San Francisco events, festivals, things to do – April 2018

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April 2018
best events in San Francisco

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Easter weekend.

Easter festival & parade

April 1, 2018

1.6 miles north

Easter Parade & Spring Celebration has kids’ games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, an Easter bonnet contest, and a 2 p.m. parade on Union Street. Free.

Easter dining cruise

April 1, 2018

2 miles NE

Take an Easter brunch or dinner cruise with views on a Hornblower Yacht, departing from Pier 3 or Berkeley.
CityPass San Francisco

Easter comedy

April 1, 2018

4.2 miles west

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence offer entertainment, an Easter bonnet contest, and “Foxy Mary” and “Hunky Jesus” contests at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Garden show

April 4 - 8, 2018

6.5 miles south

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show fills the Cow Palace with five acres of showcase gardens, plant and garden-related products for sale, landscaping seminars, and organic gardening demos.

Film festival

April 4 - 17, 2018

San Francisco & the East Bay

Billed as the longest-running film festival in the Americas, San Francisco International Film Festival screens 150 films from 50 countries, awards prizes, and holds parties, panel discussions, and classes.

Fake wedding

April 5, 2018 (7 p.m.)

0.9 miles NE

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco at the San Francisco Mint.

Food & wine at Pebble Beach

April 5 - 8, 2018

128 miles south

The picturesque gated community of Pebble Beach Resort is the site of hedonistic Pebble Beach Food & Wine, which offers epicurean events featuring 250 wineries and 100 chefs.

Comic Con in San Jose

April 6 - 8, 2018

48.3 miles south

Combining pop culture and technology, Silicon Valley Comic Con features comics, video games, celebrities, cosplay, music, and entertainment at San Jose Convention Center.

Wine tasting

April 7, 2018

2.4 miles north

More than 30 Mendocino wineries and food producers are headed to San Francisco to give you a Taste of Mendocino in the Gallery 308 building at Fort Mason.

Beer competition

April 7, 2018

55 miles north

Taste dozens of beers, vote for your favorites, eat, and listen to live jazz at Battle of the Brews in Grace Pavilion at Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Wine tasting

April 7 - 8, 2018

1.1 miles NE

Taste wine from nearly 200 California vintners at SF Vintners Market in Festival Pavilion at City View at Metreon for age 21+. Repeats in Nov.

Craft fair

April 7 - 8, 2018

2.3 miles north

Renegade Craft Fair has indie crafts, artisan food, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Repeats in July and Nov. Free.

Half marathon

April 8, 2018

5.2 miles west

The scenic Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco begins at Ocean Beach, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, has live bands along the way, and a finish line concert at the Civic Center.

Wine walk

April 12, 2018

1.6 miles north

Take the Polk Street Spring Wine Walk on Polk Street (from Sutter to Filbert) to sample wine and appetizers in shops. Repeats in August.

Cesar Chavez festival

April 14, 2018

1.4 miles SW

Cesar Chavez Holiday celebrates the life and work of the famous Mexican-American civil rights activist and union organizer with a parade leaving Dolores Park at 11 a.m. and ending at a street fair on 24th Street (from Treat to Bryant). Free.

Japanese festival & parade

April 14 - 22, 2018

1 mile NW

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival includes food booths, performances, martial arts, a pop-culture area, and live bands, plus a 1 p.m. parade Sunday from City Hall to the festival in Japantown. Free.

Asparagus festival

April 20 - 22, 2018

82.3 miles east

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival (formerly Stockton Asparagus Festival) has asparagus dishes to eat, an asparagus parade, a craft fair, a petting zoo, and carnival rides at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Free national park day

April 21, 2018

U.S. National Parks

Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Beer festival

April 21, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

A ticket to San Francisco International Beer Festival gets you unlimited beer samples from 100 brewers, restaurant food, and live music at Fort Mason Center for age 21+.

Visit art studios

April 21 - 22, 2018

5.5 miles SW

Visit 125 artists during Spring Open Studios, which includes food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live music, and kids’ entertainment, free at Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios. Repeats in Oct.

Festival in Sebastopol

April 21 - 22, 2018

55 miles north

Celebrate the blooming apple trees at Apple Blossom Festival, which includes an old-fashioned parade on Saturday, live blues on Sunday, and a street fair with food and craft vendors both days in Sebastopol.

Boat parade

April 22, 2018

2.1 miles north

Opening Day on the Bay marks the official start of boating season with a blessing of the fleet, followed by a colorful parade of 100 boats of all types past the waterfront from Crissy Field to Pier 39. Free.

Boutique art fair

April 27 - 29, 2018

1.9 miles NE

The Startup Art Fair showcases contemporary art by 40 independent artists in an intimate setting at the Hotel Del Sol.

Modern art fair

April 27 - 29, 2018 (preview April 26)

2.3 miles north

Browse contemporary and modern art at Art Market San Francisco, which features 70 galleries in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

New age expo

April 27 - 29, 2018

20.5 miles south

Hear lectures on health and spirituality, and meet vendors of ecological, green, and holistic products and services at New Living Expo in San Mateo Event Center.

Art & antiques show

April 27 - 29, 2018

21.4 miles south

Shop from 150 vendors of fine antiques and decorative arts ranging from the 17th century to modern day at the Hillsborough Antiques + Art + Design Show at San Mateo Event Center. Repeats in November.

Robot battles

April 27 - 29, 2018

36.2 miles SE

Watch robots with spinning blades and flame throwers battle each other at RoboGames, while other robots show off their skills at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Bird festival

April 27 - 29, 2018

42 miles NW

Choose from 60 field events, including nature walks and workshops, during Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival at Point Reyes National Seashore and surrounding counties. Some events sell out early.

Dance week

April 27 - May 6, 2018

Bay Area

Attend 700 performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free.

Run around Angel Island

April 28, 2018 (8 a.m.)

8.2 miles north via ferry

Follow a hilly loop trail around Angel Island State Park (either once or twice) with stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at Romancing the Island Half Marathon & 10K.

Petaluma festival

April 28, 2018

38.5 miles north

Petaluma Butter & Egg Days features a noon parade, arts & crafts booths, contests, live music, a beer garden, and a kids’ area in downtown Petaluma. Free.

Monster trucks

April 28, 2018

43 miles south

Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Berkeley book festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

13.4 miles NE

Attend a wide variety of author talks and panel discussions at the world-class Bay Area Book Festival, which includes hundreds of exhibitors, a children’s area, and film screenings in downtown Berkeley. Free.

Neighborhood festival

April 29, 2018

4 miles south

Glen Park Festival is a low-stress event with live entertainment, jump houses, and craft & food vendors along Diamond Street in quaint Glen Park. Free.

Car & air show

April 29, 2018

24 miles SW

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is a macho dream with cars, airplanes, motorycles and even tractors on display, plus stunt shows, kids activities, food vendors, and live music at Half Moon Bay Airport.

Antiques fair

April 29, 2018

38.5 miles north

Vintage and antique lovers will find an eclectic variety of items available from 200 dealers at the Spring Antique Faire in downtown Petaluma. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Japanese festival in San Jose

April 29, 2018

47 miles south

Enjoy Japanese music, dance, martial arts, handmade arts & crafts, flower arranging, and authentic food at Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose’s Japantown.

San Jose dance festival

April 29, 2018

52 miles south

Watch dozens of groups dance for five minutes at sjDANCEco Festival [sound] outdoors at Santana Row. Free.

Earth Day street fair

April 2018 (undated)

0 miles

Earth Day San Francisco has live music, keynote speakers, organic food vendors, an eco fashion show, and an eco kids’ zone at the Civic Center Plaza. Free.

People in the street

April 2018 (undated)

San Francisco neighborhoods

Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Teen poetry competition

April 2018 (undated)

0.3 miles SW

See the Grand Slam Finals of Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam held at Nourse Theater.

Japanese films

April 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

The Cherry Blossom Film Festival screens six films at New People Cinema at the Japan Center.

Home on display

April 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles NW

San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of dozens of top local interior and landscape designers in a remodeled home at 2698 Pacific Avenue.

Waterfront beer festival

April 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles north

SF Maritime Beerfest has unlimited beer tasting, entertainment, food vendors, and views from Pier 45 near the submarine at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Happy hour for a cause

April 2018 (undated)

2.8 miles SE

Pier 70 Happy Hour promises “dancing, drinks, tasty BBQ, classic cars, kids, dogs, community education, and entertainment” with live music, cash bars, and a raffle at Pier 70. (Moves indoors if it rains.)

Concerts in the park

April 2018 (undated)

3 miles west

Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Scottish fair in Fremont

April 2018 (undated)

34 miles SE

Celebrate Scotland at Tartan Day Scottish Fair with music, dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, a children’s area, and meat pies at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Kilts welcome but no dogs.

Irish cultural festival

April 2018 (undated)

San Francisco Bay Area

Irish-American Crossroads Festival features music, literature, dance, and storytelling at different Bay Area venues.

Easter in the park

April 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles west

Eggstravaganza is a family-friendly event with egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and a BBQ competition at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park for $8. Kids to age 2 are free.

Easter at the zoo

April 2018 (undated)

7.7 miles SW

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling includes crafts, music, egg hunts for ages 3 to 12, bunnies in the Exploration Zone, and an Easter bunny at San Francisco Zoo.

Color eggs naturally

April 2018 (undated)

14.7 miles NE

Children make patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors at the hands-on workshop Naturally Dyed Eggs at UC Botanical Garden.