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The Best Summer Festivals in San Francisco
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The Best Summer Festivals in San Francisco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The warm weather is here, and festival season is upon us. All across the country, people are enjoying good food, good music, and amazing festival vibes. In San Francisco, the situation is no different, and festivals are an essential part to summer in the city. Get the most out of your summer in San Francisco with these festivals.

Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers is the event that very much defines San Francisco. It is known as ‘a staple to the City by the Bay.’ Since 1912, thousands of runners have been showing up to race the 12k run across the city. The starting point is located near the San Francisco Bay, just a few blocks from the Embarcadero, and ends at the Great Highway where you can see the waves on Ocean Beach. The magical view of waves crashing gives way to the name Bay to Breakers. The race has developed into a parade-like event, where people to dress up in crazy, spirited outfits to run through the city. A great time for family, friends, and runners, Bay to Breakers is a must if you want a taste of San Francisco’s quirkiness.

San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade

San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, otherwise known as ‘Pride,’ is the event that makes San Francisco and its people truly come alive. The parade runs through all of Market Street in the heart of the city. At the end of the parade, there are numerous stages with DJs, live music, food booths, and vendors. Pride is the day to celebrate equality and the display the pride that San Francisco has for its diverse LGBTQ community. A day full of colors, love, and excitement, Pride is one of San Francisco’s most lively events. Anyone and everyone attends Pride to experience a fun day full of dancing, walking and experiencing the true meaning of San Francisco.

Outside Lands

With its extraordinary mix of alternative music, unique food, and dedication to the environment, Outside Lands is San Francisco’s biggest festival and one of the greatest music festivals in the country. The festival prides itself in its passion for music, food, wine, beer, art, and comedy. Outside Lands has been around since 2008 and has since then become one of the most popular summer festivals for people around the country to attend. The festival takes place in beautiful Golden Gate Park, which fills with thousands of music lovers for three incredible days.

North Beach Festival

A smaller festival than Outside Lands, the North Beach Festival takes place in the streets of the historic San Francisco district of North Beach. The festival’s location in North Beach is ideal. The neighborhood is known as Little Italy, and it is also famous for its reputation as a popular spot for the Beatniks. The street festival includes countless food booths, live entertainment, art and crafts stations, and beer gardens.