Now through 4/7 — Flowers: Macy’s Flower Show
Macy’s Union Square location is transformed into a space-inspired floral fantasy world during the 73rd annual Macy’s Flower Show, a celebration of flowers, food, art and music. “Journey to Paradisios” transports visitors into a multi-dimensional world of space, adventure, and discovery through florals and eccentrically landscaped gardens. Free. More information and store hours here.
Throughout April — Music: Jazz @ The Atlas
Since 2013, The Atlas Café has been presenting Jazz@The Atlas, featuring new and unheard local bands. Of the dozens of MP3s received each month, Curator David Kaye picks groups based solely on quality. The Atlas serves soups, sandwiches, and salads, along with local microbrew beers, kombucha, and wines. Shows run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with no cover charge. Atlas Café, 3049 20th Street. More information, and schedule of events here.
4/2 Tuesday — Music: Christine Onyung
Live music by Christine Onyung, a singer-songwriter who performs covers and originals. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/3 Wednesday — Books: Wednesday Steps Sales
San Francisco Public Library hosts weekly Wednesday Steps Sales. All books and media are $1 or less each; proceeds benefit the Library. Every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street. Steps Sales are canceled in the event of rain. More information here.
4/5 Friday — Comedy: MC Sergio Novoa
Standup comedy by MC Sergio Novoa. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/6 Saturday — Family: Make Art Family Day
Celebrate the Museum of Craft and Design’s 15th birthday. Bring the whole family to Make Art Family Day; enjoy such activities as the opportunity to win your own birthday party at MCD. There’ll be spin art and ice cream, paper lantern crafts, wearable designs and more! All ages welcome. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids 12 and under and museum members: free. Adults: $8. Students and seniors: $6. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. More information here.
4/6 Saturday — Art: de Young Museum Free Saturdays
Every Saturday, the de Young offers free general admission to the permanent galleries to San Francisco residents. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, including art-making, gallery guides, and tours with discussions and sketching in the permanent galleries. Special exhibit admission isn’t included nor discounted and is ticketed at full price. 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Free. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. More information here.
4/8 Monday — Gardening: Macy’s Flower Show Post-Show Plant Sale
Wonder where the blooms go when the Flower Show ends? Select plants and flowers from Macy’s 73rd Annual Flower Show will be available for sale following the show. All proceeds benefit the Delancey Street Foundation, the country’s largest self-help residential organization for people who are rebuilding their lives. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Pier 30 to 32, 599 Embarcadero. More information here.
4/10 Wednesday — Music: GT2+1
GT2+1 play 20th century music: Beatles, Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Clapton, Dylan, Van Morrison, featuring the song stylings of Ms. Alyssa Cox. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/11 Thursday — Music: Ocean Shore Railroad
Live music by Ocean Shore Railroad, performing originals and select covers from the 1960’s to the present. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/12 Friday — Family: SF Giants Post-Game Fireworks
As soon as the San Francisco Giants hopefully defeat the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park, enjoy a firework display over the stadium, at approximately 10:15 p.m. A game ticket is needed to enter the arena; good free viewing locations located outside the ballpark at Willie Mays Plaza, the Third Street Bridge, or across McCovey Cove. Free. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. More information here.
4/13 Saturday — Music: Frances Ancheta
Live music by Frances Ancheta, a singer-songwriter with pop, folk, indie rock, new wave, and world/tropical influences. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/14 Sunday — Food: National Grilled Cheese Day
Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with a bevy of food trucks serving their unique versions of the sandwiches. Devour your favorite cheesy classic in all its toasty glory alongside craft brews and live music from The Stu Tails. Admission $5 to $36. 12 to 5 p.m. SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street. More information and to purchase tickets.
4/17 Wednesday — Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/18 Thursday — Music: James Everett
Live music by James Everett, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop singer and performer. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/20 Saturday — Music: Paula O’Rourke and Carolos Mendoza
Performing Catalan and Venezuelan songs. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/20 Saturday — Earth Day: Earth Day San Francisco
Celebrate Earth Day’s 49th year in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Green New Deal.” Talks, demonstrations, and workshops offered throughout the day, with topics including climate change, recycling, and the intersection of politics, technology, and the environment. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Valencia Street, between 19th and 20th streets. More information here.
4/21 Sunday — Gardening: Make Your Own Terrarium
Celebrate Earth Day by making your own terrarium! Supplies will be provided. Space is limited to 15. This is an adult and teen program. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Library, 5075 Third Street. More information and to register call 415.355.5757 or email to email@example.com.
4/26 Friday to 5/5 Sunday — Dance: Bay Area Dance Week
This annual 10-day festival features hundreds of free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch performances in a wide range of styles, including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more. Free. Complete schedule and locations of events here.
4/27 Sunday — Music: Marc Maynon and the CD OnofrioPerforming folk music. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
4/27 Saturday and 4/28 Sunday — Art: Vintage Paper Fair
The Vintage Paper Fair features one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Avenue. More information here.
Happening in May 2019:
5/2 Thursday — Community: Taste of Potrero
Now in its ninth year, Taste of Potrero is a premier celebration of great food and drink. Enjoy unlimited bites crafted by the City’s best restaurants and bars. All profits benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School, which continues to suffer from budget shortfalls. Funds raised help ensure that all of Webster’s students, including the more half with serious economic needs, have access to the instruction, basic tools, services and materials necessary to receive the high-quality education they deserve. 7 to 10 p.m. $150-$250. Group discount available. The Midway, 900 Marin Street. More information and tickets here.
5/4 Saturday to 5/5 Sunday — Art: Hunters Point Shipyard Artists Spring Open Studios
More than 120 artists located on San Francisco’s landmark naval shipyard invite you to their Spring Open Studios for a weekend of art buying and browsing, great food from neighborhood providers and family fun. This unique tradition, celebrating its 30th year, offers a chance to browse a diverse mix of art, interact directly with creators in their workspaces, and buy art directly from the artists. Free. 451 Galvez Avenue. More information here.
5/5 Sunday — Family: Sunday Streets: Bayview/DogpatchSunday Streets is San Francisco’s official block party, a roving neighborhood celebration and five-hour gathering where streets are closed to vehicles; pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, and yogis take over for an afternoon. Expect activities like treasure hunts, dance performances, hula hooping, dodgeball games, yoga classes, bubble parties, and tons more fun stuff. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. More information here.