San Francisco Staff Picks

San Francisco Staff Picks

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    San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2024

    The San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2024 is set to be an unforgettable event, taking place on June 29-30, 2024. This iconic celebration of diversity, inclusion, and love will once again transform the streets of San Francisco into a colorful canvas of unity and joy.

    Attendees can look forward to a weekend filled with dazzling floats, inspiring speeches, and powerful performances that highlight the rich history and ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The parade, scheduled for 10:30am on June 30, promises to be a spectacle of creativity and activism, drawing participants from around the world.

    This year’s theme, "Beacon of Love," underscores the importance of solidarity in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. It serves as a reminder that love and acceptance should always shine brightly, guiding us toward a more inclusive future.

    Beyond the parade, various events, including parties, cultural exhibits, and community gatherings, will offer something for everyone. San Francisco Pride 2024 is not just a celebration but a reminder of the progress made and the work still to be done in achieving true equality for all.

    Join the festivities and be a part of history in the making!

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    Find Your Next Favorite Book

    Whether you're a local or just visiting, don't miss the chance to browse among the local bookstore shelves. Finding your next great read is an adventure where you can stumble upon unexpected treasures.

    Just a leisurely stroll from Hotel Drisco, you'll encounter several independent bookstores brimming with a diverse array of genres and topics. Discover new and used books at Green Apple Books on Clement Street, check out its park location, and its recently acquired Browser Books on Fillmore Street. Whether you're a seasoned bibliophile or just seeking a summer read, their diverse selections are bound to hold hidden gems.

    Books Inc., boasting 11 locations in California, stands as the west’s oldest independent bookstore, dating back to the Gold Rush era. Lose yourself among the timeless classics or delve into the latest bestsellers—the options are as diverse as the city itself.

    The magic of literature knows no limits. Don't miss the chance to uncover the perfect book to accompany your stay at Hotel Drisco or to carry back home as a cherished memento of your time in San Francisco.

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    Scenic Drives from San Francisco

    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and journey along the picturesque roads surrounding San Francisco. With April bringing longer days, fewer crowds, and delightful weather, it's the perfect time to explore the enchanting landscapes of this coastal region.

    Start your adventure with a drive south along the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), winding through dramatic cliffs and stunning ocean views. Take a leisurely stop at Half Moon Bay for fresh seafood or continue on to the charming town of Santa Cruz, known for its vibrant boardwalk and surf culture.

    For a taste of wine country charm, head north to Napa Valley via the Silverado Trail, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Sip on award-winning wines and indulge in gourmet dining experiences amidst rolling hills and elegant estates.

    No matter which route you choose, scenic drives from San Francisco promise unforgettable experiences and breathtaking views. So buckle up, roll down the windows, and let the beauty of California unfold before you.

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    Cheer on The Warriors at the Chase Center

    Calling all basketball fans! March is the month to rally behind the Golden State Warriors as they host six exciting home games. Don't miss the chance to witness thrilling matchups against formidable teams like the Spurs, Lakers, Knicks, and Mavericks at the illustrious Chase Center. This state-of-the-art arena, which opened its doors in 2019, offers an unparalleled experience for fans with its seating capacity of over 18,000, creating an electric atmosphere that's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    The Hotel Drisco is conveniently located just a short drive to the Chase Center and offers a perfect San Francisco retreat after the game. Unwind in style at the hotel, where you can relax and recharge, whether you're celebrating a victory or consoling yourself after a tough loss.

    So, gear up in your blue and gold attire, and join the Warriors faithful fans in cheering on the team to victory!

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    Indulge in Romance at Hotel Drisco

    Love is in the air, and there's no better place to celebrate romance than in San Francisco. In the heart of the city's most exclusive neighborhood, Hotel Drisco offers the perfect setting for a Valentine's Day getaway or a blissful retreat any time in February.

    Elevate your experience at Hotel Drisco with our Pacific Heights Indulgence Package, designed to pamper you and your loved one. Enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations, a half bottle of Schramsberg sparkling wine to toast to your love, and indulge in decadent chocolates from local artisan Jennifer Ashby. Our silk rose-petal turndown service sets the mood for romance, and with a 2pm late check out, you can linger a little longer in each other's company and explore all the area has to offer hand in hand.

    Book your stay today and celebrate love in San Francisco on Valentine's Day and all month long!

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    San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade

    Mark your calendar for February 24th and join the festivities as San Francisco lights up with the spirit of the Chinese New Year. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this parade promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories of this rich cultural celebration.

    Named one of the top ten parades worldwide by the International Festivals & Events Association, this event is not just a parade; it's a vibrant celebration of the Lunar New Year that's unrivaled outside of Asia.

    As the sun sets, the streets of San Francisco come alive with a mesmerizing array of floats, lion dancers, martial arts performances, and more. The city's iconic Chinatown becomes the backdrop for this grand spectacle, with thousands of spectators gathering to witness the dazzling display of culture and tradition.

    The parade starts at 5:15pm at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets and boasts vibrant colors, sounds, and the energy of Chinese culture. Attendees may line the streets or purchase reserved bleacher tickets here. This celebration is not only a feast for the senses but also a way to usher in good luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

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    Davies Symphony Hall Is Poised For A Holiday Spectacular

    If you're planning a stay at the Hotel Drisco in San Francisco this holiday season, we've got the perfect recommendation to make your visit truly magical. The San Francisco Symphony’s holiday concert season runs through December 23 at the stunning Davies Symphony Hall. This year's lineup features a diverse range of performances that will delight music lovers and families alike.

    One highlight of the season is "The Colors of Christmas," featuring incredible vocalists like Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, and Ruben Studdard. The harmonious blend of voices will transport you to a world of festive cheer. For those looking for a unique twist on holiday classics, don't miss "A Merry-Achi Christmas" with Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández, or the mesmerizing "Cirque Nutcracker" by Troupe Vertigo.

    For those with a taste for tradition, the Symphony will perform Handel's "Messiah," and the popular Holiday Brass program will return. Plus, you can catch the Symphony providing live accompaniment to three iconic holiday films: "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Love Actually," and "Home Alone."

    Davies Symphony Hall itself is transformed into a holiday wonderland throughout December, with beautifully decorated trees adorned with handmade ornaments created by children and volunteers from local schools and community organizations.

    Secure your tickets now and make your stay at the Hotel Drisco even more memorable with a visit to the Symphony.

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    Celebrate Thanksgiving In The Heart of San Francisco

    As the holiday season approaches, there's no better time to venture to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Hotel Drisco stands out as the perfect place for both families and couples to enjoy this festive time.

    While we don’t offer on-site holiday dining, you're perfectly situated to explore an array of local restaurants that boast Thanksgiving spreads complete with all your favorite trimmings. Be sure to secure your reservations early and savor the flavors of the city’s vibrant culinary scene.

    Think of Hotel Drisco as your personal haven, where you can unwind after a day of urban adventures or a hearty feast. Whether you envision your Thanksgiving as an intimate gathering with loved ones, a breathtaking panoramic view of city lights, or a leisurely stroll along San Francisco's picturesque landscapes, we have you covered.

    Reserve your getaway at Hotel Drisco and make this Thanksgiving a stress-free holiday. We’re eager to welcome you—let’s celebrate and give thanks in the heart of San Francisco.

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    Be Wowed at the California Academy of Sciences Museum

    When staying at the Hotel Drisco in San Francisco, a visit to the California Academy of Sciences Museum is an absolute must. Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, it's the only place on Earth where you can explore a planetarium, aquarium, rainforest (reopens November 17), and natural history museum—all under one spectacular living roof.

    For those with a penchant for cosmic exploration, the Academy's 75-foot planetarium offers an immersive journey that's bound to leave you breathless. If you're more inclined towards underwater wonders, the aquarium offers a diverse range of marine habitats including the newly refreshed Philippine Coral Reef exhibit. The natural history museum section of the Academy provides a captivating journey through time, unveiling ancient fossils, minerals, and artifacts that tell the story of our planet's remarkable evolution.

    The Academy offers an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with an array of fascinating creatures. From the playful African penguins to the lovable albino alligator, Claude, there's no shortage of awe-inspiring encounters. Tickets can be found here.

    Make sure to set aside a day to be wowed at the California Academy of Sciences Museum!

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    49ers Kick-Off Football Season In September

    Football fans, get ready to don your red and gold gear because the San Francisco 49ers are set to ignite the gridiron in September! The anticipation is building, the roster is primed, and the countdown has begun to the first regular-season game.

    The 49ers first regular season home game will take place on Thursday, September 21, against the New York Giants. The air at Levi’s stadium will be charged with excitement as faithful fans pack the stadium, eager to witness their beloved team take on the Giants under the primetime lights.

    The Levi’s Stadium is just 40 miles south of San Francisco. So make your reservation at Hotel Drisco and be sure to secure your football tickets to cheer on the 49ers. The 2023 season promises another unforgettable journey through the NFL and there’s no better place than playing on your home field. Go Niners!

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    Explore Wine Bars near Hotel Drisco

    Hotel Drisco, nestled in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, offers a perfect base for wine enthusiasts to explore some of the city's finest wine bars. Within close proximity, you'll discover delightful establishments that cater to both seasoned wine connoisseurs and eager learners.

    A short stroll down California Street takes you to Scopo Divino, a modern wine bar with a warm and inviting ambiance. Here, you can savor a wine selection from around the world, featuring both well-known signature varietals and carefully chosen, rare finds. The approach is simple and approachable, ensuring a delightful experience for all wine lovers.

    A little further from the hotel, The Barrel Room invites guests on a journey around the wine regions of the globe. Their educational glass list of 50+ wines, arranged in flights, and regionally-inspired dining menus, promise exciting new experiences with every visit.
    Embrace the rich diversity of San Francisco’s wine culture. Whether you seek a casual wine experience or wish to discover rare and unique vintages, these wine bars have something to delight every palate.

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    Experience The Thrill of Baseball at Oracle Park

    Experience the thrill of Major League Baseball in San Francisco this month while staying at Hotel Drisco. Join the roaring crowd at Oracle Park as the Giants matchup against rival teams. During July there are 11 home baseball games, including fireworks after the evening game on July 3rd and an All-American afternoon game celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. The atmosphere is sure to be electric and the stunning views of the Bay create an unforgettable sporting experience. Individual tickets for the San Francisco Giants games can be found here.

    Oracle Park also offers behind-the-scenes tours that take you beyond the stands. Explore the iconic ballpark, discover the dugouts, and walk on the hallowed grounds where baseball legends have played. During your one and a half hour tour, gain insight into the team's history and witness the meticulous preparation that goes into each game. These exclusive tours are sure to delight any baseball enthusiast.

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    Discover the Magic of San Francisco's Night Sky

    San Francisco offers an amazing setting for stargazing, captivating both locals and visitors alike. With its diverse geography and minimal light pollution, you are sure to be enchanted by the starry expanse.
    For a magical evening, head to the nearby Baker Beach, where the sound of the waves serve as the perfect backdrop for a celestial performance. Lift your gaze up to witness a dazzling night sky and contemplate the mysteries of the cosmos.
    Alternatively, venture to Twin Peaks, the city's renowned vantage point. Perched at an elevation of 925 feet, it offers unobstructed panoramic views of San Francisco's twinkling skyline and a tapestry of stars that will leave you awe-inspired.
    Remember to check the weather conditions and choose clear nights for the best stargazing experience. Bring along a blanket and perhaps a stargazing app to help identify the constellations. Allow yourself to be entranced by the brilliance of the San Francisco night sky, and let the mysteries of the universe unfold before your eyes.

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    San Francisco's Iconic Cable Cars

    San Francisco, the city by the bay, is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. With its stunning architecture, iconic landmarks, and diverse culture, there is always something new to discover in this vibrant city. One of the best ways to experience the charm of San Francisco is by taking a ride on its historic cable cars. These vintage trolleys have been transporting passengers up and down the city's steep hills since the late 19th century. Not only are they a fun way to explore the city, but they also offer stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the city's skyline.

    The San Francisco Cable Car Museum in the historic Nob Hill neighborhood is a must see stop. This hidden gem provides a fascinating look at the history of the city's trolley cars, including the technology and engineering behind the cable system that powers the cars and keeps them running smoothly. After exploring the museum, hop on a cable car and take a ride through some of San Francisco's most quintessential neighborhoods, from the bustling shopping district of Union Square to the picturesque Fisherman's Wharf, providing a fantastic opportunity to see the city's sights.

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    De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor

    A visit to the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor is an unforgettable San Francisco experience. Both museums are known for their impressive collections of art and architecture, as well as their stunning locations in Golden Gate Park and Lincoln Park.
    The de Young Museum, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, features a distinctive copper façade that glistens in the sunlight. Inside, the museum houses a vast collection of American art from the 17th to the 21st century, as well as art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum also boasts a diverse collection of textiles, costumes, and contemporary art installations.
    A highlight of the de Young Museum is the Hamon Observation Tower, which offers panoramic views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The tower is free to visitors, and it's a must-visit for anyone who wants to see the city from above.
    The Legion of Honor, located in Lincoln Park, is a stunning neoclassical building that houses an impressive collection of European art, including works by Rembrandt, Monet, and Rodin. The museum is known for its extensive collection of ancient Mediterranean art and artifacts, as well as its beautiful gardens and sculptures.
    One of the most famous works at the Legion of Honor is Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker," which sits outside the museum's entrance. The sculpture is a must-see for any art lover, and it's a popular spot for Insta-worthy photos!

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    Classic Film and Military History at Fort Point

    One of the most iconic depictions of the Golden Gate City in all of cinema, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has been repeatedly hailed as the greatest film of all time. You could make an entire day out of visiting the many landmarks featured in the film, and we think you should, starting with Fort Point. Known to Hitchcock fans as the site of the shocking scene in which Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) hurls herself into San Francisco Bay, to be saved by Scottie Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart), Fort Point is also the site of a former colonial Spanish Fortress, replaced in the mid-19th century by a U.S. Army Fort intended first to thwart would-be Confederate invaders, then, in WWII, potential German and Japanese foes. The fort is remarkable not only for its “Third System” masonry, but also for the window it offers into a bygone age of military engagement. Fifteen-minute ranger-led talks occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:30am and 1:30pm, and in the evening you can experience the popular 90-minute Candlelight Tour.

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    Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre

    Located in San Francisco’s Civic Center district, just 15 minutes by car from our hotel, the Orpheum Theatre originally opened its doors in 1926 as the Pantages Theatre, a vaudeville house and cinema. On the brink of failure, the theatre was bought by Big Five Hollywood studio RKO, which reinvented the space as The New Orpheum, a first-run movie house that thrived for decades to come. Today, with its impressive Plateresque Revival façade and interior vaulted ceilings, the Orpheum is a Designated San Francisco Landmark that hosts acclaimed dramatic and musical theater productions throughout the year. Now through November 6, you can see Moulin Rouge! The Musical, the smash hit Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award-winning film of 2001. Travel back in time to the Belle Epoch and the unbridled decadence of Paris’s most infamous cabaret for an epic tale of bitter mortality and transcendent love—plus a musical score that combines original songs with chart-topping hits from the 70s to today.

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    The (Improv) Secret is Out!

    From the 1970s to around the turn of the millennium, if you wanted to see top-notch improv comedy, you had to book a flight to Chicago or New York. Not so anymore, as outstanding improv venues have emerged across the country. In San Francisco, the brilliant comedians of the Secret Improv Society have been entertaining audiences for over a decade, with shows currently scheduled every Friday and Saturday night at the legendary Shelton Theater, just 10 minutes by car from the Hotel Drisco. The cozy venue, coupled with opportunities for audience participation, helps make these performances not only riotously funny, but also pleasantly intimate. Guests of all ages are welcome, though the show, which is made up on the spot every night, can sometimes include adult themes, so parents are advised that material may not always be suitable for kids under 16. Since tickets are all general admission, you’ll want to arrive early to make sure you get the perfect seats. Hang out at the bar before the show to enjoy delicious cocktails—and complimentary Oreos!

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    Hiking the Batteries to Bluffs Trail

    A bustling, cosmopolitan center of art, commerce, and entertainment, San Francisco is also blessed with boundless natural beauty. One of our favorite spots to soak in the scenery, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail is just 10 minutes by car from the Hotel Drisco. This 1.7-mile trail is moderately difficult and takes about an hour to hike from start to finish. For your effort, you’ll be rewarded with sublime views of the Marin headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge, and you’ll also get to see a series of now defunct batteries that were once instrumental to US coastal defense. Take a short detour off the trail to enjoy serene Marshall’s Beach. At low tide, you can saunter half-a-mile north along the shore toward the Golden Gate Bridge. At the northmost end of the beach, spend some time exploring the large rocks for brilliant lazuline anemone and purple starfish.

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    The Iconic Ice Cream Shops of the Golden City

    According to Bon Appétit, Salt & Straw, located at 2201 Fillmore Street, is probably the nation’s only ice cream purveyor with “the kind of cult following reserved for ‘80s movies or indie bands.”

    As a guest of the Hotel Drisco, you’re in the ideal spot to find out why; the legendary creamery is an easy 15-minute stroll from our front door. Slightly further than Salt & Straw, but still only 8 minutes by car, Swensen’s Ice Cream, founded in 1948 at 1999 Hyde Street, is the original location of the classic San Francisco chain. All the ice cream is handmade daily and features a mix of traditional flavors like chocolate and strawberry as well as more exotic combinations like Swiss orange chip. Finally, a 17-minute drive from our hotel, Bi-Rite Creamery, at 3692 18th Street, will delight your taste buds with scoops of brown butter pecan, honey lavender, pumpkin cheesecake, and many other delectable flavors, all made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients.

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    The 52nd Annual San Francisco Pride Parade

    Shortly after midnight on June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar frequented by gay women and men, drag queens, transgender people, and others who were marginalized because of their sexuality or gender identity. The raid was routine, but the response wasn’t: six days of rioting and passionate protest against the violence queer people so frequently suffered at the hands of police. The Stonewall Riots are often cited as the catalyst for the modern global movement for LGBTQ+ rights, and today, every summer in cities around the world, we celebrate that initial spontaneous uprising at Stonewall, the joy of queer liberation, and the ongoing fight against queer oppression with Pride festivities. On Sunday, June 26, at 10:30am, the San Francisco Pride Parade will step off from Market and Beale Streets, marching about a mile-and-half to the corner of Market and 8th. The two-hour parade will include around 200 contingents and is expected to attract over a million revelers. We hope you’ll join us for this spectacular annual celebration and the many other wonderful Pride events across San Francisco throughout the month of June.

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    San Francisco’s Seven Mosaic Stairways

    Home to some of the world’s finest galleries and museums, San Francisco has plenty to offer art lovers. As you roam the city, be sure to look down. Many outstanding art installations are right beneath your feet. The most famous of San Francisco’s seven tiled staircases, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (aka, the Moraga Steps), located at 16th Ave and Moraga St, are a 163-step staircase representing in its ascent the transition from deep sea to dazzling sun. The colorful mosaic depicts all manner of aquatic animals, shells, and more. The staircase is flanked on each side by lush gardens and affords visitors a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The Hidden Garden Steps, at 15th Ave and Kirkham St, are more secluded, nestled between buildings, but no less vibrant in their portrayal of insects, flowers, and other images of nature across 143 steps. The Lincoln Park Steps, at 32nd Ave between California St and the Lincoln Park Golf Course, are both the shortest and broadest of the seven staircases. Climb these beaux arts influenced steps on your way to Lands End Lookout, where you’ll gaze upon San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Biking by the Bay

    At Hotel Drisco our commitment to superior comfort and service for every guest is rivaled only by our devotion to environmental sustainability. That’s why we make it as easy as possible for guests to experience our beautiful city using fun and eco-friendly transport. During your stay with us, everyone in your party will have access to their own complimentary bicycle, lock, helmet, backpack, and water bottle. Spend hours exploring the many enchanting neighborhoods of San Francisco’s gently rolling hills, or head across Golden Gate Bridge to the charming city of Sausalito. For breathtaking vistas of the bridge itself, we suggest cycling over to Oakland Hills, or go the distance on the San Francisco Bay Trail, which comprises over 350 miles of trails perfect for cyclists, runners, hikers, wheelchair users, and skaters (don’t worry, no need to do all 350—even a mile or two is worth the ride). If you’re unsure what route would be best for you, just ask the friendly staff at Hotel Drisco for advice. We’re eager to do all we can to make every day picture perfect for you in the City by the Bay.

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    Alcatraz: America’s Most Famous Prison

    What do actors Clint Eastwood, Burt Lancaster, and Groucho Marx have in common? If you said they all appeared in movies set on Alcatraz Island, you’d be absolutely correct. In addition to serving as the site of numerous hit films and America’s most infamous federal penitentiary, Alcatraz has also been the island home of a Civil War fort and, later, a military prison. During your visit to Alcatraz Island National Park, you can take part in a range of self-guided experiences, including video exhibits on the long and storied history of the island and a fascinating cellhouse audio tour that will show you up close what life was like for the unfortunate inmates of Alcatraz. If you’d prefer more of a guided tour experience, we recommend visiting in the evening rather than the daytime. For full details on what to expect and how to plan your visit, check out the official National Parks Service website for Alcatraz Island here.

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    The Annual Migration of the Whales

    At 49 feet long and 90,000 pounds, the adult gray whale is one of the largest—and, we would argue, most majestic—creatures of the sea. Every year, from December through February, tens of thousands of gray whales migrate from arctic climes to their mating grounds in the warm waters along the west coast of Mexico.

    Bay Area visitors who are interested in catching a glimpse of these magnificent marine mammals should journey to the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which extends approximately 10 miles into the Pacific Ocean, making it the ideal spot to view the southward migration (and making the hour-and-40-minute drive absolutely worthwhile).

    Due to the immense popularity of this attraction, the National Park Service occasionally closes the Point Reyes Peninsula Headlands to private vehicles. During such times, the park provides a shuttle bus service from the Drakes Beach parking lot.

    To find out whether the shuttle bus is running during your visit, call 415-464-5100 x2 x3 x1 for the "Shuttles, Whales, and Elephant Seals" recording. The staff of the Hotel Drisco would also be happy to assist any guests who would like to book a spot on a whale watching tour.

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    A City of Light

    The epicenter of West Coast cool, San Francisco has long been home to an out-of-this-world arts scene. During the winter months, the city lights up with some truly fantastic displays. Here are two you absolutely must check out:

    Entwined at Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow
    Dec 2, 2021 – Feb 1, 2022

    A master of metal and light, award-winning artist Charles Gadeken has once again transformed Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow into a fantastical winter wonderland befitting the most curious Alice. Radiant flowers and trees tower above winding paths as shifting lights and colors transport you through the looking glass in this immersive installation.

    Illuminate SF Festival of Light
    Nov 25, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022

    Not content with just one site of luminous wonder? How about 40? Once known as the Paris of the West, San Francisco again becomes a City of Light during this winter celebration featuring artists from across the world. Now in its 9th year, the Illuminate SF Festival of Light treats visitors to more than 40 dazzling light installations in 17 neighborhoods. Best of all, most of the artwork can be experienced for free.

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    Fort Point: At the Intersection of Military and Film History

    Tucked beneath the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is a National Historic Site whose military significance stretches back over two centuries. In 1794 Spanish forces, which then controlled the Bay Area, erected a fortress on the site to defend against potential Russian and British invaders. In the early 19th century, the fortress fell into disuse, and in the 1850s, the U.S. Army constructed the fort that now stands on the site. Fort Point served as a successful deterrent against Confederate attacks during the American Civil War and against German and Japanese attacks during WII. Today, Fort Point offers visitors from around the world a fascinating look into military history and the “Third System” style of architecture that characterized American military seaside fortifications throughout much of the 19th century. As a National Historic Site, Fort Point is free and open to the public. In addition to military history buffs, film enthusiasts will also want to visit Fort Point, which provided the backdrop for one of the key scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo as Madeline (Kim Novak) attempts to drown herself in the Golden Gate Strait and Scottie (Jimmy Stewart) must leap to her rescue.

    Address: Long Ave & Marine Dr, 201 Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129

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    Please Don't Stop the Music

    Music lovers rejoice as the return of Outside Lands is upon us! 

    From October 29 to 31, the grassy fields of Golden Gate park will become a musical paradise, with acts ranging from The Strokes and Vampire Weekend to Lizzo and Tame Impala—among many, many more! 

    While the musical acts play, enjoy the special Halloween offerings the festival has to offer. Pull up a toadstool at the Bubble Tea Party to enjoy some refreshing drinks or head to the Cocktail Magic booth where craft cocktails come with a few hidden tricks—and treats!—up their sleeve. With art exhibitions, musical performances, and more, there’s something for everyone at Outside Lands to enjoy. 

    Explore the complete lineup and snag your tickets in advance online today!

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    A Secret Worth Telling

    The key to great improv is to always say yes, and the Secret Improv Society is sure to make its audience members say, “Yes!” San Francisco is chock-full of improv but the not-so-secret Secret Improv Society stands out amongst the rest. World-class improvers transform the space from a theatre into a laugh haven. Housed in the Shelton Theater, the Secret Improv Society brings the funny every Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m. With an open bar and tickets starting at just $21, the Secret Improv Society is a treat you should tell all your friends about. Come to watch or try your hand at performance. Be the brave soul that steps onto the stage from the audience and ignites the room with laughter. With audience contribution, there’s no such thing as writer's block or actor’s block for that matter. Fill your vacation with laughs at the Secret Comedy Society at the Shelton Theatre. 

    Address: 533 Sutter, San Francisco 94102

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    Batteries to Bluffs

    Take in beautiful ocean views while hiking at San Francisco’s Batteries to Bluffs Trail. Just a short 10-minute drive from Hotel Drisco, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail wows its hikers with wondrous views of the Pacific. Enjoy the soothing sound of crashing waves as you climb the stairs of your hike to breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin headlands. There are a number of offshoots to the trail, including the romantically quiet Marshall Beach, a perfect place to take in the beautiful ocean with your significant other, family, or friends. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a dolphin or two. The Batteries to Bluff Trail is sure to woo you and give you a great workout in the process.

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    Ice Cream Adventures

    Take advantage of the warmer temperatures to cool off with homemade ice cream from any of these delightful parlors.

    Swensen’s Ice Cream, 1999 Hyde St.

    Step back in time at this old-school ice cream shop. Treat your loved ones to a massive classic sundae or feel decadent with flavors like sticky chewy chocolate and Turkish coffee.

    Salt & Straw, 2201 Fillmore St.

    Surprise your taste buds with innovative flavors such as green apple mayo sherbet and peach vinegar cobble with toasted nutmeg. Sounds more like a meal than a creamy treat? Wait till you taste them.

    Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th St.

    Is the ice cream worth the wait? Absolutely. We can’t get enough of their delicious small-batch, seasonal, local, and organic scoops. Flavors like honey lavender and salted caramel are a foodies dream. All of the ice creams are made with organic eggs, milk, and cream from local Straus Family Creamery.

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    The 'Full House' House: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    Did you grow up watching DJ Tanner navigate through life with her insanely cute younger sisters on Full House? Or maybe you’ve binged watched that same DJ Tanner return to her childhood home as a single mother on Fuller House. Whether you’re hip to the Full House Franchise that introduced the world to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen or an appreciator of San Francisco’s signature Victorian homes, 1709 Broderick Street is the place to visit.

    The home at 1709 Broderick Street is the very home filmed in the opening sequence of Full House. Take pictures in front of the home; create your very own opening sequence to Jesse Frederick’s “Everywhere you look”, then head over to Alamo Park for a scenic afternoon picnic. Relive your childhood on a nice day's adventure to 1709 Broderick Street!

    Full House is a popular family sitcom that aired on primetime TV from 1987 to 1995. Fuller House, its spinoff, can be found on Netflix. The House from the two shows can be found at 1709 Broderick Street, San Francisco 94115

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    Stairway to Heaven

    The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps started as a neighborhood project of creating a sea to stars themed mosaic flowing up a 163-step stairway. Now, 14 years later, the wonderfully crafted stairs in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood serve as a local landmark for all to see.

    The members of the local arts community definitely accomplished their mission of beautifying Golden Gate Heights with the luminescent walk up in the center of the neighborhood. Stairway to Heaven perfectly describes the handmade tiles that lead up to a breathtaking view of San Francisco.

    Whether you’re hiking the steps for a morning workout or sightseeing with your travel buddies, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are sure to be a wonderful addition to your itinerary. Park at the bottom of the steps, take in the beauty of the carefully crafted stairs, and snap a photo for all your friends to see. Because trust us, they will wish that they were there!

    The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are located at Moraga Street, between 15th & 16th Ave., San Francisco, 94122

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    Springtime in San Francisco

    As springtime returns to the city of San Francisco, celebrate the reopening of your favorite restaurants, outdoor cafes, and attractions with a stay at Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights. Featuring affordable room rates and 10% savings when you book a minimum of 14 days in advance, you’ll have plenty of travel dollars left over for entertainment, museums, eco-adventures, and more!

    This month, discover the history behind world-famous Alcatraz Island, former home of America’s most notorious criminals Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly among others. Educational self-guided audio tours depart daily from Pier 33 and can be reserved in advance through Alcatraz Cruises online. Leave the city feeling a renewed sense of excitement and adventure, no matter how you choose to spend your time in the Bay Area.  

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    Explore San Francisco by Bike

    Trade-in your four wheels for two and experience San Francisco from a different point of view. Take advantage of our complimentary bicycles and hit the streets in style. We like to provide eco-friendly alternatives for our guests, and being green is easy when there are landscapes like these just waiting to be discovered. San Fran is one of the most bike-friendly cities on the West Coast. We suggest exploring the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Sausalito for breathtaking sights or staying local and riding through the jeweled-toned hills of San Francisco’s charming neighborhoods. For over 500 miles of trails, opt for the San Francisco Bay Trail or try Bicycle Boulevard to experience excellent bike lanes. Oakland Hills provides a scenic route while Hawk Hill has picture-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Time to begin your adventure by snagging a bike from downstairs. Traveling should set your soul on fire — be creative and enjoy the journey!

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    Celebrate Love in San Francisco

    February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate your loved one than with a trip to The Bay. Connect with your Valentine while strolling through the city or holding hands along the shore. There is nothing more romantic than a San Francisco vacation, tailored for two.

    Our spacious Guest Rooms and Luxury Suites provide the perfect escape — with gourmet continental breakfast and an evening wine reception with artisan cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, and hot hors d'oeuvres — plus extras like Bvlgari bath amenities and dreamy pillow-top beds.

    Explore the Presidio and enjoy an alfresco meal together at one of the many restaurants nearby. Want to stay cozy in the comforts of your accommodations? Gourmet take-out is only a call or click away. End your day with a locally-grown bottle of California’s finest wine while watching the setting sun. Leave Hotel Drisco feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and even more in love than before you arrived.

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    A Whale of a Good Time

    A stunning view of a spectacular phenomenon can be seen here each December through February when magnificent gray whales pass by during their annual migration. One of the best views of this migration is from the Point Reyes National Seashore, where about 90 percent of the whales will pass within a mile of the Point Reyes peninsula. January is one of the best times to spot these gentle giants, as it is estimated that approximately 1,000 grey whales will swim past the shore each day. Point Reyes offers one of the best views on the coast, but direct access is restricted during the migration.

    The best option for whale watchers here is to board the shuttle bus at Drakes Beach parking lot, which typically runs from New Year's to Easter each year on weekends and holidays, weather permitting. For a much closer look, book a seat on one of the whale watching cruises. These run through the season, which usually ends in early spring. No matter which whale watching option you choose, remember to wear sturdy shoes and dress for warmth and wind, bring nutritious snacks and plenty of water, and pack a pair of binoculars too. For updates on the shuttle schedule, check the "Shuttles, Whales, and Elephant Seals" recording at (415) 464-5100.

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    A Merry & Bright Holiday Season in SF

    Although the holidays may look a little different this year, the city of San Francisco is sure to be aglow with twinkling houses and sparkling trees. Delight in a variety of outdoor attractions and online activities that are sure to brighten your spirit. Here are a few of our favorites:

    "Entwined" in Golden Gate Park
    December 10, 2020 - February 28, 2021
    Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken will transform Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of whimsical shapes and ever-changing light, complete with illuminated canopies and colorful creations.

    Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light
    November 26, 2020 - January 23, 2021
    Now in its 8th year, this nearly two-month-long event brings over 40 eco-friendly light installations to the Bay Area for all to enjoy. Choose a neighborhood to explore and create your own light trail by trying to see as many as possible on foot, by bike, or from the comfort of your car.

    Joy at the SF Zoo
    November 23 - January 1, 2020
    Fun for all ages, this safe and socially distant attraction creates the perfect atmosphere to pay a visit to the resident animals at the San Francisco Zoo. Hop aboard the Little Puffer Express, sip on hot chocolate and other holiday treats, and don’t forget a trip to the North Pole to meet the big man himself!

    To learn more about all the festivities taking place around town or online, read more here.

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    Go Green When You Travel

    We are dedicated to being a good neighbor and providing a sustainability program that allows our guests to embark on a feel-good journey. While Earth Day isn’t until April, our green policies are practiced year-round and are key to a number of ways we do business as a sophisticated hotel destination. We have been awarded the Green Leader Gold status by TripAdvisor and are certified by the City and County of San Francisco for having complied with the San Francisco Green Business Program standards. We invite all of our guests to join us in our mission to lessen our footprint thanks to a number of simple program offerings, including in-room recycling bins, the option to reuse towels, and utilizing public transportation or our complimentary bikes. And, we recycle all electronic equipment, use certified green cleaning products, purchase 10% of energy from renewable sources, offer water-saving aerators in each shower, donate left-behind items to the local St. Anthony Foundation, and use as many locally-certified ingredients and products as possible. Learn more about our green efforts here and feel good when you travel. Here’s to being green!

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    Instagram-able Bay Area Views

    Embark on an outdoor adventure to capture some of San Francisco’s top Instagram-able spots. A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, “likes”, and all three of our favorite places offer unparalleled Bay Area views. Simply show up, snap a few pics, soak in the scenery, and choose a filter; but if you ask us, the natural beauty is so stellar, you might not need one.

    Grandview Park – Get in a little workout and head up the steps of 16th Ave. Along your way up the colorful mosaic stairs, you’ll catch sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and Golden Gate Park. Pro tip: check the weather for fog before you go, clear days are your best bet.

    Ina Coolbrith Park – The namesake park of the Golden State’s first poet, this under-the-radar attraction is home to a variety of plants and provides sweeping views of Coit Tower, “The Pyramid,” and San Francisco’s signature skyline.

    Tank Hill – Less than a mile north of the more widely-known Twin Peaks, this boutique park offers larger-than-life views for you to admire. You might not even find this one on the map, but just ask our team and we’ll be happy to help point you in the right direction.

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    Road Trip Republic

    Plentiful sunshine and epic outdoor experiences are just a few of the reasons why California is the ultimate state to enjoy by road trip. This summer, consider making your way to Hotel Drisco by car. Embark on an adventure that leads to Pacific Heights, and experience a getaway where the journey is truly part of the destination.

    Visit California has created Road Trip Republic, which outlines incredible routes for road trips around the state, with itineraries suitable for anywhere from 1-10 days.

    More than one of the itineraries will lead you through San Francisco. The “Highway 1 Classic” route starts here and leads all the way down to San Diego. The “Call of the Coast” showcases iconic attractions along Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Big Sur. Of course, a sojourn in San Francisco makes sense, and our notable neighborhood offers the panoramic views you’ll seek.

    Let the open road lead you to relaxation. Pick a route or craft your own, and we’ll look forward to hosting you during your journey.

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    One Sweet Destination

    This Valentine’s Day, make the most of a time-honored tradition and indulge yourself and your loved ones with some of the best candy in the country. San Francisco is home to an abundant array of chocolatiers, candy shops, and places to buy unique sweets, and listed below are five of our favorites. Plus, if you can refrain from eating them, many of these items make for interesting souvenirs.

    Brehmer’s Candies

    Handmade gourmet truffles, chews, and more. They also sell a variety of seasonal cookies and offer special candies for Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

    Giddy Candy

    An enormous selection of chocolate, licorice, European favorites, sour gummies, and rare classic favorites.

    Lolli & Pops

    Bonbons and dark chocolate truffles stand out here, along with mix and match gift boxes and bulk sweets.

    Shaws San Francisco

    The oldest candy store in the city, Shaw’s offers decadent homemade fudge, toffee, and truffles, along with flavored popcorn, and a variety of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

    Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland

    Exquisite Swiss chocolate made into a luscious assortment of truffles and bars. Don’t leave without trying a Dom Perignon truffle.

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    Several Singular Sensations

    San Francisco is renowned for hosting a plethora of world-class art and cultural events all year round, including many stellar theatrical productions. A variety of venues throughout the city feature an upcoming line-up of Broadway’s hottest shows, such as these listed below.

    The Book of Mormon

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s outrageous musical comedy made them the toast of Broadway and won them an impressive nine Tony Awards. Showing at The Golden Gate Theatre from March 31−May 26, 2020.

    A Chorus Line

    Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this tribute to the unsung chorus members is a must-see. This singular sensation will be performed at the Victoria Theater from April 11−May 10, 2020 .

    The Rocky Horror Show

    Let’s do the Time Warp, again! Join Dr. Frankenfurter, Brad, Janet, and Rocky in this cross-dressing cult phenomenon that has endured through the decades to become a Broadway smash. You can catch TRHS from April 23−May 17, 2020 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

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    One Sweet Christmas

    This holiday season promises to be especially sweet, with a different version of a classic ballet favorite, a variation on a beloved Christmas tale, and a visit to the city’s favorite gingerbread house. Check out the list below for details.

    Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets    

    This version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet has been shortened to 50 minutes; making it ideal for families with small children. Foehringer’s choreography features contemporary dance, colorful sets and costumes, and is accompanied by a live chamber orchestra. Showing December 7-22 at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason.

    A Noh Christmas Carol

    Performed from December 6-29, this version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is set in Meiji-era Japan and uses a mix of kabuki, noh, butoh, and kyogen. Under Nick Ishimaru’s direction, you’ll view the tale of Scrooge, Marley, and the Christmas ghosts in a delightful new light.

    A Giant Gingerbread House

    Every year, the Fairmont Hotel features dazzling holiday décor showcasing a spectacular gingerbread house. Located in the hotel’s grand lobby, this year’s two-story example of every child’s sugary fantasy will contain over 3,000 pounds of royal icing and 1.650 pounds of candy, along with an abundance of house-made gingerbread bricks.

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    Favorite Holiday Events in SF

    All year round, San Francisco provides an abundant array of wonderful events for our guests, but the holidays bring seasonal favorites beloved by locals and visitors alike. A few of our favorites are listed below.

    Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

    Catch the royally extravagant production of this beloved Christmas ballet from November 5 – December 23. Featuring stunning sets and costumes, performances are scheduled for a variety of venues.

    Ice Skating in Union Square

    From November 6, 2019, to January 20, 2020, you can glide blissfully across the ice in an urban winter wonderland. Lessons and skate helpers are available for newbies.

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    This charming version of the classic children’s favorite features a masterful narrative, delightful dance, music, and clever costumes. Ongoing November 29 through December 8, all shows will be performed at YBCA’s Blue Shield of California Theater.

    A Christmas Carol

    Join Tiny Tim, Scrooge, and a host of ghosts for this production of the Dickens classic. Performances are ongoing at the A.C.T Geary Theatre from November 29 - December 24.

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    The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

    Featuring just about everything a fall festival should be, the 49th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will take place during the weekend of October 19-20.

    Just about everything a fall festival should be, the 49th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will take place during the weekend of October 19-20. Head over to Main Street in picturesque Half Moon Bay for one of the greatest pumpkin festivals in the U.S. Celebrating a glorious array of oversize, prize-winning gourds and an amazing assortment of family-friendly entertainment, the “World Pumpkin Capital” is the place to be for this signature annual event. Don’t miss the Great Pumpkin Parade, and gaze in awe at the huge (11 feet high, 10,000-pound) mosaic pumpkin sculpture by artist Peter Hazel.

    Browse harvest-inspired crafts, enjoy craft brews and other fabulous food and drink (including the perfect pumpkin pie). Also featured are four stages of awesome entertainment, bungee jumping, contests, and the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” Locals’ Artists Block, showcasing the finest arts, crafts, and demonstrations from local painters, potters, jewelers, glassblowers, photographers, furniture-makers and fabric artists. Be sure to pose for a selfie with “Gourdy,” the festival’s plump pumpkin mascot, and don’t leave without your own Halloween pumpkin from one of the many pumpkin patches in town.

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    Northern California's International Dragon Boat Festival

    Chart a course this month for Lake Merritt, Oakland, and the 24th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. Happening on September 28-29, the festival will feature a fleet of sleek and brilliantly-colored 40-foot dragon boats, all racing in time to the beat of Chinese drums. Come out to cheer on your favorite teams, including competitive racers from all over the world. Get an airbrush dragon tattoo at the Kaiser Permanente Health and Fitness Pavilion, and don’t miss the opening ceremony on the morning of September 21, when Buddhist monks will perform a traditional blessing and eye-dotting ceremony to awaken the dragons for racing.

    This ceremony also includes lion dancing and a performance of the National Anthem by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. In addition to 120 teams of world-class dragon boat racers, you’ll find dazzling cultural performances by Chinese acrobats, Taiko drumming, martial arts displays, roving stilt walkers, magic shows, and Tahitian dancing, a marketplace filled with an amazing array of tasty eats, and a cool, shaded area with picnic tables to enjoy it all. Lastly, be sure to bring the kids, where games, arts & crafts, and other kid-friendly activities await them in Dragon Land.

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    Celebrate Summer’s End at Sausalito

    Mark your calendars now and make a date to join us on Labor Day weekend for the Sausalito Art Festival. One of the country’s most prestigious outdoor art events, this annual fest offers the finest of fine art, fabulous food, world-class wine, and live music on the Sausalito waterfront. From August 31 through September 2, the festival will be rockin’ with the sounds of 19 bands on two stages, featuring such musical luminaries as Blues Traveler, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Andre Theirry, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and ZZ Ward, along with tribute bands to Santana, The Beatles, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Elton John.

    This 67th edition of the fest also includes the Summer of Love opening night preview party, where you can rub elbows with over 250 juried artists from around the globe while savoring curated appetizers and wine and champagne bars. Along with the 14 categories of art, be sure to check out the new Art-Tech Pavilion, with augmented reality art demos and virtual activations in addition to exhibits by Airstream, Tesla, and Chris Craft. Festival proceeds will benefit the local arts community in the form of grants, scholarships, and community programs.

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    Stay Cool at the Museum of Ice Cream

    Where in San Francisco would you find a pool of brightly-colored sprinkles, a tribute to gummy bears and popsicles, and an interactive gallery of suspended bananas? The answer is the Museum of Ice Cream! One of the most Instagrammable places in the SF, this fun and interactive museum was originally opened as a pop-up but has since earned a permanent place in the heart of the city. With the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the country, the MOIC features rooms of installations depicting delectable sweets in larger than life sizes.

    Located near Union Square, MOIC’s ticket price includes samples of other sugary treats along with loads of ice cream samples—and rotating seasonal installations just mean that you’ll always have a good reason to come back for more. Additionally, the MOIC offers special events to celebrate the months and the seasons. July 4 through September 22 will allow kids of all ages to relive or reimagine the experience of summer camp. Attendees can earn “Sprinkle Scout” badges, make S’mores, and meet the camp counselors. Just like the delectable frozen confection it's named for, this place is totally cool, super sweet, and fabulously fun!

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    A San Francisco Tradition

    Head over to the historic North Beach District this month for an epic street festival featuring an abundance of food, music, art, and fun. Long famous as the home for such “Beat Generation” luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who founded the legendary City Lights bookstore, North Beach has been named one of the ten “Great Neighborhoods in America.” Also known as “Little Italy,” the neighborhood has thrived and grown throughout the last 50 years and celebrates its heritage annually at the North Beach Festival.

    June 15-16 will mark the 65th year of the festival, which is considered one of the original outdoor street festivals in the U.S. You’ll find over 125 booths with a variety of arts and crafts, two stages of live entertainment, poetry readings, gourmet food for sale, a kids’ chalk art area, beverage gardens, and the traditional blessing of the animals at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. Don’t miss out on this annual San Francisco tradition!

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    Cool Rules at the Bay Area Maker Faire

    For more than 10 years now, a “maker movement” that originally begun in the Bay Area has become a worldwide sensation. Featuring some of the most interesting and coolest creations ever, the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 17-19 plays host to an array of works and their creators, including a myriad of artists, engineers, techies, teachers, students, and craftspeople. The result is a display of creativity, resourcefulness, enthusiasm, and often, genius. Join us at the San Mateo County Event Center for a veritable combustion of creativity, with talks, demos, robots, and the opportunity to meet and speak with the creators and their teams.

    Attractions include Adam Savage’s “Sunday Sermon,” lightsaber training, the Tiny Home Zone, the Museum of Future Sports, and the Dance Battle Stage. You can also browse hard-to-find crafts, handmade items, unique art, and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Don’t miss the “Navajo Mythbusters” as they demonstrate their unique sustainable energy systems, watch the Space Enterprise at Berkeley team show you how they’re going to take their Eureka-1 Rocket into space, help with crowd-sourced, 3D-printed sculptures, and interact with many more makers and their exciting visions of our future!

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    Welcome Springtime at the Cherry Blossom Festival

    One of the loveliest of the state’s many native floral offerings, cherry blossoms are a not only a colorful and fragrant harbinger of spring but also represent the U.S.A.’s ongoing alliance with the country of Japan and Asian cultural traditions. The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival was created in 1968 to honor this partnership and has since become one of California’s most famous celebrations, as well as the largest such festival on the West Coast. In 2019, the 52nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will take place on April 13-21 in San Francisco’s Japantown.

    Don’t miss the festival’s Grand Parade, featuring Co-Grand Marshals: Mayor London N. Breed and Marié Digby. Experience Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) performances throughout the parade route. Additional activities include origami and flower-arranging exhibits and demonstrations, tea ceremonies, fashion shows, live music, Cosplay on the Catwalk, and more, including an exciting scavenger hunt to help you discover the treasures of Japantown. Mark the date, and make your plans now to join hundreds of thousands of attendees at this free event honoring Japanese and Japanese-American culture.

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    Valentine’s Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

    For a genuinely memorable and exotic experience, the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is the place to go. Inhale (if you dare) the reek of the Corpse Flower blooms from Sumatra, get a close up view of the tiny “dragon faces” on the Dracula Orchids from South America, and, for a much more pleasant olfactory experience, sniff the White Ginger Lily, whose fragrant and delicate flowers resemble butterflies, or Mariposa, as it is known in Cuba, where it is the national flower. The conservatory features five different galleries to explore: Aquatic Plants, Highland Tropics, Lowland Tropics, Potted Plants, and the West Gallery, each with a variety of rare, remarkable, and frequently endangered plants.

    In addition to the galleries, the Conservatory hosts a variety of changing exhibits and events. As a special treat for Valentine’s Day, come out for their latest exhibit, “Aphrodisiacs for the Tropics”, where you and your special someone can take a trip to the rain forest to view “aphrodisiac” plants on February 14. Browse the Conservatory galleries as you nibble on chocolate and sip a complimentary libation. Also included are tarot readings, a Victorian pink velvet photo booth, and a live accordion performance.