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A guide to San Francisco Bay Area events during Labor Day weekend in 2014, including art and wine festivals and free outdoor performances.
YBCA's Bay Area Now triennial includes an exhibition of site-specific installations, dioramas, a printing workshop and San Quentin inmates' paintings.
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.
Map of San Francisco Bay Area outlet malls. The map includes a clickable sidebar and zoom functions for precise street locations.
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.
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.
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.
Dungeness crab season runs from November until June in Northern California, and San Francisco restaurants are offering the delicious crustacean in myriad forms.
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.
A guide to San Francisco's top food trucks and food carts, based on food quality and quantity, uniqueness, popularity and creativity.
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.
Free festivals and fun during the summer in San Francisco include concerts, dance lessons, Shakespeare in the Park and circus shows.
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.
Bastille Day, France's National Day, is celebrated in San Francisco with French-accented parties, dancing and concerts.
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.
The SF Bay Area has a strong showing in the semifinals for the 2013 James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world.
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.
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.
Find horror, costume parties and contests and other Halloween 2013 events for adults in San Francisco.
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.
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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.
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.
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).
Landmarks, major hotels and neighborhoods in SF host spectacular Christmas trees and lights during the holidays. Here are some of the most photo-worthy.
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.
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.
Find an ice skating rink in or around San Francisco, including wintertime outdoor rinks right in the middle of the city.
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 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.
San Francisco is dotted with specialty shops scooping up fresh, smooth, house-made ice cream in classic, exotic, innovative and sometimes downright odd flavors.
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.
A calendar of San Francisco festivals, fundraisers, shows and special events in November 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Fleet Week is essentially a display of military muscle, but even liberal, pacifist San Francisco looks forward to the astounding air stunts of the Blue Angels.
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.
Visitors might expect only hard bodies and vampish transvestites, but the Castro is home to historic
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.
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.
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.
Bicycles are the most convenient and popular way to get around the Burning Man site, which is north of Reno, NV.
Fun facts and info about the Golden Gate Bridge, that every self-respecting San Francisco resident should know.
The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival has several offerings with Bay Area scenes, subjects and filmmakers, including James Franco, the Grateful Dead and the Bay Bridge.
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.
The holidays are over, but San Francisco in January still has many opportunities to eat, drink, dress up and be merry.
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.
The Treasure Island flea market makes the landfill-island one of the Bay Area's newest and most scenic places to shop.
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.
Map showing locations of some popular Irish pubs in San Francisco. Map includes address and links to further descriptions of the pubs and bars.
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.
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.
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.
Cleverly done 3-D maps take San Francisco crime rates and depict them topographically, as humps and mountains of various heights. For many categories of crime, the highest incidence rates in San Francisco appear in the Tenderloin and the Mission. Page 5.
San Francisco Ballet’s 2014 season, from late January until mid-May, includes Giselle, Cinderella and several world premieres.
Find Halloween parties, shows, costume parades, tours and other special events in San Francisco for children and adults.
San Francisco has home-grown manufacturers that produce things like beer, mattresses, gourmet chocolate, messenger bags, bikes and clothing. One company in particular, though, is creating a lot of buzz: Crave, which makes stylish vibrators.
Though we already have the highest recycling rate in the country, our city is determined to get even greener with a San Francisco recycling law that requires every home and business to sort its garbage. That means we in San Francisco must think before we throw: is this recyclable, compostable, or plain old trash?
Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary extravaganza, features more than 800 writers talking and reading from Oct. 11-19, 2013.
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.
Angel Island is widely known as the entry point for Chinese emigrants in the early 1900s, but it also processed thousands of natives of Russia, Italy, Korea, Austria, India, Germany, Mexico and elsewhere.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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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.
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The Bacon Bacon food truck and the W San Francisco hotel collaborate on a bacon-laden dinner on July 23, 2013. The many offerings include an assortment of bacon with different spices, bacon brittle and chocolate-covered bacon.
Volunteer and contribute in San Francisco and the Bay Area, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-round. Here's how and where to get started.
Map showing locations of San Francisco dog parks with off-leash areas. Dog parks range from Fort Funston in the South, to central city parks like Dolores, and out to Berkeley and Albany for more dog spaces.
With Healthy San Francisco, the city is attempting something that no other US city has: To provide universal health coverage for its residents. The Healthy San Francisco program, funded by the city, employer contributions and participant fees, is reaching people who need it.
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.
In recent years, the Mission District's Valencia Street has been undergoing a Cinderella makeover. Its $1 stores and produce shops have given way to art galleries and indie designer boutiques. Faded Victorians and dumpy structures have been overhauled or demolished to create condos. As it earns a reputation as a quality restaurant row, it's attracting locals from around the Bay Area and tourists from afar.
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.
A guide to romantic and special-occasion restaurants in San Francisco, perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and other momentous events.
The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival screens nearly 170 films, honors director Richard Linklater and others and includes live music and comedy.
Map of San Francisco parks. The map includes markers for Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, Dolores Park and other popular city parks.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 is jammed with all kinds of activities in San Francisco.
Map showing UC Berkeley and area around downtown Berkeley and around the UC Berkeley campus, including UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Lawrence Hall of Science.
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.
Hamburg Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed in San Francisco on Feb. 12-13, 2014 only, is creative and fanciful.
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.
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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.
Dozens of films from 20 countries are screened during CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), March 13-23, 2014.
Most cities work just fine with one (or none), but not San Francisco. San Francisco has two official songs.
Take advantage of the last of summer's special events in San Francisco. Page 2.
The Mission's restaurant revolution has brought cuisines from around the world to the burrito bastion.
Cartier jewelry is stunning, timeless and unsurpassed in artistry, craftsmanship and flexibility. This exclusive exhibit of Cartier jewelry owned by Americans will change how you look at any jewelry.
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.
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.
Bookstores, the San Francisco International Film Fest and the SF Ballet provide many cool entertainment options.
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.
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 Events This Month: Stay warm in November with a mole tasting and a slew of performances, fairs, films and talks indoors.
A list of San Francisco Bay Area memorial events that mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy.
December 2013 in San Francisco offers comedy, films, gift fairs and fundraisers for good causes.
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.
A guide to Easter activities in San Francisco in 2014, including egg hunts, Easter Bunny photo opportunities, egg decorating and parades.
A guide to St. Patrick's Day and Irish-themed activities in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013. The highlight is the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in SF, but there are also block parties, pub crawls, Irish music concerts and literary events in the city and a two-day celebration in Dublin, CA.
A fall 2012 exhibit of Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang's calligraphy collection demystifies Chinese writing.
Our holiday gift guide and foodie gift guide list unique items that are made in or connected to San Francisco.
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San Francisco's annual Kwanzaa celebration features music, dance, food and ceremonies from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
San Francisco Ballet's 2013 season features story ballets about Cinderella and dance legend Nijinsky, world premieres and collaboration with European ballet companies.
Smitten Ice Cream uses liquid nitrogen and molecular gastronomy to churn out possibly the creamiest ice cream in San Francisco, in popular and startling flavors.
A Northern California kindergartner becomes a crime-fighting superhero in San Francisco for a day, thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation's local chapter.
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.
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.
Map of live music clubs in San Francisco. The music venues listed here include mainstream venues which host national acts, as well as smaller showcases for local musicians
A guide to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in San Francisco (Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2012), including special exhibits, films and lectures.
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.
Amy Tan and Sharon Olds are famous contemporary writers from San Francisco who have won lots of awards. Do they deserve the praise and the fame? A Huffington Post critic's list of the 15 most overrated American writers--which includes Tan and Olds--has ignited furious debate.
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.
A landlubber's guide to the America's Cup racing in San Francisco during the summer of 2013--including basics like the race's history and this year's boats, controversies and superlatives.
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.
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.
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.
State Bird Provisions, Coqueta, Manresa and Tartine are among the San Francisco Bay Area finalists for the 2014 James Beard Awards.
David Henry Hwang's newest play, Chinglish, is a clever comedy of American-Chinese miscommunication and misunderstanding about everything from business negotiations to sex. Chinglish is at the Berkeley Rep through October 2012.
Although San Francisco food banks and food pantries had more to give out in 2010, they still had to turn away 30 percent of the people asking for food. A U.S. Conference of Mayors report examines hunger and homelessness in San Francisco and two dozen other cities.
Map of the Marin Headlands, showing various landmarks and locations throughout the park. The Marin Headlands are in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, with many view points facing south to San Francisco.
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.
Now that the intense cleaning, cooking and visiting phase of Chinese New Year has passed, the Year of the Horse fun is off to a galloping start. From tonight
San Francisco is a chocoholic's dream. Here's a guide to the city's best chocolate, created by local chocolate manufacturers and chocolatiers.
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.
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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.
On San Francisco's June 3, 2014 ballot are a bond measure to improve fire & police facilities and a proposition to require voter approval of waterfront height increases.
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.
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.
Two of San Francisco Ballet's best dancers, including the ballerinas' favorite partner, are retiring. Their May 2014 farewell performance was soulful and stunning.
Map and directions to Albany Bulb and Eastshore State Park in Albany, California.
British artist David Hockney is an experimental workaholic whose creations include charcoal landscapes, iPad drawings and multi-screen videos. About 400 of them are on view at San Francisco's de Young.
In San Francisco, film screenings, a walk, fundraisers and special promotions are presented during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2013
Mid-March in San Francisco is a flurry of fun and fantasy, what with St. Patrick's Day, Pi Day, the annual Asian American film festival and SF Ballet's Cinderella.
San Francisco's popular Sunday Streets program kicks off its 2014 season with a car-free afternoon along the Embarcadero on March 9, 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.
Little-known Georgia O'Keeffe paintings, created before her Southwest life, are exhibited at San Francisco's de Young museum.
Events and ideas for celebrating Mother's Day 2013 in San Francisco, including brunches, performances, tours, cruises and comedy.
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.