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Union Street Spring Celebration

2017 Festival & Parade Details

The Union Street Spring Celebration is a family-friendly event every Easter Sunday. This year's event is on Sunday, April 16 from 10am to 5pm.

This free event features a number of activities for kids, including rides, games, a climbing wall, and more. You will also find gourmet goodies and entertainment by local musicians.

The parade starts at 2pm. This is not a formal parade or a street fair like any other. Rather, it is wacky, fun, and full of the San Francisco community spirit.

More Event Details

The 2017 Union Street Spring Celebration is in the Marina district in north San Francisco. All activities take place on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore, rain or shine.

Entertainment on the Main Stage

This main stage will once again be on Buchanan and Union Streets.

11:30am - 12pm The Egg Roll
12pm - 12:30pm The Egg Toss
12:30pm - 2pm The Raytones
2pm - 2:45pm Parade
2:45pm - 3pm Cheer SF
3pm - 3:15pm The Bunny Hop
3:15pm - 4pm Hat Awards


Last year, the afternoon parade included more than 45 entries. Organizers expect even more this year.

Dubbed the "Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco," this small, yet colorful parade features a slice of the Bay Area life.

The parade starts at 2pm and lasts about an hour. All entries walk down the main Union Street corridor.

Easter Bonnet Competition

Judging for this year's Easter Bonnet Competition is from 11:15am to 1:30pm. All participants need to stop by the judging booth at Union and Buchanan to enter the competition and for judging.

Prize categories include:

  • Best in Show
  • Best Couple
  • Best Family
  • Best Pet
  • Best Children
  • Best Merchant
  • Most Elegant
  • Largest Hat
  • Most Comical
  • Most Creative

Head to the main stage at 3:15pm for the awards ceremony.

Kids Events

Most of the activities for the Union Street Spring Celebration focus on kids. This is a full list of activities scheduled so far this year:

  • Large Inflatable Bounces
  • Kids' Rides
  • Kids' Games
  • A Climbing Wall
  • Hands-On Children's Activities
  • Costumed Characters
  • A Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides

Outdoor Bistro Tables

One of my favorite parts of the Union Street Spring Celebration is the dining area. Many local Union Street restaurants offer their delicacies in the outdoor eating area with bistro tables.

It’s-pay-as-you-go and a fun way to enjoy a meal during the festival.

Tips to Get to the Marina

It's easy to get to the Marina from Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and other parts of San Francisco. Click here for tips on getting here by bus, car, or taxi.

Other Easter Events

In addition to the Union Street Spring Celebration, you will find a number of other fun events on Easter in San Francisco. Click here for tips on finding a great place for brunch and a list of other things to do on Easter Day.

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Perfect Day in the Marina: The Marina District houses a number of gorgeous SF attractions. This is where you will find the Palace of Fine Arts, entry to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Fort Mason Center. In addition, you can walk along the waterfront of the SF Bay, grab some lunch on Chestnut Street or Union Street, and visit the Fort Point National Historic Site. On this page, I give you tips to do it all in one day!

Palace of Fine Arts: Just steps from Union Street, you will find the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. This free attraction was built for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. It's a fun place to walk around and one of my favorite places to have a picnic. Discover pictures and more details on this popular SF stop.

Fort Mason Center: Another place you might want to visit while you are in the neighborhood is the Fort Mason Center. It's home to a few small, free museums. It also offers outdoor exhibits as an extension of the Exploratorium. It's even fun just to walk around and take in the history of this old army base on SF's waterfront.

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