Local Events

There’s never a dull moment in this city.

In addition to all those must-do and must-sees that make San Francisco, well, San Francisco, Zoe has tips on all the best annual events, festivals & more.

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Outside Lands​

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a music festival held annually in San Francisco, California, at Golden Gate Park.

Location:
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Genres:
Indie rock, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop Music, Electronica

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San Francisco Gay Pride​

The Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, held every year in late June.

Location:
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza

Parade Route:
Beale Street to 8th Street

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San Francisco Marathon

The races are a series of USATF certified road running events held each June, July, or August that includes a full marathon, two half marathons, an ultramarathon, and a 5K.

Marathon 
The Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city. Starting at the world-famous Ferry Building. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina,  up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean and much more. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

Half Marathon
The 1st Half Marathon covers the first half of The San Francisco Marathon. The race starts on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, traversing San Francisco. The 1st Half Marathon runs through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, across the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and finishes in Golden Gate Park. The course is USATF certified.

5K race
The 5K is flat, fast, and runs a loop on the Embarcadero along the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The start is just south of the Historic Ferry Building. At the base of the Bay Bridge the course loops around and heads north. The course continues north  until you hit the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf where runners will turn back around and head for the finish line located just north of the Ferry Building.

Visit the San Francisco Marathon’s website for course details and more information.

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Bay Area Brews Festival

The Annual Bay Area Brew Festival features dozens of international and domestic beers, San Francisco’s best food trucks and is a favorite among SF’s foodie-centric locals.

Location: Pier 35

Alcatraz Island San Francisco

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Triathletes from around the globe will descend on San Francisco for one chance to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries. They will put their endurance to the ultimate test as they take on San Francisco’s legendary Bay, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked as a favorite event among Triathletes, this event draws thousands each summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!The annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay. The Fitness Festival and Expo are featured on Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green in San Francisco. This two-day festival offers the opportunity for sampling, product giveaways, product displays, sweepstakes, and other promotions. Included in the fitness festival are food courts, beer garden, and experiential vendor displays.
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SF Annual Fleet Week Celebration

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response personnel. Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SF Fleet Week’s air show, parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy.As the largest and most significant event of its kind in the nation, SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster response.Consistently attracting millions of visitors, creating important and lasting relationships for its partners, and generating over 10M in annual revenue for the city, SFFW is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.

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