Union Street Festival
The Union Street Festival
The kick off to San Francisco Street Festival Season, The Union Street Festival takes place annually on the first weekend in June. Besides being the first festival of the year, it is also one of the largest.
Five blocks of Union Street are shut down for the event from Gough Street to Fillmore Street to make room for vendor tents, stages, food trucks, carnival rides and more. The festival takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday of June and is open from 10AM to 6PM each day. The festival includes:
Vendor Booths: Throughout the 5 blocks of the festival, dozens of vendor booths will be set up featuring handmade crafts, art, food tastings and more.
Beer Gardens: Several large areas will be fenced off for alcohol sales. The gardens will feature a selection of craft beers, wines and more.
Carnival Crossing: The Union Street Festival is great for families. The Carnival Crossing area is located between Gough and Octavia Streets and will feature carnival rides, games, face painting and more.
Festival Cuisine: If you are going to the festival, make sure to arrive hungry. You will find a great selection of food vendors, food trucks and booths from some great San Francisco restaurants.
Fashion Shows: Enjoy 2 fashion shows featuring local and national brands like Simply Chic Consignment, Sprout, Nike and more.
Health and Fitness Area: Visit a variety of vendors focusing on fitness, health screenings, nutrition and more.
-Entry to the festival is free
-Wines and Craft Beers available in Beer Gardens
-Check out Live Music on two different stages
-Try some amazing local cuisine
-Try and buy a variety of artisan food, art, photography, clothing and more
-Kids can enjoy rides and carnival games at the Carnival Crossing
Getting to Union Street Festival
Driving and Parking
While it is not recommended, if you choose to drive to the festival, keep in mind that parking will be extremely difficult to find. Look for parking spots to the North and West of Union Street, since there are a lot less businesses and restaurants in the area. In addition to street parking, you can also find some parking garages. The best options would be on Pierce Street (just North of Lombard) or the garage on the corner of Fillmore and Lombard.
If you are in San Francisco:
You can get to the Marina by Uber, Lyft or Public Transportation. The bus lines that will take you to the area will be the 41, 45, 22 or 30. Check the Muni website for details.
If you are coming from the South Bay:
Public transportation options include BART and Caltrain, although you will need to take a bus or an Uber once you arrive in the city. If you take BART, get off at the 16th Street Stop in The Mission. From there, you will be able to take the 22 Muni Bus to the festival. If you take Caltrain, once you arrive in the city, walk to the corner of 4th and Townsend to pick up the 30 Muni Bus, which will drop you off a few blocks from the festival.
If you are coming from the North Bay:
There aren’t really any easy public transportation options from the North Bay, so driving is probably the best option. To get to The Marina, you can take the 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge to Lombard & Fillmore Street.
If you are coming from the East Bay:
You can take BART from the East Bay and exit at the Montgomery Street Station. Once you exit the station, head to the corner of Kearny and Sutter (about 2 blocks away) and take the 30 Muni to the corner of Fillmore and Chestnut. Walk about 4 blocks to Union Street.