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January 2018

Sea Lion 28th Anniversary

January 1, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Join us to celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Sea Lions throughout the month of January!    

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February 2018

Olympics Opening Ceremonies Watch Party

February 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Come to Players Sports Grill & Arcade for the official start of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games!  Meet and greet Northern California Olympians and Paralympians for an unforgettable night of sports and celebration at San Francisco's premier waterfront sports bar at PIER 39.   Be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot at Players!

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Chinese New Year Celebration at Aquarium of the Bay

February 16, 2018 - February 18, 2018

Join Aquarium of the Bay to celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional music, dance, and crafts.  Festivities begin Friday, February 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM with a Tai Chi demonstration, traditional dances - and culminating in a lion dance. There will also be a tribute to Mayor Edwin Lee. Festivities on Saturday and Sunday will be from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, and children can learn to make Chinese lanterns at the craft station. Visit bayecotarium.org/chinese for more information. Friday, February 16 1:00-1:30 PM:  Tai Chi (YuanJi form demo)…

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Doughp Cookie Dough Grand Opening at PIER 39

February 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

DOUGHP scoops up edible, bake-able, and ridiculously tasty cookie dough. They've been dishing up dough for almost a year now, but they just got a legit upgrade. Come check out their new digs - a storefront on San Francisco's famous PIER 39! Celebrate this epic new spot with a grand opening Saturday, February 17th! Cookie dough, coffee, throwback jams, dancing, clowns, balloons, confetti, giant blimp, swimming with the sea lions, Ryan Gosling kissing booth... ok just kidding on some of that,…

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March 2018

St. Patrick’s Day at PIER 39

March 12, 2018 - March 19, 2018

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day at PIER 39!  Our merchants have some special treats in store for you. DOUGHP Cookie Dough:  Find your luck of Irish at DOUGHP Cookie Dough with their festive “Getting Lucky” flavor! Green sugar cookie dough with lucky charms on top. It’s magically delicious! Available through March 17, or while supplies last. Hard Rock Cafe:  Enjoy the St. Paddy's GUINNESS BACON CHEESEBURGER topped with JAMESON bacon jam and GUINNESS cheese sauce, served with crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato and a…

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Spring Fireworks at PIER 39

March 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At PIER 39, we are welcoming the start of Spring in a big way.  Join us the evening of Saturday, March 24th as we illuminate the skies with a dazzling fireworks display in celebration of the Spring Equinox.  The fun begins at 6pm at the smartwater Stage with DJ Pauly Paul spinning your favorite hits and festive springtime crafting with the Museum of Craft + Design.  Locals can stop by the PIER 39 table to sign-up for exclusive discounts. Before the show,…

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April 2018

Outdoor Movie Night – CANCELED

April 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Due to rain in the forecast for San Francisco this weekend, Outdoor Movie Night scheduled for Friday, April 6th at PIER 39 has unfortunately been canceled and will be rescheduled for Friday, August 24th.

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United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco

April 8, 2018 @ 6:15 am

The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco returns for the 6th year on April 8, 2018. They’ll be making this their best year yet with a BRAND-NEW course, including a PIER 39 start line, epic finisher medals and an all-new running experience that features more music and entertainment, more community support and more ways to celebrate your accomplishment. Already registered to run?  Come celebrate your achievement at PIER 39!  Show your race bib or medal to receive a complimentary PIER 39…

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May 2018

Build-A-Bear Workshop Grand Opening

May 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating the opening of its new family-fun destination at PIER 39 on Friday, May 4th and we want you to join us! The first 39 guests present at the PIER 39 location will receive one free Lil’ Brownie Cub™ teddy bear!  (One bear per guest present at the store on 5/4 during store business hours, while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Giveaway subject to full Official Rules here.) The PIER 39 store will be open 10am - 10pm.  Build-A-Bear Workshop…

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June 2018

World Oceans Day at Aquarium of the Bay

June 8, 2018 - June 9, 2018

Celebrate World Oceans Day, June 8, at Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39 Free admission for children 12 and under on June 8, World Oceans Day Special educational programs and information on preventing marine litter Beach clean-up event on June 9, at Aquatic Park, San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay joins the United Nations and conservation organizations around the globe on World Oceans Day to celebrate the wealth and beauty of the oceans, and to encourage solutions to the…

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STRAWS Screenings at the Sea Lion Center

June 9, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Visit the Sea Lion Center at PIER 39 for free screenings of the award-winning documentary film STRAWS every weekend this summer through September 3rd. The free half-hour screenings at the Sea Lion Center begin at 1:30pm and are followed by a discussion with an Aquarium of the Bay Educator.  With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the…

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July 2018

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Pay Your Age Day at Build-A-Bear Workshop

July 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Join Build-A-Bear Workshop at PIER 39 for their first-ever Pay Your Age Day! On July 12, you can pay your age for any furry friend in the Workshop!* It’s easy – how old you are is how much your furry friend costs. It’s their biggest in-store deal EVER – and it’s a special offer for Bonus Club members. If you’re not a Bonus Club member, it’s free and easy to join! Join now to save time, or sign up in…

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August 2018

Alcatraz Book Signing with Jim Albright at Alcatraz Gift Shop

Book Signing with Jim Albright

August 10, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Head to Alcatraz Gift Shop for a book signing with Jim Albright, the last guard on Alcatraz, on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 from 12-6pm. Jim Albright was a guard on Alcatraz Island from 1959 to 1963, and the last man to lock the cell house before coming off the island when the prison closed. His book, Last Guard Out, tells the story of life on The Rock in its closing days as America's most notorious prison. *Event…

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Outdoor Movie Night Featuring School of Rock

August 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 on Friday, August 24th for Outdoor Movie Night, featuring the film, "School of Rock". Before the show, don't forget to grab a bite to eat at one of our 14 full-service restaurants.  In a hurry?  Swing by an eatery to pick up quick and convenient to-go meal to enjoy screen-side.  Also, be sure to take advantage of special giveaways and discounts from the PIER 39 table. At 8pm, settle in for the free screening…

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October 2018

40th Birthday Celebration & Fireworks at PIER 39

October 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s a celebration four decades in the making!  Please join PIER 39 on Saturday, October 13th for a night filled with music, fun and fireworks.  Start your evening at the smartwater Stage at the Bay End of PIER 39 with live music.  Don't miss a special appearance by PIER 39's beloved mascot, Salty the Sea Lion.  At approximately 8:30 PM, ooh and ahh at the sky above PIER 39 as it is illuminated by a dazzling fireworks display. Check back for…

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November 2018

Celebrate Diwali at PIER 39

November 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There’s no better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than with family and friends at a magical fireworks show that will illuminate the sky over the San Francisco Bay!  This celebration, sponsored by Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea, will whisk you away to a far-away land inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of India. Enjoy delicious tea samplings from the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea Cart and experience tea cup and rickshaw rides.  Get a henna tattoo, paint-your-own…

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HapPIER Holidays at The PIER.

HapPIER Holidays at PIER 39

November 21, 2018 - January 1, 2019

PIER 39 is spreading Holiday cheer on San Francisco’s Waterfront! The PIER has unwrapped a new nightly tree lighting show on its 60-foot live Christmas tree at the top of each hour from 5 - 10pm, now through January 1, 2019. Synchronized to Holiday music, the tree becomes a kaleidoscope of swirling color, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments. These dazzling tree lighting moments take center stage all season long. Get into the spirit of the season at…

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Winter Wine Pour

November 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join PIER 39 for the Winter Wine Pour TONIGHT, Friday, November 30th from 4 – 8 PM.  Sip wine, toast the Holidays with friends and family, and enjoy The PIER’s dazzling new nightly tree lighting moments throughout the evening.  Our 60-foot tree will become a kaleidoscope of swirling color, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments on the top of the hour from 5 - 10pm every night through January 1, 2019. At the Winter Wine Pour, stroll The PIER…

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January 2019

29th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival

January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019

Join us to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ arrival to PIER 39! The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the Sea Lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home. Click here to learn more about the Sea Lions' arrival. Celebrate January 19-20 with free Sea Lion Center Walking Tours…

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February 2019

PIER 39 at KNBR San Francisco Giants Fanfest

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Calling all Giants fans!  Headed to KNBR San Francisco Giants Fanfest at Oracle Park this weekend?  Lookout for the PIER 39 tent on the field.  You'll have a shot to win top prizes from PIER 39 merchants.  Fanfest is open from 10am to 3:30pm and is free.  <!-- For more information, click here. -->

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April 2019

Cannon Exchange on San Francisco Bay

April 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Watch as two Tall Ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, simulate battle by firing authentic cannons at each other! For the perfect viewing location, venture to the Bay End of PIER 39. The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are owned and operated by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and they travel from port to port providing educational programs for K-12 students, adventure sails for the public and maritime training for aspiring career mariners. You can follow the Lady Washington's voyage at www.pier39toaberdeen.com.

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Opening Day On The Bay

April 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Opening Day on the Bay is the annual celebration of the maritime community on the San Francisco Bay. Catch the 102nd annual historical boat parade at the Bay End of PIER 39 on Sunday, April 28!  This year's theme is "Holidays on the Bay" and will feature over 100 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classics and contemporary crafts decorated to depict various holidays.

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May 2019

Spring Wine Pour

May 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grab your friends and head to The PIER for an evening of wine, music and fun at the PIER 39 Spring Wine Pour on Friday, May 17th! Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings and entertainment from 4 – 8 PM. Don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner following the event at one of PIER 39’s restaurants! Attendees will receive wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and more. Advance tickets are $20 until May…

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August 2019

México en el Corazón at PIER 39

August 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

“México en el Corazón” is a North American tour presented by CONFEDEJAL, the Government of Guadalajara and NAIMA, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Mexican-American community. It is an initiative that strives to break barriers by showcasing traditional Mexican culture. This tour immerses its viewers into the artistic world of Mariachi music, folkloric ballet, and other representations of Mexican heritage. Artists travel directly from Mexico to cities across the United States and Canada. “México en el…

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Trish’s Mini Donuts 25th Anniversary at PIER 39

August 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Trish's Mini Donuts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at PIER 39 by giving away bags* of six (6) mini donuts to the first 400 visitors. Come by PIER 39's Entrance Plaza from 12 - 3pm for your chance to grab a bag and fill it up with “six little morsels of heaven” at Trish’s Mini Donuts. Guests will also have the opportunity to take pictures behind Trish's famous bathtub filled with mini donuts. (Don’t dive in as the tub will…

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November 2019

HapPIER Holidays at The PIER.

HapPIER Holidays at PIER 39

November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020

PIER 39 is spreading Holiday cheer on San Francisco’s Waterfront!  Join us and see our 60' Live Christmas tree come to life. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors every half hour from 5 -10pm, November 27, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

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January 2020

30th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival

January 17 - January 20

January 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the world-famous sea lions’ arrival to PIER 39. The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the sea lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home. Join PIER 39 to celebrate these playful mammals!

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Live Broadcast at Players with 95.7 FM

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

LIVE Broadcast of 95.7 FM's mid-day show featuring Bonta, Steiny & Guru.  Join us Tuesday, January 28th from 10am - 2pm at Players Sports Grill & Arcade at PIER 39

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February 2020


February 8 - February 17

PIER 39's iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns from February 8 - 17 with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites!  Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping experts. Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania.  The tulips typically begin blooming in early February and will last through mid-March (weather dependent). 

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