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SF's Carnaval Returns for 2022 on Memorial Day WeekendSF’s Carnaval Returns for 2022 on Memorial Day Weekend
By - posted 1/28/2022
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, San Francisco

Carnaval San Francisco — the annual, free, two-day festival and grand parade drawing thousands of attendees and featuring international music, dance, arts & crafts and cuisine — is making a celebratory return after a two-year pandemic related hiatus. The 44th annual event, themed “Colores de Amor – Inclusivity, Family and Community,” more...

SF's Chinese New Year Parade (+ Fireworks) is Back for 2022SF’s Chinese New Year Parade (+ Fireworks) is Back for 2022
By - posted 1/26/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Celebrations, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Lunar New Year, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

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. It was started in the 1860s and takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair (Feb. 19-20, 2022). Typically, over 100 more...

Napa's Free Lighted Art Festival Returns (Jan. 15 - Mar. 13)Napa’s Free Lighted Art Festival Returns (Jan. 15 – Mar. 13)
By - posted 1/20/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Fairs & Festivals, Outdoorsy

The Napa Lighted Art Festival is a celebration of creative arts, technology and lights, and supports innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium. This walkable outdoor experience is FREE in downtown Napa featuring eight lighted art sculptures for eight weeks. Bring the family and experience the more...

49 of SF’s Most Inspiring Pandemic Murals from Boarded-Up Storefronts49 of SF’s Most Inspiring Pandemic Murals from Boarded-Up Storefronts
By - posted 1/19/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Community, Fairs & Festivals, Murals, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Uplifting

When San Francisco shut down during shelter-in-place in early 2020 artists created gorgeous temporary murals throughout the city on boarded-up storefronts. Fortunately, as the city reopened, many of these works of art were saved and are now on view together for the first time in the nation’s largest exhibit of more...

SF Debuts 6 Life-sized Tiger Sculptures for Chinese New Year (Jan. 17 - Feb. 19)SF Debuts 6 Life-sized Tiger Sculptures for Chinese New Year (Jan. 17 – Feb. 19)
By - posted 1/15/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Lunar New Year, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is proud to bring back the public art project, Tiger on Parade, to its list of festivities this Lunar New Year. Six life-sized Tiger statues will be publicly displayed around San Francisco, from January 17 – February 19, 2022 to help ring in the more...

SF's 20th Annual Sketchfest Postponed for 2022 Due to OmicronSF’s 20th Annual Sketchfest Postponed for 2022 Due to Omicron
By - posted 12/30/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates

Organizers for the 2022 San Francisco Sketchfest announced Thursday they’re postponing the festival planned for next month due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases related to the omicron variant. The 20th annual Sketchfest was set to run in the city from Jan. 7-23, featuring an endless number of events including live more...

Polk Street's Brand New 2021 Holiday FestivalPolk Street’s Brand New 2021 Holiday Festival
By - posted 12/17/2021
Christmas, Community, Eat & Drink, Fairs & Festivals, Holidays, Local Highlight, Only in San Francisco, Partner, San Francisco, Sponsored

Enjoy a free holiday festival for the neighborhood thanks to the “Discover Polk” nonprofit community benefit district Saturday, December 18th enjoy a free family festival at Helen Wills Park (11a-3p) w/ Santa coming at 11:30a, free bouncy house & party in the park. At night, enjoy carolers from 5:30-7:30p up and down Polk St. btwn California and more...

Thrive City Outdoor "Winter Wonderland" 2021 at Chase CenterThrive City Outdoor “Winter Wonderland” 2021 at Chase Center
By - posted 12/17/2021
Christmas, Fairs & Festivals, Holiday Lights, Holidays, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Chase, is bringing a new family fun activity to experience. Take photos in front of the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area, submit your wish list in our North Pole mailbox and sing along to your favorite carols under a nightly snowfall. The holiday more...

SF's First Ever Full Moon "Howl" is December 18SF’s First Ever Full Moon “Howl” is December 18
By - posted 12/16/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Come on out for an “only in San Francisco” event to exorcise 2021. Join legendary psychedelic rock band Moonalice and a host of “Masters and Mistresses of Howling” for a cathartic release under the last full moon of 2021. The full moon will be visible (stay away Karl) starting around 4:30pm more...

Oakland Hosting New Free Festivals in 2022Oakland Hosting New Free Festivals in 2022
By - posted 11/28/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Oakland

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation In an effort to encourage cultural celebrations and foster festival culture, Oakland will distribute $234,500 in funds to local nonprofits hosting community events next year. The application period is open from Dec. 1 to Jan. 13. “After more than 18 months of pandemic restrictions, Oaklanders more...

2021 Tree Lightings & Holiday Lights (San Francisco + Bay Area)2021 Tree Lightings & Holiday Lights (San Francisco + Bay Area)
By - posted 11/27/2021
Christmas, Fairs & Festivals, Holidays

SF + Bay Area Christmas Markets & Holiday Fairs (2021)SF + Bay Area Christmas Markets & Holiday Fairs (2021)
By - posted 11/26/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Christmas, Fairs & Festivals, Holidays, San Francisco

Oakland's Brand New 2021 "Town Nights" Parks FestivalOakland’s Brand New 2021 “Town Nights” Parks Festival
By - posted 11/22/2021
East Bay, Fairs & Festivals, Oakland, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Police Reform, Uplifting

On Monday, November 22, Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention is kicking off the 2021 Town Nights events at eight locations across the city of Oakland. According to the flyer there will be free food, games, sports, entertainment and more. Town Nights events aim to change community norms around violence through community engagement, more...

SF Launches Brand New Concert Series in 2022SF Launches Brand New Concert Series in 2022
By - posted 11/15/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, San Francisco

San Francisco city officials on Monday unveiled a $2.5 million initiative to help revive the city’s entertainment and music industry, still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The SF Live Initiative will consist of a series of concerts and live performances presented by local entertainment venues at outdoor parks and plazas happening more...

SF's Holiday Drive-in Movies are Back at Fort Mason (Dec. 2-4)SF’s Holiday Drive-in Movies are Back at Fort Mason (Dec. 2-4)
By - posted 11/10/2021
Drive-In Movies, Fairs & Festivals, Only in San Francisco

Fort Mason’s popular pop-up drive-in movie theater, Fort Mason Flix, is returning for the holidays. Presented by and housed on Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC)’s historic waterfront campus, Fort Mason Flix is a pop-up drive-in theater showing hits for the holidays, from family favorites and cult classics to more...