June explodes with street fairs and festivals, at least two each weekend.JUNE EVENTS
Dine About Town
Tony and not-so-tony restaurants around town lure you to eat with two-course lunches for $17.95 and three-course dinners for $34.95. Book through the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
Union Street Festival
June 5 & 6
Six blocks' worth of arts and crafts (many made with recycled and sustainable materials), gourmet eats, live entertainment and bistros. An eco-zone section has green vendors and exhibits.
At Union between Gough and Steiner.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
June 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Over four weekends, dances of 20 different cultures performed by hundreds of Bay Area dancers and musicians. The international repertoire includes 26 world premieres.
At the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. Ticket prices vary. Info: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Department in the 21st Century
June 8, at 6 pm
Thomas Pickering, former under-secretary of state for political affairs and former ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel and elsewhere, discusses how the State Department, whose budget has been repeatedly cut by Congress, can revitalize itself and re-assume many tasks that the military has taken on. Pickering has been pushing to increase State's budget and add about 5,000 new foreign service officers.
At the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St. Tickets: members free; students $5; non-members $15.
Live Oak Park Fair
June 12 & 13
This annual juried arts-and-crafts festival offers the creations of more than 100 artists and craftspeople, including clothes, toys, quilts, baskets, jewelry, art, puppets and ceramics. Also food and live music, and for the kids, magic and juggling acts.
At Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., North Berkeley. Free shuttles run every 30 minutes from Downtown Berkeley and North Berkeley BART stations to the park. Info: (510) 227-7110 or www.liveoakparkfair.com.
SF Free Folk Festival
June 12 & 13
Music for all ears: folk songs from different cultures and countries, jug bands, a capella, blues, guitar, even a "Gypsy/jazz/Japanese music" group. Plus open mike sessions, song and dance workshops and a flash mob choir.
At Presidio Middle School, Geary and 30th Ave.
Haight Ashbury Street Fair
The Haight has been the epicenter of the "sit-lie" ordinance debate, but there'll be little room for that today. Live bands on two stages, and soy candles, organic and tie-dye clothing, amulets, pipes, sunglasses, jewelry, food and more for sale. Every entity from smoke shops to nonprofits to the Tea Party has a booth.
At Haight between Masonic and Stanyan.
Marsh's 20th Anniversary Performance Marathon
June 19, at noon-midnight
Former and current actors, comedians and other artists at the Marsh--such as Josh Kornbluth, Charlie Varon, Ann Randolph, Don Reed, Dan Hoyle and Marga Gomez--converge to perform excerpts of their work and share insider tales about the theater. Closing party at 11 pm-12 am.
At Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia St. Tickets $60-100. Info: the Marsh website or Brown Paper Tickets, (800) 838-3006.
North Beach Festival
June 19 & 20
A pizza tossing contest, blessings of animals, cooking demos, Arte di Gesso (Italian street chalk art), juried arts & crafts, live music.
At Washington Square Park, Grant Avenue and adjacent streets.
Music, community booths, entertainment, food and arts and crafts to celebrate African American history and culture.
At Civic Center Plaza.
Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs
June 24, at 6:30-7:30 pm
Trina Robbins reads from her new book profiling entertainers in San Francisco's booming Chinese nightclubs in the 1930s-1960s. Grant Avenue Follies, a troupe formed in the 1950s by professional Chinatown nightclub dancers, performs.
At the Asian Art Museum. Free with museum admission. Info: www.asianart.org or 415-581-3500.
San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade
Billed as "the largest LGBT gathering in the nation," the weekend-long festival includes music and entertainment on multiple stages, hundreds of vendors, dancing-til-you-drop and a parade on Sunday with 200 floats and other contingents. Among the many side events/activities are a dyke march, trans march, LGBTQ history tour (by bike), concerts, comedy shows and Bay cruises.
At and around Civic Center.