Things to Do in San Francisco this June
For the record, Mark Twain never said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” If you keep yourself busy with all these upcoming events, you'll probably welcome the cool fog rolling in each afternoon. Here's our round-up of things to do in San Francisco this June.
Pride with a Capital “P”
June is Pride month. Rainbow flags line Market Street and folks in the Castro will be shopping at Cliff’s Variety Store for that special tiara or boa. The 43rd edition of Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival runs from June 20 to 30, 2019. With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline43 will draw film buffs, media artists and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and across the globe to see the best in queer cinema. On June 21-22, 2019, for three performances only, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus debuts a new concert, "Queens," at The Sydney Goldstein Theater. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, June 29-30, 2019, is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation, with more than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 venues and stages. This year’s celebration is honoring more than a dozen community leaders. Make sure to include a visit to the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, too. On June 12, 2019, join the San Francisco Giants in celebration of the Bay Area’s rich LGBTQ culture with a baseball game against the San Diego Padres. Each special event ticket package for LGBTQ Night at Oracle Park includes a pre-game party, a ticket to the evening's Giants game, and a limited-edition wearable Giants Pride flag, with partial proceeds supporting local LGBTQ-focused non-profits.
It’s Going to Be a Clusterfest
Returning to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Civic Center Plaza is Clusterfest, a three-day comedy and music festival that will bring the likes of John Mulaney and Amy Poehler to San Francisco, June 21-23, 2019. Musical talents like the Roots and Courtney Barnett are also part of the diverse lineup, which includes established and emerging artists. Full details are at www.clusterfest.com.
Fair Weather Fare
Weekend street fairs are perfect for exploring a new neighborhood and enjoying some local entertainment. Now in its 43rd year, the Union Street Music Festival, June 1-2, 2019, brings the sound of summer to historic Union Street. This festival features local bands, arts and crafts booths, food and beverage gardens, community groups and unique sponsors. The 42nd anniversary of the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is June 9, 2019. Be sure to include a stop at Love on Haight for some custom tie-dyed apparel, and The Haight Street Art Center, a first-of-its-kind poster print shop and gallery that supports a collective of poster artists. As San Francisco's oldest street fair, the North Beach Festival, June 15-16, 2019, features more than 125 arts and crafts booths, dozens of gourmet food booths, live entertainment, Italian street painting, kids’ chalk art area, blessings of the animals at The Shrine of St. Francis Assisi, beverage gardens and other surprises. Leave time to linger at Schein & Schein; their antique maps and prints might be just the perfect souvenir.
"Self, Made": Exploring You in a World of We
This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will walk through the doors of the Exploratorium to explore art, cultural objects and interactive experiences that express different facets of identity. "Self, Made" is much more than a science exhibition. It is also an ethical project to invite visitors to join the conversation about understanding the most complicated aspects of identity, race, sexuality and ultimately, diversity. This exhibition runs through Sept. 2, 2019.
Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity
Come to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park to discover the beauty and sophistication of this organ through a variety of hands-on activities and observation of animals, from the quills of a porcupine to the plates of a pangolin, at "Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity". This exhibit, filled with incredible specimens from the Academy's scientific collections, allows visitors to see firtshand how skin is personal yet universal. "Skin" also celebrates California’s rich cultural diversity and will be translated in several different languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino.
Transgender Celebrations with California Historical Society
Join California Historical Society for a month full of Transgender history and celebration throughout June. Award-winning scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker will present the newest edition of her book, "Transgender History: The Roots of Todays Revolution," with particular emphasis on San Francisco's rich transgender history, on June 11. Learn about the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for more than 40 years, through a film screening and discussion of "MAJOR!" on June 18. To wrap up Pride month on June 25, Marc Stein, author of "The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History," will present on California's "Gay Revolution" in the Stonewall Era and how Golden State residents responded to these riots.
Nature’s Music Box Tunes Up
Free concerts are a hallmark of San Francisco summers. One of the most renowned free concert series is the Stern Grove Festival, which began in 1938. This year, the season opens on June 16, 2019, with Grammy award-winning jazz and hip hop trio, Diagable Planets. Every Sunday thereafter at 2 p.m., through Aug. 18, 2019, “nature’s music box” in the Sunset District will hum to the sounds of performers and groups ranging from the San Francisco Symphony (July 7) to The Isley Brothers (Aug. 18).
2019 Bay Area Dumpling Festival
The Chinese Culture Center in partnership with Chinatown Visitor Information Center will be hosting the Bay Area Dumpling Festival on June 28, 2019. Indulge in boiled, steamed, pan-fried, and deep-fried street food by some of Bay Area's top chefs from 15+ restaurants. There will also be live entertainment, Chinese shadow puppetry, paper cutting and many other cultural activities.
Epic Steak Annual Pig & Pinot Festival
What better way to spend the summer months than out on the waterfront? On June 23, join EPIC Steak for "High on the Hog", their annual pig and pinot festival benefitting Guide Dogs for the Blind. Pigcentric food will be served by EPIC Steak, Waterbar, Bluestem Brasserie, Scala's Bistro, and Baby Blues BBQ, and wine pours will be made by more than 10 local wineries.
Not a month goes by without some sort of film festival in San Francisco. Check out the SF Doc Fest through June 13, 2019 at the Roxie and Brava theaters. Cinematheque celebrates works of aesthetically radical cinema in "Crossroads," which showcases new film/video works by emerging and established filmmakers, June 7-9, 2019, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From June 14 to 16, 2019, the Queer Women of Color Film Festival showcases new films reflecting the lives of queer women of color. Frameline43, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, is slated for June 20-30, 2019.
Festival of New Music
On June 15 and 16, discover the nature of music with Other Minds at their 24th annual festival of new music at the YBCA Theater. California-based composer Brain Baumbusch will perform a new work titled "The Pressure," which features more than 24 players including Baumbusch's own Lightbulb Ensemble and the San Francisco-based Friction String Quartet. Also part of this musical lineup is Ivan Wyschnegradsky, who has curated a program that includes a four-movement 30-minute grand piano ensemble.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical "Hamilton" continues its revolutionary run at SHN Orpheum Theatre. At SHN Golden Gate Theatre is "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," through June 9, 2019. The 20th Anniversary tour of "Rent" returns to San Francisco for 13 performances only, June 14-23, 2019. At the New Conservatory Theater, "The View UpStairs" wraps up on June 9, 2019. "Rhinoceros", a wicked comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture, plays the American Conservatory Theater’s Geary Theater now through June 23, 2019. After a successful inaugural year in 2003, EXIT Theatre brings a treasure trove of classics to life in the 16th annual "Twilight Zone" Parody Series. Join the EXIT Theatre for three weekends of all new stage adaptations of your favorite classic "Twilight Zone" episodes, June 14-29, 2019.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, "JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco" continues through June. "JR", presented free to the public during the museum's open hours in the Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1, celebrates the voices of our unique city. The artist JR interviewed close to 1200 people from all walks of the city's life, and presents an interactive experience of their stories through a large-scale digital mural and kiosks for guests to explore further.
San Francisco Arts Commission Presents
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries presents Brian Belott's "RHODASCOPE: Scribbles, Smears, and the Universal Language of Children According to Rhoda Kellogg", on view at San Francisco City Hall beginning June 6, 2019. Belott's exhibition is comprised of 200 scribbles and finger paintings from the Rhoda Kellogg International Child Art Collection never before seen in San Francisco. For Pride month, SFAC will also host a screening of "Criminal Queers," a trans/queer struggle against the confinement of our hearts, genders and desires, on June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
San Jose Giant Race
The seventh annual San Jose Giant Race on June 15, 2019 features five-mile and 5K races at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. The scenic routes cut through Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo and Historic San Jose before finishing on the field at Municipal Stadium. All participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and free San Jose Giants baseball ticket. Be sure to put the San Francisco Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race & Family Relay on your calendar, too, Sept. 8, 2019.
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
Now in its 39th year, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 9, 2019 will draw 2,000 triathletes from 40 countries for a 1.5 mile-swim from Alcatraz to the shore near the St. Francis Yacht Club. Followed by an 18-mile bike ride to Golden Gate Park and an eight-mile run through the Presidio, this race is considered one of the most difficult triathlons in the sport.
All That Jazz
For more than 30 years, SFJAZZ presented the San Francisco Jazz Festival in venues around the Bay Area. With the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, the festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding Hayes Valley neighborhood, offering more than 40 shows from June 11 to 23, 2019 in four different venues around San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. This year's festival will include Jassmeia Horn, Jose James, Tia Fuller, and many others.
San Francisco Symphony
Lose yourself in a lyrical fantasy that explores the incredible world of young imagination June 27-30, 2019. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a whimsical production of Ravel's "L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells).” Performances feature Isabel Leonard in the title role and include the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin.
SF Design Week "CommUNITY"
Designing a better future has never felt more urgent or important. Come be inspired by designers whose work honors global unity, which was the inspiration behind this year's theme "CommUNITY". Learn how to develop intelligent and effective designs and make connections with others who also want to make an impact. SF Design Week takes place June 20-28, 2019.
World Oceans Day
With the Pacific Ocean on its western edge, San Francisco has a daily reminder of the wonders of the deep blue sea. Celebrate World Oceans Day with Aquarium of the Bay, June 1, 2019. They will host a special beach cleanup at Aquatic Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do your part to keep the ocean a special place!
Yoga with the Sharks
From those new to yoga to experienced yogis, this class is open for all! Start your day off right with early-morning yoga at Aquarium of the Bay as sharks, fish, and rays swim over head. After class, discover more about marine life at the Aquarium, explore PIER 39, or watch the sea lions at K Dock. Dates are available through June 7, on Wednesdays and Fridays, so sign up soon.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco-born artist Daria Martin's new installation, "Daria Martin: Tonight the World," at The Contemporary Jewish Museum combines computer gaming technology and film, beginning on June 27, 2019. This multimedia exhibition explores the memories of her paternal grandmother who fled the former Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. It includes over ten thousand diary pages over a thirty-five year period and represents the trauma, intolerance, and resilience of Martin's ancestor.
San Francisco Opera's Summer Trio
The San Francisco Opera has three beautiful productions for almost every theatrical taste this summer. Find out what happens when a woman becomes obsessed with the attention she attracts in the pulse-pounding production, "Carmen" (June 5-29, 2019). See inside the mind of a war-torn WWII pilot in "Orlando" (June 9-27, 2019), and look beyond the storybook world of happily-ever-after in "Rusalka", a story inspired by The Little Mermaid (June 16-28, 2019).
Juneteenth in the Fillmore District
Commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., Juneteenth on June 15, 2019, is the oldest known celebration among African-Americans across the U.S. It has been a tradition since the late 19th century. The event usually draws some 75,000 people to the Fillmore District for the parade, a classic car show, a traditional African Uhuru village, and other activities on Fillmore Street between Geary Blvd. and Golden Gate Ave.
Picnic Pleasures and Off the Grid
We love holidays, no matter what kind, so International Picnic Day on June 18, 2019, is one of our favorites. A number of locations in San Francisco are picnic-perfect, including the Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Mason.