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Fun and Amazing Annual Events in San Francisco: Exploring the City by the Bay

by Rich Goldman
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San Francisco is home to lots of fun and amazing annual events. While we can't list them all, we've listed a few annual traditions that might just peak your interest. Whether you live in the bay area or plan to visit, Bay Lights Charters hope you'll include more fun and adventure on your schedule this year.

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March - St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Enjoy all things Irish at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Kilted bagpipe players and Irish are just part of the entertainment. Children enjoy the rides and inflatables. Be sure to catch the annual parade, featuring more than 5,000 participants. The San Francisco St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi—come see why!

April - Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D.C. isn't the only place celebrating cherry blossoms in bloom! For more than 50 years, people of all ages come to this annual celebration of Japanese traditions. This annual event draws over 200,000 people. The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival features a grand parade, a kid's corner, live music, food, and more.

May - Carnaval

This annual event is one of California's largest multicultural events. San Francisco's Carnaval is a two-day event that happens toward the end of May. The event features international music and foods, along with arts and crafts. There are entertainment and activities on every corner and don't miss the Grand Feature Parade with beautifully decorated floats.

June - North Beach Festival

This festival is held in what is known as San Francisco's Little Italy, the legendary Barbary Coast, and home of the famed beat generation. A popular event for more than 60 years, the North Beach Festival includes a blessing of the animals, a chalk art area for children, and Italian street painting.

July - Fourth of July Fireworks Over The Bay

The annual Fourth of July fireworks over San Francisco Bay is one of the most spectacular displays in the state. The fireworks are set off from two locations: the end of the Municipal Pier and from barges in front of Pier 39.

September - Oktoberfest By The Bay

Celebrate German traditions at this annual event held along San Francisco's Pier 48. The event features German beer, food, and music. A three-day event, Oktoberfest By The Bay is held every September.

October - Fleet Week

San Francisco is home to perhaps the most celebrated Fleet Week in the United States. Celebrated over Columbus weekend, this yearly tradition started in 1981. Enjoy a performance by the popular Blue Angels and be amazed by the thrilling skydiving team, the Navy Leap Frogs. Additional event highlights include tours of battleships and K9 demonstrations.

New Year's Eve Fireworks

Ring in the New Year by watching fireworks light up the San Francisco sky. The display begins at 11:59 and last approximately 20 minutes.

Bay Lights Charters

No San Francisco outing is complete without setting sail in the bay. The captain and crew of GAS LIGHT invite you to set sail with them aboard the recreated 1874 schooner. Enjoy the ambiance of GAS LIGHT while enjoying modern conveniences.

The schooner can take 48 passengers out on the bay and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge — talk about an amazing experience! GAS LIGHT makes for a great way to gather with friends and family, or to celebrate your employees with a special gift. Located at Pier 40 in the South Beach Harbor, GAS LIGHT is easy to find. Just look for At&T Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants.

Make your outing in San Francisco extra special by adding GAS LIGHT to your itinerary. For more information regarding availability, food options, and more, contact us today.

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