San Francisco Festivals and Events in July
Fourth of July Celebration at The Pier
PIER 39, 415-705-5500
Dazzling fireworks, local bands, food, arts and crafts ignite this annual waterfront party. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Dress warmly. These are the best areas to stay for the Fourth of July.
Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
Fillmore Street, various venues
The Salsa Festival on The Fillmore closes off three city blocks and features free concerts, salsa lessons and outdoor dancing at the Fillmore Center Plaza.
JULY 14-15 AND 21-22
Ethnic Dance Festival
War Memorial Opera House, 415-474-3914
Special dance and music performances highlighting exciting innovations happening in the Bay Area dance community.
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
Showcasing the year’s best new independent avant-garde pop culture films, the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.
JULY 19- AUGUST 5
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Castro Theater and other Bay Area venues, 415-621-0556 (info), 415-621-0523 (tickets)
Films from American and international filmmakers showcase the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture. The festival is the first, oldest and most prestigious celebration of its kind in the world.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Local and national playwrights and professional directors, dramaturgs and designers work with the Bay Area’s top actors to engage in an in-depth development process of six new plays. The work leads to two public staged readings of each play.
San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk
Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
Enjoy the amazing city of San Francisco by taking part in one of the world's great marathons. The USAT&F Certified course is a "best of San Francisco" tour and includes a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose from running the marathon, half marathon, progressive marathon, 5K run/walk races or really take on the challenge with the “Worth the Hurt” 52.4 double marathon.
Up Your Alley Fair
Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard and adjoining block of Folsom between Ninth and 10th streets, 415-777-3247
Similar to September’s Folsom Street Fair, which is the climax of Leather Pride Week, this event has a more local appeal for leatherfolk and draws some 12,000-plus attendees.
Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition
A two-part competition incudes professional bell-ringers from the cable car ranks vying for the coveted title of Bell Ringing World Champion, as well as local personalities competing for fundraising prizes.
The Renegade Craft Fair
Fort Mason Center
The best makers of handmade goods from the Bay Area and beyond assemble for this free-to-attend marketplace for indie-craft culture, featuring interactive workshops.
Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park
This annual walk to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS foundation has inspired thousands of people to walk and donate in support of fighting HIV/AIDS.
Oysterfest San Francisco
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
One of the largest oyster festivals on the West Coast, Oysterfest San Francisco showcases some of the most sought-after bands, mouth-watering food and beverages and, of course, succulent oysters.
JULY-OCTOBER (Weekends only and Labor Day Monday) (TBA)
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
San Francisco, Pleasanton, Cupertino and Redwood City, 415-558-0888
Bring your family, friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a beautiful park setting!