Culture and Cuisine Crowd the San Francisco Calendar
San Francisco is blessed with fairs, festivals, concerts and cultural events. There are dozens and dozens of events, celebrating everything from fashion to film to flowers. Whenever you’re here, you’ll likely find an event that strikes your fancy. Here are a few of our favorites:
Union Square Holiday Great Tree Lighting & Ice Rink (November - January)
Macy's 27th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony lights up Union Square Park on Black Friday, November 25. Kicking off at 6:00 pm, the festivities are highlighted by the lighting of an 83-foot, eco-friendly tree decorated with tens of thousands of twinkling LED lights and 1,100 sparkling ornaments. Afterwards, fine-tune your Figure 8 (and other graceful moves on the ice) at the Holiday Ice Rink. Located in the heart of Union Square, this beloved seasonal attraction is open daily, 10 am to 11:30 pm, through January 18, 2016 at the corner of Geary and Powell Streets. Lace up your skates and let's go! Click here for more information.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (March)
The largest St. Patty's Day celebration on the West Coast, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival draws 100,000+ spectators for Irish-style revelery.
Chinese New Year Parade (March)
Lion dancers, giant walking puppets, stilt walkers and dancers add color and excitement to what’s considered one of the world’s top ten parades.
Bay To Breakers Race (May)
The Bay To Breakers Race is San Francisco’s oldest footrace. Established in 1912, it traces a path from the bay to the Great Highway.
Pride Week (June)
One of the largest LGBT gatherings in the world, the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and Celebration is not to be missed! The weekend-long festivities June 25-26 feature live music, food and drinks, more than 300 exhibitors and over 20 community-run stages and venues. The actual parade will be Sunday at 10:30am and nearly 200 entrants are expected, so make sure to get there early to ensure a good spot.
Oktoberfest by the Bay (September)
Raise a toast to San Francisco’s take on Munich’s famous festival during Oktoberfest by the Bay, a weekend-long celebration featuring food, oompah music and cold beer.
Fleet Week (October)
A beloved San Francisco tradition, Fleet Week began in 1981 and honors the contributions of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Parade of Ships and Blue Angels Air Show are highlights. Click here for more information.
Nick Women’s Half Marathon (October)
More than 20,000 women of all sizes and shapes will lace up the sneakers to run in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, kicking off in Union Square.