Bringing people together for a fun-filled day in the outdoors can be considered an act of peace. The Dalai Lama and other notable figures have said as much. And what better place to do that than in the City of Saint Francis?
In a city known for its lively outdoor events, the 2014 San Francisco outdoor event spring season kicks off this weekend with a bang!
10. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are moving their annual Easter Sunday event from Dolores Park because of all the construction going on to Hellman Hollow, formerly Speedway Meadows, in Golden Gate Park. Be sure to catch the Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contest! Read more about the Sisters HERE.
9. Also on Easter Sunday 4/20, and also in Golden Gate Park, is the officially-frowned upon by public officials, and unofficial 4-20 Smokeout at Hippy Hill at Sharon Meadows. Read abut how City leaders want to harsh your 4-20 buzz HERE.
8. With the season opener only a few weeks ago, catching a Giants baseball game at the beginning of the season under the warm San Francisco sun is one of The City's favorite attractions. The tied-for-first-place SF Giants have a string of six home games in a row starting Friday, April 25th until Wednesday April 30th. Check the SF Giants schedule HERE.
7. The San Francisco Cinco de Mayo celebration will return to the heart of the Mission District as one of The City's most spectacular traditions. The tenth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 takes place on Valencia between 21st and 23rd Streets, and is sponsored by the Mission Neighborhood Center. See more about the event HERE.
6. Bay to Breakers is the granddaddy of all short marathons in North America. Started in May, 1912 as a way to raise the spirits of San Franciscans after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906, Bay to Breakers is still going strong in 2014! Click HERE to register for the iconic May 18th footrace from the banks of the San Francisco Bay, to the rolling breaker waves of the Pacific Ocean!
5. Another celebration of Latin American culture is the 36th Annual Carnaval street fair. The 2014 theme is La Rumba de la Copa Mundial, or the "Celebration of the World Cup." San Francisco’s Mission District will be bursting with soccer, international music, dance, global cuisine and arts & crafts from the many countries that celebrate Carnaval. The 2–day festival on May 24th and 25th takes place on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets, and will include all of these and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Read more information about Carnival HERE.
4. Sunday Streets will close stretches of Bayshore/Dogpatch on 5/4 and the Great Highway on 6/8 to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Read about Sunday Streets HERE.
3. Old hippies don't die, they just keep on partying! The 37th annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair will be taking place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 on Haight Street from Masonic Avenue to Stanyan Street. There are two stages on either ends featuring some of the best local rock bands and other fantastic live performances. Click HERE for details.
2. Who is not in favor of saving Mother Earth? The annual April event that celebrates environmentalism and all things natural will take place on 4/19 at UN Plaza and Civic Center. Earth Day features demonstrations, live music, DJs, and speakers to enliven your spirits and encourage a "call to action"in support of this wonderful blue-green orb which supports all life on the planet. Click HERE for more Earth Day info.
1. And the number one favorite springtime outdoor festival is the 15th Annual How Weird Street Faire in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco on 5/4 from noon to 8 PM. Centered at Howard and Second Streets, this year's theme is "How Weird in Outer Space" celebrating all things robotic, alien, and kitsch B-Movie sci-fi. Enjoying the 13 stages of DJs, music, costumes and dancing in the streets should be enough to get your heart pumping. May The Forth Be With You! How Weird info HERE.