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This post lists 15 of the best things to do in San Francisco this June, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free activities, as well as festivals, and events and more, updated for 2021. 

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in San Francisco for even more ideas.

 

 

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TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below we list the top 15 activities to enjoy in San Francisco throughout June. When planning your trip, take a look at our post on the Weather in June in San Francisco.

For tips on the most popular activities in San Francisco, check out our posts about the following activities:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in San Francisco, for even more ideas.


1. Go to a Concert

San Francisco gets a huge number of performers all year of all kinds of genres. This month San Francisco has shows scheduled for both megastars and lesser-known bands.

Below we list many of these concerts. Find out about all the concerts taking place in June from StubHub.

 

 

Some of these concerts could be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, so make sure to check and see if they are still scheduled before buying tickets.

See who is playing in San Francisco in June.


2See a Sporting Event

Now that the summer is officially here, there will be a lot of great baseball games to attend.

If you are looking for an evening activity or a family-friendly event, seeing a game may be the solution for you.

Some of these events might be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, and others may have limited seating to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Find other sports events this month.

 

 

Baseball

Find out what other sporting events in San Francisco are happening when you are in town.

NOTE: Tours of Oracle Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) are included with the Go San Francisco Card.


3. Take a Movie Walking Tour

There have been a lot of famous and popular movies shot in the San Francisco area.

From classic films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to modern favorites like Ant-man and the Wasp, there are quite a few filming locations to see.

 

 

If you need help finding all of the best movie sights, consider taking a San Francisco movie tour.

TIP: Two of the most popular filming locations are the Painted Ladies and the Golden Gate Bridge. We offer tips, tricks -- and in the case of the Golden Gate Bridge -- even tours which cover these locations.


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour

Summer is the best time to see all of the sites in and around San Francisco, and there are a lot of different sightseeing tours available.

 

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One of the easiest and most affordable options is to take one of our pay-what-you-want walking tours. We currently offer the following outings:

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you will likely visit as a tourist in the city.

Alternatively, you may also want to consider either a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or a boat tour that will take you around the San Francisco Bay.

There are also daily tours of Alcatraz, and they are incredibly popular; if you’re interested, make sure to get tickets well ahead of time!


5. North Beach Festival

The annual North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor street festivals. It was postponed in 2020, but they haven't yet announced any plans to cancel or postpone the event in 2021.

Admission to the festival is free! It is held in the North Beach District, otherwise known as San Francisco’s Little Italy, so you know that the food will be great.

 

North Beach Festival

 

In addition to food booths, there will be performances by Circus Bella, live entertainment, over 125 arts and craft booths, poetry readings and a traditional Blessing of the Animals.

If you are traveling with kids, they can enjoy the Children’s Chalk Art Area! Find more information here.

If you do go to the festival, take a look at our post, Everything You Need to Know About North Beach in San Francisco.


6. Celebrate Father's Day with Some Free Baseball

On June 20, 2021, take the dads in your life to see some baseball -- for free! 

Oracle Park is one of the only ballparks in the Major Leagues that provides a viewing area for outsiders to enjoy the game for free!

 

 

It gets pretty crowded along McCovey Cove, so don't expect to be able to stay for more than a few innings.

Get all the details from our post on How to Watch 3 Free Innings of a San Francisco Giants Game.

This opportunity all depends upon whether or not Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. If they have opened up the games to fans again, you should be able to enjoy a few innings for free as well.

If Dad is really into baseball, consider taking the Oracle Park tour, which is included with the Go San Francisco Card!


7. Look Into Getting a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re trying to save money on some of the best summer activities in San Francisco, a discount pass might be worth considering.

These services provide discounts of 50% or more on general admission prices, and they’re particularly great if you plan on visiting a lot of attractions.

In addition to the potential savings, these passes usually offer skip-the-line tickets on some of the more popular activities.

 

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Here are a few of the more notable locations included with various tourist passes in the Bay area:

  • San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Angel Island Round-trip Ferry
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
  • California’s Great America
  • Oracle Park (SF Giants) Tour
  • San Francisco Bike Tour

Most of these services allow you to pay one low price for access to dozens of different attractions, but there are some that give you the opportunity to select only the activities you want.

For more details and to figure out which option works best for you, please read our post covering San Francisco tourist passes.


8. San Francisco Pride

In June of 2021, come to watch one of the oldest and most celebrated LGBT parades in the country.

Attracting nearly 100,000 spectators, the San Francisco Pride parade will march down Market Street through the heart of the city.

 

 

Additionally, a celebration and rally among other activities will take place both days in the Civic Center Plaza. Check the website for more information.

This event is still planned for June of 2021, but it is important to note that it could be postponed if the pandemic is not yet under control in San Francisco.


9. Take the Family to the San Francisco Zoo

With over 100 acres of land and more than 2,000 animals, the San Francisco Zoo is one of the largest zoos on the West coast.

One of the highlights of the zoo is a three-acre African Savannah exhibit that houses multiple animals you’d see on the plains of Africa, including kudu, giraffes, cranes, and other peaceful species.

 

 

Aside from the wildlife, there is also a historic steam train, carousel and a play area for the kids.

The San Francisco Zoo also has a garden that they actually use to feed some of the animals.

NOTE: As of now, the San Francisco Zoo is open, but only for limited capacity visits. This may change in or before June, but if it doesn't, it will be important to get tickets as soon as possible.

If you’re looking to save money on this activity, don’t forget that admission is included with at least one San Francisco tourist pass.


10. Folk Festival

Fun for the whole family, the annual free Folk Festival will be a day of music, dancing, arts & crafts vendors, and storytelling workshops.

 

 

The festival will be held on Saturday, June 12th, 2021, from 12 pm-6 pm and is open to everyone!

NOTE: This event will be happening online in 2021 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

For more money-saving activities to do this month read our post on free things to do in San Francisco.


11. See a Show at the Stern Grove Festival

Now that summer is here, you can expect a free concert every Sunday! The schedule has not yet been announced for 2021, but there are not currently any plans to postpone this festival.

 

 

In addition to the music and other performances during the Stern Grove Festival, there will also be a KidStage and a free yoga class in the West Meadow at noon.


12. Sunday Streets

Reclaim the streets in Golden Gate Park and Outer Sunset with Sunday Streets!

Streets in the park will be closed to traffic and a number of free activities will be scattered throughout for people of all ages to enjoy.

 

 

A day of promoting healthy living and community, Sunday Streets will take place from 11 am-4 pm. More information is available here.

NOTE: This event was canceled in 2020, and they have yet to announce its revival in 2021. That said, they might bring it back by June, so keep an eye on their calendar.


13. Go to the Aquarium of the Bay

Located in the heart of Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay houses over 20,000 marine life animals including sharks, jellyfish, octopus, and river otters among many other creatures!

 

 

Read our post about the Aquarium of the Bay including where to get discounted tickets, how to plan your visit, exhibits on display and more.

This attraction is currently closed, but if the Covid-19 numbers start to look better by June, they might open back up. Keep an eye on their calendar to see if they have re-opened.

TIP: If you’re going to be in the area, you may want to think about taking our pay-what-you-want Fisherman’s Wharf walking tour.


14. See Alcatraz After Dark

In addition to all of the tours that are offered during the day, Alcatraz Cruises also provides two different outings after dark.

This is an excellent and limited opportunity that you might want to consider if you’re interested in creepy or eerie experiences.

 

 

The Alcatraz night tour starts at either 5:55 pm or 6:30 pm and visitors are allowed to stay until the last boat back at 9:30 pm.

On your way back to the mainland, you’ll enjoy excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge as it lights up the night sky.

Tickets can be difficult to obtain, so you might want to plan this activity out well ahead of time.

NOTE: This activity has been temporarily canceled due to the pandemic, but they may bring it back in time for Summer if things are looking better.

Please read our post about Alcatraz night tours for more details. 


15. Enjoy the Theater

The summer can sometimes be a slow season for musicals and other theatrical performances, and there currently aren't any big shows schedules for June in San Francisco.

 

 

Although there aren't any musicals or theatrical performances planned for this month as of yet, that could change quickly based on Covid-19 numbers.

Before you give up on this activity, check what is playing in San Francisco this month from StubHub.

 


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About The Author

Britt

Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city. A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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