Easter in San Francisco: Tips to Celebrate Easter in SF in 2020

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, April 12, 2020.

The cross on Mount Davidson where the Easter Celebration is held in SF.

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!

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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 (not including drinks).

  • Bob's Steak & Chop House: Financial District, Steakhouse, $50+
  • Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Civic Center/Hayes Valley, American, less than $30
  • Elite Cafe: Pacific Heights, Cajun/Southern, $30 - $50
  • Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen: Union Square, American, $30 - $50
  • McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant: Fisherman's Wharf, Seafood, $50+
  • Oola: SOMA, Contemporary American, $50+
  • Perry's: Embarcadero, American, $30 - $50
  • Presidio Social Club: Presidio, American, $30 - $50

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

Fun Events for Easter Weekend

Here are some of the top events this Easter weekend in San Francisco!

SF Theater: Hamilton, Book of Mormon & Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

You will find several wonderful theater performances this Easter in San Francisco. The three biggest shows are Hamilton, the Book of Mormon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Hamilton offers two performances on Saturday and another on Sunday. All three shows are at the Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets for Hamilton on Ticketmaster.

The Book of Mormon is on stage at the Golden Gate Theatre. They are also offering two performances on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is on stage at the Curran this weekend. They are showing Parts I and II each day, so four total performances. Find tickets for performances on TicketMaster.

Other Theater Performances: Find a full calendar of SF Theater

Sunset Sail

Sunday night is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy a lovely sunset while cruising on the SF Bay. This 2-hour cruise includes a hearty appetizer buffet and a cocktail with your ticket (more for purchase at the bar). 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.

Tickets: On sale for Easter night on GetYourGuide

More Fun Events on April 11 & 12

41st Anniversary Easter in Golden Gate Park (Postponed for 2020)

This annual festival is put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (a "leading-edge order of queer nuns") and is on Sunday, April 12. The children's event, including an Easter egg hunt and other fun activities, is from 10am - 12pm.

After that, it's time for the 'adults only' portion of the day including the famous "Hunky Jesus" contest. This year also includes a "Foxy Mary" contest. You can enjoy live entertainment, music, and more, from 12pm - 4pm. All events are held at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows) in Golden Gate Park.

This year's after party is at the Lookout in the Castro district.

Spring Eggstravaganza (2019, TBD for 2020)

This year's annual Easter egg hunt, the Spring Eggstravaganza, is on Saturday, April 13 in SF's Golden Gate Park. Head to Robin Williams Meadow between 11am - 3pm to enjoy an old fashioned egg hunt, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts, and more. Admission is $10 per person and free for children 2 and under. Food will also be available at an additional cost.

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 great food and a variety of fun activities for the whole family.

Kids will enjoy getting their photos with the Easter Bunny and dozens of hands-on activities. During the event, your kids will also have a great time at the petting zoo, taking a pony ride, and participating in the Easter Bonnet Decoration Contest.

Union Street has an excellent selection of restaurants that will be serving up their delicacies to attendees in an outdoor bistro setting.

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

This event is held on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore Streets in San Francisco's Marina district.

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

Top Places to Stay in Fisherman's Wharf

Other Fun SF Tours

Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson

The 98th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Mt. Davidson Cross starts at 7am. On Easter morning, join thousands of 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 the park gate.

The Mt. Davidson Cross on the hill in San Francisco.

The shuttle service starts at 5:30am 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.

There is some hiking required once you arrive, so prepare for a small, uphill hike to the cross once you enter the trail. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes too to make the journey to the top more pleasant.

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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