Jazz and Mozart, Jewish films and Japanese pop culture, and fetishes and Frida Kahlo are in the motley mix of July 2014 events in the San Francisco Bay Area; see below for when and where. We also have a separate guide to July 4 fireworks and festivities in SF and other Bay Area cities.
Fiestas Fridas San Francisco
July, various dates
Celebrate Frida Kahlo's birthday (July 6, 1907) with an art exhibit, poetry and spoken word presentations, Frida look-alike contests, a drag and burlesque show and other festivities. A month-long "Frida Pass" provides discounts at bookstores, Cliff's Variety, restaurants and other establishments. Net proceeds benefit Cine+Mas SF LaTEENo Film Festival's program for young filmmakers.
At various San venues in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Ticket prices vary.
Opera at the Ballpark
July 5, at 8 pm
Watch Verdi's grand classic, La Traviata, brought to you live and larger-than-life--on AT&T Park's 103--foot-wide scoreboard. The ballpark crowd gets a bonus that the War Memorial Opera House audience doesn't: during the intermissions, the San Francisco Opera's production director narrates from behind the curtain as the crew changes the set.
At AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco 94107. Free. Pre-register online for entry at 6:30 pm; general entry at 7 pm.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
July 5 & 6, at 10 am–6 pm
The annual festival this year highlights Bay Area women artists, including Kim Nalley, Kitty Margolis, Pamela Rose and Lavay Smith. Besides music on multiple stages, there's artwork, crafts and gourmet food and drink for sale.
On Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, San Francisco. Free.
Midsummer Mozart Festival
July 12-27, weekends
Pianists Peter Serkin and Seymour Lipkin, the San Francisco Boys Chorus and guest vocalists join regional classical musicians in performing Mozart concertos and other pieces.
At various venues in the Bay Area. Ticket prices vary.
SFJAZZ Summer Sessions
July 17-August 24
The jazz center’s summer series embraces several themes: music from North, South and Latin America, jazz trumpeters, dance music (with room to groove) and celebrations of Joni Mitchell and Joe Henderson. , and dance music (with room to groove). Jacqui Naylor, Maria Muldaur, Vinicius Cantuária and Esperanza Spalding are among the performers.
At SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco, 94102. Ticket prices vary.
The Fox Case Scavenger Hunt
July 19, at 2-4:45 pm
You and your team pursue clues, crack codes and examine surveillance photographs to track down an interloper in the library, in this puzzle hunt created by Mastermind Treasure Hunts and based on Lisa Lutz's The Spellman Files.
At the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free, but space is limited, and teams must register online in advance.
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
July 19, at 9 pm–12 am
A convergence of luminous art that lights up the night, which includes live performances, video projections and sculpture presented in and outside this SoMA gallery. The works, by more than 30 artists, ranges from abstract to personal and narrative.
At SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco. Tickets $12.
Renegade Craft Fair
July 19 & 20, at 11 am-6 pm
A curated market of indie, handmade crafts from the Bay Area and the US for sale, including jewelry, clothing, accessories, stationery, household goods, artwork and gourmet foods. Hands-on DIY workshops, DJ-spun music and food and drink are also offered.
At Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St., San Francisco 94123. Free admission.
J-POP Summit Festival
July 19 & 20; film festival July 19-27
Check out Japanese pop culture above and beyond Hello Kitty. This showcase of the latest in Japanese music, art, fashion, games, anime and food includes performances by Tokyo Girls’ Style, (the group's first U.S. appearance) and May'n and a Japan Film Festival on July 19-27. Expect plenty of cosplay and kawaii.
At venues in Japantown and Union Square, San Francisco. Most events free.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
July 24-August 10
We’re home to the world’s first and largest Jewish film festival, which this year screens more than 65 films. They include documentaries about Theodore Bikel, who played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (and who will perform and be honored with a festival award), Susan Sontag, Russ and Daughters, the 100-year-old lox and fish shop in New York's Lower East Side, and a Chassidic rock band. The closing night film is Lacey Schwartz’s Little White Lie, about dual identity.
At various San Francisco and Bay Area venues. Ticket prices vary.
Berkeley Kite Festival
July 26 & 27, at 10 am-6 pm
Breathtaking kites (some touted to be as big as houses), kite ballet and battles, and a West Coast kite championship competition. Free lessons in kite making and flying, music, a candy drop and booths peddling food and arts and crafts, too.
At Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley 94710. Free.
Up Your Alley Fair
July 27, at 11 am-6 pm
Leather lovers and aficionados of any and all fetishes flaunt their stuff in this smaller but edgier version of late September’s Folsom Street Fair. The fair area is exempt from San Francisco’s public nudity ban (clothes check service is at the entrances) but not its lewdness laws. All proceeds from admission donations and beverage sales go to various AIDS and community organizations.
On Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom, and parts of Folsom and 10th streets, San Francisco. Donation requested (get $2 off each drink if you donate at least $10).