Been a long winter? Time to bust out. Outside that is. As always SF has plenty free options for saying goodbye winter and hello to warmer temps, greener trees, and beautiful blue skies. And some of those options are free! A sample:
National parks are one of America’s best ideas, and in SF we have two great ones — Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Muir Woods has now been a National Monument for more than 100 years; its trees range in age from 600 to 1200 years old. And San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers visitors the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.
When: April 21, 2018
Where: Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
We’ve already told you about this one. Twice. That’s because it’s not only free — it’s beautiful, and because the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is the perfect way to welcome spring back into your life. Enjoy great performances, martial arts, a pop-culture area, and live bands, plus a 1 p.m. parade on Sunday from City Hall to the festival in Japantown. Don’t miss it!
When: April 14 - 15 and 21 - 22, 2018
Where: Japantown. The parade kicks off at SF Civic Center. Directions from SCH here.
Celebrate the official start of boating season with a blessing of the fleet at Opening Day on the Bay. This annual celebration of the maritime community on the San Francisco Bay includes a colorful parade of 100 boats of all types past the waterfront from Crissy Field to Pier 39.
When: April 22, 2018
Where: Crissy Field to Pier 39.
Beginning April 22nd, join the Golden Gate Park Band for free concerts at the Spreckles Temple of Music in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Regular Sunday concerts start at 1:00 p.m. and usually end between 2:30 and 2:45. All concerts that feature the music of specific nationalities or cultures include costumed guest performers, dancers, singers, and speakers who will enlighten and entertain.
When: April 22 - Oct. 7, 2018 (Sundays & holidays)
Where: Golden Gate Park
On April 21st, celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day, and the 100 year anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. The theme for this year’s Earth Day San Francisco is “Stand for the Redwoods, Stand for the Future“. Enjoy live music, keynote speakers, organic food vendors, an eco fashion show, and an eco kids’ zone at the Civic Center Plaza.
When: April 21, 2018
Where: Civic Center Plaza