We love summer. For some, summertime means going on spontaneous road trips, epic pool parties, country fairs, and watching blockbuster movies. For us, it means ice cream and backyard BBQ’s. It also means that it is festival season. So with summer officially kicking off this weekend, June 21st, we present you with a list must-try food festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Twilight In The Presidiotwilight-banner
When: June 26th
Where: Main Post Lawn
103 Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Though Off the Grid has become an every day event, Twilight In The Presidio is a special weekly event that runs from April 10th-June 26th. Get there early to secure a FREE lantern-lit cabana or seats around a campfire. A perfect place to take a date or just kick back on a Thursday evening. Admission is FREE. http://offthegridsf.com/markets/twilight#about


svbbqSilicon Valley Barbecue Championship
When: June 27th-28th
Where: Central Park
909 Kiely Boulevard, Santa Clara

The Rotary Club of Santa Clara has partnered with the City of Santa Clara to bring you the 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Barbecue Championship. Roughly 50 professional teams from all over the United States will be competing for money and bragging rights for the best BBQ in the United States. Enjoy samples, live bands and classic cars. Admission is FREE. For more info, visit: http://www.svbbq.com/


bfoaBacon Festival of America
When: July 4th-5th
Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez
170 South Market Street, San Jose

Nothing screams ‘Murica!! like bacon, hot dogs, wrestling, and fireworks on 4th of July. With Moveable Feast‘s Bacon Festival of America entering their second year, expect double the food trucks, double the bands, wrestling exhibition, Michael Jackson dance party, and of course, double the BACON! As dusk falls, grab one of MVBL Feast’s signature red bucket seat and watch the fireworks light up the summer skies. $10 for pre-sale tickets, $12 at door. Kids under 12 are free. For more info, check out: http://baconfestival2014.sched.org/


1385435321_JPOP_logo_170J-Pop Summit / Ramen Festival
When: July 19th-20th
Where: Japantown
Post Street, San Francisco

Celebrate the Japanese pop culture at the 6th annual J-Pop Summit Festival held at San Francisco Japantown. Check out all the local stores, exhibits and the street fair with plenty of entertainment including: the Japan Film Festival, J-Pop Idol, and Cosplay Masquerade. Also on hand will be Pop Gourmet Food Festival with food trucks, sake tasting, and the first ever San Francisco Ramen Yockocho Festival. Taste the best ramen from LA, Vegas, SF and Japan. If that’s not enough, there’s even a Pocky eating contest. Admission is FREE. For more info, check out http://www.j-pop.com/2014/pop-gourmet/


ggfGilroy Garlic Festival
When: July 25th-July 27th
Where: Christmas Hill Park
7050 Miller Avenue, Gilroy

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, now in its 36th year, draws more than 100,000 garlic lovers each summer. Experience dishes from garlic rosemary chicken to garlic fries, garlic calamari to even garlic ice cream and garlic jelly. See why they call Gilroy the “Garlic Capitol of the World“. Tickets range from $10-$30. For more info, check out: http://gilroygarlicfestival.com/

If you can’t wait until July or the drive is too far, you can check out the mini garlic fest at AT&T Park in San Francisco before the Giants game on June 27th. Tickets available here: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=MLBTGS11GNTS&pid=7617245&tfl=San_Francisco_Giants-Tickets-Special_Events_-na-b2


10402765_10154108374030262_2982813276077708301_nEat Drink SF
When: August 1st-3rd
Where: Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco

SF Chefs, a local food and drink festival that has been around for the past 5 years will be rebranded to Eat Drink SF – “An Epic Foodie Festival“. It will also be moving from Union Square to Fort Mason. With the larger location, expect more cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings and competitions. Tickets range from $60 to $667.25 for 3 day VIP. Individual classes start at $30. For tickets and more info, visit: http://www.eatdrink-sf.com/


outsidelandsOutside Lands Festival
When: August 8th-10th
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

It’s hard to talk about summer festivals without mentioning the biggest festival in San Francisco. Outside Lands Festival is not just a music and arts festival, but also a food and wine experience; featuring 69 Bay Area’s very own restaurants and food trucks, 37 winemakers and 30 breweries. Music performances by artists like Kanye West, The Killers, Tiesto, Disclosure, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cut Copy, Lykke Li and much much more. The event sold out, but there are plenty tickets on Craigslist and Stubhub, if you want to pony up the cash. For more info on lineups and vendors, visit: http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/home/


1511169_612152695518095_978806681_nBay Area Brew Fest
When: August 16th
Where: Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco

Need a reason to drink? Look no further than the 4th Annual Bay Area Brew Fest with over 60 domestic and international breweries, including 21st Amendment. If you’re ever been to a Giants game, you’ve probably pre-gamed at 21st Amendment and had their delicious watermelon beer. General admission $40 includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP $50 attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour. 21+ event. For more info, visit: http://bayareabrewfestival.com/. Drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.


21340_681830991843493_1547676779_nSan Francisco Street Food Festival
When: August 16th
Where: Mission District

Folsom Street (20th-26th Street), San FranciscoLa Cocina is back with the 6th annual San Francisco Street Food Festival in the Mission District with over 80 local vendors. Try the classic local favorites like dulce de leche shortbread Chilean cookie from Sabores del Sur or experience something new like the doughnut burger from Hella Vegan Eats, there’s sure a flavor that would satisfy your taste buds. Admission is FREE. For more info, check out http://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/index.php


filipinofoodmovementSavor Filipino
When: August 30th
Where: Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market, San Francisco

The Filipino Food Movement will be hosting the inaugural Savor Filipino food festival, featuring 40 dishes representing indigenous, integrated, and contemporary Filipino dishes (hopefully Adobolicious will be present offering their mouth-watering chicken adobo burrito and lumpia). Top chefs will be in attendance providing cooking demos and ingredient workshops. Admission is FREE. For more info, visit: http://www.savorfilipino.com


427708_10150620056987998_225773678_nEat Real Festival
When: September 19th-21st
Where: Jack London Square, Oakland

Celebrate the last days of summer at the 3-day food extravaganza at Jack London Square. From gourmet street food to fine artisan cuisine, there are plenty to try at this part street food festival, part county fair. Spend the day enjoying live music on the waterfront while avoiding Karl the Fog, or get hands on with pickling class and cooking demos, Eat Real Festival transforms Jack London Square into the ultimate food festival block party. Admission is FREE. For more info, check out http://www.eatrealfest.com/


**Honorable Mention**
Top of the Mark Movie & Wine Night
When: June 3rd-August 26th
Where: Top of the Mark Lounge – Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
999 California Street, San Francisco

Enjoy FREE classic movie screening like When Harry Met Sally, 16 Candles, Pretty Woman, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding with complimentary wine every Tuesday night throughout summer 2014. Though the wine tasting is free, don’t forget to tip. Check out the full listing of movies and the selection of wine at http://topofthemark.com/

Though Top of the Mark Lounge is not the only place screening free movies. places like Jack London Square, San Jose San Pedro Square, and Redwood City Courthouse Square don’t include food or drinks. You’ll likely want to avoid the screening of Frozen unless you don’t mind hearing hundreds of people singing along to ‘Let It Go‘. Don’t forget to check listings for Arts & Wine Festival in cities near you.