As city dwellers reach for another layer to ward off the seasonal chill, the calendar tells us it’s the height of summer. Never mind, plenty of heartwarming happenings are taking place across the Bay Area from Mendocino to Monterey. Once again, Haute Living, San Francisco is proud to be a Media Sponsor of Festival Napa Valley, now in its 18th year. Enjoy! 

Through July 21
de Young | Irving Penn

One of the 20th century’s greatest photographers was Vogue’s longest-standing contributor, revolutionizing fashion photography in the postwar era. Approximately 175 Irving Penn photographs spanning nearly 70 years. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. 

Through Aug. 11
de Young | Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style

Over 100  items, plus high fashion and haute couture on loan, in the first major presentation of the costume collection in over 35 years. Showcasing designs from French couturiers, Japanese avant-garde designers, and other pillars of the fashion industry. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.

Through Aug. 18
SFMOMA | The Art of Noise

Music is amplified by great design, from concert posters to Sony Walkmans and Apple iPods. Over 800 works explore ground-breaking designs that enrich our collective memory. 151 Third St.

Through Aug. 18
Legion of Honor | Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World

In 1868, Japan’s shogun was overthrown, marking the end of feudal military rule and ushering in the Meiji era of modernization. The exhibition highlights the stylistic transition and the work of one artist, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, who successfully spanned two worlds. 100 34th Ave. at Lincoln Park.

Through Aug. 25
Stern Grove Festival

Celebrating 87 years of free summertime music on Sunday afternoons in the outdoor amphitheater, this is the nation’s longest-running non-profit festival. The 2024 lineup includes The Commodores on July 14 and Herbie Hancock on August 11. The Big Picnic Weekend is a two-day fundraiser on Aug. 24-25. 19th Avenue at Sloat Boulevard. Free, reservations required.

Throughout July and August
San Francisco Giants | Oracle Park and Oakland Athletics | Coliseum 

There’s plenty of summertime action on the diamonds. The Giants play 11 home games in July, including versus the Oakland A’s on July 30 & 31, plus 12 home games in August. The A’s host 12 games in July and 15 games in August, including the SF Giants on Aug. 17 & 18. and

Through Sept. 7
San Francisco Playhouse | Evita

Electrifying music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the Tony Award-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America. 450 Post St.

July 2 – 28
BroadwaySF | Mrs. Doubtfire

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is on stage. Rob McClure in a reprise of his Tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside co-star (and real wife!) Maggie Lakis in this internationally acclaimed hit musical. Recommended for ages 8+. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

July 4
San Francisco Symphony | Fireworks Spectacular

Edwin Outwater conducts the festive outdoor annual event in a lineup of favorite American classics with a fireworks spectacular grand finale. 7 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View.

July 6 – 21
Festival Napa Valley

California wine country’s flagship festival returns for its 18th season with an exciting lineup of music, film, food, and wine events. Superstar Lionel Ritchie headlines the Arts for All Gala fundraiser at Nickel & Nickel on July 14. Lots more fabulous programming at 60+ iconic wine country settings and venues throughout Napa Valley. Haute Living, San Francisco is a proud Media Sponsor.

July 6 & 19 and Aug. 9 & 24
Wente Vineyards Summer Live Music Series

Bring low back chairs and blankets for a concert on the lawn or book a VIP Chef’s Table. The Sun Kings (7/6) is hailed as one of the country’s top Beatles tribute acts. Also, more tribute acts: Billy Nation (7/19), ILLEAGLES (8/9), and Evolution (8/24). 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.  

July 7
San Francisco Symphony | Stern Grove Festival

Edwin Outwater conducts the SF Symphony in another outdoor annual event presenting sparkling masterworks performed under the eucalyptus trees in Stern Grove. 19th Avenue at Sloat Boulevard. Free, reservations required.

July 11 – Aug. 18
SFJAZZ | Summer Sessions

Six weeks of programming is arranged into curated, thematic week-long mini-festivals based on the concept of the Great American Songbook, encompassing Cuban Music Week, Gospel Soul, Bay Area Blues, Sounds of New Orleans, and more. 201 Franklin St.

July 12 & 13
Thrive City at Chase Center | Pickleball Tournament

Sign up to showcase your pickleball playing skills or register for free spectator tickets in this inaugural event. Special appearance from Warriors legend, 1975 NBA Champion, NBA Hall of Famer, and US Open Pickleball Champion Rick Barry. 

July 12 & 14
San Francisco Symphony | Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic

A magic carpet ride through memorable moments from The Walt Disney Company, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.

July 13
Olivia Decker Power of Music at Festival Napa Valley | Grand Cru Classics

Conductor Filippo Ciabatti leads Festival Orchestra Napa in a lively concert featuring two exceptional artists. Ray Chen performs Mendelssohn’s masterful Violin Concerto and Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, marking its 100th anniversary. Festival Napa Valley Stage at Charles Krug, St. Helena.

July 13
Taste of Napa at Festival Napa Valley

Featuring DJ Lady Ryan and Neon Velvet and offerings from 70+ wineries, breweries, restaurants, and culinary artisans, there are games, activities, and live music throughout the afternoon. Also, taste Wines of Great Britain. Grand Reserve Lawn at Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa.

July 13
Farm to Table Dinner | Ram’s Gate Winery

An elegant, multi-course outdoor dinner by the organic vineyard with a menu featuring all local ingredients perfectly paired with highly acclaimed wines. 28700 Arnold Dr, Sonoma.

July 18
San Francisco Symphony | Classical Mystery Tour 

Conductor Martin Herman leads an evening of The Beatles’ greatest hits from the musicians of Classical Mystery Tour. Features the set from their first North American tour in 1964 plus more favorites. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.

July 23 & 24
San Francisco Symphony | John Legend

The multi-platinum, 12-time Grammy Award-winner makes his first-ever guest appearance in John Legend: A Night of Songs and Stories with the San Francisco Symphony. Intimate reimaginings of Legend’s greatest hits as well as personal storytelling.

July 28
San Francisco Marathon

The course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon and Olympic Time Trials qualifying race. Kickoff for 30,000 runners is 5:15 a.m. at Embarcadero. The last northbound runner must access the Golden Gate Bridge by 7:40 a.m. and southbound runners must access the bridge by 8:50 a.m to re-open sidewalks and bike paths for the public.  

July 30 – Aug. 18
Broadway SF | Girl From the North Country

Tony Award-winning musical reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including Forever Young, All Along The Watchtower, Hurricane, Slow Train Coming, and Like A Rolling Stone. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St.

See Events Calendar August 2024 for more summer happenings.