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
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 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
"Red Hots Burlesque guides you through the gaggle of gams and team of tatas with new performers [each week] including trained aerial acrobat(s), drag, comedy and old fashioned striptease...watch them twitch and twatch.” funcheapSF ... moresupperclub
657 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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
Arts Festival / Music Festival
First held in 2009, the Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival in Oakland, CA, showcases East Bay talent and venues every year throughout the month of September. This grassroots event strives to represent the diversity of the area ... moreOakland, CA
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
Film Festival / Movies
Surfers, film fans, and music lovers unite at the annual High Line Festival of Surfing (formerly the Mill Valley Surf Film Festival). Held for two days in September, the 2014 High Line Festival of Surfing takes palce at the Sweetwater Music ... moreSweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley, CA)
19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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
A new and different show twice a week, including babes, burlesque, sideshow, variety, musical acts, drag and comedy! Please purchase tickets here - see calendar! With a rotating cast of over 500 performers, every show is different and ... moreEl Rio
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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
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