Arts & Lectures
First Thursdays Free SFMOMA Admission
All residents of the nine Bay Area counties are invited to spend a day at the museum. From 1–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Bay Area residents can enjoy SFMOMA’s galleries filled with lively and inspiring art for free. First Thursdays also feature live programs that highlight exhibitions on view.
ODC’s Dance Downtown
Founded by artistic director Brenda Way at Oberlin College in Ohio, ODC moved to San Francisco in 1976. The event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, includes Collision, Collapse and a Coda by Brenda Way and Witness by Amy Seiwert. The lineup also includes additional whimsical dance performances.
International Ocean Film Festival
Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, IOFF is now the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films. Every year, the film festival showcases ocean-themed films from all over the world. Themes range from marine science and industry to sports and adventure.
SF International Film Festival
Founded in 1957, the SFFILM Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. The SFFILM Festival is deeply rooted in the culture and process of film appreciation — film as an art form and as an influential force for social change — and is an important showcase for the most searching and innovative films from around the globe.
Free Easter Bunny Photos
The Easter Bunny hops by Bon Air for complimentary photos, printed on-site. Paws For A Cause, donations benefiting The Marin Humane Society. Hands-on pet treat making, jelly beans for the kids, a pet adoption event at Woodland’s Pets. Visit the Bunny Hut in front of Mollie Stone’s Market.
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 8–9, 15–16 Annual SF Cherry Blossom Festival
The SF Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Since 1968, the festival has served to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this event showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of Japanese culture.
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.
San Francisco Film Festival
A film showcase from SFFILM includes virtual and in-person events, including at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.
California Academy of Sciences Spring Festival 2023
Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than with fun festivities for the whole family? Catch special programs and events throughout the museum. Family-friendly activities include boat design in the outdoor exploration space, insect Investigation, and more.
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.
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.
San Rafael HeadsUp Carnival
This annual carnival brings together San Rafael residents to celebrate local schools and the community. Enjoy live entertainment and take part in family-friendly activities including face painting.