San Francisco Events Guide - What's On When?
The iconic city of west coast America, San Francisco, is packed with attractions, events and stunning scenery. From the most famous bridge in the world, The Golden Gate Bridge, to the shopper's heaven Union Square, there's something for everyone in this bustling city.
January - Alcatraz Annual Winter Swim
This 1.25 mile swim from the prison island to Aquatic Park features 50 swimmers.
January - SF Sketchfest
Annual San Francisco comedy festival with new acts, comedic legends & various venues.
January - Zinfandel Festival
A comprehensive wine show with food from over 50 restaurants across three hotels.
February - SF Beer Week
Global beers served in a variety of establishments all across the city.
February - Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
Floats, costumes and thousands of people in this huge celebration in Chinatown.
February - San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival
Festival of American folk music across several small venues across the city.
March - San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
Festival of ocean-themed films from around the world that entertain and educate.
March - Emerald Across The Bay 12K
Annual run from Sausilito to SF that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and 5000 runners.
March - Oakland Running Festival
Marathon, half marathon, relay, 5K and kids' fun run across Oakland.
April - Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Annual celebration of Japanese culture in Japantown with music, parades and more.
April - Earth Day San Francisco
Earth-friendly vendors, international speakers and a kids' zone at the Civic Hall.
April - Beerfest
Dozens of brewers and hundreds of beers to try at this Fort Mason Centre event.
May - Opening Day On The Bay
The official start to the sailing season with over 150 boats parading across the Bay.
May - Bay To Breakers 12K Fun Run
A 7.46 mile race for runners & walkers, much of which goes through Golden Gate Park.
May - San Francisco Carnaval
This diverse festival in the Mission District features lively Latin & Caribbean culture.
June - Union Street Festival
A festival with an eco-urban theme, live shows, gourmet food, arts, crafts and bistros.
June - North Beach Festival
Italian arts & crafts, food, drink, music and a kids' activity area at this historic event.
June - SF Pride
The annual LGBT event with music, dancing, parades and floats around Civic Centre Plaza.
July - Fillmore Jazz Festival
A free program of jazz, gospel, R&B plus arts, crafts and food on Fillmore Street.
July - Las Vegas Film Festival
Annual swim event for strong swimmers from Alcatraz Island to the mainland.
July - The San Francisco Marathon
Around 25,000 runners compete in this tough city marathon, half marathon or 5K course.
August - Zombie Voodoo Fest
Gigs, films, a marathon, street dance, fashion show and more with a horror theme.
August - Family Winemakers San Francisco Tasting
300 wineries bring around 1000 Californian wines to the Fort Mason Centre.
August - Outside Lands Festival
Two days of live bands in Golden Gate Park.
September - San Francisco Fair
A sophisticated urban party with thousands of people at the Fort Mason Centre.
September - Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
Music, activities and 40000 people enjoying sweet treats plus an ice cream eating contest.
September - Chinatown Moon Festival
A traditional celebration of the Autumn, with a street bazaar, parades, food and music.
December - Tots Winter Carnival
A winter wonderland in Live Oak Park with games galore and an obstacle course.