June is a special time when Gay Pride Month, Father’s Day, Juneteenth, street festivals and country fairs fill the outdoor events calendar. Add the 85th season for the Stern Grove Festival (yes, it’s 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
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 Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
More info: artofthebrickexhibit.com
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 theatre’s centennial, the screening of five films set in the city: San Francisco, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dirty Harry, Sudden Fear, and Bullitt.
More info: apeconcerts.com
Bouquets to Art
June 7 - June 12
The 38th annual display of artwork-inspired floral installations is back in the galleries this year. Don’t miss the Opening Night, luxury 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.
More info: deyoung.famsf.org/bouquets-to-art
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
More info: sterngrove.org
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.
More info: northbeachfestival.org
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Opens June 23
Oakland Zoo Centennial Birthday Celebration
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.
More info: oaklandzoo.org/centennial
World Premiere of Rise, a celebratory work written in honor of the 50th Anniversary season by Berkeley-based composer Jimmy López Bellido. Plus, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring a reimagined libretto set by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
More info: berkeleysymphony.org
35th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
South Berkeley’s 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.
More info: berkeleyjuneteenth.org
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.
More info: annual.alamedacountyfair.com
Brandi Carlile at the Greek Theatre
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.
More info: thegreekberkeley.com
Norah Jones at the Greek Theatre
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.
More info: mendocinofilmfestival.org
“The Sound Inside” at Marin Theatre Company
Through June 19
Behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, and into New York’s literary haven, Greenwich Village, in this riveting new American play by Adam Rapp, an Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Sonoma-Marin County Fair
June 22 - 26
Marin County Fair
June 30 - July 4
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, children’s activity area, and 200 local artisan vendors. 10am to 6pm both days.
More info: sunnyvaledowntown.org
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).
More info: sanmateocountyfair.com
Stevie Nicks at Shoreline Amphitheatre
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.
More info: mountainviewamphitheatre.com
Carlos Santana & Earth, Wine and Fire
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.
More info: mountainviewamphitheatre.com