What's Coming to San Francisco in 2020
In a city as vibrant, diverse and creative as San Francisco, it's hard to zero in on just a few things to see, do, and eat—but we'll give it our best shot. Here are some of the major milestones, special events and limited time opportunities coming to the City by the Bay in 2020.
Celebrate Our Parks and Pride
2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Golden Gate Park and the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride. While the park's 150th celebration will officially kick off on Apr. 4, 2020, there will be plenty of events and activations happening through December, as it is a year-long, city-wide celebration. Explore more than 1,000 acres of land that's also home to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and much more.
You'll want to make sure you're here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride, too. As a city synonymous with diversity and inclusiveness, this year's Pride celebration and parade will be the best yet. More than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 stages and venues that all represent the coming together of our diverse communities will be taking over Market Street from the Embarcadero to Civic Center on June 27 and 28, 2020. "Generations of Hope" will be the theme of 2020's Pride celebration and parade.
The Tastiest Transit Center You'll Ever Visit
The roof of the Salesforce Transit Center has turned into a publicly accessible park with 60 species of trees, a 1,000 foot-long fountain, a picnic meadow and a children's playground. Beneath this incredible new green space is a major transit hub for the city, connecting San Francisco to destinations in the East Bay, north to wine country, and down the peninsula to Silicon Valley, Monterey, and other destinations further south.
Visitors will soon be able to sip and dine at Salesforce Park and Salesforce Transit Center. In addition to the upscale, Japanese-inspired rooftop restaurant from the chef behind Berkeley's Iyasare, there will be a variety of eateries slated to open in the new year. From Dim Bao's dim-sum and Acquolina's homemade pasta to sweet treats from San Francisco-based luxury confectioner, Feve Chocolates, this transportation hub will become more than just a pit stop in your daily commute.
Arts & Culture
San Francisco has one of the richest arts and culture communities in the nation, with renowned museums, theaters and venues that are regularly filled with the works of the most talented creative minds. 2020 will be no different.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be on stage at The Curran through July 2020. See this magical production based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
From Buddhist artworks at the Asian Art Museum to Diego Rivera's massive mural at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the galleries of our major museums will be filled with the sublime and the provocative. Also, the Asian Art Museum's impressive expansion will be completed in 2020, adding 13,000 square feet of additional exhibition space and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop art terrace.
Elsewhere, see The Walt Disney Studios' contributions to the Allies' World War II effort in "The Walt Disney Studios and World War II," at The Walt Disney Family Museum; works from Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha at the Legion of Honor; and the influential artworks of two incredibly talented female artists, Frida Kahlo and Judy Chicago, at the de Young Museum. Judy Chicago's first retrospective explores works from the Feminist Art Movement, featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more, about power, gender and ecological destruction.
This February, the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents, "Levi Strauss: A History of American Style," an original exhibition showcasing the life of Levi Strauss, the invention of the blue jean, and the establishment of Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco.
Come Out and Play
Watch in person as the world's strongest international players in men's major championship golf vie for the 2020 PGA Championship title at Harding Park, May 11-17. The 2020 PGA Championship will be the first PGA Championship to be staged in San Francisco, and marks the first of three major PGA championships coming to San Francisco over the next decade.
Golf continues with the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, taking place at Lake Merced Golf Club, Apr. 27 - May 3, 2020. Join LPGA's #InviteHER movement, which seeks to create an enjoyable, welcoming experience for women interested in playing golf. The LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship will be hosting four #InviteHER events in the Bay Area to invite women to connect through the game of golf.
Cheer on the Golden State Warriors at a home game during the inaugural season at Chase Center, and be there for the San Francisco Giants' season opener at Oracle Park on April 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
SailGP returns to San Francisco in 2020, marking its second consecutive season of sailing. Competing teams representing six nations - the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, and Japan - will race on F50s, the world's fastest catamarans.
You can feel like a star athlete yourself if you sign up for any of 2020's Run San Francisco events, like the annual Bay to Breakers and San Francisco Giant Races. Sponsored by Giants Enterprises, you can run any distance across the city from 5K to a full marathon. Registration for the 2020 San Francisco Giants Races open on Jan. 7, 2020.
You don't need to be an inmate to say that you've successfully escaped from Alcatraz. Join triathletes from all over the world as they embark on a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile bike ride through the Presidio, an eight-mile trail run to Baker Beach, and up the infamous 400-plus-step Sand Ladder. The 40th annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon returns on June 7, 2020.
Are you a die-hard Shock fan? On Mar. 28 and 29, 2020, the Cow Palace will host the 2020 Shock Fest, SF Shockwaves' inaugural visit to the Bay Area. The weekend will feature double-header matches from some of the best Overwatch esports players in the world, carnival games and much more.
Meet in SF
We can't wait for the opening of Marriott San Francisco Mission Bay and the reopening of The Clift Royal Sonesta. Marriott San Francisco Mission Bay will boast 250 new guest rooms, a rooftop garden, and new restaurants in the lobby and on the rooftop that can host meetings and private events.
Renovated to become a more sophisticated and modern property, The Clift Royal Sonesta will welcome guests in 2020 to a property designed for beauty, adaptability and convenience, with a nod to their iconic past. Newly renovated function spaces include a light-filled general session space with soaring two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows, versatile pre-function spaces, collaborative spaces, and a new technologically advanced boardroom that seats up to 26 people.
Two improved and restored venues will be ready to welcome your guests in 2020. Host an event for the history books at The Library, a space that once was a reading room and study hall for a former school, reborn as a venue for mission-based organizations and groups looking for conference and symposium space. The Library is an ideal venue to host art shows, gatherings, fundraisers, and the like.
The newly transformed Celebration Garden (formally called Exhibition Garden), at the San Francisco Botanical Garden will showcase iconic plants from many of the Garden's collections and provide a wonderful venue for special programs, exhibitions and private events. New ADA accessible pathways will be installed as part of the improvement project. The Exhibition Garden is more than one-and-a-half acres and includes 10,000 square feet of lawn area that can accommodate tented events of up 600 people.
At the Airport
We're proud to partner with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the western gateway to North America. SFO will continue to upgrade and expand its facilities with the redevelopment of Terminal 1, slated to be completed by 2022. The work will not affect service at the airport.
In fact, SFO will continue adding routes, including non-stop direct flights to Rome on Alitalia, non-stop direct flights to Brisbane on Qantas Airways, and non-stop direct flights to New Delhi and Melbourne on United Airlines. For more information on what's happening at SFO, click here.
By the Sea
January 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the world-famous sea lions' arrival to PIER 39. These creatures made PIER 39's K-Dock their home after the Loma Prieta earthquake and have been permanent residents ever since. PIER 39 and Aquarium of the Bay will launch the "Sea Lions in San Francisco" initiative, which includes the reveal of 30 local artists' six-foot-tall sea lion statues painted in their own unique styles, each focusing on an environmental message. Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours and special discounts at the PIER will also be available in celebration of the sea lions.
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