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UPDATED: Mapping 41 San Francisco Street Fairs and Festivals

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It's almost summer in San Francisco, meaning that the city's schedule of street fairs and festivals is about to swing into full gear. Events range from the very family-friendly Union Street Festival in Cow Hollow to the decidedly no-kids leather and fetish Folsom Street Fair. No matter the occasion, each of the festivals is about celebrating the city, its neighborhoods, and the distinct places and people that make up San Francisco. We've mapped 41 festivals and fairs around the city and included the dates that they will next be held. Have a favorite festival that we missed? Let us know in the comments after the jump.


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Tet Festival

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February 2016
More than 20,000 people come together to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at the Tet Festival in United Nations Plaza. There are dragon and lion dances, a firecracker show, and a karaoke contest.

Chinese New Year Parade

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February 16, 2016
Named one of the top 10 parades in the world, San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration has been ongoing since the 1860s. There is a 268-foot-long golden dragon as a highlight. The surrounding festival goes all weekend, with more than 80 booths.

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

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February 9, 2016
San Francisco does Mardi Gras with a free concert in Fillmore Plaza followed by a New Orleans-style parade down Fillmore Street. The celebration ends with a masquerade ball.

Union Street Valentine's Wine Walk

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February 14, 2016
Merchants along Union Street offer wine samples, finger foods, and special treats to celebrate Valentine's Day in the neighborhood. Participants receive a wine glass and then can walk from store to store.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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March 2016
The West Coast's largest celebration of Irish culture brings in upwards of 100,000 revelers each year. More than 100 floats, dance troupes, and performers travel from Market and Second Street to Civic Center.

Black Cuisine Festival

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March 2016
Food is the focal point of this Bayview-based festival, which has booths selling all kinds of cuisine, a marketplace, and a cooking contest. There is also live music, and the whole day is family friendly.

Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

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March 27, 2016
Cow Hollow celebrates Easter with a major parade that includes an Easter bunny, a petting zoo, and flowers everywhere. More than 30,000 people attend the celebration.

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

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March 27, 2016
On Easter Sunday, a Big Wheel race down one of San Francisco's curviest streets takes place. People of all ages in all kinds of getups maneuver plastic tricycles down the wild course in an effort to win handmade trophies.

Glen Park Festival

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April 2016
This festival has popped up every spring since 1997 in the center of Glen Park Village. It raises money for children's programs based in Glen Park with entertainment, dancing, music, and food.

Cesar Chavez Day

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April 2, 2016
After a parade that winds through the Mission from Dolores Park to 24th Street, a festival along 24th celebrates the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. There are Aztec dancers, classic cars, and sidewalk sales.

Cherry Blossom Festival

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April 2016
In addition to standard street fair booths and food, the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown brings martial arts performances, origami, a traditional tea ceremony, and Japanese doll making.

How Weird Street Faire

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April/May 2016
This street fair creates a space for personal transformation and collective growth with its Art Alley, unique vendors, and wild themes. Costumes are required.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

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May 16, 2015
The street fair celebrates the Asian community of the Bay Area with a cultural procession, tai chi, a blessing from Thai monks, and a fashion show highlighting modern takes on traditional Asian dress. There are also arts and crafts, food, and a pavilion for healthy living.

Bay to Breakers

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May 17, 2015
The world's oldest consecutively run annual footrace travels 12 kilometers across the city from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach. Although some runners are serious, the race becomes a huge celebration with costumes and revelry.

Carnaval

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May 23 and 24, 2015
This two-day block party in the Mission is a celebration of music and culture from Latin America and the Caribbean. There is a grand parade, lots of music, and plenty of food.

Union Street Festival

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June 6 and 7, 2015
In its 39th year, Cow Hollow's major festival will continue last year's new format that turned each of its six blocks into a unique "world," such as Fashion World, Tech World, and Health & Fitness World. Craft beer and wine tastings will also be available.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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May through October, 2015
Live entertainment throughout the summer and fall will include music, acrobatics, poetry, and more, as well as arts and crafts and food. Events happen at a variety of dates and times from May through October.

Juneteenth SF

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June 13, 2015
One of San Francisco's oldest festivals is also the largest gathering of African Americans in northern California. It includes a parade, a health fair, a classic car and motorcycle show, and three-on-three basketball.

North Beach Festival

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June 13 and 14, 2015
At 61 years and counting, San Francisco's oldest street fair is also one of the oldest in the country. Unique features include the animal blessing at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi and live Italian street painting.

Haight Ashbury Street Fair

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June 14, 2015
The Haight's main street fair has three stages and runs down Haight Street from Golden Gate Park to the famed Haight-Ashbury corner. It was created by local merchants and residents with the support of Harvey Milk back in 1978.

Stern Grove Summer Music Festival

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Sundays, June 14 through August 16, 2015
Every summer, the Stern Grove amphitheater at 19th and Sloat avenues turns into a free outdoor music venue. Highlights of the 78th season include the Doobie Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the San Francisco Symphony.

San Francisco Pride

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June 27 and 28, 2015
The highlight of the city's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Festival is the parade held on Sunday morning. The festival, however, goes all weekend with dance stages, booths, and vendors.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

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July 4 and 5, 2015
The largest free jazz festival on the West Coast draws in more than 100,000 visitors each year. It stretches over 12 blocks and goes from sunup until sundown each day.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

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August 1 & 2, 2015
Japantown's street fair brings together Asian-Pacific American life with San Francisco culture. Youth volunteers produce and organize the event. Two stages showcase performances such as Hawaiian music and Japanese dance.

Street Food Festival

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August 15 and 16, 2016
The Street Food Festival's future was in jeopardy after it outgrew its home in the Mission, but this year it will relocate to Pier 70 and grow to a two-day celebration of local food.

Ghirardelli Square Festival

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September 12 and 13, 2015
The chocolate festival features local chefs making chocolate creations and live music. The "Earthquake" ice cream sundae eating competition is one of the main events of the weekend.

Moon Festival

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September 19 and 20, 2015
The Moon Festival is Chinatown's largest celebration, with dancers, drummers, and performers taking over Grant Avenue for two days. Food includes bubble tea, moon cakes, tea samplings, and dim sum.

Comedy Day

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September 20, 2015
Inspired by free outdoor music concerts, Comedy Day is a free five-hour show in Sharon Meadow. Legends like Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams have performed in the past.

Festa Coloniale Italiana

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September 2015
Featuring a pizza toss and Italian music, the festival is hosted by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The fair takes place on Stockton Street, but the interior of the club also takes part by transforming into a traditional Italian piazza complete with a fountain.

Dragon Boat Festival

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September 19 and 20, 2015
More than 130 dragon boat teams compete in Treasure Island's Clipper Cove. There is an accompanying festival with entertainment, activities for children, and a marketplace.

Cole Valley Fair

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September 27, 2015
Featuring local art, jewelry, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, and an entire block of vintage automobiles, this fair is as quaint as Cole Valley itself. Events for children include a bounce house and an obstacle course.

Folsom Street Fair

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September 27, 2015
The most infamous street fair in San Francisco isn't like any other festival, and it definitely isn't kid friendly. This celebration, which stretches from Eighth to 13th streets, is all about leather and fetish.

Fiesta on the Hill

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October 2015
Bernal Heights' annual fall festival has all of the expected entertainment elements, from pumpkin painting to a petting zoo to "dancing in the streets." This will be its 27th year.

Noe Valley Harvest Festival

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October 2015
In one of San Francisco's most kid-friendly neighborhoods, the Noe Valley Harvest Festival is all about autumn. There are hayrides and costume contests for both dogs and children.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

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October 2 through 4, 2015
This huge free festival in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow is one of San Francisco's major events every year. It draws huge crowds for headliners like Emmylou Harris and the Lumineers.

Castro Street Fair

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October 4, 2015
The fair, founded by Harvey Milk in the 1970s, celebrates the Castro neighborhood as well as local artists, performers, and craftspeople. There is even a stage of carnival acts such as sword swallowers and a freak petting zoo.

Fleet Week

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October 6 through 12, 2015
Fleet Week celebrations take place on the waterfront and include a parade of navy ships and ship tours. The highlight is, of course, the Blue Angels airshow.

Outer Noriega Street Fair

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October 2015
The Outer Noriega Street Fair is one of the newest festivals in the city. It is held when the Sunset actually gets sunny and includes music and booths from local merchants.

Potrero Hill Festival

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October 17, 2015
Potrero's celebrations bring together local artists, food vendors, musicians, historians, and entertainers. It kicks off with a brunch created by the California Culinary Academy.

Wharf Fest

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October 24, 2015
Wharf Fest draws on the unique characteristics of Fisherman's Wharf by including a chowder eating competition, ship tours, and street performers. It was begun in 2013 to replace the canceled Fleet Week but will continue even though Fleet Week is now back.

Dia de los Muertos

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November 1, 2015
The traditional Day of the Dead held in the Mission every year includes a Festival of Altars and a procession through the neighborhood. It commemorates the Meso-American holiday to honor ancestors. There are no vendors or booths.

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Tet Festival

February 2016
More than 20,000 people come together to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at the Tet Festival in United Nations Plaza. There are dragon and lion dances, a firecracker show, and a karaoke contest.

Chinese New Year Parade

February 16, 2016
Named one of the top 10 parades in the world, San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration has been ongoing since the 1860s. There is a 268-foot-long golden dragon as a highlight. The surrounding festival goes all weekend, with more than 80 booths.

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

February 9, 2016
San Francisco does Mardi Gras with a free concert in Fillmore Plaza followed by a New Orleans-style parade down Fillmore Street. The celebration ends with a masquerade ball.

Union Street Valentine's Wine Walk

February 14, 2016
Merchants along Union Street offer wine samples, finger foods, and special treats to celebrate Valentine's Day in the neighborhood. Participants receive a wine glass and then can walk from store to store.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade

March 2016
The West Coast's largest celebration of Irish culture brings in upwards of 100,000 revelers each year. More than 100 floats, dance troupes, and performers travel from Market and Second Street to Civic Center.

Black Cuisine Festival

March 2016
Food is the focal point of this Bayview-based festival, which has booths selling all kinds of cuisine, a marketplace, and a cooking contest. There is also live music, and the whole day is family friendly.

Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

March 27, 2016
Cow Hollow celebrates Easter with a major parade that includes an Easter bunny, a petting zoo, and flowers everywhere. More than 30,000 people attend the celebration.

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

March 27, 2016
On Easter Sunday, a Big Wheel race down one of San Francisco's curviest streets takes place. People of all ages in all kinds of getups maneuver plastic tricycles down the wild course in an effort to win handmade trophies.

Glen Park Festival

April 2016
This festival has popped up every spring since 1997 in the center of Glen Park Village. It raises money for children's programs based in Glen Park with entertainment, dancing, music, and food.

Cesar Chavez Day

April 2, 2016
After a parade that winds through the Mission from Dolores Park to 24th Street, a festival along 24th celebrates the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. There are Aztec dancers, classic cars, and sidewalk sales.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 2016
In addition to standard street fair booths and food, the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown brings martial arts performances, origami, a traditional tea ceremony, and Japanese doll making.

How Weird Street Faire

April/May 2016
This street fair creates a space for personal transformation and collective growth with its Art Alley, unique vendors, and wild themes. Costumes are required.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

May 16, 2015
The street fair celebrates the Asian community of the Bay Area with a cultural procession, tai chi, a blessing from Thai monks, and a fashion show highlighting modern takes on traditional Asian dress. There are also arts and crafts, food, and a pavilion for healthy living.

Bay to Breakers

May 17, 2015
The world's oldest consecutively run annual footrace travels 12 kilometers across the city from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach. Although some runners are serious, the race becomes a huge celebration with costumes and revelry.

Carnaval

May 23 and 24, 2015
This two-day block party in the Mission is a celebration of music and culture from Latin America and the Caribbean. There is a grand parade, lots of music, and plenty of food.

Union Street Festival

June 6 and 7, 2015
In its 39th year, Cow Hollow's major festival will continue last year's new format that turned each of its six blocks into a unique "world," such as Fashion World, Tech World, and Health & Fitness World. Craft beer and wine tastings will also be available.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

May through October, 2015
Live entertainment throughout the summer and fall will include music, acrobatics, poetry, and more, as well as arts and crafts and food. Events happen at a variety of dates and times from May through October.

Juneteenth SF

June 13, 2015
One of San Francisco's oldest festivals is also the largest gathering of African Americans in northern California. It includes a parade, a health fair, a classic car and motorcycle show, and three-on-three basketball.

North Beach Festival

June 13 and 14, 2015
At 61 years and counting, San Francisco's oldest street fair is also one of the oldest in the country. Unique features include the animal blessing at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi and live Italian street painting.

Haight Ashbury Street Fair

June 14, 2015
The Haight's main street fair has three stages and runs down Haight Street from Golden Gate Park to the famed Haight-Ashbury corner. It was created by local merchants and residents with the support of Harvey Milk back in 1978.

Stern Grove Summer Music Festival

Sundays, June 14 through August 16, 2015
Every summer, the Stern Grove amphitheater at 19th and Sloat avenues turns into a free outdoor music venue. Highlights of the 78th season include the Doobie Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the San Francisco Symphony.

San Francisco Pride

June 27 and 28, 2015
The highlight of the city's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Festival is the parade held on Sunday morning. The festival, however, goes all weekend with dance stages, booths, and vendors.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

July 4 and 5, 2015
The largest free jazz festival on the West Coast draws in more than 100,000 visitors each year. It stretches over 12 blocks and goes from sunup until sundown each day.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

August 1 & 2, 2015
Japantown's street fair brings together Asian-Pacific American life with San Francisco culture. Youth volunteers produce and organize the event. Two stages showcase performances such as Hawaiian music and Japanese dance.

Street Food Festival

August 15 and 16, 2016
The Street Food Festival's future was in jeopardy after it outgrew its home in the Mission, but this year it will relocate to Pier 70 and grow to a two-day celebration of local food.

Ghirardelli Square Festival

September 12 and 13, 2015
The chocolate festival features local chefs making chocolate creations and live music. The "Earthquake" ice cream sundae eating competition is one of the main events of the weekend.

Moon Festival

September 19 and 20, 2015
The Moon Festival is Chinatown's largest celebration, with dancers, drummers, and performers taking over Grant Avenue for two days. Food includes bubble tea, moon cakes, tea samplings, and dim sum.

Comedy Day

September 20, 2015
Inspired by free outdoor music concerts, Comedy Day is a free five-hour show in Sharon Meadow. Legends like Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams have performed in the past.

Festa Coloniale Italiana

September 2015
Featuring a pizza toss and Italian music, the festival is hosted by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The fair takes place on Stockton Street, but the interior of the club also takes part by transforming into a traditional Italian piazza complete with a fountain.

Dragon Boat Festival

September 19 and 20, 2015
More than 130 dragon boat teams compete in Treasure Island's Clipper Cove. There is an accompanying festival with entertainment, activities for children, and a marketplace.

Cole Valley Fair

September 27, 2015
Featuring local art, jewelry, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, and an entire block of vintage automobiles, this fair is as quaint as Cole Valley itself. Events for children include a bounce house and an obstacle course.

Folsom Street Fair

September 27, 2015
The most infamous street fair in San Francisco isn't like any other festival, and it definitely isn't kid friendly. This celebration, which stretches from Eighth to 13th streets, is all about leather and fetish.

Fiesta on the Hill

October 2015
Bernal Heights' annual fall festival has all of the expected entertainment elements, from pumpkin painting to a petting zoo to "dancing in the streets." This will be its 27th year.

Noe Valley Harvest Festival

October 2015
In one of San Francisco's most kid-friendly neighborhoods, the Noe Valley Harvest Festival is all about autumn. There are hayrides and costume contests for both dogs and children.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

October 2 through 4, 2015
This huge free festival in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow is one of San Francisco's major events every year. It draws huge crowds for headliners like Emmylou Harris and the Lumineers.

Castro Street Fair

October 4, 2015
The fair, founded by Harvey Milk in the 1970s, celebrates the Castro neighborhood as well as local artists, performers, and craftspeople. There is even a stage of carnival acts such as sword swallowers and a freak petting zoo.

Fleet Week

October 6 through 12, 2015
Fleet Week celebrations take place on the waterfront and include a parade of navy ships and ship tours. The highlight is, of course, the Blue Angels airshow.

Outer Noriega Street Fair

October 2015
The Outer Noriega Street Fair is one of the newest festivals in the city. It is held when the Sunset actually gets sunny and includes music and booths from local merchants.

Potrero Hill Festival

October 17, 2015
Potrero's celebrations bring together local artists, food vendors, musicians, historians, and entertainers. It kicks off with a brunch created by the California Culinary Academy.

Wharf Fest

October 24, 2015
Wharf Fest draws on the unique characteristics of Fisherman's Wharf by including a chowder eating competition, ship tours, and street performers. It was begun in 2013 to replace the canceled Fleet Week but will continue even though Fleet Week is now back.

Dia de los Muertos

November 1, 2015
The traditional Day of the Dead held in the Mission every year includes a Festival of Altars and a procession through the neighborhood. It commemorates the Meso-American holiday to honor ancestors. There are no vendors or booths.