Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20. But San Francisco already has a case of “spring fever”.
While Tulipmania transforms San Francisco’s Pier 39 into a floral wonderland from February 18 to 26, millions of other flowers are in the wings waiting to show themselves.
For starters, the San Francisco Orchid Society’s 60th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center from February 23 to 26 will combine the worlds of horticulture and architecture with a salute to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The largest orchid show in the country, the event showcases more than 150,000 orchid flowers from all over the world and offers educational exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers.
The largest world-class garden festival of its kind in the western United States, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show at San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo from March 21 to 25 enters its 27th year with a greener approach that celebrates “Gardens for a Green Earth”.
Some 20 full-sized garden installations from top Bay Area designers and seminars will invite attendees of all ages to learn more about forward-thinking, environmentally friendly techniques for private gardens. A marketplace with more than 200 vendors, a special children’s garden and a show put on by the California Garden Clubs are also part of the annual festival.
The oldest of the Macy’s Flower Shows, Union Square’s 66th annual “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise” celebrates the arrival of the spring season for two weeks from March 25 to April 7.
San Francisco’s colorful Japantown will burst into full bloom on the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22 when members of Northern California’s Japanese American community gather to celebrate their 45th annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
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For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.