May 19, 2013 Fort Mason Center The Bay Area is home to a lively, innovative art scene that rivals any other city on the planet. Every May, Northern Californians are treated to artMRKT San Francisco, further proof the Bay Area’s bustling art scene is among the best ... more
38 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
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
Conference / Convention
May 19, 2013 San Mateo County Event Center Maker Faire Bay Area is an annual celebration of innovation and creativity held in May at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, CA. Located a half hour south of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Event Center is a huge expo facility ... more2495 South Delaware Street
Sports Bar / Arcade
Party Earth Review Perched on the western slope of the normally mellow neighborhood of Nob Hill, there’s a bustling arcade-meets-sports-bar called The Wreck Room. The black brick façade has all the standard trappings of a dive, but inside, the clean lacquered floors, fancy fake vintage beer signs, and wall of top-shelf liquor cater to a ... more
1390 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
May 19, 2013 11:00 am Hakone Estate and Gardens (Saratoga, CA) Culture hounds from all over the Bay head to the annual Hakone Matsuri Festival. Held on a day in May, the 2013 Hakone Matsuri Festival takes place at the Hakone Estate and Gardens in Saratoga, California. Visitors explore a wide range ... more21000 Big Basin Way
Bowling Alley / Lounge
Party Earth Review As the Giants toss their balls about inside nearby AT&T Park, bowling alley-cum-lounge Lucky Strike offers fans a trendy upscale spot to eat, drink, and keep the spirit of sport rolling. Racks of literature have been swept away from this former Borders bookstore and replaced with a dozen lanes, a restaurant, flashy pop ... more
200 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
May 19, 2013 7:00 pm Tommy T's (Pleasanton)
5104 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Party Earth Review Although Union Square’s name technically refers to its 1850s-era beginnings as a place where pro-Union rallies were held prior to the Civil War, today it is better known for its surrounding blocks full of shopping options, live theater, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Six department stores, including high ... more
Between Stockton and Powell Streets
and Post and Geary Streets
San Francisco, CA 94108
May 19, 2013 12:00 pm Fourth Street at Hearst Avenue (Berkeley, CA) The free Jazz on Fourth is an annual benefit music festival that raises funds for the Berkeley High School jazz program. First held in 1996, the event has collected more than $150,000 in less than 20 years. Local support for Jazz on Fourth ... moreBerkeley, CA 94710
Party Earth Review Mission Dolores Park, better known as just Dolores Park, packs a lot of action into its two-block stretch – and the diversity of its visitors is often a perfect snapshot of San Francisco’s eclectic citizenry. Warm afternoons find the grassy knolls and undulating hills covered in sunbathers, as clusters of athletes take ... more
In-between 18th and 20th Streets
and Dolores and Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
May 19, 2013 7:30 pm Cobb's Comedy Club Actor and comedian Jay Mohr was born in 1970 in Verona, New Jersey. Mohr started his career on Saturday Night Live as a featured player between 1993–1995. Mohr left the show for a film career, soon after scoring his well-known role ... more
915 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Party Earth Review Tapas and beer are on the menu at ThirstyBear Brewing Company, a cavernous brewery and restaurant that gets chock-full of city denizens in need of Spanish cuisine and freshly brewed pints. The round wooden tables that surround the central bar and line the exposed brick walls are taken over by tech workers and tourists at ... more
661 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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.