Rebecca’s Tips: Arts & Culure in SF this June


June in SF is a delight for both locals and tourists. From street fairs to full on festivals, you can keep your calendar pretty full this month.


JUNE 2-5
San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Castro Theatre, 415-777-4908
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents silent films accompanied by live music.


JUNE 2-9
AIGA San Francisco Design Week
Filled with tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, and emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the region’s unique design talents, impact and innovations.


JUNE 2-16
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest)
Roxie, Brava and Vogue Theaters, 415-662-FEST(3378)
Produced by the SF IndieFest.


JUNE 2-19
Best of PlayGround
Thick House, 1695 18th St., 415-992-6677
PlayGround, San Francisco’s incubator for a new generation of playwrights, caps off its season with the Bay Area’s largest celebration of new works for the stage and screen – the annual PlayGround Festival of New Works.


JUNE 3-19 (Three Weekends)
Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 415-474-3914
Each weekend’s program is unique, and features different Bay Area dance companies, along with innovative cross-cultural collaborations.


JUNE 4-5
Union Street Festival
Union Street between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563
This is one of San Francisco’s largest, free art festivals offering an organic farmers market, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, eco-friendly exhibits, gourmet food booths and live entertainment. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants, as well as Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions.


JUNE 7-19
San Francisco Jazz Festival
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., 866-920-5299
The festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding neighborhood and offers more than 30 shows.


JUNE 10-12
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., 415-752-0868
Showcase new films that reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities.


JUNE 11-12
North Beach Festival
Near Washington Square Park
San Francisco’s oldest street fair!


Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Haight St. between Masonic and Stanyan Sts., 415-664-2970
Music, arts, crafts and food are the mainstay of this event celebrating the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco’s most internationally celebrated neighborhoods – The Haight-Ashbury district.


JUNE 16-19
San Francisco Black Film Festival
African American Art and Culture Center, Jazz Heritage Center and other Bay Area Venues
This celebration of African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers; more than 10,000 films have been screened from around the world since the inaugural festival in 1998.


JUNE 16-26
Frameline 39, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-703-8650
Legendary showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics.


Juneteenth Celebration
Fillmore District between Geary and Eddy streets
The oldest known celebration among African Americans across the U.S.


Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252
Free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco.


JUNE 25-26
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Pride Celebration Parade (“Pride”)
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-FREE
San Francisco’s 46th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on June 26.

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