Out and About in San Francisco: Jazz, Dragons and Tower of Power
The Bay Area comes alive this June with a knockout lineup of outdoor events and festivities that truly has something for everyone. From triathlons to unbeatable live music and carnivals, here’s a shortlist of some of the key June events going on around us – so mark your calendar!
Jazz on the Hill
Drawing a crowd of more than 5,000 people, this day-long community event is sponsored by the jazz station KCSM 91.1 FM and San Mateo Jr College. The concerts are free, the setting is beautiful, and there will be plenty of notable local food vendors. What could be better?
Saturday, June 6
12 pm-6 pm
San Mateo Jr College, San Mateo, CA
San Mateo County Fair
One of the best deals of the summer is the free concert series for the San Mateo County Fair. This year’s lineup includes four legendary Bay Area acts: Jefferson Starship, Sheila E., Tony! Toni! Toné!, and Tower of Power. Also returning to the Fair is The Charlie Daniels Band, who last played in 2007 to a sold out show. Joining the lineup is The Long Run – an Eagles Experience and Hollywood Stones, one of the best Rolling Stones tribute bands in the country. One Fair admission ticket includes a concert for FREE, while a Season Pass includes all 8 nights of concerts FREE!
In addition to a stellar music lineup, the San Mateo County Fair is one of the summer’s best family affairs with something for all ages, including an extensive carnival, free live entertainers, local food and drinks, award-winning animals and a petting zoo, contest, and so much more!
11:00am-10:00pm – Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday
12:00-10:00pm – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr.
Tickets available online or at the door.
$8-10 – Adult single day
$20-25 – Adult season pass (adult advance) vs 25
$25 -$30 – One-day carnival pass
Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
Join 20,000 spectators as they cheer on more than 2000 top athletes competing in one of the most infamous triathlons of all time. The race commences with a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz to Marina Green in the Bay’s frigid waters, then continues with an 18-mile bike ride, topped off by a leg numbing 8-mile run. The first runner will finish at Marina Green around 9:30 am; the remaining 1,999 athletes will straggle in for hours. Awards are at 11:45am at Marina Green.
Sunday, June 7
Marina Blvd and Scott St., San Francisco
Free to spectators
Dragon Boat Races Festival
If you’re looking for good, clean fun with a bit of historic flair, these eponymous races feature 44-foot-long Dragon boats, just as they raced over 2400 years ago in ancient Chinese rituals. Each canoe can seat 20 paddlers, a steersperson, and a drummer who beats out the paddling rhythm. The Festival includes several races, local food, music, dancing by lions and dragons, and the opportunity for visitors to take a dragon boat ride or paddling lesson.
Sunday, June 14
9:00am – 4:00pm
Foster City Lagoon, Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd / Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA
Stern Grove Festival
Father's Day is June 21, and what better way to celebrate your dad than taking him to a free concert at the legendary Stern Grove Festival? There are several incredible musical acts scheduled for the summer, but Father’s Day will feature Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Sheila E. and Marlow Rosado. Get there early to reserve your spot and enjoy the afternoon with a picnic!
Sunday, June 21
Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd, San Francisco
As one of the oldest, biggest, and most famous lesbian gay bisexual transgender events in the world, this weekend-long celebration needs no introduction. And the best part: Prometheus will be in the middle of the action--we have our very own float! Be sure to wave at us from the sidelines as we show our Pride for the LGBTQ community!
Saturday, June 27, Noon- 6:00 PM
Sunday, June 28, 11:00am-6:pm
Civic Center, San Francisco
Sunday, June 28
Kickoff at 10:30am
Route runs along Market Street from Beale to 8th St.
Grateful Dead Farewell Tour
Paying tribute to their Bay Area roots, the remaining band members of the legendary Grateful Dead (along with a few key supporting musicians) have graciously opened 2 farewell shows for Bay Area deadheads and music enthusiasts alike. Tickets are steep, but nothing can really replace the memory of attending some of the very last shows ever to be played by the Dead…
Find tickets here
June 27, 7:00pm
June 28, 6:00pm
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara