What to See & Do
San Francisco July Events
A guide to July 2014 festivals and other fun things to do and see in San Francisco, including jazz concerts and fetish and crafts fairs.
San Francisco Opera Piano Sale
San Francisco Opera's piano sale is your chance to buy a grand piano used in "La Traviata" or other productions at War Memorial Opera House.
Bastille Day in San Francisco
Bastille Day, France's National Day, is celebrated in San Francisco with French-accented parties, dancing and concerts.
San Francisco July 4 Events
San Francisco's fireworks are the splashiest of the Bay Area's July 4 celebrations, but there's plenty of fun before dark and in other local cities, too.
"Gorgeous": Beauty + Excess, Danger & Glamour in Asian Art Museum-SFMOMA Show
"Gorgeous," a joint exhibit by the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, features artworks that simultaneously attract and repel.
October Events in San Francisco
On the October 2013 events calendar in San Francisco are such annual favorites as Litquake, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Castro Street Fair and the Treasure Island Music Festival.
San Francisco Events in September
A guide to September 2013 festivals, entertainment and cool fundraisers in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including the Folsom Street Fair, SF Opera in the Park, Macy's Glamorama and dragon boat races.
San Francisco Opera's "Show Boat" Soars
"Show Boat" by the San Francisco Opera is a soulful spectacle of drama, comedy, serious issues, solid voices and lush staging.
San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
A guide to SF Pride, San Francisco's celebration and parade of gay power and community. The June 28-29, 2014 extravaganza is the largest LGBT gathering in the U.S.
SF Pride Related Marches & Events
Alongside San Francisco's pride celebration & parade June 28-29, 2014, are many LGBT parties, shows and activities, like the annual film fest and dyke march.
San Francisco June Events Calendar
June 2014 in San Francisco is full of festivals and street fairs celebrating everything from documentaries and jazz to animals and folk music. Check this calendar for details.
Father's Day in San Francisco - Special Events, Activities, Meals
For Father's Day, the San Francisco Bay Area offers special activities, events and meals so you can show your appreciation for the dads in your life.
Free Summer Movies in San Francisco
See movies for free this summer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shown June-Sept. 2014 mostly outdoors, the films range from blockbusters to local indies.
San Francisco Holiday Lights
Make your winter night warm and cheery by touring San Francisco's holiday lights. Landmarks and tourist spots have lit-up Christmas trees, and every neighborhood boasts a few spectacular light displays.
San Francisco May Events Calendar
San Francisco in May is packed with festivals, street fairs and activities, including Cinco de Mayo, Carnaval and the zany mobile costume party known as Bay to Breakers.
San Francisco Events Calendar - February Activities in San Francisco
February 2014 in San Francisco offers indie films and music, comedy, lots of beer and fun fundraisers--and that's not even counting Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day events.
Memorial Day Events in San Francisco
From fun outdoor festivals to patriotic ceremonies and parades, there are plenty of activities in the San Francisco area during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.
San Francisco April Events Calendar
April 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area is a whirlwind of activity. Check this events calendar for film and arts festivals, street fairs and more.
Easter in San Francisco
A guide to Easter activities in San Francisco in 2014, including egg hunts, Easter Bunny photo opportunities, egg decorating and parades.
Chinese New Year Festivities in San Francisco & the Bay Area
Lunar New Year celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area start in late January and culminate in the Feb. 15, 2014 Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.
St. Patrick's Day in San Francisco
A guide to St. Patrick's Day and Irish-themed events in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2014, including SF's annual parade, block parties, Irish concerts and a celebration in Dublin, CA.
Bay to Breakers 2014
Bay to Breakers, San Francisco's annual race/costume party, draws crowds of runners and spectators to the streets on May 18, 2014. Find the best places to watch and other essentials here.
Bay to Breakers History
A chronology of the milestone years in Bay to Breakers' 103-year history, including when it became the world's largest footrace and when women were first officially allowed to run.
Bay to Breakers - Trivia, Facts and Stats
A number-cruncher's guide to Bay to Breakers, San Francisco's century-old, running free-for-all, including course records, statistics and other facts.
San Francisco Ballet's 2014 Season - Giselle, Cinderella, World Premieres
San Francisco Ballet’s 2014 season, from late January until mid-May, includes Giselle, Cinderella and several world premieres.
Mother's Day in San Francisco
For Mother's Day, shows, concerts, brunches and cruises are just some of the many options for spending quality time with the moms in your life in San Francisco.
Bookstore Day Celebrates San Francisco Authors & Literature
San Francisco area bookstores throw parties and sell exclusive, limited-edition books and artwork on California Bookstore Day, May 3, 2014.
San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival screens nearly 170 films, honors director Richard Linklater and others and includes live music and comedy.
Volunteer and Contribute in San Francisco - Volunteering at Charity and Non...
Volunteer and contribute in San Francisco and the Bay Area, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-round. Here's how and where to get started.
Bay Area Highlights of the 2014 SF International Film Festival
The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival has several offerings with Bay Area scenes, subjects and filmmakers, including James Franco, Bob Weir and the Bay Bridge.
Earth Day in San Francisco
A guide to Earth Day activities in San Francisco & the Bay Area, including volunteer clean-up projects, eco fashion shows and environment-themed fun for kids.
March Events in San Francisco - Festivals & Things to Do in San Francisco in...
Your guide to special events and annual festivals in March 2014 in San Francisco and the Bay Area--including celebrations of a capella, Persian New Year, schoolkids' art, puppets, Women's History Month and Asian films.
Concerts, Bay Area Films Close CAAMFest 2014
CAAMFest 2014, the US' biggest Asian American film festival, closes with concerts, Bay Area films, and a profile of a Filipino pivotal to the United Farm Workers in the '60s.
CAAMFest: Former SF Asian American Film Festival Offers Films, Food, Music
Dozens of films from 20 countries are screened during CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), March 13-23, 2014.
Celebrate Pi Day in San Francisco
There's no better place to spend Pi Day, March 14, than in its San Francisco hometown. Party at the Exploratorium or join a math contest in honor of the infinite number that begins as 3.1415.
Magical Cinderella by San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet's "Cinderella" features dazzling staging by Broadway designers. Sold out in 2013, the ballet is being reprised in March 2014.
Georgia O’Keeffe at the de Young
Georgia O'Keeffe's early works from Lake George, NY, done before the painter moved to New Mexico, are in an exhibit at San Francisco's de Young museum.
Valentine's Day in San Francisco
A guide to 2014 Valentine's Day events in San Francisco for those in love and those not--including shows, comedy, parties, a mass pillow fight and other things to do on and around February 14.
January Events in San Francisco
The holidays are over, but San Francisco in January 2014 still presents many opportunities to eat, drink, dress up and be merry.
The San Francisco Edwardian Ball and World's Faire
Unlike any other party in San Francisco, the annual Edwardian Ball and World's Faire has attendees in creatively eccentric costumes ballroom dancing, enjoying cabaret and burlesque acts, and celebrating author Edward Gorey and the Edwardian era.
New, Big & Bold: David Hockney Exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young
David Hockney, Britain’s most famous living artist, is a prolific experimenter and admired draftsman who has created everything from charcoal landscapes to iPad drawings to multi-screen videos. An exhibit at the de Young examines his career just since 1999—but contains nearly 400 works, making it the museum’s largest show ever.
Ice Skating in San Francisco
Trade your shoes for skates and the bustling streets of San Francisco for the bustling ice rinks of the Bay Area. Outdoor ice skating rinks pop up during the winter holidays, and indoor rinks in San Francisco and San Jose are open year-round.
Christmas Day in San Francisco
A guide to things to see and do on Christmas Day 2013 in San Francisco, including comedy shows, parties, museum exhibits, ice skating and volunteering.
Kwanzaa in San Francisco
San Francisco's annual Kwanzaa celebration features music, dance, food and ceremonies from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
Nutcracker, Christmas Carol and Other Holiday Shows in San Francisco
A guide to Nutcracker productions, Christmas concerts and holiday entertainment in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Free Christmas and Holiday Activities and Events in San Francisco
A guide to free events and activities around Christmas and the holidays in San Francisco, including festivals, concerts and arts and crafts sessions.
Thanksgiving in San Francisco
Thanksgiving meals at restaurants, volunteering, walks and runs, performances and tree-lighting ceremonies are among the things to do and see in San Francisco on Thursday and Thanksgiving weekend.
Hanukkah in San Francisco
Candle-lighting ceremonies and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area mark Hanukkah, which is Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2013, and converges with Thanksgiving.
November Events in San Francisco
A calendar of San Francisco festivals, fundraisers, shows and special events in November 2013.
San Francisco Halloween - Shows, Parties & Events for Kids & Adults
Find 2013 Halloween parties, film screenings, shows and other events that are open to all ages.
What to Do for Halloween - San Francisco Adult Halloween Horror, Events,...
Find horror, costume parties and other Halloween 2013 events for adults in San Francisco.
2013 America's Cup Final in San Francisco
The September 2013 America's Cup final in San Francisco features Emirates Team New Zealand challenging defending champ Oracle Team USA for the oldest major trophy in international sports.
Sunday Streets of San Francisco Celebrates 5th Anniversary
San Francisco's Sunday Streets series, which blocks streets to car traffic and turns them into playgrounds for pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters, marks its fifth anniversary in 2013. Scheduled to speak at its Sept. 17 birthday party-fundraiser is former mayor Gavin Newsom, who lobbied for and launched the popular program.
Rare Cuban Ballet Photos at San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design
An exhibit of incredible, candid photos of Cuba's national ballet school marks the San Francisco's Museum of Performance & Design's opening in a new SoMa home in the summer of 2013. Given rare access, Bay Area photographer Rebekah Bowman captured the distinctive traits of the Havana school and its dancers.
Labor Day in San Francisco
A guide to San Francisco Bay Area events on Labor Day and during Labor Day weekend in 2013, including art festivals and free outdoor performances.
San Francisco Fringe Festival Spotlights Indie Theater
The San Francisco Fringe Festival, the largest indie theater presentation in the Bay Area, stages dozens of productions including solo performances, comedy, tragedies, improv and musical reviews. The festival is Sept. 6-21, 2013.
San Francisco Chinatown's Moon Festival
San Francisco Chinatown celebrates Moon Festival (or Mid-Autumn Festival) with a street fair, moon cake and lion dance and martial arts performances on Sept 14-15, 2013. Of the Chinese holidays, the Moon Festival is important, and second only to Chinese New Year.
Dragon Boat Festival in San Francisco
The San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival is Sept 14-15, 2013. Thousands of paddlers from as far away as the Netherlands will be racing dragon boats off of Treasure Island.
America's Cup 2013 Launches in San Francisco
A logistical guide to America's Cup racing in San Francisco during the summer of 2013, including the best places to watch the races and auxiliary activities.
Burning Man Photos
For the week around Labor Day, Burning Man attracts tens of thousands of people to the Nevada desert to practice radical self-expression, self-reliance and community. These photos by San Francisco photographer Geno Valle, a five-time "burner," capture the annual festival's other-worldly and mind-bending atmosphere.
San Francisco August Events
August 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area is a whirl of food feasts, outdoor music festivals, street fairs and other fun, including Outside Lands (with Paul McCartney) and SF Chefs.
America's Cup 2013 in San Francisco - NZ & Italy Vie to Race Oracle Team USA
Public excitement over the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco is finally rising as Louis Vuitton Cup finalists New Zealand and Italy compete for the privilege of racing defending champ Oracle Team USA in September. Odds are on the Kiwis, but the grueling race schedule, breakdowns and winds add unpredictability.
San Francisco Street Food Festival
Take your palate and stomach on a world tour at the San Francisco Street Food Festival in August. San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, and talented cooks and caterers converge to serve their signature dishes, including bites from far-flung countries.
Real Races in America's Cup San Francisco: Italy vs. Sweden in Challenger Semi-finals
After a slow start and a string of one-boat "races" in July 2013, America's Cup in San Francisco is promising real racing between Italy and Sweden in early August. Sweden will be racing for the first time since a fatal capsize in May. The winner will then race New Zealand in the final of the challengers' series.
Nelson Mandela Day in San Francisco
Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day in the SF Bay Area at events featuring inspiring speeches and South African freedom songs and by helping others in ways big or small. The day, July 18, is Mandela's birthday.
Sf Chefs Serves Endless Food & Drink--Plus Demos, Classes & Parties
At SF Chefs, the blockbuster annual food and drink festival, scores of Northern California chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and bartenders cook, serve, demonstrate and talk about their creations. The classes, parties, competitions and tastings are held primarily in San Francisco's Union Square.
Free Summer Festivals, Events & Entertainment in San Francisco
Get your fill of all of the free things to do in San Francisco during the summer. Free dance lessons, concert series, Shakespeare in the Park, kids' entertainment and everything from ballet to circus shows are held outdoors in parks and public squares.
Japanese Buddhist Temples in Bay Area Observe Obon
Find one-stop fun, food, games, shopping and dancing at a Japanese Buddhist temple in the SF Bay Area during the summer. That's Obon season, when temple members honor their ancestors with celebrations that include traditional dancing, bazaars, arts and crafts and home-cooked Japanese dishes.
Food Truck Dinners at W San Francisco Hotel
A monthly collaboration between the W San Francisco hotel and local food trucks is producing grilled hamachi with picked cucumbers and Green Goddess dressing, heirloom squash tajine, bacon donut holes and other creative dishes for Bay Area foodies.
San Francisco International Film Festival
The 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival packs 160 films into two weeks. Here are some of the highlights.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Wildflowers in Full Bloom
From mid-April until mid-May, the wildflower meadow at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is bursting with color, and there are special tours of the California native plants garden.
China's Terracotta Warriors Up Close in San Francisco
An exhibit in San Francisco of China's famous terracotta warriors brings you within two feet of these life-size, individualistic figures made of dirt more than 2000 years ago. You'll never get so close to these treasures as you will at the Asian Art Museum's show, which runs through May 27, 2013.
China's Terracotta Warriors Exhibit - Related Events
Accompanying the Asian Art Museum's exhibition of China's famous terracotta warriors are several talks and films that examine the history, archaeology and mysteries related to the warriors and the man who commissioned them, China's first emperor.
CAAMFest Brings Food, Music to San Francisco Asian American Film Fest
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, newly renamed CAAMFest, features Asian food tastings, performances by Asian and Asian American musicians and other off-screen events during its second half, from March 20-24, 2013.
Lights Turn San Francisco's Bay Bridge into World's Largest Light Sculpture
San Francisco's workhorse Bay Bridge, long overshadowed by the showier Golden Gate Bridge, is now the world's largest light sculpture, thanks to 25,000 LED lights.
Real Americans--Conservative, Complex, Disillusioned--At San Francisco Theater
"The Real Americans" ventures outside our San Francisco Bay Area bubble to the red states, to meet what Sarah Palin termed "real Americans." Dan Hoyle's one-man show, at the Marsh Berkeley through April 6, 2013, relives his encounters with segregationists, creationists, birthers, fundamentalists, and other conservatives who are feisty, sympathetic, angry, generous and resilient.
Black History Month Events in San Francisco
Black History Month in February is observed in San Francisco with special exhibits, drama and music performances, a blood drive, discussions about everything from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Buffalo Soldiers to personal finance, and free-admission days at the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Nijinsky by Hamburg Ballet - Brilliant Portrayal of a Ballet Legend
The Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky is a brilliant and compelling tale of the dancer's complex and celebrated life, ballet career and inner torments.
New Year's Eve in San Francisco
A guide to spending New Year's Eve 2013 in San Francisco, including parties, performances, concerts and other entertainment, and even a few kid-friendly events.
Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Fado & Poetry in Jazz Center's Programs
Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Portuguese fado singers & poetry are among the plentiful and varied offerings during the first season of San Francisco's new jazz institution. The SFJAZZ Center also hosts classes and family programs.
San Francisco Ballet's 2013 Season - Cinderella, Nijinsky, World Premieres
San Francisco Ballet's 2013 season, from January to May, features story ballets about Cinderella and dance legend Nijinsky, world premieres and collaboration with European ballet companies.
San Francisco December Events
December 2013 in San Francisco offers comedy, films, gift fairs and fundraisers for good causes.
San Francisco Makes Jazz History
San Francisco has the country's first free-standing building dedicated to jazz performance and teaching. The SFJAZZ Center also means that SFJAZZ, a nonprofit that has presented jazz in rented Bay Area venues for 30 years, finally has a permanent home of its own.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in San Francisco
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday in 2013 is observed on January 21 in the San Francisco Bay Area with concerts, ceremonies, film screenings, roll-up-your-sleeves work and other activities. Some also feature live broadcasts of President Barack Obama's inauguration that morning.
Holiday Events and Activities in San Francisco - Things to Do from...
San Francisco revs up for the holidays with ceremonies, performances and special events galore, ranging from traditional and formal to off-beat and casual. Here's your guide to the best seasonal offerings.
World Hoop Day in San Francisco
World Hoop Day, December 12, 2012, is celebrated in the San Francisco Bay Area by several hula hooping performances and sessions that are free and open to the public.
Growing Moustaches in Movember
In November in San Francisco, increasing numbers of men grow moustaches to draw attention to men's health issues. You can support them by going to the fun Movember fundraising events.
Thanksgiving Travel & Traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area
If you're traveling from or in the San Francisco Bay Area during Thanksgiving, here's what to expect and how to reduce the hassles of your trip.
San Francisco Christmas Tree & Holiday Lights Turn On
Christmas tree lighting and holiday light displays begin to switch on in San Francisco before Thanksgiving. Here are some of the nicest tree lighting and illumination ceremonies around town.
Election Night 2012 in San Francisco
A list of November 2012 election night parties in San Francisco, where you can have some fun while you watch the election returns.
Chinese Calligraphy & Character Revealed at Asian Art Museum
A fall 2012 exhibit of Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang's calligraphy collection demystifies Chinese writing.
October Street Events in San Francisco
The extended Indian summer has made late October 2012 a prime time for street activities in San Francisco, such as the Dew Tour tournament of street sports and the annual San Francisco Trolley Dances.
San Francisco Restaurants & Chefs Serve Endless Food and Wine
Nosh and sip and meet San Francisco's top chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers at the SF Chefs food extravaganza at Union Square.
Nights at San Francisco Museums
Nearly all of the San Francisco Bay Area's major museums host special museum nights of added programs, activities, and entertainment, which is included with museum admission.
San Francisco Reads About Utopia After 1906 Earthquake
The San Francisco Public Library hosts talks, films and other events related to Rebecca Solnit's "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster." The book, about the altruism and community that developed after the 1906 earthquake and other calamities, is the selection for the 2012 One City One Book program.
"Moby-Dick" by San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera's "Moby-Dick" production is both powerful and accessible to those who haven't conquered the Herman Melville classic and those who are lukewarm about opera.
Fleet Week – Blue Angels Dazzle San Francisco
Fleet Week is essentially a display of military muscle, but even liberal, anti-war San Francisco looks forward to the astounding air stunts of the Blue Angels.
Hispanic Heritage Month in San Francisco
A guide to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in San Francisco (Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2012), including special exhibits, films and lectures.
Central Market Arts Festival Showcases the Arts
Catch theater, dance, concerts and arts performances along mid-Market as part of the Central Market Arts Festival, from late September until late October 2012.
Top Sailors Racing in America's Cup Series in San Francisco
Many of the world's best sailors are in San Francisco for the America's Cup World Series races October 2-7, 2012. Teams representing eight countries are sailing 45-foot-long catamarans.
Chinglish Review – David Henry Hwang's Play on American-Chinese ...
For comic relief, go see "Chinglish," a rollicking play on American-Chinese miscommunication about everything from business to sex. The David Henry Hwang comedy is at the Berkeley Rep through October 2012.
America's Cup in San Francisco - Catch World Series Sailing
Eleven crews representing 8 countries battle San Francisco Bay's infamous winds and currents as the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series (ACWS) launches in San Francisco in August 2012. Catch the action at Marina Green.
San Francisco Bay Area Athletes at the 2012 Olympics
Find out which athletes at the 2012 London Olympics have ties to San Francisco or the Bay Area.
Father's Day in San Francisco
Show your appreciation for the fathers in your life by treating them to a special Father's Day activity, event or meal in San Francisco.
SF Pride Related Events
Besides the popular and colorful SF Pride street festival and parade on the last weekend in June, San Francisco hosts many other LGBT-proud events and activities around the same time, including the annual Dyke March, LGBT film festival and giant pink triangle installation. Here's a guide to some of the best.
Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Celebrations
Events and activities honoring the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary are scheduled throughout 2012 in the Bay Area. They include contests, films, concerts, exhibits, lectures and more.
Memorial Day in San Francisco
A guide to Memorial Day weekend activities in San Francisco. There are ceremonies to honor Americans who died in military service, which is Memorial Day's original purpose, as well as fun festivities including SF Carnaval.
Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75
The Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937. Its birthday party exactly 75 years later features entertainment, history, art, music and fireworks along the San Francisco waterfront.
Asian Heritage Month in San Francisco
During May, Asian Heritage Month, a street fair, concerts, awards ceremonies and other events in San Francisco and the Bay Area showcase Asian- and Pacific-American peoples and cultures.
San Francisco's Bay to Breakers
Bay to Breakers, an only-in-SF spectacle, turns 101 in 2012--with a higher registration fee that does not include a T-shirt.
Mother's Day in San Francisco
Events and ideas for celebrating Mother's Day in San Francisco, including brunches, concerts, performances, cruises and comedy.
Bay to Breakers for Non-Runners
A guide to Bay to Breakers, for non-runners.
San Francisco International Film Festival - Week Two
A guide to the second half of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, particularly films that have roots in the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco Ballet - Grand Mixed Bills in March 2012
San Francisco Ballet offers two programs simultaneously in late March 2012 which mix classical and contemporary choreography, showcase the company’s breadth, include world premieres and transport audiences to medieval Hungary, an American metropolis, an abstract world, imperial Japan and strange places.
San Francisco's Columbarium - Final Resting Place Offers Great People Watching
For a twist on people watching, go to the San Francisco Columbarium. The historic building houses mementos, photos, and favorite knick-knacks of thousands of San Franciscans, along with their cremated remains.
Cirque du Soleil Dazzles San Jose
Cirque du Soleil's latest big top tent show, Totem, has a disjointed storyline but the incredible human performances that are the circus' signature. The production is in San Jose in March 2012.
Black History Month in February is observed with film screenings, dance and music performances, lectures, exhibitions and sing-a-longs. Here are some of the activities and events in San Francisco and the Bay Area inspired by black history.
San Francisco Asian Film Festival
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival brings more than 100 films and videos from around the globe to the SF Bay Area, including documentaries, dramas, shorts and an interactive web series portraying dancing prisoners in the Philippines. The festival in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose is March 8-18, 2012.
Burning Man 2012 - How to Get Tickets
Burning Man 2012 has essentially sold out as of late February. If you can't live without the pilgrimage to the Nevada desert, here are ways you might score a ticket.
Dec. 25 in San Francisco - Events and Activities on Christmas Day
The shoppers have retreated and most buildings and offices are closed, but you don't have to be home alone with Chinese take-out on Dec. 25. San Francisco on Christmas Day offers several events and activities suitable for all ages.
San Francisco Ballet's Full-Spectrum Season
San Francisco Ballet's 2012 season showcases the company's verve and mastery of a full spectrum of dance styles. Included are the heart-wrenching Onegin, an all-Balanchine program, and four world premieres.
Free Museums, Free Museum Days & Free Museum Admission in San Francisco
Find out how to visit nearly all San Francisco museums for free. This comprehensive guide covers the free admission offers at Bay Area museums--including museums that are always free, that are free on designated days, and that have other deals for free admission.
Turkey Trot Time in San Francisco
Prepare for Thanksgiving with a turkey trot in the San Francisco area. You can walk or run a 5K or 10K course, dress up as a turkey (or not), and often help a good cause, too.
November is for San Francisco Movie Buffs
November is film festival harvest month in the SF Bay Area, with so many film festivals that you could spend practically the entire month sitting in San Francisco movie theaters. There is a movie (or entire festival) for everyone, including, in 2011, the new BowWow Film Festival and the Napa Valley Film Festival.
Mythbusters & Space Travel at San Francisco Library
The SF Library One City One Book program brings Mythbusters host Adam Savage to chat with author Mary Roach about space experimentation and research
Art in San Francisco - San Francisco Artists Open Their Studios
SF Open Studios offers the rare opportunity for the public to meet San Francisco artists in their studios, talk to them, and buy art directly from them. Each weekend of October focuses on the studios in different parts of San Francisco.
Women, Rights & Suffrage - Centennial of Suffrage for Women in California
Events to mark the 100th anniversary of California women's suffrage.
Women's Rights in California - Centennial of Suffrage
In a close election in 1911, California's men voted to give the franchise to women. San Francisco and other parts of the state are celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage.
9/11 Memorial Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
A list of San Francisco Bay Area memorial events that mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy.
Free Summer Movies End in September
The many free summer outdoor movies series in and around San Francisco end in September, when the weather cools down. If you haven't taken advantage of them yet, you should--before they go into hibernation until next summer.
Free Things to Do in San Francisco - August
The last weekend in August 2011 is crammed with free concerts, festivals, entertainment and other free things to do.
What You Need to Know About Burning Man
In the run up to Burning Man 2011, events in San Francisco offer last-minute tips to burners and examine the huge phenomenon and culture of Burning Man.
Food Festival - Food Truck & San Francisco Restaurant Food in One Big Feast
The San Francisco Street Food Festival assembles top San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, and talented, no-name cooks and bakers to serve their specialty dishes in the Mission. You get to judge how the barebones food carts stack up against the white-tablecloth restaurants.
Civic Center, Tenderloin, San Francisco Library Area Go Car-Free
The last Sunday Streets date of Summer 2011, which allows you to walk, skate and bike San Francisco, bars cars from Civic Center and the Tenderloin. The San Francisco Library, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and local organizations and musicians are supplying activities and fun all afternoon.
San Francisco Restaurants Serve Food Festival of Endless Wine and Food Tasting
Top San Francisco restaurants present wine and food tastings, classes and demonstrations to the public during the annual SF Chefs food festival.
SF Chefs Food Festival Serves Sublime and Surprising Desserts
Top San Francisco chefs create surprising, innovative desserts for the annual SF Chefs food festival's Sugar & Spice party. The party is a must for anyone who loves desserts.
San Francisco Summer Reading Program - SF Public Library Rewards Reading
Prizes, anyone? A kite, a hula hoop, or a Kindle? To be a winner in the eyes of the SF Public Library, all you have to do this summer is read.
Balenciaga & Spain exhibit at the de Young
"Balenciaga and Spain," the de Young's exhibit about the legendary Spanish couturier, shows that he was always inventing and drawing inspiration from his native country.
SF Asian Art Museum Showcases Bali Art and Culture
The first in-depth exhibit in the U.S. of Bali art is at the SF Asian Art Museum. The Bali exhibit shows how a blend of art, ceremony, performance and ritual is integrated into everyday life in Bali.
At the Exploratorium – Scott Weaver’s Amazing Toothpick Art
With just toothpicks and glue--and 3,000 spare hours over 34 years--Scott Weaver has created a ping-pong-ball labyrinth that's also a sculpture of San Francisco's skyline and icons. See how it works at the Exploratorium.
Bay to Breakers 2011
Bay to Breakers, an only-in-SF spectacle, turns 100 in 2011, with new restrictions on runners and onlookers. Without floats, wheeled devices, beer and unregistered joggers, will the race's birthday be a party?
Bay to Breakers Parties
Bay to Breakers is not just a San Francisco race--it's a phenomenon of parties and celebrations before and after the run.
San Francisco Ballet's "The Little Mermaid"
San Francisco Ballet's "The Little Mermaid" is a visual and psychological tour de force. Ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan is a fluid mermaid whose heart-wrenching journey has audience members on the edge of their seats.
SF International Film Festival – Films from 50 Countries in SF Film Festival
The SF International Film Festival screens more than 190 films from nearly 50 countries and offers talks, workshops and classes by leading filmmakers, awards ceremonies and lots of parties--all in two weeks.
Help Japan – San Francisco Efforts to Help Japan Relief
Help Japan – San Francisco Efforts to Help Japan Relief
Waste Not by Conceptual Artist Song Dong
Conceptual artist Song Dong's solo exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts features a sprawling installation of his mother's junk.
San Francisco Asian Film Festival - 2011 Asian Film Festival Comes to San...
More than 100 films from around the world are showing in the Bay Area in March, as North America's biggest Asian American and Asian film festival makes its annual appearance.
Nature, Art, Wildlife - Presidio Walk Blends Designer Homes and Animal Habitats
Go on a hike in the Presidio to take in the greenery, fresh air and open space--and see homes made by designers and artists for gray foxes, bats, birds and other Presidio wildlife.
How to Homestead in San Francisco
San Francisco is a homestead hotbed, with its composting law, obsession with local, organic, sustainable food and organizations devoted to the homestead movement. One such group, How-to Homestead, teaches you just that, by showing videos throughout San Francisco.
SFMOMA Parties Until It Closes June 2, 2013
Before it closes from June 3, 2013 until early 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is throwing a free, four-day party featuring a 24-hour live variety show and a 24-hour screening of the unprecedented video "The Clock." SFMOMA will be undergoing an expansion that will double its exhibition space.
December Events in San Francisco
Sure, December in San Francisco is cold, but this is no time to hibernate. Check out the many things to do in town this month.
Free Christmas and Holiday Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
Celebrating the holidays in the San Francisco Bay Area can be done on the cheap--and even for free. Concerts, Christmas parades, tree lightings, holiday shows, arts and crafts activities for kids, and elaborately decorated streets and hotel lobbies are among the free offerings.
May 2010 Events
Fairs, festivals, fun. Spring has sprung, it's May, and San Francisco can barely wait for summer.
Chocolate, human rights, St. Patrick, hard-to-define music, and Asian American filmmakers each get their day(s) in March in San Francisco.
February events in San Francisco celebrate love, movies, music and the Asian lunar new year, all in one compact month.
Valentine's Weekend Events in San Francisco
Get ready for not just a Day, but a whole Valentine's Weekend in San Francisco in 2010.
With the holidays over, January seems relatively serious and sobering. But worry not, there are still opportunities to eat, drink and be merry.
San Francisco New Year's Eve 2010 Events
If you're in San Francisco New Year's Eve, you'll find a wealth of entertainment and celebration options, some of them moderately priced. Before you plunge into the parties, though, discard the negatives of 2009 at the Asian Art Museum's annual bell ringing ceremony.
December Events in San Francisco
San Francisco Events This Month: Holiday perennials galore and some twists on the classics.
November Events in San Francisco
San Francisco Events This Month: Stay warm in November with a mole tasting and a slew of performances, fairs, films and talks indoors.
Summer in San Francisco is hopping with outdoor festivals and shows, many of them free.
Landmarks and destinations well-known and lesser-known.
Other Online Calendars of Events
Online listings of SF events, for everyone from art lovers to politicos.
Holidays, Celebrations, Special Festivities
Annual holidays and only-in-SF celebrations.
Memorial Day Ceremonies in San Francisco
For most people its a day of sales or an extra day off from work, but Memorial Day was established to commemorate Americans who died while serving in the military. If you want to mark Memorial Day as it was originally intended to be, there are free, solemn ceremonies at the Presidio and a couple of other military memorial sites in San Francisco.
Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco
Memorial Day Weekend is widely considered the unofficial start of summer, and in San Francisco it's also the unofficial start of the busy summer festival season.
San Francisco Tours
Guides have scouted out what to see; all you need to do is follow.
San Francisco relaxes and heads outdoors in June. Each weekend offers at least two festivals or street fairs where you can get your food, cultural, shopping, music, people-watching, tanning and entertainment needs taken care of all at once.
Levi's Opens Print Shop for San Francisco Nonprofit Organizat…
A Levi's-sponsored pop-up letterpress print shop helps nonprofit and community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and highlights the values of craftsmanship, creativity and old-fashioned work.
Women in Leadership
Women leaders are the focus of a series at the Commonwealth Club--gusty, groundbreaking women in science, politics, the arts, grassroots movements and elsewhere. Rosalyn Carter and Midori are part of the line-up.
August Events Calendar - San Francisco
The August events calendar is packed with things to do in San Francisco--to partake in festivals, listen to music and eat food of every kind imaginable (and unimaginable). Now's your last chance to grab some summer fun.
Global Music Festival Benefits Women, Environment
The hip-hop group Arrested Development head a music-dance celebration in Richmond to benefit women and the environment.
San Francisco, Shanghai Celebrate Sisterhood
2010 is the 30th anniversary of San Francisco and Shanghai’s sister cityhood, and each city is toasting the other.
Hit the Street - Street Fairs, Festivals, Food
The action is on the streets of San Francisco and the Bay Area, especially during the weekend. Street closures make way for street fairs, street festivals and plenty of street food.
Exhibits, Shows Leaving San Francisco
A list of disappearing acts in San Francisco. Catch these before they're gone.
AIA's Home Design Tour of San Francisco
If you're not yet living in your dream house or you don't even know what your dream house looks like, you'll find inspiration, help and home plans during the AIA's annual home design tour in San Francisco.
Halloween in San Francisco - San Francisco Halloween Events and Activities
Find Halloween parties, shows, costume parades, tours and other special events in San Francisco for children and adults.
Art and the Outdoors
For fun, attractive, low-cost things to do, you're spoiled for choice this weekend, especially on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Pre-Halloween in San Francisco - Activities and Events Before Oct. 31
Find Halloween-themed parties and other excuses to wear Halloween costumes in San Francisco before October 31.
San Francisco Film Festivals – November Film Festivals in San Francisco
San Francisco hosts several film festivals in November, featuring independent and foreign movies, filmmakers from all over the world and a wide range of genres.
Bay to Breakers: The Only-in-San-Francisco Race
Bay to Breakers, a century-old, only-in-San-Francisco spectacle, unleashes thousands of crazily costumed runners and walkers and a few elite athletes on the city every May. Here's a guide to the mobile party in 2013.