San Francisco Festivals and Street Fairs


The streets of San Francisco are buzzing, and it is all because of the city’s amazing annual street fairs and festivals. Not only are they traditional San Francisco events, but numerous people show up every year to walk the streets, listen to music, eat, drink and be merry at these events. There are also craft booths that sell original jewelry and art pieces.

San Francisco has plenty of annual events to attend all year round. Improve your city visit and attend at least one of these San Francisco events.

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Some of the newest street fairs are located at Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you will find live music in the afternoon, chowder tasting competition and an opportunity to ride a Segway. The street fair is located on Jefferson Street’s waterfront. Most of the street fair activities are during 11am to 5pm, but there are also local events that linger until 9pm.

A majority of Fisherman Wharf’s events are close to Jefferson and Taylor Streets, which are next to the prominent Fisherman’s Wharf sign. There are also scheduled events for the Pier 41 promenade. Not only is there available seating, but also expect to see breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island.

Union Street Festival

The Union Street Festival takes places in June, and it is located in the Marina District on Union Street. This is a time honored evented that includes two stages filled with music, a fashion show and a wine tasting area. This street festival is one of the city’s biggest neighborhood summer activities. It is scheduled during the hours of 10am to 6pm for two days. Listen to live music, eat foods from local vendors and taste neighborhood craft wines and beers. There are also places to purchase arts and photography from more than 100 boutique vendors.

Every year the Union Street Festival has areas that are designated for health, fitness, local exhibits, fashion, crafts and even technology. There is craft beer and wine tasting available on three different pavilions, but expect to pay a fee for these tastings.

North Beach Festival

The North Beach District Festival is one of the biggest annual San Francisco events. It happens over two days during the hours of 10am to 6pm. Listen to music and browse various vendor booths during the festival.

The event is located on Grant Avenue between Columbus and Filbert; Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo and Green Streets between Columbus and Grant Avenue. Although the musical events and entertainment are exhibited on 4 different stages, the main stage is on the corner of Columbus and Broadway.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

This particular jazz festival has lots of live street music. It is always scheduled for the first weekend in July, which normally coincides with July 4th. It takes place for two days, and it is considered to be the biggest jazz festival in the nation. It spans more than 12 blocks of the Pacific Heights community. The festival offers food, drinks and plenty of live jazz music. You can also peruse crafts and photography booths.

Carnaval Festival

The Carnaval Festival, which is in the Mission District, is a Latino street fair that lasts two days. It is always scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The best part about this themed festival is the Grande Parade, which shows 30 dance and music groups. There is no entrance fee for attending this San Francisco event, but donations are welcomed.

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival

The Japantown neighborhood in San Francisco hosts the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival every spring. Over 200,000 people attend this event, which begin in 1967. This particular event is considered to be one of the top cherry blossom festivals in the country. Attend the event and taste Japanese treats such as tempura, sushi and chicken teriyaki.

This San Francisco event also has a Grand Parade, and it runs along Polk and Post Streets towards Japantown.

Castro Street Fair

This is an annual event that is scheduled for the 1st Sunday of each October, and it is held in the Castro District. It includes loads of activities such as live music, food tasting and beautiful one of a kind crafts.

The event was originated by Harvey Milk, who was known as the “Mayor of the Castro.” This particular event is supported by the LGBT community, and it highlights the city’s vast diversity.

Haight Street Fair

This is a Bay area street fair that is held annually on one day only. It is located on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan Streets. Expect to see over 200 vendor booths with beautiful artwork on display.