San Francisco is renowned as the outlandish, outrageous and outgoing land of freedom and fun - it’s a place to let down your hair, let go of your inhibitions and let out some excitement. It also has beautiful nature, friendly faces and tantalising foods – and it offers a number of great festivals and events throughout the year, many of which offer the San Fran vibe.
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is the boldest and biggest botanical bonanza in the whole of the states. It’s way more than just a flower show, and offers seminars on a wide range of topics, including flower arranging, flower growing, how to maintain a garden and more. There are also many themed gardens for a cosy stroll, a number of professional exhibitors, world-class floral demonstrations, Q&A sessions and loads of chances to buy and learn. You can also hear from experts on how to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
If you’re really keen to get your fix of floral frenzies, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is another great event for fans of flowers and flora.
The International Lao New Year Festival represents and celebrates the Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Chinese communities of the states, and offers authentic food, dancing, entertainment, concerts and family activities. Special events include alms offerings, Buddha cleansing, community parades, kick boxing and more. The festival is organised and planned by the local people that it represents, so it offers a truly authentic slice of South East Asian life. It fills your belly, fills your heart and fills your smile.
Outside Lands Music and Art Festival offers a broad selection of artists and acts, and promotes the eco-friendly participation of all comers. It also focuses on food, wine and local culture and crafts and has plenty of attractions and events with night shows, cocktail bars and arts exhibitions. Previous artists here have included massive names such as Radiohead, Elton John, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. It’s a great atmosphere with big stars, big exhibitions and an even bigger heart.
Other San Francisco events and festivals include parades, sports competitions, kites, arts, street food, jazz, beaches, theatre, books, poetry, Christmas celebrations and a whole lot more. There’s something for everyone and fun for all the family. Get yourself to the land of the free and join the fun!