Fetishes and Frida Kahlo, jazz and Mozart and kites and craft fairs are in the motley mix of July 2015 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 art exhibits, poetry and prose presentations, an art fair, talks, a Frida-selfie session (come in costume and with your phone) and other festivities.
At various venues in San Francisco. Free.
Opera at the Ballpark
July 3, at 7:30 pm
Watch Mozart’s warm-hearted comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, brought to you live from the War Memorial Opera House and larger-than-life--on AT&T Park's 103-foot-wide scoreboard.
At AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco 94107. Free. Pre-register online for entry at 6 pm; general entry at 6:30 pm.
San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Freedomland
July 3-5, at 2 pm
An ex-Black Panther, his Afghanistan war vet grandson, a militarized police chief are all thrown in to the War on Drugs in different ways in this season’s Mime Troupe production. The satirical troupe takes on the presumption of innocence, urban decay, crime, race and other hot issues, while delivering its trademark slapstick, melodrama, corny jokes and witty ditties.
At Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, San Francisco. Free, but donations welcome.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
July 4 & 5, at 10 am–6 pm
The line up includes Kim Nalley, Jungle Biskit and Mingus Amungus. Besides music on three stages, there are swing and salsa lessons, costume and dance contests, artwork, crafts and gourmet food and drink for sale.
On Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, San Francisco. Free.
Come play or listen to other people play twelve pianos that are tucked among the flowers and foliage of the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s 55 acres. Professional pianists are scheduled to perform on Saturdays and Sundays.
At San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 94122. Free with garden admission.
Family History/Reunion Day
At an open house of the former U.S. Immigration Station, descendants of immigrants talk about how they researched their stories, and Ancestry.com experts help you hunt for your own roots. Wander the old Immigration Station, a National Historic Landmark, and hike the island’s many trails.
At the former U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island. Tickets free-$5.
Midsummer Mozart Festival
July 16-19 & 23-26
Pianist Seymour Lipkin and guest musicians and vocalists perform Mozart concertos and other pieces.
At various venues in the Bay Area. Ticket prices vary.
SFJAZZ Summer Sessions
July 16-August 23
The jazz center’s summer series embraces several themes, including music from North, South and Central America, Mexico and Africa, dance music (with room to groove), and films with music. Paula West, Freddy Cole (Nat King Cole’s younger brother), Bobby Hutcherson, Steely Dan touring guitarist Drew Zingg, Meklit and Jake Shimabukuro are among the performers.
At SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco, 94102. Ticket prices vary.
Renegade Craft Fair
July 17 at 12-5 pm; July 18 & 19 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.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Seven playwrights working with directors and actors present readings of their very different plays that feature “relevant and irreverent, familiar yet uncommon, focused and risky stories.”
At the Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St., 2/F, San Francisco. Tickets $15 and up.
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
July 18, at 8:30 pm–12 am
A convergence of luminous art that lights up the night, which includes music, poetry, dance and other live performances, video projections and sculpture. The more than 30 works range from abstract to personal and narrative.
At SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco. Tickets $12,15.
Mex I Am
A showcase of Mexico’s best performing arts, culture and ideas, this festival includes performances, concerts, exhibitions, discussions and Napa wine-tasting. Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia, tenor Mario Rojas, chef Elena Reygadas, cancer researcher Jorge Soto and pop star Natalia LaFourcade are among the presenters.
At various venues in San Francisco. Most events free.
Table Tennis Turf Wars Charity Tournament & Party
July 21, at 7-10 pm
This tournament, organized by start-up staffers who love ping-pong, raises funds for Juma Ventures, an employment and college prep program for low-income youths. Register to play, or come watch and mingle. Open bar.
At Dogpatch Studios, 991 Tennessee St., San Francisco 94107. Tickets $30.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
July 23-August 9
We’re home to the world’s first and largest Jewish film festival, which this year screens 70 films.They include documentaries about New Yorker cartoonists and about socialite and art collector Peggy Guggenheim; the British dramedy Dough, in which Jonathan Pryce plays a fading kosher baker whose business is revived by a young Muslim immigrant worker; and the closing night East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, about Israeli and Palestinian musicians recording an album together.
At various San Francisco and Bay Area venues. Ticket prices vary.
Berkeley Kite Festival
July 25 & 26, 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, taiko drumming, a candy drop, food and arts and crafts booths, and pony rides and other kids’ activities, too.
At Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley 94710. Free. Parking $15.
Up Your Alley Fair
July 26, 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).
Summer Circus Festival
July 26, at 12-4 pm
Mingle with stilt-walkers and other performers, play games, make art and swoosh down a giant slide. Prescott Circus Theatre and Circus Bella present clown, contortion, juggling and other circus acts at 1:45 pm.
At NOW Hunters Point, Cargo Way and Jennings Street, San Francisco 94124. Free.
Chocolate and Art Show
July 30 & 31, at 8 pm-2 am
Meet up-and-coming local artists and photographers and peruse their works, see portraits and body painting done before your eyes, enjoy live music and eat chocolate.
At SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $10. Ages 21+.
American Craft Council San Francisco Show
July 31-August 2
At the biggest juried craft show west of the Rockies are more than 225 artists and designers presenting their jewelry, ceramics, clothing, accessories, furniture and other handmade crafts.
At Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St., San Francisco 94123.. Tickets $12, 14, 29; ages 12 and under free.