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SF weekend: 4th of July fireworks, Fillmore Jazz Festival, SF Boba Fest, more

If the fog doesn't roll in and the sky stays clear Thursday night, fireworks will crackle and pop over the San Francisco Bay. But that's just the start to this Fourth of July weekend, which will also feature a double dose of live music and a boba festival. 

Here are our top picks for getting out and about over the next few days in San Francisco.

Fourth of July at Fisherman's Wharf

For the Fourth, Aquatic Park, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square will host live music and street performers throughout the day, leading up to the city's official fireworks finale around 9:30 p.m. The fireworks, which will soar from Aquatic Park and Pier 39, will be visible from all along the waterfront (weather permitting). Some boat tour companies are also offering special fireworks cruises.

Keep in mind: the best viewing spots will be reserved early. Picnics at Aquatic Park are allowed, while alcohol is not. After the fireworks end, expect heavy traffic and crowded public transit in the area. And be sure to dress in layers, as temperatures will drop after sunset — and make sure you leave your pets at home in a quiet place.

When: Thursday, July 4, from 9:30 a.m.; Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fisherman's Wharf

Price: Free

SF Boba Fest

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This weekend's boba festival is the first of its kind in the Bay Area, according to organizers. 10 vendors will offer a wide variety of boba-filled products, including slushes, smoothies, and classic bubble teas. More unusual options will include boba rolled ice cream, cream puffs and financiers. The two-day event will also feature live music by DJ Jaime. Dogs are welcome.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 6–7, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St.

Price: $5; free admission for children 10 or younger

Fillmore Jazz Festival

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The 36th annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors over Independence Day weekend. Expect multiple stages of live music, over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts, and plenty of food and beverage options.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 6–7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Where: Fillmore Street (between Jackson and Eddy)

Price: Free

Stern Grove Festival presents the San Francisco Symphony

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The San Francisco Symphony returns for its annual summer concert at the Stern Grove Festival, with a selection of classical favorites from conductor Edwin Outwater that feature contralto Lauren Decker. For those interested in the stories behind the music, be sure to arrive early for a noon artist talk in the Trocadero Clubhouse, featuring Outwater and SF Symphony artistic administrator James Utz.

Festivalgoers can also expect food trucks in the West Meadow, a free yoga class at noon, and an instrument exploration station and percussion demonstration on the "KidStage."

When: Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m.

Where: 19th Avenue & Sloat Boulevard

Price: Free; seating is first come, first served

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