Top Reasons to Stay

San Francisco Chinese New Year

JANUARY

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Festivities include a parade

SF Restaurant Week
Celebrate San Francisco's world-class dining community

FEBRUARY

Pacific Orchid Exposition
San Francisco Orchid Society's best collections are displayed at the Fort Mason Center

California Antiquarian Book Fair
The world's largest rare book fair features manuscripts, maps and more

Annual Bon Appetit Wine & Spirits Focus
SF’s top restaurants show off their best crab dishes paired with leading regional wines

Historic Fisherman's Wharf Classic Car Exhibit
Cooking exhibitions, wine tastings, art and a parade of historic cars 

Pacific Orchid Exposition San Francisco California Antiquarian Book Fair Annual Bon Appetit Wine & Spirits Focus Historic Fishermans Wharf Street Intersection
St. Patricks Day Parade San Francisco San Francisco Flower & Garden Show San Francisco Street Performer Jugging

MARCH

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Annual parade to celebrate Irish culture 

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Showcasing gardens, spring plantings, accessories, decorations and more

Street Performer's Festival
Jugglers, unicyclists, slack rope walkers and other artists perform on Pier 39

APRIL

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Japanese food, origami, music, dance, visual and martial arts demonstrations 

Spring BBQ and Wine Tasting
13 wineries including Hecker Pass, NY BBQ as well as live music, barrel rolling 

Great Train Robbery
Experience Wild West gunfights and a train robbery re-enactment 

San Francisco International Film Festival
200 films from 50 countries are screened at America's oldest annual film festival

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival San Francisco Spring BBQ and Wine Tasting San Francisco annual great train robbery San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade & Festival Sea Music Festival San Francisco San Francisco La Carte & Art Festival

MAY

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade and Festival
California's largest multi-cultural fair, featuring floats and ethnic foods

Sea Music Festival
Local and national artists and performers celebrate the sea 

A La Carte & Art Festival
Open-air festival of live music, arts and crafts along Castro Street 

JUNE

Summer Sailstice
Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Summer Sailstice has music, food and nautical activities; proceeds benefit programs to preserve the beauty of oceans 

Union Street (Eco-Urban) Festival
One of the largest art fairs in the country: artists, food booths, live entertainment

Fiesta Filipina
Celebrates Filipino food, traditional dance and music

Summer Sailstice San Francisco Union Street Eco-Urban Festival San Francisco Fiesta Filipina
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival San Francisco San Francisco Mime Troupe in the Park San Francisco Fourth of July Celebrations

JULY

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
Jazz performances, 300 artist booths and international food courts

Mime Troupe in the Park
SF Mime Troupe performs  political sketches every weekend in Washington Square Park 

Fourth of July Celebrations
Includes festivities at the Cannery and Ghirardelli Square and music festival with fireworks at Pier 39

AUGUST

Polynesian Pride Festival
Celebrating Polynesian heritage: dancers, poets, food and crafts booths

Golden Gateway to Gems
Annual show and sale in Golden Gate Park shines with crystals and jewelry

Comedy Celebration Day
The city's comic talent is featured at Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Polynesian Pride Festival San Francisco Annual Gateway Gems Comedy Celebration Day
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival San Francisco Chocolate Festival Old Grove Festival and Great Feast

SEPTEMBER

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
A Labor Day weekend celebration with Mardi Gras-style music, art and food

Chocolate Festival
Celebrate chocolate in all its forms at Ghirardelli Square; sundae-eating contest 

Old Grove Festival and Great Feast
Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve wine and music festival

OCTOBER

Eat Local SF
Showcasing food grown within a 250-mile radius with chef demos and wine tastings; 35 Bay Area restaurants participate

Litquake - San Francisco's Literary Festival
Global authors present staged readings in bars, galleries, theaters, bookstores 

Eat local San Francisco meat plate Litquake at San Francisco Literary Festival
Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza San Mateo Harvest Festival Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square

NOVEMBER

Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza
Dinner and tastings featuring over 120 rare single malt whiskies, imported cigars

San Mateo Harvest Festival
The largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast, over 24,000 works

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square
Annual lighting of the 50-foot holiday tree trimmed with Ghirardelli chocolates 

DECEMBER

Old First Concerts
Founded in 1970, Old First Concerts presents musical influences of other cultures

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky's traditional holiday ballet performed at the War Memorial Opera House

Old First Concerts San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker