St. Stupid's Day Parade
April 1, at 12 pm
An annual celebration of "the patron saint of civilizations and parking meters," this parade of absurdity welcomes bizarre costumes and signs, noise makers and irreverence toward the business of religion and the religion of business. Organized by the First Church of the Last Laugh, it's open to all ages and traipses through the Financial District, rain or shine.
Starts at Justin Herman Plaza, the Embarcadero & Market St., San Francisco Free. Info: (510) 841-1898 or email@example.com.
Food & Farm Film Fest
A smorgasbord of films delving into food production and farming, covering everything from Sriracha hot sauce and Italian goats to the lives of mussels and honeybees and U.S. meat production. Refreshments are served at the screenings. Organized by Bi-Rite Market and 18 Reasons, the fest includes opening and closing night parties and a brunch, too.
At the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco 94103. Ticket prices vary; most events $15.
West Portal Avenue Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Show
April 4-6, at 10 am-5 pm
Some 40 artists display their handmade ceramics, paintings, jewelry, decorative items and other creations.
On West Portal Ave. between 15th and Ulloa, San Francisco 94127. Free.
Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival
April 12, at 11 am-5 pm
A march to commemorate the labor leader, followed by a 12-5 pm street fair with music, entertainment, children's activities, arts and crafts booths and a display of low rider and classic cars.
Parade starts at Dolores Park (19th St.); fair is on 24th St. between Treat and Bryant streets. Free.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
April 12-13 and 19-20
An annual celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture that includes taiko and dance performances, martial arts, ikebana and origami demos, live bands, food booths and the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen competition. The finale is a parade April 20 starting at Civic Center at 1 pm and ending at Post and Fillmore streets around 3 pm.
At Post and Buchanan streets, Japantown, San Francisco. Free.
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