Rebecca’s Tips: April Events
San Francisco is as beautiful as ever in April as the flowers are in bloom and the weather is perfectly cool and sunny. April is arguably one of the best months to visit! Here’s some stuff to do here this month:
West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
April 8 – 10
This is the 28th year of the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in the West Portal neighborhood. The three-day event runs from 10am to 5pm, featuring the photography, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry of more than 40 artists.
Cherry Blossom Festival
April 9-10 and April 16-17
The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this year’s celebration on April 9. This two weekend long event is a celebration of spring and the blossoms all over Japantown. During this event, you can enjoy traditional music, dance, and food. You can also sample gourmet treats and learn more about these gorgeous blossoms.
Free Museum Admission Days
Save money during these free museum admission days. Each month, several museums offer free entry into their permanent collection. Admire the exhibits of top museums including the Asian Art Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the de Young Museum.
April 10 – November 13
One Sunday each month (from April to November) is dedicated to bringing together and showcasing the best of a particular area in SF. Each free neighborhood festival features live music, activities for the whole family, and streets closed to traffic so you can truly explore the area and relax. This April 10, Sunday Streets kicks off in the Mission District.
SF Green Film Festival
April 14 – 20
The Green Film Festival aims to spark the next great environmental ideas by bringing together people from all over the globe to view and discuss insightful, innovative films that tell the stories of dozens of countries.
San Francisco International Film Festival
Dates: April 21 – May 5
This year brings the 59th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas—the SF International Film Festival—which features an impressive mix of marquee premiers, international winners, documentaries, musical performances, and more. This large festival should not be missed, as filmmakers come from nearly 50 countries around the world to screen hundreds of films.
Bay Area Dance Week
April 22 – May 1
Don’t miss these 10 days of more than 600 free dance classes, performances, and workshops, beginning with the very popular Kick-Off at Union Square.
Glen Park Festival
Opening Day on the Bay
This is an annual celebration for the maritime community, which includes the Blessing of the Fleet, a boat parade, and lots of sailing! This is the most popular day to go out on the water, and you’ll see the bay dotted with sails from Pier 39 to Sausalito.
Oscar de la Renta Exhibit at the de Young Museum
February 27 – May 30
April 27 – May 1
Art Market SF has partnered with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in inviting thousands of visitors to view and buy an impressive selection of contemporary and modern pieces.
stARTup Fair SF
April 29 – May 1
The stARTup Fair allows unrepresented artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a world that offers less and less space for exhibitions. Join this group of creative, innovative art entrepreneurs and support emerging artists.
April 30 – May 30
This event, which takes place in the most prestigious San Francisco homes, is regarded as the West Coast’s premier design showcase event, featuring the wonderful work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers. All proceeds benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.