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Events in San Francisco

Northern America

Beer week

Breweries, restaurants and bars organize the Beer Week, which takes place every spring with 700 events.

Date: February 07, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Place: San Francisco

Chinese new year celebration and parade

The New Year Parade is a worldwide and national event. The Chinese community in San Francisco is the largest outside of China, which is why the Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco are the largest in the United States. The parade shows floats, ornate costumes, wild lions, exploding fireworks and the spectacular 6.8 m golden dragon (gum lung).

Date: February 8, 2020 – February 8, 2020
Location: Chinatown, San Francisco

Arrival of the sea lions at Pier 39

The arrival of sea lions is celebrated at Pier 39 every January. The playful mammals entertain guests and staff at Pier 39 all year round. In the adjacent sea lion center you can find out about the life and habits of good swimmers.

Date: February 8, 2020 – February 17, 2020
Place: Pier 39

International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF)

The International Ocean Film Festival at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, at Pier 39, shows films every spring that cover all aspects of the oceans on our blue planet.

Date: March 12, 2020 – March 15, 2020
Location: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
Admission: With admission fee.

Cinco de Mayo

The Cinco de Mayo is also an important festival day for Latin American US citizens in San Francisco, which is celebrated with parades, parties and festival weeks.

Date: May 05, 2020 – May 05, 2020
Venue: various venues near 22nd Street and Valencia Street.

North Beach Festival

The North Beach Festival is one of the country’s most typical outdoor festivals. It takes place in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors as San Francisco’s Little Italy and home to the famous beat generation. It is celebrated in numerous quaint streets in the center of the neighborhood, including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue. The festival has a lot to offer: more than 125 stalls with handicrafts, gourmet food stalls, two stages for live entertainment, Italian street painting, beer gardens, an area where children can paint with chalk and the animal blessing.

Date: June 20, 2020 – June 21, 2020
Place: North Beach District
Admission: Without admission fee.

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival

Against the backdrop of Fillmore Street, hundreds of thousands of jazz fans gather every July to celebrate the rich tradition of jazz. Culinary needs are also catered for.

Date: July 4th, 2020 – July 5th, 2020
Place: Fillmore Street
Admission: Without admission fee.

Across the Bay 12K Race

The “Across the Bay 12K Race” event includes a 12-kilometer run across the Golden Gate Bridge to Aquatic Park and a subsequent party at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Date: July 12, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Location: Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf
Admission: Free for viewers.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

The Japanese Culture Festival celebrates Japanese culture and tradition on the American west coast every August in Japantown and the Japan Center. Delicacies and music of various genres, from taiko to hip-hop and salsa to rock and jazz, round off the festival.

Date: August 1, 2020 – August 16, 2020
(not yet determined)
Place: Japantown, San Francisco

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Triathletes from all over the world, amateurs and professionals alike, start against the historical backdrop of what is probably the most famous prison in the world, to jump into the icy waters of San Francisco Bay. The participants cover 2.4 kilometers swimming, 24 kilometers cycling and 13 kilometers running. The Fitness Festival thrills athletes and exhibitors alike and is a weekend spectacle for the whole family. Participation in the triathlon is only recommended for experienced athletes.

Date: September 10, 2020 – September 10, 2020
Location: Golden Gate Area, Presidio.
Entry: With admission fee.

San Francisco Fringe Festival

As part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, drama groups and amateurs from San Francisco and other regions bring a wide range of theater performances to the stage each September. During the 12 days of the festival, visitors can expect everything from serious drama to sketches. A lottery system that determines the program and is guaranteed to be very varied makes the event truly unique.

Date: September 10, 2020 – September 19, 2020
Venue: Exit Theater, Exit Stage Left, Exit Studio
Entry: With admission fee.

American Indian Film Festival

The American Indian Film Festival celebrates the culture and film art of Native Americans and the Canadian First Nation people.

Date: October 26, 2020 – November 02, 2020
(not yet determined)
Place: Delancey Street Theater and SF Jazz Center
Admission: With admission fee.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a nostalgic Victorian-London Christmas market as portrayed by Charles Dickens. It takes place every year on the weekends in November and December in the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls.

Date: November 21, 2020 – December 20, 2020
Place: Cow Palace Exhibition Halls

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