What's Happening in San Francisco | April 2017

The Best Events & Things to Do in Union Square and Downtown San Francisco Right Now

Each month, the Tilden Hotel highlights the best events, openings, festivals, and things to do in Downtown San Francisco, Union Square, and beyond so you can make the most of your stay in San Francisco. Find out what's happening this April in San Francisco and plan your stay to include any of these exciting events and things to do.

Lights, Camera, ACTION!      

The SF Film Society has brought 181 features and shorts, including the new Grateful Dead Documentary Additionally, they will honor film luminaries James Ivory, Eleanor Coppola, and Ethan Hawke, and the event showcases screen classics, new local offerings as well as contemporary French and Argentine cinema.

Click below to learn more about all the screening schedules and locations. The event is sure to be two weeks to remember!


Let your hair down and dig the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

From April through October, San Francisco will revel in an exhilarating celebration of the most iconic cultural event in its history: The Summer of Love

Wearing flowers in your hair is optional. What’s not, is a groovy trip to Haight-Ashbury and Hippie Hill, just steps from Golden Gate Park. This summer, catch Jim Marshall's 1967 photo exhibit at City Hall, check out the houses where The Grateful Dead or Jimi Hendrix lived back in the 1960's; or head out for a pint at The Coffee Gallery, where Janis Joplin sang acapella to earn money and make a name for herself.  At the de Young Museum, The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll will be an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. 

 When you stay at The Tilden, we will provide you with your guide to the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love.

 Book our Summer of Love Package, stay 3 consecutive nights, save15% off and receive $50 credit towards whatever your heart desires at The Douglas Room or Café, or if you think the de Young exhibit is groovy, use the credit for up to two tickets!


Attention all Foodies!

Chef George Chen’s mammoth marketplace, China Live, marries upscale restaurants and shops selling cookware, produce and condiments. Diners can savor artisanal teas, wines and signature cocktails crafted with Chinese ingredients. Their open floor plan and communal tables make it the most inviting and social gathering experience while being transformed through taste. A must try.

Emerging Artists: Jessica Silverman Gallery     

Jessica Silverman Gallery was founded in 2008. The gallery is known for discovering emerging artists, whatever their age, and bringing them to a global audience. It also presents international artists to the Bay Area. The Gallery has a strong concept-driven roster that embraces all artistic media.

Dance your way to SF! April 21 – 30  

Bay Area Dance Week is here! 10 days filled with rhythm and motion catch free classes, free performances, or join an open rehearsal! Here is your chance to dance your way into a fun trip in San Francisco. You can’t miss the wild and popular kick-off event at San Francisco City Hall.

Craving some dancing? Check!

Opening Day on the Bay - Boat Parade!- April 23 

The annual Opening Day on the Bay shows off over 100 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classic and contemporary craft. This marks the official start of the San Francisco boating season.

The annual decorated boat parade sails close to shore, so land-based spectators can view from almost everywhere along San Francisco’s northern shoreline.