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Can’t-miss 2017 summer events in San Francisco

San Francisco is an ideal vacation destination with gourmet cuisine, an eclectic culture, and a never-ending list of attractions and landmarks to visit. Of course another fun reason to visit the Bay Area is for the events hosted in San Francisco. If you’re thinking of a summer getaway, then you’ll want to plan your San Francisco vacation around these can’t-miss events!

50th Summer of Love

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a lineup of free concerts and the celebration of flower power in Golden Gate Park was scheduled for early June. Unfortunately, the permit was denied by the San Francisco Park Commission though some bands have still committed to playing on the original date so the show might still go on.

Officially, organizers have announced they’re applying for a new permit for a September or October event and you can stay updated on their website. If the event is green-lit, come to San Francisco to revel in the spirit of free love, retro fashion, and fun from the late 1960s.

Beyond the concert event, restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment venues in the city are commemorating Summer of Love with décor and special events too. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect summer to visit San Francisco this may well be it as we honor peace, love, and music this year.

peace love music

41st Annual Union Street Music Festival

On June 3 and 4, take in the sounds of music along Union Street at this fun, annual festival. This year, the festival is expanding its musical selection to offer five different genres: Jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, and performances by local bands. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and you should stop by the beverage gardens for full pours of beer and wine!

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Most visitors to San Francisco are trying to make their way toward Alcatraz but on June 11, you’ll see plenty of athletes escaping from there during the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon! If you haven’t been training that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the fun of the triathlon as during the race you can watch from the Marina Green for the swimming portion or station yourself along Marina Boulevard to watch the biking and running portions. During the race, you can also attend the free Fitness Festival and Expo and check out the activities, merchandise, get some concessions, or visit the beer garden before cheering on the racers at the finish line. 

North Beach Festival

Come join the fun and festivities at the 63rd Annual North Beach Festival, June 17 – 18! This free event is in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy and features gourmet food booths, Italian street painting, arts and crafts vendors, and the blessing of the animals at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and is a San Francisco tradition you shouldn’t miss!


Gear up for San Francisco Pride with Frameline41, the 41st San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, from June 15 – 25. The festival showcases films that portray and celebrate LGBTQ stories and identities. The festival schedule will be available online on May 23.

San Francisco Pride

Celebrate diversity and love at San Francisco Pride, June 24 – 25. On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., join the fun at the Celebration at Civic Center Plaza (held again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and then be sure to attend the 47th Annual SF Pride Parade on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The parade route follows Market Street from Beale to 8th. This event typically draws over a million people to the city for the weekend and is one of the most well-known Pride events around the globe.

San Francisco lit up for Pride

Stern Grove

Now in its 80th season, the Stern Grove Festival hosts free concerts in the park throughout the summer months. The concerts are held on Sundays, June 25 – August 27, in Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, and begin at 2 p.m.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so if you find a performance you really want to see it’s recommended to get there plenty early.

The 2017 lineup will be announced on May 1, so be sure to check the website to see who’s performing at the free festival this year!

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Find all that jazz and more at the 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 1 – 2. The festival offers multiple stages of live entertainment, delightful cuisine and drinks, and 12 blocks of shopping options!

Independence Day in San Francisco

Celebrate America’s birthday in San Francisco by taking a dinner and fireworks cruise through one of our many Bay Area fleets or hang out at Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy live music and the dazzling display at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks over San Francisco

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

The 2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival begins on July 8 with the first weekend of performances and again on July 15 with 24 inspiring performances spread throughout the event. Dancers and musicians from all over the world come together for this celebration of dance, featuring performances dedicated to Brazilian folkloric, Hawaiian hula, Chinese lion dances, Mexican folkloric, Spanish flamenco, and so many more.

Tickets go on sale on May 1.  

Outside Lands

Celebrating its 10th anniversary is the 2017 Outside Lands festival! Running August 11 – 13 in Golden Gate Park, this music festival has a great lineup including Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, Lorde, Queens of the Stone Age, Young the Giant, Empire of the Sun, and many, many more. The event is open to festivalgoers of all ages and tickets are sold for all three days as one wristband for general admission or the VIP experience.

Eat Drink SF

Say goodbye to summer at the premier food and drink festival in San Francisco at Eat Drink SF, August 24 – 27. Sample the unlimited pours of fine spirits, wine, and beer and savor the amazing culinary creations by our talented chefs. You can also watch cooking demonstrations or participate in classes to recreate the recipes back home. If you come to San Francisco for our world-class cuisine, you’ll want to be here for this event!

Wine pouring

Find an event you can’t wait to attend? Then let’s find you an elegant room at the inn that you can’t wait to check into! We invite you to check out our charming accommodations at our Victorian mansion to begin planning your summer getaway. 

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