Best Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area This June

June is a special time when Gay Pride Month, Fathers Day, Juneteenth, street festivals and country fairs fill the outdoor events calendar. Add the 85th season for the Stern Grove Festival (yes, its back!), more concerts… not to mention a full schedule of major league baseball for the SF Giants and the Oakland As.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Paige K. Parsons/Stern Grove Festival

San Francisco

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The Art of the Brick

Extended through September 

World’s Most Popular Display of LEGO® Art!” One million LEGO bricks transformed into 70 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya includes original sculptures and re-imagined masterpieces, such as Michelangelos David, Van Goghs Starry Night and Da Vincis Mona Lisa.

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Photo: Courtesy of Bhautik Joshi via Wikimedia Commons

Castro Theatre 100th Birthday and Frameline 46

June 3 - 12 and June 16 - 26

A 10-day long series of classic films curated by decade, starting with the 1920s is followed by the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. On June 22, the theatres centennial, the screening of five films set in the city: San Francisco, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dirty Harry, Sudden Fear, and Bullitt. 

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Bouquets to Art

June 7 - June 12

The 38th annual display of artwork-inspired floral installations is back in the galleries this year. Dont miss the Opening Nightluxury raffle, on-site programs, luncheons, and flower cart throughout the week. Proceeds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Photo: Courtesy of Paige K. Parsons/Stern Grove Festival

Stern Grove Festival

Sundays, June 12 through August 14

Now in its 85th season, the popular free music festival now has an online ticket reservation system.

June 12: Tower of Power, Too $hort

June 19: Toro Y Moi, Hello Yello

June 26: Liz Phair, Madi Diaz

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66th Annual North Beach Festival

June 18 - 19

Circus performances, chalk art sidewalk painting, live music, arts and crafts and so much Italian food! Along Grant Avenue, Green Street, Vallejo Street, and Columbus Avenue, 10am to 6pm. 

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The Walt Disney Family Museum

Opens June 23

The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece” is a new exhibition to mark the beloved animated classic films 55th anniversary. In the museums Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.

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East Bay

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Oakland Zoo Centennial Birthday Celebration

June 5

A day of free fun (11am to 3pm) and family-friendly entertainment at the Zoo’s birthplace next to Lake Merritt. Entertainment featuring performances from Children’s Fairyland, Juggling & Comedy with EarthCapades and a special 2pm performance from Alphabet Rockers.

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Berkeley Symphony

June 12

World Premiere of Rise, a celebratory work written in honor of the 50th Anniversary season by Berkeley-based composer Jimmy López Bellido. Plus, Beethovens Ninth Symphony featuring a reimagined libretto set by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

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35th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

June 19

South Berkeleys five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor. Kids STEM Zone, two musical stages with African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues and reggae music, as well as exhibits, health screenings, two-on-two basketball tourney, art and crafts and food booths.

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Alameda County Fair

June 17 - July 10

New events, new rides and new food experiences for 19 days. A full line-up of concerts, carnival, movies on the lawn, and live horse racing along with fair favorites, plus drone shows and fireworks.

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Photo: Courtesy of Andy Witchger via Wikimedia Commons

Brandi Carlile at the Greek Theatre

June 18

Brandi Marie Carlile is an American singer-songwriter and producer whose music spans many genres. As of 2021, Carlile has released seven studio albums and earned 18 Grammy Award nominations.

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Norah Jones at the Greek Theatre

June 24

The nine-time GRAMMY Award winner, Norah Jones has sold more than 50 million albums, and her songs have been streamed six billion times worldwide.

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North Bay

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15th Annual Mendocino Film Festival

June 2 - 5

Nearly 60 films, special panels, workshops and 25 visiting filmmakers, plus musical experiences, craft events and soirees. The film line-up includes 35 feature films, 23 short films, four California premieres.

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“The Sound Inside” at Marin Theatre Company

Through June 19

Behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, and into New Yorks literary haven, Greenwich Village, in this riveting new American play by Adam Rapp, an Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

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Sonoma-Marin County Fair

June 22 - 26

Everybodys Favorite Fair is back! Two car shows, the Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest, livestock shows, eating contests, and lots more fun for the whole family.

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Marin County Fair

June 30 - July 4 

An outdoor-only event with all the fair favorites including concerts, carnival rides, performers, corn dogs and more. Fireworks over Lagoon Park.

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South Bay

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Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival

June 4 - 5

Kick off the summer with everyone’s favorite 48th annual Art & Wine Festival in Downtown Sunnyvale with live music, food, wine/beer/margarita booths, childrens activity area, and 200 local artisan vendors. 10am to 6pm both days.

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San Mateo County Fair

June 4 - 12

A dinosaur exhibition, main stage concerts, live music, makers, crafters, creative kids and culinary arts, 60 food vendors, and more. 10am to 11pm daily (closed June 6 & 7).

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Downtown Redwood City Car Show

June 11

Eighty-five pre-screened vehicles: classic, muscle, exotic, luxury car, motorcycles on display from 10am to 3pm. 

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Stevie Nicks at Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 12

A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for her work with Fleetwood Mac and her solo career. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards for her work as a solo artist and won two Grammy Awards with Fleetwood Mac.

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Carlos Santana & Earth, Wine and Fire

June 21

More than 200 million worldwide album sales and 16 GRAMMY Awards, presenting two legendary bands — Carlos Santana & Earth, Wind and Fire — in concert together for one night only at 7pm.

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