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Friday, June 22

“Circus Bella” Your Favorite One Ring Circus | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, June 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
"Circus Bella" Your Favorite One Ring Circus | Yerba Buena Gardens
Circus Bella is back with a brand new original show which follows the journey of a wild and rambunctious musical troupe as it presents an unusual and whimsical concert filled to the brim with tricks and surprises. Set to original music by the ingenious composer/accordionist Rob ...

Saturday, June 23

SF Dyke March & Rally 2018 | Dolores Park
Saturday, June 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dolores Park
SF Dyke March & Rally 2018 | Dolores Park
Join  the rally at Dolores Park and then a march through Castro Street back to Dolores Park. Enjoy the speeches, camaraderie, and the music of our many talented artists who will perform on the day. The San Francisco Dyke March is an annual rally and march ...

2018 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center
Saturday, June 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $1 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2018 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center

Celebrate “Generations of Strength” at the 2018 San Francisco Pride Celebration. Immerse yourself into two-days of community engagement and entertainment. See the main stage lineup. View the community stage lineup. 48th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 23, 2018 | Noon to 6 pm – ...

Sunday, June 24

2018 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Market Street
2018 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. 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:30 am to 6 pm Market Street, San Francisco FREE Forty-eight ...
2018 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center
Sunday, June 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2018 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center

Celebrate “Generations of Strength” at the 2018 San Francisco Pride Celebration. Immerse yourself into two-days of community engagement and entertainment. See the main stage lineup. View the community stage lineup. 48th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 23, 2018 | Noon to 6 pm – ...

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, July 4

2018 SF Mime Troupe Season Opening | Dolores Park
Wednesday, July 4 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Dolores Park
2018 SF Mime Troupe Season Opening | Dolores Park

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 59th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2018 production “Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2018 Free political theater & music in parks all ...

San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2018
Wednesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2018
Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue as PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with a day of fun for the whole family. Start your day with live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Tainted Love — the best of the 80s LIVE.  At approximately 9:30pm, look to the sky for ...

Thursday, July 5

Flower Piano Opening Day: 12 Hidden Pianos in Golden Gate Park | SF Botanical Garden
Thursday, July 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for San Francisco Residents with proof of ID. $8 for regular entry.
| San Francisco Botanical Garden
Flower Piano Opening Day: 12 Hidden Pianos in Golden Gate Park | SF Botanical Garden

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen grand pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Flower Piano is free to ...

Manring Kassin Burr: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, July 5 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Manring Kassin Burr: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
As individual players, Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and John R. Burr have all carved out extensive, multi-faceted careers exploring a vast array of musical styles. Together this triumvirate creates intriguingly uncategorizable music that blithely ignores stylistic divisions hemming in jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, and world music. ...

Friday, July 6

Caterpillar Puppets (Kids’ show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, July 6 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppets (Kids’ show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program is a repeat of the 11 am show. Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little ...

Saturday, July 7

Isle of Klezbos & Fanfare Zambaleta: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, July 7 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Isle of Klezbos & Fanfare Zambaleta: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This double-barreled blast of Eastern European soul presents a program of cross-fertilized Jewish and Romani party music. Hailing from the hurly-burly streets of New York, the all-women klezmer sextet Isle of Klezbos has spent two decades touring the world, delivering a reverently irreverent array of mystical Hebrew ...

Tuesday, July 10

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, July 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, July 12

Maikaze Daiko: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, July 12 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Maikaze Daiko: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
A recent addition to the vibrant Mission District arts scene, Maikaze Daiko was founded to preserve and promote the awe-inspiring art form of modern taiko, or kumi-daiko. For the vast majority of its history, taiko was associated with village festivals, traditional Japanese theater, battle, and religious ceremonies. ...

Friday, July 13

Chelle! & Friends (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, July 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Chelle! & Friends (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm. Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, Chelle! & Friends bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music. Chelle! & Friends is made up of ...

Saturday, July 14

SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, July 14 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
The ukulele is truly the people’s instrument, and SF Uke Jam is the Bay Area’s leading force bringing fans of the diminutive instrument together. Whether you play or just enjoy hearing the ukulele being strummed by trained fingers, come join the SFUJ community for an afternoon uke-apalooza ...

Thursday, July 19

Solate: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, July 19 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Solate: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
The Bay Area has a way of transforming familiar elements into strikingly original new sounds, and the quartet Solate embodies the best of this alchemical reaction. Built upon the graceful guitar work of Joel Mandella and interlocking bass lines of Kevin Goldberg, Solate features the translucent vocals ...

Friday, July 20

Pi Clowns (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, July 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Pi Clowns (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and ...

Friday, July 27

Alphabet Rockers (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Friday, July 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Alphabet Rockers (Kids’ Show): Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm. Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs and dances.

Saturday, July 28

2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 33rd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from giant creature kites as big as houses, to free kite making and free candy drops ...

Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, July 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvany Terry is in the vanguard of Latin American musicians transforming the US jazz scene. Blending a verdant continuum of influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz, he’s created a singular sound, one of the most ambitious and consequent cross-cultural visions ...

Sunday, July 29

2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2018 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 33rd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from giant creature kites as big as houses, to free kite making and free candy drops ...

2018 “Up Your Alley Fair” & Fetish Street Festival | SoMa
Sunday, July 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donations are requested.
| Dore Alley
2018 "Up Your Alley Fair" & Fetish Street Festival | SoMa
This is no indie hipster fair with hand-knit scarves and folk music… Up Your Alley is only for real players, where leather daddies rule the streets of SoMa. If rubber, biker gear, or any variety of built, hairy men turns you on, then they’ve got it. In ...
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Sunday, July 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s, the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps was the first openly-gay musical group in the world. Sims went on to create the San ...

Thursday, August 2

Sol Development with Mino Yanci: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 2 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Sol Development with Mino Yanci: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Oakland-based MC, award-winning spoken word poet, activist, and educator Karega Bailey is the guiding spirit behind SoL DeVeloPMeNT, a charismatic crew that delivers trenchant, politically resonant verse amidst an inexorable flow of jazz, soul and hip-hop grooves. The director of special education at Oakland’s Roses in ...

Saturday, August 4

Dog Surfing Championships | Pacifica
Saturday, August 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch. Entering your dog ranges from $10 to $25
| Linda Mar State Beach
Dog Surfing Championships | Pacifica
The Dog Surfing World Championships take place on the NorCal coast — where the concept for the sport originated with big thanks to the book that started it all – The Dog’s Guide to Surfing – bringing together dog surfing talent for charity. Dog surfers are invited to ...

Thursday, August 9

LINES Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
LINES Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
In a city brimming with inventive dance troupes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has long stood out as one of the jewels of the scene. Undergirding the company’s long-running status as a creative hothouse is the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, which presents the culmination of an ...

Tuesday, August 14

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, August 14 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, August 16

Highest Ani: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 16 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Highest Ani: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Committed to paying homage to Armenian music, Highest Ani has created a powerful new sound by combining ancient Armenian folk and contemporary Western instrumentation with musical elements drawn from rock, jazz, hip hop, funk and Middle Eastern music. The four-piece band features Mark Ohanesian on qanun (a large trapezoidal zither ...