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10 Best Things To Do In SF, July 2022

Botanical Gardens San Francisco
Botanical Gardens, in Golden Gate Park

There are always a ton of things happening in the Bay Area during the summer and as “things gradually go back to normal” that means lots of events this month. From marathons to murder mysteries, via nights at the museum and mermaids, we’ve brought you the ten best things to do in SF in July 2022. Enjoy!

1. STERN GROVE FESTIVAL (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

The Stern Grove is celebrating its 85th season of free Sunday concerts this summer. However, although it is free you do need to go to the website at 2 pm on the Tuesday twelve days prior to the concert to get tickets (they may sell out, so don’t wait). The line-up this year includes Tower of Power and Too $hort, Liz Phair, Cold War Kids, Cat Power, Leann Rimes, the San Francisco Symphony, Taj Mahal, and Phil Lesh & Friends – so set the reminder on your smartphone now. To make the most of it, pack a picnic and bottle of wine (alcohol is permitted) AND layer up, because the weather in Outer Sunset can be fickle.

2. NAPA WINE TRAIN MURDER MYSTERY (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

Okay, it’s not, strictly speaking a San Francisco event, but it is close to the Bay Area. Get all dressed up and board the Napa Wine Train, where you’ll witness a murder and conduct an investigation – while enjoying an elegant three-course dinner with wine pairings natch. This summer’s themes include Death of a Gangster, Til Death Do Us Part, 1950’s-style Dance with Death and more.

3. CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY (JULY 4)

Every year San Francisco has a huge fireworks display in the Bay. There are two sets of fireworks and both are synced, with one set at the end of the Municipal Pier and the other one by Pier 39. Most of the SF waterfront is closed to traffic, due to the large crowds that normally come. If you want to go (and it’s definitely one of the best things to do in SF in July), you’re best advised to get there early, using public transport, The fireworks display starts shortly before 9.30pm and lasts around 30 minutes.

4. GO TO A CONCERT (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

Seeing an artist that you really like perform live is just a great thing to do. In July we have the great Phillip Glass performing at the SF Jazz Center. Or you could be overwhelmed by Kraftwerk’s futuristic vision and signature blend of hypnotic sounds and visuals at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Take your pick!

5. FREE MUSEUM DAYS (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

For several days of the month (and for some special people on every day of the month) many SF museums are free. We have great museums – you should make the most of these opportunities.

Exploratorium: free admission for EBT cardholders and San Francisco Medi-Cal or CalFresh recipients. Also free for California public school teachers.

SF Botanical Gardens: free admission second Tuesday of every month.

Japanese Tea Gardens: free Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 am.

De Young Museum: free first Tuesday of every month, also free every Saturday for Bay Area residents.

SFMOMA: free first Thursday of the month for Bay Area residents.

Legion of Honor: free Saturday’s for Bay Area residents and free Tuesday’s for all.

6. OFF THE GRID: FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY AT FORT MASON (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is back with its supremely popular Food Truck Friday. The event runs from 5-10 pm and includes over twenty-five food trucks, a full bar, DJ’s and more. Bring your dog to Fido Fridays (every third Friday) and get a discount at the bar for “Yappy Hour”, as well as free treats for your best friend.

Fort Mason

7. PARTY AT A MUSEUM (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

If you like museums, but would like them even more if there was a party there, with DJ’s and cocktails – then you’re in luck, because two of our museums are hosting Thursday night events just for you. Check out After Dark at the Exploratorium, where you don’t have to politely wait for the kids to finish to try out the hands-on exhibits, and NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, where you can explore a four-story rainforest, sip cocktails in the aquarium and catch a show at the Planetarium.

8. A FEAST FOR MERMAIDS AT MERCAHNT ROOTS (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)

“Chef Ryan Shelton and his team are taking a deep dive into the mysteries and magic of the marine world, challenging themselves to conceive of a feast fit for a mermaid, haute cuisine style. No lemons or butter permitted, this is a dining experience as only the mer-folk experience.” Sounds interesting, right? This one looks like it’s going to sell out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

9. WALK, RUN OR BIKE ACROSS SAN FRANCISCO (THROUGHOUT JULY)

How about putting on some really comfortable shoes and head out on the Crosstown Trail, a seventeen mile route that crosses the peninsula and passes through tons of beautiful neighborhoods, including McLaren Park, Glen Canyon, Golden Gate Park and Seacliff. The trail is a mix of roads, paths and trails, rises to an elevation of 2,600 feet and offers a chance to see the city from all kinds of different perspectives. You don’t even have to do it all at once!

10. SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON (JULY 23 & 24)

Continuing the theme of crossing San Francisco on your own two feet… How about doing a marathon? Or if that’s too energetic for you (and it is for me!) you can just watch other people put themselves through hell for your enjoyment. The route starts at the Embarcadero and goes along the waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge, then back through the Presidio to Golden Gate Park where it turns again to pass through Haight Ashbury, the Mission District and downtown to where it finishes, back near the Ferry Building.

SFMOMA
SFMOMA

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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