San Francisco Bay Area Events The Best Upcoming Events in June 2021
The Roman Goddess, Juno, was the patroness of well being in women and is thought to have inspired the name for the month of June. It is the month where summer officially begins and, in most parts of the country, is the time when the temperature start to rise and people begin to spend a lot of time outdoors. There are fun things to do all over the country during the month, but the Bay Area is definitely a top choice for travel destinations. In San Francisco, the weather can still be a little cool, but the summer months bring a lot of great events, concerts, street fairs and more.
There are several annual events in June that are not only popular with Bay Area locals, but also bring in visitors from all over the world. The biggest celebration of the month and, arguably, the largest event of the year in San Francisco is the Annual Pride Parade and Festival that takes place at the end of the month. June also marks the beginning of Street Fair Season, where many different neighborhoods in San Francisco close off a few blocks and bring in food trucks, live music, vendors and more. Other highlights include Escape from Alcatraz, Juneteenth and the Stern Grove Festival.
Top Events and Things To Do in San Francisco in June
While Bay To Breakers and Bottlerock Music Festival in May get things started, June is definitely the month where things begin to pick up in the city. The San Francisco Giants are in mid-season, outdoor music venues are starting to open, the Golden State Warriors are getting ready for the playoffs and tourists start flocking to the city. From the Union Street Festival in the beginning of June to the SF Pride Parade at the end of the month, there are lots of great annual events in June and activities to do throughout the month.
If you are looking for things to do, you will have a lot of options to choose from. Check out our top events and activities for the month or scroll through the fun upcoming events on the CrawlSF June Events Calendar.
Best Events in June
Union Street Festival: The first street fair of the season, The Union Street Festival take place on the first weekend in June. It takes place along Union Street, between Gough Street and Fillmore Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of SF. The two-day event features vendor booths with local artists, craft food and clothing, food trucks and food booths with delicious treats like corn on the cob, tacos, grilled turkey legs and garlic fries, beer gardens with a great selection of craft beers and wines, plus a variety of live music options.
Event Website: unionstreetfest.com
North Beach Fair: The second big San Francisco street fair of the season, The North Beach Festival takes place on the third weekend in June. Located in the historic North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, this event features over 125 vendors and booths featuring artisanal foods, art, clothing and crafts, food trucks and booths offering delicious selections of foods, two stages featuring live music and a special performance by Circus Bella, beer gardens and a children’s area.
Event Website: sfnbba.org/north-beach-festival
SF Pride: This Internationally-recognized celebration of the LGBTQ community takes over the city on the last weekend in June. An estimated 1 million people attend the festivities, which include many different events, concerts, parties and the SF Pride Parade. The Parade runs along Market Street in San Francisco and offers a beautiful selection of parade floats, live music and more. While there are Gay Pride events all over the world, the San Francisco celebration is definitely one of the best and offers a amazing selection of fun things to do each day in Civic Center Plaza, The Castro neighborhood and along Market Street.
Event Website: sfpride.org
Stern Grove Festival: A truly unique San Francisco event, The Stern Grove Festival if a free concert event that has been going strong since 1938. Stern Grove, a park purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and later gifted to the city of San Francisco in memory of her late husband, Sigmund Stern, is the setting for this amazing event. A non-profit foundation was established (and is still run by the Stern Family) to make sure that this free event would be a part of San Francisco’s history. The event is a concert series that takes place on Sundays from June to August and has featured an impressive selection of artists including Tower of Power, Los Lobos, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arrested Development, Ozomatli, Huey Lewis & The News, Trombone Shorty, Rogue Wave, They Might Be Giants, OK Go, Boz Scaggs, Smokey Robinson, Talib Kweli, The Doobie Brothers, Janelle Monae, Kool & The Gand, Fantastic Negrito, Ziggy Marley, Digable Planets, Galactic, The Psychedelic Furs and more.
Event Website: sterngrove.org
Haight Street Festival: San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is already a popular place to visit in the city, with a rich history as the epicenter of the Summer of Love and the home to Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and even Charles Manson for a short time. Haight Street features an eclectic selection of cool shops, bars and restaurants that are worth a visit, but if you really want to see the neighborhood in full swing, then make sure to check out the Haight Street Festival. It offers a selection of vendors, food and beer gardens like other San Francisco street fairs, however the live music selection makes this event stand out. You can see some amazing band play on two different stages all day long as you take in the fun environment of the area. The event takes place along Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic.
Event Website: haightashburystreetfair.org/
Juneteenth: San Francisco’s Juneteenth Celebration has been going strong for over 50 years. The event, a celebration of the abolishment of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, takes place on Fillmore Street between Turk Street and Post Street on June 19 every year. The event features a large number of fun activities, including a parade, car show, live music, food trucks, a beauty fair, a fashion show and more.
Event Details: sfmta.com/project-updates/juneteenth-parade-and-celebration
Go to a Concert: June marks the start of the summer concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area, so in addition to seeing shows at indoor venues like Fox Theater, The Warfield, The Fillmore, The Independent and SAP Center San Jose, you can also see a variety of artists as they take the stage at Shoreline Amphitheater, The Greek Theater Berkeley and Levi’s Stadium.
Take a Tour of Wine Country: Whether you like amazing wines, delicious food, beautiful views or shopping, wine country has it all. June is a great month to head up to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley to visit some of the over 800 wineries in the area before the harvest season begins. The crowds will be a little smaller, so you will get a chance to really learn about the winemaking process, taste some great wines and purchase a few bottles for your collection. You can drive to wine country, but if you have a group or just want to set up a more VIP experience, renting a bus for a winery tour is always a great time.
Winery Tour Details: mride.com/charters/winery-tours/
Go to a Giants Game: With at least 81 home games from April to October, there will most likely be a game going on during your time in San Francisco. See the San Francisco Giants, recent winners of the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 at the beautiful Oracle Park on the Embarcadero. There’s nothing like spending a day at the ballpark, drinking a cold beer and trying some famous SF garlic fries.
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Go to a Warriors Game: Ever since their NBA Championship in 2015, The Golden State Warriors have proved themselves to be one of the best teams in the NBA and certainly an exciting team to watch. If you are visiting San Francisco in June, you may just be lucky enough to see them battle it out in the NBA Playoffs at their new home, Chase Center. Tickets won’t be cheap, but it is definitely worth it.
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