San Francisco Festivals and Events in April
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)
Castro Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and others, 415-561-5000
The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation. Last year's festival featured 243 screenings of 175 films from 46 countries.
San Francisco International Beer Festival
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
Sample incredible beers from 100-plus in the world as well as a variety of offerings from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants. Must be 21 or over to enter.
APRIL 8-9, APRIL 15-16
Cherry Blossom Festival
Civic Center and Japantown, 415-563-2313
This annual festival is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Two consecutive weekends of performances, crafts, food, martial arts and exhibitions. A colorful parade will be held on Sunday, April 17 starting at the Civic Center and ending in Japantown.
Opening Day – San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park, 415-972-2000 (info), tickets at www.tickets.com
The San Francisco Giants open their season at AT&T Park with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Union Street Spring Celebration
The 26th Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade celebrates and showcases the diverse community of San Francisco and features some of Union Street’s best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro setting.
San Francisco Green Film
Various venues, 415-767-1977
Films, visiting filmmakers and guest speakers from around the globe cover environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water and art in the environment.
Bay Area National Dance Week
Bay Area National Dance Week is expecting its biggest festival to date, with an anticipated 600-plus free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the return of the popular Kickoff Event on Friday, April 21 in Union Square at noon.
Earth Day San Francisco
Multicultural entertainment, keynote speakers, earth friendly exhibitors, eco educational workshops, organic food and drink, kids zone and much more.
Spring Open Studios
Hunters Point Shipyard, 415-822-0922
Hunters Point, one of America’s most art-centric neighborhoods, offers the opportunity for the general public to visit studios and purchase fine art from its makers.
Opening Day on the Bay
Kick off sailing season on San Francisco Bay with a festive boat parade and the blessing of the fleet.
Art Market San Francisco
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason
The Bay Area’s only contemporary and modern art fair, Art Market San Francisco welcomes more than 70 established galleries, as well as innovative newcomers from across the country presenting a significant selection of contemporary and modern works of art.
New Living Expo
San Mateo County Event Center, 415-382-8300
Each year more than 10,000 attendees flock to New Living Expo to learn, explore, and even be transformed by thought provoking speakers, stimulating workshops, and unique products and services that support wellness.
APRIL 29-MAY 7
SFUSD Arts Festival
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Civic Center, 415-581-3500
The Asian Art Museum teams up with the San Francisco Unified School District to present a celebration of student creativity and arts education showcasing visual and performing arts by 11,500 students from 250 schools.
APRIL 29-MAY 29
San Francisco Decorator Showcase
With 40 years of excellence in design and the decorative arts and 20,000 visitors annually, this event is nationally recognized as one of the premier showcase houses in the country.