San Francisco is beautiful in April as the flowers are blooming and the weather is cool, yet sunny. It's one of the best times to visit.
Spring is in the air and you will find dozens of fun things to do. It's also the first month of the year where you will find street fairs almost every weekend.
This month, enjoy several shows at SF's theaters. One of my favorite festivals, the Cherry Blossom Festival, is planned for the first part of the month. You will also discover several film festivals, SF Giants baseball and free museum admission days.
Discover something new at one of more than a dozen traveling museum exhibits or visit a museum for free toward the beginning of the month. The SF Symphony and SF Ballet also offer several performances throughout the month.
Read on to uncover even more fun things to do this April in San Francisco.
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Dates: 4/5, 4/6, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, 4/14, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 4/30
Head over to AT&T Park for the home opener of the SF Giants 2019 season on April 5. It is the first of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The SF Giants have 15 home games this month. In addition to the Tampa Bay Rays, they also play host to the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies, the New York Yankees, and their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
You will find AT&T Park in the South of Market District.
Dates: 2/12 - 9/8
Location: Orpheum Theater
Tickets: Find tickets to all performances
One of the biggest San Francisco events in April and the hottest Broadway show on stage right now, Hamilton, is at the Orpheum Theatre all month long.
This award-winning show has been making waves since it first debuted on Broadway in August of 2015. The story was inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
It follows the life and death of Alexander Hamilton. The cast is made up of mainly non-white actors and the musical numbers include rap, hip hop, soul and traditional show tunes.
It's a fun and lively performance and one you do not want to miss!
You will also find several other theater shows this month in San Francisco. The two other Broadway shows on stage at the Golden Gate Theater include Falsettos (3/19 - 4/4) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Falsettos is the story of a divorced, gay man and his ongoing relationship with his ex-wife, lover, son, and neighbors. It's a look into how modern day families and friends work through difficult situations on a day-to-day basis.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the classic tale written by Roald Dahl. Willie Wonka opens his factory to a small group of kids that find a golden ticket in their chocolate bars. The tour turns into an adventure that none of them will ever forget.
Dates: 4/2, 4/5, 4/7 + Post Season Play
Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland
Tickets: On sale for all games
The Golden State Warriors wrap up regular season play this April. In their final three home games of the season, they take on the Denver Nuggets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
April is also the start of post season play. The Warriors have won the Western Division Championships the last 4 years in a row and took home the Championship trophy three of those four years. This is the last season they will play in Oakland as they are moving to San Francisco next season.
Don't miss your chance to catch one of their final games at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
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 39. Find 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.
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the great places to stay in SF. It's located along the waterfront and offers easy access to some of our top attractions. Here are just a few of the best places to stay in this SF district.
at The Wharf
Dates: April 10-23
This year brings the 62nd 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.
Dates: Throughout April
SF boasts a variety of live music venues with great performances all year long. Catch some of the best concerts at the Fillmore, the Nob Hill Masonic, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and the Independent.
Additional top venues include Slim's, the Great American Music Hall, and Cafe du Nord. You'll find smaller venues all around town with activities nearly every night of the week.
The SF Bay Area offers large concerts at venues such as the Oracle Arena and the SAP Center. Find an entire list of the top shops all around San Francisco and the Bay Area by clicking on the link below.
Dates: Every Thursday & Sunday at 11am
Learn all about one of the most recognized bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge, on this free walking tour. During this two-hour tour, you will learn more about how locals received the approval to build the bridge, the key players that made it happen, and some of the bumps along the way.
You will also learn fun facts including how many people helped build it, how much it cost, and how often it gets painted. With the group, you will walk to the southern tower of the bridge. From there, you can continue the rest of the way on your own or return to the southern visitors area.
You don't need to register in advance, simply show up about 10 to 15 minutes before the tour begins. Although the tour is free, they do ask for a small donation at the end to help pay for their administrative fees.
There are also dozens of other tours each week. Click the link below to learn more about this tours and others throughout SF.
This annual film festival features thought-provoking works about human rights abuses and issues throughout the world.
This three-day event is hosted by the University of San Francisco and is a way for them to help educate the broader public on these topics. It's also a chance for USF students and alumni to showcase their work.
The festival is free and open to the public.
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 the Fort Mason Center, showcasing 30 wineries and artisanal food producers.
Dates: April 13-14 and April 20 - 21
The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this year's celebration on April 13. 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.
There are so many fun San Francisco events in April, but there are also several fun places to visit that are only an hour or two away. If you have an extra day or two, make sure to head out of the city to visit some of these popular stops.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Are you looking to add some fun tours to your itinerary? If so, then check out the deals on Goldstar. They offer discounts on dozens of tours and events at up to 50% off. Here are just a few of the top tickets they are offering for San Francisco events in April.
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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!
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.
Dates: Several this month
This SF Ballet offers three programs in April.
The first program runs from 3/27-4/7 and includes Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To and Yuri Possokhov World Premiere. The second show runs from 3/29-4/9 and includes Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, Liam Scarlett World Premiere, and Bjork Ballet.
The final show in April is The Little Mermaid. It runs from 4/19-4/28.
All shows are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District.
Get to know San Francisco even better on a city bus tour. 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 City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Route.
Grand City Tour: The Grand City Tour is another great way to see SF. This 3.5-hour tour will take you through top districts such as Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and the Civic Center. You will also visit the Golden Gate Bridge, drive through Golden Gate Park, and visit the top of Twin Peaks. Check for availability for this tour.
Movie Tour: This is the ultimate tour for all movie lovers. The tour starts in Fisherman's Wharf and slowly makes it way past top movie locations throughout the city. You will watch clips of the movies on the bus as you drive by each location. It's such a cool experience to see the location on the screen and in real life at the same time. Find out more about this popular tour.
Dates: Any day of the week
Do you only have a couple of days to explore SF? Are you trying to pull together your plan to see as much as possible? To simplify your process, I've done it for you! On this two-day self-guided tour, you will see all the top attractions including Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
You will also head out on a cable car ride, walk down Lombard Street (one of the most crooked streets in the world), and admire one of Diego Rivera's frescos. The itinerary also includes tips on where to stop for lunch or dinner and allows you to see as much as you can in just two days.
Dates: All month long
San Francisco sure does appreciate getting its laughs with stand-up and other comedic entertainment.
Head over to Cobb's Comedy Club or the Punch Line to see stars like Dana Carvey and Anjelah Johnson.
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.
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.
Dates: Several in early April
Save money during these free museum admission days. Each month, several museums offer free entry into their permanent collection.
Many of them offer free days toward the beginning of the month. Find a full calendar of dates through the link below.
Dates: April 26-May 5
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!
The annual Earth Day SF celebration is an all-day fair, rally, and teach-in promoting eco-friendly food, technology, energy, and other products. In addition to the educational panels and booths, you'll find entertainment, a kids zone, and the hugely popular 'silent disco stage.'
The event runs from 11am to 7pm and is near City Hall in the Civic Center District. The event is free and open to the public.
A great way to save on top attractions is through the SF CityPASS. This discount pass offers admission to the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium (or the SF Museum of Modern Art).
It also includes a ticket on a 60-minute bay cruise, as well as a multi-day unlimited Muni Transit Pass valid on all SF public transit including buses, light rail, and cable cars. In the packet you'll also find discounts at major shopping centers.
Date: April 21
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.
Dates: Several in April
The SF Symphony is set to perform several shows in April.
They start with Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 (4/11 - 4/14). Other top San Francisco events in April with the SF Symphony include Simone Young Conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (4/18 - 4/20), Grimaud plays Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with the SF Symphony (4/25 - 4/27) and others.
All shows are at Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center District.
Dates: All month long
Admire several traveling exhibits this month at the de Young Fine Arts Museum. You will find 4 on display this month.
Highlights include the Fans of the Eighteenth Century (through 4/28), Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey (through 4/7), Ordinary Objects/Wild Things (all month long), and Monet: The Late Years (all month long).
All of these exhibits require an additional ticket that you can buy when you arrive.
Dates: April 25-28
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!
Dates: 4/26 - 4/28
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.
Dates: 4/27 - 5/27
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.
This 20th 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.
Plan ahead and purchase your attraction tickets before you arrive.
Bay at Pier 39
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.
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.
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.
Are you looking for additional events in the Bay Area? Check out my calendar that covers the top events in Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, and other towns around the bay.
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