North Beach Festival: An Authentic Italian Summer Celebration in San Francisco’s Famed Little Italy

Featuring Circus Performances, Italian Street Painting, Blessing of the Animals, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Food and More!

The 64th Annual North Beach Festival returns on June 16 and 17 from 10am – 6pm to San Francisco’s famed “Little Italy” neighborhood, where Italian restaurants, cafes and shops abound. The free outdoor festival will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, tasty food, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, poetry readings, beverage gardens, kids’ chalk art area and the famed blessing of the animals ceremony. Back by popular demand, Circus Bella will bring its one-ring circus to the North Beach Festival. Featuring static trapeze, rope walking, a nine-person juggling act, contortion, hula-hoop, original clowning and more, Circus Bella is full-force, non-stop kaleidoscope of thrilling feats. 

Now in its 64th year, The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor street fair. The event takes place along the quaint streets in the heart of the North Beach district with its restaurants, shops, bookstores, galleries and runs alongGrant Avenue, between Columbus and Filbert; and Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo and Green Streets between Grant Avenue and Columbus.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy the long-running tradition of the Blessing of the Animals ceremony in The Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo Street.


735 Vallejo (south side of street) between Stockton and Powell, 766 Vallejo (north side of street above Central Station) between Stockton and Powell and on Filbert between Columbus and Mason.

This event is free and open to the public.