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Even though spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20, San Francisco is already in bloom with a variety of events and exhibits that will make visitors itch for spring to come sooner. Here is a list of just a few of the displays visitors can see while in the city.
TulipmaniaFrom Feb. 18-26, Pier 39’s bayside location will be transformed into a whimsical floral wonderland. With thousands of tulip displays adorning the pier, visitors can enjoy the vivid sight of bright colors and flourishing flowers. All tours are free and begin daily at 10 a.m. in the Entrance Plaza. After the tour, visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary coffee as well as cookies and other refreshments at Fog Harbor Fish House.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festivalwww.nccbf.org
Pacific Orchid Exposition at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason CenterFeb. 23-26 will mark The San Francisco Orchid Society’s 60th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, the largest orchid show in the country that showcases more than 150,000 orchid flowers from across the world. The Exposition will combine the worlds of horticulture and architecture with a special salute to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.
Pacific Orchid Expositionwww.orchidsanfrancisco.org
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Event CenterThe San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, March 21-25, is the largest world-class garden festival of its kind in Western United States. The show will present 20 full-sized garden installations from top Bay Area designers as well as seminars that will encourage visitors to learn more about environmentally friendly techniques for private gardens. Tickets are $65 per person.
San Francisco Flower and Garden Showwww.sfgardenshow.com
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in JapantownMembers of Northern California’s Japanese American community will gather together to celebrate the 45th annual Cherry Blossom Festival on the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22. One of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions, the festival will showcase the colors and grace of the Japanese culture. Visitors can enjoy food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands and much more. The festival will culminate with a grand parade on April 22, where colorful floats and a number of performers and dancers will fill the streets.