The San Francisco Pride Celebration has been said to be â€œone of the last
remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.â€
This grand event happens on June 29th and 30th, 2013, in downtown San
Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Franciscoâ€™s historic City
Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than 30
years ago. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and more
than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and
Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The Celebration at
Civic Center is host to the Main Stage which has showcased such
incredible acts as Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys, Solange Knowles, the
Cliks, Margaret Cho, Kat DeLuna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters and Big
Freedia, among others.Continue Reading
The 59th annual North Beach Festival is considered one of the
countryâ€™s original outdoor festivals with Washington Square Park and
several neighboring blocks taken over in this giant two-day street fair.
With three stages for entertainment over 125 arts and crafts booths,
20 gourmet food booths, Italian street painting, beverage gardens and
the blessing of the animals, thereâ€™s sure to be a little something for
Live music fills the streets of â€œLittle Italyâ€ during the two-day
long Festival. Renewing the older traditions of when North Beach was a
complete and thriving community, the sights, sounds, smells and flavors
available will recall the strength and passion of San Franciscoâ€™s
Italian heritage. Free to attend and family friendly, the North Beach
Festival is sure to delight summer festival goers.
â€œI am running this full marathon, (gulp!) and feeling excited and a little nervous.â€ â€“ Amie Chilson
The San Francisco Marathon is a crown jewel for the city. Started in
2001 with the desire to create one of the most beautiful and challenging
urban road race marathons in the United States, the Wipro San Francisco
Marathon offers an idyllic summer running event. The course was built
organically with the local runner in mind, the quintessential San
Franciscan healthy outdoor-lover, embodying the natural, sustainable,
genuine beauty of the city itself. True to local style, the Marathon
â€œThe Race Even Marathoners Fear.â€
The race prides itself on being a bit different from the pack, like
the city itself. The race is more individual, the course more
challenging, the terrain more beautiful â€“ an event The Wall Street
Journal referred to as â€œThe Race Even Marathoners Fear.â€ Attracting
endurance athletes from around the country and the globe, those who come
to this event share the same amazing aspects of the city that the
residents love â€“ to embrace and celebrate the running of the countryâ€™s
toughest big city marathon and reward over 25,000 runners with
unparalleled, breathtaking views and a Well Earned Finish.
June 16th, 2013
Full marathon registry fee is $135. Half marathons, progressive marathon, 5k run/walk and munchkin marathons priced accordingly.
For more information and to register go to
Once a year, on the second Sunday in June, the Haight-Ashbury
community hosts a special celebration and everyone in the World is
invited. Music is in the air, people dance in the streets, a festive
atmosphere springs up and Haight Street, once again, becomes the center
of Peace, Love and Happiness. The Haight Ashbury Street Fair is one of
the most highly anticipated public events in San Francisco.
The fair stretches along Haight Street from Masonic to Stanyan Street
and features a main stage of entertainment at each end, but you never
know who will be appearing as the line-ups are never advertised.
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, founded to present the ethnic
dance companies in the Bay Area, includes performers from throughout
Northern California with over 600 dance companies and 100 different
During its rich history, the Festival has celebrated and
fostered appreciation for the diverse cultural communities in the Bay
Area and Northern California.
As the first multicultural, city-sponsored
ethnic dance festival in America, the Festival has a responsibility and
the honor to provide an outstanding opportunity for artists who seek to
present the dance expressions of their cultural and ethnic heritages.
Participants come from varied socio-economical backgrounds, representing
a broad range of occupations and lifestyles and during the month long
festival. Students, masters and groups from regions as varied as
Senegal, Tobasco and Barangay all dance together on the same stage.Continue Reading
In its 38th year, The Union Street Festival is one of San Franciscoâ€™s
largest free annual events, launching the cityâ€™s summer street
festivals with an atmosphere of open-air market and traditional fair
ware in the heart of historic Cow Hollow, San Franciscoâ€™s premiere
shopping and residential district.
Featuring over 150 boutique artists
from across the country, the Festival offers opportunities to browse and
buy jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, furniture and bath &
body supplies while providing entertainment by the best of the Bay
Areaâ€™s hardest working Indie bands.