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The best of the Bay Area’s seasonal festivals

Season Festival

Save the dates! The Bay Area brings you some of the most colorful and exciting festivals in Northern California. Here are some of them.

  1. San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
    More than 200,000 festival goers flock to Japantown each year for this special event. Started in 1967, the festivities usually take place over the course of two weekends in April.

    Snack on tempura and sashimi and participate in cultural activities involving traditional music and dance. In 2018, the festival will include taiko drum performances, a tea ceremony, and a Sanrio Corner for the kids and kids-at-heart – drop by to meet Hello Kitty and friends.

    But the highlight of the festival is, undoubtedly, the Grand Parade with its gorgeous floats.

    You can view more information here.

  2. Chinese New Year Parade

    SF’s Chinatown is home to one of the biggest and most prosperous Chinese communities in the United States. Join them for the annual Chinese New Year’s Parade, featuring elaborate costumes, magnificent floats, and popping firecrackers. The reigning Miss Chinatown USA will also make an appearance. This tradition and festive parade brings ancient Chinese culture to life for all to enjoy!

    The 2018 Chinese New Year Parade will take place on February 24. Can’t make it? Catch it on television – it will air on KTSF Channel 26 or KTVU Fox 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    You can view more information here.

  3. Pride Parade
    The SF Pride Parade has been celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) heritage and culture for over 40 years. As one of the most anticipated events in the Bay Area, the parade attracts 200 contingents and over a million festival goers, and showcases more than 20 party venues and music stages.

    Castro Street lies at the heart of the festivities – this historic stretch in SF comes to life with confetti and rainbow flags each June. But you’ll find plenty of Pride-themed events all over the city, including the Dyke March and the final party.

    More details on the 2018 Pride Parade can be viewed here.

  4. Outside Lands Festival
    This annual event celebrates food, music, art, beer, and wine each summer. Traditionally held at the iconic Golden Gate Park, the festival has a following that continues to grow each year, thanks to the great atmosphere and fantastic lineup of artists. Previous performers include Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, and other musical greats. Along with the live performances, sample some wine and check out the food vendors.

    Updates on the event can be found here. Visit this page for volunteer opportunities.

  5. Folsom Street Fair
    Take a walk on the wild side at the Folsom Street Fair, which is arguably the world’s largest leather event. Join fetish players from every corner of the globe as they set up exhibitor booths, dance to EDM, and wear their best leather gear.

    The fair takes place on September 30, 2018. Visit this page for event details.

  6. Castro Street Fair
    This one-day event traditionally takes place on the first Sunday of October. Founded in 1974 by the late Harvey Milk, a prominent politician and LGBT activist, this community street celebration features several dance areas that play swing, country, Latin, and techno.

    Attended by hundreds, the Castro Street Fair brings you numerous food vendors, local artisans, and seasoned performers. Additional information can be found here.

  7. Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Bring the whole family and usher in the Christmas season with hot chocolate and wine. The event features live music, kids’ activities, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself. Watch the 50-foot fir tree light up for the holidays then go to any of the nearby restaurants for a lovely family dinner afterwards.

Check out more details here.

Live close to all of these fantastic celebrations. Call Richard Sarro at 415-680-5042 for more information.