Annual San Francisco Events and Festivals

Looking for exciting Bay Area experiences and events? San Francisco is a destination buzzing with culture, art, music and neighborhood fun. When you stay at the Monarch Hotel, you can embrace the city's cultural energy at annual San Francisco events and festivals like Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, SF International Film Festival and the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park. Runners love the city's road races, including Bay to Breakers and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. See the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade for a colorful celebration of culture and tradition. From music festivals to fireworks over the Bay to farmers markets, there's always something happening in San Francisco.
 

Bay to Breakers

Costumes are encouraged at this funny footrace, a 7.5-mile course that starts near The Embarcadero and finishes near Ocean Beach. Over 100,000 athletes compete each year and the race culminates in a giant party by the Pacific Ocean.
 

Chinese New Year Festival & Parade

Every spring, Chinatown hosts this annual celebration of the Lunar New Year, a huge parade with over 100 participants including decorated floats, elaborate costumes, fireworks, lions, dragons and martial arts groups.
 

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

One of the most prestigious triathlons in the world, this competition features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, an 18-mile bike ride through the Presidio and an eight-mile trail run through Golden Gate Park.