Summer is officially in full swing in San Francisco, and festivities are on the forecast.
Since it’s the weekend before the Fourth of July, the mood in San Francisco will be even more celebratory than usual. Get a head start on Independence Day by going out on the town and attending one of the various events in the City–many of which are free! Since it’s festival season, there’s no deficit on fun activities for everyone, regardless of interest and wallet size.
To maximize the fun out of this foggy weekend, scroll down and start mapping out your weekend itinerary–just be sure to bring a light jacket wherever you go.
Friday, June 30th:
Take Me Out to the Ballpark→ Take yourself out to the ballpark for something a little bit different. AT&T Park will be hosting their Opera in the Park program with a live telecasting of SF Opera’s Don Giovanni, for free. If you love the opera but want to save $200, you’re in luck.
Opera at the Ballpark 2017: Don Giovanni | AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA | Friday, June 30th: 7:30PM | Free
Tourist Trap→ For their monthly Last Friday’s outdoor movie event, Pier 39 will be screening the film that made Lindsay Lohan: The Parent Trap. The movie will start at sundown, but there will be plenty of activities to occupy you beforehand. Make sure to bring a blanket and some layers.
Outdoor Movie Night: The Parent Trap | Pier 39, San Francisco, CA | Friday, June 30th: 8:30PM | Free
Friday Flowers→ Head to Golden Gate Park for a floral soiree. While you’re at it, check out the newly illuminated Conservatory of Flowers. As this is a celebration of the Summer of Love, attendees must wear a flower in their hair for free admission.
Phototaxis: Friday Night at Conservatory of Flowers | Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA | Friday, June 30th: 6PM-10PM | Free
Saturday, July 1st:
All That Jazz→ Feel more jazzy at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. This music and arts extravaganza is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 over 4th of July weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to live music from multiple stages and peruse over 12 blocks of arts and crafts while filling up on gourmet food and beverages.
Fillmore Jazz Festival | Fillmore District, Fillmore Street and Geary Street, San Francisco, CA | Saturday and Sunday, July 1st: 10:30AM-6PM | Free
Oysters→ Get festive with oysters this Saturday and celebrate this slimy, succulent seafood at the 18th annual Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. In addition to shell shucking, there will be a performance by Passion Pit.
18th Annual Oyster Festival | Sharon Meadow, 320 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, July 1st: 11AM-6PM | $25-$45
Grand Finale→ Saturday night marks the closing night of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical at the Eureka Theatre. If you love camp, drag queens, and musicals, then be sure to pencil this in before it goes away.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical | Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, July 1st: 8PM | $22-$35
Sunday, July 2nd:
Get into the Grove→ Head to the idyllic Stern Grove for an afternoon of free tunes at this weekly, only-during-the-summer music festival. Bring a blanket and some snacks to turn this event into a perfect Sunday picnic.
Stern Grove Festival | Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, July 2nd: 2PM | Free
Trophy Time→ Commemorate the Golden State Warrior’s victory by taking a photo with the championship trophy at the Warriors store at the Westfield Mall. This might be the closest you’ll get to being an NBA champ.
Golden State Warriors Championship Trophy Tour | Warriors Team Store, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, July 2nd: 11AM-7PM | Free
Make It to the Market→ Stock up your kitchen while going on a pleasant outing at the farmers market at the UN Plaza. The farmer’s market is somewhat of a right of passage in the Bay, so check this out if you’ve never done it.
Farmer’s Market | UN Plaza, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, July 2nd: 7AM-5PM | Free