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What To Do in 2017: SF’s Top Fairs & Festivals

Plan your year with street fairs, fireworks, festivals, Pride, Carnaval and more
By - posted 1/4/2017

Friday, February 23

Fauxtest 2018: Ironic Fake Protest Rally & March | Dolores Park
Friday, February 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free; bring along a flashlight and your Fauxtest sign
| Dolores Park
Fauxtest 2018: Ironic Fake Protest Rally & March | Dolores Park

Join San Francisco’s sixth annual Fauxtest (pronounced foe-test), a fake protest, rally and march to demonstrate for/against Dada (fake or nonsense) news. Originally conceived as a fake protest in response to complacency and arm chair activism, Fauxtest has evolved into a response to the fake …

Saturday, February 24

2018 Chinese New Year Street Fair | SF
Saturday, February 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Portsmouth Square
2018 Chinese New Year Street Fair | SF

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade. At the fair, experience Chinese cultural arts such as Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington ...

2018 Chinese New Year Parade | SF
Saturday, February 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2018 Chinese New Year Parade | SF

Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia.
Typically, over 100 groups will participate in the parade and many of the floats and specialty groups will be featuring …

Tuesday, February 27

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2018
IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2018

IHOP will serve millions of free short stack of the Original Buttermilk Pancakes during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 …

Wednesday, February 28

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics with Lou Dematteis | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics with Lou Dematteis | Mission Dist.

Lou Dematteis is an extraordinary social documentarian, photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs of the Mission District since the 1970s, capturing the low-rider scene of that era, and being at the first Carnavals and leaving us a stunning visual record. He has also …

Friday, March 2

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party: 2018 Season Kick Off | Fort Mason
Friday, March 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food from food trucks.
| Fort Mason Center

More than 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus ...

Saturday, March 3

38th Annual Soul Food Festival & Block Party | SF
Saturday, March 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*FREE, but bring along some cash for food purchases
| Davis Senior Center
38th Annual Soul Food Festival & Block Party | SF

Bayview Hunters Point’s longest-running annual event, the Black Cuisine Festival, was created to highlight culinary talents passed through generations.
The Black Cuisine Festival shares delectable food rooted in African American tradition, bringing people together for a little taste of soul.
2018 Black Cuisine Festival
Saturday, March 3, 2018 …

2018 San Francisco History Days | Old Mint
Saturday, March 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Historic San Francisco Mint
2018 San Francisco History Days | Old Mint

Explore San Francisco’s amazing history at the annual San Francisco History Expo as the Old Mint becomes a series of pop-up museums of San Francisco history with more than 75 exhibitors. 2018 San Francisco History Days – Saturday, March 3 | 11 am to 5 pm ...

Wednesday, March 7

Shaping SF Lecture: The Language of Water | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: The Language of Water | Mission Dist.

The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the …

Saturday, March 10

World Naked Bike Ride: Spring 2018 | SF
Saturday, March 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
World Naked Bike Ride: Spring 2018 | SF

It’s time to tune up those bikes and toss those riding duds in the wash; you won’t need them for the 9th Annual World Naked Bike Ride – San Francisco 2018.
Each year, their turnout is getting larger and larger, riding bare through the streets of …

Tuesday, March 13

2018 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center
2018 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley

Jump over a bonfire (or watch others do it) in the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” as the Persian Center celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year to say goodbye to the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. 
2018 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping
Tuesday, …

Wednesday, March 14

Shaping SF Lecture: Ilana Crispi – Tenderloin and Mission Dirt | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Ilana Crispi - Tenderloin and Mission Dirt | Mission Dist.

Ilana Crispi is a Mission District ceramicist with a curiosity of what makes up a place. In her recent projects Mission Dirt and Tenderloin Dirt she literally digs into the earth to extract the soil and transform it, inviting residents to take a look at …

Saturday, March 17

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | San Francisco
Saturday, March 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival | San Francisco

The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 166th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, attracts some 100,000 revelers every year and is one of the city’s most popular events.
167th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Saturday, March 17, 2018
– Festival …

Sunday, March 18

Presidio Picnic 2018 Season Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, March 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food, drinks and some entertainment.
| Main Post Lawn
Presidio Picnic 2018 Season Kick-Off | SF

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Held on the seven acre Main ...

“Brides of March” 2018 Wedding Dress Pub Crawl | SF
Sunday, March 18 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bar Fluxus

Grab a wedding dress and join the brides as more than a hundred people in wedding dress (men, women and in-betweeners) parade through the heart of San Francisco, strolling through Union Square, shopping at fancy stores, and drinking in local bars.
All you need for this …

Wednesday, March 28

Shaping SF Lecture: Saving the Bay from “the Future” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Saving the Bay from “the Future” | Mission Dist.

From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, they’ve come a long way …

Sunday, April 1

27th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration | SF
Sunday, April 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
27th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration | SF

The Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade is not your average street fair or formal parade. It can best be described as wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous, with everything from roller-blading cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic …

Wednesday, April 4

Shaping SF Lecture: Insurgent Country Music | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Insurgent Country Music  | Mission Dist.

With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to …

Saturday, April 7

10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field
Saturday, April 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Crissy Field (near Warming Hut)
10th Annual Rock Balancing Gathering & Free Lessons | Crissy Field

Watch and join in the amazing gravity-defying art of rock balancing near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dozens of artists worldwide are part of a global balanced rock sculpture movement, and two of them have invited you to learn the practice of creating these serene, temporary sculptures …

Saturday, April 14

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown
Saturday, April 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Sunday, April 15

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival: Sunday | Japantown
Sunday, April 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival: Sunday | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Saturday, April 21

San Francisco Earth Day 2018 Festival & Climate Rally | Civic Center
Saturday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco Earth Day 2018 Festival & Climate Rally | Civic Center

Every year, up to 10,000 people from the Bay Area and beyond come together to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 it is happening again and not only there is a festival but also a climate rally for Mother Earth.
This year’s …

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown
Saturday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Sunday, April 22

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center
Sunday, April 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese ...

Wednesday, April 25

Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Time for Universal Basic Income | Mission Dist.

Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas …

Sunday, May 6

2018 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa
2018 How Weird Street Faire: The Disco Ball | SoMa

On May 6, 2018, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for a Celebration of Peace for The Disco Ball. It will be a parody of the 1970s, and a very groovy time. There will be dancing in the streets …

Sunday, June 10

41st Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF
Sunday, June 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Haight Ashbury
41st Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF

The annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair brings thousands of people to Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to shop over 200 outdoor vendors including food, green businesses, local artists, clothing, crafts, non-profits and more.
2018 Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11 am to 5:30 …

Saturday, June 30

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Saturday
Saturday, June 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Saturday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

Sunday, July 1

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Sunday
Sunday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018 | Sunday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

Wednesday, December 5

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2018
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2018

Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year.
Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum …

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