June is here and you know what that means…Festivals galore! It’s an action packed month so get y0ur calendar ready!
Union Street Festival is June 4th & 5th from 10am-6pm between Gough and Steiner in San Francisco. The festival includes tons of arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, and gourmet food booths (gyros, fish n chips, Vietnamese sandwiches, BBQ). This is the 1st year that alcohol will NOT be allowed at the event so no beer tents. Luckily there are tons of great bars lining the street so there are plenty of places to booze it up. Cafe Des Amis, Perrys, Betelnut and The Brickyard are some good bets.
Since the weather-people are predicting rain this weekend (which could mean a heat wave may happen), a good bet is Unwind on Union for their 1st Annual Beer Garden on June 4th & 5th. They are converting their greenhouse back patio so you can enjoy warm weather despite the rain. Enjoy beers on tap, drink specials, food and entertainment.
The 4th Annual TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting event is Sunday, June 5th from 2-5pm at Fort Mason. This event will feature over 43 different varietals of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese wines. Tickets are $60 at the door but you can get them for $30 now.
The 2nd Annual Bay Area Brewfest is Saturday, June 11th from 2-5pm (1-5pm VIP) at Fort Mason. The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers (Pyramid Ale, Trumer Pils, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Full Sail, Black Star, Mendocino Brewing Company to name a few) and SF’s best food trucks (food sold separately). This one is guaranteed to be a boozefest/shitshow. Tickets include unlimited tastings for 3 (or 4 for VIP) hours. Designated drivers pay $10 at the door. Enter code TRAVEL to get a 10% discount.
The 34th Annual Fairfax Festival is June 11th & 12th. The Fairfax Festival Parade is Saturday, June 11th from 10am-noon. The festival is from 1-5pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday and is fun for adults and kids. There will be live music, arts and crafts, and flea marketers. EcoFest will feature organic wine and beer tasting featuring over 30 different wineries, locally produced olive oils and cheeses in addition to other delicious food.
The 57th Annual Northbeach Festival is June 18th & 19th from 10am-6pm located in the North Beach district. It is very similar to the Union Street Festival with the majority of the action in the Washington Square Park. Parking in this area is a bitch so here are some recommendations for parking: Validated Parking is available for $3.00 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM: Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay, between Battery & Drumm. A “Park & Ride Shuttle” bus departs every few minutes. Ask for the Broadway/Columbus stop. The festival is one block north. Return stop at Grant & Broadway. Look for the red and white “Park & Ride” sign. The ONLY validation stamp is located at Calzone’s Restaurant, 430 Columbus. No purchase necessary. Additional Parking is available at :735 Vallejo (south side of street) between Stockton and Powell, 766 Vallejo (north side of street above Central Station) between Stockton and Powell and on Filbert between Columbus and Mason.