April is a great time to visit San Francisco, the wet season is finally coming to an end and the temperatures are on the rise, making the outdoors that little bit more fun.
Sunshine hours are also up, people are happier which in turn makes a city a fantastic place to be a part of. When San Francisco is happy, you can’t help but be happy alongside it!
The average temperature sits at around 17°C but can be up as high as 24°C during the day. As San Francisco is a coastal city you’ll find that the temperature in the mornings and evenings can still be fairly low.
In other words, t-shirt and short weather during the day may turn into jumper and jeans weather in the evening. So be prepared! Umbrellas are an optional extra at the end of the rainy season but why take the chance?
Thanks to the positive upturn in the weather, April also sees a great increase in outdoor events taking place in the city, which is still relatively quiet as tourist season has yet to kick in. Finding places to stay in San Francisco in April is a little easier than in peak tourist season.
Here are a few things to enjoy if you find yourself in the Bay Area during April:
1. Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry blossoms spring into life across the world at this time of year and are a beautiful sight to behold in cities.
In Japan, cherry blossoms are celebrated in events marking the start of Spring and of new life, in San Francisco, it is very similar.
Japanese Americans celebrate with music, dance and food for two weekends in May, inviting you to try taiko drumming, Japanese tea and sushi.
2. Palace of Fine Arts
In 1915 San Francisco was the host city for the Panama Pacific Exposition. It was an event that put San Francisco on the map worldwide and gave the city a much needed boost in its recovery from the great earthquake of 1906.
At the end of the fair, the majority of the structures that were erected were pulled down but the Palace of Fine Arts was considered too beautiful. It is the largest structure to still remain from the exposition and easily the most memorable.
It’s a great place to visit in April when the weather’s good, simply lie back and take in the peace and quiet.
3. Cesar Chavez Holiday & Parade
Cesar Chavez was a civil rights leader and local hero who developed the National Farm Workers Association and fought for other worker’s rights in the 1960s.
This parade contains Latino dances as well as live music, souvenir stalls and even a classic car show.
This is a free festival in the Mission District, ideal if you’re staying in Mission Bay Serviced Apartments in San Francisco during your visit.
4. Chinese Temples
When you’re wandering through San Francisco’s Chinatown the last thing you’ll probably be thinking is what a peaceful place this is! But believe it or not, there are secluded bastions of peace tucked away amongst the clamour.
The Chinese Temples are places of worship and as such are peaceful and cultural havens from the hustle and bustle, but they are open to the public and are free. Just in case you need a few moments of tranquility.
5. Union Square Live
You can really tell that the fairer seasons are here when Union Square Live kicks into gear. Before summer, during summer and beyond the Union Square Live Festival brings music, circus acts, dancing, drumming and theatre acts to San Francisco.
The shows are suitable for the whole family and are on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Word of warning though, audience participation is often expected!
6. Stow Lake
Another one of the more peaceful options of escaping the busy city streets. Stow Lake can be found in Golden Gate Park and is a great way to see some of the local nature. There are birds and turtles along with hiking trails and boat hire, so you can really get up close.
Don’t forget to explore Strawberry Hill, situated right in the middle of the lake but accessible by bridge.
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7. Golden Gate Bridge
In case you needed reminding, San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, an iconic landmark that is recognized the world over. You need a picture of the bridge to prove you’ve been there and if you’re there taking a picture, why not walk across it? There are few places better to get an unforgettable view of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Cycling across might be a better idea, at 1.7 miles it used to be the world’s longest!