Annual Event index, p11-14

San Francisco Annual Event Guide for Tourists - African American - American Indian - Arab - Asian American - Blues - Buddhist - Cable Cars, Diesel Buses, Streetcars & Trolleys (MUNI) - Catholic - Chinese - Dance - Film Festivals - German - Hispanic / Latino - Irish - Japanese - Jewish - LGBT - Muslim - Orchid - Pacific Islander - Sailing - Sea Lions - Society - Sports - Front matter - (cont) - Muni story index - samples - Event Index - (cont)

A Noah's Ark of Recurring Celebration: San Francisco Annual Event History

Pages 11-14. (p11)

Index of Annual Events in San Francisco, with descriptions

Editor’s top choices for donors & philantropists to support are marked with an asterisk*

San Francisco Black Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender Film Festival ~ 415-615-9945 www.bcoa.org Films by & about our African American LGBT community. *351

Heroes & Hearts Art Auction ~ 415-206-4478 www.sfghf.net Annual luncheon & art auction by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to benefit S.F. General Hospital. Single seats $250, Event sponsorship $5,000. *166

International Clitoris Day Celebration ~ Sia Amma’s theatre (‘In Search of My Clitoris’), grassroots campaign to stop female genital mutilation. *355

Make-a-Wish Croquet & Charity Auction ~ Overlooking croquet lawns of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, croquet, auction of select wine lots, benefits children with life-threatening medical conditions. *249

AfroSolo Arts Festival  ~ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, & African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., 415-771-AFRO www.afrosolo.org 13th year, celebrity & emerging African American artists performing theater, dance, music, spoken word & visual arts. *175

Ronald McDonald House  ~ San Francisco Ronald McDonald House has provided 3,500 families with children cared for at San Francisco hospitals 60,000 nights of safe-haven near their kids. *343

Only in San Francisco Annual Event Calendar (note: this is the only year-long San Francisco Annual Event Calendar on the internet ... annual events normally appear in same month each year; however, from year-to-year, the actual day or week may vary a few days, see event website).

 January wk 1-5 <> San Francisco Dine-About-Town 877-665-9673 www.sfdineabouttown.com 100 of San Francisco’s finest restaurants offer special prices all month long.

January wk 1 <> Fred Hall’s Fishing Tackle & Boat Show (or Feb) Cow Palace, 805-389-3339 Boats, fishing tackle, camping gear, hunting equipment. www.sfboatshow.com

January wk 2-3 <> Berlin & Beyond Film Festival Castro Theater, 415-263-8760 www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco German-language film festival, European highlights. info@sanfrancisco.goethe.org 

January wk 2 <> San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center, 415-310-5259 www.oceanfilmfest.org info@oceanfilmfest.org

January wk 2-4 <> Film Noir Festival, Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa Street, Palace of Fine Arts, Bay & Lyon Streets,  415-221-8184 Largest Noir festival of its kind in U.S. www.filmnoirfoundation.org

January wk 2-3 <> Walk for Life West Coast, info@walkforlifewc.com  www.walkforlifewc.com 415-586-1576 Relatively new, pro-life march against abortion.  

January wk 2-3 <> Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Celebration & Youth Family Day, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium & Yerba Buena Gardens, 415-674-6000 www.norcalmlk.org annual freedom riders & march, & health fair. jackiekg@pacbell.net

January wk 3 <> 16th Anniversary Sea Lions’ Arrival, 415-705-5500 www.PIER39.com Anniversary of sea lions return. Marine Mammal Center docents illuminate us. 

January wk 3-6, Feb wk 1-2 <> Chinese New Year Festival & Parade wk 3-6 Chinatown, 415-982-3000 chineseparade.com Chinese New Year Flower Fair (Jan, wk 3), Miss Chinatown USA Pageant (Feb, wk 1), Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball (Feb wk 2),Chinatown Community Street Fair (Feb wk 2). Built around a fantastic parade from Market & Second St to Columbus Ave, 5:30 pm, Sat, wk 2 info@chineseparade.com

January wk 4 <> Vietnamese Tet Festival, Tenderloin District, Larkin Street, 415-351-1038 www.vietccsf.org Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival celebrates Vietnamese culture with Tet Festival queen, lion dance, pageantry, firecrackers, food, music. info@vietccsf.org  

January wk 4 <> San Francisco Ballet Gala Openin, War Memorial Opera House, 415-865-2000 www.sfballet.org America’s oldest ballet company, 73rd repertory season sfbmail@sfballet.org

January wk 4 <> 15th Annual Zinfandel Festival, Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilions, 415-345-7575 zinfandel.org 300 wineries, 10,000 wine tasters. info@zinfandel.org

January wk 4 <> AMA Supercross Series, SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415-478-2277-tkts, info supercrossx.com Motor-sport racing, world-class supercross riders. info@supercrossx.com

January wk 4 <> Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, Cow Palace, Geneva Ave & Santos St, www.cowpalace.com 135 breeds 2,000 dogs vie for ‘Best in Show’.

February wk 1-4 <> Valentine-Romance Month, Different hotels & restaurants offer romance specials.San Francisco Crab Fest, Various locations, 877-665-9673 www.sfvisitor.org Month of crab-cracking contests, giant crab feeds.

February wk 1 <> San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show, Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 310-455-2886 www.caskeylees.com Asian art, artifacts of Pacific & Asia.

February wk 1 <> San Francisco Black Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender Film Festival, 415-615-9945 www.bcoa.org Films by & about the African American gay community.

February wk 2 <> Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema, Castro & Roxie Theatres, filmarts.org (Film Arts Foundation) Cutting-edge independent feature films, documentaries, shorts & videos from Bay Area & beyond. www.sfindie.com

February wk 1 <> Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K, Golden Gate Park, 415-759-2690 www.rhodyco.com Thru Golden Gate Park, along Pacific Ocean, 8 am start. 

February wk 2 <> San Francisco Tribal, Folk & Textiles Arts Show, Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 310-455-2886 www.caskeylees.com 80 folk/ethnic art dealers, tribal arts, pottery, textiles, jewelry

February wk 2 <> Heroes & Hearts, 415-206-4478 www.sfghf.net Annual luncheon & art auction held by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to benefit San Francisco General Hospital. Single seats $250, Event sponsorship $5,000.

February wk 2-3 <> San Francisco Zoo 16th An. Valentine’s Day Sex Tour, One Zoo Road, 415-753-7165 60-minute narrative tour by staff on Zoo animal courtship, mating behaviors. www.sfzoo.org  

February wk 3 <> Pacific Orchid Exposition, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 415-665-2468 54th annual San Francisco Orchid Society show, 100,000 orchids in attendance. www.orchidsanfrancisco.org

February wk 3-5 <> Bay One-Acts Festival, Eureka Theatre, 415-776-7427 www.threewisemonkeys.org Showcase, new playwrights, Bay Area writers.

February wk 3 <> Fisherman’s Wharf Classic Car Exhibit, Pier 45, Shed A, Taylor St., 415-621-0500 www.sfmodelaclub.org Vintage auto show & parade.

February wk 3 <> Tulipmania, PIER 39, 415-705-5500, Tulips & free guided tours. www.PIER39.com

February wk 4 <> Great San Francisco Crystal Fair, Fort Mason, 415-383-7837 www.crystalfair.com 40 exhibitor, gems & minerals (quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, etc.), jewelry, metaphysics, healing tools, mystical arts. (Also in June)

March wk 1-2 <> OCD/Dancing Downtown Yerba Buena Center for Arts, 415-863-6606 Annual spring performance of ODC Dance garners praise from critics. www.odcdance.org  

March wk 1 <> Festival Cultural Chileno Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, Ninth Ave & Lincoln Way, 415-661-6909 www.festivalculturalchileno.com 15th annual festival, Chilean cuisine,wine tastings, singers, musicians, dancers from Latin American countries.

March wk 1-5 <> 10th An. Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, Various locations, 415-255-9035 www.youthspeaks.org Spoken word performances, works with 45,000 teens annually, local & national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series.

March wk 2 <> Contemporary Crafts Market, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 415-995-4925 www.craftsource.org 250 of nation’s craft artists.

March wk 2-3 <> Jewish Music Festival, Various locations, San Francisco, East Bay, 510-848-0237 www.brjcc.org Local & international performers. Popular, rarely heard sacred & secular, klezmer, Yiddish, Sephardic, classical, jazz & world music.

March wk 2 <> St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Second & Market to Civic Center, 415-675-9885 Longest-running U.S. parade, dance, beverages, Irish cuisine. Parade: 11:30 am, www.sfstpatricksdayparade.com

March wk 2 <> San Francisco Irish Film Festival, www.sfirishfilm.com The only event of its kind on the west coast. info@sfirishfilm.com www.roxie.com

March wk 3 <> International Clitoris Day Celebration, Sia Amma’s theatre & grassroots campaign to stop female genital mutilation. Also presents, ‘In Search of My Clitoris’, a one-woman show by Sia Amma, founder, Global Women Intact works with women & girls in America & Africa. www.Celebrateclitoris.com esolo69781@aol.com

March wk 3 <> San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, Cow Palace, 415-771-6909 or 800-829-9751 www.gardenshow.com 4th largest show in country.  

March wk 3 <> San Francisco International Asian American Film Fest, Castro & Kabuki Theatres, 415-863-0814, ext. 110 www.naatanet.org Biggest event in No. America of Asian American & Asian cinema; 130 films & videos world-wide.

March mid-Mar-to-mid-Jun <> SFJAZZ Spring Season, various venues, 415-398-5655, 800-850-7353  www.sfjazz.org Concerts & family matinees.

March wk 2 <> Emerald Nuts Across The Bay 12K, wk 2Sausalito to Fisherman’s Wharf, 415-759-2690 www.rhodyco.com Race over Golden Gate Bridge.

March wk 3-4 <> Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum, GG Park, 415-750-3504 21st annual event. Arrangements, top California designers, lectures by world-renowned floral designers, www.bouquetstoart.org 

April wk 1 <> Opening Day – San Francisco Giants, SBC Park, info 415-972-2000, www.tickets.com www.sfgiants.com Season opener, SBC Park.

April wk 3 <> San Francisco Bay to Breakers, Embarcadero to Great Hwy., 415-359-2800 For 95 years world’s largest footrace, 70,000 costume-clad runners & walkers, www.baytobreakers.com 8 am gun.

April mid-Apr to Oct <> Golden Gate Park Band, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, 415-831-5500, 510-530-0814 www.goldengateparkband.org Since 1882, in the park, bring picnic.

April wk 2-3 <> Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show, Cow Palace, 415-404-4111 www.grandnationalrodeo.com Bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, team & tie-down roping, bull riding. (Cow Palace, owned by the State was built to house Grand National Rodeo, hosts many events yearly.

April Wk 1-3 <> Macy’s Flower Show, Macy’s Union Square, 415-393-3724 www.macys.com 60th annual show, guest speakers, in-store events.

April wk 3-4 <> Cherry Blossom Festival, Civic Center & Japantown, 415-563-2313 www.nccbf.org Japantown celebrates 100th anniversary, performances, crafts, food, martial arts, exhibitions, parade.

April week 3-4 <> Anime Costume Contest, part of Cherry Blossom Festival (see above). Also see Japantown Anime Fair, Sept. 

April wk 3 <> Union Street Easter Parade & Celebration, Union Street bet Gough & Steiner 800-310-6563, www.sresproductions.com calfresco dining, Easter Bunny, petting zoo, parade.

April wk 3-5 <> S.F. International Film Festival, Castro Theater, AMC Kabuki Theatres, other venues, 415-561-5000, 415-931-FILM www.sffs.org 49th annual , 200 new features, doc & videos from 45 countries.

April wk 3-5 <> DIVAfest, Exit Theatreplex, 156 Eddy St., 415-931-1094 ‘Female persuasion’ celebrating womanhood from mink to matriarch, virgin to vamp, three weeks of plays, solos, cabaret, comedy. www.theexit.org 

April wk 3-5 <> Bay Area National Dance Week, 415-568-5861 www.bacndw.org All dance! All free! All week! 300 dancers & organizations, classes, performances, lectures, open rehearsals, open houses, workshops.

April wk 4 to May wk 4<> San Francisco Decorator Showcase, 415-447-5830 www.decoratorshowcase.org 29th Anniversary, 20,000 visitors, nationally recognized. Audio tour offers room-by-room descriptions.

April wk 5 <> Opening Day on the Bay, Kick off sailing season, festive boat parade, blessing of the fleet, sponsored by Boat U.S. & 97 yacht clubs.

April <> Master Mariners Regatta Annual wooden yacht races & wooden boat festival.

April wk 4 <> Bridging Communities, Golden Gate Bridge walk-across spotlights bay area poverty. www.bridgingcommunities2007.com

May-Oct <> Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 415-543-1718 www.ybgf.org 150 artistic, cultural & community events, popular & operatic music, cultural festivals, dance performances, international music concerts, visual art exhibits, theater & spoken word.

May wk 1 <> Cinco de Mayo Festival Mission District, 415-206-0577 www.cincodemayosf.com Celebration of Mexican national holiday, Parque de Ninos, 23rd St bet Folsom & Treat, family fun.

May wk 1 <> 15th Annual Spring Open Studio 415-387-5936 www.springopenstudio.com 250 artists, Hunters Point Shipyard, five acres of art studios.

May wk 2 <> San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Roxie Cinema, Women’s Building, www.sfindie.com 415-621-4969 Promoted by SF IndieFest.

May wk 2-3 <> 16th Annual Mural Awareness Festival, 415-285-2287 www.precitaeyes.org Muralists, community art, mural competition, children’s art activities, mural awards.

May <> Make-a-Wish Croquet Invitational & Charity Auction www.makewish.org 415-982-9474 Overlooking croquet lawns of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, croquet, auction of select wine lots, benefits children with life-threatening medical conditions.

May wk 3 <> San Francisco International Arts Festival / The Truth in Knowing, www.sfiaf.org info@sfiaf.org 451-399-9554 Twenty S.F. arts & cultural organizations plus international artists perform, illustrating creativity of the African diaspora, including Latino culture & art from Latin America.

May wk 4 <> Carnaval, Mission District, 415-920-0125 www.carnavalsf.com San Francisco Mardi Gras, & one of our largest annual public events, exotic carnaval dancers, latino, jazz, samba, Caribbean music. Parade Sunday, cultural pageantry.

June <> Urban Kidz Film Festival wk 1-2762 Fulton St., 415-392-4400, 800-965-4827 Fun 1-day festival, short films, animated shorts, special features from a Black perspective, just for kids.(Part of S.F. Black Film Festival.) www.sfbff.org

June wk 1 <> Union Street Festival, Gough & Steiner, 800-310-6563 www.unionstreetfestival.com One of San Francisco’s largest, free art festivals, 250 artists, 20 gourmet food booths, live entertainment, two stages, a block of children’s rides, games & inflatables.

June wk 1 <> Great San Francisco Crystal Fair, Fort Mason Center, 415-383-7837 www.crystalfair.com Quartz, amethyst, etc). jewelry, metaphysics, healing tools & mystical arts.

June wk 1-2 <> San Francisco Youth Arts Festival, De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 415-750-8630 Visual & performing arts by S.F. students, grades K-12. www.sfyouthartsfestival.org  

June wk 1 <> San Francisco Accordion Festival, The Cannery at Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth St., 415-771-3112 www.thecannery.com San Francisco’s official musical instrument, accordion-based bands.

June wk 1 <> Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, many venues, 831-373-0678 www.tricalifornia.com/alcatraz 1.5 mile swim to Alcatraz, 18-mile bike ride & 8-mile run, finish Marina Green, 1,600 triathletes/relay teams.

June wk 1 <> 15th Annual Dyke March, S.F. Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, Dykes on Bikes, www.dykemarch.org sfwmc.org info@dykemarch.org

June wk 1-2 <> San Francisco Black Film Festival, Delancey Street Theater, other venues, 415-771-9271 or 415-346-0199 www.sfbff.org African American cinema, African cultural diaspora.

June wk 2 <> Positively Sixth Street Fair Sixth Street,at Minna Alley, 415-538-8100 ext. 202 www.iisf.org Specifically designed for low-income residents who live on Sixth Street corridor, traditionally a dangerous & transient area; live entertainment, food, services free.

June wk 2 <> Fiesta Filipina 2006, Civic Center Plaza, 650-871-6647 www.fiestafilipinausa.com Biggest Filipino festival in America celebrates Phillipines Independence Day, musical performances, talent search.

June wk 2 <> San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Castro Theatre, other venues, 415-703-8650 www.frameline.org 250 films worldwide, 30th annual, largest, oldest event of its kind in the world.

June wk 2-4 <> Ethnic Dance Festival, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, www.worldartswest.org 415-474-3914 Dances &  music of Northern California ethnic communities.

June wk 3 <> Juneteenth Festival, Fillmore District, 415-931-2729 www.sfjuneteenth.org African-American community celebrates 1865 announcement of emancipation in Texas. Live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, the largest Juneteenth celebration outside Texas. Parade begins Duboce Park.

June wk 3 <> Precious Cheese North Beach Festival, Grant Ave. & Green St., 415-989-2220 www.sfnorthbeach.org San Francisco’s oldest Italian street fair, live entertainment, pizza toss. Validated parking.

June mid-Jun to mid-Aug <> Stern Grove Festival (sun only)19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252 www.sterngrove.org  69th season, free Sunday concerts, renowned music & dance groups, beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

June wk 4 <> San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender Pride Celebration Parade, Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-FREE www.sfpride.org San Francisco annual celebration of lesbian & gay pride culminates in festive parade from Embarcadero to Civic Center, 10:30 am.

July <> Muslim Film Festival (Editor’s note: in Fremont; Naz-8 Cinema, Princeton Gateway Plaza Shopping Ctr across from Fremont BART, cafes nearby.) www.mffusa.org  

July <> Fillmore Street Jazz Festival Fillmore St., Between Jackson & Eddy Sts., 510-232-5030, 800-731-0003 www.hartmannstudios.com Continuous jazz performances, 300 artists booths, international food courts.

July wk 1 <> Fourth of July Waterfront Festival, dress warmly. PIER 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf, 415-705-5500 Bands, food, crafts. Fireworks, 9 pm. www.PIER39.org  

July wk 2 <> Cable Car Bell-Ringing Competition, Union Square Plaza, 415-673-6864 www.sfmuni.com Operators of San Francisco’s world-famous cable cars annual competition. Noon-1pm.

July wk 2-3 <> San Francisco Silent Film Festiva, Castro Theatre, 415-777-4908, www.silentfilm.org with Castro pipe organ, 1,800 pipes.

July wk 3-4 <> Photo San Francisco, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 323-937-5525. www.photosanfrancisco.net 80 galleries dealers sell classic progressive photographic & progressive video/digital art.

July wk 3-5 <> 32nd Annual Midsummer Mozart Festival, Palace of Fine Arts Theater & various Bay Area venues, 415-627-9141 www.midsummermozart.org Mozart music, world-renowned artists, first-class local orchestra.

July wk 3-6 <> San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Castro Theater, bay area venues, 415-621-0556-info www.sfjff.org Festival is the first, oldest & most prestigious of its kind in the world.

July wk 4 <> San Francisco Theater Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens/Center for the Arts/Zeum Theater, 415-543-1718 www.sftheaterfestival.org 1-day live theater, 70 professional theater groups perform short pieces on 10 stages, 10 kids’ shows. Free admission.

July wk 4-5 <> North Beach Jazz Festival, 415-971-7577 www.nbjazzfest.com One of San Francisco’s favorite neighborhood-wide celebrations, Bay Area’s best local jazz talent performing in bars, cafes, restaurants & other venues in North Beach district.

July wk 5 <> San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Ferry Building, The Embarcadero, 415-284-9653 www.runsfm.com USAT&F Certified course includes loop over Golden Gate Bridge, marathon, half marathon, progressive marathon or 5K run/walk races. Pre-run expo, Justin Herman Plaza.

July wk 3 <> Aids Walk, in 2006 25,000 walkers raised 3.77 million dollars. sfinfo@aidswalk.net 415-615-9255

July <>  Aids Life/Cycle  Presented by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, cyclists bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Requires each cyclist to raise a minimum of $2,500. info@aidslifecycle.org

July wk 5 <> Up Your Alley Fair, Dore Alley bet Folsom & Howard & 9th & 10th Sts, 415-861-3247 www.folsomstreetfair.com Similar to Sept Folsom Street Fair climax of Leather Pride Week, local leather appeal for leather folks, 12,000 attendees.

July <> Miss Trannyshack Pageant Heklina is creator, producer, &  ‘Trannyshack’ hostess, San Francisco’s legendary & longest running drag performance nightclub, in it’s tenth year at the Stud every Tuesday night at midnight. Home of annual Miss Trannyshack Pageant. www.trannyshack.com

August <> Junior Giants Day at AT&T Park www.jrgiants.org 877-jr-giant First year Junior Giants Day event took place was 1995 -- would have been 1994, but players’ strike interrupted season.

August wk 1-5, Jul 1-4 <> AfroSolo Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and African & African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., 415-771-AFRO www.afrosolo.org 13th year, celebrity & emerging African American artists performing theater, dance, music, spoken word & visual arts.

August wk 1-4 <> BATS Summer Improv Festival, Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Ctr. Bayfront Theatre, www.improv.org, 415-474-8935 100 improvisers from near & far gather for 12th annual festival; ‘grudge match’ competition pits San Francisco Bay Area team vs Los Angeles.

August wk 1 <> San Francisco Aloha Festival, Parade Grounds, Presidio, 415-281-0221 www.pica-org.org Two-day arts festival celebrating Pacific Islanders’ culture, Polynesian dance, islander food, music, ethnic arts & crafts, educational workshops, activities.

August wk 1 <> San Francisco Gem & Mineral, San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Ave & Lincoln Way, 415-564-4230 www.sfgms.org 51st annual show, pre-historic fossils, lapidary, unique jewelry, educational demo’s.

August wk 1 <> Jerry Day, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Dr., 415-272-2012 www.jerryday.org Excelsior District celebrates native son Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia w/outdoor concert & family fun.

August wk 2 <> ACC Craft Show, Fort Mason Ctr, 800-836-3470 www.craftcouncil.org 31st annual event is largest juried craft event in the West, 300 of nation’s premier craft artists, hand-blown glass, clay & ceramic objects, wearable art, metal works, wooden furniture, quilts, baskets.

August wk 2 <> Nihonmachi Street Fair, Japantown & Japan Center, 415-771-9861 www.nihonmachistreetfair.org 33rd Annual Japanese festival, lion dancers, taiko drummers, Japanese arts & crafts, musical entertainment, food, children’s events.

August <> Japantown Anime Faire, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco was pleased to announce opening of 4th Annual Japantown Anime Fair, celebrating anime & Japantown’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration.

August <> Buddhist Church of San Francisco, Obon Festival & Bon Dance Japantown, Post & Buchanan Streets www.sfjapantown.org Obon ‘Festival of Souls’, observed for 1,400 years by Buddhist families in Japan, local observance, taiko drumming, children’s activities, traditional music, Bon Dance 7pm. Also, 75th anniversary of Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

August wk 4 <> San Francisco Fashion Week www.fashionweek-sf.com 100% of proceeds raised in silent auction on opening night are donated to National AIDS Memorial Grove, & percentage of profits from Pre-Party. Fashion, art, music, culture, style ~ collections from top local designers.

September-Oct <> Hawaiian Film Festival (Sept-Oct) www.pica-org.org

September <> Festival Cine Latino Victoria Theatre, 415-553-8135, www.cineaccion.com Latino, Latin American & Caribbean cultures, documentaries, features, shorts, experimental film

September wk 5 <> Sausalito Floating Homes Tour, Sausalito, 415-332-1916 www.floatinghomes.org Floating homes open to public; advance reservations recommended, self-guided tour to 15 houseboat/homes.

September wk 1-4 <> San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Main Post Lawn, Presidio, 415-865-4434 www.sfshakes.org 54th annual free outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s classic plays.

September wk 1 <> San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Gala, Davies Symphony Hall, 415-552-8000 www.sfsymphony.org Symphony initiates season gala opening evening.

September wk 2 <> San Francisco Opera Concert in the Park, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-777-7120 www.chronicleevents.com Outdoor venue, free, afternoon opera, arias & ensembles by San Francisco Opera & Orchestra.

September wk 1-3 <> San Francisco Fringe Festival, Exit Theatreplex,other downtown venues, 415-931-1094 (info), 800-965-4827, 415-673-3847(tkts) www.sffringe.org 15th annual festival, marathon, 260 performances over 12 days, low-price tickets, variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret & new theater, open to all performers on non-curated basis.

September wk 2  <> Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, 11th annual, 415-775-5500 www.ghirardellisq.com Unique chocolate desserts & delicacies from Ghirardelli.

September wk 3 <> Viva Las Americas, PIER 39, 415-705-5500 www.PIER39.com Hispanic heritage, music, dance performances, artistry of Mexico, Central & South America. Face-painting, craft-making for kids.

September wk 3 <> Champion Run For Children/Jamba Juice 5K Banana Man Chase, Golden Gate Park & Kezar Stadium Track, 415-759-2690 www.rhodyco.com 5K run for everyone at Golden Gate Park, & races for kids. Races begin & end at stadium.

September wk 4 <> San Francisco Blues Festival, Fort Mason Ctr. Great Meadow, 415-979-5588 www.sfblues.com Oldest blues festival in U.S., best blues musicians.

September wk 4 <> S. F. International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, www.sfdragonboat.com 100 dragon boat teams, 2,500 paddlers from North America, 500-meter course; 11th annual, entertainment, children’s activities.

September wk 4 <> Autumn Moon Festival, Grant Ave. bet Calif. & Pacific Sts., 415-982-6306 Multicultural entertainment, traditional lion & dragon dances, arts, crafts, lantern village, moon cakes, kid’s activities. www.moonfestival.org

September wk 4 <> Folsom Street Fair, Folsom St. bet 7th & 12th Sts., 415-861-3247 ‘Daddy of leather celebrations’, largest leather, alternative & fetish street fair in world,  400,000 attendees dress in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag, or next to nothing. Benefits local charities. www.folsomstreetfair.com 

September wk 4 - Oct wk 2 <> San Francisco World Music Festival www.sfworldmusicfestival.org 415-561-6571 Ethnic musicians from around the world, cutting edge, domestic avant-garde scene.

October wk 2-3 <> Sundance Stompede, Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing 415-820-1403 www.stompede.com San Francisco’s annual Country Western weekend for LGBT community & friends, 3 days of workshops, 3 nights dancing.

October wk 1 <> Castro Street Fair wk 1 415-841-1824 www.castrostreetfair.org Arts, crafts booths, live entertainment, dancing & music, gay-friendly street festival.

October <> Arab film Festival, with interest in the Arab world at an all-time high, we're pleased to provide a unique glimpse into Arab culture. www.aff.org

October wk 1 <> Bay Bridge to Golden Gate Bridge Run, Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge, 415-995-6868 www.bridgetobridge.com Seaside 12K & 7K races.

October wk 1 <> Comedy Day, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-820-1570 www.comedyday.com 25th anniversary, free comedy ‘concert’, dozens of Bay Area comics.

October wk 1 <> 5th Annual San Bruno Ave Community Festival, San Bruno Ave bet Bacon & Silliman Streets www.sresproductions.com 800-310-6563 Portola community festival, food from area restaurants, outdoor dining, arts, crafts, community booths, children’s activity area.  

October wk 1-4 <> ArtSpan/S. F. Open Studios, various locations, www.sfopenstudios.com 415-861-9838 Artists open doors to public.

October wk 1-2 <> Litquake 2006, Citywide, www.litquake.org S.F. literary festival, hundreds of Bay Area writers, readings, discussions, films.

October wk 1-2 <> Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, 6th free celebration, www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

October wk 1 <> Red Bull Air Race World Series, Aquatic Park & Marina Green, free & paid seating. International air race circuit: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Longleat, San Francisco & Perth. Precision, low-level flying, 400 kph speeds, compact course. www.redbullairrace.com   

October wk 1-2 <> Fleet Week San Francisco, Aquatic Park & PIER 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, www.fleetweek.us 650-599-5057 Fleet returns home. San Francisco Bay Area honors men & women of Navy & marine services. Navy ship tours, Blue Angels air show. Reserved seating, corporate packages avail.

October wk 2-3 <> Oktoberfest By The Ba, Fort Mason Ctr Festival Pavilion, 510-352-2678 Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food, beverages www.oktoberfestbythebay.com

October wk 1-2 <> San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade & Festival, Fisherman’s Wharf & North Beach, 415-434-1492 www.sfcolumbusday.org Italian heritage lively parade thru North Beach, food, music, entertainment, celebrities. Noon Sunday

October wk 3 <> National Theatre Day, various venues, 415-430-1140 www.theatrebayarea.org Free stage performances in San Francisco Bay Area at selected theatres.

October wk 3-Nov wk 2 <> San Francisco Jazz Festival, various locations, 415-788-7353, 800-850-7353 www.sfjazz.org Local, national & international jazz artists.

October wk 4-5 <> Exotic Erotic Ball, Cow Palace, www.exoticeroticball.com 888-396-8426, 415-404-4111

October wk 4 <> San Francisco Fall Antiques Sho, Fort Mason Ctr, 415-989-9019 www.sffas.org Oldest operating international antique show on West Coast in 25th year, 70 distinguished antique dealers from America & Europe.

October <> International Vintage Poster Fair, Fort Mason Ctr, 650-548-6700 www.posterfair.com Oldest & largest vintage poster fair in world, American & European posters from 1890’s to 1980’s.

October wk 4-5 <> Pumpkin Pandemonium, 415-705-5500 Kids in costume can trick-or-treat in PIER 39 shops, restaurants & attractions. www.PIER39.com 

October wk 4-5 <> Halloween Festival, Cannery at Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth St., www.thecannery.com 415-771-3112 Face painting, arts & crafts, special guests, trick-or-treating at Cannery shops & restaurants.

October wk 5 <> Hooker’s Ball, Halloween party, Pier 23 Cafe, www.stjamesinfirmay.org  www.swop-usa.org Margo Saint-James (prostitutes’ union advocates)

November wk 1 <> Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) www.dayofthedeadsf.org Annual community procession in the Mission district honors loved ones who have passed away.

November wk 1-2 <> Treasure Island International Triathlon ~ Haul to the Great Wall, 2007 Olympic qualifier for athletes. www.tricalifornia.com November wk 4 <> Run Wild, Golden Gate Park, 415-759-2690 www.rhodyco.com 10K run & 5K run/walk, many dress as Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon characters, (formerly ‘Run to the Far Side’).

November <> Embarcadero Center Bldg Lighting Ceremony Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center, 800-733-6318 Entertainment, lighting-up Embarcadero towers. November wk 4 <> Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, www.ghirardellisq.com 415-775-5500, 50’ Christmas tree.

November wk 4 <> Great San Francisco Crystal Fair, Fort Mason Ctr, 415-383-7837 www.crystalfair.com 40 exhibitors, gems & minerals (quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, etc.), jewelry, metaphysics, healing tools & mystical arts.

November wk 1 <> Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, Concourse Exhibition Center, www.harvestfestival.com 415-447-3205 Unique crafts, jewelry, gifts.

November wk 1 <> ACGA’S San Francisco Clay & Glass Festival, Fort Mason Ctr Herbst Pavilion, 415-507-9909 www.acga.net Bay Area clay & glass artists sell one-of-a-kind wares.

November wk 3-4 <> Celebration of Craftswomen, Fort Mason Ctr Festival Pavilion, www.womensbuilding.org 510-843-4233 28th annual, nation’s largest women’s craft fair, fine quality crafts from 300 artists, glass, fiber, ceramics, jewelry, leather, paper, sculpture, wood & fine arts.

November wk 3 <> San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival, Palace of Fine Arts, 415-392-4400 Hip-Hop Nation in a 4-day, live music, dancing, hip-hop culture. www.sfhiphopdancefest.com

November wk 3 <> PIER 39 Holiday Tree Lighting, 415-705-5500 Multi-cultural entertainment celebrates Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa. Tree is lit at 5:30 pm with 400 ornaments & 2,000 lights. www.PIER39.com

November wk 1-3 <> International Latino Film Festival, Yerba Buena Arts Center, www.latinofilmfestival.org 415-454-4039 U.S. premieres, documentaries, features & shorts from Latin America & Latino filmmakers.

November wk 1 <> Esurance ICER AIR 2006, ICER AT&T Park. www.icerair.com ($10 tkts) ICER brings 200 tons of snow to San Francisco. Women’s & Men’s Big Air competitions, skate/bmx & wake-boarding exhibition, Ski & Snowboard Festival, booths. Athletes go for $100,000 in cash & prizes.

November wk 1-2 <> American Indian Film Festival, Palace of Fine Arts, Galaxy Theatres, www.aifisf.com 415-554-0525 World’s oldest festival dedicated to films by & about Native Americans, new & exciting work.

November wk 3-4 <> San Francisco Int’l Automobile Show, Moscone Center, 415-331-4406 www.sfautoshow.com 40 major car manufacturers display 800 new cars, trucks & vans.

November wk 4-7 <> Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Cow Palace, Exhibition Hall, www.dickensfair.com 415-897-4555 Old English Victorian Christmas, theaters, music hall, dance parties, taverns, shops, stalls, food, street vendors, period costumes.

December <> Buddhist Film Festival, 50 events, 17 days, at the Castro, UC Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium, Marin Rafael Film Ctr. Filmmakers, speakers from 17 countries, 10 U.S. premieres. www.ibff.org

December <> San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Dance-Along Nutcracker draws sellout crowds, regularly featured in local & national news media. www.sflgfb.org/dancealong.html

December wk 1-5 <> San Francisco Ballet Nutcracke, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415-865-2000-tkts www.sfballet.org ‘Nutcracker’ performed by America’s oldest ballet company.

December <> ODC’S The Velveteen Rabbit www.odcdance.org/velveteenrabbit A must-see dance tradition.

December wk 4 <> Emerald Bowl, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415-947-BOWL www.sfbowl.com College football, two of country’s top teams clash at Emerald Bowl.

December <> Good Vibrations Christmas Party www.goodvibes.com 1-800-289-8423 Good Vibrations is committed to fostering respect, promoting supportive communication & advocating for women in leadership roles.

December 26-Jan 5 <> San Francisco World Peace Day & Festival Week (proposed by editor of A Noah's Ark of Recurring Celebration - San Francisco Event History)

Giver’s guide ~ Editor’s note: see ‘The Drum Major Instinct’, page 187.)

Should a giver encourage community cohesion? <>
  Unique to the city at our time in history, our African American community -- (which at this time in San Francisco mostly all have new websites & are cohesive as a people & who really, really appreciate the layouts in this book about their events) -- of all other ethnic groups here in San Francisco (whose event directors we interacted with) ... are most appreciative & most friendly to me. Whereas, ethnically the other events in the book are competitive with one another, the African American community represents itself as a whole, cohesive social force for good (which is, of course close to God & close to my heart).
  I've tried in this book to portray San Francisco for what it is, & the people for who we are, & the events for what they are. Many San Francisco ethnic groups have suffered quite a bit, & overcoming that pain in triumph, happiness & sadness, is what their events are about.
  Should your giving reflect & reward ‘The Drum Major Instinct?’ <> That’s a question you’ll need to live with for a while. Your answer may or may not help lead our San Francisco community -- as a whole -- as spokespersons back generations into their family’s cultural roots & history in order to lead our San Francisco international community into an outspoken world community of spiritual & economic peace & social health -- once again. We must renew this each generation, or ‘they’ take it from us (see Joie’s poem, ‘The Poet’s Extinction’, page 488, for her viewpoint). We remain one humanity, when you get old, you pass the torch, that’s game point.
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About this refrigerator calendar
(Editor’s note: weekend & monthly scheduling of events stays about the same -- days vary, confirm dates at sfvisitor.com, or contact events. Most listings with big page numbers have big layouts, & events with no page numbers are only described in the refrigerator calendar.)
  A list of annual events is compiled every year by San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau & is provided to journalists, publicists & entertainment event editors. (We’ve added a few events: Master Mariner’s Regatta, Hooker’s Ball, Good Vibration’s Christmas Party, Dyke March, & a few others.) In most cases we’ve abbreviated & rewritten their editorial for our listings, which is business-as-usual. For updated, up-to-the-minute info, the bureau has several websites (& coordinates January’s ‘Dine-About-Town’ & February’s ‘Valentine’s Day Romance Month’ events in San Francisco) -- including: sfvisitor.org & onlyinsanfrancisco.com & sfcvb.org
  In 2005, San Francisco hosted 15.7 million visitors spending 7.3 billion dollars during their stay -- 20.2 million dollars a day, generating over 418 million dollars in taxes & fees that support the City’s general budget, health & safety, arts & cultural organizations, recreational facilities, low-income housing & annual events. Visitor dollars supported 66,300 jobs in the hospitality & tourism industries, about $1.8 billion in local payroll.
  More than 4.4 million overnight visitors stayed in commercial accommodations in 2005. Add in ‘day trippers’ & those who stayed with friends or relatives for 15.7 million visitors a year ...26 percent of visitors to San Francisco live within a day’s drive of the City. That’s 3.9 million leisure visitors from our own region. Thousands of visitors to the City take day trips beyond city limits or extend their visit thru Northern California taking side trips: 14 percent visit Sausalito, 23 percent visit wine country, 9.5 percent visit the Monterey peninsula.
  This refrigerator calendar is dedicated to Filmcalendar, a monthly newsletter (now history) of repertory film events once published by UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive in the 1980s. When the archive’s budget was cut., the editor of this book acquired it & republished it as FilmCalendar & The City That Knows How, a full-size northern California intercollegiate film & stage newspaper including listings at all San Francisco & San Francisco Bay Area film theatres, including a new listing of 24 bay area ethnic film series & a San Francisco ethnic dessert guide (based on our ethnic dessert poll of San Francisco Consulate Generals & their embassy staffs) -- available at 26 bay area colleges & at repertory film houses in San Francisco ... so we’ve been nostalgic & used the typographical heading style from the original newsletter again in these event listings -- & throughout the event guide we’ve leaned towards ethnic & international film festivals, because that (& Haight Ashbury of the 1960s-1970s) is what attracted us to San Francisco in the first place -- taking a look, & playing a part in the real world, you know? International & ethnic film festivals are a great part of San Francisco’s allure. Back in the day, all the repertory film theatres printed newspaper-sheet-sized or 11x17” newsletter film calendars, & all the refrigerators I’ve ever seen in San Francisco put those listings on their refrigerator doors. I guess we see films as important to us as food. And the writers’ best films? ...a reminder we are one humanity.

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Only in San Francisco
San Francisco Railway Streetcar Museum......................... 118
Cable Car Museum............................................................ 123
Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon................................ 152
West Coast Lion Dance Troupe.......................................... 164
San Francisco Maritime Museum...................................... 171
African American Shakespeare Company.......................... 180
The Drum Major Instinct................................................... 187
Museum of the African Diaspora....................................... 192
Chinese Historical Society of America................................ 208
Irish Artist Harry Kernoff................................................... 227
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park....................... 254
Anime by Ecthelian............................................................ 256

City Lights Bookstore......................................................... 282
Heklina, Cookievision Putanesca....................................... 339
Spaghetti Putanesca recipe................................................ 341
Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco........................ 343
Sia Amma, In Search of My Clitoris .................................. 355
William Alexander Coulter, Maritime Artist........................ 413
Mel Thompson.................................................................... 480

Photojournalism
David Wilson...................................................... i, iv, vii, viii, 2
Richard Panse........................................... thru-out & 119-151
RJ Muna............................................................................. 158
Weidong Yang..................................................................... 175
Alain McLaughlin................................................................ 182
Eric Hunt............................................................................ 210
Andy Jeremi & Nick Gassman............................................ 218
Gregory Case...................................................................... 220
Virgil Vidal, Albert Chau, Deb Nagai, Jay Jao.................... 228
Jim Pire.............................................................................. 264
Donna Aceto....................................................................... 284
Ingu Yun, Tim Wong, Bill Weaver....................................... 287
Paul Townsend................ thru-out & 169, 174, 263, 298, 299
FredAlert............................................................................. 300
Trish Tunney Photography................................................. 315
Jane Cleland, Rick Gerharter............................................. 344
Michelle Gutierrez.............................................................. 356
BoatingSF.com .................................................................. 407
Aldrich Archives................................................................. 465
Babarian genre poet photos & credits................................ 405
The Babarians of San Francisco:
Poets from Hell
Jack Micheline...................................................................... v
Gia Handsbury..................................................................... 2
David Lerner....................................................................... 167
Mel Thompson.................................................................... 167
Bana Witt .......................................................................... 168
Eli Coppola......................................................................... 174
q.r. hand, jr................................................................. 191, 205
David West ........................................................................ 336
Sparrow 13 Laughingwand................................................ 336
Julia Vinograd............................................................ 342, 406
Bruce Isaacson................................................................... 399
Alan Allen........................................................................... 417
Vampyre Mike Kassell........................................................ 452
Laura Conway.................................................................... 473
Danielle Willis.................................................................... 474
Nancy Depper.................................................................... 477
Joey Cook.......................................................................... 489
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