The Best Stuff to Do in San Francisco This Spring

Updated On 03/03/2017 at 04:52PM EST Updated On 03/03/2017 at 04:52PM EST
St. Patrick's Day Parade San Francisco
Mar 8
The Dorian
The Dorian is hosting its first-ever Whiskey Society Dinner, which will highlight whiskeys and cigars over a four-course pairing menu that includes oysters, wagyu short ribs, and whisky chocolate truffles. Tickets are $85, a small price to pay to be a part of a society dedicated to whiskey.
Friday - Sunday
Mar 10-12
Sonoma County
This is your chance to sample wines straight from the barrel at vineyards like Chalk Hill Estate, DeLoach, La Crema, Trattore Farms, and several dozen others. One might even say it’ll be a barrel of fun. If one were a huge dork.
Mar 11
Festival is at City Hall
SF’s 166th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is on Saturday, March 11 this year because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. The fun kicks off at 11:30am -- or whenever you decide to wake up and start drinking. Parade begins at Second and Market.
Saturday - Sunday
Mar 11-12
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
The San Francisco Vintners Market is basically a farmer’s market for over 200 wineries. You drink it, you love it, you buy a bottle. Or you just go drink more. Totally up to you. (Pro tip: Get 40% off just by being a Thrillist reader and clicking this link!)
Mar 14
The Exploratorium
Pi Day is March 14, but if you’re the type of person who celebrates that, we didn’t need to tell you. Get free entry to the Exploratorium and honor the never-ending number with pi-themed activities, antics, and yes, lots of pie.
Mar 17
California Academy of Sciences
Make this St. Patrick’s Day about science by going to the 21+ party at the greenest museum on the planet. There will be a corned beef and cabbage demo from the folks at Belcampo Meat Co., green beer, and a DJ. Best of all, it’s only $12 to get in.
Mar 19
Main Parade Ground Lawn of The Presidio
The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid’s Presidio Picnic is back, so grab a blanket and the pups, and head to The Presidio for tons of food trucks and fun.
Mar 21
The Opera House
The SF Ballet’s Sensorium is an interactive night of ballet. There will be lobby installations, food and drink, a performance by the SF Ballet, plus an after party with a DJ. Join The List to get pre-sale tickets for just $29 (if you’re between 21 and 39).
Wednesday - Sunday
Mar 22-26
Flavor! Napa Valley is your chance to “indulge your culinary ambitions” by taking wine tours, watching demos from famous chefs, and going to a grand tasting with bites from 25 Napa restaurants and 80 wineries.
Friday - Sunday
Mar 24-26
Cavallo Point Lodge
The Lexus Culinary Classic is back at Cavallo Point for three days of dining and drinking. Take a Sriracha cooking class, do a wine tasting, or attend the Grand Tasting on Sunday with food from Post Ranch Inn, St. Regis Aspen, Pebble Beach Resorts, and more.
Friday - Sunday
Mar 24-26
Various locations in Petaluma
Celebrate all of the cheesiness in life at the California Artisan Cheese Festival. There are artisan tours, dinners with cheesemakers, and best of all: four hours of cheese tasting with over 90 artisan cheese producers. Oh, and there’s lots of wine there too.
Mar 27
Stones Throw
As part of its “Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm” program, Stones Throw is doing a chef collaboration with Jardinière and offering an affordable five-course dinner ($60) with all of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. Dining out for a good cause? It doesn’t get better than that.
Friday - Sunday
Mar 31-Apr 2
Squaw Valley
WinterWonderGrass is back with four days of music and beer. Bands include Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Buttered Rum, and there will be beer tastings from over 15 California craft breweries. A perfect excuse for a ski trip to Tahoe.
San Francisco Cherry Blossom
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 8-16
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrating its 50th year with food booths, martial arts performances, music, and the Grand Parade on Sunday, April 16.
Apr 8
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
The SF International Beer Festival is your chance to drink beer as much beer as possible from over 100 brewers in a four-hour period. You’ve got this.
Apr 10
AT&T Park
Opening day is basically a holiday, so take the day off of work and go root for the Giants to beat the D-backs.
Apr 22
Civil War Parade Ground in The Presidio
Cider Summit SF, the region’s largest cider tasting festival, returns to The Presidio to prove that cider has made a comeback and is here to stay. VIP tickets are $45 if purchased before April 1 and get you in a full hour before everyone else.
Apr 23
The Bay
For the past 100 years, the yachting season has sailed off with a parade of boats, so find your friend with a boat and finagle an invite.
Apr 24
Stones Throw
Stones Throw's “Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm” monthly dinner series is back featuring Mourad's chef and owner, Mourad Lahlou. All proceeds of the $60 five-course menu go to Meals on Wheels.
Saturday - Monday
Apr 29-May 29
2698 Pacific Ave
The San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase features the work of top interior and landscape designers in one of the city’s most amazing mansions. It’ll make you sad you’ll never live like that, but the funds go to University High School’s financial aid program, so that’s something good.
Bay to Breakers
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May 21
SF Bay
OK, so technically alcohol isn’t allowed at Bay to Breakers, SF’s most iconic foot race, but that’s not going to stop you from donning a costume and throwing back a beer or five.
Saturday - Sunday
May 27-28
Harrison St between 16th and 24th St
Because it is Carnaval! Floats, food, and fun, plus a parade on Sunday and tons of musical performances.