April: Easter Parade and More

Plus, the San Francisco Film Festival opens and a tomato market at Bon Air Center.

Photo courtesy of RJ Muna

Packing five decades of choreographic adventure and exuberant dance into one weekend hardly seems enough for San Francisco’s seminal dance troupe. Founded by artistic director Brenda Way at Oberlin College in Ohio, the company moved to San Francisco in 1976. “Celebrating our 50th-plus anniversary gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the journey we’ve traveled over these many decades and how much art contributes to a dynamic civic culture,” Way says. The events at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, include two programs of captivating works, including two world premieres: Collision, Collapse and a Coda by ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way and Witness by guest artist Amy Seiwert. The lineup also includes the YBCA premiere of ImpulseDexandro Montalvo’s audacious quartet for 4 women, and two repertory favorites, Triangulating Euclid, a bracing three-way collaboration created by Brenda WayKT Nelson, and Kate Weare in response to the restoration of the 1482 printing of  Euclid’s “Elements of Geometry,” and Something about a Nightingale by Way, a whimsical delight, set to the enticing music of the Tin Hat Trio.


April 15 Off the Grid

After a two-year hiatus, the food truck extravaganza is back on Fridays at Fort Mason Center, featuring 25+ food trucks, a bar and a live entertainment stage, plus a weekly heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make San Francisco so vibrant, through November.

April 15 Easter Parade

A parade down Sausalito’s Caledonia Street kicks off a morning of events including an egg hunt at Dunphy Park, live entertainment and an Easter bonnet contest judged by the Sausalito Woman’s Club.

April 18 Volunteer Day

Shake off the excesses of an Easter or Passover feast, or Ramadan break-the-fast with a day supporting the community at Slide Ranch.

April 18 Tomatopalooza

tomato market

A curated selection of nearly 3,000 tomato starts from the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program is the highlight of an annual sale at Bon Air Center. Grown in Marin, heirloom and hybrid varietals are selected for exceptional taste, disease resistance and performance in Marin’s microclimates.

April 13 San Francisco Film Festival

A film showcase from SFFILM includes virtual and in-person events, including at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, through April 23.

April 21–23 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival

An educational program and annual fundraising event from the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin daily lunch and learn programs (virtual and in-person), field outings and a family fun day.

April 29 Ridge to Bridge

Pick your hiking distance – 6, 12 or 20 miles – or a 25-mile bike ride to and from Fort Baker, or an 8-mile equestrian jaunt from Gerbode Valley in the Marin Headlands at a supported in-person event while supporting the building of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

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Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.