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Easter in San Francisco

Tips to Celebrate Easter in SF in 2016

This is your one stop guide to all of the top activities scheduled for Easter in San Francisco. Here you'll find recommendations for Sunday brunch, an overview of the top events scheduled for the weekend, and some ideas on where to attend a service.

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Mount Davidson Cross

Many organizations are still finalizing their plans for Easter. Please bookmark this page and visit often as new events and activities will be added soon!

Fun Brunch Spots For Easter Sunday

Here are some of the top places to grab brunch on Easter Sunday in San Francisco. Each recommendation includes the neighborhood, cuisine and a per meal pricing estimate (does not include drinks).

  1. Bob's Steak & Chop House: Financial District, Steakhouse, $50+
  2. Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Civic Center/Hayes Valley, American, Less than $30
  3. Elite Cafe: Pacific Heights, Cajun/Southern, $30 to $50
  4. Grand Cafe: Union Square, French, Less than $30
  5. Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen: Union Square, American, $30 to $50
  6. McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant: Fishermans Wharf, Seafood, $50+
  7. Oola: SOMA, Contemporary American, $50+
  8. Perry's: Embarcadero, American, $30 to $50
  9. Presidio Social Club: Presidio, American, $30 to $50

Here are a few more of my favorite brunch spots in the city.

Easter Cruises

There are two special cruises on Easter Day. I'll post updated information for 2016 once these are confirmed.

Morning Champagne Brunch Cruise (2015 Details)

  • Two-hour cruise around the SF Bay starting at 11:30am
  • Hearty brunch buffet
  • Live music throughout the entire cruise
  • Visit from the Easter Bunny
  • Free flow Champagne, orange juice, soda, tea, coffee, and water
  • Other cocktails, beer, and wine available for purchase on board
  • Tickets start at around $108 per adult and $65 for kids (4-12), 3 and under are free

Evening Dinner Cruise (2015 Details)

  • 2.5 hour cruise with a four-course seated dinner starting at 7pm
  • Soda, coffee, tea, and water included
  • Other beverages including wine, beer, and cocktails available for purchase on board
  • Live entertainment and beautiful scenery all night long
  • Tickets start at $133 per adult, $80 for kids (4-12), free for 3 and under

Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

One of the best events scheduled for Easter in San Francisco is the Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade. This annual event offers a variety of fun family activities and features the food of some of Union Street's best restaurants.

Kids will enjoy the large inflatable bounce houses, a climbing wall, and dozens of hands-on children's activities. During the event, your kids will also have a great time at the petting zoo, taking a pony ride, and mingling with several costumed characters.

Several Union Street restaurants will serve their delicacies to attendees in an outdoor bistro setting.

Another highlight of the event is the Easter Parade. The parade begins at 2 PM and showcases the eclectic community of San Francisco.

This event is held on Union Street in San Francisco's Marina district. You will find the festivities between Gough and Fillmore streets.

Learn more about the festival and some of the other things you can see and do in this neighborhood.

Other Fun Events for Easter Day Weekend

Here are some additional fun events this Easter Weekend in San Francisco! Most of these events are still in the works for 2016. Read on to learn more about what to expect for this year and I'll update them as soon as they are announced.

Spring Eggstravaganza (2015 Details)

This year's annual Easter egg hunt, the Spring Eggstravaganza, is on Saturday, in SF's Golden Gate Park. Head to Sharon Meadows between 11am and 2pm to enjoy an old fashioned egg hunt, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts and more. Admission is $8 per person. Food will also be available at an additional cost.

36th Anniversary Easter in Golden Gate Park (2015 Details)

This annual festival is put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (a leading-edge Order of queer nuns). The Children's Easter (with an Easter Egg Hunt and other fun activities) starts at 11am and lasts until 12pm. From 12pm to 4pm, it's time for the 'adults only' portion of the day with live entertainment, music and more. All events are held at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows) in Golden Gate Park.

Ghirardelli Easter Festival (2015 Details)

Head over to Ghirardelli Square in Fisherman's Wharf for Easter Day activities. This family-friendly event is on Saturday, April 4 from 11am to 3pm. This year's free event features face painting, balloon art, chocolate, the chance to meet the Easter bunny, and more.

Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Mason (2015 Details)

You will also find an Easter Egg Hunt at the Fort Mason Center on Sunday, April 5. Bring your own Easter bag and search for eggs filled with lots of goodies. The hunt is between 10:30am and Noon near the weekly Farmer's Market.

Sunset Sail (2015 Details)

Sunday night is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy a lovely sunset while cruising on the SF Bay. This two-hour cruise includes two drinks of your choice from beer, wine, soda, or water. This casual cruise takes you past SF attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You will also get amazing views of downtown San Francisco.

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2-Hour Champagne and Mimosa Cruise (2015 Details)

Another way to celebrate this year is on a 2-hour Champagne cruise around the SF Bay. The trip includes two glasses of Champagne, Mimosas, white wine, beer or sodas. Enjoy these as you cruise around soaking in the sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island and the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise leaves at 10am.

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Beach Blanket Babylon (2015 Details)

Join the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon at 2pm or 5pm on Sunday, April 5. These matinee shows are open for all ages. This long running musical comedy is popular, so get your tickets early!

Show FAQ: Beach Blanket FAQ

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Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson

The 93rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross starts at 6:30am. On Easter morning, join 50,000 other locals and visitors for this non-denominational service at the highest point in San Francisco.

The best way to get here is to take a Muni train to the Forest Hill Station. From there, you can pick up a free shuttle ride to park gate where the service is held.

Mt. Davidson Cross

The shuttle service starts at 5:15am and runs from this Muni station every 15 minutes. It will drop you off at Lansdale Avenue, Myra Drive, and Dalewood Way. From here, you need to climb the stairs and the trail to get to the service.

The shuttle service will also take you back to the station after the service, so you can easily make your way back to your hotel.

Are you looking for a more traditional services? If so, take a look at some of these other churches in San Francisco.

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