One of the nation’s longest-running street festivals is coming back for its 67th rendition! The historic North Beach Festival will take over the North Beach neighborhood from 10am-6pm on June 17 and 18, 2023. It’s an opportunity to enjoy live music at 4 different stages, dozens of vendors selling gourmet food and arts and crafts, thrilling acrobatic performances, and exciting activities for kids and adults.
The event will have four different stages with live music all day long, plus a poetry hour at 1pm. You don’t want to miss enthralling shows from Club Fugazi and Dear San Francisco acrobats on Sunday June 18 on the Columbus/Broadway Main Stage.
Leave plenty of time to wander around tasting food and buying artisanal items from hundreds of vendors lining the streets, and settle into a beer garden for a cold drink. Plus, guests can take their pets to a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Attendees will also have the chance to watch artists create gorgeous Italian street paintings called Madonnari, which are painted on the sidewalk using chalk as a medium. An accompanying kids’ chalk area will be available for younger attendees to try their hand at this traditional art form, which is a favorite of many at the festival.
The North Beach Festival began in 1954, making it one of the longest-running outdoor festivals in the United States. It takes place in the historically Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, which is also known for major players of the Beat generation including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. Some iconic landmarks in the neighborhood include City Lights Bookstore, Coit Tower, Saints Peter and Paul Church, and Washington Square.
Save the date for the 67th annual North Beach Festival, happening from 10am-6pm on June 17-18 at Grant Avenue and Columbus.