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A San Francisco Zip Code Map. Below the zip code map is a key showing zip codes and their corresponding neighborhoods (with links to additional maps).
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.
A directory of outlet malls in the San Francisco Bay Area. These California outlet malls and factory stores vary in size from 10 to almost 200 -- and are located around the Bay Area, including Vacaville, Napa, Gilroy and Milpitas.
August 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area is a whirl of food feasts, music, fairs and other fun, including Outside Lands and Eat Drink SF.
Map of San Francisco Bay Area outlet malls. The map includes a clickable sidebar and zoom functions for precise street locations.
Map showing the San Francisco cable car lines and routes. The map includes streets and landmarks for reference, in relation to the San Francisco cable car lines.
A Top 10 list of breakfast restaurants in the various neighborhoods San Francisco. Menus range from traditional omelettes and pancakes, to beignets and roasted banana French toast.
A guide to September 2013 festivals, arts and cultural performances and cool fundraisers in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including SF Opera in the Park, dragon boat races, Macy's Glamorama and the Folsom Street Fair.
Free festivals and fun during the summer in San Francisco include concerts, dance lessons, Shakespeare in the Park and circus shows.
A map of San Francisco California neighborhoods, with links to maps, photos and resources for each individual neighborhoods.
A guide to San Francisco Bay Area events during Labor Day weekend in 2014, including art and wine festivals and free outdoor performances.
A guide to San Francisco neighborhoods, with a map showing the locations of neighborhoods around the city, as well as links to individual San Francisco neighborhoods and maps. The guide also includes restaurants and profiles, as well as attractions in various neighborhoods.
The SF Bay Area has a strong showing in the semifinals for the 2013 James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world.
If you're new to the city, check out the basic facts about San Francisco taxi service. Tips for recognizing a legitimate San Francisco taxi, taxi rates, and other details about SF taxi services.
Map of the San Francisco Muni system, showing metro stops throughout the city. The Muni lines included are the F-Market, J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean View, N-Judah, and T-Third.
Map of the San Francisco Muni Metro system. This map does not include bus routes, just train and streetcar lines in San Francisco.
A guide to San Francisco's top food trucks and food carts, based on food quality and quantity, uniqueness, popularity and creativity.
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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.
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.
A guide to spending New Year's Eve 2014 in San Francisco, including parties, performances, concerts and other entertainment, and even a few kid-friendly events.
Information on purchasing Muni tickets, transfers and general fares. Includes description of tickets and travel limitations.
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.
The San Francisco Street Food Festival lines up top San Francisco restaurants, food trucks, and talented, under-the-radar cooks to serve their specialty fare in the Mission District.
Here's how to enjoy Bay to Breakers, whether you want to run or just watch San Francisco's unique race-party.
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.
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.
Hiking the Lands End trail in San Francisco, from Ocean Beach and the Sutro Baths, past the Legion of Honor and on to China Beach in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of SF. Lands End provides some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
Best tea rooms and tea houses in San Francisco, including Samovar Tea Lounge, Lovejoy's, Imperial Tea, and Modern Tea. These tea rooms in San Francisco are open all day, not just for high tea.
A list of live music clubs in San Francisco, including a brief description, address and link to each club's the live music calendar.
Landmarks, major hotels and neighborhoods in SF host spectacular Christmas trees and lights during the holidays. Here are some of the most photo-worthy.
A selection of San Francisco best parks and green spaces, from the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, to Ocean Beach and Cayuga Park.
The San Francisco Street Food Festival is a buffet of international food made by Bay Area restaurants, food trucks and little-known cooks.
A list, including brief description of FM radio stations in the San Francisco area.
San Francisco Chinatown celebrates the Autumn Moon Festival (or Mid-Autumn Festival) on Sept. 14-15, 2013, with parades, a street fair, lion dances and the eating of moon cake. Of all of the traditional Chinese holidays, the Moon Festival is second in important only to Chinese New Year.
If you're starting a garden and deciding what to grow in it, you may want to find out your plant zone. The USDA and Sunset magazine have different zone systems and maps.
Alphabetical directory of San Francisco museums. Museums range from the small and specialized, like MoAD, to the larger and better known venues such as the de Young and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This list also includes several museums outside San Francisco in the Bay Area.
San Francisco is dotted with specialty shops scooping up fresh, smooth, house-made ice cream in classic, exotic, innovative and sometimes downright odd flavors.
Find horror, costume parties and contests and other Halloween 2013 events for adults in San Francisco.
A guide to attractions in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Haight Ashbury is home to some of the icons of the Summer of Love, as well as to some of the more beautiful Victorian homes and structures in San Francisco. The Haight is also close to several parks, including Golden Gate Park and all of its amenities.
A calendar of San Francisco festivals, fundraisers, shows and special events in November 2013.
A guide to San Francisco Financial District.
April 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area is a whirlwind of activity. Check this events calendar for film and arts festivals, street fairs and more.
Tuesday Farmers Markets in San Francisco and the Bay Area. This guide lists the various farmers markets happening throughout the week and weekend, including Tuesdays.
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.
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.
Noe Valley, the neighborhood smack in the middle of San Francisco, is a village of upper-middle class young families serviced by small shops and restaurants along 24th Street.
Map of Tilden Park area in Berkeley California. Tilden Park is part of the East Bay Parks system, located in the hills above Berkeley. Tilden Park is home to trails and family activities such as Little Farm. Trails range from more strenuous uphill climbs to kid-friendly loops like the trail around Jewel Lake.
For some of the best Japanese food in San Francisco and the Bay Area, go to Japanese Buddhist temples during the summer. That's Obon season, when temple members honor their ancestors and host celebrations that include traditional dancing, bazaars and lots of home-made, reasonably priced Japanese dishes.
The holidays are over, but San Francisco in January still has many opportunities to eat, drink, dress up and be merry.
October festivals and annual festivals in San Francisco. This calendar includes film festivals, autumn festivals and street fairs and covers the month of October - with links to additional festival dates, calendars, events and monthly arts and entertainment in San Francisco.
Former gay activist and pioneering politican Harvey Milk lived above his camera store, which is now a gift shop.
A map showing the Marina and Cow Hollow areas of San Francisco, with links to neighborhood profiles, restaurants, shoppings and other neighborhood essentials.
San Francisco restaurants and chefs are among the 2014 James Beard awards finalists, and Bay Area movies are featured in the CAAMFest Asian American film festival.
Guide and map of Nob Hill San Francisco. Nob Hill guide includes links to profile, photos and restaurants of Nob Hill.
San Francisco restaurants are increasingly adding surcharges to your bills, supposedly to cover paying for employee health care costs, as required by the Healthy San Francisco law. But they are profiting from it--instead of reimbursing employees for their medical care, the restaurants are holding onto lots of surplus cash, the San Francisco civil grand jury reports.
A guide to free events and activities around Christmas and the holidays in San Francisco, including concerts, ceremonies, parties, and arts and crafts sessions for kids.
The farmers' market at San Francisco's Civic Center is now open on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays. In the Tenderloin, it has a wide array of produce, low prices, a community-service mission and a down-to-earth vibe.
A list of 10 great San Francisco blogs, covering everything from restaurants and art, to news and photos.
With San Francisco a hub of human trafficking, the city, private organizations and service agencies are banding together to fight the exploitative industry. Their coalition aims to increase public awareness, develop effective policies and help victims.
Map of San Francisco attractions and landmarks. The map shows locations around the city where visitors can spend an hour or a day exploring San Francisco's history, culture and nature.
YBCA's Bay Area Now triennial includes an exhibition of site-specific installations, dioramas, a printing workshop and San Quentin inmates' paintings.
Mt Diablo State Park is home to tarantula spiders. Once a year, during the autumn, the male tarantulas leave their burrows for mating season. And during this time, people can take tarantula hikes or treks to learn about the spiders and have the opportunity to see some of them in their natural habitat.
Bag shopping in San Francisco is relatively easy, with three local companies--Chrome, Rickshaw Bags and Timbuk2--producing messenger and laptop bags. Besides off-the-rack, pre-made ones, they also offer custom bags.
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.
Map and guide to Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley in San Francisco -- with links to additional neighborhood information. The Haight Ashbury district was home to the Summer of Love, but is also known for its gorgeous Victorian architecture.
Photo of the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. The Dead did not live here long, just two years, but Dead Heads travel to see and photograph this icon of Grateful Dead history.
Photos of San Francisco murals in the Mission District. Photos include murals in Clarion Alley, Balmy Alley and on the Women's Building in the Mission.
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.
A short list of public labyrinths in the San Francisco Bay Area. The labyrinths are in a number of different styles, the most popular being the Chartres Cathedral plan, installed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
January is no time for San Franciscans to diet. Great food and dining opportunities beckon, including Dine About Town and the annual Good Food Awards gala and marketplace.
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.
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.
Map of the SoMa District of San Francisco. This South of Market map shows the general area bounded by Market Street and San Francisco Bay, as well as a few prominent SoMa landmarks.
A guide to Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol. Christmas concerts and other holiday productions and shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find traditional programs, modern adaptions of classics and lots of other entertainment for adults and kids alike.
We San Franciscans have a love-hate relationship with Muni, our public transit system of buses, cable cars and streetcars. But the SF Municipal Transportation Agency was a pioneer when it opened in December 1912, and several exhibits and a day of free rides honor its 100th anniversary.
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.
Local chocolate shops and chocolatiers in the San Francisco and Berkeley areas. The focus is on locally-made chocolate, or San Francisco-based chocolate shops that offer a more international selection.
List of 10+ restaurants to try in the Mission District of San Francisco. A diverse selection of dining spots if you find yourself in the Mission.
At the 2013 SF Chefs festival, some of San Francisco's star chefs revealed how they created their signature foods--in one case, by accident--and their secret weapons.
San Francisco was abuzz with Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett sightings last summer, and now we’re seeing the result, Blue Jasmine, which opened in theaters here on August 2, 2013.
A list of live music clubs in Berkeley and Oakland, with brief description, address, and links to each club's live music and event calendar.
Map showing locations of farmers markets in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The farmer's markets listed here include those at the Ferry Plaza as well as markers farther afield in Point Reyes Station and Palo Alto.
In recycling and composting, San Francisco does more than any other US city--but we could do even better. A lot of San Francisco garbage could in fact go in the recycling or compost bins. Here's how to sort it out.
The 2012 SF Chefs food festival included a creative bake-off contest for professional pastry chefs and bakers: Make a cake that embodies San Francisco.
iPhone apps for San Francisco navigation. A list of helpful iPhone applications to help navigate the streets (and restaurants) of San Francisco.
Most cities work just fine with one (or none), but not San Francisco. San Francisco has two official songs.
A guide to the Nov. 5, 2013 election in San Francisco, including info on where and when to vote. The biggest contest is over a waterfront development project, the subject of two ballot measures.
Find an ice skating rink in or around San Francisco, including wintertime outdoor rinks right in the middle of the city.
Murals by prison inmates and graffiti artists, exploitation films, capoeira and American Indian dances are all offered in Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' cutting edge triennial.
Map of attractions and things to do in San Mateo County California. The points include museums like the Burlingame Pez Museum and Coyote Point Museum, Hiller Aviation Museum, as well as natural attractions like Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
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.
Dungeness crab season runs from November until June in Northern California, and San Francisco restaurants are offering the delicious crustacean in myriad forms.
When it comes to San Francisco homes, you're financially better off renting rather than buying, a study finds. San Francisco in fact is the best US city in which to rent, according to Rent.com.
Fun facts and info about the Golden Gate Bridge, that every self-respecting San Francisco resident should know.
San Francisco Ballet’s 2014 season, from late January until mid-May, includes Giselle, Cinderella and several world premieres.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, San Francisco is buzzing with holiday events and activities. Check this guide for programs and things to do for kids and for adults--including ways to celebrate the season for free and to volunteer for good causes in the SF Bay Area.
A continuation of our guide to San Francisco Bay Area festivals, street fairs and other events in October, including the Treasure Island Music Festival, SF Trolley Dances and Half Moon Bay's pumpkin fest. Page 2.
Where to location famous graves in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because most of San Francisco's cemeteries were moved out of the city in the 20th century, the famous grave sites are found primarily in Colma and in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.
Best Irish pubs in San Francisco, serving Guinness, Irish Whiskey and Irish Coffee, and Irish Breakfast in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Burning Man began in 1986 when a handful of friends built and burned a wooden human figure on San Franciscoâs
Map showing locations of San Francisco museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Legion of Honor and the de Young, as well as various museums in the Yerba Buena Arts District and beyond.
The continuation of our guide to San Francisco 2014 New Year's Eve parties, shows and other events, including comedy, cruises and midnight fireworks. Page 2.
Guide to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, including links to photos of the Wharf and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Map of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This is a street map of the park and surrounding area in San Francisco -- with markers for attractions throughout the park. The markers have information and a photograph of each location..
Alphabetical list of nightclubs, dance clubs and lounges in San Francisco. Brief descriptions, address, and website links.
Hop Stop is a public transit Muni trip planner in San Francisco. Hop Stop provides a website or mobile options for getting door-to-door directions using San Francisco's Muni system. Directions include walking, Muni bus and rail instructions.
In the San Francisco Bay Area and especially San Francisco city proper, renting a home is a better deal than buying, says a nation-wide report by Trulia. In most of the rest of the U.S., the opposite is true.
Instead of drinking and driving on New Year's Eve in San Francisco, get home using other ways--which are both safe and free.
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.
Maps of San Francisco neighborhoods.
Favorite lunch spots in Berkeley, California. This list does not include West Berkeley -- just downtown and the North Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto area.
Recommended maps of San Francisco, as well as online maps of San Francisco neighborhoods.
Photo of the Mile Rock Beach turnoff from the Lands End Trail in San Francisco.
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.
Map showing locations of some popular Irish pubs in San Francisco. Map includes address and links to further descriptions of the pubs and bars.
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.
Map of attractions in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Map markers include the Cliff House, the Legion of Honor and the Sutro Baths.
San Francisco and Bay Area weather, with map showing locations of Bay Area cities. This weather list also includes links to weather within individual neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Information on the pedestrian path on the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as bike and walking instructions from Crissy Field and the Warming Hut to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo of fountain outside Stanford University's Old Union building.
Information on finding your California Congressional Representative, including a list of Northern California districts and their reps. Included are District 8, San Francisco (Nancy Pelosi), District 9 (Barbara Lee) and other counties around the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco's Sunday Streets program closes off streets to car traffic in various neighborhoods and offers free activities, entertainment and services to pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters.
A guide to favorite attractions in San Francisco. The attractions include landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge as well as San Francisco's historical sites and traditional visitor destinations.
The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival screens nearly 170 films, honors director Richard Linklater and others and includes live music and comedy.
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.
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.
Map of San Francisco parks. The map includes markers for Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, Dolores Park and other popular city parks.
The Presidio has immense history as a military installation. Since becoming a national park in the 1990s, the Presidio is evolving into a natural, cultural, and commercial hub all in one.
Take advantage of the last of summer's special events in San Francisco. Page 2.
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.
Christmas tree lighting and holiday light displays begin to switch on in San Francisco before Thanksgiving. Here are some of the nicest tree lighting ceremonies and illuminated displays around town.
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.
Profile of San Francisco's Mission District
Special events and activities in the SF Bay Area during the last weekend in March 2014 include a talk by Martin Luther King III.
A list of off-leash dog parks and dog-friendly areas in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
A guide to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in San Francisco (Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2012), including special exhibits, films and lectures.
The Mission's restaurant revolution has brought cuisines from around the world to the burrito bastion.
Map of Hayes Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, with links to neighborhood details, photos, and restaurants.
Map of the Inner Sunset District in San Francisco, with links to a neighborhood profile, and essentials like restaurants, shops, and ATMs.
Index of San Francisco photos, including popular attractions, landmarks and destinations. Bay Area photos are also included.
A directory of San Francisco beekeepers and Bay Area beekeeping associations and groups. Newcomers to beekeeping are welcome to attend meetings -- to learn more about starting a hive, an apiary, or just getting an education on bees in general. The resources here include beekeepers associations in San Francisco, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.
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.
A Mexican chocolate flavor sparked by SF Giants pitcher Sergio Romo is one of the latest from Three Twins Ice Cream--which just reopened its San Francisco shop after more than two years.
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.
Photos of shorebirds, sea birds, and coastl species of California and Northern California. The birds picture in this gallery include herons, egrets and osprey -- all found along the California and Northern California coast, including the San Francisco Bay Area. The photos were taken by Mike Baird in the Morro Bay area.
San Francisco is a chocoholic's dream. Here's a guide to the city's best chocolate, created by local chocolate manufacturers and chocolatiers.
Besides neighborhood trick-or-treating, there are plenty of other things for kids and families to do for Halloween in San Francisco. Check this guide to 2013 Halloween parties, shows, movies, concerts and events for folks of all ages.
The San-Francisco-based annual Good Food Awards honor delicious, sustainably produced foods from across the U.S. The 2014 winners include 30 from the Bay Area & Northern California.
A favorites list of some fine dining restaurants in San Francisco. The list includes elegant venues like the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, as well as restaurants with a more laid back vibe like Town Hall and Aziza.