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Easter in San Francisco

Tips to Celebrate Easter in SF in 2017

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 16, 2017.

Mount Davidson Cross

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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).

  1. Bob's Steak & Chop House: Financial District, Steakhouse, $50+

  2. Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Civic Center/Hayes Valley, American, less than $30

  3. Elite Cafe: Pacific Heights, Cajun/Southern, $30 - $50

  4. Grand Cafe: Union Square, French, less than $30

  5. Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen: Union Square, American, $30 - $50

  6. McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant: Fisherman's Wharf, Seafood, $50+

  7. Oola: SOMA, Contemporary American, $50+

  8. Perry's: Embarcadero, American, $30 - $50

  9. Presidio Social Club: Presidio, American, $30 - $50

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

Easter Cruises

There are two special cruises on Easter Day.

Premier Easter Brunch Cruise

  • 2.5-hour cruise around the SF Bay starting at 10:30am
  • Hearty brunch buffet
  • Live music throughout the entire cruise
  • Hosted bar with free flowing champagne, Irish Coffee, Bloody Mary's, screwdrivers, and more
  • Visit from the Easter Bunny for the kids
  • Leaves at noon and returns at 3pm
  • Price per person is $118.50, not including taxes and other fees
  • Book your tickets today

Easter Dinner Cruise

  • 2.5-hour cruise with a four-course seated dinner starting at 7pm
  • Soda, coffee, tea, and water included
  • Other beverages (including wine, beer, and cocktails) available for purchase on board
  • Live entertainment and beautiful scenery all night long
  • Prices start at $105 per person not including taxes and fees
  • Pick up your tickets today on Hornblower cruises

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 the large inflatable bounce houses, a climbing wall, 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 meeting several costumed characters.

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.

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Other Fun Events for Easter Weekend

Here are some additional events this Easter weekend in San Francisco! Some of these events are still in the works for 2017. Read on to learn more about what to expect for this year and I'll update them as soon as they are announced.

SF Theater

Enjoy the afternoon at the theater. This weekend offers an excellent selection of plays and musicals at various venues around town. The highly anticipated musical Hamilton will be offering several shows this weekend.

Catch the Ghettysburg ghost story John at the Strand Theater, the Miles Davis-inspired Needles and Opium at the Geary Theater, the comedy Noises Off at the SF Playhouse, and more.

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 two drinks of your choice: beer, wine, soda, or water. 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 at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Beach Blanket Babylon

Watch the always popular, always hilarious Beach Blanket Babylon at 2pm or 5pm on Sunday, April 16. These matinee shows are open for all ages. This long running musical comedy is in high demand, so get your tickets early!

Show FAQ: Beach Blanket FAQ

Buy Tickets: On sale now on Viator

2-Hour Champagne and Mimosa Cruise

Another way to celebrate Easter this year is on a 2-hour champagne cruise around the SF Bay. The trip includes two glasses of champagne, mimosas, white wine, beer, or sodas. Enjoy these as you cruise around soaking in sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, and the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise leaves at 10am.

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

More Fun Events on Sunday, April 16

Spring Eggstravaganza

This year's annual Easter egg hunt, the Spring Eggstravaganza, is on Saturday, April 15 in SF's Golden Gate Park. Head to Sharon Meadow between 11am - 3pm to enjoy an old fashioned egg hunt, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts, and more. Admission is $8 per person. Food will also be available at an additional cost.

38th Anniversary Easter in Golden Gate Park

This annual festival is put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (a "leading-edge order of queer nuns") and is on Sunday, April 16. 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. You can also enjoy live entertainment, music, and more, from 12pm - 4pm. All events are held at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows) in Golden Gate Park.

Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Mason

You will find another Easter egg hunt at the Fort Mason Center on Sunday, April 16. Bring your own Easter bag and search for eggs filled with lots of goodies. The hunt is from 10am - 11am near the weekly Farmer's Market.

The day will be filled with live music and other children's activities.

Tour Tickets at Up to 50% Off

You will find several fun tours at up to 50% off this Easter Weekend in San Francisco. Here are some of the most popular options.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Head out on the SF Bay on either Saturday or Sunday for this one hour cruise, ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and sail past Alcatraz, leaves several times each day, Full price $30, Goldstar $18*

  • Night Segway Tour: Ride through the streets of SF on a Segway, this night tour starts in Fisherman's Wharf and takes you through Chinatown and North Beach, it ends again in Fisherman's Wharf with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, runs both Saturday and Sunday nights, Full price $75, Goldstar $37.50*

  • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour: Learn all about one of SF's most visited and interesting districts, 2-hour tour runs on both Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm, Full price $59, Goldstar $29.50*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Easter Sunday is also the final day of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. All day long, you can enjoy live entertainment and sample traditional Japanese goodies. Sunday is also the day of their colorful parade. This event is also all day Saturday.

>> More on this year's Cherry Blossom Festival

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Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson

The 95th 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.

Mt. Davidson Cross

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 arrive. 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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