Around the Bay in July 2017

The 2017 Fillmore Jazz Festival returns July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's renowned Summer of Love.

Published: July, 2017


Jazz in the Fillmore

The 2017 Fillmore Jazz Festival returns July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s renowned Summer of Love. Featuring live music and songs that will honor this period, Fillmore Street will bring to life the famous and historic 1967 summer that changed the music community forever. The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. Visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. The Fillmore Jazz Festival offers 12 blocks of music, fine arts and crafts, gourmet food and beverages. Art and crafts include photography, painting, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, pottery, clothing, hats and children’s toys—over 200 artists and craftspeople. The events take place on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy in San Francisco. Admission is free. For more information and a complete lineup of musical acts, visit or call (800) 310-6563.


Fourth of July Festival Returns to Alameda

Alameda South Shore Center, the family-friendly destination for shopping, dining and entertainment located on the banks of the San Francisco Bay, is pleased to announce that the annual Fourth of July Festival will take place on Tuesday, July 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The free festival will feature an array of fun activities for all ages including a petting zoo, games, raffles and live music from the Sun Kings, California’s premiere Beatles tribute band. For more information, visit


Fireworks from the O’Brien

The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, the famous WWII Liberty Ship berthed at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf, invites you to come aboard to view San Francisco’s Independence Day fireworks extravaganza. Many people consider the O’Brien to have the best fireworks seats on the wharf. Events aboard the ship are from 6:30 to 10 p.m., including hot dogs, chips, beverages, live music and a whole lot of fun. For tickets and more details, visit


The 17th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival

Northern California’s best beer tasting event is returning to Fairground Island at the Marin Center in San Rafael on Saturday, July 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival helps  economically challenged women in their fight against cancer. Sample over 35 breweries and eat barbecue for free throughout the festival, listen to live music under the huge tent, win many, many great prizes and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine—all while raising money for a great cause. A limited amount of advance tickets are available at $50 and can be purchased on the website or at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur or Moylan’s Brewing Company in Novato or at the door.  Regular admission is $65. The ticket price includes live music, food, unlimited tasting and a Breastfest commemorative cup. For additional information, call (415) 461-4677.


Benicia Waterfront Festival

This popular summer event is back with a splash on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, craft beer and wine tastings, tasty foods, a vendor village and a kids’ activity area. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, with children under 12 for free with a paid adult. Adult weekend passes are also available for $15. For more information and a full listing of musical acts, visit


Belly Up to Bay Street

For the first time ever, Bay Street is set to host Belly Dance Fitness, a fun summer series of free outdoor belly dancing classes. From pros to newbies, everyone is invited to work up a sweat learning the basics under the direction of acclaimed instructor Abigail Keyes of the Salimpour School of Belly Dance. Lessons will take place every Saturday in July from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants should bring towels and water bottles. Bay Street is a diverse mixed-use center featuring retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings comprising three city blocks and is located off the I-80 Powell street exit at Bay Street and Shellmound Street in Emeryville. For more information call (510) 655-4002 or visit


Bay Street Salsa Sundays

Bay Street also spices things up with Salsa Sundays, a music series featuring a live salsa band and plenty of room to dance every Sunday in July. Everyone is invited to turn up the heat and enjoy free festive salsa lessons and music on a special dance floor in the heart of Emeryville. Herbert Aguilar of Dance Instructions from Timba Heat will host lessons at 2:30 and 4 p.m. for all to enjoy. Make an evening of it and grab dinner at one of Bay Street’s restaurants after working up an appetite on the dance floor.


Marin MOCA Lights Up!

Sunglasses are optional for the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s summer show starting July 8 at 500 Palm Drive in Novato. From Caravaggio to de Kooning, light and shadow breathe life and energy into a composition. Light directs our eye and shapes our emotional response. The current exhibit, juried by Jennifer Farris of STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, displays a range of work from abstract to representational. Viewers will delight in the creative ways that the artists explore and interpret the theme of “light.” The exhibit runs from July 8 through August 13 with a reception on Saturday, July 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibits are free to the public. The museum is located at 500 Palm Drive in Novato.



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