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Thursday, April 20

420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
Thursday, April 20 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, at your own risk of arrest and contact high, of course
| Hippie Hill
420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
Let’s file this one under “unofficial.” There’s no permits issued; it’s not really legal, but usually the city tends to turn a blind eye when thousands turn up on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park on April 20th each year for a giant smoke out.  Let’s just ...

Friday, April 21

2017 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off
Friday, April 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco City Hall
2017 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off

The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip ...

Saturday, April 22

San Francisco Earth Day 2017 Festival & Climate Rally | Mission Dist.
Saturday, April 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco Earth Day 2017 Festival & Climate Rally | Mission Dist.
Every year, up to 10,000 people from the Bay Area and beyond come together to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 it is happening again and not only there is a festival but also a climate rally for Mother Earth. Earth Day ...

Sunday, April 23

Historic 1920s-1950s Italian Race Car Show “The California Mille” | Nob Hill
Sunday, April 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
Historic 1920s-1950s Italian Race Car Show
The 27th annual California Mille will bring 70 historic cars from all over the world to San Francisco to salute Italy’s most famous open road race, the Mille Miglia. See the biggest free car show of its kind in America and meet the drivers. 27th California ...

Saturday, April 29

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hall of Flowers (GG Park)
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2017 – January 7 & 8 ...

Sunday, April 30

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, April 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hall of Flowers (GG Park)
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2017 – January 7 & 8 ...

Saturday, May 6

2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission Dist., SF FREE The celebration ...

Sunday, May 7

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents over 75 free performances on three outdoor stages in Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s programs. 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May – October, 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and ...

2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa
2017 How Weird Street Faire | SoMa
For the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire, SoMa will be filled with art and performances, vendors, tasty food and drinks, and all of the colorful weirdness that San Francisco is famous for. All ages are welcome. 2017 How Weird Street Faire Sunday, May 7, 2017 | Noon to ...

Sunday, May 21

Bay to Breakers 2017 | SF
Bay to Breakers 2017 | SF
Bring your costumed, your semi-naked and your beer (try to be discreet) and participate in one of the largest races in America – one of the most strange and “San Francentric.” The third Sunday in May brings us “Bay to Breakers,” the crown jewel of San ...

Saturday, May 27

San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Saturday | Mission
Saturday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Saturday | Mission

The 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate with us at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival May 27-28, 2017 | ...

Sunday, May 28

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2017
Sunday, May 28 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Bryant
San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2017
On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kickoffs at 9:30 am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission Street down to 17th Street, ...
San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Sunday | Mission
Sunday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Sunday | Mission

The 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate with us at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival May 27-28, 2017 | ...

Saturday, June 3

2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF

The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest free annual events, plus it launches the start of the city’s summer street festivals. The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries ...

Sunday, June 4

2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF
Sunday, June 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2017 Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting | SF

The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest free annual events, plus it launches the start of the city’s summer street festivals. The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries ...

Saturday, June 17

2017 North Beach Festival | Saturday
Saturday, June 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2017 North Beach Festival | Saturday

Considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, the North Beach Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary in historic North Beach. 2017 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 17-18, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE The festival site includes numerous ...

Sunday, June 18

2017 North Beach Festival | Sunday
Sunday, June 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2017 North Beach Festival | Sunday

Considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, the North Beach Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary in historic North Beach. 2017 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 17-18, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE The festival site includes numerous ...

Saturday, June 24

2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center
Saturday, June 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

Sunday, June 25

2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 25 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Market Street
2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
The parade is the culmination of a month of Pride-themed events in the city, leading up to an all-out celebration for Pride weekend with the Pride Festival in Civic Center Plaza. 2017 San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm Market Street, San Francisco FREE Forty-six ...
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center
Sunday, June 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

Saturday, July 1

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday
Saturday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday

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 on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

Sunday, July 2

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Sunday
Sunday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Sunday

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 on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

Tuesday, July 4

San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2017
Tuesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2017
Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue with San Francisco Fireworks on July 4, 2017. At approximately 9:30 pm, visitors will be treated to SF’s spectacular fireworks display over the Bay launched from just north of Fisherman’s Wharf. 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks & Entertainment July 4, 2017 ...

Saturday, July 29

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

Sunday, July 30

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

2017 Kinky “Up Your Alley” Fair | SoMa
Sunday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donations are requested.
| Dore Alley
2017 Kinky
This is no indie hipster fair with hand-knit scarves and folk music… If rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinheads, punks, or any variety of built, hairy men turns you on, then they’ve got it. In their own words, you won’t find a filthier event in the States. 2017 ...

Saturday, September 9

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | County Fair Building
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2017 – January 7 & 8 ...

Sunday, September 10

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | SF County Fair Building
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair has one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2017 – January 7 & 8 ...

Thursday, October 5

Fleet Week 2017 | Blue Angels Arrival & Practice
Thursday, October 5 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2017 | Blue Angels Arrival & Practice
Although it’s not the full airshow later in the week, you should be able to look up into the sky on Thursday and see the Blue Angels buzzing the city and over the waterfront doing their annual Survey Flights of San Francisco. Blue Angels Survey Flights: 1-5 pm

Friday, October 6

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park

Please note, this hasn’t been publicly announced yet, but we have confirmed the dates with the city. 2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day ...