Festival / Arts Festival
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates arts and culture with free community programming that seeks to enhance the quality of parks and open spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. Artistic excellence, inclusion, and diversity are at the ... moreYerba Buena Gardens
772 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Party Earth Review With its Burberry-plaid and gold-plated AK-47 over the bar and a mirror-covered bomb standing in for a disco ball, Madrone Art Bar already eschews the typical club look. Add to this a jumbled hodgepodge of paintings, sculptures, and video displays, a few snaking wooden chandeliers, and wildly varied music, and it’s no wonder ... more
500 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Arts Festival / Music Festival
Art fans, music lovers, and collectors flock to the annual Sausalito Art Festival. Held over Labor Day weekend, the 2014 Sausalito Art Festival takes place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Sausalito, CA. The Sausalito Art Festival features ... moreMartin Luther King, Jr. Park (Sausalito, CA) Sausalito, CA 94965
Party Earth Review Arguably the first – and easily the most famous – gay neighborhood in the country, the Castro first experienced the tides of LGBT activism during the 1970s, and nowhere is this history more alive than along its namesake main drag. Emporiums for libidinous shoppers are easy to find – especially with ... more
Castro Street between Market Street
and 19th Street and surrounding environs
San Francisco, CA 94114
Arts Festival / Art Exhibit
First held in 1964, the Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside, CA, features juried artists and their original works. With ceramics, paintings, textiles, jewelry, and other artwork on display, attendees are invited to browse an eclectic selection ... moreKings Mountain Community Center (Woodside, CA) 13889 Skyline Boulevard
Party Earth Review Dozens of ferries may depart and dock each day at the historic Ferry Building – also the site of many retailers and upscale restaurants – but shoppers and foodies know it best for the popular weekly Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that sets up out front. Three days a week, roughly a hundred farmers turn a stretch of sidewalk ... more
1 Ferry Building
Ferry Building Marketplace
San Francisco, CA 94111
First held in 2004, SacAnime in Sacramento, CA, is an anime-lovers expo with cosplay, workshops, karaoke, gaming, live bands, DJs, dancing lessons, a fashion show, and much more. Taking place annually over a long weekend in the summer, the ... moreSacramento Convention Center (Sacramento, CA) 1400 J Street
Party Earth Review Born as a biker haven, Zeitgeist has evolved into an institutional dive that attracts everyone from Harley loyalists to skinny-jeaned bike messengers with its mix of surly bartenders, solid beer selection, and expansive graffiti-laden courtyard. Beneath the venue’s unmistakable logo – a Playboy bunny with a skull instead ... more
199 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Art lovers celebrate some of the Bay’s best at the annual Sausalito Seahorse Art Show. Held for four days over Labor Day Weekend, the 2014 Sausalito Seahorse Art Show takes place at the Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito, CA. The ... moreSeahorse Restaurant (Sausalito, CA) 305 Harbor Drive
Party Earth Review A heavily guarded military post for more than two hundred years, The Presidio and its dense forests, myriad paths, and stunning views were turned over to the public in 1994, and now attract an estimated five million visitors every year. The mixed-use park is a favorite for cyclists who whizz through the canopies of eucalyptus ... more
Roughly bounded by Lyon Street
and the Pacific Ocean
San Francisco, CA 94129
Fair / Carnival
For all the trimmings of a classic fair, people from all over the Bay flock to the annual Monterey County Fair. Held throughout the summer, the 2014 Monterey County Fair takes place at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey ... moreMonterey County Fair & Event Center
2004 Fairground Rd
Monterey, CA 93940
Party Earth Review The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz’s small stage five nights a week aren’t drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin jazz. Old-school music junkies drop in early so they have time to scan the myriad albums and photos ... more
2937 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
People like straightforward lists, but there are way more than 101 things to do in San Francisco.
Open spaces like Golden Gate Park offer go-to spots for outdoor activities and relaxed contemplation and also host music festivals like Outside Lands, while the spires of the landmark Golden Gate Bridge demarcate the border of SF’s biggest backyard playground – the bay itself.
It’s a major event all over the Bay Area whenever the Giants are playing at AT&T Ballpark, and tourists lose themselves in Chinatown’s hustle as easily as in the bustling promenades and plazas of Fisherman’s Wharf, where cable cars amble past piers overlooking Alcatraz prison and the famous herds of lazy sea lions.
No day would be complete without a shopping excursion in Union Square, home to a massive assortment of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons.
And if all that wasn’t compelling enough, San Francisco boasts miles of beaches, soaring redwood forests nearby in Marin, and some of the best skiing in the country a few hours away in Lake Tahoe.
If you have anything left once the sun goes down, Happy Hour beckons from all over town, providing a budget-minded jump into a gloriously vivid nightlife scene.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:
Bowling Alley / Lounge