SF Bay Area Events in April 2019 include sporting events, theater productions, and festivals. Highlights include Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, two Cherry Blossom Festivals, and Golden State Warriors Basketball.
You can also catch the season openers for both the SF Giants and Oakland A's baseball teams, attend a film festival, or head to Petaluma for their Butter & Egg Days Parade & Celebration.
If you love wine, then you will also find plenty to do this month. Top events include Calistoga Food & Wine, Passport to Dry Creek, and Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
Read on for a full calendar of events this month in the SF Bay Area.
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Dates: 2/12 - 9/8
Hamilton is back on the Orpheum Theatre stage this April in San Francisco. This award-winning musical is a must see the season. All non-white characters take on the roles of those in the life of Alexander Hamilton.
You will follow the true story of Hamilton's life, his family and the fateful day when he was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel. The show runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.
Dates: 4/2, 4/5 & 4/7 + Post season play
Don't miss the last month of season play for Warriors basketball at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, right across the bay from San Francisco. Watch this popular NBA team close out an exciting year with some of the best SF Bay Area events in April. During the first week, you can see the Dubs take on the Denver Nuggets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Then we'll be wishing them luck in the playoffs!
Dates: 4/13 & 4/14 + 4/ 20 & 4/21
This annual SF event is one of the largest cherry blossom festivals outside of Japan. For 50 years, the Japanese community has been organizing this celebration of spring for the public to enjoy. Held over two consecutive weekends this month, the festival is a great opportunity to taste delicious Japanese cuisine, attend a tea ceremony, watch traditional dancers and taiko drummers, and take the little ones to the Sanrio Kids Corner.
Dates: Several in April
That time of year is finally here! It's baseball season, so put on your caps and head to the ballpark! But which ballpark will you choose? We in the Bay Area are lucky to have not one, but two stellar MLB teams.
Then, you can watch the San Francisco Giants take on the Rockies, Yankees, Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays, right here in the city at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park). Or, you can watch the Oakland A's take on the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Texas Rangers of the American League across the bay at the Oakland Coliseum.
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.
Date: Sunday, 4/21
If you're going to be in town for Easter, you'll find many of SF's best restaurants offering a delicious Sunday brunch. Another idea is to take an Easter Brunch or Dinner cruise out on the bay to admire the city skyline and bridges. For families and kids, it looks the like Easter Bunny will be spreading his good cheer and treats all over San Francisco this year!
There's a colorful Spring Celebration and Easter Parade on Union Street in the Marina District, as well as other fun activities at Golden Gate Park, Fort Mason, and Ghirardelli Square.
Another one of the SF Bay Area events in July 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.
Dates: Several this month
San Francisco is full of great concert venues, from large auditoriums to independent cafes. You'll find live music in the city almost every night of the week, and the biggest shows this month include Excision at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Taking Back Sunday at the Warfield, and Y&T at the Fillmore.
Outside of SF, you'll find even bigger groups filling stadiums all around the Bay Area. This April welcomes Ghosts of the Forest-Trey Anastasio at the Greek Theatre, Weezer & Pixies at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and Pink at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Dates: 4/6 + Post season play
This is the last month to watch the San Jose Sharks take on fierce hockey rivals at the SAP Center in San Jose (about an hour south of SF). This month we're wishing them luck as they wrap up the regular season with the playoffs approaching. Watch the Sharks play the the Colorado Avalanche on 4/6 at 7:30pm.
Dates: 4/11 - 4/14
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.
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.
If you love seeing big, powerful machinery in action, this is the event you've been waiting for. The popular monster truck tour, Monster Jam, is coming to the South Bay this month. Head over to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara to watch "Grave Digger" and other famous 12-foot-tall trucks tear up the custom-made dirt course as they race and freestyle all over the arena. This action-packed show is always a crowd-pleaser.
Dates: 4/27 & 4/28
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.
Dates: 4/27 & 4/28
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.
At the DoNapa Culinary Crawl, there are three basic steps to follow and repeat: walk, taste, and sip. If that sounds like the perfect way to spend a relaxing Thursday evening in wine country, head to downtown Napa (North Bay) and enjoy a variety of specially prepared bites paired with exclusive drink specials that are laid out for participants at the best tasting rooms and restaurants in town.
This is a unique opportunity to try an expansive variety of great food and wine all within walking distance.
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.