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December 2002Back to Top
Through Dec.1
San Francisco International Automobile Show.
Moscone Center, 331-4406

Through Dec. 31
Holiday Festival of Lights at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Buildings in the area are outlined in bright lights. The inner and outer lagoons are decorated with holiday cheer. Various holiday festivities take place at the four major shopping complexes: The Anchorage Shopping Center, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, and PIER 39. Visit the Fisherman’s Wharf tree beneath the Fisherman’s Wharf Sign at Jefferson and Taylor, 626-7070

Through Jan. 5
Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center,

Through Dec. 31
Beach Blanket Babylon holiday extravaganza.
North Beach’s Club Fugazi, 421-4222

Nov. 30–Dec. 1
Celebration of Craftswomen.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 383-3470

Through Dec. 22
Cirque du Soleil Presents “Varekai”.
Pacific Bell Park parking lot, (800) 678-5440

Through Dec. 22
Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 474-8800

Through Dec. 24
16th Annual San Francisco SPCA “Holiday Windows”.
Adoptable dogs, cats, kittens and puppies frolic in the windows at Anthropologie,
880 Market St./Powell.

Through Dec. 31
Metreon’s Winter Wonderland.
Experience falling snow every day! Highlights include Japanese anime screenings at Action Theatre, futuristic season greetings at Digital Solutions, free screenings of classic children’s films every Saturday, local DJs spinning tunes each Thursday evening inside Portal One, holiday goodies at Jelly Belly Candy Shop, and lots more!
Metreon - A Sony Entertainment Center,
101 Fourth St. at Mission, 369-6000

Through Dec. 15
The Velveteen Rabbit.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater,

Through Dec. 22 (weekends)
Great Dickens Christmas Fair.
Cow Palace, 897-4555

Dec. 1
Run to the Far Side.
5K and 10K footraces through scenic Golden Gate Park begin and end at the California Academy of Sciences.

Dec. 7
Oakland Tribune Holiday Parade.
Downtown Oakland, 510-874-4800, ext. 300

Dec. 7-8
Dance Along Nutcracker: The Musicals.
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs music from the holiday classic with participation from the audience encouraged.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater,

Dec. 8
Santa PAWS at Ghirardelli Square.
Pets can have their picture taken with Santa during this annual fundraising-event for Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS).
Ghirardelli Square, For more information, call Beastro By the Bay 346-1010

Dec. 10-29
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker.
America’s oldest ballet company, regarded as one of its finest presents Tchaikovsky's beloved family classic every December.
War Memorial Opera House, 865-2000

Dec. 14
Christmas at Sea.
A family holiday event aboard the historic Balclutha. Crafts, storytelling and a visit with Santa.
San Francisco Maritime Park,
Hyde Street Pier, 561- 6662

Dec. 14
Living History’s Old Time Maritime Christmas.
A holiday version of the popular “Day in the Life: 1901” living history program. Visitors experience a traditional maritime Yuletide celebration aboard the historic ships on Hyde Street Pier.
San Francisco Maritime Park,

Dec. 23-26
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Dinner Show.
Celebrating Christmas the Jewish way in a Chinese restaurant with Jewish Comedy.
The New Asia Restaurant,
772 Pacific Ave. 522-3737

Dec. 28-30
San Francisco New Year’s Antiques Show.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion

Dec. 28
Red & White Fleet Crab Feed.
Kick-off Crab Season by feasting on crab while sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. The menu will serve up a whole crab with sourdough bread to each guest plus all the condiments picnic style. A full bar is available for choice of beverages. Additional snacks are also available. These special cruises will be available by reservation only. Total cost for the hour-long cruise and crab feast is $39 per person.
(800) 229-2784

Dec. 31
San Francisco Bowl.
First ever NCAA Bowl Game held in San Francisco! Pacific Bell Park, 947-BOWL

January 2003Back to Top
January 9-15
7th Annual Berlin and Beyond Film Festival.
The unique German language film festival features rarely seen independent films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Castro Theater, 263-8760

January 11
7th Annual East West Shrine Game.
America’s oldest and most prestigious college all-star game. Benefits Shriners hospitals for children.
Pacific Bell Park, (925) 762-2277

January 16-20
San Francisco International Art Exposition.
Fort Mason Center, Herbst and Festival Pavilion, (877) 734-2399

January 17-26
San Francisco Sports and Boat Show.
The biggest expo on the west coast features boats, camping and fishing gear, hunting equipment and more.
Cow Palace, 931-2500

Jan. 18, Feb. 15,
March 15, April 19
Red & White Fleet Crab Feed.
Kick-off Crab Season by feasting on crab while sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. The menu will serve up a whole crab with sourdough bread to each guest plus all the condiments picnic style. A full bar is available for choice of beverages. Additional snacks are also available. These special cruises will be available by reservation only. Total cost for the hour-long cruise and crab feast is $39 per person.
(800) 229-2784

January 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Celebration.
San Francisco honors the great civil rights leader with a host of festivities.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, (510) 268-3777

January 25
AMA Supercross Series.
Top supercross riders compete for top prizes.
Pacific Bell Park, 478-2277

Jan. 25–Feb. 16
Chinese New Year Festival and Parade.
Year of the Ram. San Francisco’s largest festival, highlighted by the New Year Flower Market on January 25 and 26, a parade on February 15 (5:30pm) from Market and Second Streets to Columbus Avenue. Community street fair on February 15 and 16.
Chinatown, 982-3000,

January 29
San Francisco Ballet Gala Opening Night Performance.
War Memorial Opera House, 865-2000

January 31
The 14th Annual Bon Appétit Wine & Spirits Focus.
This event kicks off the San Francisco Crab Festival. Featured will be signature dishes of San Francisco’s top Chefs, 125+ wines, microbrews, culinary demonstrations and more.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion,
(888) 343-6287

February 2003Back to Top
February 1-2
Crab & Wine Marketplace.
The first San Francisco “Challenge of the Masters” competition between master chefs. Culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, crab specialties from top restaurants. Live entertainment, fine arts & crafts, retail seafood and wine merchants.

February 6-16
San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
Various locations, 820-3907,

February 6-9
San Francisco Arts of the Pacific Asia Show.
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, (310) 455-2886

February 6-9
Historic Fisherman’s Wharf Classic Car Exhibit.
Presented by the Bay Area Chapter of the Ford Model A Club. Highlights include a parade of historic vehicles, cooking exhibitions and wine tasting.
Pier 45, Shed A, Taylor Street,
Fisherman’s Wharf, 647-7078

February 7-9
California Antiquarian Book Fair.
Concourse Exhibition Center, 551-5190

February 8
Ms. Chinatown USA Pageant 2003.
Palace of Fine Arts, 397-8988 or 982-3000

February 10-16
Siebel Open Tennis Tournament.
This year’s line up includes Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras.
HP Pavilion at San Jose, 421-TIXS

February 12-17
Disney On Ice.
Oakland Arena, 510-762-2277

February 13-16
San Francisco Tribal, Folk & Textiles Arts Show.
Folk and ethnic art including pottery, basketry, textiles and jewelry.
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, (310) 455-2886

February 15
Chinese New Year Parade.
From Market and Second Streets to Columbus Avenue, 982-3000,

February 20-23
Pacific Orchid Exposition.
The San Francisco Orchid Society’s 51st annual show dazzles with dozens of breathtaking floral collections.
Fort Mason Center, 665-2468

February 22-23
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair.
Fort Mason Center, 383-7837

March 2003Back to Top
March 6 -16
NAATA’S San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
The biggest event in North America dedicated to the exhibition of Asian American and Asian cinema.
AMC Kabuki Theaters, 255-4299

March 6
The Bark & Whine Ball.
Proceeds from this festive occasion, which brings dogs and their guardians together for an evening of dining and dancing, benefit the SF/SPCA.
San Francisco Gift Center, 522-3535

March 8-9
Contemporary Crafts Market.
Over 250 artists display ceramics, jewelry, home furnishings and more!
Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, 995-4925

March 10-14
Bouquets to Art.
Works by top floral designers fill the museum with spectacular floral tributes inspired by the Legion’s works of art.
California Place of the Legion of Honor,
Lincoln Park, 750-3504

March 14-20
Tiburon International Film Festival.
Tiburon Playhouse, 381-4123

March 16
St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
One of San Francisco’s largest annual parades begins at 12:45 pm at Second and Market Streets and concludes at City Hall/Civic Center,

March 19-23
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.
This cutting-edge landscape design show offers exhibits of plants and high-quality gardening products.
Cow Palace, 771-6909, (800) 829-9751

March 20
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Re-opening Celebration.
The much anticipated re-opening of the expanded museum at its new Civic Center location.
379-8800, 752-2635,

March 21 – June 15
San Francisco Jazz Spring Season.
Various venues, 788-7353

March 23
Across The Bay 12K Race.
The largest run ever to cross the Golden Gate Bridge begins in Sausalito and ends at Fisherman’s Wharf. 759-2690,

Macy’s 58th Annual Flower Show.
Macy’s Union Square, 393-3724

April 2003Back to Top
April 7
Opening Day, San Francisco Giants.
Pacific Bell Ball Park,
(800) 5GIANTS, (800) 544-2687

April 12-20 (weekends)
Cherry Blossom Festival.
Two consecutive weekends of performances, crafts, food, martial arts exhibitions. A colorful parade will be held in April at the Civic Center (April 20).
Japantown, 563-2313

April 17–May 1
San Francisco International Film Festival.
More than 100 films and videos from 30 countries will be showcased during this annual festival.
Castro Theatre and other venues,
561-5000 or 931-FILM

April 27
Opening Day on the Bay.
Kick off the sailing season on the San Francisco Bay with the annual boat parade and the blessing of the fleet.

May 2003Back to Top
May 4-Oct.12
Golden Gate Park Band (Sundays).
Since 1882, the Golden Gate Park Band has performed regularly in the park. Pack a picnic and enjoy this perennial pleasure. Sundays 1pm to 4pm. Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, 831-5500

May 5
Cinco de Mayo.
A parade and festival featuring Mexican and Central American art and entertainment. Other highlights include a low rider and bomb car show.
Parade on Mission Street,
Festival in Civic Center Plaza, 256-3005

May 10-18
San Francisco Youth Arts Festival.
An annual exhibition and celebration showcasing the visual and performing arts by young people ages 5 to 18.
Zeum and Yerba Buena Gardens, 759-2916

May 15-Nov. 8
Chinatown Night Market Fair (Saturday nights).
Traditional lion dancing, musical performances, Chinese opera, Chinese painting and fortunetellers. every Saturday night from 6-11 pm. May-November.
Portsmouth Square, 397-8000

May 18
San Francisco Bay to Breakers Footrace.
The world’s largest footrace unfolds as more than 70,000 costume-clad runners push off at 8am.
The Embarcadero to the Great Highway,

May 24-25
Carnaval 2003.
San Francisco’s version of Mardi Gras, and one of its largest annual public events, featuring exotic carnaval dancers with a mixture of latino, jazz, samba, Caribbean and more.
Harrison St., between 16th and 22nd Sts.,

May 31-June 1
Union Street Art Festival.
Gourmet food, beer & wine, juried arts and crafts display, non-stop jazz, kids events.
(800) 731-0003

May 31
Black & White Ball 2003.
San Francisco’s biggest black-tie block party with top-name entertainment.
Civic Center and other venues, 864-6000,

June 2003Back to Top
June 7-8
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair.
Fort Mason Center, 383-7837

Haight Street Fair.
One of San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods celebrates its creative roots with arts, crafts and entertainment.
Haight Street, 661-8025

June 5-8
Home Entertainment 2003.
An expo dedicated to home theater, home audio and video. The event will be held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Information,
(212) 886-3681,

June 7-8
Fiesta Filipina 2003.
The Bay Area’s largest Filipino Festival featuring Filipino food, entertainment, dance, arts & crafts and carnival rides.
Civic Center Plaza, 989-0288,

June 12-29
27th Annual San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Castro Theatre and other venues, 703-8650

June 14-15 (Tentative)
Juneteenth Celebration.
A celebration of African American culture.
Golden Gate Park, Kimball Park and Fillmore Street, 447-1330

Ethnic Dance Festival.
Three weekends of performances showcasing the best in world dance and music, representing cultures from around the globe.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 474-3914

June 14-15
North Beach Festival.
San Francisco’s oldest street fair delights with arts and crafts, live entertainment and great food.
Grant Avenue and Green Street, 989-2220

June 22-August 24 (Sundays)
Stern Grove Free Concert Series.
Since 1938, Stern Grove has been the place for San Franciscans to enjoy great performing arts in a beautiful outdoor setting, completely admission-free.

June 28-29
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Parade.
The City’s annual celebration of lesbian and gay pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on June 29 at 10:30 am.

San Francisco Aloha Festival.
Two-day arts festival celebrating Pacific Island culture, Polynesian dance, food, music, ethnic arts & crafts and more.
San Francisco Presidio, 281-0221

July 2003Back to Top
July 4
Fourth of July Waterfront Festival.
A day-long event featuring the west coast's largest display of fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts and family activities at this annual waterfront party. Fireworks begin around 9pm. Excellent viewing opportunities from PIER 39 and Ghirardelli Square.
Fisherman’s Wharf, 705-5500

July 5-6
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival.
Fillmore Street celebrates its jazz roots with concerts accompanied by food, wine and art.
Fillmore Street, (800) 731-0003

July 17
Cable Car Bell-Ringing Competition.
Union Square, 923-6217

Bank of the West Tennis Classic.
Stanford University, Palo Alto, 392-4400

July 17-24
Jewish Film Festival.
Castro Theater and other venues around the Bay Area, 621-0556

August 2003Back to Top
August 8-10
North Beach Jazz Festival.
The Bay Area’s best local jazz talent performs bars, cafes, restaurants and other venues throughout North Beach district.

August 8-10
ACC Craft Show.
Largest juried craft fair on the West Coast: necklaces, stoneware bowls, silk scarves, patterned quilts. Fort Mason Center, 896-5060

Nihomachi Street Fair.
This Japanese festival features lion dancers, taiko drummers, Japanese arts and crafts, musical entertainment, food and children’s events.
Japantown and Japan Center,, 771-9861

August 17
Comedy Celebration Day.
Laugh for hours with Northern California’s top comedians at this free funny bone frenzy. Noon to 4pm.
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park,

August 27-Sept. 1
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Cow Palace. Tickets, 478-BASS

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.
Relax in a tranquil environment and enjoy Shakespeare. Shows begin at 1:30 p.m. but locals arrive by noon for a seat. Free.
Golden Gate Park, 865-4434

August 30 – Sept. 1
A La Carte, A La Park.
Featuring dozens of San Francisco’s most highly regarded restaurants and chefs, a delightful selection of wines and craftbrews. Non-stop entertainment. One of the Bay Area’s most popular Labor Day weekend events.
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park,

August 30 - Sept. 1
51st Annual Sausalito Art Festival.
Top-rated fine arts festival on the West Coast featuring more than 20,000 original works of art, music and food.
Sausalito,, 332-3555

September 2003Back to Top
September 3-14
San Francisco Fringe Festival.
A marathon of 260 theater performances. a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis. Exit Theatre and other downtown venues.
Information, 931-1094; tickets, (800) 965-4827,

September 6-7
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival.
Ghirardelli Square,,

September 6-7
Autumn Moon Festival.
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, Chinese costumes and children’s activities. Grant Ave. between California and Pacific streets,, 982-6306

September 7
San Francisco Chronicle Opera in the Park.
Free concert with the San Francisco Opera. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 1:30pm, 777-7120

September 14
San Francisco Grand Prix Cycling Event.
Top international professional cyclists through the streets of San Francisco. Start and finish at Embarcadero/Pier 1.
Various locations, (610) 676-0390, 705-6000,,

September 15 (Tentative)
Latino Summer Fiesta.
A food and arts festival celebrating Latin American independence days.
Mission District, 256-3005

September 27-28
San Francisco Blues Festivals.
Great Meadow at Fort Mason, The oldest blues festival in America presents some of the best blues musicians in the world.

September 28
Folsom Street Fair.
San Francisco’s funky, kinky leather event is held along Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (This event is intended for adults only.)
Folsom Street between 7th and 12th streets,, 861-3247

October 2003Back to Top
October 1
Castro Street Fair.
This festival will feature food, arts, crafts and a variety of retail items.
Castro Street, 841-1824

October 4-5
Reggae In the Park.
A multicultural event featuring world music, reggae, arts, crafts and international food.
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park,

October 4-5
Great San Francisco Crystal Fair.
Fort Mason Center, 383-7837

October 4-26 (Weekends)
San Francisco Open Studios.
The public will have access to over 700 artists’ studios every weekend. Visitors can browse paintings, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, printmaking, furniture, glass, jewelry and photography.
Various locations,,

October 11-13
AT&T Fleet Week Airshow
Pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's marine services. View dynamic aerial performances by the Blue Angels.
Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf,

October 13
San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade and Festival.
The City celebrates its Italian heritage with a lively parade through North Beach, beginning at 1:30 pm.
Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, 434-1492

October 17-19
Oktoberfest 2002.
Non-stop entertainment, German beer and cuisine. (510) 553-9001

October 18
Exotic Erotic Ball.
An evening of entertainment and dancing, with revelers wearing outrageous costumes. Recommended for adults only.
Cow Palace,,

October 23- November 10 (Tentative)
San Francisco Jazz Festival.
One of San Francisco’s biggest and best musical festivals features local, national and international jazz artist performances at locations throughout San Francisco. The line-up includes many renowned musicians.
Various locations,,
788-7353, (800) 850-7353

October 24 – November 2
Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show.
Enjoy concerts, art, food, livestock and rodeo competitions at this year's Grand Nationals.
Cow Palace,,

October 30-November 2
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.
Over 65 distinguished antique dealers from America and Europe sell a broad range of antique merchandise.
Fort Mason Center, 546-6661

November 2003Back to Top
November 6-13
American Indian Film Festival.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater,,

November 8-11
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema.
Castro Theater, 552-3456

November 15-17
Harvest Festival and Christmas Crafts Market.
Concourse Exhibition Center, (707) 778-6300

November 21
Embarcadero Center Lighting Ceremony & Celebration.
Embarcadero Center, 772-0753

November 22-November 30
San Francisco International Automobile Show.
Moscone Center,,

November 22-23 & November 30–December 1
Celebration of Craftswomen.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center,

November 28
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony,

November 29 - Dec. 21 (Weekends)
Great Dickens Christmas Fair.
Cow Palace, 897-4555

November 30
Run to the Far Side.
10K and 5K footraces through scenic Golden Gate Park begin and end at the California Academy of Sciences,

December 2003Back to Top
December 10-29
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker.
America’s oldest ballet company, regarded as one of its finest presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved family classic every December. War Memorial Opera House, 865-2000

December 15
Christmas at Sea, a family holiday event aboard the historic Balclutha.
Crafts, storytelling and a visit with Santa.
San Francisco Maritime Park, Hyde Street Pier,
561- 6662

December 31
San Francisco Bowl.
Second NCAA Bowl Game in San Francisco.
Pacific Bell Park, 947-BOWL


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