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May 3, 2018

Things We're Excited About This Summer in San Francisco

From vibrant cultural festivals and foodie fests to athletic events such as fun runs and the Rugby World Cup Sevens, summertime in San Francisco means a packed calendar of exciting things to do and see. Here are a few events that we’re excited about.

Summer Nights in the City

Longer hours of sunlight mean more time to enjoy San Francisco’s iconic experiences. We all know summer nights are when fun really begins. This summer, there are plenty of ways to savor the city after the sun goes down — from outdoor concerts, after-hours museum events and award-winning theater to Giants' games at Oracle Park, scenic rooftop bars and an eclectic nightlife scene. Or, just get outside and unwind with spectacular sunsets and starry skies. Whatever your preference, San Francisco has plenty of ways to enjoy an unforgettable summer night this season.

Even More Reasons to Eat and Drink

As if you didn’t have enough gourmet restaurants to enjoy throughout San Francisco, these special events give foodies even more spots to add to the itinerary. Eat your way through the food stands at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and Alemany Farmers’ Market, when summertime means more vendors and farm-fresh picks to savor. Off the Grid markets bring numerous food trucks to locations throughout the city every week. At Uncorked Wine Festival at The Presidio on June 25, swirl and sip your way through more than 50 wineries or catch local celebrity chefs, mixologists and tastemakers in action at the premier Eat Drink SF (Aug. 24–26).

Fun Runs

Whether you’re looking to break your marathon personal record or you’ve just barely gotten yourself off the couch, San Francisco has a run to suit your style. Don your most outrageous costume at Bay to Breakers (May 20), run across the Golden Gate Bridge during Across the Bay (June 10), explore the neighborhoods during The San Francisco Marathon (July 29), take in waterfront views on the Bridge to Bridge (Aug. 26) or show off your San Francisco Giants gear during the Giant Race (Sept. 9).

40th Anniversary Festivals

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Carnaval (May 26–27) by watching the dazzling parade of dancers, drummers and costumed performers make its way through the Mission District. While you’re in the neighborhood, Carnaval founder Roberto Hernandez recommends that you should “discover all the murals, grab a taco, burrito, pupusas, tamales, birrea or sopes to eat and drink a horchata, cacao or pinolio.” Also celebrating its 40th anniversary, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (July 14–15 and July 21–22) will feature traditional and contemporary choreography from an array of cultures.

Festivals Celebrating Diversity

A melting pot of ethnic groups, cultures and lifestyles, San Francisco’s communities create a broad spectrum of diversity, and its festivals are equally distinctive. Celebrate African-American culture at SF Juneteenth (June 17), join the LGBTQIA+ festivities of San Francisco Pride (June 23–24), experience an array of Asian-Pacific American life at Nihonmachi Street Fair (Aug. 4–5), join Grateful Dead fans as they celebrate the iconic lead singer during Jerry Garcia Day (Aug. 5) or revel in Filipino culture at Pistahan Parade & Festival (Aug. 11-12).

Museum Exhibit Openings

Changing as often as the seasons, museums and cultural institutions throughout San Francisco showcase new exhibits and collections to keep things fresh. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), you can peruse an intriguing collection of photographic portraits in Selves and Others (through Sept. 23), or view Judy Dater: Only Human (April 7 – Sept. 16) for a comprehensive examination of this Bay Area photographer’s career. At the Asian Art Museum, descend into the depths of one man’s idea of Tibetan Buddhist hell with his collection of acrylic paintings titled A Guided Tour of Hell (April 20–Sept. 16). Experience the Giants of Land & Sea, a new exhibit opening this June at the California Academy of Sciences. Or, bring the kids to The Walt Disney Family Museum to see Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane (through Sept. 3), where you can explore the fascinating career of animator and recent Oscar winner Glen Keane, who brought Disney characters such as Ariel and Pocahontas to life. This summer, the museum will also feature Nine Old Men, a tribute to Walt Disney's inner circle of top animators who helped create the studio's beloved, classic films.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

From July 20–22, the iconic Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, will host this exciting international competition of 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams competing to become world champions.


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