Get into the spirit of summer in San Francisco at exciting festivals and street fairs that celebrate the culture, music, food, art and pride of the Bay Area. From the Pride Celebration Parade to the SF Jazz Festival, San Francisco heats up with entertainment and fun this June.
San Francisco Jazz Festival – June 9- 21 – Enjoy more than 30 live jazz concerts at the SF Jazz Center on Franklin Street, as well as venues in the surrounding neighborhood, including the Joe Henderson Lab and Davies Symphony Hall. Don’t miss Shelby Lynn at Miner Auditorium on the 15th.
North Beach Festival – June 13 – 14 – Experience San Francisco’s oldest street fair with a juried arts & craft show, live music and entertainment, local food, a pizza toss, and kids fun zone with face painting. The festival takes place on the streets near Washington Square Park.
Haight Asbury Street Fair – June 14 – Head over to the colorful Haight-Ashbury district (Haight St. between Masonic and Stanyan streets) for a day of music, arts, crafts, and food. This annual event celebrates the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco’s coolest and most internationally celebrated neighborhoods.
Alcatraz Challenge Swim – June 21 – Cheer on the swimmers as they brave the 1.5-mile swim course on the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay. This challenging race begins near Alcatraz Island and finishes at the East Beach of Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Presidio Park.
San Francisco Pride Celebration Parade and Festival – June 16 – 27 – Celebrate San Francisco’s LGBT community with a weekend festival in downtown. Held at the foot of City Hall, the festival features 20 stages, including the Main State at Civic Center Plaza, with live music, DJs and speakers, art exhibitors, and food and drink vendors. The largest LGBT pride in the country culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on Sunday.
Where To Stay, While You Play
If you’re coming to San Francisco to celebrate, play, eat, dance or march, there are several wonderful hotels near the action. You can stay right across from the Embarcadero waterfront and Ferry Building at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, which offers beautiful rooms and suites with views of the city and bay and eclectic dining. Also along the Embarcadero, Hotel Griffon – voted the “Best Boutique Hotel” by San Francisco Magazine – features luxury rooms and suites and a superb location. Loved for its historic charm and grand architecture, InterContinental Mark Hopkins is a luxurious Nob Hill hotel with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and within walking distance of Union Square and the Mission District.