Outdoor and Virtual Things to Do in San Francisco (or at Home)
Like you, we were all excited to put 2020 behind us and start the new year by getting back to the quintessential San Francisco experiences we've missed so much. Whether you're a local or an admirer from far way, we've got a whole host of ways that you can safely see, taste, hear, and even smell the best of San Francisco. And if you are a Bay Area local, then you should definitely take advantage of these new hotel deals and spend time in the City by the Bay.
Bookmark this page, as we'll be adding more activities to it on a regular basis!
A Note About Safety
Be advised that for any in-person events, participants are obligated to follow the vendor's safety protocols. Failure to do so may result in being asked to leave without a refund. For more information about which kind of activities are available to visitors right now, click here.
Be A True Cinephile with the San Francisco International Film Festival - Through Apr. 18
SFFILM is proud to host the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival, which features compelling documentaries, family and teen programming, informative panels, and an expanded short film selection. You can view festival selections through a combination of a drive-in screenings, live events, and streaming offerings. Explore the catalogue of films and buy tickets here.
Explore the Planet's Depths with the 18th Annual International Ocean Film Festival - Apr. 15 - May 2
Many selections from this acclaimed film festival will be available for you to view from the comfort of your own home. Choose from more than 70 films submissions from across the world. Tickets go on sale Mar. 15.
Enjoy Drive-In Opera with San Francisco Opera - Apr. 23 - May 15
San Francisco Opera will broadcast 11 live performances of "The Barber of Seville" as a drive-in viewing experience at the Marin Center. This new, English language adaptation of the classic opera runs 90 minutes, without intermission. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
Listen to San Francisco Opera's Resident Artists - Apr. 29 - May 13
The Adler Fellows, the resident artists of San Francisco Opera, will perform some of the most famous arias, duets, and scenes in the opera canon in a series of 70-minute concerts that you can watch as a drive-in experience at the Marin Center. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
Explore the Presidio (How to Visit Safely)
Parks are vital to our health and well-being, especially in stressful times, and the Presidio of San Francisco has remained open for essential access to outdoor space, fresh air, recreation, nature and scenic views. The Presidio has 24 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of biking trails ,as well as three miles of scenic coastline, multiple picnic areas, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Presidio Slow Streets allow for even more socially distant space for pedestrians and bikers. Self-guided tours include an Andy Goldsworthy Art Walk and the Tennessee Hollow Watershed Walk. Presidio Golf is open for play, and the Presidio’s lodging is open for essential travelers.
For those who can’t get to the park, Presidio at Home allows you to experience the park wherever you are.
Visit Jack London State Park in Sonoma County (How to Visit Safely)
North of the city in Sonoma County lies Jack London State Park, where more than 29 miles of trails that roam through mixed forests, redwood groves, oak woodlands, and grassy meadows await exploration. The elevation varies from 600 to 2,300 feet, meaning you can get quite the workout! Free docent-guided tours are available, as well as private group and specialty tours. Horseback riding will return in the spring. There is a $10 vehicle entry fee.
Explore History and Nature on Alcatraz Island - (How to Visit Safely)
Visitors are now able to return to infamous Alcatraz. The tour will be somewhat limited, due to certain COVID-19 restrictions. For more details about what to expect, and to purchase your tickets, click here.
Take A Segway Tour with the San Francisco Electric Tour Company (How to Visit Safely)
The San Francisco Electric Tour Company is offering private group Segway tours for two to eight guests, beginning at their Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Park locations. All tours are operated under their #safetour program with best procedures for safe distancing, clean facilities, masks required for everyone and sanitized equipment. All private group tour participants must be in the same immediate family or COVID-safe bubble. Tours are available for booking Thursdays through Sundays, at 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Registration cost ranges from $105 to $150 per person.
Enjoy A Discounted Biking Excursion from Blazing Saddles and GetYourGuide (How to Bike Safely)
Experience the best of the bay with this exclusive combination tour package. Your half-day adventure begins with a guided bicycle tour through San Francisco, beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito. The guided portion of the tour ends here, but your all-day bike rental allows you to keep exploring at your leisure. Once you’re done criss-crossing through Sausalito, hop back on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco. Vouchers for food and drink included. For those that want to Blaze Their Own Trail, daily bicycle rentals are available, as well. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, ride along the Embarcadero or explore Golden Gate Park on your own.
Take a Private Tour With Incredible Adventures (How to Visit Safely)
Incredible Adventures is ready to help you make memories with your friends and family to last a lifetime. Leave the planning and driving to them, and let them take you to enjoy our beautiful Bay Area backyard in both a safe and sustainable way.
This spring, they recommend taking a day to explore Wine Country with your closest friends. Visit as many wineries as you’d like, indulge in a local and fresh picnic lunch, and then drop you back off in San Francisco at the end of the day. Alternatively, gather up your family and embark on a custom tour of Muir Woods, Yosemite National Park or even on a camping trip to Lake Tahoe. Book a tour.
Let Extranomical Tours Guide You on Your Own Driving Tour of San Francisco - (How to Visit Safely)
Explore San Francisco at your own pace from the comfort of your own vehicle. Extranomical Tours's new GPS-activated audio app will play through your phone or car audio system, covering major sights like Coit Tower, PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, and more. It includes interviews with local guides and fun nuggets of local history. The pause and play feature allows users to start the tour at any time and go at their own pace. The app costs $5.99.
See the City's Sights with Fogcutter Tours - How to Visit Safely
Visit San Francisco’s classic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and roll through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, Mission, aboard Fogcutter Tours's unique open-sided van. Excursions cost a $500 flat fee for groups up to six. Book yours today!
Take A Private Wine, Beer, or Cannabis Tour with Green Dream Tours (How to Visit Safely)
Indulge yourself—safely and legally—with one of these custom excursions from Green Dream Tours. Their wine tours will take you to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Their San Francisco craft beer tours include visits to and tours of breweries. And their cannabis tours will help you gain a deeper understanding of the burgeoning cannabis industry from an insider's point of view. Tours range in price from $99 to $199.
Peddle Around the City with Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours - (How to Bike Safely)
Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours offers bike rentals for all ages, levels and rider types. They always provide high quality bikes and expert, local advice on where to ride, sightsee, and enjoy being outdoors in San Francisco. Rentals start at $32.
Explore Golden Gate Park with Extranomical Tours - (How to Visit Safely)
Download Extranomical Tours's new Golden Gate Park audio tour and let a local storyteller lead you on a fascinating journey that's part-tour, part-scavenger hunt. You'll take on the role of an Alcatraz escapee who must navigate the park to find the keys to your freedom. The tour costs $9.99.
Explore Sonoma County with Pure Luxury Transportation - (How to Visit Safely)
Let the team at Pure Luxury show you the best of Sonoma. Your private excursion begins at the Kunde Family Estate, followed by stops at Ledson Winery and VJB Winery. The tour costs $189 per person and groups are limited to 4 people. Book your group today!
Rent A Bike with Unlimited Biking (How to Bike Safely)
Unlimited Biking is offering bike rentals for the entire day for only $20. Cannondale hybrid bikes come with helmets, bike bags, locks and maps. Upgrades to eBikes, road bikes, or any baby/kids attachments available!
Explore Bay Area Backgrounds on a Motorcycle Tour with Native Moto Adventures - (How to Ride Safely)
Fresh air and "knees in the breeze" is the cure for COVID-induced confinement. Native Moto Adventures' one-day tours are six full hours of guaranteed fun that will bring a smile to your face and help you discover roads even long time locals haven't ridden. Enjoy lunch at legendary California biker stops and many scenic photo stops. Certain restrictions apply. Guests must be licensed motorcycle riders.
See San Francisco with Skyline Sightseeing Tours - (How to Visit Safely)
Skyline Sightseeing's hop-on, hop-off tours are operating again, Thursday through Monday, every 30-60 minutes each day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The San Francisco Night Tour is available Thursday through Monday, departing at 6:30 p.m. Tour packages start at $49.99. Book yours today!
Arts & Culture
Meet the Artists at SFMOMA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is committed to partnering with the most forward-thinking artists of our time and bringing their visions to life. Many of these artists share their creative process and their stories in their own words through the museum's collection of artist interviews. The entire collection is available online for you to view anytime at no cost.
Stream Classical Concerts with the San Francisco Symphony
The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony has launched its own on-demand streaming service, SFSymphony+. It will feature exclusive original digital content, as well as previously released programs and newly recorded chamber music performances. Some offerings will be free. For more information, click here.
Shop Fresh and Shop Local at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile
Explore the weekly Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara streets in the Outer Sunset. This festive, family-friendly outdoor market features local farmers, ranchers, food trucks, makers, merchants, live music and children's activities—all spread out over two long blocks to allow for safe distancing. Face coverings and frequent hand-sanitizing/washing a must.