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Updated 12/27/2019


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San Francisco Comedy Festival
Dubbed SF Sketchfest, this nationally recognized, 17-day comedy festival features top comics in more than 200 shows, ranging from improv to stand-up and storytelling comedy, at multiple venues across the city.


Chinese New Year Festival & Parade
Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, the Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Highlights include a 201-foot dragon manned by nearly 100 puppeteers, fireworks, and the crowning of Miss Chinatown.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The west coast’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off with a parade that ends at Civic Center Plaza, just a few blocks from the hotel. Expect big crowds and lots of Irish music, dancing, and beer in between.


Cherry Blossom Festival
Watch Japantown sparkle in all its cherry blossom glory for two weekends in April. Highlights of this rite of spring include music to ward off evil, crafts to keep kids entertained, and lots of delicious food. The Grand Parade starts at the Civic Center, just steps from Hotel Spero.


Bay To Breakers Race
Lace up your running shoes and make a date for the Bay to Breakers Race, the city’s oldest footrace. Held on the third Sunday in May, this has been a San Francisco tradition since 1912.


San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade
The largest gathering of the LGBT community in the nation, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade draws over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and features more than 20 community-run stages and venues dedicated to celebrating love.


Fillmore Jazz Festival
One of the largest free jazz festivals in the world, this fun, 12-block festival features three stages full of soulful blues, plus local arts, shopping and food goodness over the Fourth of July weekend.


Outside Lands
This festival in Golden Gate Park probably needs no introduction, it’s widely considered the city’s premier music event. Look for more than 100 artists, ranging from headliner to home-grown talent, performing on multiple stages across three days.


Oktoberfest by the Bay
All that’s great about German culture comes together at Pier 48 for the annual three-day Oktoberfest by the Bay festival, a chance to fill your beer stein to the top and feast on sausage and potato salad as you celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, back in 1810.


Fleet Week
A San Francisco favorite, Fleet Week is where water and wings meet for a show of patriotism at Pier 39. Begin your day with a tour inside the great ships which have carried thousands of our nation’s service men and women around the world, then see the thrilling Blue Angels’ air show, colorful military bands, and fireworks galore.


The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Be immersed in the world of Charles Dickens at this annual four-week holiday celebration at the historic Cow Palace. Explore the winding lanes of Victorian London and be captivated by music halls, theaters, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops filled with handmade holiday treasures.


Full Santa (or elf) suits are required for this pre-Christmas pub crawl that snakes out over six routes, beginning in nearby Union Square around noon. Expect lots of holiday cheer and caroling as you make merry with a few thousand other revelers.