As summer approaches, the ever-vibrant Bay Area begins to gear up for an exhilarating season of incredible festivals. Each is a chance for locals and travelers alike to celebrate the diverse culture and artistic spirit that define our iconic Californian destination. From music and dance to heritage and inclusivity, the city's calendar is filled with exciting events for anyone looking to get out, have a good time, and discover the city. Here’s your guide to upcoming summer San Francisco festivals filled with joy, rhythm, and celebration.
The 40th SF Jazz Fest is a highlight of the summer calendar for music enthusiasts. This internationally acclaimed festival celebrates the art of America’s finest art form — Jazz — and its many diverse subgenres. This year’s lineup includes performances by renowned artists like Al Di Meola, Cindy Blackman Santana, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Sergio Mendes and Andrew Bird. As one of the most looked-forward-to festivals on the calendar, Jazz Fest offers an unforgettable musical journey across more than 40 concerts everywhere from intimate club settings to grand concert halls.
Kicking off the summer festival season is the 67th annual North Beach Festival. Held in the historic namesake neighborhood, this two-day event showcases the rich heritage of the area through a lively variety of exhibits and performances. Visitors can browse an array of artisanal crafts, indulge in delectable Italian delicacies, and enjoy live entertainment. This year’s schedule includes Club Fugazi’s Dear San Francisco Acrobats, live music, poetry readings and a beer garden. The North Beach Festival is a must-visit.
Recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth — the historic day commemorating the abolition of slavery in America — San Francisco hosts a spirited celebration to commemorate the emancipation of African Americans. This year’s Juneteenth Festival is now in its 71st year, and features spirited music, dance, art, and educational activities to highlight Black culture and its contributions to society. This festival provides a platform to reflect on the past, acknowledge progress, and foster unity among diverse communities.
San Francisco's Pride festival is one of the largest and most iconic LGBTQIA+ celebrations in the world. Every summer, the city comes alive with colorful parades, vibrant parties, and inspiring events that promote equality, love, and acceptance. The Pride festival is a testament to San Francisco's long-standing commitment to community rights and provides a platform for members to celebrate their identities and achievements. It's a time to embrace diversity, spread awareness, and honor the ongoing struggle. For a close look check out our post entitled “The 2023 San Francisco Pride Festival”.
For fans of folk music and traditional arts, the SF Free Folk Festival represents a delightful gathering of musicians, dancers, and artists from various cultural and musical backgrounds. This inclusive event invites both seasoned performers and newcomers to showcase their talents through workshops, concerts, and jam sessions. Attendees will immerse themselves into the sounds of acoustic instruments, dance, and connect with like-minded enthusiasts in a warm and welcoming environment for all ages.
The 49th annual Nihonmachi Street Fair showcases and celebrates both the city’s Japanese-American and Pacific Islander community, and the rich cultural heritage of San Francisco's Japantown. This festival features traditional music, dance, martial arts demonstrations, and no end of irresistibly authentic cuisine. Visitors will discover and experience the art of origami, explore Japanese crafts, visit a dedicated kids’ area, see a classic car show and even have an opportunity to adopt a “best friend” at a pet-friendly zone. Experience the vibrant atmosphere that honors Japanese traditions while embracing the spirit of multiculturalism.
The Outside Lands Festival takes center stage in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as summer reaches its peak. This three-day extravaganza combines delectable food and wine offerings with immersive art installations and live music (courtesy of world-famous artists such as Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Interpol, Janelle Monaé, Lana Del Rey, The 1975 and Megan Thee Stallion). Beyond the stages, attendees are welcome to explore the park's natural beauty and indulge in culinary delights from a food scene that’s as deep and rich as the flavors it offers.
This upbeat music-focused festival is named for, celebrates, and takes place at one of the most famous intersections on the planet. As the epicenter of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, Haight-Ashbury inspired countless peace-seekers and justice activists to head to San Francisco, and begin a movement that still resonates today. Attendees will have an opportunity to indulge in hand-crafted clothing, art and accessories, groove to some of the funkiest tunes ever played, and fight the munchies with fantastic local food. So turn on, tune in and drop out this September.
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