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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The Book of Mormon is on stage this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco, a hilarious story about two missionaires that visit Africa to spread the word of God. This award winning musical is written by the creators of South Park. (Please note that children under 5 are not allowed.)
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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.
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February is one of the best times to go whale watching off the coast of San Francisco. The weather is a bit cool and rainy, but it's the best season to catch whales migrating through the waters of the Pacific Ocean. During this time of year, you get the chance to see gray, sperm, and killer (orca) whales. You might also cruise past a school of dolphins and see other sea animals such as turtles and birds.
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The SF Ballet presents two shows this Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco. The first is Distinctly SF Ballet with two performances on Saturday. The second performance this weekend is Bright Fast Cool Blue with shows on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
Dates: 2/16, 2/17, and 2/18
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If you're planning to visit multiple attractions in San Francisco during your visit, the CityPass is a great way to save money. With this discount card, you'll get free admission to the three most popular museums: the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Exploratorium. In addition, you get a 60-minute cruise on the bay and free rides on Muni public transit for 7 days.
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.
Calendar: Full schedule for this weekend
This holiday weekend, there are two different programs offered at the SF Symphony. From February 15 - 17, you can see them perform Beethoven's Eroica, and on February 18, the SF Symphony will be playing chamber music. A visit to the symphony makes for a lovely day or evening in the Civic Center district.
Calendar: Full 2018 calendar for the SF Symphony
The local Bay Area hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, are in town this weekend. On Sunday night, February 18, they take on the Dallas Stars at the SAP Center in San Jose at 5pm. It's an easy train ride down from SF and from most places in the Bay Area.
Date: Sunday, February 18
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: Any day this weekend
Throughout the month of February, the Asian Art Museum will be featuring the special exhibit "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories". In this exquisite collection, you'll see powerful pieces that shows how the Philippines were innovative artists with ideas from neighboring countries such as China and India. Enjoy this cultural and spiritual journey along with the fantastic permanent displays at this popular art museum.
Exhibit Calendar: Find additional exhibits at all SF museums 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, Ron Pope at the Fillmore, and Jesse Cook at the Palace of Fine Arts.
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.