Opening Days on the Bay, San Francisco Events

Opening Day on the Bay Lunch Cruises

Enjoy the 100th anniversary of this San Francisco Event on an Opening Day on the Bay Lunch Cruise!

March 8, 2017

Opening Day on the Bay takes place on April 23rd, and is a celebration of the start of the boating season. This year will be the 100th anniversary of this San Francisco Event. Spectators come to watch 100 boats parade their way past the shore.  You’ll get a great view of the procession, which begins at noon, from anywhere along the shore from Crissy Field to Pier 39. While you can enjoy the boat parade without charge, there is another way to make the most of the festivities: by taking a lunch cruise!

A few local companies offer Opening Day on the Bay cruises. Keep in mind that these cruises always sell out in advance, so reserve your spot ASAP! Here are a few choices:

Freda B
Board at 10:15 a.m.
Cruise ends at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $89 per person
A gourmet lunch is included on Freda B’s cruise. A cash bar is also available featuring mimosas, beer, wine, hot chocolate, and the boat’s signature Bloody Mary. You’ll see all the action including the Blessing of the Fleet and the parade. Note that credit cards are not accepted at the bar, so bring cash!

Board at 11 a.m.
Cruise ends at 1:30
Tickets: $77 per person
Hornblower’s Opening Day on the Bay Champagne Brunch Cruise includes a filling lunch buffet and bottomless sparkling wine, juice, soda, tea, and coffee. A cash bar is also available during the cruise. Enjoy live background music, unforgettable views, and a close-up look at the San Francisco Event’s festivities!

USS Potomac
Board at 10:30 a.m.
What better way to enjoy this 100-year-old San Francisco Event than on a vessel that is part of history? The USS Potomac was President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Floating White House.” It welcomed heads of state, celebrities and was later passed along through a number of owners, including Elvis Presley. The almost-scrapped ship was rescued, restored, and opened to the public in 1995. This cruise is one of many annual events that take place on board this historic vessel.

Whether you take a lunch cruise or opt to watch the parade from the shore, if you’ll be here during this Event, add it to your list of things to do! Planning a spring visit? View the current Special Offers at Hotel Union Square – an ideally located San Francisco Hotel!