It’s the free Union Street Festival and, as the name implies, it takes place on Union Street. The street in the Marina District is blocked off to traffic and has live music, food, vendors and a pair of beer gardens. It would actually be better if there were no beer gardens and people were allowed to buy beer (or wine) and walk with it through the event.
After all, should you not have a been in your hand during the beer relays, an event in which Marina District waitresses run down one of San Francisco’s big hills with beers on a tray, the winner being the one that spills the least amount of the desirable liquid?
Or while getting a chicken or some other food right off a grill?
Or listening to live music?
At the very least, the beer gardens need to be bigger.
The real party of the Union Street Festival does not actually occur at the festival, but rather inside the bars on Union Street. The patio at Left at Albuquerque is the most desirable location, but the Bus Stop is also a highly popular place to stop.
Just be sure and be in the bar of your choice – or wherever you can get into – before the festival ends at 6 p.m. Hesitate at this critical time and you’ll be forced to do your drinking and partying elsewhere.