At the northeast corner of the city lies the historic neighborhood of North Beach. The neighborhood was home to San Francisco’s Beat movement of the 1950’s; before that, though, it was the spot where the city’s Italians first settled in the 19th century. Today, it is one of the city’s more popular neighborhoods for tourists and locals alike! And on June 14th and 15th, North Beach transforms into one of the United States’ oldest outdoor festivals.
The 60th Annual North Beach Festival features more than 125 arts and crafts booths, displaying local wares and the like, beverage gardens, 20 gourmet food vendors, and two stages of live music and poetry. Calling back to the neighborhood’s Italian roots, there will be traditional street painting as well as the blessing of the animals. The latter ceremony takes place at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi each day of the festival from 2 to 3pm. For those with younger children, you can buy a square of street for your kid to chalk to his or her content! More information—parking, vendors, and the like—can be found at http://www.sresproductions.com/north_beach_festival.html.