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Epic "Night Watch" Film Night on a Barge Cruises SF Bay (Sept. 17-19)Epic “Night Watch” Film Night on a Barge Cruises SF Bay (Sept. 17-19)
By - posted 9/13/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, San Francisco

Join in for the West Coast debut of Shimon Attie’s Night Watch, a floating media arts installation. Night Watch will travel San Francisco Bay and the Oakland Estuary on the evenings of September 17 – 19 from 6:15pm – 9pm. During these three nights in September, onshore activations — exhibitions, panels, more...

SF's North Beach Festival Postponed (Again) to 2022SF’s North Beach Festival Postponed (Again) to 2022
By - posted 9/13/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

After being canceled in 2020 and rescheduled for September 18-19, 2021, San Francisco’s North Beach Festival has ben postponed again, now with the 66th edition of the street fair set to take place June 18-19, 2022. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sad to announce that the 2021 North more...

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Canceled for 2nd YearHalf Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Canceled for 2nd Year
By - posted 9/9/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates

Sadly, the world-famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has been canceled for the second year in a row. The Half Moon Bay City Council voted unanimously to deny a special event permit for this year’s festival which was scheduled to take place on October 16, 2021. The last pumpkin festival took more...

SF Lowrider 40th Anniversary Exhibit & Cruise (Sept. 18)SF Lowrider 40th Anniversary Exhibit & Cruise (Sept. 18)
By - posted 9/6/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Celebrations, Fairs & Festivals, Only in San Francisco

A free art exhibit opening on Tuesday in San Francisco’s Mission District aims to highlight the history of lowrider vehicles — a celebrated form of expression for Latinos in the U.S. The exhibit is being put on by the San Francisco Lowrider Council as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration more...

Oakland Hosts CA's First Ever Legal "Sesh"Oakland Hosts CA’s First Ever Legal “Sesh”
By - posted 9/6/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Get Out: Events, Oakland

Harborside & Smoakland present Market Daze 2021 feat. Hiero and Friends. California’s 1st Legal Sesh Market Daze, is a cannabis marketplace for legally licensed brands like Korova, Smoakland, Sublime, and many more! Come out to chop it up with some of your favorite cannabis brands and retailers like Harborside, Blunts + more...

John Waters' "Halloween Meltdown" Music Fest in Oakland (Oct. 16-17)John Waters’ “Halloween Meltdown” Music Fest in Oakland (Oct. 16-17)
By - posted 9/4/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Oakland, Reopening

Get your costumes ready for Halloween Meltdown, an outdoor music festival hosted by John Waters, live in the flesh, at Mosswood Park in Oakland, October 16-17, 2021. You’ll have a ghoulishly good time with live sets by Osees, The Gories, Seth Bogart, The Mummies and many more. Plus, there will be more...

SF's 153rd Italian Heritage Parade Returns to North Beach (Oct. 10)SF’s 153rd Italian Heritage Parade Returns to North Beach (Oct. 10)
By - posted 8/30/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening

One of the San Francisco’s oldest celebrations of heritage and the longest-running Italian-American parade in the nation returns October 10, 2021. Thanks to The Chronicle for breaking the news it’s the first major parade to return to San Francisco since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Serving as the Grand Marshall is Graziano Cerchiai, owner of the historic more...

Golden Gate Park's New Free 2021 Outdoor Concert SeriesGolden Gate Park’s New Free 2021 Outdoor Concert Series
By - posted 8/26/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Outdoorsy

Golden Gate Bandshell welcomes back live performances with a diverse lineup of musicians to play free concerts at historic landmark. Live music has returned to the Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with a series of free outdoor concerts in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco more...

Oakland Symphony's Free Outdoor Waterfront ConcertsOakland Symphony’s Free Outdoor Waterfront Concerts
By - posted 8/23/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Outdoorsy, Things to Do

Pick up a delectable assortment of prepared foods and fine wines from Rocky’s Market and relax in the open-air with friends at the Brooklyn Basin with four free outdoor concerts featuring musicians from the Oakland Symphony in one-time-only musical configurations and special instrumentation performing site-specific repertoire. Please note that longtime Oakland more...

SF's Free Outdoor Movies are Back Starting August 27SF’s Free Outdoor Movies are Back Starting August 27
By - posted 8/20/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Free Movie Screenings, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Sundown Cinema is back, and just in time for San Francisco summer. Enjoy food, drinks, and film selections that celebrate the unique character and beauty of our city’s parks and neighborhoods. From now through October, Sundown Cinema is bringing five iconic films to five parks across SF, beginning with Sister Act more...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Cancels 2021 Golden Gate Park FestivalHardly Strictly Bluegrass Cancels 2021 Golden Gate Park Festival
By - posted 8/19/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

We probably all thought this news was coming, but Thursday morning Hardly Strictly Bluegrass made it official:  For the second year in a row organizers are canceling the in-person festival at Golden Gate Park for 2021 that was originally scheduled for October 1-3. But it’s not all bad news. HSB will more...

SF's Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival Returns September 11-12SF’s Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival Returns September 11-12
By - posted 8/19/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening

Plagued by the pandemic, xenophobia, and crime, Chinatown has had one rough year. Nonetheless, tourists are starting to return and things are beginning to return to normal. To enliven their spirit, the community can look forward to its traditional annual Autumn Moon Festival. Once again, the streets of historic Chinatown will more...

SF's "Flower Piano" Festival is Back September 17-21SF’s “Flower Piano” Festival is Back September 17-21
By - posted 8/18/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Reopening

San Francisco Botanical Garden and Sunset Piano are excited to present one of the most unique, creative, and innovative events in the Bay Area. After five successful years, and a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are excited to bring back Flower Piano to transform San Francisco Botanical more...

Castro Street Fair Returns October 3, 2021Castro Street Fair Returns October 3, 2021
By - posted 8/17/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening

Although the Fair may look a little different this year, pending potential guidance from SFDPH, the Castro Street Fair returns in person on Sunday, October 3, 2021. 2021 Fair details are still forthcoming. The Fair is always the first Sunday in October from 11 am to 6 pm. History of Castro Street more...

Bay Area Summer Festival Guide 2021 (Updated)Bay Area Summer Festival Guide 2021 (Updated)
By - posted 8/17/2021
4th of July, Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Things are feeling close to back to normal, so that means that many traditional summer fairs and festivals are returning for the first time in more than a year. Here’s our upcoming list big fun events to look forward to! 2021 Summer Festivals / Bay Area Updated 8/17/21 June 2021 San Mateo County Fair more...