Festival / Arts Festival
Jun 20 through Oct 27, 2013 Yerba Buena Gardens 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 ... more
772 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Party Earth Review Incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge are undoubtedly the main draw for tourists, but postcard vistas aren’t the only reason to go to Baker Beach. A nude section, hiking trails, dense coastal forest, and a varied history all help visitors feel like they’ve escaped the bustle of the urban landscape, while the beach ... more
Battery Chamberlin Road
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
Fair / Carnival / Street Fair
Jun 20–Jul 7, 2013 Alameda County Fairgrounds (Pleasanton, CA) The Alameda County Fair is an annual summer event in Pleasanton, CA, east of San Francisco. For more than 100 years, the fair has provided fun for the whole family. Taking place over three weeks in June and July at the Alameda County Fairgrounds ... morePleasanton, CA 94566
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
Dance Festival / Arts Festival
Jun 20–22, 2013 Z Space The Fresh Meat Festival is an annual summer event in San Francisco that highlights performances by dance companies, bands, musicians, and comedians who identify themselves as queer or transgender. Held over three days in June, Fresh Meat ... more450 Florida Street
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
Jun 20–22, 2013 Punchline Comedy Club
444 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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
Jun 20–30, 2013 City Hall Dance lovers and culture hounds enjoy a month of performances from around the world at the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Held through June, the 2013 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival takes place at participating venues throughout ... more
1 Doctor Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Party Earth Review Teeming with tanks of soon-to-be beer in a sprawling space that holds more than two hundred people, Southern Pacific Brewing is a station-sized temple to local brew. Celebrating the Mission’s industrial past – SP rail once passed through the area – this warehouse-turned-bar and brewery boasts a lofted indoor dining area ... more
620 Treat Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
Jun 20–23, 2013 Improv (San Jose, CA)
62 S. Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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
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.