The best of what to do in San Francisco this month
Your favorite comedians are bringing their latest material to the Comedy Central–produced Colossal Clusterfest, a multi-venue festival of all things funny. Later, the annual Pride parade and festival takes over the city for two days of celebration for the LGBTQ community and its allies.
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June 1 - 4 | Film
Silent Film Festival
A festival of silent films sounds awfully quiet on paper, but San Francisco’s Silent Film Festival is actually quite musical. Catch movies from the era of 1910 to 1930 with modern sonic accompaniments by artists such as DJ Spooky (who has created a new soundtrack for Paul Robeson’s 1925 film Body and Soul) and Colorado’s Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (playing alongside the 1915 criminal thriller Filibus). The festival’s motto, “true art transcends time,” definitely comes alive in these experimental presentations.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $22 | website
June 2 - 4 | Comedy
Comedy Central has joined forces with Another Planet and Superfly, the promoters of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands, to create Colossal Clusterfest, a convergence of comedy, music, and food presented at multiple venues throughout the city. Expected highlights from this ambitious effort include comedy sets from titans like Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sarah Silverman, musical performances by Ice Cube, Tegan and Sara, and Ty Segall, and food attractions styled after familiar hangout spots seen on Seinfeld, South Park, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’ll be a good idea to practice your Soup Nazi order before you go.
Times & locations vary | From $99.50 | website
June 3 - 4 | Music
Union Street Music Fest
Cow Hollow’s Union Street isn’t typically considered the epicenter of music in the city, but the neighborhood gives it a yearly shot with the annual Union Street Music Fest. There are outdoor stages for fans of country, jazz, and blues and the opportunity to hear varied local music and enjoy kids’ activities and several beverage gardens.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Union St. btw. Gough & Fillmore Sts., San Francisco | Free | website
June 6 - 18 | Music
35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival
If you didn’t plan ahead to get tickets to this year’s San Francisco Jazz Festival, don’t worry! There’s still time to acquire tickets to your favorite performances from the robust 43-show lineup that takes place across five venues during nearly two weeks. Recommended events include Martin Luther’s tribute to Otis Redding (whose “[Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay” is one of our region’s enduring anthems), the SFJazz Collective covering Miles Davis, and live mashups of the Beatles with Django Reinhardt.
Times & locations vary | From $15 | website
June 11 | Street fair
Haight Ashbury Street Fair
The Haight Ashbury Street Fair is usually a day of guaranteed awesome people-watching, but it’ll be even better this year as it doubles as another unofficial celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love—the mass convergence of some 100,000 free-spirited youths in the city in 1967 that’s still touted as the pinnacle of hippie counterculture (see more ways to celebrate the anniversary here). Put some extra flowers in your hair before you wander the arts and crafts booths, dance, and shop at the independent merchants who keep the street great (and weird).
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Haight and Ashbury Sts., San Francisco | Free | website
June 15 - 25 | Film
One of San Francisco’s most prominent annual film festivals focusing on innovations in queer cinema, Frameline leaps into focus for its 41st year with a marquee local documentary: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, a personal look at the author behind San Francisco’s classic Tales of the City novel series. Actor Alan Cumming will close out events when he’s presented with the 2017 Frameline Award before the screening of his film After Louie, in which he plays a gay man with survivor’s guilt.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | Tickets on sale June 2nd | website
June 17 | Food
Soy & Tofu Festival
The Soy & Tofu Festival returns for a seventh year of cooking demos, tastings, and eating contests surrounding soy-based foods. Drummers from San Jose Taiko, spoken-word artist and rapper G Yamazawa, and Oakland-based Asian American funk group Trace Repeat will keep it all on beat. The event is a fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, a nonprofit media organization that produces a unique Japanese American community newspaper and educational programming.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco | From $10 | website
June 24 - 25 | Pride
San Francisco Pride Festival
The city’s annual celebration of our LGBTQ community really extends beyond the official weekend, with parties and specials taking place all throughout San Francisco this month. But San Francisco Pride Festival’s main attractions include Saturday programming around the Civic Center with guest speakers and live performances from acts like Australian pop star Betty Who. If you’re looking for the always colorful and fun Pride parade, you can catch more than 200 groups floating or dancing down Market Street (from Beale Street to Eighth Street) on Sunday morning. Come as you are or don a costume to go all-in on the festivities.
Times & locations vary | Free | website
June 25 - August 7 | Performing arts
Stern Grove Festival
The treasured, free local music and culture festival at Stern Grove kicks into its 80th season on June 25 with a live performance by party funk masters Kool & The Gang (and the annual fundraising Big Picnic beforehand). The free shows continue throughout the summer. Notable events from this season’s lineup include performances from the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet, Grammy-winning African duo Amadou & Mariam, and NYC dance music act Brazilian Girls.
2:00 PM | Stern Grove, 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd., San Francisco | Free | website
August 25 - 27 | Book ahead: Food
Eat Drink SF
The city’s biggest food festival returns for a ninth year of grand tasting parties. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get an idea of the restaurants where you should be making future reservations. While the full chef and restaurant lineups for each event have yet to be released, the rosters are always high-quality and tend to fill up soon after names are announced, so get an early jump on this one for the lowest price.
Times & locations vary | From $69 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.