San Francisco festivals in April 2017 include those celebrating the arrival of the cherry blossoms, independent film makers, and local craft beers. Highlights include the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the SF International Beer Fest.
Read on for details on these and other top annual events in SF.
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Dates: April 8 - 9, 15 - 16
One of the largest cultural San Francisco festivals in April is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held over two consecutive weekends. Every year, the Japanese celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms with big fanfare, as these flowers make for a beautiful start to spring.
Get a taste of Japanese culture as you watch the taiko drumming, traditional dances, tea ceremonies, and sample dishes like sushi and teriyaki. This is a great event for the whole family, including a Hello Kitty corner for the kids.
Dates: April 5 - 19
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the SF International Film Festival is one of the longest running film fests in the Americas. It is hailed for being an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery, offering a variety of marquee premiers, fascinating documentaries, new media work, international award-winners, and even musical events.
This month, take a break from the commercial media and take advantage of the opportunity to watch the world's best independent films.
Date: April 8
The SF International Beer Fest will once again be held at the Fort Mason Center, where there is space enough to showcase delicious beers from over 100 breweries and amazing culinary treats from the best SF restaurants.
The incredible selection includes local favorites like 21st Amendment, as well as domestic and international brands. If you have a taste for nice cold ales, what better way to spend a Saturday evening than with other beer lovers, discovering new flavors and raising money for a good cause?
Date: April 16
One of the local favorite San Francisco festivals in April is the Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade. This has been a community tradition in the Marina neighborhood for many years, providing tasty treats and fun for the whole family.
The kids can enjoy the bounce houses, climbing wall, petting zoo, and other hands-on activities while you peruse the selection of restaurants in an outdoor bistro setting. The parade begins at 2pm and highlights the best of SF's eclectic, wacky style.
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Date: April 20 - 26
The SF Green Film Festival is a great way to get exposed to environmental issues and sustainability efforts taking place around the globe. The event features more than 60 films from over 20 different countries, including the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Ecuador, Korea, and Japan.
The opening film, How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change), premiers at the Castro Theater, but most other films throughout the week will be screened at the Roxie Theatre and 518 Valencia in the Mission District.
Date: April 29
This annual parade and festival is held in honor of the labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to fighting for better work conditions for migrant workers and farmers. His work through the National Farm Workers Association greatly improved the lives of so many working in the fields, especially Latinos in California.
That is why the parade features indigenous and ethnic dances in the Mission District, in addition to the great food and artwork at the street fair.
Date: April 27 - 30
One of the best San Francisco festivals in April for art lovers is the annual Art Market at the Fort Mason Center in the Marina. Last year, over 25,000 attendees came to admire and purchase the fabulous contemporary and modern works from veteran Art Market exhibitors and emerging artists alike.
The market is open all afternoon all weekend long. Go discover unique pieces for your home or to give as gifts.
Dates: April - October
Starting this month and continuing through October, you'll find free entertainment at the plaza in Union Square every Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday at 2pm. This ongoing summer festival features music, dance, circus, and theater performances.
Oftentimes, audience members will follow along and learn how to salsa or tango. Sometimes Union Square Live will show movies, and other times you will get a treat from one of the many SF cultural groups.
Date: April 30
The annual Glen Park Festival is one of the San Francisco festivals in April that is great for the whole family and really focuses on bringing the community together. The event is a little off the beaten path, in a residential district on the south side of San Francisco, meaning you are sure to get a feel for the local culture.
Take BART or bus to this part of town to enjoy great live music, good food, a children's play area, a raffle, and more.
Dates: March 30 - April 2
The Disposable Film Festival's unique proposal makes for a film festival unlike any you've experienced before. Rather than focusing on a specific theme, the festival promotes short works created with cell phone cameras, pocket cameras, and other everyday equipment.
The films portray many aspects and experiences of daily life, but what they all have in common is their creativity. The festival even provides free panel discussions and information for aspiring film makers looking to break into the industry with only basic resources.
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