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 2022.
Be sure to read our master post on things to do in San Francisco for even more ideas.
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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.
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.
- New Kids on the Block
- Rick Astley
- En Vogue
- John Mayer
- Bobby Weir
- Mickey Hart
- Oteil Burbridge
Many of these events are taking place just outside of the city, but all of them are within about a 30-40 minute drive.
See who is playing in San Francisco in June.
Now that the summer is officially here, there will be a lot of great baseball games to attend.
Find other sports events this month.
You can also catch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on June 11th at the Sonoma Raceway.
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. See a Stand-up Comedy Performance
If you're in need of a good laugh, June is an excellent time to visit San Francisco, because there will be several well-known comedians in town to perform live stand-up.
Here are a few of the best comics performing this month:
- Paula Poundstone | Jun 3rd
- Arnez J | Jun 3rd - 5th
- Chris Garcia | Jun 7th, 8th
- Corey Holcomb | Jun 10th, 11th
- Gary Owen | Jun 17th - 19th
- Iliza Shlesinger | Jun 18th
- Hannah Gadsby | Jun 22nd - 25th
For even more opportunities to laugh, check this list of stand-up comedy performances in San Francisco during June.
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.
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:
- Downtown San Francisco
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Lombard Street/Little Italy
- San Francisco in One Day
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 during the past few years, but it's currently scheduled for June 18th and 19th in 2022.
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.
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. Enjoy the Theater
The summer can sometimes be a slow season for theatrical performances, but there will actually be quite a few shows to see in June of 2022. Whether you're interested in a musical, ballet, opera, or even a play, you'll have plenty of options to choose from this month.
Here are the best shows heading to the theatre in June:
- Cats: The Musical | Jun 1st - 12th
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Jun 1st - 30th
- Eifman Ballet | Jun 3rd - 5th
- San Francisco Opera: Don Giovanni | Jun 4th - 26th
- Hadestown | Jun 7th - 30th
- Dear Evan Hansen (San Jose) | Jun 8th - 19th
- The Prom Musical | Jun 22nd
Before you give up on this activity, check what is playing in San Francisco this month from StubHub.
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.
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
On June 25th and 26th, 2022, 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.
The theme for 2022 is Love Will Keep Us Together, a powerful message in otherwise dark times. This will be the 52nd Anniversary of the event, so come prepared to celebrate!
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.
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.
Now that summer is here, you can expect a free concert every Sunday! The schedule has not yet been announced for 2022, 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.
This year will be the 85th Anniversary of the event, so they are sure to have some pretty memorable shows to celebrate!
11. 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 on June 12th, 2022. This month the event will take place on Mission Street from Theresa to Geneva Avenue.
More information is available here.
12. 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.
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.
13. 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.
Please read our post about Alcatraz night tours for more details.
14. Celebrate Father's Day
Father's Day is on June 19th, 2022, and it's a great excuse to spend some time with your dad!
There are a lot of fun activities that fathers might enjoy in San Francisco, including boat tours, a trip to Alcatraz Island, or perhaps even a visit to the Musee Mecanique to see classic arcade games.
If Dad is really into baseball, consider taking the Oracle Park tour, which is included with the Go San Francisco Card. The Giants won't be in town on Father's Day, so this is a good time to take a tour of the ballpark!
If you're planning to take your father out to dinner, make sure to plan well in advance and reserve a table at the restaurant where you want to take him.
15. 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.
RESCHEDULED: 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, July 16th, 2022, from 12 pm-6 pm and is open to everyone!
For more money-saving activities to do this month read our post on free things to do in San Francisco.