Union Street Festival, North Beach Festival Fillmore Jazz Festival & Sausalito Art Festival Give Locals & Visitors Plenty Of Things To Do In SF
And it begins ever before summer begins, with the Bay to Breakers, a crazy foot race and block party through the city’s streets. That’s on Sunday, May 21, and a few weeks later the city’s street festivals spring up like daisies at a 60s Haight-Ashbury hippies gathering.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest ones, with dates, locations and a brief description. If you need more info, just click on the links! All these events within San Francisco are free, by the way. Well, except Bay to Breakers if you bother to register and want to get a numbered bib to be in the race.
• Bay To Breakers
Sunday, May 21
From The Bay Bridge To The Golden Gate Park Breakers
Run it and finish it or do like most of the 75,000 people – walk it and party! Bay To Breakers is technically a 12-K foot race but in reality it’s the city’s version of Mardi Gras. Except now they don’t allow floats. And there’s a “zero tolerance” policy of alcohol, but tell that to the masses, many of whom are in costume (there’s bars along the way if you’re a stickler for details). The event really starts at Hayes Hill (be there about 10, for the actual event starts at 8 a.m.) and goes on thru Golden Gate Park.
• Union Street Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 3-4
Union Street In The Marina District
A very fun afternoon event with bands in the street, food vendors grilling good things to eat and designated beer drinking areas, also in the street. There’s also cool contests, too such as waitresses running down a hill carrying trays trying not to spill “cocktails.” Okay it’s water but fun to watch. The crowd is comprised primarily of the youthful Marina District residents. Which means this is really just an excuse to go to the bars in the daytime.
• North Beach Festival
North Beach, between Columbus & Grant Ave. and between Broadway & Filbert St.
A daytime festival in the area with a lot of San Francisco’s Italian restaurants, there are food and craft booths, beer gardens, bands, even a “blessing of the animals.” It, too, is a daytime festival, going from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 1-2
The theme of this year’s event is “Summer Of Love Revisited” and what that means is a lot of music from the 60s will be played on the six stages. The music plays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and this event draws the biggest crowds of all the free summer street festivals.
Sausalito Art Festival
Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-4)
An art festival on the waterfront featuring art, artists, food, wine and music. There is a cost to go to this event of $25.