How to spend President’s Day Weekend in San Francisco


American Flag with President Day Greeting

President’s Day is just around the corner! Have you made your plans for the extended weekend yet? Here’s a quick guide on things you can do in San Francisco over the holiday:

Marvel at the freshest and most colorful blooms at Pier 39’s Tulipmania Festival

Catch the tail end of one of San Francisco’s most colorful festivals, Tulipmania, at Pier 39. The 9-day event is scheduled to end on February 18, so expect the most special highlights to come during the weekend right before President’s Day.

Tulipmania features an exhibition of nearly 40,000 tulips, as well as other seasonal garden blooms. Enjoy guided tours, brief learning sessions for top gardening tips, and practically endless opportunities to fill your Instagram feed with photos that explode with vibrant color and life.

Discover international cinema at the Mostly British Film Festival

Happening at the historic Vogue Theater, the Mostly British Film Festival brings an exciting lineup of international films to the Golden City audience. The festival lineup includes contemporary and classic films from the UK, Ireland, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Head over to the festival on Friday evening, February 16, for the festival’s tribute to Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt. Or go on day-long movie marathons on Saturday and Sunday.

Get competitive at the San Francisco City Golf Championship

Fancy a game of golf over President’s Day weekend? Why not make it more interesting by signing up for the San Francisco City Golf Championship?

Qualifying dates for the Open Flights category fall on February 17 and 18, with official match play dates set for the succeeding weekends.

Lift your spirits with a trio of events celebrating the best craft beers and fine wines

Looking to get a drink? There’s no better place to do it in San Fran over President’s Day weekend than these highlight events:

  • San Francisco Beer Week. A generous selection of craft beers, brewer demos, beer, and cheese pairing events, and beer dinners await you in this local beer fest. Catch the last two days on February 17 and 18 before it’s too late!
  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Sample concoctions from over 800 wineries. Marvel at incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge while enjoying fine food and engaging in interesting conversations with fellow wine connoisseurs.
  • The Zinfandel Experience. Discover the Zinfandel, America’s heritage wine, at the Bentley Reserve, Pier 27, and One Market from February 18-20.

Noise Pop

Opening on President’s Day, February 19, Noise Pop is San Francisco’s premier independent culture festival. A celebration of everything indie, this week-long event features the works of artists, filmmakers, and musicians who are just starting to make their mark.

The festival has helped launch the careers of musical acts like The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie. In addition to the shows, there are plenty of happy hours to enjoy at your favorite venue. Go to this site for information on tickets, schedules, and venues.

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