Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Located in the city’s official Little Italy – and often called “North Beach’s Living Room” – the block-wide Washington Square is a popular oasis for everyone from artists, pet owners, and families to students, neighborhood locals, and groups of Tai Chi practitioners from nearby Chinatown. Hourly chiming bells from the ornate ... more
Between Stockton to Powell Streets
and Filbert to Union Streets
San Francisco, CA 94133
Outdoor Event / Beer Festival
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond 2014 is a family-friendly craft beer festival which takes place at MacArthur Blvd @ Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland, CA on October 4, 2014. Live entertainment, costumes, and of course, a beer garden ... moreOakland, CA
Outdoor Activity / Park
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
Street Fair / Outdoor Event
Castro Street between Market Street
and 19th Street and surrounding environs
San Francisco, CA 94114
Beach / Outdoor Activity
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 from all over the Bay celebrate the diversity of Mexican culture through live music at the 2014 VivaFest! Held from the end of August through September, the 2014 VivaFest! takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose ... moreSan Jose, CA
Reviewed by Sheree W.
"The Alemany Flea Market is many things, but dull isn't one of them. A variety of vendors converge every Sunday and love to haggle over prices. Parking ..." more
100 Alemany Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94110
Reviewed by Sanam S.
"Pier 39 is probably on most tourist must-do lists, but for good reason! Families, friends, and significant other can all enjoy a fun day at the pier, ..." more
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
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
The city by the bay is covered in hills, bursting with parks, and bordered by the glorious Pacific Ocean, so it’s no wonder there are so many fantastic outdoor activities in San Francisco.
With eight lakes, two major museums, celebrated gardens, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Golden Gate Park alone is an idyllic getaway for the more than thirteen million people who pass through every year. Bikers, joggers, skaters, and casual strollers take to the winding dirt and paved paths, as well as the main thoroughfare of John F. Kennedy Drive, winding all the way down to the beautiful – albeit windy –sandy expanse of Ocean Beach.
Nearby Baker Beach offers incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge – the crossing of which either on foot or by bike is a signature San Francisco outdoor event in itself – while the adjoining Presidio bursts with forests, trails, a golf course, additional stunning views, and more ways to revel in the outdoors in San Francisco.
The pair of hills that make up Twin Peaks aren’t the tallest in SF, but they easily offer the most expansive city views, and make for one of hundreds of awesome thigh-busting workouts for anyone who walks or bikes to the top.
Twelve million tourists flood Fisherman’s Wharf every year, a waterfront stretch barely a mile long that overflows with seafood joints, souvenir shops, snoozy sea lions, and stellar SF outdoor events. Those looking for amazing window shopping need only venture Downtown to Union Square, an area known the world over for its surrounding blocks full of shopping options, live theater, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels, and the same can be said of nearby Chinatown, where the sidewalks overflow with visitors buying up fabric, furniture, trinkets, animals, and more trinkets from a seemingly endless array of kitschy shops.
Sure, sometimes the fog rolls in and the clouds pelt the city with rain, but that doesn’t slow the number of outdoor activities in San Francisco, or decrease the number of reasons to spend time outdoors in SF.