The Palace of Fine Arts
Join craft chocolate artisans from around the world for the most decadent festival in town. Bring your friends and family to sample, shop a chocolate marketplace, and attend demos and lectures – all centered around craft chocolate. The finest chocolate makers, chocolatiers, and local pastry chefs will be on hand.
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.
Second and Market streets 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 County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
Those looking for even more chocolate can indulge in gourmet treats from more than 50 chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as non-chocolate exhibitors, in the San Francisco Invitational Wine Salon.
Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Movie Maker Magazine, SIFF showcases over 100 hand-selected films screened in seven state-of-the-art venues within walking distance of the Sonoma Plaza.
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.
Join San Francisco’s largest community picnic, combining the best of the international food scene with the best of the Presidio.
More than 30,000 people turn out for “the biggest little parade in San Francisco,” which features children’s activities, alfresco dining, the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo and flowers from local garden clubs.
Oracle Park, 415-972-2000 (info), tickets at www.tickets.com
The San Francisco Giants open their season at AT&T Park. These are the best areas to stay for a San Francisco Giants Game.
Various Locations, Bay Area
Celebrate the art of live theatre with more than 40 participating theater companies in and around the Bay Area during Bay Area Theatre Week.
The San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation.
“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.
Polk St. between Sutter and Filbert streets
The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats.
Civic Center and Japantown, 415-563-2313
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.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
Sample incredible beers from 100-plus in the world as well as a variety of offerings from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants. Must be 21 or over to enter.
Multicultural entertainment, keynote speakers, earth friendly exhibitors, eco educational workshops, organic food and drink, kids zone and much more.
Kick off sailing season on San Francisco Bay with a festive boat parade and the blessing of the fleet.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
The Bay Area’s only contemporary and modern art fair, Art Market San Francisco welcomes more than 70 established galleries, as well as innovative newcomers from across the country presenting a significant selection of contemporary and modern works of art.
Hotel Del Sol
stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair in an intimate, boutique hotel setting and gives independent artists direct access and broad exposure to art world professionals and the art loving public.
San Mateo County Event Center, 415-382-8300
Each year more than 10,000 attendees flock to New Living Expo to learn, explore, and even be transformed by thought provoking speakers, stimulating workshops, and unique products and services that support wellness.
Bay Area National Dance Week features hundreds of free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, and lecture demonstrations.
With more than 40 years of excellence in design and the decorative arts and 20,000 visitors annually, this event is nationally recognized as one of the premier showcase houses in the country.