SF Bay Area Events in April 2017 include sporting events, theater productions, and festivals. Highlights include Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, two Cherry Blossom Festivals, and Golden State Warriors Basketball.
You can also catch the season openers for both the SF Giants and Oakland A's baseball teams, attend a film festival, or head to Petaluma for their Butter & Egg Days Parade & Celebration.
If you love wine, then you will also find plenty to do this month. Top events include Calistoga Food & Wine, Passport to Dry Creek, and Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
Read on for a full calendar of events this month in the SF Bay Area.
Some of the best SF Bay Area events in April take place in the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown San Francisco. With the recent arrival of renowned Broadway musical Hamilton, people will be flocking here for several performances this month. This diverse cast has made waves across America with their catchy songs and creative interpretation of our country's founding. Get tickets now and find out what all the hype is about.
Dates: All month long (On stage through August 5)
Tickets: On sale now for all dates
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The Tartan Day Scottish Faire celebrates Scottish heritage at the Ardenwood Historic Farm. It's one of the best SF Bay Area events in April in the East Bay city of Fremont. You'll feel as if you've traveled back in time and across the world with all the traditional clothing, food, music, and games. Gates open at 10am. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for kids.
Date: April 1
The Oakland Running Festival has become a fun annual event in this East Bay city, offering a marathon, half marathon, 4-person relay, 5K, and kids' fun run so that everyone can get involved. Come stretch your legs and celebrate the diverse community and beautiful scenery of Oakland, CA. The race starts from Eastshore Park near lovely Lake Merritt on Sunday morning. Registration is required to participate.
Date: April 2
Don't miss the last month of Warriors basketball at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, right across the bay from San Francisco. Watch this popular NBA team close out an exciting year with some of the best SF Bay Area events in April. During the first two weeks, you can see the Dubs take on the Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, and LA Lakers. Then we'll be wishing them luck in the playoffs!
Dates: 2, 4, 8, 10, & 12 + Post season play
More: Tips to attend a game
This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the largest SF Bay Area events in April--the Oakland International Film Festival. You can enjoy a variety of excellent independent works from around the globe at venues all over the East Bay city of Oakland. Attend the screenings, filmmaker panels, networking events, and more to celebrate five days of amazing shorts, documentaries, and feature films created by local and international artists.
Dates: April 4 - 8
This annual SF event is one of the largest cherry blossom festivals outside of Japan. For 50 years, the Japanese community has been organizing this celebration of spring for the public to enjoy. Held over two consecutive weekends this month, the festival is a great opportunity to taste delicious Japanese cuisine, attend a tea ceremony, watch traditional dancers and taiko drummers, and take the little ones to the Sanrio Kids Corner.
Dates: April 8 - 9, 15 - 16
That time of year is finally here! It's baseball season, so put on your caps and head to the ballpark! But which ballpark will you choose? We in the Bay Area are lucky to have not one, but two stellar MLB teams. They kick off the year by playing each other in an exhibition series from March 30 - April 1.
Then, you can watch the San Francisco Giants take on the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, and Padres of the National League, right here in the city at AT&T Park. Or, you can watch the Oakland A's take on the Angels, Astros, Rangers, and Mariners of the American League across the bay at the Oakland Coliseum.
Dates: Several in April
More: SF Giants schedule
More: Oakland A's schedule
The Bay Festival is a wonderful, free community event that started 80 years ago when the Berkeley Marina first opened. This outdoor fair gives the whole family a chance to enjoy good food, listen to live music, and learn about the environment and other important issues at the various booths. You'll find tons of activities and entertainment from 11am to 4pm on the lawn of this public waterfront park in the East Bay.
Date: April 8
More: Read more event details
If you're going to be in town for Easter, you'll find many of SF's best restaurants offering a delicious Sunday brunch. Another idea is to take an Easter Brunch or Dinner cruise out on the bay to admire the city skyline and bridges. For families and kids, it looks the like Easter Bunny will be spreading his good cheer and treats all over San Francisco this year!
There's a colorful Spring Celebration and Easter Parade on Union Street in the Marina District, as well as other fun activities at Golden Gate Park, Fort Mason, and Ghirardelli Square.
Date: Sunday, April 16
San Francisco is full of great concert venues, from large auditoriums to independent cafes. You'll find live music in the city almost every night of the week, and the biggest shows this month include Bring Me the Horizon at the Warfield, Diamanda Galas at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and A Perfect Circle at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, as well as The XX and The 1975 also at Bill Graham.
Outside of SF, you'll find even bigger groups filling stadiums all around the Bay Area. This April welcomes Snoop Dogg to the Concord Pavilion, Radiohead to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Deadmau5 to the Fox Theater in Oakland, Chance the Rapper to the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and The Weeknd to the SAP Center in San Jose.
Dates: Several this month
This is the last month to watch the San Jose Sharks take on fierce hockey rivals at the SAP Center in San Jose (about an hour south of SF). Last year, the team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and this month we're wishing them luck again as they wrap up the regular season with the playoffs approaching. Watch the Sharks play the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames.
Dates: 4, 6, & 8 + Post season play
Pebble Beach Food & Wine is a premier culinary event that brings together 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs for four days of amazing wining and dining. Held in beautiful Pebble Beach, famous for its panoramic California coastline, this festival truly provides guests an unforgettable experience at the wine tastings, cooking demos, and exclusive sit-down meals.
Dates: April 20 - 23
The Calistoga Food & Wine Festival is another one of the fun and delicious SF Bay Area events in April. The Friday event will feature a farm-to-table dinner paired with local wines at the cave at Fairwinds Estates. The Grand Tasting on Saturday will feature live music, samplings from 40 Calistoga wineries, and small bites and live cooking stations from top chefs of the area's best restaurants.
Date: April 21 & 22
Tickets: On sale on Eventbrite
Yet another food and wine celebration on our calendar of SF Bay Area events in April is the Great Chefs and Wineries charity event that benefits Lifehouse Agency, supporting hundreds of folks with developmental disabilities. You'll find this gathering of 50 distinguished local restaurants and wineries at the Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael in the North Bay. The event will not only feature delicious treats, but live and silent auctions, raffle drawings, a special performance by Lifehouse, and an intimate concert.
Dates: April 22
Schedule: More information and tickets
This April in the South Bay, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak presents the premier event in technology and pop culture: the Silicon Valley Comic Con. This convention brings together celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, music, apps, and even more electronics. The event will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. You can get tickets for individual days or all three.
Dates: April 21 - 23
Schedule: Visit their site for additional details
If you love seeing big, powerful machinery in action, this is the event you've been waiting for. The popular monster truck tour, Monster Jam, is coming to the South Bay this month. Head over to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara to watch "Grave Digger" and other famous 12-foot-tall trucks tear up the custom-made dirt course as they race and freestyle all over the arena. This action-packed show is always a crowd-pleaser.
Date: April 22
Tickets: On sale now
Some of the top SF Bay Area events in April in San Jose are their great theater performances. From April 25 to 30, you can catch the acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard, at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose. This award-winning play is based on the hit 1992 film in which Whitney Houston sang "I Will Always Love You," "Queen of the Night," and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." This rendition features R&B singer Deborah Cox.
Dates: April 25 - 30
One of my favorite SF Bay Area events in April is Passport to Dry Creek Valley, a two-day festival featuring the best food and wine in Sonoma County. You'll get the chance to discover over 45 Dry Creek Valley wineries, each with its own elaborate theme for the weekend.
In addition, you'll enjoy exquisite food and wine pairings with the area's best chefs at a series of intimate winemaker lunches and dinners. Head to the North Bay and soak in all that Northern California's wine country has to offer.
Dates: April 29 & 30
In addition to the large Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, the South Bay town of Cupertino will also honor this beautiful Japanese tradition with its own weekend-long program.
This community festival goes beyond celebrating the spring blossoms; it celebrates and promotes the 39-year-old cultural exchange between Cupertino and its sister city, Toyokawa, Japan. Enjoy authentic dance, food, and more throughout the last weekend in April.
Dates: April 29 & 30
A long-running tradition in the North Bay town of Petaluma is the annual Butter & Eggs Parade and Celebration, which honors the region's rich agricultural history as one of the nation's premier dairy producers. The parade takes place at noon, and will feature over 100 entries representing the local community.
The fair runs from 10am to 5pm, and includes four city blocks of booths for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors, and community organizations. There will be plenty of entertainment and rides for the youngsters as well.
Date: April 29