SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS

Best Events in San Francisco

Despite being less than 50 square miles, San Francisco is packed with great music venues, bars, nightclubs, theaters and other great places to drink, dance and have fun. Each neighborhood from The Mission to The Marina offers unique options for nightlife and events of all kind. No matter what night of the week, you can always find something fun to do.

Our events guide makes it easy to find San Francisco events and other things to do. The CrawlSF Team has hand-picked the top concerts, pub crawls, festivals, shows and more so you can find the best events in San Francisco with ease.

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January Events

After the climactic end of the year at whatever San Francisco New Year’s Eve event you attended, the city sees a post-holiday reset as everyone gets back to work and starts signing up for gym memberships to start the year off right. There are less events in San Francisco during the beginning of the year, however that doesn’t mean that you can’t find fun things to do. 

January is a great month for bars, especially sports bars, as there are a variety of playoff and championship games as well as regular season games for every professional sport except Major League Baseball, which runs from April to October. People flock to sports bars around San Francisco like Greens Sports Bar, Final Final, The Boardroom, Kezar Pub and more to watch NCAA Football Bowl Games, NFL Playoffs, College Basketball Conference Play and the NHL All-Star Game as well as NBA and NHL regular season play. 

January brings a few great annual San Francisco events like SF Sketchfest, ZAP Festival The SF Ballet Opening Gala and The Anniversary of the Sea Lion’s arrival to Pier 39.

 

February Events

Although the city is back in full swing after the Holidays, February is still a slower month for San Francisco Events. However, the shortest month of the year brings us two popular event days, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Other than the biggest NFL game of the season, sporting events aren’t a big draw with the exception of the NBA All Star Game and the final month of college basketball leading up to March Madness. 

If you are looking for things to do in San Francisco in February, there are a few annual events that definitely stand out. Events like the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, SF Beer Week, Noise Pop Festival and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are all fun events to check out. 

 

March Events

After a slow start to the year, March takes things up a notch with a wide variety of fun events in San Francisco. The highlight for the month is definitely St. Patrick’s Day, which is one of the best party days of the year. If you are looking for the best event in San Francisco in March, the LepraCon St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl brings over 5,000 people to the best bars in the city to celebrate the holiday with cheap drinks, DJs, and more. Other options include the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, The Irish Bank Block Party, and the St. Paddy’s Day Party on Front Street. 

The Month of March also brings March Madness, so sports bars will be packed with college basketball fans watching the games and checking out their brackets. Other great choices for March events include the San Francisco Chocolate Salon, the Macy’s Flower Show and the International Ocean Film Festival.

 

April Events

The month that starts with April Fool’s Day is filled with a bunch of great holidays and observances as the summer season gets closer. The rainy time of the year in San Francisco is almost over as April starts and the temperature begins to rise allowing the start of more outdoor activities and events. Holidays include Easter, Earth Day and National Beer Day!

April also marks the start of baseball season with the San Francisco Giants Opening Day at Oracle Park. Other big sporting events like the NCAA Basketball Final Four and The Masters bring people to bars and restaurants all over the city. It’s also the official early start of music festival season as Coachella takes place over 2 weekends in Indio, California. The best San Francisco events in April include the San Francisco International Film Festival, The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, The San Francisco Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, Opening Day on the Bay and the San Francisco International Beer Festival.

 

May Events

The month of May offers a huge amount of event and activities in San Francisco. Holidays like Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day bring a lot of people to the city, so you can find a lot of things to do throughout the month. If you are looking for a great party in the city, The San Francisco Cinco De Mayo is a great choice. Enjoy cheap drinks with a big crowd of fun people as you travel from bar to bar along the pub crawl path. 

May is also the time for Bay to Breakers! The annual footrace runs across the entire city from The Embarcadero to the Great Highway for 7 miles and has so many participants that it even has a Guinness World Record for largest footrace. This uniquely San Francisco event is fun to participate in or just watch as tens of thousands of participants dress up in crazy outfits for the race. 

Other great San Francisco Events in May include How Weird Street Faire, Carnaval San Francisco, Bottlerock Music Festival and the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

 

June Events

June marks the official start of summer and the beginning of the busy season for San Francisco events, concerts, festivals and more. The weather is warmer and the rain is gone, so you can expect a lot of great outdoor events and activities. 

June also marks the start of the San Francisco Street Fairs. Throughout the summer, different neighborhoods in San Francisco shut down a street and bring in a variety of food vendors, artisans, musicians, local artists and more for a day or two. The season starts off with The Union Street Festival on the first weekend in June. Other events include The North Beach Festival, The Haight Street Fair, The Fillmore Jazz Festival and more. 

Other great San Francisco events in June include The Stern Grove Festival, Gay Pride Parade and Juneteenth Festival.

 

July Events

With summer in full swing, July offers a large variety of Street Festivals, Concerts, Festivals and many other events in San Francisco. Big event holidays in July include Independence Day and Bastille Day, which offer a number of great events. If you are looking for things to do on July 4, CrawlSF produces the Fourth of July Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest. Grab some drinks at some great San Francisco bars and see the best competitive eaters in the city compete to be the San Francisco Hot Dog Eating Champion. 

Other great San Francisco events in July include Bastille Day Block Parties, Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, San Francisco Independence Day Fireworks, The Jewish Film Festival and The San Francisco Marathon. 

 

August Events

August is the last month of peak tourism in San Francisco, so the city is buzzing with tourists and locals seeing San Francisco attractions and attending events and festivals. Because of the large number of people in the city, there are lots of things to do throughout the month. 

One of the highlights for the month is definitely Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which takes place over 3 days in early August and attracts over 200,000 attendees to Golden Gate Park. It’s also the start of both NFL and College Football, so you can feel the excitement as people head to sports bars for the first games. Other popular SF Events in August include the Nihonmachi Street Fair, Eat Drink SF at Fort Mason Center and Jerry Day.

 

September Events

The warmest month of the year, September is a great month for outdoor activities in San Francisco. From concerts to wine events, there are lot of things to do all month long. 

It’s a great month for Bay Area Sports as the NFL and NCAA Football seasons are going strong and the Major League Baseball regular season comes to a close as we prepare for playoffs. With 2 great Bay Area teams, The San Francisco Giants and The Oakland A’s, there is always a chance for some local postseason action. 

Some great San Francisco Events in September include The San Francisco Fringe Festival, The SF Symphony’s Opening Night Gala, The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and the Folsom Street Fair. 

 

October Events

Arguably the best month for events and activities in San Francisco, October has amazing weather and a long list of things to do. Halloween alone make this one of the best party months of the year, with a huge variety of Halloween Events in San Francisco. If you want to attend the best Halloween event in San Francisco, then the Crawloween San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl is the place to be. The annual event brings over 7,000 people to Polk Street to enjoy awesome drink specials at over 25 bars!

Fleet Week takes place at the beginning of the month as well. This annual San Francisco Event is a week-long celebration of the military, featuring a variety of events and ending on a big not with two days of airshows featuring a cool collection of different aircrafts, including the Blue Angels. 

Other great San Francisco events in October include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Castro Street Fair, Oktoberfest by the Bay and the Portrero Hill Festival.

 

November Events

As the temperature begins to dip and the focus start to shift to the Holidays, we see a decline in the number of outdoor activities, concerts, festivals and more. There are a lower number of ticketed events in San Francisco, but you see an increase in company parties and holiday events leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday at the end of the month. 

Popular San Francisco Events in November include the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square, The San Francisco International Automobile Show, the Turkey Trail Trot, The Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Transgender Film Festival. 

 

December Events

The last month of the year is full of Holiday parties, shopping and travel for most people, but there are still a lot of fun things to do in the city. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else, there are plenty of ways to enjoy December in San Francisco. 

SantaCon SF takes place in the beginning of the month, an event that features thousands of people in Santa costumes heading to bars all over the city. Like it or hate it, it’s certainly something to see at least once. If you are more of an Ugly Sweater person than a Santa Suit person, then you can’t go wrong with the Sweatercon San Francisco Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. Throw on your favorite ugly sweater and head down to Maye’s Oyster House for the start of the best holiday event in San Francisco. 

The last day of the month brings one of the biggest party days of the year, New Year’s Eve. San Francisco has hundreds of events from large to small to celebrate the New Year. Other great San Francisco Events in December include SF Ballet’s The Nutcracker, The Winter Wine Pour at Pier 39, The Great Santa Run and Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium. 

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