All the happening events in San Francisco

Find out what's happening this year and next in San Francisco, because it could help to decide your travel dates.

Connecting your trip to a specific event is a smart way to ensure you experience this uninhibited city without any filters. There's always something going on that will make you laugh, cry, shout or reach for your camera.

The Summer of Love, again

1967 was the Summer of Love, a social phenomenon that attracted more than 100,000 free-loving, bead-wearing young people to San Francisco. They converged on the neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury, and the city's never been the same since.

The city promises to be just as welcoming as it was in 1967. Find a flower for your hair and be there.

In 2017 the Summer of Love is happening again. It embraces exhibits, music, art, fashion and all kinds of street events linked to peace, love, hope and sharing. The city promises to be just as welcoming as it was in 1967. Find a flower for your hair, download Janis Joplin's 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and be there.

Art and culture highlights include the Jimi Hendrix exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Summer of Love exhibition at the de Young Museum and 'Comix from the Summer of Love' at the Cartoon Art Museum. Events and festivals are concentrated around May and June. You’ll find a calendar on the San Francisco Travel site. Flower Power walking tours of Haight-Ashbury run right through the year.

AT&T Park, San Francisco, USA.

Rugby Sevens

Rugby in San Francisco? You bet. The Rugby World Cup Sevens are booked for July 2018 and AT&T Park is ready and willing with a 45,000-seat stadium. This is your chance to indulge a passion for rugby with sightseeing and adventures in one of the world's most interesting cities.

The tournament will involve New Zealand, England, Fiji, South Africa, Wales, Australia, France, Canada, Spain and the USA. The locals, who love a good ball game, can't wait to welcome rugby players and fans from all over the world.

Castro Theatre at night, San Francisco, USA.

Every-year events

San Francisco has an endless procession of annual events and festivals, so it's easy to build one into your trip. Here's just a taste of what's on.

In January there's the SF Sketchfest, a comedy festival with an emphasis on improvisation. February's time for the SF IndieFest, for film aficionados. The St Patrick's Day Parade in March is a celebration of all things green, while April is time for St Stupid's Day - your chance to laugh off any kind of failure.

May brings the How Weird street festival and SF's famous Carnaval. June and July both have a jazz festival, then August is for the San Francisco Marathon - great if you love running hills. September brings a chocolate festival to Ghirardelli Square and October is Fleet Week for the US Navy. In November you can witness San Francisco's own version of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. Finally, SantaCon is December's bit of silliness - a pub crawl for people dressed in Santa suits.

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