Happy spring, SF! Whether you want to enjoy some of San Francisco’s stellar cuisine, or go see the tulip bloom in Golden Gate Park, we’ve got you covered with some exciting and creative ideas this month. Scroll down to start planning your April!
1. See the world’s most popular display of LEGO® art at The Art Of The Brick
The Art of the Brick is happening through May in San Francisco. Artist Nathan Sawaya celebrates this prolific toy with over 70 of mind-blowing sculptures, including some new ones unveiled for the SF show. This is the world’s most popular display of LEGO art, and it’s already wowed 7 million people globally. Get tickets now!
2. Unlock your power at Stranger Things: The Experience
Tens of thousands of fans have gotten their tickets for the Stranger Things experience across San Francisco. But worry not, as we just released new tickets to give you another chance to immerse yourself in the 80s, explore a medley of locations and fan-favorite moments, engage with your favorite characters and more!
3. This unique holographic gallery has just arrived in San Francisco
If you’ve been on social media for the past few months, you’ve heard of the Metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). This unique Verse: Immersive NFT Exhibit is open in San Francisco until June and it’s here to take you on an immersive journey where the most fascinating digital art comes to life. The exhibition features a collection of augmented reality holograms of the top selling artists and artworks in this rapidly growing space.
4. This immersive Picasso exhibition is a epic escape in San Francisco
Imagine Picasso – The Immersive Exhibition is here in San Francisco, and it’s breathtaking! Immerse yourself in over 200 of Picasso’s best works, projected in a massive 40,000-square-foot venue with 80-foot ceilings in the Mission District. Follow along with the life of this prolific artist, exploring his work through the Bleu and Rose periods as well as cubism and surrealism.
5. Enjoy classical music by candlelight at this magical concert series in SF
The extremely popular concert series known simply as Candlelight is turning heads right now in San Francisco! Enjoy works from Beethoven, Mozart and more played by a talented string quartet, in an intimate environment surrounded by hundreds of luminous candles. The Bay Area’s top musicians perform classical music in lovely settings including St. Ignatius Church and the InterContinental hotel’s covered rooftop.
- Candlelight: Women of Pop ft. Songs by Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Lizzo
- Candlelight: Mozart’s Best Works
6. Check out SF’s new circus-style cabaret and aerial show
Join a cast of world-class acrobats every weekend for a circus-style cabaret and aerial show. AirOtic Soirée has taken over the Great Star Theater in San Francisco, and it’s the place to be for extravagant costumes, seductive choreography, unbelievable stunts, and circus artistry. Get tickets now!
7. Check out SFMOMA’s Art Bash and Soapbox Derby
SFMOMA is gearing up for some special event programming in April! The Art Bash on April 8 includes 3 phases, for which guests can reserve different times: A 6pm dinner and live auction, an 8pm party, and a 10pm late-night party. The Soapbox Derby on April 10 is a free motorless car race that’s back for the first time since 1978.
8. Volunteer around the city with Earth Month
April is here, and San Francisco is due for some spring cleaning. That’s why SF Rec & Parks has kicked off Earth Month, wherein San Franciscans can take part in neighborhood volunteering efforts, special activities, concerts, celebrations, bird and nature walks, workshops, and much more.
9. A new exhibition of rare deep-sea creatures is coming to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean is a highly-anticipated new exhibition coming to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on April 9, 2022. We’re lucky to live just a couple hours north of the world-famous aquarium, and this rare opportunity to see live deep-sea creatures in person is not to be missed! Visitors will see species never-before-displayed to the public, some of which have yet to be named.
10. The historic Cliff House pop-up museum will close 4/10
A reminder that our Cliff House collection exhibit is open to the public today till 4 pm. We’re trying to maintain open hours Thursdays thru Saturdays for you to come by 1617 Balboa Street to see the exhibition. pic.twitter.com/PtyyvzUD0l
— Western Neighborhoods Project (@outsidelandz) July 3, 2021
San Franciscans everywhere were heartbroken when the historic Cliff House restaurant, which has been around for over 150 years, closed its doors in December 2020 due to the pandemic. At the moment there is a little-known museum pop-up happening through April 10. It features dozens of artifacts from various points in SF history.
11. Don’t miss these new additions to the Legion of Honor
Widely acclaimed Chinese designer Guo Pei is bringing an absolutely captivating exhibition to the Legion of Honor from April 16 – September 5. Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy is an exclusive presentation of pieces from Beijing and Paris runways, showcasing intricate craftsmanship, embroidery, unconventional dressmaking, and more. Visit a fantasy world that presents a fantasy world of China’s imperial history, European court life, architecture, and botany.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco recently acquired an extremely rare painting that hasn’t been on display to the public in centuries. Psyche Bidding Her Family Farewell is a groundbreaking work by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist, now on display at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor in Gallery 16. This is the first time it’s been on public display since 1791.
12. Pay a visit to the NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be celebrating its 55th year on the weekends of April 9-10 and 16-17 from 11am-6pm. It is set to take place at Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco and will include plenty of Japanese cultural performances, a Grand Parade, traditional art, live music, food, and much more.
13. A lovely wildflower festival is coming to Half Moon Bay April 24
There’s a new springtime event on the calendar which is sure to be a great time for plant lovers in the Bay! Coastal Wildflower Day will happen at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay from 10am-2pm on Sunday, April 24. It will feature live music and performances, a bird walk and native plant walk, family games and activities, and a native plant sale. This family-friendly event is a wholesome and fun weekend escape just down the coast from San Francisco.
14. CA’s largest weekly food truck event is back at Fort Mason Center as of April 1
Fort Mason Center will soon welcome back an exciting series of gourmet food truck parties courtesy of Off The Grid. The free events will bring dozens of gourmet food trucks to the Fort Mason Center parking lot on Friday evenings from 5pm-10pm, starting April 1 and running through November 11.
15. Free concerts are in full swing at the Bandshell! Here’s the lineup for April
The San Francisco live music scene is on another level! The Lift Every Voice series is bringing dozens of free concerts courtesy of Illuminate, SF Rec & Parks, and the SF Parks Alliance. All performances are free and family-friendly, with the impressive Golden Gate Bandshell as the backdrop. The Bandshell, which is 120 years old, added new lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a new stage during the pandemic.
16. Rare night rainbows to arrive in Yosemite this spring
Yosemite’s stunning moonbow phenomenon, also known as “night rainbows” or “lunar rainbows,” is approaching its peak season this spring. The rare event can only occur if the conditions are perfect – meaning a clear evening, a full moon, abundant water in the falls, sufficient darkness, and the perfect angle to the observer… plus a bunch of other things. John Muir once described moonbows as a “grand arc of color, glowing in mild, shapely beauty,” comparing it to a religious experience.
17. Presidio to open historic batteries for the first time since 1936
San Franciscans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of several Presidio projects this year, the first of which to arrive is Battery Bluff. Six acres of restored park land will be unveiled on April 23, showcasing four historic military batteries which haven’t been seen by the public since 1936.
18. Bonfires are back on at Ocean Beach
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is back in business for bonfire season! As of March 1, the beach’s 16 public fire pits are available for use between Stairwells 15-20. Guests may not use them between 9:30pm-6am.
19. Check out food festivals, markets, and more this April at Kapwa Gardens
Have you paid a visit to the Filipino-inspired oasis that is Kapwa Gardens? This vibrant outdoor garden space hosts dozens of events for the community, and this month is shaping up to be a good one.
- Not Your Mama’s Adobo (12pm-5pm April 2) – Adobo food tour event. $45-50 tickets include tastings from each of the 6 participating chefs
- Balay (Home) cooking demos: Kimchi Kinilaw with Chef AC (2:30pm-4:00pm April 9) – Free online cooking demo
- Dye Hard: Easter Egg Hunt & Festival (1pm-4pm April 10) – Family Easter egg hunt for eggs painted by the senior citizens of SOMA Pilipinas, plus food vendors and arts and crafts. Free with donation.
- And more!
20. Pay a visit to the Ferry Building‘s pop-up plant market and more
San Francisco’s Ferry Building is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, serving as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. Here’s what’s going on their in April:
- Boombox Boot Camp (recurring Sundays, 10am-11am): Boombox Studio hosts constantly-changing outdoor bootcamps every Sunday on the Ferry Building Back Plaza.
- Gardeneur Plant Market (10am-4pm April 10): pop-up plant market happening monthly through September
- Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market (recurring): This popular market is regarded as one of the finest farmers’ markets in the country, and is frequented by high-profile chefs and farmers alike. It takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm and Saturdays from 8am-2pm.
- And more!
21. Enjoy science with a cocktail at the Exploratorium’s After Dark this April
The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco is an exciting place for discovery any time of the day, but these 18+ After Dark events are a must for some epic kid-free fun at their exhibits. After Dark happens each Thursday from 6-10pm with a different theme every week, featuring guest speakers, films, great music, and more.
- After Dark: See for Yourself (April 7)
- After Dark: Trees (April 14)
- After Dark: Discover the Wonder (April 21)
- After Dark: Dark Matter (April 28)
22. Don’t miss NightLife this April at the Academy of Sciences
NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite ongoing events, and we’re thrilled to see more of these awesome themed soirees on the calendar! The popular Thursday night festivities feature live DJs, outdoor bars, ambience lighting, and more alongside the Academy’s nearly 40,000 animal residents.
- April 7 – NightLife (no theme announced)
- April 14 – NightLife x San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- April 21 – NightLife: Buzzzed
- May 5 – Starry NightLife
23. Don’t miss these fun events at The Crossing
Meet The Crossing at East Cut, a giant new community space located in SF’s Transbay neighborhood. It kicked off this year with a beer garden, food truck park, soccer fields, and a giant ground mural on the block between Howard, Main, Folsom, and Beale Streets.
These days, The Crossing has some excellent events on the calendar. Here are some of our favorites:
- Friday, April 1 – Trade Zoom for Zumba and April Fools’ Comedy
- Saturday, April 2 – Watercolor in Bloom and Rollin’ Through The Crossing (roller disco)
- Sunday, April 10 – Holi Color Festival
24. Humpback whale season is approaching! Here’s where to spot them in the Bay Area
California’s coastline is the perfect spot to catch several whale migration seasons – and humpback season is upon us between April and December. Even from land, you’re likely to see them spouting, slapping their tails (known as “lobtailing”) or even breaching. If you want to see them up close, a whale watching tour will do the trick. Here’s everything you need to know about whale watching in the Bay Area.
25-34. 10 captivating places San Franciscans recommend to celebrate Earth Day in the Bay
Earth Day is April 22, and we can’t wait! Last year, we asked our followers for their best local outdoor escapes. They certainly didn’t disappoint, and these 10 spots come highly recommended by San Franciscans, for San Franciscans.
- Hawk Hill
- Point Reyes
- And more!
35. Get tickets to this utterly dreamy outdoor dinner series
If there’s one table you want a seat at this year it’s the epic open-air dinner series Outstanding in the Field, a traveling restaurant with pop-up luxury meals all across the state. Starting May 1, the seemingly endless, white-clothed tables will return to the most epic locations across California. Tickets have already sold out for some dates, so don’t wait.
36. Marin’s historic Point Bonita Lighthouse is back open
Explorers, rejoice! The historic Point Bonita Lighthouse, situated on a picturesque outcropping of land in Marin, has officially reopened to the public after 2 years of renovations. Visitors can once again enter the structure from 12:30-3:30pm on Sundays and Mondays.
37. San Francisco is now home to the nation’s first fruit latte
San Francisco recently welcomed a new player in the gourmet coffee scene, and this one is really pushing the envelope. Not Latte calls itself the “First Fruit Latte concept in the US,” and their colorful coffee drinks are some of the most unique menu items we’ve seen in a while. You wouldn’t think to pair coffee with flavors like durian, avocado, mango, and banana, but the combinations are surprisingly harmonious and definitely worth a try.
38. Go wine tasting at this Tuscan-style medieval castle in Calistoga
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga is one of Napa’s most unique wineries, in that it’s styled to emulate a Tuscan castle from the 13th century. The structure took 15 years to build, employing various medieval designs and construction techniques. It includes 5 defensive towers with battlements, 107 rooms, handmade antique bricks from Europe, hand-painted frescoes, and more. You’ll feel entirely transported to the Italian countryside, with a little help from their spectacular hand-crafted Italian-style wines.
39. This abandoned highway is now a hiking trail with breathtaking views
Devil’s Slide is the name given to a small area of coastline between Pacifica and Montara, which once held a landslide-prone section of Highway 1. After its construction in 1935, the road was frequently damaged during winter storms and had to be closed and repaired multiple times. Eventually in 2013, CalTrans diverted the highway into the Tom Lantos Tunnels and converted the decommissioned roadway into a pedestrian- and bike-only zone.
40. This plant store lets you create your own beautiful arrangements
Succulence Life and Garden is an adorable plant store in Bernal Heights where you can actually have an interactive planting experience after you browse their awesome selection. At the Planting Bar, you can create your own unique terrarium, vertical garden, or traditional horizontal planting with help from their staff.
41. You have to visit this historical country estate and its breathtaking gardens
Life in the Bay Area means exploring hundreds of interesting places, and still finding more! If you haven’t heard of Filoli, you have got to add this spectacular historical estate to your list. The property covers 654 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The house and garden themselves cover 16 immaculate acres, having been beautifully maintained for over a century.
42. Bay Area photographers are obsessed with this fascinating local shipwreck
Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a photographer, or just a fan of cool, old things, you should check out this old boat up the coast from the City. The S.S. Point Reyes is an old abandoned fishing boat that’s been stranded on a sand bar in Inverness for several decades. According to photographer Greg Disch, it belonged to a local resident who intended to repair it, but ended up beaching it in the Tomales Bay.
43-62. 20 best restaurants that San Franciscans would eat at for the rest of their lives
Who’s hungry? It’s damn near impossible to round up the best restaurants in San Francisco, but thought we’d give it a shot by asking our followers: “If you could only eat at one San Francisco restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would it be?”
63-72. Sip your way through these 10 bottomless brunches
Any weekend can be massively improved by a good old bottomless brunch. We’ve rounded up the best bottomless mimosas or mimosa deals in the city, which will surely spruce up your next daytime outing with friends. Read on to discover your next favorite spot!
73-82. 10 excellent happy hours you’ve got to try in San Francisco
Happy hour is a great excuse to get out of the house and try a new restaurant, or to make a trip out to your favorite neighborhood haunt. Here is a list of some must-try happy hours in the city to put on your to-do list.
83-92. 10 beautiful spring flowers to look for in Golden Gate Park
93-100. 8 wonderful SF museums and gardens offering free admission days
- SFMOMA: Free admission to Bay Area residents on the first Thursday of every month from 4-8pm.
- de Young Museum and Legion of Honor: Free admission for the general public on the first Tuesday of every month. Free admission for Bay Area residents every Saturday.
- Asian Art Museum: Free admission for the general public on the first Sunday of every month.
- GLBT Historical Society Museum: Free admission for all visitors every Saturday.
- Museum of Craft and Design: “Pay what you can Wednesdays” every Wednesday.
- SF Botanical Garden: Free admission for the general public every day from 7:30-9am, and all day on the second Tuesday of every month. Free admission for all SF City & County residents daily with proof of residency.
- Conservatory of Flowers: Free admission for the general public on the first Tuesday of every month.
- Japanese Tea Garden: Free admission for the general public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays if entered between 9-10am.
- Gardens of Golden Gate Park: Beginning in late April, the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden will become free to SF residents with proof of residency.
101-110. 10 of the most unique gardens in San Francisco
San Francisco is home to plenty of memorable gardens, but the most unique ones can take some digging to find. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of interesting and unforgettable spots for you to get a breath of fresh air.
111. Your ultimate guide to getting around SF without a car
How much do you know about San Francisco’s public transportation? Many Californians rely on personal cars to get around, but SF has some excellent infrastructure for car-free commutes, including bike paths, well-connected buses, and much more. Read on to discover some solid car-free alternatives for getting from point A to point B in the city.
112. Pay a visit to Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin on April 10
On April 10, Sunday Streets SF will open up Larkin St, Golden Gate Ave and Ellis St in the Tenderloin for a car-free zone where neighbors can enjoy plenty of space for activities, some of which are provided by local nonprofits.
113-122. Stock up for 4/20 at these 10 SF dispensaries
It’s no secret that California is home to some of the best medical and recreational marijuana products in the world. As such, we feel we wouldn’t be doing our civic duty if we didn’t round up the best dispensaries in the city.
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