May 13: How Weird Street Fair http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
The How Weird Street Fair, taking place on May 13th and in its 13th year, prides itself as a festival where attendees can let their freak flag fly. This year, there will be 13 dance music stages hosted by some of San Francisco’s popular nightclubs and organizations, some of which hold after parties. As always, the festival encourages wild costumes and will feature plenty of food, drinks, and live and exhibited art.
May 19: Asian Heritage Street Celebration http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
The 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration is a public commemoration of Asian American culture. The “Faces of Asia” cultural procession invites everyone who would like to dress in ethnic attire to participate in the walk, and gives fairgoers an exciting view of a parade of beautiful traditional and contemporary costumes from an array of asian cultures. Another special feature of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration is the art that will be showcased throughout the Arts & Crafts World Market area. In addition the fair will include plenty of asian food, film screenings, martial arts experts and performances. The fair kicks off in the Little Saigon at 11am on May 19.
May 20: Bay to Breakers http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
The always crazy 12k race returns for its 101st year. Floats are still out and you might be more likely to get busted for sippin on hooch while you “race,” but B2B lives up to San Francisco’s standard. If you’re serious about the race and want some swag from official sponsor Zazzle, register here and hit the road early.
May 26-27: San Francisco Carnaval http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
San Francisco Carnaval is a two-day parade and festival which takes place during Memorial Day weekend. Whether its foggy or a classi hot day in the Mission, there’s always plenty of skin and Latin-flavored beats. This year’s theme is “Spanning Boarders, Bridging Cultures” and aims to celebrate all of the cultures in this vibrant city. The parade will feature costumes, dancing and floats, and the festival on Harrison Street will bring together music, dance, art, street vendors and family-friendly activities.
June 2-3: Union Street Eco-Urban Festival http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
San Francisco’s Union Street Eco-Urban Festival takes is an alcohol-free event—thanks to some unruly bros in years past—that transforms Union Street into a sustainable, green haven. The 35th annual festival focuses on eco-friendly exhibits and features arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and two stages with live entertainment.
June 10: Haight Ashbury Street Fair http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
The Haight Ashbury Street Fair is a celebration of the old-school Haight Street hippy ethos—peace, love and happiness. The festival features six blocks of vendors, food, arts and crafts, as well as three stages with live entertainment and activities for families with children.
June 16-17: North Beach Festival http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
Taking place on June 16th and 17th, in its 58th year, North Beach Festival boasts one of the country’s longest running street fairs. Like other San Francisco festivals, there will be plenty of street vendors selling food, arts and crafts, and multiple stages with live entertainment. Features of the North Beach Festival you’re not likely to find anywhere else include the blessing of animals at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, and Italian street painting.
June: 23-24: San Francisco Pride Celebration http://pulse.sfstation.com/2012/05/07/free-summer-festival-guide
Culminating on the weekend of June 23 and 24 with the Pride Parade and party at the Civic Center, the San Francisco Pride Celebration, or “Pride,” is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. Get ready for an enormous party, with a large parade, 300 exhibitors and 19 stages and venues. Several events are held throughout the city during the week leading up to the weekend