May Events

May 2019 Events at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Planning to visit San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf?  For the month of May and beyond, there are new, fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, hotels to stay, restaurants and bars to dine and drink, and plenty of sights and sounds.  
Looking for more details on visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, or a list of restaurants and hotels?  Please visit our website at  See you soon!

Here's what's happening at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

The Flyer - San Francisco Now Open!

The Flyer – San Francisco is now open on PIER 39!  See the iconic landmarks and neighborhoods of San Francisco in an exciting new way.  The Flyer’s state-of-the-art “flying theater” will take visitors on a 3D flight through the city.  Guests will fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, soar over Muir Woods and much more.


The Flyer-San Francisco combines motion seats, live-action and computer-generated imagery to simulate flight, and in-theater special effects create a sweeping experience for all your senses!  A thrilling and inspiring attraction for all ages, The Flyer-San Francisco is a perfect introduction to San Francisco and a riveting ride for locals, who will see San Francisco in a whole new way!
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last show at 8:00 p.m.)
Location: PIER 39 (Second level above Hard Rock Cafe)
For more information: Call 1-415-273-8852 or email  

New Menus at Bistro Boudin

Starting May 1stBistro Boudin will launch our new seasonal menu, featuring new seafood, steaks, pizzas, cocktails, wine and more!  Also, join us for our relaunched Happy Hour, featuring $1.00 Oysters, a variety of sliders and tacos, and $5.00 cocktails and $4.00 beers — best deal on the Wharf!  Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Our new daily Brunch service will begin on June 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Location: 160 Jefferson Street, Second Floor
For more information: Call 1-415-928-8860 

The Blue & Gold Fleet Sunset Cruise Featuring Bay Lights

Come aboard Blue & Gold Fleet’s Sunset Cruise featuring Bay Lights and enjoy the many sights of the San Francisco Bay!  This 90-minute cruise will take you from PIER 39 and past two San Francisco icons, the famous California Sea Lions, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Continue to take in the many sights while the sun goes down as you go through Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and around Alcatraz Island. 

The best part is after sunset when we approach the Bay Bridge.  Watch as the entire western span of the bridge lights up and transforms into the world’s largest LED light sculpture creating a never-repeating dazzling display.  Don’t miss this breathtaking experience from the best seats on the Bay!  

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday in May, beginning May 3, 2019

Departure Times: Varies based on the actual sunset

Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-705-8200 or 

Tacos and Tequila Yacht Cruise

Join the fiesta on the water with Hornblower Cruises & Events on the Tacos and Tequila Cinco de Mayo Cruise!  Pass by some of San Francisco’s best sights like the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the iconic city skyline.  You can sip on a margarita as you sail under the Golden Gate on this two-hour cocktail cruise.  Our DJ on board will be spinning the latest tunes.  Gather your crew and head down to Pier 3 on the Embarcadero for a memorable Sunday funday!  

Full bar and small bites available to purchase onboard.  This cruise is open to ages 21+ only.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Boarding at 3:00 p.m.)

Location: Pier 3, Hornblower Landing

For more information: Call 1-415-788-8866  

May Events at the Blue Mermaid

The Blue Mermaid Restaurant has an authentic, richly textured oceanfront ambiance accented with sea-faring touches like renderings of mermaids, rough-hewn timbers and thick braids of rope. 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and Bay to Breakers (May 19) on our patio with all-day specials, including drinks, street tacos, and beer basket specials.  

On Mother’s Day (May 12), we will be featuring a pre-fix menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a special gift for mom!

You can always join us for Blue Mermaid Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and take 20% off the Happy Hour Menu and drinks!  

Location: 471 Jefferson Street (next to the Argonaut Hotel)

For more information: Call 1-415-345-5532 or email

Celebrate the Merry Month of May Buena-Vista Style!

From Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Dayto Bay to Breakers and Memorial Day, May is an event-filled month in the city.  And spring weather is an invitation to shed the winter blahs, get out, explore and celebrate.  Located just steps from the cable car terminus, the Buena Vista Cafe is a legendary gathering place where a festive and welcoming atmosphere makes every day a party.  Whether you’re celebrating the mothers in your life, fueling up after attending Bay to Breakers, or honoring those who gave their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces, the BV is the place to be.  Our hearty all-day breakfasts and satisfying lunches and dinners — accompanied by world-famous Irish coffee — are always sure to please. 

Be sure to visit out our gift shop (located adjacent to the cafe), featuring an appealing selection of BV logo merchandise, souvenirs and maybe even the perfect Mother’s Day gift!


Memorial Day (May 27) Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Regular Hours: Open Daily: Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)
For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044 

Mother's Day Cruise

Take the Mom in your life out for a trip she will always remember!  Make it count this year and take Adventure Cat’s 2-hour sail around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge!  Photo opportunities are everywhere, making memories for years to come.  


Trip includes continental snacks and two (2) drinks each, and maybe even a special goodie for the Moms onboard!  Price is $80.00 per person, including snacks and two (2) drinks.  Book today!
Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: PIER 39, Gate J (right next to the sea lions)
For more information: Call 1-415-777-1630 or email 

Spring Wine Pour at PIER 39

Grab your friends and head to The PIERfor an evening of wine, music and fun at the PIER 39 Spring Wine Pour!  Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, exclusive discounts, and live music and entertainment.  Attendees will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative wine glass and more. 
Advance tickets are $20.00 until May 16, 2019 and $30.00 at the event (cash only).
Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: PIER 39 
For more information: Call 1-415-705-5500  

San Francisco Maritime Beer Fest 2019

Join us at Pier 45, the home of the USS Pampanito World War II submarine in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, for our annual Beer Fest, with a selection of beer tastings from some of the best craft brewers in the world!


Enjoy entertainment, small bites from favorite local vendors, and breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay!
General admission ticket includes:  unlimited beer tastings, entertainment, and a souvenir tasting mug.
Date: Friday, May 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Pier 45

New Flavors Coming Soon to Ben & Jerry's!

Visit Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops at Fisherman’s Wharf and check out a new sorbet and 3 other fun ice cream flavors!  


Try all 4 at one of our shops!  Show the staff this newsletter listing and get 20% off your total purchase!
Dates: Now through May 31, 2019
Locations: 475 Jefferson Street (next to Argonaut Hotel) and Pier 41


Hours of Argonaut Hotel Location: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Saturday); and 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sunday)


Hours of Pier 41 Location: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Friday); 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)


For more information: Call Janna Kaufman, 1-650-465-8001

The Cheese School Happy Hour

Fog Harbor Fish House, the quintessential waterfront dining experience, is proud to be named a Top 5 Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco.  Family owned and operated, spanning through three generations, Fog Harbor offers 100% sustainable seafood favorites, ranging from Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Jumbo Scallop & Crab Risotto, Cioppino, and Seafood Platters.  

Located on the second level of PIER 39, Fog harbor’s dining room offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, while guests sip on California Wines, Draft Beers and Award-Winning Handcrafted Cocktails.  Make your reservations now!

Dates: Now through May 31, 2019 
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Second Level of PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email       

New Attractions at Madame Tussauds!

BRAND NEW!  We went balls to the wall (literally) to get you the ULTIMATE photo op… a ball pit!  We get it — Madame Tussauds was fun before, but THIS is a whole new ball game.  Gather your squad and come play!  Wait! That’s not all.  We’ve also added a flower room!  Surround yourself with THOUSANDS of flowers in a whimsical wonderland.  The Kardashians better watch out!  With photo ops like these, your selfies are about to break the internet.

LIMITED TIME ONLY!  RuPaul is here *tongue pop.*  Looking fierce and fabulous as ever, the star is in town!  This is your chance to perform alongside the legend.  We will not RuPaulogize for fangirling, and you shouldn’t either.  Throw on a boa, grab a giant lipstick, and give the best show you can!  As RuPaul would say, “Good luck and DON’T f*ck it up.” See ya soon!

Dates: Now through May 31, 2019

Hours: Open from 10:00 a.m. daily

Location: 145 Jefferson Street

For more information: Email  

Try Pier Market "To Go" This Spring

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant offers 100% sustainable seafood, and a  waterfront dining experience with views of the San Francisco Bay, the infamous PIER 39 Sea Lions and Alcatraz.  
Try our “To Go” window this spring!  Or dine with us while sipping on California Wines, Draft Beers and Handcrafted Cocktails.  Get a behind-the-scenes view of our chefs at work, with an open kitchen and grill overlooking the Bay.  Make your reservations now!
Dates: Now through May 31, 2019
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email

Alcatraz Cruises Features Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour

Perfect weather for a cold cocktail!  Experience the California spring season and surf vibes from breakfast to after-dinner drinks with local draft beers and handcrafted cocktails outdoors by the fire pit, or indoors with cozy lights and bumpin’ music.  Wipeout Bar & Grillstarts everyday with breakfast favorites, including Combos, Omelettes, Huevos Rancheros and more.  As the afternoon and evenings commence, enjoy the bustling of PIER 39 and sports on flat screen TV’s seen from every table, while dining on a variety of appetizers and entrees ranging from 100% sustainable seafood to Wipeout Burgers, Paddlin’ Pizzas and Big Wave Bowls.
In our strides toward sustainability and environmental protection, Wipeout is a San Francisco Green Certified Business and has proudly made the switch to paper straws.
Dates: Now through May 31, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (Breakfast daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-986-5966

Zingtrain Comes to The Cheese School!

The Cheese School of San Franciscois thrilled to announce that Ari Weinzweig of Ann Arbor’s famed Zingerman’s will lead two seminars this year!  For business owners, entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and those looking to bring their whole self and passion to their everyday work.  The Zingerman’s approach to business has been foundational for us here at The Cheese School and we highly recommend these courses.

Register for both seminars and receive a $50.00 discount.

Dates: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – Building a Culture of Great Serviceand Monday, September 16, 2019 – Managing Ourselves

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street

For more information: Call 1-415-346-7530 or email 

Now Showing at 7D Experience: Carnival

A disturbed clown is out for revenge!
Trapped in an abandoned amusement park and played with like helpless mice, players are thrown, pulled and toyed with by the evil clown.  Maneuvering through decrepit rollercoasters, empty funhouses and possessed bumper cars, one thing doesn’t stop — the clowns don’t stop coming!  Will you be able to survive?


Combining 3D video, motion seats, special effects and play guns, this 7D video game experience is a virtual roller coaster unlike any other! You’ll be immersed in another dimension as you compete with other riders to take down a variety of virtual enemies!


Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last show at 9:30 p.m.)
Location: PIER 39 (directly across from the Carousel)
For more information: Call 1-415-658-7372 or email  

Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Cruise

Alcatraz Cruises offers a great value for visitors to San Francisco with the Alcatraz Island and Angel Island Combination Tour.
In collaboration with California State Parks and the National Park Service, Alcatraz Cruises offers a seasonal tour including both Angel Island State Park and Alcatraz Island.  This combination tour runs during the spring and summer seasons.  
The combination tour is a 5½-hour journey. Ticket prices include the ferry rides to both islands, a one-hour historic tram tour on Angel Island, the cell-house audio tour on Alcatraz, and daily optional programs and exhibits. (Note: The tour of the Angel Island Immigration Station is notincluded in this Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour).


Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
For more information: Call 1-415-981-ROCK(7625) or email  

Oracle Park Pre-Game Tour

Now is your chance to take an exclusive look at Oracle Park just hours before the first pitch is thrown!  Before gates are open to the public, tour guests will have the chance to watch warmups on the Field from the first three rows directly behind home plate.  Guests will also receive private access to our new museum space, the Giant Vault, and take a peek at our newly-designed Club Level display cases.  Don’t miss out on this exciting new opportunity to be up close and personal during pre-game warmups!

Time: Three (3) hours prior to game time

Location: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. Tours depart from the Giants’ Dugout Store located on the Third Street side of the ballpark.

For more information: Call 1-415-972-2400 or email

California Sunset Cruise®

On this relaxed, two-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy spectacular sunset views, light appetizers, live music, and a complimen-tary mixed drink, glass of beer, wine, or soda.  It’s a paradise on the bay, complete with all the comforts that come standard when you cruise with Red and White Fleet.  Come as you are, as this sunset cruise of San Francisco is a casual, relaxed affair.  We like to think of this cruise as our picnic on San Francisco Bay at sunset!
Cruise past the infamous Alcatraz Island, around Angel Island National Park, under the majestic span of the Golden Gate, and along the beautiful shorelines of Tiburon & Sausalito, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.  The California Sunset Cruise® is a must for locals and tourists alike.
Dates: Daily
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 43 1/2 
For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900

Bass Tub Sport Fishing

Bass Tub is San Francisco’s premier fishing vessel.  Book online now for striped bass and halibut pot luck trips.  With 5/5 stars on both Yelp and Trip Advisor, Bass Tub is the top-rated boat for fishing trips and event charters. 
Salmon season is here!  We have open load and private charters.  We highly recommend making reservations early.  Trips will probably sell out quick as we are anticipating another incredible season.  Hope to see you on the boat soon!
Location: 286 Jefferson Street (Berth #4)
For more information: Call 1-415-456-9055 or 1-415-706-4947.  Email 

Big Bus Tours

Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.  Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history.  You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour.  Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.
Tour Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)
Location: 99 Jefferson Street (at Mason Street)
For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687  

Tailor-Made for Transportation, Tours & Executive Services

If you are thinking prestige, you have come to the right place. Serving the entire Bay Area, Protocol Transportation offers the Finest in Official and Proper Transportation. 

For your events, we provide a first-class transport experience.  We can also take you on a San Francisco City Tour (Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Lombard “Crooked” Street, Seal Rock); Monterey/Carmel Tour; Muir Woods/Sausalito Tour; or a Wine Country Tour.

For business meetings, conferences, or team-building outings, Protocol is also ready to help plan an event of any scale including airport services, point to point transfers and as directed.

Location: 514 Presidio Avenue

For more information: Call 1-415-923-0934

Breakfast by the Bay at the Argonaut Hotel

Wake up to serene views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.  Stay only steps from the waterfront.  


Located in the historic Haslett Warehouse in Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut Hotel is a grand building built in 1907 of exposed brick, Douglas Fir beams and much seaside character; you feel as though you can almost reach out and touch the colorful Barbary Coast past here.


Begin your day in the City by the Bay with a scrumptious continental breakfast for two in our signature restaurant, Blue Mermaid.  Our Breakfast by the Bay package includes spacious accommodations and continental breakfast for two, including taxes and gratuity.  Based on availability, blackout dates apply.  


Location: 495 Jefferson Street (at Hyde)
For more information: Call 1-415-563-0800 or Reservations: 1-800-790-1415   

Park On Us at Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

Zoe wants you to feel at home in San Francisco.  By being in the know, you’ll get more than you thought you would while staying in the heart of the city. 
Take the kids, and the car, on an adventure around the city.  As a boutique hotel near popular family attractions such as PIER 39’s sea lion colony and the Aquarium of the Bay, feel free to park the car at our expense while you enjoy the surrounding neighborhoods.  


Our Park On Us  package includes deluxe hotel accommodations; valet parking for one car (regularly $60.00 + tax and $70.00 + tax for oversized vehicles); and complimentary Zoka coffee each morning.   


Location: 425 North Point Street (at Mason)
For more information: Call 1-415-561-1100 or email

The Gregangelo Museum -- the "Weirdest Home in the City"

The Gregangelo Museum is a one-of-a-kind artistic spectacle that has become known as the “Weirdest Home in the City.”  Dreamed up by native San Franciscan and Artistic Director of Velocity Circus, Gregangelo Herrera, the tour explores the unique history of San Francisco, the artistry that founded it, and the diverse cultures that make up its residents.  


Disconnect digitally and reconnect to the world around you as you are led on an imaginative journey that explores a myriad of immersive installations.  Rich with earnest conversation, laughter and dynamic storytelling, this interactive experience is sure to ignite the imagination and captivate the senses.


Tours by appointment only.  Half-tours are $65.00 – $75.00; Full tours are $85.00.
Hours: Tours available year-round by appointment only
Location: 225 San Leandro Way, San Francisco
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-664-0095 or email 

Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours

Create your own journey or enjoy one of our road-tested itineraries showcasing the gems of San Francisco and beyond.  Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours has bikes for all ages, levels and tastes to explore San Francisco on your own.  By offering the largest selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, and specialty equipment, we can satisfy anyone’s biking needs.  Our local guided tour experts proudly feature four Daily Guided Tours.  Our professional guides can take you to explore San Francisco up close and personal.  We also provide detailed riding maps of our favorite routes, locks, and helmets for a flawless journey!


Hours: Open daily at 8:00 a.m. Tour times and closing hours vary.
Locations: 501 Bay Street, 2661 Taylor Street, 2830 Jones Street, and 2800 Leavenworth Street
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-346-2453

Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours

Calling all bubble tea (boba) lovers!  Come visit CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, the first Northern California location open at Fisherman’s Wharf.  

Using quality ingredients, we specialize in the art and science of bubble tea production.  Each beverage is handcrafted with effort from brewing of tea to handmade pudding.  Tea leaves are carefully selected globally and fresh fruits are sourced locally. In addition, black tea leaves are sourced from Sri Lanka.  Tea ingredients meet and exceed the highest food safety standards and new batches of pearls are made within every four hours to maintain ultimate freshness.

Hours: Open daily at 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: 2699 Taylor Street (at Beach)

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-441-1627 

Annual Events at Fisherman’s Wharf