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Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival April 13th – 14th at San Francisco Japantown


Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival:

Japantown, San Francisco
Saturday, April 13th, Sunday, April 14th, 2019
11:00am – 6:00pm | Free

Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown! We expect this year to be filled with special events and new attractions.

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Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100 at City Lights Books March 24th


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Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100:

City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Sunday, March 24th, 2019
1:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Join us in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights, along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio’s, and Café Zoetrope.

Featuring an amazing lineup of poets, writers, and friends reading Lawrence’s work and much more.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco March 16th


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

2nd & Market St, San Francisco
Saturday, March 16th, 2019
11:30am | Free

Mayor London Breed as Grand Marshal will lead the parade down Market St.For 168 years, the Irish and their many friends in the communities that make up the San Francisco Bay Area have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade. Last year over 130 groups participated in the parade. The theme of the parade is Women Breaking Barriers.

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International Ocean Film Festival at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco through March 10th


International Ocean Film Festival:

Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
Thursday, March 7th – Sunday, March 10th, 2019

The IOFF is an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean adventure, science, and marine life to sports and coastal cultures.

We look for films that not only entertain audiences but also educate and inspire people to participate in environmental efforts in and around the ocean, as well as promote better ocean stewardship.

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Russian Festival in San Francisco March 1st – 3rd


Russian Festival:

Russian Center
2460 Sutter St, San Francisco
Friday, March 1st – Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
$12

Unique to San Francisco, this exhilarating event includes live entertainment, with exciting Russian dancers and singers; authentic, delicious Russian savory foods, as well as tasty Russian desserts, and flavorful hot Russian teas from antique Russian samovars; beautiful imported and locally crafted Russian jewelry, folk art, and souvenirs; Art Gallery featuring the masterful work of Russian artists; and at the astoundingly popular Vodka Tasting Bar with the largest variety of flavored vodkas, made using traditional Russian family recipes handed down by generations!

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Dumpling Down! Chinese New Year Food Festival in San Francisco Feb 24th


Dumpling Down! Chinese New Year Food Festival:

Spark Social SF
601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
11:00am – 5:00pm | $5

Get down on delicious dumplings, bottomless kumquat mimosas, and Chinese beers at the biggest Lunar New Year food festival in San Francisco — Dumpling Down!

Vendors from all over the Bay Area will be steaming, frying, baking, and boiling authentic Chinese dim sum classics like shumai, bao buns, and xiao lung bao — each filled with traditional delights like shrimp, pork, cabbage, and chives!

Once you’ve dumpling’d to your heart’s delight, sink your chopsticks into other Chinese treats! Onion pancakes, sesame balls, and Taiwanese-style shaved ice cream will also dot the menus of all your favorite Asian food trucks.

– 15+ dumpling and Asian food vendors
– Live DJ & local entertainment by Kollaboration SF Bay Area, featuring Chow Mane, The Weabz, and Cal Vietnamese Student Association Lion Dance!
– All-ages, rain or shine with covered seating

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Choy Sun Doe Day in San Francisco Chinatown Feb 9th


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Choy Sun Doe Day:

Chinatown
San Francisco
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm | Free

Bring the fam and join us on Saturday February 9th at Chinatown on Grant and Jackson for a special NEW EVENT-CHOY SUN DOE DAY!

Who is Choy Sun? He’s the God of Wealth and who wouldn’t want to welcome a deity like that? He blesses all with much prosperity and an abundance of wealth!

There will be performances, food, a petting zoo and ONE HUNDRED CHOY SUNS milling around passing out RED ENVELOPES (to kiddies only, sorry adult people) filled with a sweet treat and possibly a voucher for a toy *or* MONEY of course.

Event time is from 10AM to 4PM. Choy Suns will flood the area to sprinkle red envelopes at 12:28PM. Be there and get BLE$$ED!

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Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in San Francisco Feb 2nd – 3rd


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Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair:

Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway; Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny
Saturday, February 2nd – Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
Free

The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.