Urban Air Market is a curated marketplace for “green” sustainable design. Held twice per year, this is the largest outdoor design festival in the country and the only independent fashion show. Focusing on quality, originality, cleverness and methods of sustainability,over 150 local artists and independent designers of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home décor gather together to push fashion in the direction it should be going.
Previously known as the Capsule Design Festival, launched in 2003, the Urban Air Market has grown to attract over 1,500 attendees per show. Live music and open marketplace atmosphere make this block party a refreshing treat to see and experience. The free outdoor event is currently in its 9th year of success.
May 5, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM PSt
Hayes Valley – Octavia Boulevard at Hayes
Free to attend.
For more information go to www.urbanairmarket.com/
San Francisco’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is one of the City’s most spectacular traditions, showcasing the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures with a diverse array of music, dance and artistry for the whole family to enjoy. Sure to draw thousands of guests, the ninth annual celebration is an alcohol-free, family friendly cultural event. Featuring delicious, diverse foods, nearly 50 booths where vendors will offer fine arts and crafts and important information that empowers the community through greater awareness of important topics, the SF Cinco de Mayo Festival will be whirling with culture, spirit and fun.
The Festival is produced by Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Since 1959 the Mission Centers, a non-profit organization with 13 community centers, have provided quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for San Francisco though their Child Development Programs and Youth and Senior Services Programs.
The 14th annual How Weird Street Faire, aka Weirdi Gras, on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 is a project of the World Peace Through Technology Organization featuring vendors from around the world with unique and creative goods for sale. Join thousands of people in colorful costumes to enjoy diverse genres of electronic music including dubstep, electro, poetry, trance, house, techno, drum & bass and live electronica. Some of the world’s top DJs and musicians perform at the faire to provide a fascinating and undulating beat while visitors (who are encouraged to wear costumes) browse the wares and pageantry while enjoying faire food and drink.
Known as the greatest street faire in the galaxy, Weirdi Gras focuses on peace while transforming the San Francisco streets into a celebration of creativity and encouraging friendship, cooperation and unique perspectives. This year, the How Weird Street Faire will encompass Howard Street between 1st and New Montgomery, 2nd Street between Mission and Howard, all four blocks of Minna and Natoma Streets off of 2nd as well as Tehama Street. There will be an urban crop circle at the center intersection of Howard and 2nd which will house the Paxorium (place of peace). Join in the strange and wonderful of the How Weird Street Faire and help support understanding, acceptance, love and the World Peace Through Technology Organization.
April 28th, 2013 from to .
13 blocks of San Francisco
Fee: $10 donation encouraged.
For more information go to www.howweird.org/
The 30th Annual San Francisco International Beer Festival will be April 27th, 2013, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM PST at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavillion. For a $65 admission, beer and food enthusiasts receive a taster’s mug for bottomless samples of hundreds of craft beers from their favorite local and international breweries as well as delicious eats from sensational San Francisco restaurants. Last year’s Fest was attended by nearly 4,000 suds lovers and sold out in under 20 minutes. Hailed as one big keg party, the SFIBF opens its gates to patrons using an air horn and, despite the popularity and fast and furious start, lines are commonly very short and move quickly.
This is a festival with a great cause, as the SFIBF is the sole fundraiser for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery school. The event is entirely produced by the parents of Tel-Hi’s preschool students and the money raised will fund the teaching and learning programs at the school for an entire year. Consider it drinking (responsibly) for a better tomorrow. The families thank you, and the kids thank you. Meanwhile, raise your mug and tickle your homebrew fancy with over 200+ craft beers.
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM PST
Fort Mason Center – Festival Pavillion
Tickets: $65 (get them quick, this party sells out fast!)
For information and tickets go to www.sfbeerfest.com.
Held each Spring for 15 days, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is a glorious gathering of around 200 filmmakers from over 20 countries in this highly anticipated annual event that is a sparkling gem in the International Film Festival Circuit. Founded in 1957, the SFIFF is the longest running film festival in the Americas. Showcasing cinematic discovery and innovation with an emphasis on diversity, the International has earned an audience of more than 80,000 visitors annually. WIth loyal and passionate audiences, champions among civic and community leaders, admiration and close scrutiny by filmmakers and industry professionals, SFIFF is one of the most important events in the Bay Area’s cultural calendar.
Sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society, SFIFF is a celebration of film both as art and as an agent for social change. Featuring a bonanza of narrative feature films, animated shorts, live-action, television and theatrical documentaries, a variety of new digital media and experimental work, as well as industry panels and seminars, awards events, retrospectives and the Schools at the Festival program, this star-studded line-up of film appreciation promises, and delivers, an acclaimed stop along the International Film Festival circuit.
April 25th to May 10th, 2013.
For more information go to http://festival.sffs.org
April 21st, 2013 marks the final day of the Cherry Blossom Festival with a great display of art and community that is The Grand Parade. Featuring a number of honored performers from Japan, streams of colorful floats, world-renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s thundering drums, traditionally costumed dancers, musicians, and the Taru Mikoshi (Shinto shrine), this celebration of Japanese heritage and tradition will flow like colorful butterflies from the Civic Center, proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Filmore Streets.
For two weekends leading up to the pageantry of the Grand Parade, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival features food booths, cultural performances, live bands, the annual Queen Program and more. Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th, and the following Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st, all are welcome to participate with some 300,000 other visitors in the 46th annual festivities. Said to be the second largest Cherry Blossom festival outside of Washington, D.C., this celebration is free to the public and an excellent opportunity to support and participate in Northern California’s Japanese American culture.
The Grand Parade commences at 1:00 PM PST, Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at City Hall and concludes in Japantown at about 3:00 PM.
Free to the public.
For more information, go to www.sfcherryblossom.org.
Questions about the grand parade can be submitted to CBFParade@gmail.com.
Play ball! 2012 World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, meet the St. Louis Cardinals during their home opener at AT&T Park on April 5, 2013. People in the Bay Area love to see the Giants, and for good reason as the SF Giants are one of the premier teams in the entire league. With history in the Giants favor under the precedence of players such as Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, Opening Day promises to ignite the excitement of baseball lovers with fresh chalk lines, perfectly groomed turf, the thundering of cheers and astounding athleticism.
Chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily, AT&T Park at 24 Willie Mays Plaza has many incredible features. Central location, breathtaking views, classic design, and the family friendly Coca-Cola Fan Lot provide a fully rounded experience of Major League Baseball. Feel what it is like to run the bases, play the game and enjoy the timeless icons of baseball at the Fan Lot, specifically designed for AT&T Park, the Giants, baseball fans and the community to further enhance the experience of a day at the ballpark.
April 5, 2013, 1:35 PM PST
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
Seat prices starting at $158.75.
For more information go to http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp.
Union Street’s 22nd annual Spring Celebration and Easter Parade, March 31st, 2013 celebrates the diverse community of San Francisco in an outdoor bistro setting. Featuring some of Union Street’s best restaurants and focusing on children’s and family activities, this is a spectacular event for everyone. Described as wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous, this street fair and parade include such delights as inflatable bounces, hands-on children’s activities, costumed characters, sophisticated fashions, classic cars, a petting zoo and Easter bonnet contest. Great music, great food and great fun – this is a spectacular event for everyone!
The Easter Parade, known for the last 20 years as the Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco, showcases the unique community of the Bay Area. Featuring marching bands, balloons, self-propelled mini-floats, and a delightful procession of entries, it’s sure to please the whole family.
Sunday, March 31st, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Parade begins at 2:00 PM
Union Street, from Gough to Fillmore.
For more information go to www.sresproductions.com/union_street_easter.html.
The 28th annual San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, one of the most comprehensive trade events related to the garden decoration sector of the United States, is happening from March 20th to 24th, 2013 at the San Mateo Event Center. View 20 international display gardens, 30 small space gardens, and the world’s largest rotating succulent globe. With growers’ delights such as expert seminars, DIY demonstrations, plant market and aisles of gardening items and gifts, this show is sure to please any horticulturalist. Sample delicious foods at the Chef Stage and relax in the wine garden.
Beginning with the Deadheader’s Garden Gala opening night and preview on March 19th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, benefitting the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland, guests will enjoy live music, dancing and prizes. This show welcomes leading industry professionals and gardening experts to deliberate industry issues and great opportunities alike. With over 200 exhibitors and 30,000 like minded visitors, the Show is an excellent place to network and increase client databases.
March 19th, 2013 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST – Opening Night Gala and Preview
March 20th to 24th – Flower & Garden Show
San Mateo Event Center
Gala tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door (includes Show passes)
Show tickets: $20 per day or $30 for multi-pass (good for all 4 days)
For more information go to http://www.sfgardenshow.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well over a hundred colorful floats, marching bands, Irish dance troupes and thousands of observers will gather together to for the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Saturday, March 16th will be the 162nd annual parade, and the popular Festival joins in the fun for another year. The Parade and Festival are a family friendly celebration of Irish culture and heritage, with San Francisco’s event shining as the largest one of its kind West of the Mississippi.
The Parade kicks off at 11:00 AM (PST) from 2nd and Market Streets and finishes at the Civic Center. Festival activities are scheduled from 11 AM to 5 PM and include, in addition to the Parade, live performance, crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays and a number of non-profit booths representing the Irish community.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
2nd and Market Streets to the Civic Center
11 AM to 5 PM PST