The Fillmore District’s history is well known for music and bars that featured some legendary blues and jazz artists. Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and BB King have all performed here. Every 4th of July weekend, thousands of people descend on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights to celebrate that history with the Jazz Festival.
I’ve been on both sides in this fair, attending and working at a booth. No matter what, it’s fun. I can find fun gifts from local artists. The food is good, and bad for you, at the same time. Luckily, I can always walk it off moving from the stage on one end to the other. The fair runs 12 blocks from Eddy to Jackson Street.
This year’s theme is Throwback, celebrating the city’s vibrant music scene in the 1990’s. Bands that I remember fondly like the Mo’Fessionals and Alphabet Soup will come together for the first time in years just for this weekend. Don’t miss Lavay Smith. She’s a San Francisco icon whose voice will transport you back to a speakeasy in the 20’s.
Parking in the neighbourhood is difficult on a slow day. Take public transit or walk if you’re nearby. Bring a sun hat, and don’t be shy. Dancing is highly encouraged.