Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
April 11-12, 18-19
For two weekends, the streets of Japantown come alive with Japanese martial arts demonstrations, singing, dancing, delicacies, tea ceremonies, taiko drummers and so much more for the entire family to enjoy. This event is said to be the second largest celebration outside of Washington, DC and takes place at one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States. This celebration comes to a close on a flowery note with a 2 hour Japanese style parade where you will be charmed by floats adorned with floral arrangements, ladies in silk kimonos, and costumed dancers and musicians.
Hello Kitty Food Truck
April 11, 12, 18
This cute iconic kitty has taken hearts all over the world by storm. Indulge your inner Sanrio child with Hello Kitty themed and decorated desserts like rainbow macarons, mini HK square cakes, donuts adorned with the famous bow and bow-shaped water bottles. According to their Facebook event page, this unique truck will serve an estimated 1000 excited fans!
San Francisco International Film Festival
April 23- May 7
Now in its 58th year, SIFF is the longest-running festival of its kind in the Americas. Featuring a spectacular showcase of international cinema, last year’s film festival had 158 films from 51 different countries, totalling over 263 screenings. You’re certainly guaranteed to find something happening that will leave you captivated for a long time.
San Francisco Giants Home Opener
Ah, the Giants – heart and soul of San Francisco. Be one of the loud and proud fans decked out in black and orange in the stadium to help remind the Rockies, their opponents, just who won the 2014 World Series championship. Catch the early pre-game celebrations with activities like the raising of the Giants World Series Champions Pennant, and as an added bonus if you’re one of the first 40,000 fans, receive a pennant presented by Bank of America.
San Francisco International Beer Festival
Interested in drinking beer for a good cause? You will not only have a great time at this beer festival but will also be doing good, as the money raised will be donated to the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School where it will be put towards funding teaching and learning programs for an entire year. The ticket price includes a bottomless mug for hundreds of craft beers, from favorite local and international breweries, as well as food tastings from an array of San Francisco restaurants.
102nd Bay to Breakers Marathon
This marathon is unlike any other. It allows you to run alongside Mario and Luigi, a school of salmons, or grown men channeling their inner ballerinas on a non-Halloween event. This 12K run will have you weaving through San Francisco, trotting through Golden Gate Park, trudging up Hayes Hill Challenge where you’ll be rewarded with the ultimate party on the beach along the Great Highway. This marathon is said to be the quintessential San Francisco experience, which means you really shouldn’t miss this one!
UnCorked Wine Festival
If beer doesn’t entice you, over 50 top-tier wineries will be present at the Ghiradelli Square along with live entertainment, art and craft vendors, and cooking demos from top San Francisco chefs at the UnCorked Wine Festival. The proceeds of this event will also go towards a good cause, as Save The Bay will use the raised proceeds to protect, restore, and celebrate the beauty that is the San Francisco Bay. Get your tickets as soon as possible!
Carnaval San Francisco
May 23, 24
A huge two day, multi-cultural event abundant with in-your-face feathers, sparkling colors and international food, Carnaval promises to entertain. In addition, what’s a festival without a grand parade to showcase those bright costumes, cultural drumming and dancing? Get ready for an overwhelming sensory experience!
Union Street Festival
June 6, 7
This year, unique ‘Worlds’ will be designated and decorated accordingly to each block for the Union Street Festival. World themes include fashion, culinary, health & fitness, local and technology. In addition, there will be a craft beer and wine tasting with food pairings that correspond to each World concept, ensuring that you get a customizable, unique experience as you explore the city in a different way.
Stern Grove Festival 78th Season – Free Concert Series
June 14 – August 16
The Stern Grove has amazing natural acoustics, which makes it a perfect place to have performances out in the cool breeze.The mission of Sigmund Stern Grove, given to the City of San Francisco in 1931, was to ultimately enhance the city’s name as a cultural center by providing high quality performances free of charge, for the Bay Area’s diverse residents. You will always have something to do every Sunday at 2PM once this concert series begins. The music is diverse each year and the lineup isn’t released yet, so keep an eye on their website however we do know who will be kicking the event off- The Doobie Brothers.
BONUS: The How Weird Street Fair
The How Weird Street Fair will have 10 dance music stages, colorful carnival activities, unusual and exotic spectacle and entertainment to wow and amaze you and of course plenty of food and people dressed up in costumes. This one takes place April 26 on Howard and 2nd Street. Get it? How-ward street? Clever one San Francisco, clever one…