Courtesy PhotoBallet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl opens the monthlong Ethnic Dance Festival with a free performance at noon at City Hall.

June events, Summer Arts 2013 preview

Union Street Festival

Saturday, June 1 through June 2

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., music, food and art vendors fill Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets.
www.sresproductions.com

Sting

Sunday, June 2

The British pop star brings his “Back to Bass” tour to the America’s Cup Pavilion.
www.ticketmaster.com

Gloria Steinem

Monday, June 3

America’s pre-eminent feminist appears in conversation with Letty Cottin Pogrebin at Nourse Theatre.
www.cityboxoffice.com

Temple Grandin

Wednesday, June 5

The most famous spokeswoman for autism speaks at Nourse Theatre.
www.cityboxoffice.com

S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival

Friday, June 7

Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl opens the monthlong event with a free performance at noon at City Hall.
www.sfethnicdancefestival.org

San Mateo County Fair

Saturday, June 8 through June 16

In its 79th year at the San Mateo County Event Center, the fair begins with The Whispers in concert. Contests, displays and a carnival round out the fun.
www.sanmateocountyfair.com

S.F. Free Folk Festival

Sunday, June 9

Maurice Tani, among dozens of local musicians, appears on the second day of the 37th event, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. at Presidio Middle School.
www.sffolkfest.org

Dan Savage

Tuesday, June 11

The columnist speaks about his new book, “American Savage,” with Daniel Handler at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre.
www.commonwealthclub.org

Cheap Trick

Wednesday, June 12

The band known for “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” appears at Napa’s Uptown Theatre.
www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

The Hitchcock 9

Friday, June 14 through June 16

The Silent Film Festival presents nine silent Alfred Hitchcock flicks at the Castro Theatre.
www.silentfilm.org

North Beach Festival

Saturday, June 15 through June 16

Vendors purveying food, music and plenty of art take over Little Italy at the 59th annual free event.
www.sresproductions.com

Stern Grove Big Picnic

Sunday, June 16

The popular festival opens with a fundraiser and appearances by Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.
www.sterngrove.org

Wild & Crafty

Wednesday, June 19

The California Academy of Sciences teaches kids about animals in a special morning crafts session.
www.calacademy.org

Rite of Spring

Thursday, June 20

Violinist Gil Shaham performs Stravinsky’s seminal work with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall.
www.sfsymphony.org

Ex-Cult

Friday, June 21

Mixing 1980s punk angst with reverb, the Memphis band plays the Hemlock.
www.hemlocktavern.com

So You Can Hear Me

Saturday, June 22 through July 20

The Marsh presents Safiya Martinez in a solo show about her experiences as a young teacher in a Bronx, N.Y., public school.
www.themarsh.org

Stand Up Comedy with Rising Stars

Wednesday, June 26

SF Down Town Comedy Theater presents a potpourri of local talent.
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/361104

Mods vs. Rockers

Thursday, June 27

The indie-rock club night at Amnesia in the Mission celebrates the mod and rocker subcultures.
www.amnesiathebar.com

Simon Van Booy

Friday, June 28

The award-winning author reads from his new novel, “The Illusion of Separateness,” at Booksmith.
www.booksmith.com

Pride Parade

Sunday, June 30

The 43rd parade, with the theme “Embrace, Encourage, Empower,” begins at 10:30 a.m. at Market and Beale streets, and continues down Market to Eighth Street.
www.sfpride.org

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