The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this month.
Live music comes with a side of oysters, John Waters, and Summer of Love vibes this month in the Bay Area. Plus, go gift shopping at an edgy craft fair.
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July 1 | Food & music
One of Golden Gate Park’s lively annual events that won’t break the bank is Oysterfest, a celebration of shucking, slurping, and singing. This year’s musical guests include indie/electronic band Passion Pit, L.A. pop act Sir Sly, and rock group Kongos—and thankfully all of them will play loudly enough to cover up those potentially rude eating noises as thousands get down on beats and bivalves.
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 320 Bowling Green Dr., San Francisco | From $30 | website
July 1 - 2 | Music
Hosted by filmmaker extraordinaire John Waters, Burger Boogaloo is an East Bay music festival that has been small but strong and is truly coming into its own this year with some stratospherically major headliners. Veterans like Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X, and Redd Kross bring some real heft and international renown to the lineup, which also features cult favorites like Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys and Oakland’s own Shannon & the Clams.
12:00 PM | Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland | From $69 | website
July 1 - 2 | Music
Fillmore Jazz Festival
The Fillmore Jazz Festival is a fun San Francisco tradition to be treasured in a quickly changing city. It’s also the biggest free jazz fest on the West Coast. This year’s performers include California Jazz Conservatory’s Blue Ensemble, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Danilo’s Grupo Universal, and Hella Fitzgerald (no, that last artist name isn’t a typo). And San Francisco’s citywide Summer of Love anniversary is being acknowledged as a special theme within the festival.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Fillmore St. (btwn. Jackson and Eddy Sts.), San Francisco | Free | website
July 4 | Food
The second annual Eat Trill, a music and food festival with a community-oriented, philanthropic heart, will benefit the work of the nonprofit Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. The soundtrack will be provided by local DJs and performers like radio favorite Chuy Gomez and the Golden State Warriors’ own DJ Umami (who plays outside the stadium when the team wins a home game); the food includes vendors like Wing Wings (the event host), soul food cart Minnie Bell’s, and haute pastry pimps Craftsman & Wolves. The festival has grown this year to include the soccer field behind Spark Social SF, so it’ll also be a great place to catch the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show.
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd., San Francisco | Free | website
July 13 | Lecture
“Encounter 2: Aspirations of 1967”
Second in the Psychedelic Soul series from the California Historical Society and the Museum of the African Diaspora, “Encounter 2: Aspirations of 1967” continues the work of sharing the black awakening experience of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Poet Avotcja Jiltonilro, musician Rosa Lee Brooks, and St. Coltrane Church cofounder Archbishop FW King will converse on a panel moderated by UC Berkeley lecturer and author Rickey Vincent.
6:30 PM | California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco | From $10 | website
July 15 - 16 | Art
Renegade Craft Fair
If you’re in need of retail therapy or just need to buy some thoughtful gifts for your loved ones, Renegade Craft Fair is pretty much a one-stop shop for originality. Among some 300 exhibitors vying for your attention this month are unusual artisans of handcrafted medicine, purveyors of edgy utilitarian bags, and plenty of cute overload. (The fair happens several times a year; check the website for upcoming dates.) It’s also a surprisingly interesting place to check out upcoming food vendors who intersect with the Etsy crowd.
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco | Free | website
July 15 - September 17 | Art
“Sarah Lucas: Good Muse”
The Legion of Honor’s position all the way out at Land’s End means that it sometimes gets overlooked by visitors, but it’s a transportive place to view art such as the new Sarah Lucas: Good Muse exhibit. The English artist’s work is a response to the museum’s Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation, with her own take on eroticism and objectification in sculpture. It’s a chance to see both classic and contemporary in a show that should bring fresh appreciation to both artists.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco | From $15 | website
July 20 - 23 | Film festival
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
A festival in the middle of summer in San Francisco is likely to be freezing, hence the cheeky name of the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival. The specific program has not yet been released, but it is safe to say that you won’t be singing “Let It Go.” You will, however, be exposed to a thoughtful schedule of work from independent filmmakers around the country.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | Prices TBA | website
July 20 - August 6 | Film festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
The Jewish Film Institute’s 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival brings screenings of films about autism, suicide, fashion, innovation, genocide, and much more as they relate to the international Jewish experience. The whole schedule feels topical, but particularly since it includes a timely screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Most screenings take place at San Francisco’s Castro Theater, with additional programs showing down the Peninsula at CineArts in Palo Alto.
Castro Theater, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $40 | website
August 1 - September 30 | Plan ahead: Film
“Film Night in the Park”
While free movie nights in Dolores Park are very popular, it’s not as well known that they’re part of a larger series called “Film Night in the Park” that takes place in various beautiful outdoor locations in San Francisco. Mark your calendars and prepare your snacks and blankets for the last freebies of the season: Footloose (August 5 at Dolores Park), La La Land (August 26 at Washington Square Park), The Graduate (September 9 at Union Square), and The Breakfast Club (September 23 at Dolores Park).
Times & locations vary | Free | website
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