A whale breaches in the waters of San Francisco Bay.
There’s no better place to spot whales than off the coast of San Francisco. Credit: @thelightofsound

San Francisco
Festivals And Events in April

April is the perfect month to visit San Francisco. Here are our top picks for festivals and events that should give you all the more reasons to visit.

Union Street Spring Celebration

Union Street

More than 30,000 people turn out for “the biggest little parade in San Francisco.” The Union Street Spring Celebration features children’s activities, alfresco dining, the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo and flowers from local garden clubs.

San Francisco International Film Festival - SFIFF

Various Locations

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. The SFFILM Festival is deeply rooted in the culture and process of film appreciation—film as an art form and a meaningful force for social change—and is an important showcase for the most searching and innovative films from around the globe.

Cherry Blossom Festival


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.

Earth Day San Francisco

Civic Center

Earth Day features multicultural entertainment, keynote speakers, earth-friendly exhibitors, eco-educational workshops, organic food and drink, a kid's zone and much more.

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

Fort Mason Center

The Bay Area’s only contemporary and modern art fair, Art Market San Francisco, welcomes more than 70 established galleries and innovative newcomers from across the country, presenting a significant selection of contemporary and modern works of art.

Bay Area National Dance Week

Bay Area National Dance Week features hundreds of free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, and lecture demonstrations.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

With more than 40 years of excellence in design and the decorative arts and 20,000 visitors annually, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is nationally recognized as one of the premier showcase houses in the country. 


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