2 Dozen Great Things To Do In San Francisco – July 2017

July is another great month to be San Francisco with plenty to celebrate including the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and the SF Marathon. You must stay for the fantastic Fourth of July fireworks, which take place at Pier 39.

Up in the Wine Country the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma will be leafy, lush and hot — perfect conditions for a wine tasting tour. Our best advice? Let someone else do the driving by joining a small group tour that takes you the best of California Wine Country.

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Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Glide over the Pacific Coast and then circle back over the Golden Gate. Fly over bridges, buzz over the city and along the waterfront to Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, and Sausalito. Every seat is a window seat, providing the best views. Our choice — upgrade for a longer flight with champagne.

Bike and Electric Bike Touring

Bike or Electric Bike Tour

Explore the city at your own pace — Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Chinatown. Choose a regular bike or, better yet, an electric bike and enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary with a full-day rental. Both types of bikes are equipped with a storage bag, bell, water cage and bike rack.

San Francisco in One Day

San Francisco in One Day

Kick things off with a cruise across the Bay to Sausalito. After shopping and lunch you're driven back across the Golden Gate Bridge. Next stop is Lombard Street where you zig and zag down the world's crookedest street. Walk through Chinatown's historic streets. Hop on the ferry to Alcatraz to explore this SF favorite landmark.

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Top Entertainment & Sports

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

Hamilton – FINAL PERFORMANCES

Cabaret

Catch the most popular play on Broadway, now in San Francisco. The hit musical loosely follows the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton — complete with colonial costumes and catchy, jazzy show tunes.
• Orpheum Theatre
• Ends August 5, 2017

Giants Baseball

Giants Baseball

Head to AT&T park for one of the 11 home games in July against the Boston Red Sox, the LA Dodgers, the Miami Marlins, the Cleveland Indians, the San Diego Padres, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• July 7 to 26

Don't Forget to Get the San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.

The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!

The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Fillmore Jazz Festival

From jazz fusion to Latin-flavored acts, this popular festival blends art and soul, drawing over 100,000 jazz lovers on the Independence Day weekend. Groove to the sounds of live music at multiple stages and enjoy gourmet food, drink & art over 12 city blocks!
• Fillmore Street from Jackson & Eddy Streets
• July 1 & 2, 2017
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SF Frozen Film Festival

SF Frozen Film Festival

In the heart of the Mission district at the Roxie Theatre, independent filmmakers come together and exhibit their work. Plan on attending the opening night gala featuring local musicians, local performers, local artists, and leading edge student films
• Roxie Theatre
• July 20 to 23, 2017
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At The Museums

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Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Roz Chast's Cartoon Memoirs
    Ends September 3, 2017
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Walt Disney Museum
  • Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja
    Ends October 4, 2017
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Alexander Calder
    Ends September 10, 2017
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Our Fave Wine Country Day Trips

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

Vine-to-Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings

Vine-to-Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip

Taste award-winning wines, soak up vineyard views, and learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking. Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma. After lunch travel to Napa for more wine tasting. You're driven back to your hotel by early evening. All in all, a memorable day in the Wine Country.

Private Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Experience

Private Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Experience

Get an insider's peek into the California culinary world. This VIP tour gets you special access to the Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Arts Center — not open to the public — for a behind-the-scenes on-board kitchen tour with the executive chef. Then, sit down to a gourmet lunch or dinner as you travel through gorgeous wine country. This tour also included round-trip transport from SF and a private wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer Winery.

American River Rafting Adventure and Wine Tour

American River Rafting Adventure and Wine Tour

Experience another side of California on this day trip from San Francisco. See cattle and horses, ranches and foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the whitewater rafting adventure you'll splash your way down the American River, ending with a mad dash through the famed Troublemaker rapids. Then, enjoy all the fixin's at an outdoor BBQ lunch and end the day with a relaxing wine tasting at a local winery. This tour is seasonal from May through September.

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The Most Delicious Food & Wine Events

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

North Beach & Little Italy Walking Tour

Little Italy & North Beach Walking Tour

It's no wonder that this food walk has made the list of the "Top 10 Walking Tours for Globetrotting Foodies". It's that good! It takes you on a fun-filled culinary tour of the two best SF neighborhood destinations for food lovers — Little Italy and North Beach. It's led by real SF food insiders and the local food vendors pull out all the stops. We think it's the perfect introduction to the SF food scene.

San Francisco Craft Beer, Bites, and Brewery

San Francisco Craft Beer, Bites, and Brewery

You not only get to explore the best of San Francisco's hills and neighborhoods in an open-air vehicle. You also get the chance to drink some of the city's most popular brews and taste perfect food bites. This 5-hour adventure with a knowledgeable guide is limited to 12 people to really show you a side of San Francisco that tourists rarely see.

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Festivals & Happenings

Things to Do in San Francisco July 2017

July 4th Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks

To make the most of it, take public transit to see the large fireworks display in front of Pier 39. The fireworks starts at 9:30 pm, but there's plenty of events before the show — starting at noon. The best seats are at Aquatic Parks, Coit Tower and Sausalito. But you must get there early to get a good place!

San Francisco Playwrights Festival

San Francisco Playwright's Festival

It's a one-of-a-kind festival where writers and wanna-be writers join together for workshops, readings and performances. Audiences are invited to discuss the performances with the artists at workshop sessions.
• Tides Theatre
• July 2017
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SF Marathon

SF Marathon

The Wall Street Journal calls it "The Race Even Marathoners Fear." 25,000 runners come together for the full marathon, half marathon, and 5K race. A recently added new feature is the Midnight Ultramarathon!
• July 23, 2017
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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

It's a celebration of classical, world, and jazz music along with contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children and family programs. The majority of seating is free and sprawls over the open lawn of the gardens. Bring your blanket to sit on!
• Mission Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets
• All summer long
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More SF Happenings in July

  • FOLSOM STREET – UP YOUR ALLEY FAIR
    July 30, 2017
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  • STERN GROVE FESTIVAL
    Ends August 27, 2017
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