Enjoy the Freedom to Celebrate in San Francisco
San Francisco has always embodied a welcoming culture, and its annual festivals and events are a perfect representation of that. No matter what country, culture, or religion you identify with, San Francisco opens its doors to everyone. These uniquely San Francisco festivals represent the city's expressions of pride, diversity, and individuality. Come together to share your creative expression.
Chinese New Year (February)
San Francisco's annual Chinese New Year celebration is one of the largest Chinese cultural events outside of Asia. In fact, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest and among the largest such communities in the U.S. Since the 1860s, the Chinese New Year Parade has delighted and entertained hundreds of thousands of people with everything from Chinese acrobats dressed in elaborate costumes to ferocious lion dancers, talented stilt walkers and a 288-foot Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung") that will make its way to Chinatown from Market Street.
For more than four decades, San Francisco's Carnaval has brought Latin-American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions to the vibrant streets of the Mission District. Join thousands of others and revel in the global cuisine, international dance music, and many other activities on every corner of Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets. Come dressed in your most colorful attire and show off your dance moves!
One of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth continues to empower the African-American community in San Francisco. Each year, it honors the legacy of achievements and determination of the African-American community during a festival and parade along Fillmore Street, where the first San Francisco Juneteenth celebration took place in 1950. Peruse the many arts and crafts booths at the Uhuru Village and Marketplace, watch the classic car show, and attend live performances and historical demonstrations.
San Francisco PRIDE (June)
With San Francisco's long-standing reputation as the LGBTQ capital of the world, it's no wonder that nearly a million visitors from all over flock to celebrate San Francisco Pride annually. A new theme emerges each year, but the cause remains the same. On the last weekend in June, people come together to join their voices in solidarity to honor those who have tirelessly fought for equality. This festival and parade brings world-class entertainment to the main stage, talks from thought leaders at City Hall, and more than 200 exhibitors and vendors that help bring the festival to life. Your most vibrant outfits are always welcome at this all-inclusive festival.
Stern Grove Festival (June-August)
Stern Grove Festival has long become a San Francisco summer tradition and has united the Bay Area community through more than eight decades of free music and performing arts. The Grove's natural acoustics and intimate setting served as a motivation to preserve the park for the public to enjoy free music, dance and theater performances. The San Francisco Symphony, Morris Day and the Time, and The Isley Brothers are amongst the many talented artists that have taken the stage at Stern Grove Festival in past years.
Folsom Street Fair (September)
Which event draws more than a quarter of a million people from all over the world for a celebration of leather and kink? The Folsom Street Fair. This signature San Francisco festival takes over 13 blocks in the SoMa neighborhood and is filled with hundreds of thousands of people in their most daring fetish attire. Vendors take over the streets to showcase a wide range of goods, from handmade whips to leather apparel, and public play stations give you a chance to try or see various BDSM activities. Come with an open mind to experience this truly only-in-San-Francisco event.