Cherry Blossom Festival, ballet, baseball, and Easter weekend. April is a great month to be San Francisco with plenty to celebrate. The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is held in SF's Japantown. The SF Ballet company performs not one, but two classic pieces. If you're in the Bay area on Easter weekend (April 14 to 16) plan on attending an Easter egg hunts for kids and a perhaps add a dinner and champagne cruise for the "big kids".
A big event this month is the beginning of baseball season at AT&T park with the SF Giants facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. In addition to the popular events in the city that we review below, April is an ideal month to get out of town for a day or two to explore the best of the Wine Country.
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Although it has its hills, San Francisco is a compact city to explore on two wheels. This gentle 5-hour bike tour explores SF's famous and lesser-known neighborhoods. Pedal through the NoPa, SoMa, Golden Gate Park, and Lower Haight, stopping to rest and take photos. There'll be time to break for lunch at a local cafe, taqueria or food truck.
Sample California hospitality with appetizers, local wine or beer as you sail by Alcatraz, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. Catch sight of the famous sea lions and other sea critters and admire the skyline from the water. The Adventure Cat, at 55 feet, and the 65-foot catamaran both offer 360-degree, protected views and open-sea-air canvas trampoline nets.
First time to the City By The Bay? Get an overview from the Golden Gate Bridge, then go up to Twin Peaks to take in breathtaking 360-degree views from 1,000 feet above sea level. Travel through Golden Gate Park and visit quaint neighborhoods dotted with colorful Victorian homes. Upgrade to the cruise option and enjoy an one-hour narrated cruise of the bay.
The Tony-award winning musical, Hamilton, continues at the Orpheum Theater. History comes alive in the biggest Broadway musical since Book of Mormon. It made its debut in 2015 to rave reviews and has packed theaters since then. Here's a chance to see the memorable story of one of America's founding fathers. April 1 to April 22.
Head over to AT&T Park to see your baseball heroes play ball. The fun starts on April 10, with the San Francisco Giants facing their western division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• AT&T Park
• April 10
• If you're in San Francisco anytime between now and the post-season in October, you have a good chance of finding the Giants playing.
This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.
The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!
April brings on stellar productions starting with Swan Lake, with choreography by Helgi Tomasson and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Beginning April 5 it's the World Premier of Trio, Thatcher & Within the Golden Hour. The month finishes with the classic Cinderella with a musical score by Prokofiev, spectacular sets and costumes by Julian Crouch.
• War Memorial Opera House
Symphonic highlights in April include everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff to German Romanticism: Schumann and Strauss. Book your tickets well in advance, as they do sell out.
• Davies Symphony Hall
When cocktails & culture collide! It's a fun adults-only activity. Arrive to the museum after hours with your express entry pass and enjoy a few cocktails at a pleasant mixer before your behind-the-scenes tour. Upgrade to the VIP option and have unlimited cocktails before the tour begins.
• Thursday Nights
Here's why we love this tour — it's a small group and you travel by luxury van instead of a coach, you see the best of both Napa and Sonoma, stopping at vineyards for tours & tastings, and a gourmet lunch is included. The final stop is at Domaine Chandon for a glass of bubbles and stunning views of the valley.
Visit three family-owned, award-winning wineries — sampling five or six types of wine at each stop. Learn about the wine making process and why Napa is regarded as one of top wine regions of the world. There's also time for a stop at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Includes transport to and from your SF hotel, narrated tour, and all wine tastings.
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Lonely Planet named this activity of the "Top 10 Walking Tours for Globetrotting Foodies" and we agree! Take a culinary tour of Little Italy and North Beach, the two best SF neighborhood destinations for food lovers. The tour guides are insiders, so the neighborhood food vendors pull out all the stops for your visit. You'll love this wonderful introduction to local SF food scene.
Sample the city's most popular brews and bites during this 5-hour adventure with your knowledgeable guide at your side. Travel from place to place in an open-air vehicle, exploring San Francisco's hills and neighborhoods. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people and shows you to a side of San Francisco that tourists rarely see.
Famous for its artisan food culture, on this food tour of Marin you'll sample wines, cheeses, breads, pastries, while learning about Marin County's farm-to-table culture. The sustainable tour ends with a gourmet picnic overlooking Tomales Bay. Group is limited to 7 people.
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Celebrate the traditional customs and rich Japanese culture and heritage with a parade, taiko drums, and delicious traditional foods. The parade is reigned over by Miss Cherry Blossom. It all takes place at the Japan Center in Japantown. The Grand Parade is Sunday, April 16, beginning at City Hall and ending in Japantown.
• Saturday and Sunday, April 8 & 9 and April 15 & 16
Celebrate Cesar Chavez, the man who founded the National Farm Workers Association. The action takes place in the Mission in Dolores Park with art, vendors, a parade and general merriment.
• Mission District
• Saturday, April 29, 2017
The long-running festival features a bonanza of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and a variety of new digital media.
• April 5 to 19, 2017
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This Nob Hill luxury hotel was was built by railroad tycoon C.P. Huntington in 1926. Fast forward to 2017 and it's become a thoroughly modern boutique hotel, while still retaining its historic charm. It's home to the famous Big Four Restaurant and the award-winning Nob Hill Spa.
Craving a Zen hotel in Union Square? The Japanese-inspired Hotel Nikko features gurgling fountains, clean and crisp rooms decorated with muted tones, and Subarashee Yume pillow-top beds and pale blue curtains. There's also a 10,000-square-foot fitness facility with traditional Japanese soaking tubs (of course) and meditation rooms.
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