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The Ultimate San Francisco Spring Bucket List
The Ultimate San Francisco Spring Bucket List

The Ultimate San Francisco Spring Bucket List

Can’t-miss activities in San Francisco this spring. 🌸🌁


Published March 21, 2022

San Francisco may be known for perpetual chilly-to-mild weather—and the ever present fog—but it pulls off quite the showing for spring.

Parks are blooming, the days are longer and warmer, and the street festivals, baseball games and even young wildlife are all back for the city’s residents and visitors to enjoy. 

To take advantage of the season of new beginnings, here is a roundup of Bucket Listers' favorite SF activities to do this spring:

Take a waterbike fitness class in the bay

Take a waterbike fitness class in the bay

Take your fitness outside this spring. Starting out from South Beach Harbor Marina at Pier 40 this tour will go for a casual and comfortable, yet moderately intense, waterbike ride for 1 to 3 miles. Learn Posture, proper waterbiking techniques, and a bit about the San Francisco Bay.

Where: 899 2nd Street South Beach Harbor Marina, Gate 04, G Dock, San Francisco, CA 94107

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Take your fitness outside this spring. Starting out from South Beach Harbor Marina at Pier 40 this tour will go for a casual and comfortable, yet moderately intense, waterbike ride for 1 to 3 miles. Learn Posture, proper waterbiking techniques, and a bit about the San Francisco Bay.

Where: 899 2nd Street South Beach Harbor Marina, Gate 04, G Dock, San Francisco, CA 94107

For more information on SpinOut Fitness.

Go on a sailing adventure under the Golden Gate Bridge

Go on a sailing adventure under the Golden Gate Bridge

For an evening you won’t forget, take a catamaran sail with Adventure Cat! Guests can enjoy the exhilaration of fresh Pacific air on their deck, with the protection and outstanding views from the covered cabin. You’ll sail by Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and head back admiring the city’s famed skyline. 

Where: Depart from Pier 39, Gate J next to the sea lions.

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For an evening you won’t forget, take a catamaran sail with Adventure Cat! Guests can enjoy the exhilaration of fresh Pacific air on their deck, with the protection and outstanding views from the covered cabin. You’ll sail by Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and head back admiring the city’s famed skyline. 

Where: Depart from Pier 39, Gate J next to the sea lions.

For tickets to Sailing Adventures & Tours.

Take a boat out on Stow Lake

Take a boat out on Stow Lake

In spring, Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park is full and ready to be explored. The Stow Lake Boathouse rents out a fleet of different vehicles, including rowboats, electric boats, and pedal boats that seat anywhere from one to four boaters. Head out onto the expansive lake to pass gorgeous bridges, feathered residents and turtles galore (PSA: it’s baby goose and duck season!).

Where: Stow Lake Boathouse at 50 Stow Lake Dr E, San Francisco, CA 94118

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In spring, Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park is full and ready to be explored. The Stow Lake Boathouse rents out a fleet of different vehicles, including rowboats, electric boats, and pedal boats that seat anywhere from one to four boaters. Head out onto the expansive lake to pass gorgeous bridges, feathered residents and turtles galore (PSA: it’s baby goose and duck season!).

Where: Stow Lake Boathouse at 50 Stow Lake Dr E, San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information on the Stow Lake Boathouse.

 

Get building at the Brick Bar pop-up | April 22—23

Get building at the Brick Bar pop-up | April 22—23

The most talked about pop up bar is finally coming to the Bay Area! Brick Bar will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. There will be sculptures made completely from building blocks and an abundance of blocks for people to build their own creations, along with a local DJ spinning tunes all day. (Bonus: lots of prizes to be awarded for the best builders! 🏆)

Tickets are limited, and will only run for three nights, so get them while you can!

Where: The Mint, 88 5th St

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The most talked about pop up bar is finally coming to the Bay Area! Brick Bar will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. There will be sculptures made completely from building blocks and an abundance of blocks for people to build their own creations, along with a local DJ spinning tunes all day. (Bonus: lots of prizes to be awarded for the best builders! 🏆)

Tickets are limited, and will only run for three nights, so get them while you can!

Where: The Mint, 88 5th St

For tickets to The Brick Bar.

Stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden

Stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most popular year-round attractions in San Francisco, featuring an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. And best of all, the cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the garden in March and April.

Where: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

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The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most popular year-round attractions in San Francisco, featuring an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. And best of all, the cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the garden in March and April.

Where: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

For more information on the Japanese Tea Garden.

GoCar-ride through the streets of SF

GoCar-ride through the streets of SF

Nothing like driving with the top down—and that’s more achievable to get to than you might think! With GoCar San Francisco, you can sightsee all through town with your very own audio guide in their signature GoCars.

For more information on GoCar San Francisco.

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Nothing like driving with the top down—and that’s more achievable to get to than you might think! With GoCar San Francisco, you can sightsee all through town with your very own audio guide in their signature GoCars.

For more information on GoCar San Francisco.

Eat at Off The Grid Friday Nights at Fort Mason | April 1 — Nov 11

Eat at Off The Grid Friday Nights at Fort Mason | April 1 — Nov 11

The traveling Bay Area gourmet food truck extravaganza Off the Grid is re-starting its Fort Mason weekly pop ups April 1! Every Friday night, enjoy crTeative bites, firepits and underground musicians each Friday night. New for the 2022 lineup includes California Kahve, Chick N’ Bros, Media Noche (Casual Cuban food), and so much more.

Where: 2 Marina Boulevard, Fort Mason Center

For more information on Off the Grid.

The traveling Bay Area gourmet food truck extravaganza Off the Grid is re-starting its Fort Mason weekly pop ups April 1! Every Friday night, enjoy crTeative bites, firepits and underground musicians each Friday night. New for the 2022 lineup includes California Kahve, Chick N’ Bros, Media Noche (Casual Cuban food), and so much more.

Where: 2 Marina Boulevard, Fort Mason Center

For more information on Off the Grid.

Attend the 55th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival | April 9-17

Attend the 55th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival | April 9-17

Cherry Blossoms go hand and hand with the arrival of spring—and also symbolize the fleeting nature of life, blooming for about only two weeks per year. Experience a city wide celebration in Japantown at the NoCal Cherry Blossom Festival, the largest celebration of Asian tradition in the West Coast.

Where: 1759 Sutter St 

For more information on the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cherry Blossoms go hand and hand with the arrival of spring—and also symbolize the fleeting nature of life, blooming for about only two weeks per year. Experience a city wide celebration in Japantown at the NoCal Cherry Blossom Festival, the largest celebration of Asian tradition in the West Coast.

Where: 1759 Sutter St 

For more information on the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.

Attend an Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktail pop-up

Attend an Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktail pop-up

Spring calls for tea parties—and why not make it an immersive cocktail topsy-turvy tea party? Come along for the 90 minute magical reality experience, where you’ll create two bespoke wonderland cocktails, solve riddles, devour “Eat Me” cake—and much more.

Where: 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, 94103

For tickets to Alice in Wonderland Immersive Experience.

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Spring calls for tea parties—and why not make it an immersive cocktail topsy-turvy tea party? Come along for the 90 minute magical reality experience, where you’ll create two bespoke wonderland cocktails, solve riddles, devour “Eat Me” cake—and much more.

Where: 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, 94103

For tickets to Alice in Wonderland Immersive Experience.

See the blooms at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

See the blooms at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Eager to soak up all the greenery and botany spring has to offer? Escape to this unique oasis in the heart of San Francisco, showcasing 8,000 different flora and fauna from around the world. Whether you want to stroll the grounds and see the in-season Magnolias, or try Tai Chi or painting in the garden—there’s something for everyone.

Where: 1199 9th Ave

For more information on the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Eager to soak up all the greenery and botany spring has to offer? Escape to this unique oasis in the heart of San Francisco, showcasing 8,000 different flora and fauna from around the world. Whether you want to stroll the grounds and see the in-season Magnolias, or try Tai Chi or painting in the garden—there’s something for everyone.

Where: 1199 9th Ave

For more information on the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Attend SF’s Carnaval | May 28—29

Attend SF’s Carnaval | May 28—29

Carnaval SF celebrates and advocates for the diverse Latin American, Caribbean and African roots of the Mission District (and entire Bay Area). Now in its fourth decade of celebration, Carnaval is putting on a free 2–day family festival and Grand Parade to showcase the best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. The festival includes five main stages, 50 local performing artists, and 400 vendors—plus international food, dancing, sampling sites.


Where: Harrison St & 16th St

For more information on Carnaval San Francisco.

Carnaval SF celebrates and advocates for the diverse Latin American, Caribbean and African roots of the Mission District (and entire Bay Area). Now in its fourth decade of celebration, Carnaval is putting on a free 2–day family festival and Grand Parade to showcase the best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. The festival includes five main stages, 50 local performing artists, and 400 vendors—plus international food, dancing, sampling sites.


Where: Harrison St & 16th St

For more information on Carnaval San Francisco.

Hike To See Elephant Seals In Año Nuevo State Park

Hike To See Elephant Seals In Año Nuevo State Park

The Pier 39 sea lions may be super adorable—but there is something just...bombastic about elephant seals. Starting April 1, northern elephant seals will bask on the beach to shed their outer layer of skin and fur. During this time, the Wildlife Viewing Area is open and reachable by self-guided hiking! The trail is an easygoing path around 3 to 4 miles long.

Where: Año Nuevo State Park at 1 New Years Creek Rd Pescadero, CA 94060

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The Pier 39 sea lions may be super adorable—but there is something just...bombastic about elephant seals. Starting April 1, northern elephant seals will bask on the beach to shed their outer layer of skin and fur. During this time, the Wildlife Viewing Area is open and reachable by self-guided hiking! The trail is an easygoing path around 3 to 4 miles long.

Where: Año Nuevo State Park at 1 New Years Creek Rd Pescadero, CA 94060

For more information on Año Nuevo State Park.

Catch a baseball game

Catch a baseball game

Whether you’re a SF Giants or Oakland A’s fan (or even if you just enjoy outdoor arenas with hotdogs and brews)—March is the start for the MLB season! Head to your arena of choice and root root for the home team.

Where: SF Giants at  Oracle Park: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107

A’s at RingCentral Coliseum: 7000 Coliseum Way

For tickets to the San Francisco Giants.

Whether you’re a SF Giants or Oakland A’s fan (or even if you just enjoy outdoor arenas with hotdogs and brews)—March is the start for the MLB season! Head to your arena of choice and root root for the home team.

Where: SF Giants at  Oracle Park: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107

A’s at RingCentral Coliseum: 7000 Coliseum Way

For tickets to the San Francisco Giants.

Celebrate Opening Day on the Bay | April 24

Celebrate Opening Day on the Bay | April 24

Celebrate the beginning of the SF Bay sailing season with the premier sailing event of the year! Dating back to 1917, this aquatic parade sails from the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge to just past Pier 39—and any vessels can take part as long as they register beforehand! Judges are on hand to dish out prizes for the décor and imagination of the colorful vessels.

For more information on Opening Day on the Bay

Celebrate the beginning of the SF Bay sailing season with the premier sailing event of the year! Dating back to 1917, this aquatic parade sails from the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge to just past Pier 39—and any vessels can take part as long as they register beforehand! Judges are on hand to dish out prizes for the décor and imagination of the colorful vessels.

For more information on Opening Day on the Bay

Sample sweets at the International Chocolate Salon | April 2

Sample sweets at the International Chocolate Salon | April 2

An entire international show dedicated to sampling the world’s best tasting chocolates? Along with demonstrations, intriguing new products, and chef and author talks? We’ll be eating your way through the day. 

Where: SF County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

For tickets to San Francisco's Chocolate Salon.

An entire international show dedicated to sampling the world’s best tasting chocolates? Along with demonstrations, intriguing new products, and chef and author talks? We’ll be eating your way through the day. 

Where: SF County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

For tickets to San Francisco's Chocolate Salon.

Taste beer at the Bay Area Brew Festival

Taste beer at the Bay Area Brew Festival

Sample dozens of international and domestic beers, while discovering tons of new breweries and some of SF’s best food trucks—all at this annual brew festival! In addition to food and drinks, attendees can enjoy live music and several big screens broadcasting live sporting events.

Where: Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero

For information on the Bay Area Brew Festival 2022

Sample dozens of international and domestic beers, while discovering tons of new breweries and some of SF’s best food trucks—all at this annual brew festival! In addition to food and drinks, attendees can enjoy live music and several big screens broadcasting live sporting events.

Where: Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero

For information on the Bay Area Brew Festival 2022

Go on a tour of Alcatraz

Go on a tour of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island—once a military, maximum security prison island—is today open for chilling yet engrossing and illuminating tours. Alcatraz reveals stories of American incarceration, justice, and our common humanity. With the weather a little less frosty, it’s a great time to take a boat to explore Alcatraz's complex history and natural beauty.

Where: Alcatraz Island San Francisco Bay, CA 94133

For more information on Alcatraz Island.

Alcatraz Island—once a military, maximum security prison island—is today open for chilling yet engrossing and illuminating tours. Alcatraz reveals stories of American incarceration, justice, and our common humanity. With the weather a little less frosty, it’s a great time to take a boat to explore Alcatraz's complex history and natural beauty.

Where: Alcatraz Island San Francisco Bay, CA 94133

For more information on Alcatraz Island.

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