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Kick off summer at San Francisco's neighborhood street fairs

San Francisco loves a street party any time of the year, but June is especially rich with free, weekend festivals where visitors can revel in the distinct cultural and culinary traditions of the city's diverse neighborhoods. From the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach to Union Street, be there when San Franciscans come out to celebrate the city's most beloved 'hoods.

San Francisco celebrates queer pride!

Every year at the beginning of June, 500 rainbow flags are hoisted the length of Market Street and San Francisco explodes with queerness. For a city known as the gay mecca for the other 11 months of the year, June is Queer Heaven. The energy reaches a crescendo the last weekend in June with the official San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade.

SF International Film Festival celebrates 50 years

Get ready for one of the biggest anniversary celebrations of the year! The 50th San Francisco International Film Festival unspools April 26 - May 10, featuring more than 220 films and live events at venues throughout the city. With audiences totaling more than 80,000, and more than 100 participating filmmakers, this extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery is the longest-running film festival in the Western Hemisphere.

Celebrate spring at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Now celebrating its 40th year, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. This dazzling display draws more than 150,000 people to San Francisco's Japantown every year, to experience the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese-American community.

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