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San Francisco Festivals

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide to Festivals in San Francisco, California.
What is going on in San Francisco, California? Check out this list of festivals: film, music, food, theatre, art and family-friendly festivals. If it is happening in San Francisco, it is listed here.

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Feb 23 to Feb 24
About 300 wineries participate in this mega-testing event, internationally recognized and called America's heritage wine.



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Mar 09 to Mar 12
Dedicated to films inspired by and about the ocean, the festival and organizers awaken audiences to the beauty and mysteries of the sea and its importance as one of the world's vital ecosystems.



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Mar 11
Held in conjunction with the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, the Saint Patrick's Festival at Civic Center Plaza happens on the Saturday before Saint Patrick's Day. This lively event features live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's rides and activities, cultural displays, a petting zoo, and food and beverage concessions, and is a great opportunity to learn about Irish history and culture.
  • Civic Center Plaza   Address: Polk St. between McAllister and Grove Sts. San Francisco  CA  USA
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The Redwood Coast Jazz Festival presents four days of swing, blues, calypso, zydeco, Dixieland and more.



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Spectators and hundreds of performers from both Japan and California join to celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage.



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The San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest running festival of its kind in the United States, starting in 1957. Nearly 200 films from over 50 countries are presented at this festival.
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The fifth of May - el cinco de Mayo in Spanish - is a date Latinos all over America celebrate with parades, music and parties. In San Francisco, the date is celebrated in the Mission District with a festival of entertainers, food, dancing and a parade.
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Soaking up the beer, enjoying live bands and a wide selection of food, this event near the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion lures beer lovers. Over 200 beers are offered and ticket price is all-inclusive.



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This multicultural celebration runs on Memorial Day weekend and showcases Brazilian samba, Japanese Taiko drumming, Chinese Lion dance and African drumming.
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Dedicated to the growth of jazz, the festival is recognized for presenting the most promising talents on the international, national and San Francisco Bay Area scenes.



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This is a Free Festival. There is No Admission Charge.

In its 40th year, the 2016 Union Street Festival is continuing the exciting additions to this long standing San Francisco event. For the 2016 Festival, the event will again feature Fashion, Technology, Local Exhibits, Crafts and Health & Fitness.

The Union Street Fashion Show has become one of the highlights of the Festival. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants. It is not to be missed!
In addition, the Festival will host Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions. Check back for ticket details.

The Festival will also include the traditional elements that have made this event stand out over the years, including Arts and Craft Exhibitors, unique Sponsors, Festive Food Vendors and Community Groups. Please come check out the Juried Art Section at the festival and see who you think should be awarded the cash prizes!

The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

Valet Bike Parking is provided at Union and Buchanan.

Please Note: No Outside Alcohol will be Allowed on the Festival Site


  • Union Street   Address: Union Street San Francisco  CA  USA



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The Union Street Festival is San Francisco's premier art festival, featuring 250 artists displaying fine arts and crafts, two stages of great entertainment, 20 gourmet food booths and a whole block of children’s rides, games and inflatables. Over 100,000 people come from all over the United States to attend this annual free event. The festival takes place on six blocks of Union Street between Gough & Steiner where historic Victorians have been converted into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
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Saturday & Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ~ FREE
North Beach District, San Francisco, CA

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In its 62nd year, The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor Festivals.
The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco’s Little Italy and the home of the famed beat generation. The Festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of the district including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue.

The 2016 event will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid’s chalk art area and the blessing of the animals.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to participate in this San Francisco tradition which is known nationally and internationally.

Blessing of the Animals:

The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo Street) will take place from 2:00 – 3:00 both days during the festival.

Kids’ Chalk Art Area:

Let your kids creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at our kids chalk art area on Vallejo St. between Grant Ave. & Columbus from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days.



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The festival is showcasing the range, depth and diversity of the African-American experience in films from around the world.



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Held at the Sharon Meadows at Golden Gate Park, it is a celebration of the uniquely Irish combination of oysters and stout. Each year around 11,000 people enjoy this street event with good food, drink, live Irish music and dancing.
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The festival features dance styles from all over the world. The Bay Area's dance companies are presented at the Palace of Fine Arts over three consecutive themed weekends in June.
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Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3, 2016
10:00AM – 6:00PM
Fillmore Street between Jackson & Eddy
San Francisco, CA

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This is a Free Festival. There is No Admission Charge.

Blending art and soul in one of the country's most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.

This year's entertainment continues the tradition of showcasing outstanding artists from across the Jazz spectrum. The organization and logistics of the Festival are in the hands of Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc.



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Fillmore Jazz Festival 2015
Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5, 2015
Fillmore Street ~ Jackson to Eddy
San Francisco, CA
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Blending art and soul in one of the country's most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.



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This annual event continues the tradition of showcasing outstanding artists from across the Jazz spectrum who gather on Filmore Street to celebrate jazz, culture and cuisine.



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It is a celebration of the diverse Asian and Pacific American communities in the Bay Area. Lion dancers, taiko drummers, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, food and children’s events are part of this festival.
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This arts event celebrates Pacific Isle culture, Polynesian dance, island food, music, ethnic arts and crafts.
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Filmmakers from all over the world present diversity of the Jewish Culture. Castro Theater and other venues within the Bay area host this annual event.



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

24th Street ~ from Diamond to Chattanooga
San Francisco, CA

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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The Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 6th Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk on Thursday, August 18th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and on Castro Street.

Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales location is at the 3865 24th St. parking lot between Sanchez & Vicksburg. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be “Cash Only.” Please note: The last sale of tickets is 7:30 PM, pouring ends at 7:45 PM, per the ABC permit.

Don’t miss this delicious and affordable event – experience the flavor of Noe Valley.



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The Lincoln Highway Festival of Rochelle emphasizes the past and present wealth of transportation systems found in and around Rochelle. The festival is held the 2nd weekend in August and has numerous activities to see, including car/motorcycle show, live entertainment, amusements, craft, business & food booths, a parade and much more.


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The festival features live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink, and parades along historic Grant Avenue mark this celebration.
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This is an activity for all family featuring a variety of chocolate delicacies from the Bay Area restaurants and bakeries, chef demonstrations, children's entertainment and live music.
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The festival is known for its experimental tendencies in theatrical styles and art performance.
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The fest captures the authentic spirit of Munich, Germany, with the finest German cuisine, world's best beer, and authentic German music.
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Free summer performances at Presidio Parade Ground, Cupertino's Memorial
Park and Pleasanton's Amador
Valley Community Park featuring Shakespeare's most popular plays and comedies. Check website for times and locations.
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Every year Golden Gate Park plays host to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, previously known as the Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which celebrate all things music with a number of free performances.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard
San Francisco, CA
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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The Union Street Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 7th Annual Union Street Wine Walk on Thursday October 6th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard.

Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $30 or advance tickets for $25 via the website. The on-site tickets sales location is 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater). Please note: The last sale of tickets is 7:30 PM, pouring ends at 7:45 PM, per the ABC permit.

Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be “Cash Only.”

Don’t miss this delicious and affordable event – experience the flavor of Union Street!
  • Union Street   Address: Union Street San Francisco  CA  USA



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Taking place every October, Fleet Week is a tradition in San Francisco in honor of the Marines and the Armed Forces overall. This is a great time for visitors to see the Red Bull Air Show and Navy Ships Parade.
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The festival showcases the Bay Area’s writers for a week of readings, discussions, films, cross-media happenings and more.
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This is a celebration of African American artists, dancers and musicians promoting community culture and giving a voice to the Black experience.

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