San Francisco events April 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events April 2018

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 (from Gough to Fillmore). Free.

Stupid parade

April 1, 2018 (noon)
1.7 miles NE
Wear a costume to St. Stupid’s Day Parade, which starts at the Transamerica Pyramid building and goes up Columbus Avenue to Joe DiMaggio Playground. Bring socks to toss at the Stock Exchange and pennies to leave at the Bankers Heart. 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.

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.

Macy’s flower show

April 1 - 8, 2018
1 mile NE
See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s in Union Square. 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 180 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.

Human-rights film festival

April 5 - 7, 2018
1.8 miles west
See films that promote social justice at the USF Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco Presentation Theater. Free.

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 (1 to 5 p.m.)
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 for age 21+.

Beer benefit

April 7, 2018 (3 p.m., VIP noon)
55 miles north
Taste dozens of beers, vote for your favorites, sample food from local restaurants, and hear live music at Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event in Grace Pavilion at Sonoma County Fairgrounds for age 21+.

Wine tasting

April 7 - 8, 2018
1.1 miles NE
Taste wine from 150 California vintners at SF Vintners Market 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, food trucks, craft cocktails, DJ music, and workshops in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Repeats in July and Nov. Free.

Scottish fair in Fremont

April 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Festival of colors

April 7 - 13, 2018
Bay Area
Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.

Avocado festival

April 8, 2018
2.3 miles SE
Avocado Con features food trucks selling dozens of avocado specialties, with live music and optional all-you-can-drink beer at Spark Social SF.

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 (4 to 8 p.m.)
1.6 miles north
Take the Polk Street Spring Wine Walk on Polk Street (from Post Street to Filbert Street) to sample wine and appetizers in shops. Repeats in August.

Teen poetry competition

April 14, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
See the Grand Slam Finals of Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam held at Nourse Theater.

Grilled cheese

April 14, 2018 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
Buy creative grilled cheese creations from 20 vendors during National Grilled Cheese Day at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Optional unlimited craft beer. Free admission for children age 10 and younger.

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 Folsom to Bryant). Free.

Cider tasting

April 14, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
3.6 miles NW
Sample 150 artisanal ciders from throughout the world with food samples during Cider Summit S.F. at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio. Children may attend with their parents.

Japanese festival & parade

April 14 - 15 and 21 - 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 Grand Parade Sunday at 1 p.m. from City Hall to the festival in Japantown. Free.

People in the street

April 15, 2018 (Bayview/Dogpatch)
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.

Death week

April 16 - 22, 2018
multiple locations
Death is the focus of 175 events, 33 performances, 32 workshops, and 25 art experiences during Reimagine End of Life, which explores “big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation.” Register online. More than half of the events are free.

Waterfront beer festival

April 19, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles north
SF Maritime Beerfest has unlimited beer tasting, entertainment, food vendors, and views at Pier 45.

Asparagus festival

April 20 - 22, 2018
82.3 miles east
San Joaquin Asparagus Festival (formerly Stockton Asparagus Festival) has asparagus dishes to eat, a craft fair, a petting zoo, entertainment, and carnival rides at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Earth Day street fair

April 21, 2018 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
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.

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.

Bug Day

April 21, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
1.8 miles SW
Watch live honeybees, buy honey, make bug-related crafts, touch live exotic insects, see insects under microscopes, compete in the Insect Olympics, and maybe even eat a bug during Bug Day at Randall Museum. Free.

Beer festival

April 21, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
A ticket to San Francisco International Beer Festival gets you unlimited beer samples from 100 brewers, unlimited food samples, spirit tasting, and live music at Fort Mason Center for age 21+.

Craft market

April 21, 2018
3.1 miles west
Shop from 70 art and food vendors at Sunset Spring Mercantile, which has a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, and entertainment at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Free.

San Jose international festival

April 21, 2018
48.8 miles south
International Children’s Festival features dancers from 25 countries, pony rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo, and international food at Discovery Meadow. Free.

Visit art studios

April 21 - 22, 2018
5.5 miles SW
Visit 100 artists during Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios. Repeats in October.

Chocolate festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
21.4 miles south
Watch chocolate-making demonstrations, taste samples, meet the makers, and enjoy wine and beer pairings at the International Chocolate Festival at San Mateo Event Center.

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 (Saturday 10 a.m.), 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.

Yoga event

April 22, 2018 (8 a.m.)
4.3 miles west
Wanderlust 108 combines three events in one: a 5K run/walk, 75 minutes of yoga with DJ music, and 30 minutes of guided meditation, plus other activities in Hellman Hollow at Golden Gate Park. Optional lunch.

Earth Day in Berkeley

April 22, 2018
12.8 miles NE
Berkeley Earth Day promises “inspiring speakers, music, upcycled crafts, veggie food, and dozens of eco-vendors” at David Brower Center. Free.

Cat show

April 22, 2018
21.4 miles south
See 250 cats from a large variety of breeds compete for awards at TICA International Cat Show, with rescue cats available for adoption at San Mateo Event Center.

Earth Day at the beach

April 22, 2018 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
23.1 miles north
Help clean up the beach and then create sculptures from sand, rocks, shells, and seaweed while musicians and dancers perform at the Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach. No dogs. Free.

Musical comedy show

April 25 - 27, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+.

Ticket deal $27 to $33

Mind-reading magician

April 26, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles NE
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander performs comedy, sleight-of-hand, and human lie detection at Marrakech Magic Theater.

Ticket deal $23 to $28

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Video-game expo

April 26, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
Play 50 new games from developers at the Spring Play: Game Expo, with pizza at Google San Francisco.

West Side Story

April 26 - 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
24 miles NE
West Side Story is a musical about true love, inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” and set in 1950s New York City, with soaring songs like “America” and “Maria” at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Ticket deal $49 to $59

Romantic musical

April 26 - 29, 2018
37.2 miles south
Based on a best-selling book, The Bridges of Madison County is a Tony winning musical about a farm wife whose life is forever changed after meeting a traveling photographer, at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket deal $25 to $30

Sunset cruise

April 26 - Aug. 31, 2018
2.6 miles north
California Sunset Cruise includes two hours of romantic views, live guitar music, a drink, and a light appetizer buffet with sandwiches, fruit, and cheese on a motor boat departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Ticket deal $44

Wine tasting in Concord

April 27, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
27.5 miles NE
A ticket to Wine into Water gets you unlimited tastes of Northern California wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a silent auction for charity at Pleasant Hill Senior Center.

Art & antiques show

April 27 - 28, 2018
21.4 miles south
Shop from 100 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.

Boutique art fair

April 27 - 29, 2018
1.9 miles NE
The Startup Art Fair showcases contemporary art by 60 independent artists in an intimate setting at the Hotel Del Sol.

Ticket deal $5 to $8

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.

Ticket deal $7 to $10

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.

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.

Ticket deal $18

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.

Comedy about technology

April 27 - May 5, 2018 (Fri. & Sat.)
1.1 miles NE
Megabytes is a low-budget spoof about the problems faced by non-techie people (swiping, scrolling, and surfing), with lots of short songs, humorous lyrics, and a piano player in tiny Shelton Theater.

Ticket deal $10

Dance week

April 27 - May 6, 2018
Bay Area
Attend 400 performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free.

Vaudeville cabaret

April 27 - June 30, 2018
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Ticket deal $65 to $120

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.

Farm festival

April 28, 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
18.3 miles NW
Meet baby goats and lambs, feed chickens, watch sheep shearing and goat milking, see bees, make crafts, walk the trails, and enjoy ocean views during Spring Fling at Slide Ranch in Muir Beach.

Petaluma festival

April 28, 2018
38.5 miles north
Petaluma Butter & Egg Days features a noon parade, arts & crafts booths, 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 family fun zone, and film screenings in downtown Berkeley. Free.

Japanese festival in Cupertino

April 28 - 29, 2018
45 miles south
Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival offers Japanese food, arts & crafts booths, entertainment (taiko drums, dancing, martial arts, music), cultural demonstrations, (tea, origami, flowers, bonsai), and a children’s area, indoors & outdoors at Cupertino Memorial Park. Free.

Designer home tour

April 28 - May 28, 2018 (party April 27)
2.9 miles NW
San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of dozens of top local interior and landscape designers in a remodeled home at 465 Marina Boulevard. Closed Mondays except Memorial Day.

Tango dance show

April 29, 2018 (7 p.m.)
0.2 miles west
Starring 24 dancers and musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, I am Tango promises to engage your senses with music, dance, fashion, lighting, and multimedia at Herbst Theatre.

Ticket deal $22

Neighborhood festival

April 29, 2018
4 miles south
Glen Park Festival is a low-stress event with live entertainment, jump houses, and craft and food vendors on Diamond Street & Wilder Street in quaint Glen Park. Take BART to Glen Park station. Free.

Car & air show

April 29, 2018
24 miles SW
Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is a macho dream with cars, airplanes, motorcycles, and even tractors on display, plus stunt shows, kids’ activities, food vendors, and live music at Half Moon Bay Airport.

Hawaiian music

April 29, 2018
38 miles SE
Northern California Ukulele Festival has performances, workshops, food booths, and arts and crafts at James Logan High School in Union City.

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 Petaluma Spring Antique Faire. Repeats in September. 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 Festival in San Jose’s Japantown.

Dance festival in San Jose

April 29, 2018
52 miles south
Watch dozens of groups dance for five minutes each at sjDANCEco Festival outdoors at Santana Row. Free.

Concerts in the park

April 29 - Oct. 7, 2018 (Sundays & holidays)
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.