Conference / Convention
May 23–Jun 15, 2013 Laney College (Oakland, CA) Thousands of famous musicians hail from California, including Jerry Garcia, Josh Groban, Courtney Love, and Katy Perry, to name a few. Every June in San Francisco, many established and emerging artists come together for a three-day artist ... more900 Fallon Street
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
Fair / Carnival / Street Fair
May 23–27, 2013 Cal Expo (Sacramento, CA) The 2013 Sacramento County Fair is a fun Memorial Day Weekend activity for the entire family! Established in 1937, the festival brings in nearly 90,000 attendees. Participants enjoy traditional competitions, school programs, agricultural ... more1600 Exposition Boulevard
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
Arts Festival / Music Festival
May 23–25, 2013 The SF Offside Festival celebrates the diversity and creativity of Bay Area jazz, bringing attention to homegrown talent in an effort to build a larger audience for the local jazz scene. The event takes place on three different nights ... moreThroughout the city
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 23–26, 2013 Improv (San Jose, CA) Pablo Francisco is a stand-up comedian who is best known for his ability to vocally impersonate a wide range of real celebrities and fictional characters including Jackie Chan, Chris Rock, R2-D2, George Clooney, Kermit the Frog, and Christopher ... more
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
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
Film Festival / Arts Festival
May 23–26, 2013 Center for Sex & Culture Kinky guys and gals of all sexual preferences head to the San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival in the Bay Area every May. The San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival is a place where sex workers screen film and video ... more1349 Mission Street
Party Earth Review Prior to the 1990s, establishments along the Mission and Valencia Street Corridor were mostly limited to auto shops, dive bars, and taquerias serving a working-class Mexican population. Internet-fueled gentrification, however, brought an explosion of eclectic stores, chichi restaurants, and higher-end bars, creating what ... more
Mission and Valencia Streets stretching
approximately from 16th to 24th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94103
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: