Things to Do in San Francisco in April

This post covers the best things to do in San Francisco in April, including nighttime, free, as well as family-friendly events and activities, all updated for 2020. 

 

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TOP TEN EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

This section features our top 11 activities to enjoy in San Francisco throughout April. 

For tips on the most popular activities in San Francisco, check out our popular tour posts:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 


1) See a Concert

San Francisco attracts some of the most popular musicians in the world throughout the year – including during the month of April!

Here are a few of the best concerts you may want to attend this month:

 

 

If you’re more interested in classical music, consider going to see the San Francisco Symphony instead.

For even more musical performances you might enjoy, check this list of concerts in San Francisco.


2) Attend a Sporting Event

April is a great month for sports fans visiting San Francisco, as there will be a variety of baseball, basketball and hockey games to see.

 

 

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Hockey

For even more games to attend, check this list of sporting events in San Francisco.


3) See a Hit Musical

There will be multiple excellent shows to enjoy in San Francisco this month, including at least a few famous traveling Broadway musicals.

 

 

Here are a few of the best shows you can see throughout April:

If you’re in the mood for a more sophisticated experience, the San Francisco Ballet will be performing twice this month.

You’ll find even more great theatre to enjoy on this list of theatrical performances in San Francisco.


4) Enjoy a Stand-up Comedy Special

If you’re in need of a good laugh, April will be a great time to visit San Francisco, as there will be two famous comedians performing this month.

Martin Lawrence will be making his return to the stage in Oakland, getting back into stand-up comedy after a career full of memorable performances in popular films like Bad Boys and Big Momma’s House.

 

 

For a different kind of laugh, consider going to see Jim Jefferies instead. With hit shows on Comedy Central and great stand-up specials on Netflix, he’s made a name for himself as one of the best comedians in the world.

In addition to these options, there will also be plenty of clubs offering open mic nights in the city by the bay, and this is an affordable alternative.

Discover other opportunities to chuckle on this list of comedy specials in San Francisco.


5) See the Painted Ladies

If you’ve ever wanted to see the houses featured in the hit television show Full House, April will bring an excellent opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

There are plenty of tours that will introduce you to the Painted Ladies, but only one of them includes admission to one of the Victorian houses in the area.

 

 

Take Walks offers a tour of the Painted Ladies which will take you inside one of the houses on Alamo Square, giving you a rare opportunity to see the interior of one of the most expensive and valuable homes in the city.

When you finish taking a look inside this mansion, you’ll head over to the Painted Ladies for a chance to take pictures in front of the famous landmarks.


6) Consider a Tourist Pass

If you want to get the most bang for your buck in San Francisco, you might consider purchasing a tourist discount pass.

These passes are so value-packed that once you’ve done a couple of activities, everything else on the card doesn’t cost you a dime!

 

 

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The following attractions are included on most of the tourist attraction discount passes in this city:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Walt Disney Family Museum
  • California’s Great America
  • Golden Gate Bay Cruise
  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Oracle Park Tour
  • Exploratorium
  • And more!

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% off or more.

For more information, please read our post covering San Francisco tourist attraction discount passes.


7) Take the Family to Monster Jam

There are few things more fun and exciting than a monster truck show!

Whether you’re a fan of extreme motorsports or you have children who love monster trucks, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Monster Jam will be heading to Levi’s Stadium on April 4th.

 

 

Watch as some of the biggest vehicles ever created take part in competitions featuring tricks, obstacles, donuts, wheelies, and a variety of other interesting stunts.

Monster Jam tickets start at $37, making this a fairly affordable activity to enjoy with the whole family.


8) Experience a Hit TV Show Live

Nick Cannon will be bringing the famed Wild ‘N Out show to a live audience at the Oakland Arena this April, and he will be joined by artists DC Young Fly and Saweetie.

Fans who remember watching the show as a teenager will jump at the opportunity to experience the return of this hit variety show including musical performances, stand-up comedy and much more.

 

 

If you’re more interested in modern television shows, there will also be a chance to see Dancing With the Stars live at the Paramount Theatre. 

Watch a variety of famous people as they try their best to bust a move and tear up the dance floor!


9) Cherry Blossom Festival

A prominent spring event, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Japantown on the weekends of April 11th -12th and 18th-19th. 

This festival draws nearly a quarter of a million people and is free to attend (though some activities may require a fee).

 

 

Festival-goers can enjoy cultural programs, a grand parade, live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, and much more!

For even more free activities to enjoy in April, see our section below!


10) Take a Food Tour

Whether you want to learn about the culinary history of San Francisco or you just want to experience some of the flavors of this city, Secret Food Tours offers an outing you’ll enjoy.

 

 

During their food tour, you’ll have a chance to sample a variety of great dishes including a Mission-style burrito, clam chowder, lumpia, pupusa, locally made ice cream and more.

This tour is 3 – 3 ½ hours long and they keep it to a maximum of 12 guests, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to try the food and it’s never too crowded.

Purchase tickets or learn more.


11) Go on a Walking Tour

We offer a variety of different pay-what-you-wish walking tours in San Francisco, and April is an excellent time to take one (or more) of them!

 

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Here are a few of the tours you may want to consider during the spring:

We also offer self-guided walking tours and GPS enabled audio tours for those who want to save even more money or just explore the city at their own pace.

Check our list of San Francisco walking tours for even more excellent options to consider.

 


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THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN APRIL

Below is just a small sampling of the variety of activities to do at night in April. 

Some of the items we’ve already mentioned in this post like watching a Golden State Warriors game or seeing a musical are great nighttime events. Here are a few more to check out in April!

 

 

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For suggestions on other nighttime activities for any time of the year, see our post on things to do at night in San Francisco.


Take an Evening Boat Cruise

Enjoy a sunset sail on a catamaran with Adventure Cat. This sail takes off from J Dock at Pier 39, sails past Alcatraz Island and out under the Golden Gate Bridge before turning back. 

You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the city, the bridge, and everything else the Bay has to offer!


Enjoy the Street Performers at Pier 39

One of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco, Pier 39 is loaded with fun street performers to watch.

At any time, experience performances from magicians, musicians, living statues, artists, and more!


The San Francisco Dungeon

Learn about San Francisco history dating back to the Barbary Coast in a thrilling way at The San Francisco Dungeon located in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Set up with exhilarating rides, live actors, numerous shows, and more, this is a fun evening activity for anyone!

 

 

Tip: This attraction is included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


Visit Alcatraz After Dark

Did you know you can actually hop on a boat and head to Alcatraz at night?

These tickets can be a little difficult to come by, and the after-dark experience is always different than tours offered during the day!

For more details on how to enjoy this activity, please read our post covering Alcatraz tickets and tours.

TIP: For many more ideas, be sure to take a look at our post, Things to do at Night in San Francisco.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

Spring offers a handful of free festivals and events in San Francisco and April is not shy of them. 

Some of the items we’ve listed above like the Cherry Blossom Festival and Easter celebrations do not charge any admission fees. Here are a few more activities to enjoy for free in April!

 

 

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For even more free activities, see our guide to Free Things to Do in San Francisco.


Free Day at the National Parks

Incredible National Parks such as Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia are just a few hours’ drive from San Francisco. 

These parks will waive their entrance fee on April 18th and welcome everyone. Plan ahead as crowds can be large and parking less available.


Macy’s Flower Show

Head to Union Square and visit Macy’s to experience their Flower Show which features live flowers, plants, and trees from all over the world. Check the website to see photos of last year’s show.

This event has taken place annually for more than 70 years, so you can rely on them doing it again this year as well!


See the Painted Ladies

Beautiful April days in the City by the Bay are a perfect setting for a picnic in Alamo Square with the famous “Painted Ladies” and the city skyline as your backdrop.

This row of Victorian homes is one of the most popular attractions the city has to offer.

Don’t forget that you can actually enter one of those homes on a tour offered by Take Walks!


Celebrate Earth Day 

Join dozens of nonprofits, speakers, and presenters as people to come together to celebrate Earth Day in the heart of the Civic Center on April 19th.

This free event is family-friendly and will also have live entertainment and music, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more.

TIP: Our Guide to Free Things to do in San Francisco lists a number of activities and events that won’t cost you a dime!

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN APRIL

San Francisco is very welcoming to people of all ages. Some of the activities we’ve listed in this post like an evening sunset sail and Monster Jam are fun for the whole family!

 

 

Don’t forget that some of the best family attractions are included with San Francisco tourist attraction discount passes.


Take the Kids to Baby Shark Live

With over 3 billion views, it’s clear that Baby Shark has become a cultural phenomenon, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve turned it into a theatrical event!

This show will be taking place at the Paramount Theatre on April 1st, and tickets start at just $59 per person.


Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

April is one of the nicest months in San Francisco weatherwise, so take advantage of the sunny days and walk the Golden Gate Bridge!

 

 

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You’ll take in spectacular views of the city skyline, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, and the deep blue waters of the Bay all while walking across one of the most remarkable landmarks in the world!

Tip: Consider joining our Golden Gate Bridge guided walking tour!


Eggstravaganza in Golden Gate Park

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Easter in San Francisco.

Keep an eye on restaurants for brunch and dinner specials, head to the Eggstravaganza in Golden Gate Park, (typically held in the Robin Williams Meadow), hunt for eggs at Fort Mason, or spectate at the adults-only annual Hunky Jesus contest.

Most of these events will be taking place either the weekend before Easter (April 4th-5th) or the weekend of Easter (April 11th-12th) in 2020.


Bay Area Dance Week

Enjoy hundreds of free live performances, classes, and workshops throughout the city with the annual Bay Area Dance Week!

 

 

This incredible family-friendly event will also feature over 700 different types of groups, artists, and organizations, and it begins on April 24th, 2020. Check the website for a complete list of free events.


Climb Up Lombard Street

See the “windiest street in the world” when you climb up Lombard Street in North Beach to take in the view!

Cars crawl down the hairpin turns amongst beautiful landscaping and row homes. A sight not to miss!

Lombard Street is also visited on our Little Italy and Fisherman’s Wharf walking tour!

Tip: For more ideas of things to do with kids in San Francisco, see our post Things to do in San Francisco with Kids.

 


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Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.