Best Annual Events in San Francisco

Looking for something to do in San Francisco? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the annual events you can’t miss. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

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Photo: Courtesy of Knight Lights Photography

Chinese New Year Festival & Parade

Gung Hay Fat Choy! The date of the Lunar New Year changes every year, but the excitement remains the same. Year of the Tiger” is celebrated in Chinatown on Feb. 19, 2022 with a parade beginning at dusk: decorated floats, martial arts demonstrations, the fabulous Lion Dance, firecrackers and more. 

More info: chineseparade.com

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Cherry Blossom Festival

One of Americas three remaining Japantowns typically attracts more than 200,000 spectators to free outdoor events over two weekends in April when pretty pink blossoms and cultural performances are in the spotlight. Martial arts, music, food, and a festival queen are all in the lineup by the Peace Pagoda.

More info: sfcherryblossom.org

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Bay to Breakers

Some are serious runners; many wear costumes to walk it just for fun. Conceived as a feel good picker-upper after the Great Earthquake of 1906, this 12km footrace weaves through nine neighborhoods from San Francisco Bay to Ocean Beach. Watch for the signature ”centipedes,” creatively costumed groups of 13 or more.

More info: baytobreakers.com

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SF Pride Parade

All are welcome! A two-day weekend Pride Parade in late June that draws well over one million participants and spectators is the culmination of a month-long celebration. Widely known as one of the worlds oldest and largest LBGTQ+ gatherings, the colorful rainbow-themed free event was founded in 1970.

More info: sfpride.org

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Photo: Courtesy of Paige Parsons

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Since 2008, the citys best music festival has grown to include outstanding food and drink, and more. Once the lineup is announced, festival passes and one-day tickets sell fast for the three-day event in Golden Gate Park, shifting from late August to Halloween weekend in a post-Covid pivot. Stay tuned for updates.

More info: sfoutsidelands.com

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