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San Francisco Events in April 2021

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

  1. Updated April 16, 2021

San Francisco events in April 2021 include plenty of fun things to do. You'll find some sporting events, tours, and free museum admission days.  The flowers are blooming and the weather is cool, yet sunny. It's one of the best times to visit. 

The larger Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown will not have in person events in 2021, but will be online this year instead. Many other large events and festivals have been cancelled, but you will still find plenty of things to keep you busy this month around SF. 

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

Sporting Events

Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's baseball clubs are allowing fans in their stadiums. They both have slightly different rules, so make sure to visit their dedicated pages if you plan to attend a game. 

Giants at Oracle Park in AprilOpening day at Oracle Park with the SF Giants in April

SF Giants

Dates: 4/9, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, 4/14, 4/22, 4/23, 4/24, 4/25, 4/26, 4/27, & 4/28

Tickets: Find tickets to most of the upcoming games

Head over to Oracle Park for the home opener of the SF Giants 2021 season on April 9. It is the first of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

The SF Giants have 13 home games this month. In addition to the Rockies, they also play host to the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins

You will find Oracle Park in the South of Market District.

>> Discover the full schedule & more on my SF Giants page

Golden State Warriors

Dates: 4/23, 4/25 & 4/27

Tickets: Ticketmaster | TicketNetwork

The Golden State Warriors will run at a 35% capacity at the Chase Center for their last 9 home games of the season. The first is on 4/23. In total, there are three San Francisco events in April with the Golden State Warriors.

They will host the Denver Nuggets on 4/23, the Sacramento Kings on 4/25, and the Dallas Mavericks on 4/27. 

The Chase Center is located in the Mission Bay District

>> Read more about requirements for the games and to find tickets

Oakland A's

Dates: 4/5, 4/6, 4/7, 4/15, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/20, 4/21, 4/30

Tickets: Find tickets to all Oakland games this month

You can also head across the bay to see a game with the Oakland A's. They have 11 games this month against the Dodgers, the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and the Baltimore Orioles. 

>> Visit my dedicated page for more information on how you need to prepare for a game at the Oakland Coliseum

Top Hotel Deals

Are you still looking for a place to stay during your visit? I recommend starting your search on either TripAdvisor.com or Booking.com. Both offer a huge selection of hotels, motels, and hostels and offer some of the best prices around.

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

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay

Museums: Free Days & Exhibits

Most of San Francisco top museums are open in April. Below are some of the upcoming free days this month as well as their traveling exhibits. You will also find a list of some of the other top museums currently open.

An exhibit at SF's Asian Art MuseumOne of the exhibits at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Free Museum Admission Days

Dates: Several in early April

Save money during these free museum admission days. Each month, several museums offer free entry into their permanent collection. 

Admire the exhibits of top museums including the Asian Art Museum and the de Young Fine Arts Museum.

Many of them offer free days toward the beginning of the month. Find a full calendar of dates through the link below.

>> Find the exact dates for each location here

Museum Exhibits in April

Dates: Throughout the Month

Asian Art Museum: In the month of April, the SF Asian Art Museum offers several exhibits on display. You will find Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky (Bay Area artist with displays that use light and transparency), After Hope: Videos of Resistance (Explore the role of hope in activism and art), and Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang (Contemporary works from Kalkata and Hong Kong with both a personal and political touch).

de Young Museum: Some of the top exhibits here include Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, Calder-Picasso, and Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI.

SF Museum of Modern Art: Top exhibits on display here include the Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith, Elemental Calder, and Lebbeus Woods: Einstein Tomb. 

Other Museums Open in April

Many museums are now open in San Francisco. The current capacity is about 50% for each museum, so they won't be as crowded. Here are just a few that I think you will enjoy visiting. 

California Academy of Sciences: One of our top museums in SF with a four-story rainforest, aquarium, and a natural history museum. Find advanced tickets.

Aquarium of the Bay: This museum is open and you will find it on Pier 39. Learn more about visiting.

Cable Car Museum: This free museum just opened over the Easter holiday weekend. The cable cars are not running, but this small, interesting museum about them is open. Find out more about visiting.

Tours

Many of SF's bay cruises, Alcatraz tours, and others are running at a smaller capacity. Here are a few to check out this month.

Cruising on the SF Bay in AprilSF Bay Cruise coming into Fisherman's Wharf past the famous sealions on Pier 39.

Cruise on the San Francisco Bay

In addition to all of these fun San Francisco events in April, make sure to book your seat on one of our popular bay cruises. It's the best way to spend a few hours during your trip and learn all about our waterfront attractions.

All of the cruises on my list take you under the Golden Gate Bridge as you learn all about this magnificent structure. You will also ride by Alcatraz Island as you learn more about its history and infamous prisoners.

Many of the cruises also offer both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can comfortably enjoy your journey. Make sure to bring along a jacket too as its cool on the water all year long.

Here are just a couple of our best bay cruises.

SF Bay Cruise: This cruise offers 60-minutes of fun on the SF Bay. It's the most popular cruise and runs several times a day. The Blue & Gold Fleet leaves from Pier 39Find out more about this cruise and check for ticket availability

Sunset Sailing Cruise: Hop aboard the Adventure Cat for a 90-minute sail on the SF Bay. You'll get the chance to see the sunset as you enjoy 2 complimentary beverages. Their indoor area offers intimate tables and comfortable seating with the perfect views all around. Learn more and check for ticket availability for April.

Additional Cruises Around the SF Bay in April

Other Tours of San Francisco

Get to know San Francisco even better on one of these tours. The Hop On Hop Off Tours are running as well as a few walking tours that you might find interesting. These tours offer you the chance to learn all about some of SF's top attractions, districts, and hidden gems. 

Here are a few of the top picks that I think you will enjoy.

Hop On Hop Off: The Hop On Hop Off is one of the best ways to really get to see San Francisco. You can hop off and explore at one of more than two dozen locations around the city. When you are done, you simply hop back on and continue on to the next stop. Find out more about the stops on the Big Bus Tours Hop On Hop Off Route

Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour: This 2-hour walking tour will offers you the chance to learn all about this famous and historic district. You will get to sample some homemade dim sum, visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, and discover some hidden gems. Check for availability for this tour

GoCar Tour: Ride around SF on one of those small, yellow GoCars. They fit just two people, so you can safely cruise past some of SF's top attractions. Learn more and check for availability.

Day Trips

Many of the day trips are also running right now from San Francisco. You can head up to wine country, explore Muir Woods, or spend a few hours in Yosemite.

Ripe grapes on the vine in Napa Valley.Grapes on the vines during harvest in the fall. In April, you will get to see the start of the blooms on the vines.

Many of the day trips are also running right now from San Francisco. You can head up to wine country, explore Muir Woods, or spend a few hours in Yosemite.

One of the most visited is the Northern California Wine Country. Just an hour to two hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge, you will find both the Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine regions. Each regions offers a variety of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir. You will also find some tasty whites and sparkling wines.

Yosemite is another popular option in April. As the weather warms up, this gorgeous National Park offers some of the best waterfalls, hiking, and so much more. It's perfect for those that love the outdoors.

Muir Woods is less than an hour north of SF and is a fun spot to see some of our famous Coastal Redwood trees. You can stroll along its mostly flat walkways and stare straight up into these 400+ year old beauties. You can also throw on your hiking shoes and head up one of its hills for a more strenuous adventure.

There is no shortage of fun things to see and do nearby. If it's your first time, check out a guided tour and leave the driving to someone else. Here are just a few of the most booked options.

>> Find additional day tours near San Francisco


2022 and Beyond

The following are San Francisco events in April that are typically in person. Some are online this year, but none of them are in person. Check these out if you plan to visit San Francisco in 2022 or beyond. 

San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

Dates: Online only in April 2021

This year brings the 63rd edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas—the SF International Film Festival—which features an impressive mix of marquee premiers, international winners, documentaries, musical performances, and more. 

This large festival is one of the San Francisco events in April that should not be missed, as filmmakers come from nearly 50 countries around the world to screen hundreds of films.

>> Get film festival details 

>> Full calendar of festivals in April

Taste Mendocino

Mendocino Wine Tasting

Date: No event in 2021

When most people think of northern California wines, they think of Napa Valley. 

But did you know there's a great little coastal town even farther north with lots of small farms that offer big flavors? Better yet, you can taste the best of Mendocino without leaving the city! 

This intimate wine event is hosted by the Mendocino Winegrowers at Berkeley Country Club in El Cerrito showcasing 30 wineries and artisanal food producers. 

>> Read more on their website

Cherry Blossom Festival

Taiko Drummers at the Cherry Blossom Festival in SF

Dates: Online for 2021

The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this year's celebration on 4/11. This event takes place over two weekends, and is a celebration of springtime and the blossoms all over Japantown. 

During the festival, you can enjoy traditional music, dance, and food. The Taiko drummer performances are the most popular, so make sure to arrive early for these free shows.

You can also sample gourmet treats and learn more about these gorgeous blossoms. 

>> Find additional details for this year's Cherry Blossom Festival

Easter

Easter in SF

Date: Mostly online in 2021, 4/5

Easter is once again in April this year. It's a fun time to visit with dozens of San Francisco events in April all weekend long.

You can catch a theater show, hunt for eggs in Golden Gate Park, or attend the annual Hunky Jesus contest. Another great way to kick off Easter morning is to head up to the top of Mount Davidson for their popular sunrise service. 

Plenty of places are open on Easter Sunday so you can enjoy lunch or dinner with your family. You can then head out on an afternoon cruise or explore SF on one of many walking tours. 

>> My full calendar of events this Easter Day Weekend in SF

Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration

Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration

Date: No event in 2021

Every year, the Union Street neighborhood in the Marina District puts on a fantastic, family-friendly Easter celebration, including a parade, kids activities, rides, games, food, and live entertainment.

Festivities start in the morning with Egg Roll, Egg Toss, and music, followed by the wacky and colorful "Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco" at 2pm, finishing with the Bunny Hop and Hat Awards later in the afternoon. 

>> More festival details and other Easter events

West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

West Portal Sidewalk Arts and Craft Fair

Dates: No event in 2021

Check out great art at the Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in the West Portal neighborhood. The three-day event runs from 10am to 5pm, featuring photography, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from more than 40 artists. 

The fair takes place along West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa, a quaint strip of local retail stores, restaurants, bookshops, and coffeehouses. Make sure to check out some of the local retailers while you are there. You will not be disappointed!

>> Click here for more event details 

Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets

Dates: Small Bayside Saturday morning events in April 2021

Location: Bayside

One Sunday each month (from March to October) is dedicated to bringing together and showcasing the best of a particular area in SF. 

Each free neighborhood festival features live music, activities for the whole family, and streets closed to traffic so you can truly explore the area and relax. 

>> Find out which weekends to visit which neighborhoods 

Sunset Mercantile Spring Event

Sunset Mercantile

Date: TBD

The Sunset Mercantile event is a fun place to eat, shop, and connect. The one-day festival features artists, crafters, food merchants, small businesses, entrepreneurs and other local businesses. 

Make sure to check out their Beer & Wine Tasting Garden serving favorites such as Seven Stills, Hard Frescos, and Siena Italian Wines. There will also be live entertainment all day long and kids activities.

The event is at the SF County Fair Building (9th Ave at Lincoln Way) in Golden Gate Park from 11am to 5pm. It's one of the top San Francisco events in April!

>> Visit their website for additional details

SF International Beer Fest 

International Beer Festival

Date: None in 2021

This year's International Beer Festival will once again be held at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. This venue offers plenty of space for the dozens of local brewers showcasing their latest brews. Sample as many as you'd like between 7pm and 10pm. 

This fund-raiser supports the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School, and is the school's only fund-raiser of the year. Stop by to help out a great cause as you enjoy some cold beers with your friends. 

SF Ballet

SF Ballet

Dates: No performances in 2021

This SF Ballet offers three programs in April. 

The first program runs from 3/24 - 4/4 and includes Ballet Accelerator. The second show runs from 3/26-4/5 and includes Present Perspectives.

The final show in April is Jewels. It runs from 4/15-4/21.

All shows are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District

>> Find additional details & ticketing information

Cesar Chavez Parade & Festival

Cesar Chavez Parade & Festival

Date: Cancelled for 2021

Each year, SF's Mission District celebrates Cesar Chavez, California's legendary labor and civil rights leader who fought to improve the working conditions of farmers and migrant workers. 

The annual festival features a parade at 11am and street fair from 12 - 5pm. During the festival, you can enjoy Latin cuisines, dancing in the streets and so much more.

>> Click here for more details about the Cesar Chavez event

Bay Area Dance Week

Bay Area Dance Week

Dates: No event in 2021

Enjoy one of more than 400 free dance classes, performances and workshops during this year's annual Bay Area Dance Week. For 10-days, dance teams from around the SF Bay Area will perform and teach classes to the public.

It's a chance to see traditional dances from countries from around the world. During this event, more than 100 forms of dance will be on display.

The popular Kick Off Event is scheduled for Friday, April 26 and is sure to draw in a huge crowd again this year! It's one of the best, free San Francisco events in April!

>> Find out more about this fun-filled week of dance

Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day on the Bay at Pier 39

Date: Cancelled for 2021

This is an annual celebration for the maritime community, which includes the Blessing of the Fleet, a boat parade, and lots of sailing! More than 100 historic boats participate and it's the official kick off to the boating season in SF.

This is the most popular day to go out on the water, and you'll see the bay dotted with sails from Pier 39 to Sausalito. 

Festivities run from 10am to 3pm.

SF Symphony

Symphony

Dates: No performances in 2021

The SF Symphony is set to perform several shows in April. 

They start with Music for Families: Meet the Orchestra (4/4). Other top San Francisco events in April with the SF Symphony include Tchaik 5 & Mason Bates' Philharmonia Fantastique (4/16 - 4/18), Szeps-Znaider Plays & Conducts Mozart & Elgar's Enigma (4/23 - 4/25) and others.

All shows are at Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center District. 

>> Discover additional details on attending an SF Symphony performance

Art Market

Art Market

Dates: Moved to September and October

Art Market SF has partnered with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in inviting thousands of visitors to view and buy an impressive selection of contemporary and modern pieces. 

This year, it will include 75 contemporary and modern art galleries inside the Fort Mason Center. It's one of the top San Francisco events in April for art lovers!

>> Take a look at what you can expect to find at the Art Market

stARTup Fair SF

StartUp Fair SF

Dates: TBD

The stARTup Fair allows unrepresented artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a world that offers less and less space for exhibitions. 

Join this group of creative, innovative art entrepreneurs and support emerging artists. The entire event takes place in the funky 1950s motor lodge in the Marina District called the The Hotel del Sol at 3100 Webster St.

>> Read more about this unique art initiative

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Dates: Virtual Tour in May 2021

This event, which takes place in the most prestigious San Francisco homes, is regarded as the West Coast's premier design showcase event, featuring the wonderful work of the region's top interior and landscape designers. 

The entire event will take place at 3800 Washington Street inside the San Francisco University High School. All proceeds benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.

>> Discover more details about this elegant event

Glen Park Festival

Date: No event in 2021

This 22nd annual family-friendly festival features gourmet food, live music, and raffles. Enjoy the street fair on Diamond Street from 10am to 4:30pm while supporting the local community. 

The event promotes local businesses, including restaurants, artists, and craftspeople, and the proceeds benefit field trips and other educational programs for SF children. 

See More Cherry Blossoms in Bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden

April is the perfect time to visit the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Toward the beginning on the month, the cherry blossoms begin to bloom and the garden is absolutely beautiful. 

You will get some of the best photos of this attraction during this time of year. Get in free if you arrive between 9 and 10am on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning.

>> See additional pics & what it's like to visit the Japanese Tea Garden

More Things To Do in San Francisco in April

April is a fantastic time to visit the City by the Bay! Now that you've read my recommendations for special events that are happening this month, check out my tips for how to prepare for the April weather, great tours to take at this time of year, restaurants to try, and other fun things to do during your visit.

>> Read about additional things to do in SF in April

Weather in April

On my "Weather in April" page, you will find tips on what to pack and wear during your stay. You will also find information on average temperatures during the month and a few of my favorite things to do during this season.

>> What to expect from the weather in April

More SF Bay Area Events in April

Bay Festival in Berkeley

Date: No events in 2021

The Bay Festival is a wonderful, free community event that started 80 years ago when the Berkeley Marina first opened. This outdoor fair gives the whole family a chance to enjoy good food, listen to live music, and learn about the environment and other important issues at the various booths. You'll find tons of activities and entertainment from 11am to 4pm on the lawn of this public waterfront park in the East Bay. 

Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day

Date: Suspended until further notice

Another one of the SF Bay Area events in April that offers wine tasting all day long is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day. Spend the day sampling locally made wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. More than 50 wineries will open their doors for this event. It runs from 12pm to 5pm. 

>> Visit their website for more information

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Dates: TBD

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is a premier culinary event that brings together 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs for four days of amazing wining and dining. Held in beautiful Pebble Beach, famous for its panoramic California coastline, this festival truly provides guests an unforgettable experience at the wine tastings, cooking demos, and exclusive sit-down meals. 

>> Visit their site for details

>> More events around Monterey in April

Great Chefs and Wineries

Dates: TBD

Yet another food and wine celebration on our calendar of SF Bay Area events in April is the Great Chefs and Wineries charity event that benefits Lifehouse Agency, supporting hundreds of folks with developmental disabilities. 

You'll find this gathering of 50 distinguished local restaurants and wineries at the Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael in the North Bay. The event will not only feature delicious treats, but live and silent auctions, raffle drawings, a special performance by Lifehouse, and an intimate concert. 

>> More information and tickets

Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Dates: Postponed for 2021

One of my favorite SF Bay Area events in April is Passport to Dry Creek Valley, a two-day festival featuring the best food and wine in Sonoma County. You'll get the chance to discover over 45 Dry Creek Valley wineries, each with its own elaborate theme for the weekend. 

In addition, you'll enjoy exquisite food and wine pairings with the area's best chefs at a series of intimate winemaker lunches and dinners. Head to the North Bay and soak in all that Northern California's wine country has to offer. 

>> Visit their site for ticketing information

>> Full Sonoma calendar for April

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates: 4/24, Virtual Event

In addition to the large Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, the South Bay town of Cupertino will also honor this beautiful Japanese tradition with its own weekend-long program. 

This community festival goes beyond celebrating the spring blossoms; it celebrates and promotes the 39-year-old cultural exchange between Cupertino and its sister city, Toyokawa, Japan. Enjoy authentic dance, food, and more throughout the last weekend in April. 

Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Celebration

Date: No event in 2021

A long-running tradition in the North Bay town of Petaluma is the annual Butter & Eggs Parade and Celebration, which honors the region's rich agricultural history as one of the nation's premier dairy producers. The parade takes place at noon, and will feature over 100 entries representing the local community. 

The fair runs from 10am to 5pm, and includes four city blocks of booths for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors, and community organizations. There will be plenty of entertainment and rides for the youngsters as well. 

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