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Top 20 San Francisco California USA Events and Festivals

Here is a selection of the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) taking place in and around San Francisco, California.

A couple of the main San Francisco US events are the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade and the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

Check out the complete list of the main San Francisco California US events and festivals.






Mavericks Big Wave Surf Competition
December to March
Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, California

top Surfing USA eventsOne of the top 20 San Francisco California USA Events and Festivals which takes place at any time from the beginning of December to the end of March, and perhaps even on only 24 hours notice, the world’s greatest big-wave surfers descend upon the frigid waters of Half Moon Bay for the chance to ride "the most dangerous waves in the world." Mavericks is a winter destination for some of the world's premier big wave surfers, and the world-famous, invitation-only contest – the first was held in 1999 – is held here every winter, depending on wave conditions.

Referring to the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Competition check out:
http://mavericksinvitational.com/





Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
late February
San Francisco, California

Recognized as one of the top ten parades in the world by IFEA, the International Festivals & Events Association, the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Shaky Town is the largest celebration of Asian culture outside Asia, and offers one of the last remaining night time, illuminated parades in the USA. Attracting thousands of fans each year, the parade features a wealth of elaborate floats and costumes, traditional “lions”, the ever popular 270-foot Golden Dragon operated by over 100 mean and women, fireworks and the presentation of the new Miss Chinatown USA and her court.

Drop by the home page for the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade:
http://www.chineseparade.com



St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
San Francisco, California

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of Shaky Town’s most popular festivals for more than 160 years, and the largest such event west of the Mississippi, Shaky Town’s St Patrick’s Day Parade attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year and has become one of the main San Francisco California US events. Thousands of participants join in to honor Irish culture including everything from Irish singing to traditional poetry along with more than a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands.

Referring to the St Patrick’s Day Parade check out:
http://saintpatricksdaysf.com

 




San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
late March
San Francisco, California

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAWidely recognized as the largest, world-class garden festival of its kind in the western United States, the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show has been a popular event for over 27 years. Apart from the usual attractions of the garden show, this event in Shaky Town also features garden seminars on a range of topics from lawn cutting to flower arranging, book signings by top garden experts, a popular marketplace with over 200 vendors selling everything from gardening tools to plant seed, and a special educating and entertaining, fun-filled children’s garden called Sproutopia.

For all about the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show view:
http://www.sfgardenshow.com/





Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
mid April
San Francisco, California

Attracting more than 200,000 visitors every year, and now one of the top 20 San Francisco California USA Events and Festivals, the increasingly popular Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese American culture has been a main event for Shaky Town for over 40 years. Highlights of the event include the popular food booths with delicious Japanese food, the fun Cherry Blossom Queen Pageant and the finale of the Grand Parade at the end of the two week festival.

For facts concerning the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival drop in at:
http://sfcherryblossom.org

 




International Lao New Year Festival (ILNYF)

mid April
San Francisco, California

This popular cultural festival, representing the Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Burmese communities of the USA is considered to be one of the most important and biggest traditional festivals in America and is indeed one of the Top 20 San Francisco USA Events and Festivals. This three-day event features everything from authentic ethnic food, Lamvong dancing, live music, concerts and cultural performances, fashion show and pageant, lots of family activities (even a fun water splashing event), a Baci ceremony, Tak Baht (Alms offering ceremony), BeerLao Garden and the popular, live Muay Lao/Thai (kick boxing) fights.

Touching the International Lao New Year Festival observe:
http://www.laonewyear.com

 




Big Sur International Marathon
late April
Carmel, Monterey County, south of San Francisco, California

top marathon events in the USARanked as the #1 marathon in North America in "The Ultimate Guide to Marathons" and recently named the world’s best destination marathon by Runner’s World, the Big Sur International Marathon is regarded as one of the top three marathons in America. The largest rural marathon in the world with more than 4,500 participants, the Big Sur International Marathon is also considered to be the most naturally beautiful as the course tracks along the Pacific coast through ranches and prestigious redwoods.

More on the subject of the Big Sur International Marathon in Carmel, California is located at:
http://www.bsim.org





San Francisco Bay to Breakers Footrace

3rd Sunday in May
San Francisco, California

top marathon events in the USAEstablished a hundred years ago, the San Francisco Bay to Breakers Footrace, one of the world's largest footrace with over 65,000 runners in costume, rewards not only speed on the track but also costumes with prizes for the best individual costume, best group, most creative group and more. The San Francisco Bay to Breakers Footrace is one of the main San Francisco California US events combining athleticism with fun and frivolity attracting more than 100,000 spectators every year.

For more information about the San Francisco Bay to Breakers Footrace visit:
http://www.topeventsusa.com/California-Bay-to-Breakers.html
or take a look at:
http://www.baytobreakers.com




San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival
early June
San Francisco, California

top kite festivals in the USAAgainst the back-drop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival is a popular, free event offering families the chance to make their own kites for free, enjoy kite flying contests and enjoy the skills of professional fliers and the acrobatics with their kites. Prizes are awarded to the funniest and most spectacular kites on display.

The website highlighting the San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival is:
http://www.fdkf.org/





Union Street Festival
early June
San Francisco, California

One of the main San Francisco California US events and one of the largest free events in Shaky Town, the Union Street Festival showcases hundreds of artists in more than 150 arts & crafts booths, over 25 gourmet food booths, bistro style cafes, as well as live entertainers on two stages and hands-on art activities for kids of all ages.

Everything on the Union Street Festival shows up at:
http://www.unionstreetfestival.com

 




North Beach Festival

mid June
San Francisco, California

One of the original outdoor festivals of the USA, the North Beach Festival, with an international reputation and now nearly 60 years in existence, features more than 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, a popular “blessing of the animals” ceremony, beverage gardens, and the popular kid’s chalk art area where they can decorate their own part of the street pavement.

For news regarding the North Beach Festival go to:
http://www.sresproductions.com/north_beach_festival.html

 




San Francisco Carnaval's Grand Parade and Festival

mid June
San Francisco, California

Recognized as the largest multi-cultural fair in the Golden State, San Francisco Carnaval's Grand Parade and Festival in Shaky Town celebrates a wide range and mix of different cultures including those of the Philippines, India, China, the Middle East, Africa, and America itself. Events include the popular Grande Parade, three stages of continuous live music from all over the world, salsa dance classes and competitions, drumming displays, arts and crafts presentations, children’s activities including face painting, music activities and inflatable bounce houses, and fun beer gardens too.

Details concerning the San Francisco Carnaval can be found here:
http://carnavalsanfrancisco.org

 




San Francisco Gay Pride

late June
San Francisco, Caifornia

top gay pride events in the  USAe USARecognized as one of the world’s best Gay Pride celebrations, and one of the top 20 San Francisco USA events and festivals with over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the USA. Taking place where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than thirty years ago, the current San Francisco Gay Pride ceremonies are now said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage".

Regarding the San Francisco Gay Pride event see:
http://sfpride.org/





Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
early July Independence Day weekend
San Francisco, California

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA USAAttracting more than 100,000 people each year, the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, offering live music – from seasoned crooners belting out jazz favorites to equally popular Latin flavored acts – on several stages. As well as the music of the event, other features include more than 300 booths of fine art and crafts, from painting to pottery, and a wide selection of international, gourmet food and beverages.

Handy link for more about the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival is:
http://www.fillmorejazzfestival.com





California State Fair
mid - late July
Sacramento, mid California

top state fairs in the USAAttracting more than 750,000 enthusiastic visitors every year, the California State Fair that has now been a popular event for more than 158 years features a number of highlights including live thoroughbred racing, cooking competitions, recognition of the world’s largest cocktail, a version of the popular Raging Waters park, the popular Brewfest showcasing award-winning state beers, an exotic birds exhibit called “Birds of Paradise”, and all sorts of concerts including one featuring Joan Jett and much more.

Read further information relating to the California State Fair here:
http://www.bigfun.org





Berkeley Kite Festival

end July
Berkeley, close to Shaky Town, California

top kite festivals in the USAReputed to feature kites that are bigger than a house and longer than a train, including the world’s largest octopus kite and “Giant Creature Kites” from New Zealand, the free Berkeley Kite Festival in California also showcases manufacturers‘ demonstrations, and a wide range of events including the much respected West Coast Kite Championship competition, the famous Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies, team kite ballet, as well as offering free kite-making and kite flying lessons. The Berkeley Kite Festival also features food, music, arts and crafts stalls, and an evening dinner cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining Yacht.

Knowledge concerning the Berkeley Kite Festival in California can be found at:
http://www.berkeleykites.com/pages.php?pageid=17





San Francisco Fringe Festival

early September
San Francisco, California

With an established reputation for quality theatre, the San Francisco Fringe Festival features theater companies from all over the world as they perform their favorite but lesser known works at the Exit Theatre and also at bars, restaurants, and parks. The Fringe Festival hosts more than 40 companies offering original and quality theatre experiences for all tastes.

Still more concerning the San Francisco Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.sffringe.org






San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
mid September
San Francisco, California

Top Dragon Boat Festgivals in the USAReputed to be the largest dragon boat competition in the USA, the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival features over 120 dragon boat teams of 20 paddlers showing their various skills in 300 and 500 meter courses. The carnival like event includes everything from the races themselves to lavish cultural entertainments, a special Dragon Land attraction for children, international food vendors, merchandise and even an opening ceremony.

Paddle to the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival:
http://www.sfdragonboat.com





Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival
early October
San Francisco, California

One of the most popular literary festivals in the USA, and the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival is a nine-day literary festival for booklovers. It features more than 150 related events, cutting-edge panel discussions talking about over 900 authors and their books, original cross-media events, and hundreds of readings.

Find out about Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival and study:
http://www.litquake.org

 




Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Five Weekends from mid/end November to Christmas
San Francisco, California

A popular Bay Area event for more than 40 years, the Dickens Christmas Fair attracts over 40,000 visitors each year and features over 700 costumed actors, acrobats, singers, dancers and musicians reviving an old English Victorian Christmas with theaters, a music hall, dance parties, taverns, shops, stalls, food, street vendor and period costumes all spread over 120,000 square feet of especially re-created Victorian London complete with street vendors hawking their wares and lamplit shops overflowing with Christmas gifts.

Learn more about the Great Dickens Christmas Fair and visit:
http://www.dickensfair.com





California International Marathon
early December
Sacramento, north east of San Francisco, California

top marathon events in the USAFounded in 1983 in Sacramento, and now recognized as one of the six best marathons in the USA, the California International Marathon, certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the USA, is a world-class running event. One of the popular appeals of this 26-mile event is the attractive route through semi-rural suburbs into the heart of downtown Sacramento ending in front of the California State Capitol. The California International Marathon is a “qualifying race” that requires a qualifying time from another marathon before a runner can take part.

For all about the California International Marathon in Sacramento view:
http://www.runcim.org






The newly updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.






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