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Featured Events in San Francisco

San Francisco is constantly booming with events. Residents of the Bay Area always have something to do in the city from the Cherry Blossom Festival to the San Francisco Marathon. If you’re new in town, you’ll quickly learn that there is never a shortage of exciting things happening in the area.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular annual events in the Bay Area for you to check out and meet other area residents.



Cherry Blossom Festival – This annual festival is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions featuring beautiful cherry blossoms.

San Francisco Giants Opening Day – The San Francisco Giants kick off their baseball season with a three-game series at AT&T Park.

San Francisco International Film Festival – This annual event presents an amazing showcase of cinematography and films for people all over the world to attend.


Carnaval – This is San Francisco’s “Mardi Gras.” This is one of the biggest annual celebrations and features exotic Carnaval dancers with a mix of samba, jazz, Latino and Caribbean influences.

Uncorked Wine Festival – Taste a variety of different wines from wineries in the Bay Area and enjoy the waterfront view and entertainment scattered throughout Ghirardelli Square.

Bay to Breakers – Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the city since 1912 to see the world’s largest footrace and runners’ creative and quirky costumes.


San Francisco Jazz Festival – Dance along to soulful jazz music at one of the city’s biggest and best musical festivals featuring local and international jazz artists at the new SFJAZZ Center.

Haight Ashbury Street Fair – Celebrate the Haight-Ashbury district, one of San Francisco’s most internationally celebrated neighborhoods.


SF Chefs. Food. Wine – Celebrate wine, Chefs and spirits in this interactive urban food and wine festival with local talent and ingredients from across the region with a series of classes, tastings, dinners and different events in Union Square.

Fourth of July Waterfront Festival – Beautiful fireworks, plenty of food, arts and crafts, local artists and plenty of fun at the annual waterfront Fourth of July party.

San Francisco Marathon – Get your running shoes ready for the San Francisco marathon. This is a fun event that’ll help you exercise while enjoying views from the amazing city.


San Francisco Street Food Festival – This event is put together by La Cocina at the San Francisco Mission District with over 80 local food vendors to celebrate food entrepreneurs in the bay area.

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – A three day music and art event at the Golden Gate Park that features many famous pop artists and world-popular bands.


Opera in the Park – Enjoy an outdoor opera concert featuring arias and ensembles by the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra. Admission is free!

Oktoberfest by the Bay – Munich’s autumn beer festival comes to the bay area every September for Oktoberfest. The event features dancing, music, German food and drinks and singing!

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival – If this doesn’t give you a reason to indulge, then what will? At this festival you can enjoy chocolate galore from Ghirardelli.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – A free celebration of music in the park.

Nike Women’s Marathon – A marathon featuring over 20,000 women racing together through the city streets to raise awareness and funding for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Fleet Week San Francisco – Honor the nation’s men and women of the Navy and Marines with navy ship tours and an air show.

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony – Kick off the holidays by watching Ghirardelli Square come to life with a 50-foot Christmas tree lighting and plenty of food and performers.

Tree Lighting at Pier 39 – Enjoy interactive exhibits, holiday sing alongs and of course, the tree lighting!

Union Square Tree Lighting – The annual lighting of Macy’s Great Tree includes over 1500 ornaments hanging from the tree adjacent to the Union Square Ice Skating Rink – a truly magical experience!


Santacon – Dress up like Santa Clause and enjoy a citywide pub-crawl to celebrate the holidays!

San Francisco Bowl at Levi’s Stadium – College football is heightened as two of the country’s top football teams battle it out at the San Francisco Bowl.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky’s classic the “Nutcracker” is performed by America’s oldest ballet company.

What is your favorite San Francisco event? We’d love to hear from you!