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Bay Area Summer Festival Guide 2021 (Updated)Bay Area Summer Festival Guide 2021 (Updated)
By - posted 6/20/2021
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 6/18/21 June 2021 San Mateo County Fair more...

SF's New Rules for "Mega Events" 5,000+ CapacitySF’s New Rules for “Mega Events” 5,000+ Capacity
By - posted 6/9/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Although San Francisco is getting rid of almost all COVID restrictions beginning 12:01am on June 15, 2021, there still are some narrow exceptions for what the state defines as a “Mega Event.”  The San Francisco Department of Public Health will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test at more...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Hints at Possible 2021 Festival?Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Hints at Possible 2021 Festival?
By - posted 6/9/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Could Hardly Strictly Bluegrass be making a comeback for 2021?  In the last line of an email sent out to its mailing list around the same time that Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco would be fully reopening on June 15th, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass wrote a lowkey statement that got more...

Stern Grove Festival 2021 Full Lineup AnnouncedStern Grove Festival 2021 Full Lineup Announced
By - posted 6/8/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Stern Grove Festival announced a packed lineup for their 2021 season highlighted by a July 4th concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Thievery Corporation on July 11, Fitz & The Tantrums on August 15th and the finale “The Big Picnic” with Tower of Power and Too $hort on August 29. All shows more...

San Mateo County Fair is Back (June 5-13)San Mateo County Fair is Back (June 5-13)
By - posted 6/5/2021
COVID Testing, COVID-19 Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

By Astrid Casimire Bay City News Foundation The San Mateo County Fair kicks off on Saturday, June 5, 2021, featuring carnival rides (though a smaller amount of rides than past years), musical performances, food vendors and free entry for those who get vaccinated on site. It takes place at the San Mateo more...

Berkeley's Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival is Back June 19Berkeley’s Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival is Back June 19
By - posted 6/1/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates

Berkeley welcomes back its popular annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The sidewalks along Shattuck and Cedar streets in North Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 22nd Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, June 19, 10am-4pm. In order to more...

SF's Carnaval Returns As Community Resource Fair (May 29-30)SF’s Carnaval Returns As Community Resource Fair (May 29-30)
By - posted 5/28/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Only in San Francisco

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation The two-day Carnaval festival in San Francisco, over 40 years strong, is known to bring in thousands of people to a 17-block radius in the city’s Mission District, with dozens of live performers, hundreds of vendors and a mega-boost to the economy for local more...

SF's First Huge Outdoor Craft Fair of 2021 is at Pier 70SF’s First Huge Outdoor Craft Fair of 2021 is at Pier 70
By - posted 5/25/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Get Out: Events, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Normally the “Craneway” Craft Fair is inside The Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, but this edition will be outdoors on the grounds of the under-construction Pier 70 in Dogpatch in San Francisco. Craneway Craft Fair / Summer Edition June 26-27, 2021 (11a-5p) 555 20th St., Pier 70, San Francisco FREE – RSVP on Facebook Parking onsite, more...

Stern Grove Festival is Back for 2021 (June 20 - Aug 29)Stern Grove Festival is Back for 2021 (June 20 – Aug 29)
By - posted 5/20/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Stern Grove Festival announced a packed lineup for their 2021 season highlighted by a July 4th concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Thievery Corporation on July 11, Fitz & The Tantrums on August 15th and the finale “The Big Picnic” with Tower of Power and Too $hort on August 29. All shows more...

2021 Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns (July 23 - Aug 1)2021 Gilroy Garlic Festival Returns (July 23 – Aug 1)
By - posted 4/29/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID, this week, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced that the festival is returning (with some modifications, like a drive-thru gourmet alley) for 2021 on two weekends,  July 23rd–25th and July 30th–August 1st. Back in 2019 the festival was $17.99 adv / $20 door more...

2021 Burning Man Officially Cancelled2021 Burning Man Officially Cancelled
By - posted 4/27/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates

Burning Man just announced that its 2021 festival is cancelled. “But, although here in the United States we may be feeling the weight lifting and the light at the end of the tunnel brightening, we are still in the pandemic, and the uncertainties that need to be resolved are impossible to more...

SF's Brand New "Bearrison Street Fair" Coming in OctoberSF’s Brand New “Bearrison Street Fair” Coming in October
By - posted 4/27/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, LGBTQ+, Only in San Francisco

Join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of San Francisco for the inaugural Bearrison Street Fair. Come as you are or in nothing at all. Everyone is welcome to celebrate who you are or who you want to be as we celebrate body positivity and community. The brand new Bearrison more...

"Outside Lands" Daily Lineups + Single Day Tix on Sale 4/29“Outside Lands” Daily Lineups + Single Day Tix on Sale 4/29
By - posted 4/27/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Outside Lands, the largest independent music festival in the country, will now take place October 29-31 on Halloween weekend. The festival organizers announced that 3-day GA and VIP tickets are sold out, with only a “handful” of 3-Day Golden Gate Club tickets (at a whopping $3,995 each) still remaining. Single Day more...

SF's "Hippie Hill" All Fenced Off for 4/20SF’s “Hippie Hill” All Fenced Off for 4/20
By - posted 4/20/2021
Celebrations, Festival Updates, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco has put up fencing all around Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to try to discourage crowds from gathering on 4/20. The city officially canceled the annual Golden Gate Park celebration for the second year in a row due to the state and local restrictions on large gatherings. What’s Closed more...

Alameda County Fair Returns October 22-31Alameda County Fair Returns October 22-31
By - posted 4/16/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

The Alameda County Fairgrounds, known for hosting the annual Fair every June, will reschedule its traditional celebration to October. The Fairgrounds continues to support the community by serving as the host site for COVID-19 vaccines and County food distribution in eastern Alameda County. Both operations are expected to run through the more...