Festivals For Every Season
SF Sketchfest (January)
Is there such a thing as laughing too much? You’ll find out at SF Sketchfest, a nearly month-long showcase of comedy from the Bay Area and beyond. Rising out of San Francisco’s influential comedy history and vibrant contemporary comedy scene, SF Sketchfest has become one of the premier comedy festivals in the country. Previous years’ lineups read like a who’s who of humor: legends like Billy Crystal, underground favorites like Amy Sedaris and Patton Oswalt, and the casts of shows like Saturday Night Live and Arrested Development. Events include stand-up sets, improv shows, tributes, panel discussions, special screenings and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March)
The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, attracts some 100,000 revelers every year and is one of the city’s most popular events. The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and non-profits booths representing the Irish community.
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) (April)
San Francisco’s picturesque streets have been the backdrop for numerous films, from Bullitt to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. There are plenty of ways to feed your inner movie buff in San Francisco, but attending the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) tops the list. The longest-running film festival in the Americas, SFFILM screens acclaimed movies from around the globe, including world premieres, arthouse discoveries, documentaries, classic films and more. SFFILM is just one of many festivals geared toward cinephiles.