San Francisco Festivals in April 2024: Film, Beer, Cherry Blossoms, & More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 16, 2024

San Francisco festivals in April 2024 include those celebrating the arrival of the cherry blossoms, independent film makers, and local craft beers.

Highlights include the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Earth Day Festival.

Read on for details on these and other top annual events in SF.

Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco in April

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Cherry Blossom Festival

One of the largest cultural San Francisco festivals in April is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held over two consecutive weekends.

Every year, the Japanese celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms with big fanfare, as these flowers make for a beautiful start to spring.

Get a taste of Japanese culture as you watch the taiko drumming, traditional dances, tea ceremonies, and sample dishes like sushi and teriyaki.

This is a great event for the whole family, including a Hello Kitty corner for the kids.

>> Details for this year's event

San Francisco International Film Festival

The SF International Film Festival is one of the longest running film fests in the Americas.

It is hailed for being an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery, offering a variety of marquee premiers, fascinating documentaries, new media work, international award-winners, and even musical events.

This month, take a break from the commercial media and take advantage of the opportunity to watch the world's best independent films.

>> More info on this year's festival

Earth Day Festival SF

Head over to the Mission District for the family-friendly Earth Day Festival. This event offers vegan food, workshops, and live music. 

It's a day to get together to support the Environmental Movement. 

You will also find a Kid Zone with Eco Art and more. 

This year's event is along Valencia Street between 19th and 21st Streets. and runs from 11 am to 6 pm on April 21. Admission is free.

>> Find out more here

Ocean Film Festival

This is one of several film festivals in San Francisco in April, and it is all about the sea!

The Annual SF International Ocean Film Festival, featuring dozens of independent works from all over the world that encourage us to reflect on the social, environmental, and cultural significance of the ocean.

For these four days at the Cowell Theater in the Fort Mason Center, you can watch fascinating documentaries, narratives, shorts, and more.

>> Check out this year's schedule

Cesar Chavez Parade & Festival

This annual parade and festival is held in honor of the labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to fighting for better work conditions for migrant workers and farmers.

His work through the National Farm Workers Association greatly improved the lives of so many working in the fields, especially Latinos in California.

That is why the parade features indigenous and ethnic dances in the Mission District, in addition to the great food and artwork at the street fair.

>> Details for this year

Art Market

One of the best San Francisco festivals in April for art lovers is the annual Art Market at the Fort Mason Center in the Marina.

Last year, over 25,000 attendees came to admire and purchase the fabulous contemporary and modern works from veteran Art Market exhibitors and emerging artists alike.

The market is open all afternoon all weekend long. Go discover unique pieces for your home or to give as gifts.

>> Visit their site for additional details

Additional Ways to Save in SF

If you plan to spend a few days here as you attend some of these San Francisco festivals in April, then make sure to check for great hotel deals.

You will find a variety of offers on both and TripAdvisor. Click the links below for details.

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San Francisco Festivals in April: Cherry Blossom, Beer, Film & More

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