s artichokes are grown in Monterey County. Castroville Artichoke, Food & Wine Festival celebrates the green vegetable with food, music, art, chef demos, and a wine & beer garden at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.


June 3, 2018

2.6 miles NW

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the St. Francis Yacht Club, an 18-mile bike ride, and an 8-mile trail run through Golden Gate Recreational Area. The Fitness Festival at Marina Green is free to all.

San Jose arts festival

June 3 - 4, 2018

48.9 miles south

Discover Silicon Valley’s underground arts scene at SubZero, which has an art walk and outdoor stages of live music and performances on S. First Street (from E. San Carlos Street to E. Reed Street). Free.

Historical music festival

June 3 - 10, 2018

13.7 miles NE

Hear Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, and visit vendors at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition.

Design Week

June 7 - 15, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

Attend 60 studio tours and 200 events during SF Design Week, with subjects that range from fashion and human-centered design to international architecture and tech inventions.

Festival of Portugal

June 9, 2018

58.3 miles south

Enjoy Portuguese food, music, dancing, children’s activities, a museum, and a parade at Dia de Portugal Festival at Kelley Park in San Jose. No pets. Free.

Beer festival in Sonoma County

June 9, 2018

59.2 miles north

Beerfest – The Good One promises unlimited samples from 60 craft breweries and cideries, with food for sale on the lawn at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa for age 21+.

Stylish craft fair

June 9 - 10, 2018

2.3 miles north

Shop from artists and designer craftsmen “inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle” at West Coast Craft in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Free.

East Bay rodeo

June 9 - 10, 2018

45.5 miles SE

Livermore Rodeo has a rodeo parade and a rodeo dance Saturday, and rodeo events both days (steer wrestling, bareback & bull riding, roping, wild cow milking, barrel racing) at Robertson Park in Livermore.

San Mateo County Fair

June 9 - 17, 2018

21.4 miles south

You’ll find carnival rides, a petting zoo, pig races, fried food, and music acts (with lines) at the San Mateo County Fair at San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

Haight-Ashbury fair

June 10, 2018

2 miles west

Find 200 vendors of food and hippie crafts, a kids’ area, and local bands at the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair on Haight between Ashbury and the park. Free.

Car show

June 10, 2018

14.7 miles NE

See beautiful cars at the Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance, including Alfa Romeos, Pierce Arrows, Duesenbergs, Packards, Jaguars, Woodies, and Bugattis, plus classic trucks and motorcycles on the lawn at Alameda Naval Air Station.

Film festival

June 14 - 24, 2018

multiple venues

Billed as the nation’s oldest LGBTQ film festival, Frameline screens diverse films at theaters in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.

County fair in Pleasanton

June 15 - July 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.


June 16, 2018

1.1 miles NW

Celebrate the emancipation of slaves with a 10 a.m. parade and entertainment at San Francisco Juneteenth on Fillmore Street (from Turk to Geary). Free.

Car show in Tiburon

June 16, 2018

8.2 miles north via ferry

See classic automobiles built before 1975 at the Tiburon Classic Car Show in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing. Free.

North Beach Festival

June 16 - 17, 2018

1.8 miles NE

North Beach Festival features arts & crafts booths, food vendors, beer & wine gardens, entertainment, street painting, and a kids’ chalk area (cost) at Columbus & Grant Avenues. Free entry.

Prayers for pets

June 16 - 17, 2018 (2 to 3 p.m.)

1.9 miles NE

Blessing of the Animals is held at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo Street, as part of the North Beach Festival. Free.

Pirate festival

June 16 - 17, 2018

29.4 miles via ferry

Take a ferry to the Vallejo waterfront for the Northern California Pirate Festival, with entertainment, food & craft vendors, and family fun. Children age 11 and younger are free. No pets.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 17, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

OpenTable lists Bay Area restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day music

June 17, 2018

31.5 miles south

Hear 50 musical groups perform a variety of genres (jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, choral, and dance) in closed streets and plazas on Palo Alto World Music Day. Free.

Free concerts

June 17 - 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.

Jazz in a San Jose park

June 23, 2018 (noon)

48.2 miles south

Hear non-stop blues, soul, gospel, and zydeco from around the world at the Fountain Blues Festival at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose.

Pride celebration & parade

June 23 - 24, 2018

0 miles

Celebrate LGBT San Francisco Pride with performances at Civic Center Plaza both days, a giant Pride Parade Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Market Street (from Beale to 8th), and a VIP Party Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Public day at the yacht club

June 23 - 24, 2018

13.7 miles east

Summer Sailstice offers boat rides, speakers, food vendors, demos, seminars, contests, exhibits, and pool activities at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. Free. Schedule.

Jazz festival

June 30 - July 1, 2018

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.

People in the street

June 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.

Classical music for families

June 2018 (undated)

0.1 miles SW

Music to your Feet features music that makes you want to get out of your seat and dance, performed by the San Francisco Symphony plus professional dancers at Davies Symphony Hall.

Jazz festival

June 2018 (undated)

0.4 miles SW

Attend more than 40 big-name shows during the San Francisco Jazz Festival at five venues in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, beginning with the free annual block party.

Tofu festival

June 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles NW

Soy & Tofu Festival offers product samples from vendors, food trucks, live performances, games, and a soy and tofu dessert competition at the event center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral.

Immigrant festival

June 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles south

Celebrate San Francisco World Refugee Day with cultural performances, international food, music, speakers, and a talent show at 1850 Mission Street. Free.

Japanese festival

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Philippine festival

June 2018 (undated)

1 mile NE

KalayaanSF Outdoor Festival and Concert includes street performers (music, dancing, martial arts), food booths, and craft vendors, plus a full-length concert at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage in Union Square. Free.

Union Square entertainment

June 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.

Free folk music

June 2018 (undated)

1.4 miles SW

San Francisco Free Folk Festival is a full day of music and dance workshops, concerts, crafts, and vendors at Everett Middle School. Free.

Beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles NE

Beer Camp on Tour promises “hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks, live music, and good times” at Pier 48.

Music & food festival

June 2018 (undated)

2.2 miles north

Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival is an all-day, all-ages festival with independent music artists and local food trucks at Potrero del Sol Park.

“Best” party

June 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles NE

The magazine Best of San Francisco is throwing a big party with unlimited food, cocktails, wine, and dancing at James R. Herman Cruise Terminal, Pier 27 for age 21+.

Concerts in the park

June 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.

Rhone wine tasting

June 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles NW

The Rhone Rangers Celebration of American Rhone Wines includes a luncheon & auction, a grand tasting, and seminars at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.

International festival

June 2018 (undated)

13.4 miles north

Berkeley World Music Festival is a community festival with a world crafts bazaar, food vendors, and music from Africa, China, Cuba, France, the Middle East, New Orleans, and Tibet in two parks.

County fair in Marin

June 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.

Festival in Fairfax

June 2018 (undated)

20.7 miles north

Fairfax Festival has a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, three music stages, craft and flea-market vendors, food, beer, wine, and a children’s area. No dogs.

Visit modern homes

June 2018 (undated)

22 to 44 miles south

Modern Home Tours is a drive-yourself visit to five peninsula houses, from Hillsborough to Cupertino.

Godzilla festival

June 2018 (undated)

23.2 miles SE

Arrive early to celebrate the famous atomic monster of Japanese films at Godzilla Fest, and then see Godzilla on film at Bal Theatre in San Leandro.

Hot-air balloon festival

June 2018 (undated)

64.3 miles north

Wake up early to see balloons up close, watch them launch, and take tethered rides at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, which also has food and craft booths, and a kids’ area at Keiser Park in Windsor. Schedule.

Yo-yo contest

June 2018 (undated)

48.6 miles south

Watch some amazing yo-yo moves at the Bay Area Classic at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Free.

Spirits tasting

June 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles north

Taste handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world at the Craft Spirits Carnival at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion for age 21+.

BBQ festival in Martinez

June 2018 (undated)

36 miles NE

King of the County BBQ Fest promises live music, professional BBQ, an amateur BBQ challenge, vendors, and kids’ games at Waterfront Park in Martinez. Free.