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Everything You Need to Do in San Francisco This Summer

Updated On 08/02/2018 at 05:14PM EST Updated On 08/02/2018 at 05:14PM EST
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Wednesday
Jul 11
Presidio Social Club
PSC is bringing central Texas-style barbecue to San Francisco all summer long. The BBQ Biergarten will be in full swing on the restaurant’s backyard patio every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm with plates of slow-smoked meat, all of the traditional sides, and ice cold beer. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 415-885-1888.
Cost: Dishes range from $18 to $40
Thursday
Jul 12
Tenderloin Museum
The GLIDE Legacy Committee has organized a Social Justice Film Festival, which will showcase Bay Area-focused short documentaries about transformation, empathy, and inclusion. The films run from 7 to 8:30pm and are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Cost: $20
Thursday
Jul 12
Anchor Public Taps
If you’re a fan of Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, then Santa Claus is coming to town early. You can do a rare vertical tasting flight of the Christmas Ales from 2014-2017, and get the 2017 vintage on tap by the pint. All while listening to your favorite Christmas music. Ugly Christmas sweaters encouraged.
Cost: Free
Thursday
Jul 12
Golden Gate Club
Thirty Calistoga winemakers are bringing their wine to SF so you can taste Calistoga AVA wines from wineries that aren’t open to the public. There will be cheese, charcuterie, and sweet treats as well. It is a wine tasting after all.
Cost: $75 advance; $95 at the door
Friday - Saturday
Jul 13-14
Oasis
If you’re into fabulous drag queen performances and D&D, then you definitely need to get tix for these comedy shows where unique adventures are played out live on stage. We don’t totally understand what it is, but the last shows sold out, so it must be funny!
Cost: $13 to $18
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 14-15
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
The Renegade Craft Fair is a two-day celebration of creative spirit that includes 300 makers, DIY workshops, and, of course, plenty of food and drink.
Sunday
Jul 15
Stern Grove
Sundays at Stern Grove are one of the most fun things to do in SF in the summer. Even if it’s cold and foggy. Pack a picnic (alcohol is allowed) and enjoy the show.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you want to make a small donation
Aids Walk San Francisco
Aids Walk San Francisco
Sunday
Jul 15
Golden Gate Park
Do the 10K AIDS Walk San Francisco through Golden Gate Park to raise money for ACRIA, Project Open Hand, Positive Resource Center, and dozens of other Bay Area AIDS service organizations.
Cost: Free to register
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 15-16
Social Hall SF and The Cheese School

SF Cheese Fest has expanded to TWO days of cheesy celebration. The Saturday night festivities will be celebrating cheeses made with all four types of milk (plus beer, cider, and wine pairings), and Sunday is all about learning how to make and taste cheese at cheese seminars. This is the primary fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, so you can feel good about eating it all.
Cost: $84 (or two for $149); seminars: $69 to $79

Tuesday
Jul 17
Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons is throwing a fancy outdoor BBQ on its Veranda Terrace from 5 to 8pm in July and August. There will be music from DJ K-Mac, brats, burgers, oysters, and more on the grill, an ice cream bar, and unlimited bubbles, beer, and rosé.
Cost: $68
Thursday
Jul 19
Le Colonial
The SF staple is celebrating its 20th birthday by serving beer, wine, and cocktails at 1998 prices from 5 to 9:30pm. Happy hour menu prices will also be in place and there will be passed complimentary treats.
Cost: Whatever drinks cost in 1998, plus a minimum of a $5.00 suggested donation to Safe and Sound, a charity that helps children in the Tenderloin.
Friday
Jul 20
Art Attack SF
Learn a thing or two about art by watching stand-up comedians dissect paintings found at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. And like at any good art show, there will also be pizza, beer, raffle prizes, and a chance to buy the “diasterpieces.”
Cost: $20
Saturday
Jul 21
Vista Collins Resort, Napa
Taste from more than 70 Napa wineries, breweries, restaurants, and food artisans, and listen to live music from harpists and violinist Carlos Reyes at this festival on the grounds of a Tuscan-style resort.
Cost: $99 and $225
Saturday
Jul 21
Farmstead, St. Helena
Long Meadow Ranch is hosting Trout Steak Revival for an evening of bluegrass on the lawn. There will also be food and wine available for purchase.
Cost: $35 advance; $45 at the door
Sunday
Jul 22
Farmstead, St. Helena
Long Meadow Ranch is hosting Trout Steak Revival for an evening of bluegrass on the lawn. There will also be food and wine available for purchase.
Cost: $35 advance; $45 at the door
Sunday
Jul 22
Stern Grove
What better way to see the SF Symphony than by sitting outside on a picnic blanket enjoying a gourmet picnic and sipping on wine? For free. This year they’ll be performing classics from Antonín Dvořák, Beethoven, and Jean Sibelius.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you want to make a small donation
Saturday
Jul 28
Jack London Square
Pedalfest is a day of “bicycle shenanigans,” including an amphibious bike race, art bikes, daredevil stunts, live music on a pedal-powered stage, a kid’s bike rodeo, vintage and hand-built bikes, and pedal-powered food.
Cost: Admission is free
Sunday
Jul 29
All over SF
The San Francisco marathon is probably one of the most beautiful foot races in the world. If you participate, you’ll run along the waterfront, over the Golden Gate Bridge, through Golden Gate Park, and more. There are also cheer stations all along the route in case just the thought of running 26.2 miles makes you want to take a nap.
Cost: $45-$269
Stern Grove Music Festival
Scott Wall/Stern Grove Music Festival
Sunday
Jul 29
Stern Grove
The San Francisco Ballet is dancing at the Stern Grove Festival as they do every year. This year the program includes music composed by Tchaikovsky and choreography from George Balanchine. Bring a blanket, anything you want to snack on or drink, and layers.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you’d like to make a small donation
Sunday
Jul 29
Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom
Up Your Alley is “not for the faint of heart.” In fact, the organizers claim, “You won’t find a filthier event in the States.” But if you’re a fetish enthusiast who wants to watch and/or enjoys spanking, bondage, and all of the rest of it, well, then you probably already have this on your calendar.
Cost: Donations are requested
Wednesday
Aug 1
Davies Symphony Hall
Common is joining the SF Symphony for one night only to perform selections from Black America Again, as well as his other hits.
Cost: $40-$149
Saturday - Saturday
Aug 4-Sep 1
Jack London Square
The Taste of Oakland Festival celebrates the Bay’s culture of independent and iconic musicians, culinary talents, and tech innovations. There will be live music, coding classes, cooking demos, a karaoke bus (that records your performance), a libation garden, food vendors, and more.
Cost: Free
Saturday
Aug 4
August Hall
The GLIDE Legacy Gala has moved to SF’s hottest event space this year and will have food and drink from SF’s hottest spots and music (including a performance by the beloved GLIDE Ensemble). This is SF’s most well attended young professional gala in the city and it’s all to benefit GLIDE programs and its 50+ year legacy of love, leadership, and community.
Cost: GA: $80 to $100; VIP: $150 to $170; Legacy: $500
Saturday
Aug 4
The Spreckels Temple of Music Bandshell, Golden Gate Park
Listen to some beats, get some exercise, and show all of the haters that just because you enjoy marijuana doesn’t mean you’re lazy. There’s a 4.20 mile walk/jog/skate/ride followed by some yoga and then 2.5 hours of beer tasting.
Cost: $4.20 for GA; $25 for beer tasting; $100 for VIP after party
Sunday
Aug 5
Stern Grove
Femi Kuti’s funky grooves are guaranteed to get all of Stern Grove up on their feet. Bring a picnic to enjoy; just try not to step all over it when you’re dancing.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you’d like to make a donation.
Sunday
Aug 5
Jerry Day celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time with free performances by bands you’ll definitely like if you’re a Jerry fan.
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Friday - Sunday
Aug 10-12
Golden Gate Park
The Weeknd, Florence + the Machine, and Janet Jackson are headlining this year’s Outside Lands where you’ll also find some of the best festival food ever, as well as  great beer, wine, cocktails, comedy, and probably really cold weather that involves lots and lots of layers.
Cost: $149-$795
Sunday
Aug 12
Stern Grove
Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes are coming to Stern Grove to take you back in time with her slew of hits from the mid-60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Pack a picnic and your best singing skills.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you’d like to make a donation
Sunday
Aug 19
Stern Grove
This is your last chance to go to a free Stern Grove show this year and this one’s sure to be one of the best of the season. The Revolution (you know, as in Prince and the…) will be paying tribute to their former front man by playing the music they helped him create. You’ll probably need to get there very early if you want a good seat for this one.
Cost: Free, but bring cash if you want to make a donation
Saturday
Aug 18
20th Street Corridor
Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party transforms part of the Mission into a summer feast and dance party. There will be food from your favorite restaurants, alcohol for purchase, and lots of indie bands. The party is free, but if you want the best views, free wine and beer, and access to a private lounge, you can pay $50.
Cost: Free or $50
Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF | Marc Fiorito (Gamma Nine)
Friday - Saturday
Aug 24-25
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Eat Drink SF is hands down SF’s best food and drink festival, and this year’s the 10th anniversary so you can be certain it’s going to be better than ever. There are four grand tastings spread over three days and they all feature completely different restaurants and beverage purveyors. Can you conquer all four?
Cost: $129-$229
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 1-9
Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, Presidio
Get a little culture by watching a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. The shows all start at 2pm, although like with any free event in SF, you should get there early if you want to find a good spot for your blanket.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Sep 9
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Opera’s 96th season with an afternoon of arias al fresco and other operatic favorites.
Cost: Free
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 15-23
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park
If you couldn’t get it together to see free Shakespeare in the Presidio, you have five more chances to see it in McLaren Park. Shows start at 2pm.
Cost: Free