22nd Annual Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
Union St. from Gough St. to Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA
Date: March 31
This annual event is a celebration that highlights the diverse San Francisco community and features the city’s well-known Union Street restaurants and shops. The rain-or-shine event creates an outdoor bistro-style setting that families, couples, singles and friends will enjoy for the day. Known as the Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco, the event begins at 10 a.m. with a variety of activities for kids and their families. Let the kids join in the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Hat Contest, play on the inflatable bounce houses and climbing wall and enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides while the family enjoys the music and entertainment, food and craft vendors. Not your typical parade or average street fair, this Easter Day celebration might best be described as wacky and wonderful, elegant and marvelous all at once. Come on over to Union Street and see for yourself.
One of several highlights is the Easter Bonnet Contest, and judging is at the judging booth on Union Street at Buchanan Street, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enter to win in one of the many categories, including Best in Show, Best Couple, Best Pet, Best Children and more. Awards are presented at 3:15 p.m. on the main stage at Buchanan Street. The parade itself begins at 2 p.m. at Union and Gough Streets, and makes its way down Union Street toward Fillmore Street, where the parade ends.
City Clues Easter Family Adventure
Enjoy an Easter adventure in San Francisco on a three-hour treasure hunt designed just for families with children. Explore the city together while searching for clues to win the scavenger hunt and find the promised treasures and treats in three of San Francisco’s popular neighborhoods: Chinatown, North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. The tour includes competitive games, a refreshment stop and a short visit to an interactive museum. This three-hour activity is entirely on foot, and ends just in time for lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Related: Spend The Day At Fisherman’s Wharf
855 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Date: March 31
Celebrate Easter with the Chinatown YMCA community at a welcoming Easter Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This annual Easter event includes all-you-can-eat pancakes – blueberry, chocolate chip or plain – plus bacon, sausage, eggs any style, hash brown potatoes, toast, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea. Tickets are just $15 and children under eight years old eat for free. Purchase your tickets early and they will be held at the door for you. If you are unable to attend, donations to the YMCA are gladly accepted. This event is sponsored by the Mosaic BASIS Club (MBC) and benefits Community and Teen programs. Visit the Chinatown YMCA website for sponsor (includes four breakfasts) and table sponsor (includes 10 breakfasts) prices and information, and to download a ticket reservation flyer.
Glide Memorial Church
330 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you want the family, and kids in particular, to experience an Easter service like no other, then Glide Memorial Church is the place to go. Glide is “not your typical Methodist church and is famous for its work with the homeless” and folks dealing with less fortunate circumstances in San Francisco. Its non-traditional services are welcoming to all, and the Easter service is truly a little bit different. This is definitely an uplifting experience as Glide’s services are packed with folks coming for the inspiring messages, music and community enthusiasm.
There are two Sunday services, one at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the service in order to grab a seat. Be aware that the second service line forms around the block even before the first service has ended. This place is a local favorite, and many people volunteer to serve meals and join in this one-of-a-kind church experience.
Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.