Did know that Americans spend 1.9 billion dollars on Easter candy each year, making it the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween? It may surprise you to learn that most candy purchased is chocolate and 76% of Americans think the ears of the chocolate bunny should be eaten first. The first story of a rabbit (later named the Easter Bunny) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680, and the first egg dyes were once made of natural items such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and juices. Easter takes place on a Sunday each year following the Lenten season. To many, it signifies the beginning of spring and the start of warmer weather. It is a time to enjoy family and get outside with the many events and activities being held. If you are looking for something to do in the San Francisco area, this is your one-stop guide to all the top activities scheduled.

Fun Easter Events

San Francisco Theater: The 39 Steps

You will find several wonderful theater performances this Easter in San Francisco. The biggest show is The 39 Steps, this murder mystery based on the Alfred Hitchcock classic. You will not want to miss this amazing and engaging show. There are many other performances to check out here as well this spring.

Easter Basket filled with plastic eggs and candy

Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1K

Join the Hope Easter Run on Saturday, March 30th on the San Francisco Bay Trails starting at 7:30 am. This stress-free race is chip-optional, but loads of fun – offering finisher’s medals, premium running shirt, and Easter eggs for the kids post-race. Hop on over to register – this event will sell out quickly!

PorchLight Bay Area’s Easter Egg Hunt

This fun-filled, free Easter event starts Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 am and features colorful hidden eggs, all over Red Morton Park in beautiful Redwood City, CA. Don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket as there are hidden treasures in the eggs. This is the perfect event for families and kids of all ages.

Easter Extravaganza at IBEW Local 180

The Easter bunny will be hopping over to this “eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 23rd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come decorate sugar cookies with food-safe paints and brushes. The Easter bunny will be available for all your family and individual photo snapshots throughout the day. Hotdogs and chips will be available for lunch with a special egg hunt for 0-4 year-olds from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm and five years and up from 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Don’t miss out on this free event!

Ship in San Francisco Bay

Easter Premier Brunch Cruise

Why not try something unique to celebrate Easter and get out on the water? You can create incredible Easter memories while cruising along San Francisco Bay with an exciting brunch cruise. Enjoy beautiful spring weather, amazing photo backdrops, a delicious brunch buffet, and an exciting visit from the star of the season, the Easter Bunny. It is the perfect opportunity to make this time with family and friends extra special while relaxing on the water with incredible views. This two-hour brunch cruise on the San Francisco Bay will give the whole family a much-needed relaxing and enjoyable time. The champagne is free-flowing, and the buffet is freshly prepared. Make Easter unforgettable this year with dining, dancing, and San Francisco’s best views from climate-controlled interiors and open-air exterior decks, your family will love celebrating on the water.

Easter Premier Dinner Cruise

The weather is gorgeous this time of year and you want to be outside to enjoy it as much as possible, so get out of the kitchen and leave the details to the professionals. Treat your family to a dinner cruise and sit back, relax, and leave the planning to someone else. Create beautiful memories with your loved ones while onboard this two-hour dinner cruise along the San Francisco Bay. A delicious plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees will be served before a decadent dessert. Dancing along to live DJ entertainment will be fun for the whole gang. Who knows, a little bunny hop may be in order. You will want to have your camera ready to capture this fabulous memory with the city skyline as your backdrop. Make this your annual celebration and take the worry out of planning.

Easter Egg Hunt and Performance 2024Two kids with Easter Baskets on the grass

Celebrate the Easter season with an Easter egg hunt and performance by the Silicon Valley Conservatory of Music. Two shows are available on March 24th –  2:00 pm and  4:00 pm. You’ll enjoy Easter-themed activities and decorate eggs in the recital hall at the conservatory. Be sure to secure your tickets for either show as sales end on March 4th!

FAQs – Easter in San Francisco (2024)

What does City Cruises offer for Easter in San Francisco?
City Cruises in San Francisco provides a memorable way to celebrate Easter with their Premier Brunch and Dinner Cruises. These cruises allow guests to enjoy the beauty of San Francisco Bay with a delicious brunch buffet, live entertainment, and stunning views of the city’s skyline. The Easter Bunny makes a special appearance to delight families and create unforgettable memories​​.

What can guests expect on the Easter Premier Brunch Cruise?
The Easter Premier Brunch Cruise offers a delightful brunch buffet, free-flowing champagne, and the chance to enjoy San Francisco’s spring weather and beautiful scenery from the water. It’s an ideal setting for a relaxing and enjoyable Easter celebration with family and friends​​.

What about the Easter Premier Dinner Cruise in SF?
The Easter Premier Dinner Cruise provides an opportunity to savor a gourmet dinner while cruising along San Francisco Bay. Guests can enjoy the beautiful weather, dine, dance, and take in the breathtaking views of San Francisco’s skyline from climate-controlled interiors and open-air exterior decks. This cruise is perfect for making Easter dining special and stress-free​​.

Where can I enjoy brunch on Easter Sunday in San Francisco in 2024?
San Francisco boasts numerous brunch spots perfect for Easter Sunday. Some top recommendations include Cassava in North Beach for Californian cuisine, Laurel Court in the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill for American dishes with a special Easter menu, Palm House in the Marina for Caribbean flavors, and The Garden Court in the Palace Hotel in SoMa for a Californian Easter Buffet Brunch​​.

Are there any outdoor activities recommended for Easter in San Francisco?
Yes, you can enjoy various outdoor activities such as the SF Bay Cruise, which offers a 60-minute scenic journey around the Bay, showcasing top SF attractions. Additionally, the Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour provides a chance to marvel at the majestic Coastal Redwoods and explore the charming city of Sausalito. For those looking to get an overview of the city’s top attractions, the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is an excellent option​​.

Is there a special service or celebration for Easter Sunday morning?
The 101st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson Cross, starting at 7 am, offers a non-denominational service that is one of the city’s most unique Easter celebrations. It takes place at the highest point in San Francisco, providing attendees with a serene and spiritual start to the holiday​​.


Original Post Date: April 7, 2023