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What To Do in 2017: SF’s Top Fairs & Festivals

Plan your year with street fairs, fireworks, festivals, Pride, Carnaval and more
By - posted 1/4/2017

Friday, April 20

420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
Friday, April 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Hippie Hill
420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park

420 at Hippie Hill is a well known San Francisco tradition, bringing tens of thousands of people from all over to Sharon Meadow to celebrate the right to use cannabis.
In previous years, this “festival” has been un-permitted and unofficial. It was awesome, but growing larger every …

Saturday, April 21

San Francisco Earth Day 2018 Festival & Climate Rally | Civic Center
Saturday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco Earth Day 2018 Festival & Climate Rally | Civic Center

Every year thousands of people from the Bay Area and beyond come together to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 it is happening again and not only there is a festival but also a climate rally for Mother Earth.
This year’s theme …

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown
Saturday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field
Saturday, April 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Crissy Field (near Warming Hut)
10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field

Watch and join in the amazing gravity-defying art of rock balancing near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dozens of artists worldwide are part of a global balanced rock sculpture movement, and two of them have invited you to learn the practice of creating these serene, temporary sculptures …

Sunday, April 22

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center
Sunday, April 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Golden Gate Park Band: 2018 Season Opening Day | Free Sunday Concert in the Park
Sunday, April 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free. Donations are appreciated.
| Spreckels Temple of Music
Golden Gate Park Band: 2018 Season Opening Day | Free Sunday Concert in the Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the new direction of Robert Calonico, presents the 136th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most ...

Wednesday, April 25

Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.

Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas …

Friday, April 27

Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 27
Friday, April 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 27

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 hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, ...

Saturday, April 28

Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2018 | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Food is for purchase.
| Murphy Windmill
Dutch

The Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate King’s Day 2018 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park.
King’s Day, the biggest national celebration in the Netherlands, is returning once again to San Francisco. Dutch King’s Day San Francisco will be …

Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 28
Saturday, April 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 28

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 hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, ...

MACLA Family Art Day: Dance & Yoga Classes | San Jose
Saturday, April 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
MACLA Family Art Day: Dance & Yoga Classes | San Jose

Join MACLA for an outdoor celebration with the community at Parque de Los Pobladores. Family Art Day is a free festival for youth and families with hands-on visual art activities, bilingual gallery tours, multicultural dance and music performances, dance classes, and a raffle for Southwest …

Sunday, April 29

Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 29
Sunday, April 29 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 29

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 hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, ...

Tuesday, May 1

Stern Grove 2018 Schedule Announced | May 1st
Tuesday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stern Grove
Stern Grove 2018 Schedule Announced | May 1st

The Stern Grove Festival has been throwing free concerts in the park every summer since 1938. If you don’t mind arriving early to spread out your blanket to stake your spot, it’s an excellent way to spend a relaxing Sunday in a beautiful park setting watching free ...

Saturday, May 5

2018 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2018 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.
This year, there will be music and entertainment on two stages, kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, beer garden, fun for all ages.
14th Annual …

2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley
Saturday, May 5 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley

The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal in People’s …

Sunday, May 6

2018 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa
Sunday, May 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $11.11*
*Early Bird tickets $11.11, Advanced tickets are $15 and Door tickets are $20
| Howard & Main (SoMa)
2018 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa

On May 6, 2018, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for a Celebration of Peace for The Disco Ball. It will be a parody of the 1970s, and a very groovy time. There will be dancing in the streets …

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2018 Kick-Off: All-Female Mariachi | SF
Sunday, May 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2018 Kick-Off: All-Female Mariachi | SF

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival opens on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1:00pm with the first all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, as they have blazed a brilliant pioneering path for women in a traditionally male world of Mexican music.
Co-led by violinist and founder …

Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | Final Day
Sunday, May 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | Final Day

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 hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, ...

Sunday, June 10

41st Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF
Sunday, June 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Haight Ashbury
41st Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF

The annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair brings thousands of people to Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to shop over 200 outdoor vendors including food, green businesses, local artists, clothing, crafts, non-profits and more.
2018 Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11 am to 5:30 …

Saturday, June 16

2018 North Beach Festival | Saturday
Saturday, June 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2018 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. 2018 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 16-17, 2018 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE with RSVP The festival site ...

Sunday, June 17

2018 North Beach Festival | Sunday
Sunday, June 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2018 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. 2018 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 16-17, 2018 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE with RSVP The festival site ...

Stern Grove Festival 2018 Kick-Off Concert: Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne | SF
Sunday, June 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2018 Kick-Off Concert: Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne | SF

The Big Picnic Concert inaugurates the Festival’s 81st Season with a free performance at 2 pm on June 17, 2018, featuring two of America’s most lauded R&B/soul sensations, Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne.
The opening day concert will take place at 2 pm at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue …

Saturday, June 30

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Saturday
Saturday, June 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | 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 1

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Sunday
Sunday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | 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. ...

Wednesday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2018
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2018

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year.
Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum …

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