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Sunday, March 29

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: The Golden Age of Science Fiction | SF
Sunday, March 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: The Golden Age of Science Fiction | SF
Local science fiction luminaries Robert Silverberg, Richard Lupoff, and special guests discuss the Golden Age of Science Fiction, a moniker often applied to the late 1930s and 1940s, but which Silverberg proposes better describes the 1950s. The Golden Age of Science Fiction Sunday, Mar. 29, 2020 at  ...

Wednesday, April 1

42nd Annual “St. Stupid’s Day” Parade | SF
Wednesday, April 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero Plaza
42nd Annual "St. Stupid's Day" Parade | SF
The Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade is a celebration of stupidity. On April 1, it’s time for yet another parade in honor of Saint Stupid, patron saint of Civilizations and Parking Meters. 42nd Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Noon Embarcadero Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco FREE San Fransisco’s ...

Friday, April 3

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, April 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market ...Monthly

Saturday, April 4

Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary Celebration + Free Ferris Wheel Rides | SF
Saturday, April 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park's 150th Anniversary Celebration + Free Ferris Wheel Rides | SF
San Francisco celebrates the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park with a park-wide Community Day with special activities, entertainment, food offerings, and much more. An illuminated 150-foot observation wheel (free admission on April 2, 2020 – normally $18) boasting sweeping views from the ocean to downtown ...

Thursday, April 9

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
Thursday, April 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner Thursday, Apr. 9, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 117 mins., 1982 A blade runner seeks to terminate four replicants who have stolen a space ship and returned to Earth to find their creator.

Saturday, April 11

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, April 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SF County Fair Building
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair features one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2020 – January 4 & 5 – ...

2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: April 11-12 & 18-19 | Japantown
Saturday, April 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: April 11-12 & 18-19 | Japantown

Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. ...

Sunday, April 12

2020 Cherry Blossom Festival on Easter Sunday | Japantown
Sunday, April 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2020 Cherry Blossom Festival on Easter Sunday | Japantown

Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. ...

Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, April 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | SF County Fair Building
Vintage Paper Fair | Golden Gate Park

The Vintage Paper Fair features one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair 2020 – January 4 & 5 – ...

Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
Sunday, April 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest Sunday, Apr. 12 Registration: 12 – 1 p.m., Contest: 2 – 4 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level Get your most fantastical self ready for SFPL’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest! Fans of science fiction, fantasy, ...

Thursday, April 16

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time Thursday, Apr. 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 112 mins., 1979 H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper into San Francisco circa 1979, after the serial murderer uses the future writer’s time machine to escape ...
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct Thursday, Apr. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science, will host their ...

Saturday, April 18

2020 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade & Festival | SF
Saturday, April 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cesar Chavez San Francisco
2020 Cesar E. Chavez Day Parade & Festival | SF

Be a part of the largest event honoring Cesar Chavez in Northern California, honoring the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez on Saturday, April 18, 2020. 2020 Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 11 ...

2020 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown
Saturday, April 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2020 Cherry Blossom Festival | Japantown

Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. ...

Sunday, April 19

2020 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center
Sunday, April 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Civic Center (Post St.)
2020 Cherry Blossom Festival & Grand Parade | Civic Center

Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. ...

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
Sunday, April 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary Sunday, Apr. 19, 2 – 4 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Celebrate the 25th anniversary of San Francisco’s Tachyon Publications with publisher Jacob Weisman and special guests. Tachyon Publications, an independent press specializing in science fiction and fantasy books, ...

Monday, April 20

420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
420 in the Park: Gigantic Gathering at Hippie Hill | Golden Gate Park
420 at Hippie Hill is a well known San Francisco tradition, bringing tens of thousands of people from all over to Sharon Meadow to celebrate the right to use cannabis. In previous years, this “festival” has been un-permitted and unofficial. It was awesome, but growing larger every ...

Wednesday, April 22

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Remembering the 3 Ms and FL A Talk with Steven Black and Don Herron Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level  Pioneering Bay Area science fiction and fantasy authors Miriam Allen de Ford, Margaret St. Clair, Margo Skinner, and ...

Thursday, April 23

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
Thursday, April 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 Thursday, Apr. 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 86 mins., 1971. In this futuristic film by George Lucas, shot around the Bay Area and in BART tunnels, a man named THX 1138 and a woman ...

Friday, April 24

2020 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 24 – May 3
Friday, April 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| All Over the Bay Area
2020 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 24 - May 3

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 22nd anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which will run April 24-May 3, 2020. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 hundred free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, ...

Sunday, April 26

“The California Mille” 1920-’50s Italian Race Car Kick Off Show | Nob Hill
Sunday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
"The California Mille" 1920-'50s Italian Race Car Kick Off Show | Nob Hill
The California Mille’s 30th Anniversary will be a momentous journey through some of Northern California’s most picturesque locales. 30th California Mille & Free Car Show April 26, 2020 | 11 am to 6 pm (from 2019) In front of the Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco FREE Please note, times ...

Thursday, April 30

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
Thursday, April 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” Thursday, Apr. 30, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 119 mins., 1986. To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to ...

Friday, May 1

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market ...Monthly

Saturday, May 2

2020 San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2020 San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an amazing all day outdoor festival. Family friendly, fun for all ages celebration of Mexican and Latino culture. A full day of music, vendor booths, kids’ zone, and special entertainment. 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 2, ...

Sunday, May 3

2020 Bay Area Dance Week | Final Day
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| All Over the Bay Area
2020 Bay Area Dance Week | Final Day

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 22nd anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which will run April 24-May 3, 2020. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 hundred free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, ...

2020 How Weird Street Faire: 10 Stages of World-Class Electronic Music | SoMa
Sunday, May 3 – All Day | Cost: $11.11*
*$11.11 Early Bird Presale Magic Pass - $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
| Howard & Main (SoMa)
2020 How Weird Street Faire: 10 Stages of World-Class Electronic Music | SoMa
Join as the tribes once again celebrate peace, be inspired by art, shop exotic stores, make new friends and greet old ones, generate waves of joy, and expand our consciousness. There will be dancing in the streets at 10 stages of world-class electronic music, spectacular performances, fantastic ...

Saturday, May 23

San Francisco Carnaval 2020 | Mission
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval 2020 | Mission

The 42nd San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District. 42nd Annual San Francisco Carnaval & Parade – Festival: May 23, 2020 | 10 am to 6 pm – ...

The Bay’s Huge “626 Night Market” is Back for 2020 | May 23-25
The Bay's Huge "626 Night Market" is Back for 2020 | May 23-25

Everything tastes better at night. Bring family and friends to eat all your favorite snacks at the 9th season of 626 Night Market (Previously called NorCal Night Market). Inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, this iconic Californian festival named after the 626 ...

Sunday, May 24

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade | 2020
Sunday, May 24 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Bryant
San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade | 2020
On May 24th, 2020 at 9:30 am, the 2020 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kicks off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Street, travels west onto Mission Street, then on Mission Street travels north to 15th Street. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of ...
NorCal Night Market: 200+ Food & Shopping Stalls | Memorial Weekend
NorCal Night Market: 200+ Food & Shopping Stalls | Memorial Weekend

Everything tastes better at night. Bring family and friends to eat all your favorite snacks at the 9th season of 626 Night Market (Previously called NorCal Night Market). Inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, this iconic Californian festival named after the 626 ...