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.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fillmore St. between Jackson and Eddy streets
Three stages of continuous jazz performances, more than 300 artists’ booths, and international food courts with some of the best food and beverages that San Francisco has to offer.
Calistoga Uncorked at the Presidio
Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco, 415-561-5444
Taste and purchase wine from 30 hard-to-find Calistoga wineries, including from many not open to the public. Light bites will also be served.
Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
Fillmore St., 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 streets and adjoining block of Folsom St. 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.
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.
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 classic theater in a beautiful park setting!