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San Francisco, you better hustle. Now that the sleepy winter months are over, there is a lot going on in the city. Here are the 16 things you need to add to your calendar, stat. Now go forth and conquer your spring 2016 bucket list.

Henrik Kam/SFMOMA

1. We’ve been waiting three long years for this, and the day has finally come. In honor of its grand reopening, SFMOMA is offering free admission to the new and improved museum on May 14. Didn’t get a ticket in time? Not to worry. The museum will be open seven days a week through Labor Day.

2. Try scoring a ticket to opening night of this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 to May 5), when Kate Beckinsale will glam up the red carpet for the premiere of Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Love & Friendship.

C. Doyle/Catharine Clark Gallery

3. Art fair season is upon us with Art Market (April 27 to May 1) and Startup Art Fair (April 29 to May 1). Time to think about starting your personal collection.

4. Feeling thirsty? Head to the Presidio for Cider Summit SF (April 23) and see how many four-ounce pours of local and international ciders you can quaff before getting a little tipsy. 

Sunset Magazine

5. We can’t think of anything better than spending a beautiful spring weekend in wine country. Sunset Magazine is hosting its legendary Sunset Celebration Weekend (May 14 and 15) at its new garden campus in Sonoma, and you’re invited to the party. Gear up now for two days of delicious food and wine.

6. Throw up your jazz hands, because the 34th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival (June 7 to 19) is back in town with performances by Oakland-based roots band California Honeydrops, Bay Area gypsy jazz sextet Gaucho and more. The celebration kicks off at Hayes Valley’s Proxy with free live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

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7. Now that baseball season is in full swing, you can finally take in that gorgeous view of the bay--and, oh right, watch the Giants, too.

8. Looking to add a little greenery to your house? You’re in luck. The SF Botanical Garden’s epic annual plant sale (May 6 and 7) will be peddling plants you can’t get anywhere else--including ones propagated from the garden’s own collections. How cool is that?

Patricia Chang/Eater

9. Toast to happy hour at Horsefeather, the newest bar by SF’s beloved Bourbon & Branch alums. Did somebody say cocktail slushies?

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10. Passes to this year’s BottleRock music festival (May 27 to 29) in Napa are sold out, but you can still get your hands on Friday admission, which includes--wait for it--performances by Stevie Wonder and the always hot, never aging Lenny Kravitz.

11. Hip-hop, ballet, ballroom… Whatever your cup of tea, the completely free Bay Area Dance Week (April 22 to May 1) has you covered. Cue the Beyoncé.

Aubrie Pick

12. Add this to your list of favorite caffeinated beverages--Blue Bottle’s Cold Brew in a can, now lining store shelves…and your refrigerator. Consider it your go-to jolt for the summer road trips ahead.

13. We have waited far too long for Dungeness crabs this season (damn unhealthy levels of domoic acid!). Now that the waters have been deemed safe, EatWith is hosting a fishmonger feast (Tuesdays through June 21) featuring the clawed creatures as the guests of honor. Bon appétit!


14. It’s about time you upped your art cred. Encompassing three converted warehouses in Dogpatch, the brand-new Minnesota Street Project is your one-stop culture shop, with ten art galleries, artist studios, art storage, performance spaces and a coming-this-fall restaurant from the Daniel Patterson Group.

15. Foodies, mark your calendars now for two of summer’s can’t-miss events. Tickets for the four-day binge fest Eat Drink SF (August 25 to 28) go on sale May 9. And keep your eyes out for details about this year’s SF Street Food Festival.


16. The Bay Lights isn’t the only thing sparkling these days. Check out artist Leo Villareal’s latest installation Buckyball--a 25-foot light sculpture made up of two nested geodesic spheres--at the Exploratorium.

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