Now celebrating its 40th year, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. This dazzling display draws more than 150,000 people to San Francisco's Japantown every year, to experience the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese-American community.
Now through May 28, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) presents "Picasso and American Art," an exhibition examining the fundamental role that Pablo Picasso's artwork played in the development of American art during the 20th century.
Chinese New Year is a two-week spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush days and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. This year's celebration culminates March 3-4, and includes the Chinatown Community Street Fair and the Chinese New Year Parade.
SF Camerawork, a longtime supporter of photographers who are pushing the boundaries of what constitutes photography and image-making, has opened a new gallery space at 657 Mission Street, becoming the newest addition to a growing artistic enclave of museums, galleries, and arts and entertainment centers which include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, Zeum, and the Metreon.
Geogad Mobile Tours offers free MP3-based self-guided walking tours for independent travelers visiting San Francisco's Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf districts. The tours combine local history with spoken word descriptions and photos of both well known and lesser known places, and explain how the specific combination of geography, people, and history mixed to create a unique city.