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Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco 2023

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: November 3, 2022

Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco offers live theater performances and concerts, whale watching tours, excellent museum exhibits, professional hockey, and more.

This year's holiday is on Monday, February 20. All events and activities below are for the weekend of February 17 - 20.

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President's Day Weekend activities in San Francisco

Broadway Theater in SF

You will find two Broadway performances this weekend in San Francisco.

Dear Evan Hansen

Tickets: StubHub | TicketNetwork

This popular Broadway show will take you to high school, where Evan is struggling to fit in. After the death of a classmate, he becomes the center of attention as everyone thought the two were close (but they weren't).

Now, Evan has to decide if he continues with the lie or if he tells the truth.

Mean Girls

Tickets: StubHub | TicketNetwork

The second show on stage is also about high school. When the new girl, Cady, starts to hang out with the popular crowd, she finds herself in a situation that isn't as glamorous as it seems.

With a web of lies and deceit around her, she has to decide what type of person she really wants to be.

This show is based on the movie.

>> Additional theater productions this weekend

SF Bay Cruises for Presidents Day Weekend in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

Dates: Daily

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 narration, 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.

Hotel Deals

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!

BookingFind great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay

TripAdvisorWhat's the #1 hotel in San Francisco? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

VRBO: In addition to hotels, you'll also find some great places to stay locally through VRBO. Book an apartment or a room and feel more like a local. Find some great places to stay on VRBO here

Free Walking Tours

Japanese Tea Garden

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.

>> Full schedule for this weekend

SF Symphony

SF Symphony

Dates: 2/17 - 2/20

Location: Davies Symphony Hall

This holiday weekend, there is are two different programs offered at the SF Symphony. 

You can catch Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. You can also catch a performance of Lang Lang playing Grieg on Monday night at 7:30 pm.

A visit to the symphony makes for a lovely day or evening in the Civic Center district.

>> Full 2023 calendar for the SF Symphony

Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus

Hop On Hop Off

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. 

>> Book in advance online

Traveling Exhibits at Our Local Museums

SF Asian Art Museum

Dates: All Weekend Long

This President's Day Weekend in San Francisco you will find a variety of traveling exhibits at our museum. Some of my top picks include: 

Gillian Laub: Family Matters at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival: All month long at the de Young Museum of Fine Art

Alexander Calder: Dissonant Harmony at the Museum of Modern Art

You can also click the link below for a full list of exhibits on display this weekend.

>> Find additional exhibits at all SF museums this weekend

Concerts This Weekend

Concerts in SF

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 those at the Warfield, the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and the Fillmore.

You will find additional shows in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose all weekend long.

>> Full schedule of concerts in SF this weekend

Free Things to Do in San Francisco

Free Activities in SF

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.

>> Find a list of all the free things to do in SF 

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