Founded in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was hatched as an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of J-Town and to honor the cultural heritage that was, at the time, at risk of being displaced. Since then the annual event has grown from a four-booth affair to a two-day event expected to draw over 30,000 guests.
What makes this street fair a uniquely San Francisco event is the broader cultural context participants can experience in addition to traditional Asian-Pacific influences. The Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers have a long history of including local entertainment that has spanned genres from Taiko to hip-hop to salsa, rock and jazz. Also included in the festivities are Children’s World, Doggie World, Asian artisans and the Food Fest.
August 3rd and 4th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Japantown, San Francisco, located on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets
Admission is free.
For more information go to www.nihonmachistreetfair.org/
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the world’s first and largest Jewish film festival, takes place in San Francisco and three other Bay Area cities in late July and early August, drawing an audience of approximately 30,000 people. Founded in 1980, SFJFF uses film and media arts to foster cultural understanding. The festival presents a variety of film as well as vigorous panels about Jewish history, culture and identity. The mission is to promote awareness and diversity of the Jewish people, provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for the exploration and dialogue about the Jewish experience and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.
The 33nd Festival will be held July 25th through August 12, 2013. Festival guests can enjoy the cultural richness of the Festival and of San Francisco as well as lively discussions from the audiences. Befitting the region, the Festival draws an unusually diverse audience and welcomes affiliated Jews, those who may not otherwise seek out more traditional forms of Jewish participation and non-Jews alike. Audience, whether secular, religious or non-Jewish proudly refer to the festival as “the Bay Area’s favorite Jewish holiday.”
July 25th through August 12, 2013
San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Palo Alto and San Rafael
General admission tickets are $12 per showing and include only a seat in the theatre. Parties, special programs and events all have their own admission. All-Festival Passes are $225.
For more information go to www.sfjff.org/
The 27th annual, 10K AIDS Walk in San Francisco will take place on July 14th, 2013. Benefitting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area, this event has raised over $77 million during its history. Last year alone, participants and sponsors raised $2.7 million to support education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care in communities most vulnerable to the disease. The money is distributed among Bay Area groups that provide no-cost health screenings, sterile needle exchanges and advocates to help find housing, support groups and health care for those with HIV or AIDS.
Over the past 25 years, AIDS Walk San Francisco has inspired thousands of people to walk, millions to donate and enables organization to provide prevention, care and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, funding is used to battle the stigma and pursue the mission of radically reducing new infections in San Francisco with the help of the compassionate San Francisco community.
July 14th, 2013
For more information go to www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/
Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.
This year’s entertainment continues the tradition of showcasing outstanding artists from across the Jazz spectrum. The best talent the Bay has to offer is showcased on the Festival’s stages, from up-and-coming jazz fusion and latin-flavored acts to seasoned crooners belting out jazz standards. Vendors offer some of the most delicious and eclectic foods available in the city, embracing flavors from New Orleans soul food to Thai Curry, making this an event to please all the senses.
July 6th and 7th, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy
Free to attend.
For more information go to www.fillmorejazzfestival.com
Thursday, July 4th, 2013, at Pier 39, the City of San Francisco will treat spectators to an elaborate fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. More than 10,000 fireworks are set off from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39, affording an amazing 360-degree Bay view replete with the thunder and thrill of Independence Day pride.
Pier 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family. Spend the day rocking out to live bands in the Pier’s Entrance Plaza, watch for sea lions, enjoy the street performers and browse local shops and eateries. Family friendly and free to attend, Pier 39’s Independence Day Celebration is a full-day festival with a truly grand finale. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM.
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 – All day. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM PST
Pier 39 and The Embarcadero
Free to attend
For more information go to www.pier39.com/
The San Francisco Pride Celebration has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” This grand event happens on June 29th and 30th, 2013, in downtown San Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Francisco’s historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than 30 years ago. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The Celebration at Civic Center is host to the Main Stage which has showcased such incredible acts as Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys, Solange Knowles, the Cliks, Margaret Cho, Kat DeLuna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters and Big Freedia, among others.
This year’s event theme is “Embrace, Encourage, Empower” as selected by Pride’s Membership at the Annual General Meeting on September 9, 2012. San Francisco Pride is committed to maintaining an event that is accessible to people of all economic backgrounds, so attendance is free. Donations are encouraged, so take a stand for Pride by donating as generously as you can at the event gates. Pride requests a minimum donation of $5 to provide crucial support to this important community event.
Saturday, June 29th from Noon to 6:00 PM PST in San Francisco’s Civic Center*
Sunday, June 30th from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM PST, SF Civic Center*
Between Van Ness Avenue and Leavenworth Street, Turk and Hayes Streets
Free to the public, donations appreciated.
For more information go to www.sfpride.org/
*Times and map are subject to change.
Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (Frameline) is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline37 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to each of our Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline37 also has two juried awards for Outstanding First Feature and Outstanding Documentary Feature.
Framelines’s mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. Locals know that this is a fantastic event, so advance tickets are suggested but at-the-door tickets are available until seating runs out. Reserve your seats early so as not to miss out on the event featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.
June 20th to June 30th, 2013
For more information go to www.frameline.org/festival/
The San Francisco Marathon is a crown jewel for the city. Started in 2001 with the desire to create one of the most beautiful and challenging urban road race marathons in the United States, the Wipro San Francisco Marathon offers an idyllic summer running event. The course was built organically with the local runner in mind, the quintessential San Franciscan healthy outdoor-lover, embodying the natural, sustainable, genuine beauty of the city itself. True to local style, the Marathon values authenticity.
The race prides itself on being a bit different from the pack, like the city itself. The race is more individual, the course more challenging, the terrain more beautiful – an event The Wall Street Journal referred to as “The Race Even Marathoners Fear.” Attracting endurance athletes from around the country and the globe, those who come to this event share the same amazing aspects of the city that the residents love – to embrace and celebrate the running of the country’s toughest big city marathon and reward over 25,000 runners with unparalleled, breathtaking views and a Well Earned Finish.
June 16th, 2013
Full marathon registry fee is $135. Half marathons, progressive marathon, 5k run/walk and munchkin marathons priced accordingly.
For more information and to register go to www.thesfmarathon.com/
A beloved Bay Area tradition every summer Sunday for nearly eight decades, the Stern Grove Festival invites family and friends gather to relax, picnic and enjoy performances by some of the world’s greatest artists in this glorious natural setting, the Stern Grove natural amphitheater. Surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood and fir trees, Sigmund Stern Grove is one of Northern California’s favorite concert sites. In keeping with the founder’s vision, the wide selection of performers reflects the Festival’s commitment to exceptional programming and to serving the diverse audiences.
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 marks the start of the 76th consecutive Stern Grove Festival with a concert starring musical guests Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. The concert is free to the public with first come, first serve seating. All Stern Grove concerts start at 2:00 PM. Please note that there is no public parking and guests are encouraged to take advantage of public transit. MUNI bus routes directly serve Sigmund Stone Grove.
Sunday, June 16th at 2:00 PM PST
Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
No admission fees and no tickets required.
For more information go to www.sterngrove.org/
The 59th annual North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals with Washington Square Park and several neighboring blocks taken over in this giant two-day street fair. With three stages for entertainment over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, Italian street painting, beverage gardens and the blessing of the animals, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone.
Live music fills the streets of “Little Italy” during the two-day long Festival. Renewing the older traditions of when North Beach was a complete and thriving community, the sights, sounds, smells and flavors available will recall the strength and passion of San Francisco’s Italian heritage. Free to attend and family friendly, the North Beach Festival is sure to delight summer festival goers.
Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
North Beach District, San Francisco
For more information go to www.sresproductions.com/north_beach_festival.html