Spring events in San Francisco offer you the chance to celebrate the opening of the cherry blossoms, spoil your mom on her very special day, and sample the best local food and wines.
Highlights every year include the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Bay to Breakers run/costume party, and the Uncorked Wine Festival. Other annual events you will enjoy include Oysterfest at Golden Gate Park, Art Market at the Fort Mason Center, and the large International Film Festival.
Read on for a list of the 20 top events this season in SF.
Art Market is an international art fair held in SF's Fort Mason Center. It features contemporary and modern art from dealers from around the world. During the five day event, you can admire high-end works or pick one up for yourself.
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Every spring, the SF Ballet offers several performances during their regular season. You can see their interpretation of classics such as Onegin, Cinderella, and Swan Lake.
Date: January - May
The running of the Bay to Breaker's Race is always in May. For more than 100 years, this colorful event features runners in unique costumes (or nothing at all!). It starts on the eastern side of SF (the Bay) and ends at the Pacific Ocean (the Breakers). It's a fun race to participate in or just watch on the sidelines.
Learn More: Visit the Bay to Breakers Page for More Info
Carnaval is a vibrant festival with a parade that celebrates Latin and South American cultures. On the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, this two-day event is held in the Mission District. The festival is both days and the large, beautiful parade is on Sunday morning.
Date: May, Memorial Day Weekend
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One of my favorite events each year is the Cherry Blossom Festival. For two weekends in April, this event showcases the best of the Japanese culture. You can sample traditional foods, listen to music, and enjoy family friendly activities.
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SF has a lot to offer during Easter Weekend. You can enjoy an Easter Egg hunt in Golden Gate Park, be amused by the celebration put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, or enjoy one of many traditional Easter Day Services. You can also head up to the cross on Mount Davidson for the sunrise service on Easter morning.
Date: March or April
The Game Developers Conference is a large gathering of professional gamers. It's the perfect place for those in the industry to learn more about the future of gaming and to network with people in similar roles. The event is held at the Moscone Center in SF's SOMA district.
Learn More: Visit the March Calendar for Dates
The International Beer Festival is an annual fund-raising event for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. This popular festival includes more than 50 breweries from the local area and beyond. It also features treats from top restaurants and food trucks in the Bay Area.
Date: April or May
Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco. You will find lots of fun activities from special beer cruises to the Carnaval celebration. You can also remember those that fought for our country on the Monday holiday at the National Cemetery or other locations throughout the Bay Area.
Make your mom feel special with a trip to San Francisco. During Mother's Day Weekend, you will find a special cruise around the SF day, several restaurants offering holiday lunch/brunch deals, and several theater performances.
The Ocean Film Festival helps raise awareness of ocean related issues with social, environmental, and cultural significance. For four days, you can watch films related to these topics including documentaries, shorts, and animations.
Date: March or April
Sample tasty oysters from top west coast locations at the annual Oysterfest event. For one day, you get the chance to not only enjoy oysters, but also listen to live music at an outdoor stage in Golden Gate Park. On hand, you will also find vendors selling premium beer, wine, and cocktails.
Learn more about and sample American produced Rhone varietal wines at the Rhone Rangers Wine Tasting Event. Types of wine include Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache. You will also find wine made from Viognier, Cinsault, and Petite Sirah. This event includes both a winemakers dinner and a public wine tasting with informational sessions.
Celebrate Saint Paddy's Day at this annual festival and parade. This event is the Saturday before or after the Saint Patrick's Day holiday. It includes a day long festival with a parade in the morning. It's a fun time to let your hair down and mingle with other festival goers.
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The SF Giants open their home season in April at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park). The play around a dozen games each month through September. They take on other popular teams such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres.
Date: April - September
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This multi-day event features innovative projects that increase human awareness and understanding. Projects include photography, documentary film, theater, and other art work. Each year, more than 100 partners produce pieces or presentations for this festival. Most events are held at the Fort Mason Center.
Date: May & June
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The San Francisco International Film Festival features top independent films from around the world. This two week long festival includes narrative, documentary, and short films. You will also find full length feature films.
Date: April & May
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The SF Symphony offers more than a dozen spring events in San Francisco each month. They perform classics from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. They also have fun with their movie score performances where the night includes only songs from that one movie.
Date: All Year Long
The San Francisco Theater scene offers several performances each month in the spring. You will find award winning productions such as The Lion King, Jersey Boys, and Wicked. There are also dozens of smaller theaters with well known and locally written shows.
Date: All Year Long
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Sample local wine, enjoy cooking demonstrations, and savor Ghirardelli chocolate at the spring Uncorked Wine Festival. For two days, you can also talk to local wine makers, listen to live music, and mingle with other wine and chocolate lovers. It's held at Ghirardelli Square in SF's Fisherman's Wharf.