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February 16, 2019
| By
Maria Mancuso

7 Top Spring Events in San Francisco

San Francisco is host to many entertaining events throughout the year! See this short list of the ‘7 Top Spring Time Events in San Francisco’ you are sure to enjoy!

San Francisco is an amazing city for entertaining events and activities representing a wide variety of interests: fashion, music, culinary, automotive, holidays, health & beauty, entertainment and more.

No matter when you visit San Francisco, you can be sure that there will be an event, trade show or activity that celebrates something of interest to you.

Below is a list of just, 7 Top Spring Events in San Francisco’ - of course there are many more events for you to discover and enjoy during your next visit to San Francisco.

Mardi Gras
When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Where: Fillmore Center Plaza and throughout the city

The month of March kicks off with one of the most popular and most anticipated San Francisco Events: Mardi Gras!

Celebrations will take place in many neighborhoods across San Francisco including great food and celebrations at local restaurants, and of course amazing live music and concerts. But the most popular celebration will take place at the Fillmore Center Plaza. 

This gathering will include known blues singers including Margie Turner, Alabama Mike and Bernard Anderson to name a few.  This is a true ‘New Orleans-style’ celebration that brings the Fillmore Music District to life with music, food and a colorful, family friendly activities.

A parade is planned featuring Sumba Funk, the Gumbo Band and the St. Gabriel Brass Band.  The Grand Marshall for this popular event in San Francisco will be New Orleans own Chief Takawaka.

Other smaller Mari Gras celebrations will be taking place across San Francisco at local bars, restaurants and entertainment halls. Expect to see, hear and experience lively Jazz performances at almost all the Jazz Clubs across the city.

Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival
When: March 5 – 17, 2019

Lights! Camera! Movies!  This popular annual event was voted the ‘Best Film Festival’ by USA Today readers.  This year the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival will showcase creative experiences in the areas of fashion, writing, television, art, dance and augmented realties and more.

Among the other key features of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival are the panel discussions and of course the chance to mingle with film stars, directors and other production and creative industry participants.

This festival will present projects from over 50 countries in film and technology venues and theaters around San Jose and Redwood City.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 16, 2019
Where: St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Second and Market Street
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Everyone in San Francisco will be Irish on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!  San Francisco is host to the West Coast’s largest celebration of this Irish Holiday. This annual San Francisco Event is celebrated with many local celebrations including the much anticipated, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the longest running parades in the United States.

This holiday is celebrated with great music, authentic Irish food and of course a pint (or 2, or 3) of Ale at one of the many Irish Pubs located throughout San Francisco.

San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Second and Market Street with an estimated 5,000 participants who celebrate ‘everything Irish’ all the way to San Francisco’s City Hall located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

In addition to the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, guests can enjoy lively music, great Irish food and other arts and crafts vendors, along the parade route and in other areas of the city.

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Celebrations will be taking place in many neighborhoods across San Francisco including great food and celebrations at local restaurants, and of course amazing live music and concerts.

Macy’s Flower Show – San Francisco
When: March 24 – April 7, 2019
Where: Macy’s Union Square, at 170 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 1 block

Spring time in San Francisco is kicked off by this popular annual event that is focused on inviting consumers, Wedding planners, Event planners, Designers and more to see what is new and next for all things related to flower displays and plant design.

This popular San Francisco Event is a clear indication that Spring time is on its way to San Francisco.

San Francisco International Film Festival
When: April 10 - 23, 2019
Where: Various venues

The San Francisco International Film Festival is considered as the longest-running film festival in the United States.  The festival started in 1957 by Irving ‘Bud’ Levin who once worked as a theater operator in San Francisco and believed that the United States, and San Francisco should host a film festival much like those that were hosted in Europe.

The San Francisco International Film Festival presents up to 180 films from 50 countries and includes presentations of numerous awards and prizes, classes, exhibits and panel discussions.

Heading into its 63nd year, the San Francisco International Film Festival will attract approximately 70,000 film enthusiasts at this year’s events.

Films for the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival are presented at numerous San Francisco theaters and other venues including the Roxie Theater, Castro theater, Victoria Theater and other venues.

San Francisco Cinco de Mayo
When: May 5th, 2019
Where: Various venues

What could be better than a full day celebrating Mexico with great Mexican food, music and the culture of Mexico?

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated officially on May 5th, but there is an amazing event, the 2019 San Francisco  Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on Saturday May 4th, 2019 on Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Street.

Come and enjoy all the great Mexican food provided by numerous vendors, arts & crafts vendors, exhibits and of course the fantastic music and other entertainment and Margaritas.

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This popular and long running event will present over 60 performances in the categories of dance, theater, and music groups representing 11 countries, the U.S. and of course the Bay Area.

San Francisco International Arts Festival
When: May 23 – June 2, 2019
Where: Fort Mason Center - 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94123
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 2.5 Miles

This popular and long running event will present over 60 performances in the categories of dance, theater, and music groups representing 11 countries, the U.S. and of course the Bay Area.  The San Francisco International Arts Festival also features related exhibits, music, food and other outreach activities.

We hope you enjoy our list of, 7 Top Spring Events in San Francisco’ and when you plan your next visit to San Francisco, consider Hotel Union Square. Our Union Square Hotel is ideally located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square and close to many venues that host some of the best San Francisco’s Events throughout the year.

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