When it comes to Summer Festivals, no one puts on greater, more festive events than San Francisco. And what’s even better is that most of these festivals are free. With this list, the opportunity is there for you to enjoy more of your Summer days and nights:
Stern Grove Festival – “For the Community, Building the Community,” and “By the Community” is the mantra for this nearly 100% donation-funded festival series. Taking place each Sunday throughout the Summer, this admission-free concert series is in its 80th season, with a line-up that includes: Ximena Sarinana (a Summer Classic from San Francisco Ballet); Cross-cultural funk (War, Global Electronica, Brazilian Girls, Moon Hooch); and Sunday Soul Jam (Mavis Stables).
Gilroy Garlic Festival – Touted as “Summer’s Ultimate Food Fair,” this popular San Francisco Summer festival began in 1978 when Dr. Rudy Melone decided Gilroy grew more garlic than anywhere else in the world, so he decided to celebrate this fact. And, he has, for 39 years. This year, from July 28th – 30th, you can celebrate the wonderful world of garlic with great entertainment, cooking contests, wine-tastings, arts & crafts and a kid’s area. Then, top this all off with some unforgettable garlicky foods, such as pickles, fries and even ice cream.
Berkeley Kite Festival – “Let’s go fly a kite, up to its highest height.” And you can, at the 32nd Annual Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships, held in Berkeley, from July 29th – 30th. Admission is free, but parking is $15.00. Make a kite or buy a kite. Either way, this is one fun event. Activities include free kite making, kite flying lessons and a giant creature kite expo.
Free Shakespeare in the Park – this fun San Francisco Summer Concert Series features Shakespeare’s, Hamlet. For 35 years this free and professional performance has pleased audiences from inside and outside the San Francisco area. Running from July 16 – October 8th, 2017 at five different locations, their goal is to offer the general public an opportunity to attend a live production.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival – As their website states, “The YBG Festival 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 region. Artistic excellence, inclusion, diversity and innovation are at the heart of our mission.” Check out their website for dates and times.
Beer Week in San Jose – running from July 21st – 30th in the South Bay Area, this 10-day event includes such exciting opportunities as: No Peeking! 6-Beer IPA Blind Tasting; Knee Deep Tap Takeover; Barebottle Brewing Company Flight Night; Beer Week Tap Takeover!; The Bruery Tap Takeover; SVBW Official Kickoff Party; and An Evening w/ Japan’s COEDO Brewery.
San Francisco Summer Festivals are now in full swing, guaranteed to be an incredible addition to your unforgettable Summer fare.
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