CATERPILLAR PUPPETS — Master puppeteer Joe Leon entertains kids as well as parents with a sly sense of humor. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns—such as his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus who needs encouragement from the audience to fulfill his calling. Yerba Buena Gardens (Children’s Garden), 799 Howard St. Shows at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Free. More info at 415-543-1718. http://ybgfestival.org/event/caterpillar-puppets/
FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL — The largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. In the 1940s, the jazz clubs on Fillmore Street hosted jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday. From morning to evening, visitors can groove to live music from multiple stages, browse through over 12 blocks of fine arts and crafts, and enjoy a wide range of good things to eat and drink: Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions. 10 am to 6 pm on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy Streets. (800) 310-6563 for more info.www.fillmorejazzfestival.com
FREE ADMISSION DAY — ASIAN ART MUSEUM.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVITIES
PIER 39 — Events range from the Fourth of July Music Festival at 1 pm at Pier 39, to fireworks beginning at 9:30 pm. Call (415) 705-5500 (Pier 39), or (415) 227-2603 (San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau) for more info. www.Pier39.com
THE CANNERY — Music all day leading up to fireworks. Leavenworth Street at the foot of Columbus Street. (415) 771-3112 for more info.
GHIRARDELLI SQUARE — Live music and free children’s festivities. (415) 775-5500 for more info.
FREE ADMISSION DAY — LEGION OF HONOR MUSEUM, DeYOUNG MUSEUM, CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM — “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibition closes. This exhibition explores the life of Bill Graham (1931–1991) from his childhood as a German Jewish refugee to his pivotal role in making rock music a multi-billion-dollar global industry. It examines his success as a rock promoter and his pioneering work behind the scenes to use rock music to raise consciousness and deliver aid to those in need. www.thecjm.org/on-view/currently/bill-graham-and-the-rock-and-roll-revolution/about
FREE ADMISSION DAY — BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. www.baykidsmuseum.org
AIDS WALK SAN FRANCISCO — This 6.2-mile annual walk to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS foundation has raised more than $50 million to fight AIDS through the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other Bay Area service organizations. The event enjoys strong support from the entertainment community and elected officials, with past participants including Robin Williams, Eartha Kitt, Stockard Channing, Sharon Stone, Leeza Gibbons, and Mayor Gavin Newsom. (415) 615-9255 for more info. Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. www.aidswalk.net/sanfran
SAN FRANCISCO FROZEN FILM FESTIVAL — Showcasing the year’s best new independent, avant-garde, and pop culture films, this festival takes its name from the occasional chill of the San Francisco summer. Roxie Theater. www.frozenfilmfestival.com
JULY 21-AUGUST 7
SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL — Films from American and international filmmakers showcase the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture. The festival is the first, oldest, and most prestigious celebration of its kind in the world. Screened at the Castro Theater and other venues throughout the Bay area. 415-621-0556 (info), 866-558-4253 (tickets). www.sfjff.org
J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL — This one-of-a-kind summer festival brings the latest of Japanese popular culture to San Francisco. In its seventh year, the J-POP extravaganza will expand to Fort Mason Center and Union Square, presenting another lively two-day program featuring music, fashion, and fine food. Fort Mason Center, Union Square, New People Cinema, and Castro Theater. www.j-pop.com
JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO — The first and only fully dedicated annual Japanese film event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing the latest in anime, live-action, and documentaries straight from Japan, this week-long festival will take place in San Francisco’s historic Japantown (Nihonmachi). New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. www.jffsf.org
SF MARATHON, DOUBLE MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 5K RUN/WALK — A healthy way to enjoy the City: taking part in one of the world’s great marathons. The USAT&F Certified course is a “best of San Francisco” tour and includes a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose from running the marathon, half-marathon, progressive marathon, 5K run/walk races, or really take on the challenge with the “Worth the Hurt” 52.4 double marathon. Ferry Building, the Embarcadero. www.thesfmarathon.com/