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San Francisco

Events

Events for every day in San Francisco.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown

No matter the month, the week, or the day, San Francisco fills its calendar of events. Indoor, outdoor. Free, expensive. Participatory, passive. This 7x7 mile city offers entertainment for the big and small, young and old, interested and interesting. Get to know the city and enjoy.

Annual Events

  • Bay to Breakers: Join thousands of costumed runners, walkers, and partiers on the 7-mile course from the bay to Ocean Beach.

  • Chinese New Year: A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, Chinatown grows especially lively during Chinese New Year festivities. The annual parade features floats, costumes, firecrackers, and the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA.

  • Dia de los Muertos: Every November 2nd, people come together for a walking procession through the Mission to honor their ancestors.

  • Folsom Street Fair: A BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September.

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Golden Gate Park transforms into a haven for music lovers and festival goers during this 3-day free music festival. Even if bluegrass isn't your twang, you'll hardly be bored.

  • Outside Lands: Once again, Golden Gate Park plays host to a 3-day music festival full of big name headliners and soon-to-be big name headliners.

  • San Francisco Pride Parade: San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee organizes a weekend of colorful celebration, including one of the most epic parades you'll ever experience.

  • Stern Grove Concerts: All summer long, this magical eucalyptus grove hosts a variety of free concerts.

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Hot Glass Cold Beer in Bayview

Monthly Events

  • Last weekend of the month: Treasure Island Flea Market. Find antiques, vintage, indie, new, and up-cycled goods. Eat at food trucks and drink at a full bar.

  • Some Saturdays: Watch live glass blowing while listening to live music in Bayview at Hot Glass Cold Beer. Remember the evening by the hand-blown glass souvenir you'll get, which also doubles as your chalice for drinking during the evening. Art hop around community spaces of the Mission during Mission Art Performance Project (MAPP).

  • Some Sundays: Sunday Streets means a selected neighborhood's streets close to cars and open to pedestrians shopping, eating, and playing the day away.

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An artist performs his craft in front of audiences at Hot Glass Cold Beer

Weekly Events

  • Take a class taught by community members through organizations like Skillshare and 18 Reasons.

  • Many bars offer weekly trivia nights. Not only will you win street cred if your team prevails, but perhaps some money and free drinks, too.

  • Farmers Markets take place throughout the city, most neighborhoods have their own individual market. The big ones: Alemany Farmers’ Market (Bernal Heights), Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market (Embarcadero), Heart of the City Farmers’ Market (Civic Center), Noe Valley Farmers’ Market (Noe Valley).

  • Off the Grid gathers numerous food trucks together for afternoons and evenings of eating in the street.

  • Bring your skates and blades to Golden Gate Park on Sunday afternoons to join fellow skating enthusiasts at Skatin' Place, a free outdoor rink party. Warm up for the party at Lindy in the Park, free swing dance lessons.

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Noe Valley Farmers’ Market

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Heart of the City Farmers' Market at Civic Center