Visiting San Francisco in April Is As Good As It Gets!
If you are looking for the best month to travel to the City By Bay, then heading to San Francisco in April is a great idea! You can enjoy a wide variety of activities from exploring Alcatraz and biking to the Golden Gate Bridge to taking a trip to Yosemite and basking under the sunshine in this newfound warm weather!
San Francisco Weather in April
As far as San Francisco weather goes for April, the average high temperature is 63 degrees Fahrenheit, but some days will even get as hot as 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While you’re here expect some wind; it’ll turn an otherwise warm Spring day into one plagued by brisk weather and goosebumps.
As for what to wear on your trip to San Francisco, pack a jacket and cool weather clothes. There is a famous quote that says, “The coldest winter can be a summer’s day in San Francisco.”
San Francisco Events in April:
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Japantown towards the end of April. A free festival that welcomes around 250,000 people each year, visitors get to enjoy cultural activities, live music, and local eats. This will be the 55th annual festival, and considering that the past two years have taken place virtually, this year’s event will surely be something special.
San Francisco is lucky enough to host excellent shows this month. Curren Theater will host Broadway shows like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the stage April 1st through the 30th. If magic doesn’t excite you, go see Jonathan Larson’s hit musical, Rent, at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts on April 8-10. While San Jose is a bout an hour’s drive from SanFran, it’s a great time to see Rent in the wake of its 25th anniversary.
April 21-May 1
The end of April is the best time of year for cinephiles to travel to San Fran. The San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the Americas. 2021 showcased 106 films from 41 different countries. Tickets are available now in packs of six or ten. Prices increase on March 30th though, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.
On the 52nd annual Earth day, SF brings leading musicians, keynote speakers, nonprofits, workshop series, and sustainable chefs together to celebrate the Earth and address critical environmental issues. Taking place on Valencia Street and 19th-21st Street, the event starts at 11am and ends at 7pm.
Every year, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host an all-day party in Dolores Park in celebration of Easter. Starting at 1pm, this Easter party is rather untraditional and eccentric with Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contests, Burlesque, drag shows, and live music. The event raises funds to donate to local gay charities.
You have to get out on the water when you come the San Francisco. Sit back and relax as your cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and other scenic landscapes of the city!
San Francisco Concerts in April
At one of San Francisco’s famous live music venues, catch a concert and see one of your favorite bands. Some of the best artists set to grace the stage in San Francisco are Portugal the Man, Ice Cube, Tyler the Creator, J Balvin, and They Might Be Giants. Despite the fact, that the historic Orpheum Theatre isn’t hosting any shows this April, the venue might still be worth the visit. Having hosted the likes of young Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, this nearly 100 year old theatre is at least worth stopping into.
While some city’s visitor passes are an expensive tourist trap hardly worth the money it’s advertised to be, San Francisco’s Sightseeing, Explorer, Go City, and Flex Pass are great ways to see the Golden Gate city. Most passes include admission and access to Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours, Aquarium of the Bay, the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco Bay Cruise, San Francisco Bike Tours & Rentals, and California Academy of Sciences. Each pass caters to a different experience of the city so it’s super flexible for every traveller and their interests. Some passes even grant customers access to Alcatraz and all-you-can eat buffets.
Yosemite National Park
Located in California’s infamous Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park is the perfect spot for an overnight adventure. The towering granite walls and waterfalls are astounding. Most visitors come to see the mature sequoia trees and the infamous Tunnel View, but the shops, restaurants, and stays in Yosemite Village are just as worthy of high praise.
The week of April 16, parks like Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia waive their admission fee so be prepared for dense parking lots and large crowds.
FREE Museum Days
San Francisco is full of amazing museums and cultural experiences. You can find a different experience each and every day on your trip! We have highlighted which days are free for each of the most popular museums.
- SF Botanical Gardens: Second Tuesday of every month, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day
- Asian Art Museum: First Sunday of every month
- Exploratorium: Four to five times a year
- California Academy of Sciences: Select Sundays throughout the year thanks to Pacific Gas & Electric Company
- Conservatory of Flowers: First Tuesday of every month
- Contemporary Jewish Museum: First Tuesday of every month
- de Young: First Tuesday of every month
- GLBT: First Wednesday of the month
- Legion of Honor: First Tuesday of every month
With baseball season hopefully just around the corner, go root for the home team or watch your favorite team play against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in Downtown San Francisco! The stadium is located on the waterfront so plan on visiting some great bars for a fun pregame and post-game entertainment. Insiders say that Garaje and Pete’s Tavern are local favorites.
If basketball is more your thing, the Golden State Warriors end their regular season with two home games on April 2 and 7 against the Utah Jazz and LA Lakers respectively.
If you’re staying at the Pacific Tradewinds location in SF, present your same-day baseball ticket to a receptionist at ITH Hostels to save $5 on your reservation.
Wellness Activities To Do In San Francisco In April
Rejuvenate yourself with free outdoor Yoga In San Francisco
Experience Yoga and improve your vacation with some much-needed wellness at the best places in San Francisco! Yoga to the People is a donation based yoga class on 16th Street and Mission between the hours of 7am and 9pm. Considering the hot and vinyasa classes’ popularity, try to get to the hour-long class at least 15 minutes early.
San Francisco is a huge urban city, but it has many options for rock climbing and bouldering too! Turtle Rock is a great spot for some beginner level bouldering and located a mere thirty minutes from the city. Glen Canyon is another gem. It’s one of 117 national parks with an entry fee, but I can assure you that the $25 entry fee is worth it.
Lands End Trail – Golden Gate Recreation Area
Lands End Trail has some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is therefore a must-see for tourists. The hike is about 2 hours and accessible for people of all ages. If you want to travel slightly off the beaten path, Lands End has a few side trails where you can explore beaches and abandoned lighthouses.
Fort Funston is a great hike for dog owners. Catch views of the West side of the city and beachside cliffs. A former fort used in WWI, this hike is a historic loop just under 2 miles near Lake Merced and Skyline Boulevard.
San Francisco Sunset in April
Like most of California, SF regularly sees beautiful sunsets. Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Baker Beach are familiar favorites when watching the sunset. Locals recommend getting an evening bite at The Cliff House, a fast food restaurant with a perfect lookout point.
Skateboard at a great Spot in San Francisco
With the number of hills in San Francisco, you can find endless great spots to skate! The Golden Gate City is a hub for West Coast skaters. Pier Seven, 3rd and Army, Under the Bridge Skatepark, and Township Commons are highly recommended skate sites.
Weekly Local Events In San Francisco:
San Francisco is one of the most unique places in America. From the historic building to scenic attractions, you will never run out of things to do.
Check out Fun Cheap SF for a full list of things to do in San Francisco
For the live music scene, check out Song Kick for the best venue and upcoming shows.
Tuesdays: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Thursdays: CROCKER GALLERIA FARMERS’ MARKET
Saturdays: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Sundays: Fort Mason Farmers Markert
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