Best Things to Do in San Francisco This April

Best Things to Do in San Francisco This April

Why not welcome spring in one of the prettiest cities in the world? With this list of the coolest things to do in San Francisco this April, we’ve got you covered. Festivals, museums, performances and more will keep you busy all month, along with holidays like Earth Day and Cesar Chavez Day (technically on March 31).

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in San Francisco including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in San Francisco, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. 

Featured photo by Mark Shigenaga.

Exterior of SFMOMA seen in San Francisco surroundings
Photo courtesy of SFMOMA.

Free SFMOMA Admission

April 4

All residents of the nine Bay Area counties are invited to spend a day at the museum. From noon to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Bay Area residents can enjoy SFMOMA’s galleries for free — and this month’s First Thursday includes a complimentary cup of coffee! Check out evocative photography and painting by Zanele Muholi, or stick around until 5 p.m. for the opening celebration of a new exhibition. Of all the first Thursdays in the year, April 4 will be a good one at MOMA.

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Dancer Lawrence Chen in mid-air performing Rainbow Dances for the Oakland Ballet's Dancing Moons Festival in April in Oakland and San Francisco, California
Photo by John Hefti.

Dancing Moons Festival

April 5–7

It’s a pity heroes have no way of exercising their prowess,” reads one poem etched into the wall of the Angel Island immigration station. These poems are transformed into dance in Oakland Ballet’s new production, Angel Island Project, on preview at the third annual Dancing Moons Festival. Coming to SF’s ODC Theater, this award-winning festival celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander choreographers and their stunning new works.

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Cesar Chavez labor activist smoking cigarette and smiling, representing upcoming Cesar Chavez Day Parade and Festival in San Francisco, California
Photo by Los Angeles Times via Wikimedia.

Cesar Chavez Day Parade & Festival

April 13

March 31, 2024 marks the tenth-ever Cesar Chavez day holiday, and San Francisco’s annual parade will march from Dolores Park to 24th St. in his honor. Community groups, unions and local businesses unite for this celebration of the activist’s legacy and the impact of farmworkers across the state. Let’s say it all together now: ¡Sí se puede! 

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Confetti explodes over parade float at Japantown's Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, California
Photo by Mark Shigenaga.

SF Cherry Blossom Festival

April 13–14 & 20–21

Japantown turns pink for this yearly celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture. Since 1968, the festival has served to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States. With an array of events involving bonsai, taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance, martial arts and more, these two weekends attract thousands to celebrate. Look out for the yearly parade on the festival’s final Sunday. 

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Empty beer pint glass on fence above the bay and Golden Gate Bridge in distance, labeled "Bay Area Brew Fest" for the festival in San Francisco, California
Photo courtesy of Bay Area Brew Festival.

Bay Area Brew Festival

April 20

For one day only, the Presidio Main Lawn will be packed with food trucks, live music and stalls from over 70 breweries. Admission to the festival gets you access to unlimited samples from the participating breweries. At $65 per ticket, that seems like a good deal to me. Be sure to pace yourself by playing some of the lawn games. Cornhole and beer: a perfect afternoon. 

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Boy looks at art piece made of trash at Earth Day SF in San Francisco, California
Photo courtesy of Earth Day SF.

Earth Day SF

April 21

At Bayview’s New Farm, a volunteer-run community space and organization for environmental education, Earth Day San Francisco comes together for its 54th annual celebration. Admission is free for this day dedicated to green living, and visitors will enjoy live music, an eco fashion show and interactive art inspired by our natural world. Anybody looking for more Earth Day events can check out SF Climate Week’s other gatherings, cleanups and talks happening all around the Bay. 

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San Francisco International Film Festival neon sign at movie theater syaing "Welcome Back to the movies! Tix at" in San Francisco, California
Photo by Pamela Gentile, courtesy of SFFilm.

SF International Film Festival

April 24–28

Founded in 1957, the SFFILM Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. SFFilm draws the industry’s top filmmakers and important up-and-comers for a program of films that excite, incite and innovate. 

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in SF? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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