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Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco

2017 Events and Things to Do on this 3-Day Holiday

Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco offers live theater performances and concerts, whale watching tours, excellent museum exhibits, professional hockey, one of the largest wine tasting events in the country, and more.

This year's holiday is on Monday, February 20. All events and activities below are for the weekend of February 17 - 20.

President's Day Weekend in San Francisco

RENT at the Golden Gate Theater

RENT, the 20th Anniversary Tour is on stage this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco, delighting old fans and new generations with its touching story about love and friendship. In this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, you'll follow seven struggling artists through an unforgettable year in their lives. (Please note that children under 5 are not allowed.)

Dates: February 7 - 19

Info: Additional theater productions this weekend

Chronicle Wine Tasting Competition

On Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco, wine lovers have the chance to attend the largest tasting event of American varieties in the world. Each year, the prestigious Chronicle Wine Competition receives thousands of submissions and picks very best in over 100 categories for the public to sample. During your afternoon at the Fort Mason Center, you'll not only enjoy wines, but also artisan cheeses, desserts, oils, and savory meats.

Date: Saturday, February 18

More: Find additional details here

Hotel Deals

Make sure to check out the links below for deals on top hotels. I recommend booking early for Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco as there are many highly popular events, so hotels will book up early!

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in San Francisco? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

Whale Watching

February is one of the best times to go whale watching off the coast of San Francisco. The weather is a bit cool and rainy, but it's the best season to catch whales migrating through the waters of the Pacific Ocean. During this time of year, you get the chance to see gray, sperm, and killer (orca) whales. You might also cruise past a school of dolphins and see other sea animals such as turtles and birds.

Tickets: Find tickets from Sausalito on Sunday morning

Info: Learn more about what it's like to go whale watching near SF

San Francisco Ballet: Frankenstein

Don't miss the North American premiere of this rendition of the classic Frankenstein, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, the youngest choreographer ever to be commissioned by The Royal Ballet for a full-length production. You'll be enchanted by the original score and 18th century costumes this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco.

Dates: February 17, 18, and 19

More: Find additional details about the SF Ballet

Half-Priced Tickets for President's Day Weekend

Here are a few activities with tickets at up to 50% off this President's Day Weekend.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $31, Goldstar price $15.50*

  • Segway by Night, Discover SF's Ghostly Past: Cruise around SF's top districts on a Segway as you hear spooky stories about SF's history, runs nightly through Halloween, Full price $75, Goldstar $37.50*

  • California Sunset Cruise: 2-hour sunset cruise around the SF Bay, includes a light appetizer buffet, offers spectacular views of the city of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and more, Full price $68, Goldstar $40*

*Small service fee at checkout.


If you're planning to visit multiple attractions in San Francisco during your visit, the CityPass is a great way to save money. With this discount card, you'll get free admission to the three most popular museums: the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Exploratorium. In addition, you get a 60-minute cruise on the bay and free rides on Muni public transit for 7 days.

Buy Today: Click here to learn more and to pick up your passes for this holiday weekend today

Free Walking Tours

A great way to get to know San Francisco more intimately is on the free guided walking tours offered daily by the SF Public Library. This Presidents Day weekend, you have lots of neighborhoods and themes to choose from, ranging from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Hidden History of Fisherman's Wharf on Friday, to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Victorian Homes of SF on Sunday. Many more tours will be offered all weekend. Take a look at the full schedule to pick the ones that best suit your interests.

Calendar: Full schedule for this weekend

SF Symphony

This holiday weekend, there are two different programs offered at the SF Symphony. From February 16 - 18, you can attend John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and on February 19, the SF Symphony will be playing chamber music. A visit to the symphony makes for a lovely day or evening in the Civic Center district.

Calendar: Full 2017 calendar for the SF Symphony

San Jose Sharks

The local Bay Area hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, are in town this weekend. On Sunday night, February 19, they take on the Boston Bruins at the SAP Center in San Jose at 5:30pm. It's an easy train ride down from SF and from most places in the Bay Area.

Date: Sunday, February 19

Tickets: On sale now

More: Additional details on the Sharks and tips to attend a game

Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus

An easy way to get around SF is the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus. This is a city tour that lets you go at your own pace, and choose your own destinations from among more than 20 stops at the most important attractions. Simply get tickets for one day, and hop on or off as many times as you'd like. The bus will take you to Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many more popular sights.

Dates: Any day this weekend

Book Tour: Click here to book your tour today

"Worshiping Women" at the Asian Art Museum

Throughout the month of February, the Asian Art Museum will be featuring the special exhibit "Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting". In this exquisite collection of paintings, you'll see powerful women in three important roles in the Hindu culture: as devout worshipers, goddesses, and female yogis. Enjoy this cultural and spiritual journey along with the fantastic permanent displays at this popular art museum.

Exhibit Calendar: Find additional exhibits at all SF museums this weekend

Museum: Details on visiting the Asian Art Museum

Free Things to Do in San Francisco

A trip to San Francisco can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. If you know where to look, you can visit hundreds of famous sights, events, and museums for free, and even get free guided tours so you can really understand what you're looking at. Click the link below for a complete list of insider's tips on how and when to get free admission and tours.

More: Find a list of all the free things to do in SF

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