San Francisco Beer Week
Local craft beer legacy and culture celebrated with as many as 150 events including beer dinners, cheese and beer pairing events, meet the brewer evenings, demonstrations, music and films from Monterey to Sacramento and beyond.
FEBRUARY 16–APRIL 8
Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam
Various locations throughout Bay Area, 415-255-9035
Youth Speaks, one of the leaders in Spoken Word performances, works with 45,000 teens annually and is a presenter of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series and more. Preliminaries take place in March followed by the semi-finals and finals, climaxing with the Grand Slam Finals at the Nourse Theatre on April 8.
Various locations, 415-375-3370
San Francisco’s premier independent music, film and art festival is a full-scale cultural happening, which also includes gallery art shows, a music-themed film festival, an indie-designer trunk sale and educational panels.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Fort Mason Center
More than 5,000 wine lovers converge to enjoy breath taking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, outstanding food, conversations and a bit of education, as they peruse samples from more than 800 wineries.
The Zinfandel Experience
Bentley Reserve, Pier 27 and One Market
Zinfandel, often called America’s heritage wine, is the draw here. Savor the flavors of this authentically American varietal and experience its distinctly classic personality at several extraordinary events. More than 250 wineries participate in this food and wine tasting which draws some 10,000 wine lovers.
Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), 650-548-6700
The annual edition of the San Francisco Orchid Society’s show dazzles with 150,000 flowers including hundreds of award winners selected by the American Orchid Society.
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair
Fort Mason Center, 415-383-7837
More than exhibitors celebrating earth and spirit with a wide variety of gems and minerals (quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, etc.), jewelry, metaphysics, healing tools and the mystical arts.
Academy of Friends Academy Awards Gala
Midway, 900 Marin St., 415-995-9890
A gala celebration benefiting Bay Area AIDS/HIV organizations.
Black Cuisine Festival
1706 Yosemite at Third Street
Kiddieland, dancing, a soul food contest, marketplace and live music are among the draws at this annual tribute to black cuisine.
International Ocean Film Festival
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, 415-561-6251
One of the largest and most diverse of its kind, the festival features documentaries, animations, narratives and other traditional screen fare on topics ranging from ocean adventures to island culture and more.
New People Cinema and various theaters, 415-863-0814, ext. 110
CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films; annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Second and Market to Civic Center
One of San Francisco’s largest annual parades and one of the longest-running parades in the U.S. is celebrated with live music, dance, beverages and traditional Irish cuisine.
San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
Those with a yen for chocolate can indulge in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate from more than 50 chocolatiers and confectioners. Non-chocolate exhibitors and artisans will be on hand as well including wineries participating in the San Francisco Invitational Wine Salon.
Fillmore Spring Wine Walk
Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy Streets
Tasting event includes merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores along Fillmore Street; tickets are $25 on-site, $20 in advance.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
ODC/Dance, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, presents its 46th annual home season.
MARCH 24-APRIL 9
Macy’s Flower Show
Macy’s, Union Square, 415-393-3333
This annual floral tribute is a spring tradition; the two-week celebration includes guest speakers and special in-store events.
Major cities around the world, including San Francisco, show that the simple act of turning off lights for one hour can have a lasting impact on climate change starts at 8:30 p.m.
United Airlines Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco
“The views are worth the climb” on a course which starts along the Great Highway at the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park and traverses some of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dance Anywhere ® is a simultaneous worldwide public art performance in which people from around the world, of all ages and artistic capacities, will stop at noon (PST) and dance.