Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco offers live theater performances and concerts, whale watching tours, excellent museum exhibits, professional hockey, one of the largest wine tasting events in the country, and more.
This year's holiday is on Monday, February 18. All events and activities below are for the weekend of February 15 - 18.
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Location: Orpheum Theatre
Hamilton is on stage this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco, a true to life story about one of the founding father's of the US, Alexander Hamilton. This award winning musical is making waves throughout the country.
It features a variety of musical genres from hip hop to traditional show tunes. It also features a multitude of ethnicities in the cast with non-white characters who portray many of our Founding Fathers.
This Broadway show is wildly popular, so make sure to pick up your tickets as soon as you can.
On Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco, wine lovers have the chance to attend the largest tasting event of American varieties in the world.
Each year, the prestigious Chronicle Wine Competition receives thousands of submissions and picks very best in over 100 categories for the public to sample.
During your afternoon at the Fort Mason Center, you'll not only enjoy wines, but also artisan cheeses, desserts, oils, and savory meats.
Make sure to check out the links below for deals on top hotels. I recommend booking early for Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco as there are many highly popular events, so hotels will book up early!
Head out on the water this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco. You will find dozens of cruises each day that offer you the chance to get amazing views of our waterfront attractions.
Most cruises also include naration, so you can learn more about SF's history and our top attractions. You will cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and along our northern coast.
Here are just a few of the top options this weekend.
Bay Cruise: Hop aboard this one-hour cruise around the SF Bay. It leaves several times a day between 9am and 4pm from Fisherman's Wharf and is the most popular pick. It's a great way to see all the sights and learn all about SF. Find tickets for this weekend.
Sunset Cruise: Set sail this Friday, Saturday or Sunday on the sunset cruise. The cruise leaves around 4pm and offers some great views around the SF Bay. Each ticket also includes a couple of beverages (beer, wine or soda) and light appetizers. The indoor seating will offer the perfect mix of comfort and views. Find tickets for this cruise this weekend.
Dates: 2/16, 2/17, and 2/18
Location: War Memorial Opera House
The SF Ballet presents two shows this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco. The first is Kaleidoscope (Divertimento No. 15, Appassionata + Anima Animus) with two performances on Friday 2/15 at 8pm and Sunday 2/17 at 2pm.
The second performance this weekend is In Space and Time (The Fifth Season, Snowblind, Etudes) with two shows on Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
If you're planning to visit multiple attractions in San Francisco during your visit, the CityPass is a great way to save money.
In addition, you get a 60-minute cruise on the bay and free rides on Muni public transit for 7 days.
Do you want to spoil your honey this holiday weekend? Use my Valetine's Day guide for ideas and tips on what their is to do this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Some top picks include special Valentine's Day dinner and dancing cruises, the annual Pillow Fight in Levi's Plaza, and fun places to go for dinner. You will also find my recommendations for romantic bars and hotels for your stay.
Click the link below to learn more and plan something extra special for your honey this weekend!
Dates: All weekend long
A great way to get to know San Francisco more intimately is on the free guided walking tours offered daily by the SF Public Library.
This Presidents Day weekend, you have lots of neighborhoods and themes to choose from, ranging from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Hidden History of Fisherman's Wharf on Friday, to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Victorian Homes of SF on Sunday.
Many more tours will be offered all weekend. Take a look at the full schedule to pick the ones that best suit your interests.
Location: Davies Symphony Hall
This holiday weekend, there are two different programs offered at the SF Symphony.
From February 14-17, you can see Andras Schiff as he plays and conducts J.S. Bach with the Symphony. On February 16, the SF Symphony will play the annual Chinese New Year Concert.
A visit to the symphony makes for a lovely day or evening in the Civic Center district.
Date: 2/16 & 2/18
Location: SAP Center in San Jose
The local Bay Area hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, are in town this weekend. On Saturday night, February 16, they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7pm. On Monday, February 18, they take on the Boston Bruins at 7:30pm.
Both games are at the SAP Center in San Jose. It's an easy train ride down from SF and from most places in the Bay Area.
Dates: 2/13 - 2/28
Location: Santa Clara Fairgrounds
Cirque du Soleil also rolls into town this holiday weekend. They will offer several performances just north of San Jose at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds.
This year's show is called Volta. It's the story of a young man that seeks fame and happiness through his upcoming appearances on a game show. He finds that what he really needs is what he's had inside himself all along.
This colorful and high energy show is a must see this holiday weekend.
Dates: Any day this weekend
An easy way to get around SF is the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus. This is a city tour that lets you go at your own pace, and choose your own destinations from among more than 20 stops at the most important attractions.
Simply get tickets for one day, and hop on or off as many times as you'd like. The bus will take you to Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many more popular sights.
Dates: 2/8 - 5/5
Throughout the month of February, the Asian Art Museum will be featuring the special exhibit "Kimono Refashioned". In this exquisite collection, you'll see pieces that cover more than 150 years of fashion.
See a lovely piece that dates back to the 1870s and more than 30 other garments that show the diversity of this traditional Japanese clothing.
Enjoy this cultural and spiritual journey along with the fantastic permanent displays at this popular art museum.
Dates: Several this weekend
This Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco offers dozens of concerts in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.
Top shows include Dark Star Orchestra at the Warfield (2/15 & 2/16), Kacey Musgraves at the Nob Hill Masonic Center (2/16), and Tribalistas (2/16 & 2/17) at the Fillmore.
You will find additional shows in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose all weekend long.
A trip to San Francisco can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be.
If you know where to look, you can visit hundreds of famous sights, events, and museums for free, and even get free guided tours so you can really understand what you're looking at.
Click the link below for a complete list of insider's tips on how and when to get free admission and tours.