Special Events in San Francisco

Bay to Breakers Run
If you enjoy running in marathons, then take a look at the Bay to Breakers Run in San Francisco. The race began in 1912 and has become one of the most popular footraces in the country. It started as a way of helping to lift the spirits of San Francisco citizens after the devastating earthquake in 1906 and has gained more attention with each year.

San Francisco Waterfront Festival
Held on Pier 39 each year, this event is how San Francisco celebrates America's Independence Day. The festival includes live music, great food, crafts, and art exhibits and much more. The event is capped off with a grand fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay that has to be seen to be believed. If you enjoy festivals and meeting fun people, this is the time to explore Pier 39.

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
When you want to hear real Jazz music, check out the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. Taking place each summer, the Jazz Festival has included past artists like Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. Today the Jazz Festival take place along eight blocks of Fillmore Street with arts and craft displays as well as food vendors that prepare everything from Asian to Cajun foods and more. This one festival you do not want to miss.

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Experience the plays of Shakespeare performed in the beautiful Golden Gate Park when you attend the annual San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. The festival is free to attend and has included plays such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Henry V" and many more. The festival is supported by donations from the community and provides educational opportunities for kids to learn about the performing arts. The Shakespeare Festival is a definite must for families who want to come out and enjoy a great time in Golden Gate Park while taking part in an exciting festival atmosphere.

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
If you love chocolate then the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival is the place for you. This annual event highlights the many forms and styles that chocolate can be created in as well as giving you the opportunity to sample a wide variety of chocolate delicacies. The event is held in Ghirardelli Square and includes demonstrations by chocolate confectioners, an ice cream eating contest, live music and much more. You can also learn how to make some of these exciting chocolate treats.