SpotHero Spring Picks: Our Top 8 Things to Do in San Francisco This Spring

Spring is here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Bay Area. Here are eight of our favorite things to do in San Francisco this spring.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & Unite SF Celebration

Date: March 16, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

Location: The parade begins at 2nd & Market Streets, and goes down Market Street before ending at Civic Center Plaza.

Price: Free to attend!

Details: This St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the oldest in the United States and draws 100,000 people annually. The 173rd annual festival kicks off with a Mass at 9:00 a.m., and the festival and parade begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees can check out the parade, and enjoy food, live music, and special performances and guests at the festival center in Civic Center Plaza! You can learn more here.

Picnic in The Presidio

Date: Anytime! The park is open 24 hours a day year-round.

Location: The Presidio National Park. Click here for details about picnic areas.

Price: Free!

Details: This spectacular park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Take a walk, bring a picnic, and take in the scenic views. Learn more about The Presidio here.

Renegade Craft Fair

Dates: April 6 – 7, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd.

Cost: Free! Suggested donation of $5

Details: This traveling craft fair brings more than 250 artists, designers and creatives together under one roof. Shop small and explore vendors from San Francisco and beyond at this two day art extravaganza! Learn more here.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates: April 13 – 14 & 20 – 21

Location: Various locations around Japantown.

Cost: Free!

Details: The 57th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown. The two-weekend celebration has a full line-up with food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more! Click here for more details.

Bay to Breakers

Date: Sunday, May 19

Location: Starting line is near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero.

Price: Free to watch! Registration starts at $65, full details are available here

Details: Since 1912, more than 2 million costumed runners have run Bay to Breakers, a 12K race from San Francisco Bay to the breakers on Ocean Beach. It is one of the oldest continuously run foot races in the world, but most people come for the spectacle of it all; costumes are encouraged and can get very elaborate! Learn more here.

Union Street Spring Festival

Dates: June 3 – 4

Location: Union Street between Gough & Fillmore Streets.

Cost: Free!

Details: This street fair is one of San Francisco’s largest each year. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, food and drink, as well as family activities and booths from local vendors and artists. Learn more here.

Check out a Giants Game

Dates: The Giants home opener is Friday, April 5. You can view the entire regular season schedule here.

Location: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza.

Cost: Ticket price varies based on opponent

Details: Nothing says spring like a day at the ballpark. When the weather is nice, grab your friends and head over to Oracle Park to cheer on the home team.

Head out of town for Spring Break

If you’re heading out of town for spring break, we wouldn’t hold it against you. Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance!

Transportation Tips and Tricks

Street parking and metered parking is in very high demand throughout the San Francisco Area. Pay close attention to any posted signs; parking in a restricted spot could result in a ticket or even a boot. Click here for more information.

If you are planning on parking on the street, we would recommend downloading the PayByPhone Parking app, which allows drivers to pay for parking and extend their time at a meter directly from their mobile device!

San Francisco also has many garages and lots that are available for a fee. You can use SpotHero to reserve a spot in advance and park with ease!

Public Transportation

San Francisco is served by the SFMTA Muni system, which is available for a fee. If you’re going to a large event, consider parking further away in a less busy area and taking public transit to save time and money. You can learn more and view schedules here.

Happy spring, San Francisco!