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Best Bay Area Summer Festivals, Fairs, and Block Parties

Stock up on the sunscreen, because you'll be having tons of fun under the sun this summer! We rounded up the best Bay Area festivals, fairs, and block parties going down this May through August! If we missed one of your faves, just let us know in the comments below.

By / May 23, 2016

May

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

May 1, 11:00 AM-Oct 1, 5:00 PM

Yerba Buena Gardens

Yerba Buena Gardens presents classical, world, and jazz music, contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children’s and family programs, and cultural events reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the San Francisco Bay Area—for free, and all summer long!

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Carnaval San Francisco Parade

Mission District

Carnaval SF, a Memorial Day weekend tradition, features a grand parade alongside its free two–day festival, celebrating music and cultural elements from vibrant Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Sausage Fest Block Party

Jack London Square

To clarify: this sausage fest actually features sausage. Enjoy sausage dishes from area restaurants and food vendors, music, and craft beer right in Jack London Square.

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June

3rd on Third

June 6, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bayview Opera House

On the third Friday of every month, the Bayview community celebrates it's diversity through a wide-range of arts and culture activities for the whole family.

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6th Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

The Event Center at Saint Mary's Cathedral

FREE SAMPLES. This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors alongside live music, entertainment, games, tofu eating contests, and a soy and tofu dessert competition.

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Union Street Festival

Union Street

Union Street Festival, now in its 40th year, will showcase fashion, technology, local exhibits, crafts, and health & fitness all weekend long. There's even valet bike parking!

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Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic

Keiser Community Park

Hot air balloons will set flight for the skies, while food, live music, and crafts vendors keep things exciting on the ground at this two-day event in Sonoma County.

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Stern Grove Festival

Jun 19, 2:00 PM - Aug 21, 5:00 PM

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove

Held at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater surrounded by eucalyptus and pine groves, Stern Grove Festival makes it's return this summer! Bring a blanket, sunscreen, and wine! Summer lineup includes Janelle Monáe (6/19), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (6/26), Hieroglyphics (7/3), San Francisco Symphony (7/10), Joan Osborne's Soul Revue (7/17), Julieta Venegas (7/24), San Francisco Ballet (7/31), The O'Jays (8/7), ATOMIC BOMB! (8/14), and The New Pornographers (8/21)!

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Presidio Kite Festival

Main Parade Ground

Go fly a kite—no, really! Presidio Kite Fest is happening and the event will feature build-your-own-kite workshops, kite art, giant kite flying, Taiko drummers, and even food trucks!

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The 62nd Annual North Beach Festival

North Beach District

Known for authentic Italian food, next to impossible parking, and the famed beat generation—North Beach is unlike any other 'hood in SF. What better way to celebrate than with its very own festival, featuring over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid’s chalk art area, and the blessing of the animals!

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   SF Pride

SF Pride Parade & Festival

Jun 25, 10:30 AM-Jun 26, 6:00 PM

San Francisco City Hall

There's Pride, and then there's San Francisco Pride. Take part in one of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ in the nation, featuring a parade, festival, and musical headliners.

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July

32nd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival

Fillmore District

The largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast makes its return this Independence Day for a weekend of blending art and soul in one of San Francisco's most unique neighborhoods—The Fillmore! Groove from sunup to sundown and enjoy live jazz from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts, and enjoy gourmet food and beverages!

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   Twenty20

Beast Crawl: Literature Bar Crawl

July 16, 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Uptown Oakland

The 5th annual free literary festival will feature more than a hundred writers in a single night, stretched over three hours and in numerous local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts.

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Jack’s Night Market

July 15, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Jack London Square

At this night market, you'll find an eclectic mix of local makers, music, tasty eats, and eccentric fun, plus an exciting array of quirky entertainment and surprises! From local crafts to street performers, this free, vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland.

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August

6th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire

Discovery Meadow Park

Get down, Queen Elizabeth I style at this magical and very merry Renaissance Faire held in Discovery Meadow Park.

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17th Annual Laurel Street Fair

Aug 13, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Laurel District, Oakland

Open to all, this 3-block festival features locally made accessories and crafts, visual and performance artists—including a musical lineup that highlights Oakland's diversity and talent, community yoga, a children’s carnival and petting zoo, a mouth-watering collection of local chefs and pop-up kitchens, and California Beer Society’s "Laurel Biergarten" pouring over 20 local craft beers!

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   Noise Pop

Noise Pop 20th Street Block Party

Aug 20, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

19th & 20th in the Mission

Held just outside of Noise Pop HQ, this free neighborhood celebration of music, food and drink, and art will be bringing some of the best sights, sounds, and flavors of the community to center stage.

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Comments

12 Comments

  1. Jaime

    So much for a “bay area native” not knowing about the Folsom street fair and up your alley fair. Those are two major staples in San Francisco.

  2. Jill B.

    Also missing are all of the amazing Sunday Streets , Union Street Easter Parade , Bring Your Own Big Wheel , Burning Man Decompression , Dragon Boat Festival , Folsom Street Fair , How Weird Street Faire , Fleet Week and Fisherman’s Wharf Festival to name a few.

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