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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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1. Tet Festival

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2 Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

2. Chinese New Year Parade

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433 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

3. Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

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1290 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

4. Union Street Valentine's Wine Walk

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2036 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

5. 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.

6. Black Cuisine Festival

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1706 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

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.

7. Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

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1690 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

8. Bring Your Own Big Wheel

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2301 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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.

9. Glen Park Festival

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2816 Diamond Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

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.

10. Cesar Chavez Day

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3050 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

11. Cherry Blossom Festival

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1700 Post Street, Japan Center
San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

12. How Weird Street Faire

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222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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.

13. Asian Heritage Street Celebration

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Civic Center Plaza, Polk St & McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

14. Bay to Breakers

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962 Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121

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.

15. Carnaval

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2100 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

16. Union Street Festival

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1690 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

17. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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750 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

18. Juneteenth SF

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762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

19. North Beach Festival

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565 Green Street
San Francisco, CA

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.

20. Haight Ashbury Street Fair

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1555 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

21. 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.

22. San Francisco Pride

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1841 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

23. Fillmore Jazz Festival

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1805 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

24. Nihonmachi Street Fair

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1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall Shopping Center
San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

25. Street Food Festival

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70 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94107

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.

26. Ghirardelli Square Festival

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900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

27. Moon Festival

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631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

28. Comedy Day

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Kezar Dr
San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

29. Festa Coloniale Italiana

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1630 Stockton Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 781-0166
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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.

30. Dragon Boat Festival

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Treasure Island Road
San Francisco, CA

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.

31. Cole Valley Fair

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901 Cole Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

32. Folsom Street Fair

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323 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

33. Fiesta on the Hill

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Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA

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.

34. Noe Valley Harvest Festival

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3870 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

35. 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.

36. Castro Street Fair

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575 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

37. Fleet Week

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Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 705-5500
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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.

38. Outer Noriega Street Fair

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3821 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

39. Potrero Hill Festival

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1524 20th Street
San Francisco, CA

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.

40. 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.

41. Dia de los Muertos

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Garfield Square
San Francisco, CA 94110

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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1. Tet Festival

2 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

2 Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Chinese New Year Parade

433 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

433 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Mardi Gras San Francisco Style

1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

1290 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Union Street Valentine's Wine Walk

2036 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

2036 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Saint Patrick's Day Parade

San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

6. Black Cuisine Festival

1706 Yosemite Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124

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.

1706 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

7. Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

1690 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

1690 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Bring Your Own Big Wheel

2301 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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.

2301 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. Glen Park Festival

2816 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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.

2816 Diamond Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

10. Cesar Chavez Day

3050 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

3050 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Cherry Blossom Festival

1700 Post Street, Japan Center, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

1700 Post Street, Japan Center
San Francisco, CA 94115

12. How Weird Street Faire

222 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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.

222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

13. Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Civic Center Plaza, Polk St & McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

Civic Center Plaza, Polk St & McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Bay to Breakers

962 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94121

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.

962 Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121

15. Carnaval

2100 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2100 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

16. Union Street Festival

1690 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

1690 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

17. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

750 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

750 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

18. Juneteenth SF

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

19. North Beach Festival

565 Green Street, San Francisco, CA

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.

565 Green Street
San Francisco, CA

20. Haight Ashbury Street Fair

1555 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

1555 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

21. Stern Grove Summer Music Festival

San Francisco, CA

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.

22. San Francisco Pride

1841 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

1841 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

23. Fillmore Jazz Festival

1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

1805 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94115

24. Nihonmachi Street Fair

1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall Shopping Center, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall Shopping Center
San Francisco, CA 94115

25. Street Food Festival

70 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107

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.

70 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94107

26. Ghirardelli Square Festival

900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA 94109

27. Moon Festival

631 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108

28. Comedy Day

Kezar Dr, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

Kezar Dr
San Francisco, CA 94117

29. Festa Coloniale Italiana

1630 Stockton Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

1630 Stockton Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

30. Dragon Boat Festival

Treasure Island Road, San Francisco, CA

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.

Treasure Island Road
San Francisco, CA

31. Cole Valley Fair

901 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

901 Cole Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

32. Folsom Street Fair

323 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

323 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

33. Fiesta on the Hill

Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA

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.

Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA

34. Noe Valley Harvest Festival

3870 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

3870 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

35. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

California

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.

36. Castro Street Fair

575 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

575 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

37. Fleet Week

Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133

38. Outer Noriega Street Fair

3821 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

3821 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

39. Potrero Hill Festival

1524 20th Street, San Francisco, CA

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.

1524 20th Street
San Francisco, CA

40. Wharf Fest

San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

41. Dia de los Muertos

Garfield Square, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

Garfield Square
San Francisco, CA 94110