San Francisco is in cultural bloom this spring with cool and creative events in April and May. Get out and dance to electronic beats at a weird street party, honor the Earth, or experience the longest running film festival in the Americas. With the days longer, San Francisco celebrates the spirit of springtime with these festive happenings.
Earth Day – April 18
Celebrate the health of our planet and the community at Civic Center Plaza on Earth Day. Get outside in the spring sunshine and enjoy live entertainment, interactive art, organic food and drink, earth conscious exhibitors, speakers, eco workshops, and empowerment activities. Broaden your horizons and learn about holistic health practices from different indigenous communities. Go to www.earthdaysf.com.
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) – April 23 – May 7
Film lovers will discover heaven at this showcase of cinematic creativity and discovery. A celebration of innovative world cinema, the 58th annual San Francisco International Film Festival features more than 150 independent films from over 50 countries screened at the Castro Theater and Sundance Cinemas Kabuki Theatres. Celebrity highlights include Jason Segel, star of the festival’s centerpiece film, “The End of the Tour,” Guillermo del Toro, director of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and this year’s winner of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award, and Richard Gere, who receives the Peter J. Owens Award for acting in “Time Out of Mind,” which shows April 26the at the Castro. For events and shows, go to www.sffs.org.
How Weird Street Faire – April 26
Get your groove on at this wild and weird festival held around Howard and Second streets. This sensational spectacle of music and art takes over seven blocks in downtown San Francisco with ten stages with amazing DJs and musicians blasting electronic dance music. Join thousands in colorful costumes dancing in the streets from noon to midnight to celebrate peace and have fun. While global music swirls through the streets, you will be intoxicated by worldly aromas of exotic foods, cool art, and a menagerie of the weird and beautiful.
Unique San Francisco Boutique Hotels
From downtown to the waterfront, you’ll find wonderful boutique hotels that celebrate San Francisco style and history. One of San Francisco’s best kept secrets, the Marina Motel on Lombard Street features Mediterranean style rooms and a gorgeous courtyard in the Marina District.
Tucked away on Lombard in the Marina District, Buena Vista Motor Inn is a charming boutique hotel with 49 rooms and suites and free parking near downtown and the Castro District. From the Buena Vista, walk up the “crookedest” street and snap a picture of the breathtaking views of San Francisco in the spring.
Housed in an iconic building in downtown, the Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco is an elegant urban retreat that’s been lovingly renovated. A mix of modern decor and classic charm, this unique hotel offers one- and two-bedroom condos within steps of Union Square.