San Francisco Festivals and Events in April
Union Street Spring Celebration
More than 30,000 people turn out for “the biggest little parade in San Francisco,” which features children’s activities, alfresco dining, the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo and flowers from local garden clubs.
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 two-game series against the Seattle Mariners. These are the best areas to stay for a San Francisco Giants Game.
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)
Castro Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and others, 415-561-5000
The 61st San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation. Last year's festival featured more than 260 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries.
Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco
“The views are worth the climb” on a course which starts along the Great Highway at the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park and traverses some of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Polk Street Spring Wine Walk
Polk Street between Sutter and Filbert Streets
The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats.
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 starting at the Civic Center and ending in Japantown.
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.
Sacramento Giant Race
Raley Field, Sacramento
The Sacramento event of the annual Giants Race series of races includes 5K, 10K, and team 10K options. Race the Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco events to earn a Three Bagger award.
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.
Startup Art Fair
Hotel Del Sol
stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair in an intimate, boutique hotel setting and gives independent artists direct access and broad exposure to art world professionals and the art loving public.
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 27-MAY 6
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 27 in Union Square at noon.
APRIL 28-MAY 28
San Francisco Decorator Showcase
With more than 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. Closed on Mondays except for Memorial Day.