San Francisco is a city that is just made for music festivals! And from the early days of the hippy explosion of Haight Asbury right to the present day, this city literally zings with music. The warm sunny climate helps as well! So, let’s look at some of the best San Francisco music festivals which make up the cultural scene of the city.
North Beach Festival
This is a free annual event that takes place every June. It is a huge street fair that includes food, drinks and arts and crafts. There are also two stages where local Bay area musicians and bands perform and is an occasion that should not be missed.
Noise Pop runs over 12 days and features live events, indie films and more. It takes place every February / March and is held at a range of venues across the city.
Union Street Festival
Held in the Marina district, the Union Street festival is a free event like the North Beach festival. It takes place over two days in June and as well as some great live music on its two stages, there are kids’ events, wine tasting and food from local restaurants and a health wellness pavilion.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
This is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, and it is a wonderful annual event that takes place each July in Fillmore Street and other venues around the area. The festival features several stages where you can enjoy a range of different artists and styles. Even if you are not a jazz fan, the Fillmore jazz festival is worth a visit because the food and drink on offer is excellent and did, we mention that the whole event is free?
San Francisco Jazz festival
The San Francisco Jazz Festival runs over two weeks each summer and attracts top class acts from around the world. Gregory Porter played the 2021 festival and although the 2022 line up has yet to be announced, we can expect similar big names next year. You can buy tickets via the SFAJazz website or sign up as a member for discounts and other events throughout the year.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
A fantastic free festival celebrating everything country! Despite being free you can expect some major names because Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos and Steve Earle have all played here. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass takes place every October and as well as the music, you can expect a great vibe, some excellent food, and all the usual festival paraphernalia.
Turn up early and grab your spot. It takes place at the Polo Field, Marx Meadows, and Lindley.
The biggest music festival in San Francisco takes place this year on October 29th – 31st at the Golden Gate Park. Headline acts include The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and Tame Impala but with over 70 bands performing this year you are certain to discover some great new favourites. Tickets are available from the festival website
To keep up with all the events in San Francisco check out SF Tourism Tips –a great resource for locals as well as visitors to the city.