Brides of March
No, this one has nothing to do with Julius Caesar. The Brides of March is a silly gathering that riffs on the famous date in history and invites all comers—male or female—to don a wedding dress and join a pub crawl through Union Square. The event began here 20 years ago and has now spread across the country.
Show off your shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day along Polk Street for one of San Francisco's biggest annual bar crawls. Don your most creative Celtic costuming and visit as many of the favorite neighborhood bars as you (responsibly) can.
Hunky Jesus Contest
Every Easter, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—a legendary band of drag queens who dress in nuns' habits and stop-you-in-your-tracks make-up—host a Hunky Jesus contest to find the sexiest redeemer in San Francisco. Blasphemous? Possibly. Hilarious? Absolutely.
Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race
Recapture your youth at the Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race. Held every spring, this only-in-San Francisco event sees costumed competitors congregate at the intersection of 20th and Vermont streets in Potrero Hill. They then ride down the precarious hill on their tiny plastic vehicles. We're not kidding about the course; this stretch of Vermont Street is narrower, steeper, and "crooked-er" than famous Lombard Street!
Bay to Breakers
A longstanding tradition in the city, the Bay to Breakers race started as a competition. With the introduction of wacky costumes, it gradually morphed into a daylong street fair with more revelry than actual running. Here are the best areas to stay for Bay to Breakers.