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Places We Love

1090 Point Lobos Ave., Ocean Beach

Perched high above the cliffs near Ocean Beach, this fabled restaurant has been a favorite for generations of locals, tourists, foodies and history buffs since 1863. Actually made up of two restaurants, The Bistro and Sutro’s, you’ll be surrounded by stunning panoramic ocean views no matter where you dine. Learn more.

100 John F. Kennedy Dr., Golden Gate Park

Plant lovers should head to Golden Gate Park for a look inside the Conservatory of Flowers, a Victorian gem that boasts a bounty of botanical wonders, including an impressive collection of orchids. Admire summertime blooms like roses, hydrangeas and dahlias in the surrounding flowerbeds of Conservatory Valley. Learn more.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park

Soak up the ninth-floor observation level’s 360-degree views of downtown, the bay and beyond. Then, visit the de Young’s diverse collection of art, photography and textiles from the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Don’t miss the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, a special exhibit running April 8–Aug. 20 that celebrates the colorful counterculture born out of the summer of 1967 in San Francisco. Learn more.

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Legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who have all graced The Fillmore’s stage, solidifying its status as a historic music venue and lending rock ‘n’ roll cred to the surrounding area. The district is also a lively place to be during the Fillmore Jazz Festival and Salsa Festival on Fillmore in July. Learn more.

2 Beach St., Fisherman’s Wharf

Situated at the edge of PIER 39 on the waterfront, the Aquarium of the Bay lets visitors walk through mesmerizing underwater tunnels with leopard sharks, bat rays and schools of fish swimming overhead. Be sure to gush as North American river otters frolic about, and join in the naturalist-led “Otter Talks” to learn more about their playful ways. Learn more.

24 Willie Mays Plaza, Embarcadero/Financial District

Home to Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park offers daily ballpark tours for a behind-the-scenes look at the dugout, warning track, press box and other aspects of the three-time World Series champion’s facility. Relish the gorgeous bayside views throughout nine innings, then venture south to the Dogpatch neighborhood for a post-game nosh at cocktail bar Third Rail. Learn more.

Back in 1967, The Haight was the birthplace of American counterculture during the Summer of Love. Fifty years later, there are still traces of hippie vibes but the area has largely transformed with a mix of boutiques, trendy restaurants and chic cafes. Handcrafted cocktails and small plates are the draw at Upper Haight’s The Alembic, while Love on Haight is a top pick for tie-dyed board shorts and psychedelic fashion. Learn more.

Throughout the city

With nearby farms providing fresh produce year-round, farmers markets abound nearly every day of the week. One of the most well known is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, a perfect spot to grab lunch and snacks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Also on Saturdays, Alemany Farmers Market is often referred to as “the people’s market” for its friendly atmosphere and prices. Other favorites include the Heart of the City Farmers Market, Mission Community Market and Fort Mason Center Farmers Market. Learn more.

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Things We’re Excited About


Celebrate San Francisco’s mild summer days at a variety of al fresco events. Every Sunday from June 25–Aug. 27, the free Stern Grove Festival, now in its 80th season, features performances from classic talent amid the lush greenery at the Sigmund Stern Grove amphitheater. From Aug. 11–13, Golden Gate Park transforms into a music-lover’s paradise at the Outside Lands Festival, offering an impressive lineup of top-name performers and up-and-comers, as well as attractions focusing on food, wine, beer and stand-up comedy. The free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival runs every weekend May 7–Oct. 29, presenting musicians, dancers and other performers.


Run San Francisco at one of the city’s festive foot races. On May 21, the carnival-like Bay to Breakers winds its way through 12km of the city, starting at the Embarcadero and ending at the breakers of Ocean Beach. The San Francisco Marathon kicks off on July 21 with five different race options, ranging from a scenic 5K to one of the nation’s few urban Ultra Marathons (that’s 52.4 miles!). Or, show your team spirit in the Giant Race SF at AT&T Park on Aug. 27, the final leg in a series of races following the Giants to spring training. As summer ends, try one of the world’s most beautiful courses in Bridge to Bridge Run & Expo on Oct. 1.


Film buffs will delight in several world-class film festivals this season. Travel back in time to the birth of film with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theater, June 1–4. Organizers recently announced the rediscovery of Silence, a lost Cecil B. DeMille production that will premiere at this year’s event. If true-life drama is more your speed, don’t miss SF DocFest, a spirited and irreverent documentary-only fest that runs from June 1–15 at various venues. The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco at New People Cinema highlights the latest live-action and animated films from Japan and is a prominent feature of the J-Pop Summit. (Dates TBD.)


PIER 39 is celebrating its 39th birthday with 39 weeks of events, discounts, giveaways, theme parties and more. Every Friday throughout the summer, stop by PIER 39 for something special, including the Spring Wine Pour on May 19 and monthly, family-friendly Outdoor Movie Nights. The Fisherman’s Wharf attraction will incorporate another significant San Francisco birthday into the festivities on June 23 with the Summer of Love Dance Party.


See the first-ever comprehensive museum retrospective of illustrator Eyvind Earle’s distinctive style, featuring original artwork drawn from the full spectrum of his career (which included such classics as Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty). This extensive exhibit will be on view at The Walt Disney Family Museum, May 16, 2017–Jan. 8, 2018.


Through May 29, SFMOMA presents Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exploration of the influence of the great French modernist Henri Matisse on renowned Bay Area figurative painter Richard Diebenkorn. The exhibition’s collection of 40 works by Matisse and 60 by Diebenkorn underscore how Matisse fascinated and inspired Diebenkorn throughout his career.


Get a taste of San Francisco’s extraordinary food scene at one the summer’s popular culinary festivals. At Eat Drink SF, on Aug. 24–27, sample some of the city’s best food, wine and spirits at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. Discover diverse food trucks and street food vendors at Off the Grid, a quintessential San Francisco dining experience, every Friday from 5-10 p.m., also at Fort Mason. Or, enjoy an array of garlicky delights (including garlic ice cream) at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28–30.


In partnership with San Francisco Travel, The California Welcome Center at PIER 39 recently reopened in a new location with a brand-new look and feel. Stop by for valuable visitor info and resources, including maps, local tips, luggage storage and wheelchair and stroller rentals.

The city will be buzzing all season, so don’t miss out on any events. For detailed info, visit our events calendar.

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What’s New

San Francisco’s food scene is always hot and 2017 is no exception. With so many delicious restaurants scattered across the city, it can be hard to choose. Here are a few newcomers you need to check out this season.


2201 Fillmore St., Fillmore District

580 Hayes St., Civic Center/Hayes Valley

The popular Portland-based ice cream emporium is opening its first shops in San Francisco — one on Fillmore Street and a second in Hayes Valley. The local outposts feature decadent flavors such as almond brittle with salted ganache and sea salt with caramel ribbons, plus some new tasty concoctions created especially for the city. Part of the profits benefit local schools (so get two scoops).


2251 Market St., Castro/Noe Valley

Serving up mouth-watering comfort dishes ranging from Beet Blini with white sturgeon caviar to the popular Finn Burger, Finn Town is one of the Castro’s newest additions. (Top Chef alumnus Ryan Scott opened the tavern in December 2016.) Be sure to try their craft cocktails celebrating some of the personalities that have shaped San Francisco, including the “Call of the Wild” named for author Jack London or the “Milkman,” honoring Harvey Milk.


644 Broadway, Chinatown

Discover a curated market, lively café, craft cocktail bar, lounge and an elegant restaurant — all under one roof. China Live is a 30,000-square-foot project, offering a full culinary experience. Sip artisanal tea at the Oolong Café on the first floor before heading up to the Market Restaurant and Bar to feast on everything from dim sum and Chinese barbecue to noodle dishes and dessert. Or, dine at Eight Tables on the third floor to enjoy a seasonal eight-course Chinese tasting menu. Then stock up on specialty spices and cookware at the retail market to recreate the experience at home.


28 Fremont St., SoMa

From the owner of the popular Embarcadero-based Sens, this chic South of Market restaurant and wine bar draws inspiration from a variety of Mediterranean cuisines. You’ll find Turkish, Tunisian and Spanish influences scattered across Barcha’s menu. Come for the fresh apps, wraps and salads at lunch. Or, enjoy a wide array of happy hour tapas in the afternoon. Popular dishes include potato-and-feta croquettes in a creamy rouille sauce and warm flatbread with all manner of dips. Dinner focuses on mezze (small plates), so plan on tasting lots of different items.

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How To Celebrate The Summer Of Love 50th Anniversary

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Throughout 2017, San Francisco will revel in an exhilarating celebration of the most iconic cultural event in its history: the Summer of Love. In 1967, nearly 100,000 free-spirited adventurers congregated in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood near Golden Gate Park to join a cultural revolution that created some of the era’s most memorable music, art, fashion and literature. Wearing flowers in their hair, people danced through the streets, promoting peace and love. Their legacy remains, and five decades later San Francisco is paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with concerts, festivals and special exhibits. Here are some upcoming events you won’t want to miss this season.


May 13: Flowers in Your Hair Day

This is the 50th anniversary of the release of Scott McKenzie’s song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).” Activities celebrating the iconic song are being planned by United Airlines and San Francisco International Airport, along with other festivities to take place throughout San Francisco.

May 19–28: Summer of Love, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Smuin Contemporary Ballet

Celebrated choreographer Trey McIntyre pays tribute to the Summer of Love, and Garrett Ammon and Nicole Haskins tackle classical scores to contemporary, adventurous movement.

May 27–28: Carnaval San Francisco: El Corazon de San Pancho

Held over Memorial Day weekend, this event draws more than 400,000 revelers to the Mission District; the festivities this year will pay tribute to musical icons Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia.

June 6–19: The San Francisco Jazz Festival

Presenting 43 shows over 13 days at five different venues in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, this year’s festival will feature everything from jazz greats like Jack DeJohnette and Herb Alpert to today’s hottest names including Lizz Wright, Con Brio, Chris Potter, The Suffers and Bokanté, as well as upcoming stars.

June 7–July 2: A Night with Janis Joplin, American Conservatory Theater

The unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and Southern Comfort, made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock before her untimely death in 1970. A.C.T. presents an evening with the woman and her influences in the Bay Area premiere of the hit Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin at the Geary Theater.

June 16–18: Monterey International Pop Festival

During the 50th Anniversary, the Monterey International Pop Festival will be held on the same dates as it was in the Summer of Love. It will even be hosted on the same stage and feature tribute bands playing songs of the 1960s.

June 21: Summer Solstice at the Conservatory of Flowers

Working with Obscura Digital and Illuminate, the Conservatory of Flowers will become a Victorian glass and wood canvas for an ever-evolving artistic display. A lighting ceremony and celebration will be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21.

June 25–Aug. 27: Stern Grove Festival

An annual event featuring an eclectic mix of Bay Area musicians, the Stern Grove Festival, now in its 80th season, features talent amid the lush greenery at the Sigmund Stern Grove amphitheater.

July 1–2: Fillmore Jazz Festival

Held on Fillmore Street, one of the hotspots of the Summer of Love, this annual event showcases Bay Area jazz legends in an outdoor setting.

Aug. 6: Jerry Day

At the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, of course, the 15th Annual Jerry Day will allow you to listen to live music from bands that do great justice to Garcia’s songs. Attendees in years past claim that Jerry Day offers a good idea of what Grateful Dead concerts felt like during the Summer of Love.

Aug. 11–13: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Golden Gate Park transforms into a music-lover’s paradise at the annual Outside Lands Festival, offering an impressive lineup of top-name performers and up-and-comers, as well as attractions focusing on food, wine, beer and stand-up comedy.

June 11: Haight Ashbury Street Fair

San Francisco artists and musicians alike show off their skills every year at the Haight Ashbury Street Fair, where you can listen to live music, check out artwork and shop for clothes and housewares from local vendors.

June 23: Summer of Love Dance Party

PIER 39 is celebrating its 39th birthday with 39 weeks of events, discounts, giveaways, theme parties and more. The Fisherman’s Wharf attraction will incorporate the Summer of Love anniversary into its festivities with a special dance party featuring a Beatle’s cover band and more groovy stuff.

June 30–July 4: Marin County Fair

In 1967 the Summer of Love kicked off with a two-day concert on Mt. Tamalpais called the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival. This summer’s Marin County Fair will celebrate that 1967 spirit with the theme “Let the Funshine In” featuring music, art, fashion and more. There will be, as always, carnival rides, free concerts and fireworks every night.

Through May 21: Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This exhibit focuses on the art, design and architecture produced by counterculture artists during the ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Through June 17: Jim Marshall’s 1967, San Francisco City Hall

Presented in chronological order, this photography exhibition follows the artist as he shoots album covers for Jefferson Airplane, cavorts at home with Janis Joplin, stands in the middle of a mass of Hell’s Angels and gets impossibly close onstage with Jimi Hendrix.

Through Aug. 20: The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, de Young Museum

Featuring a wide array of psychedelic art, iconic posters, interactive music, light shows and out-of-this-world clothing produced by print studios, boutiques and workshops in the years surrounding the Summer of Love, this immersive exhibition celebrates the rebellious and colorful counterculture of San Francisco.

Through Aug. 27: Summer of Love: Jimi Hendrix, Museum of African Diaspora

As Hendrix walked out on stage at Monterey Pop in 1967, he was making his American rock and roll debut. This exhibition includes photos of Hendrix in 1967 and “The Jimi Hendrix Experience.”

May 12–Sept. 10: On the Road to the Summer of Love, California Historical Society

Guest-curated by Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally, this photographic exhibition showcases iconic images of the Summer of Love, produced by photographers who captured the look of a generation.

Through Sept. 27: Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love, GLBT History Museum

Exploring the LGBTQ community’s own simultaneous revolution, this exhibition profiles poets, philosophers, filmmakers and musicians integral to the era.

June 23–Oct. 1: Flower Power, Asian Art Museum

This exhibition of 40 masterworks epitomizes the expressive communicative power of flowers in Asian art and culture.

July 15–Oct. 29: 50th Anniversary of Love and Haight, San Francisco Public Library

See genuine artifacts from this time period, such as photographs and artwork as examples of the excitement surrounding the summer of 1967.

The festivities won’t end with summer. Find more ways to celebrate the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary throughout the year.

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Summer Of Love Tours


While the Summer of Love remains a key moment in history, the influence of it can be felt here and now through a variety of San Francisco tours. Whether by foot, Segway or VW van, experience this iconic summer with 10 groovy tours.


Did you know that local food co-ops were born out of the Summer of Love? Delve into one of the world’s best food scenes and hear the stories of restaurant owners, chefs and industry experts in San Francisco. Walking tours are available in iconic neighborhoods across the city including Haight-Ashbury.


Walk through the epicenter of the Summer of Love with Detour’s walking tour of the Haight, narrated by one of the activists who was at its center, Peter Coyote.


Two special Summer of Love tours have been added: the San Francisco Treasures includes a stop in North Beach to probe the origins of the Summer of Love. Parks & Coasts offers a stop in Golden Gate Park and drives by former homes of Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.


Follow in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead on the Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tours, touching on the history of it all, from rock and roll to art, fashion and architecture.


Experience this groovy era through a special tour, “Flashback: From the Summer of Love to the Winter of Discontent,” chronicling the highs of the summer of 1967 and the restlessness that followed. Learn about legendary musicians, activists and creators with this walking tour in the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.


This two-hour-plus adventure, aptly titled “Time Machine to the ‘60s,” is a mind-bending combination of theater, film, music and sightseeing that allows tour-goers to travel back in time to the summer of 1967.


The official Segway tours of Golden Gate Park, the birthplace of the Summer of Love, are fully narrated. The journey includes the eastern portion of the 1,017-acre park, including a ride down Hippie Hill and through Sharon Meadow, past the “Janis Joplin Tree.” Professional guides provide the history of this oasis in the city.


Ride a VW hippie bus with San Francisco Love Tours and experience how modern day San Francisco is infused with the spirit of the ‘60s.


Visit classic craft beer joints in the Haight-Ashbury and chat with some of the scene’s newest creative thinkers, flash back to the hippie Summer of Love, and taste samples of amazing local beer. Photo by San Francisco Love Tours


Take a walk on the wild side with Wild SF Walking Tours’ Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour, “A Musical Trip of The ‘60s,” led by passionate, local artist guides committed to sharing the stories of inspiring heroes and radical social history that define San Francisco.

To learn more about the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary celebrations, visit our website.

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Best Spots For Vegetarian Dining

For an authentic Summer of Love celebration, embrace the vegetarian lifestyle celebrated by many who gathered here 50 years ago. Delicious options abound, including these hot spots.


490 Pacific Ave., Embarcadero/Financial District

Enjoy Chef Michael Tusk’s excellent house-made pasta and seasonal takes on rustic Italian cuisine at this casual little sister to high-end (and adjoining) Quince. The raviolo di ricotta, with an egg inside, is a winner.


Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina/ Pacific Heights

This local institution serves up impressive fare in a spot overlooking the bay in historic Fort Mason. Spectacular views and service provide a perfect backdrop for dishes featuring fresh produce from the restaurant’s farm. Be sure to try the grilled cheese and apple sandwich or the delectable mushroom ravioli. Learn more.


55 Cyril Magnin St., Union Square

Not your run-of-the-mill Thai joint, Kin Khao offers authentic dishes rarely found outside of Thailand. Indulge in a fun cocktail before dinner — and the black rice pudding after.

Find more vegetarian dining options on our website.

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Where To Cool Off

Nothing says summer like ice cream, and no place in the world has ice cream like San Francisco. From simple vanilla to adventurous flavors you never would’ve imagined, here’s the scoop on where to find great ice cream during your visit.


922 North Point St., Fisherman’s Wharf

Ghirardelli is a San Francisco institution dating back to 1852 when they started producing their eponymous chocolate treats. These days, they’re also home to some of the city’s most decadent ice cream sundaes. Be sure to try the Treasure Island Sundae which features warm brownies.


3692 18th St., Mission District

550 Divisadero St., Haight-Ashbury

When the sun is shining, expect to see a line form outside of Bi-Rite because this ice cream is a favorite among locals. It’s so popular you might also see people waiting in line when the sun isn’t shining.


520 Columbus Ave., North Beach

North Beach might be San Francisco’s own Little Italy, but there wasn’t much gelato to be found in the neighborhood until Naia’s owners decided to start making their own. Now, having studied with master artisans in Italy, they make small batches of flavors by hand.


699 22nd St., Mission District

Started by a couple who have as much experience working at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago as they have amazing tattoos (i.e. a lot), this small shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood serves up fresh, creative flavors until they run out. Then they restock with different flavors! So, you might need to stop by more than once during your stay.

This is just a taste of the amazing ice cream offered locally. Find more recommendations by neighborhood on our website.

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Where To Enjoy A Sunny Day

When the sun is out, San Franciscans flock to the city’s more than 220 parks and open spaces. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a beautiful day in Golden Gate Park or want to find a picture-perfect spot for a picnic, here are some top ways to soak up some famous California sunshine.

With more than 1,000 acres of exquisite gardens, world-class museums and even roaming buffalo, Golden Gate Park offers endless sunny-day fun. By foot, by bike or by boat, don’t miss an opportunity to explore these must-see attractions.

The de Young Museum showcases an extraordinary collection of American and international art, and the ninth-floor observation tower reveals breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Just across the Music Concourse (which hosts free summer concerts on Sundays), the California Academy of Sciences has an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one roof.

A Golden Gate Park landmark since 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers is an architectural gem housing rare tropical flowers, while the San Francisco Botanical Garden offers manicured footpaths through 8,000 types of plants from around the world. Explore pagodas, torii (gates) and a 1.5-ton Buddha at the Japanese Tea Garden, where fortune cookies were first served (and can still be enjoyed).

Hippie Hill got its name from the flower children who flocked here in the 1960s, and on a sunny day, it’s still great for people-watching to the beat of drum circles.

Rent a rowboat to explore the lush greenery, stone bridges and waterfalls of Stow Lake. At the center, Strawberry Hill provides views as far as Mt. Tamalpais and the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch buffalo roam at the Buffalo Paddock, a safe, open habitat that has housed these majestic beasts for over 100 years.

At the park’s western edge, don’t miss the iconic Dutch and Murphy Windmills. Cap off your day at the Beach Chalet with cold drinks and snacks; the Pacific Ocean views are on the house.

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Whether sun is in the forecast or summer fog has rolled in, San Francisco offers postcard-worthy views for enjoying a picnic. Gather the goods and head to one of these spots for an al fresco lunch you won’t soon forget.

The Presidio

Not only does this scenic area surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge offer iconic views, there are great family attractions nearby to make a day of it. Battery East, a grass-covered, earthen-work fortification built in the 1870s, offers pristine vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge — especially when the fog rolls in. Snag a picnic table and watch the curtains part on one of nature’s most dramatic scenes.

At laid-back Crissy Field, bayside picnic tables at West Bluff and East Beach provide some of the most remarkable bridge, bay and city views to be found. Nearby, the Walt Disney Family Museum makes a perfect post-picnic activity, with movies, listening stations and interactive exhibitions exploring the life and work of the man behind the mouse.

From mid-March through October, Presidio Picnic features the best of the Bay Area food scene from Off the Grid as well as lawn games, music and crafts for the kids in the Main Parade Ground. Be sure to check out the new Presidio Welcome Center, too.

East Fort Baker

This secluded area just across the Golden Gate Bridge is often sunny when the western park areas are fogged in. Grassy parade grounds and coastal bluffs create a protected picnic spot that’s out of the wind, but still offers uninterrupted views. Stick around to explore the fishing pier, historic brick fortifications and Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mt. Tamalpais

The summit of Mt. Tamalpais offers 360-degree views of the entire Bay Area that’ll feel like a picnic on top of the world. The meadows, grasslands and forests at lower elevations are sometimes enveloped in a dreamlike fog, with other peaks poking through. You’ll find numerous trailheads, scenic overlooks and two drive-in picnic areas.

Get more great San Francisco picnic ideas here.

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How To Show Your Pride In San Francisco

From the rainbow flags on street poles to the giant pink triangle atop Twin Peaks, the gayest city in the galaxy is ready for Pride, a month-long celebration culminating on the last weekend in June. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Diversity,” but after the judicial triumphs that characterized years past, visitors should expect a feisty atmosphere with a lot of politicized banners and fists in the air. (This is San Francisco, after all.)

The Day of the Parade

Led by Dykes on Bikes, the official Pride parade commences Sunday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Market and Beale streets downtown. The parade is free with a suggested donation. Note: Visibility on sidewalks can be challenging for late arrivals. Tickets for limited grandstand seats are for sale.

Other Community Marches

Smaller, more manageable, and generally more political in nature, the Trans March (Friday, June 23) and Dyke March (Saturday, June 24) take place in the Mission — exact routes TBD — catering to demographics that haven’t always been represented elsewhere. The official Pride organization also stages rallies and performances Saturday afternoon at Civic Center. Note: Pink Saturday, the eve-of-Pride street party in the Castro formerly staged by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, no longer occurs.

Frameline 41 Film Festival

San Francisco is fortunate to host the world’s preeminent LGBTQ film festival (June 15–25, mostly at the Castro and Roxie Theaters). Forty-one years on, Frameline comprises 11 days of urgent political documentaries, erotic short films and poignant features covering every conceivable subculture, with a strong international bent. Even if you were raised on an all-queer commune in Provincetown, you will learn a great deal — and rush lines at most sold-out screenings enable access for out-of-town visitors.

Being an Outstanding Straight Supporter

Pride is a party, so the line between spectator and participant isn’t sharply defined. You don’t need to be LGBTQ to have fun: Wear bright colors, accept hugs from strangers and marvel at the polychromatic breadth of the human experience. Just remember to ask before taking people’s pictures and don’t lose all your inhibitions.

GLBT History Museum

Be sure to include a visit to the GLBT History Museum which collects, preserves and promotes an active knowledge of the history, art and culture of sexually diverse communities in Northern California and beyond.

Don’t Forget a Sweater

June in the Bay Area can be chilly, especially in the afternoon. While packing your ostrich-plume headdress, don’t neglect that practical fleece!

To learn more about this year’s Pride festivities, visit our website.

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Where To Drink

From urban wineries in the city to unique craft distilleries across the bay, experience San Francisco’s exceptional local wine and spirits with these tours and tastings.

If you can’t make it up to wine country on your trip, let wine country come to you. San Francisco and its surrounding area is home to a variety of urban wineries featuring wine tastings and educational winemaking demonstrations. Here are four not-to-miss wine experiences. Learn More.

Bluxome Street Winery

53 Bluxome St., SoMa

With a focus on wines sourced from the Russian River Valley, Bluxome Street Winery offers half a dozen different wines by the glass, as well as three flights. Enjoy sipping a glass while watching winemakers at work. Visit on a Friday night when the space transforms into a food fiesta with rotating food trucks, wines paired to match the evening’s cuisine and local bands. Or, you can stop by their heritage-brick tasting room in Ghirardelli Square.

The Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln., SoMa/Yerba Buena

The Press Club is one of the best spots in the city to taste a variety of wines, not only from California but many regions throughout the world. With over 300 bottles ranging from a $38 Mercat Cava to a $660 Sine Qua Non’s 2008 Grenache “Duel,” they have a wine to please all palates and pocketbooks. To enjoy an educational tasting, visit on the last Thursday of each month when you can sip alongside one of the winemakers.

JAX Vineyards

326 Brannan St., SoMa

Located just two blocks from AT&T Ballpark, JAX Vineyards is a wine country oasis in the heart of SoMa. Discover an array of varietals from a portfolio crafted by renowned winemaker Kirk Venge. Stop by during their popular happy hour, Tuesday–Friday, for specials on a glass, flight or bottle.

Rock Wall Wine Company

2301 Monarch St., Alameda

Experience breathtaking views of San Francisco’s skyline from the tasting deck of Rock Wall Wine Company. Housed in a converted 40,000 square-foot WWII-era airplane hangar, this urban winery offers tastings seven days a week and a great happy hour Monday to Friday. Founded by father-daughter duo Kent and Shauna Rosenblum—heavy hitters in the Bay Area's winemaking scene—Rock Wall features a wide variety of red, white and sparkling wines. Be sure to try the Grenache Rosé or one of their delicious Zinfandels.

Tradition meets innovation in San Francisco’s growing craft spirits scene. Taste grain-to-glass goodness at the city’s popular bars. Or, experience the distilling process firsthand with an informative tour at one these top-notch distilleries across the bay. Learn More.

Hangar One Vodka Distillery

2505 Monarch St., Alameda

Sample handcrafted spirits while enjoying a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay from a WWII-era hangar. Hangar One’s distillery tour is a truly interactive experience, plus you can try the Distiller’s Exclusive line, a rotating small-batch collection only available in their tasting room.

Anchor Distilling Company

1705 Mariposa St., Potrero Hill

Iconic for their beer, the Anchor Brewing Company is also the home of Anchor Distilling Company, which boasts a unique portfolio of international spirits. Book a one-hour tasting, where you’ll stroll through an edible roof garden and taste gin, whiskey and vodka from 23 different countries.

Sutherland Distilling Company

3189 Independence Dr., Livermore

Sutherland’s Diablo’s Shadow Vodka gets its name from corn sourced at the foot of Mt. Diablo. Their Silver Rum gets its sweetness from 100% Morena cane sugar. You can taste both — and take a tour — at this popular Livermore distillery. You’ll also learn how recycled materials are used in their distilling process, including barrel racks and work tables made from reclaimed old- growth Douglas Fir lumber.

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Where To Have Your Last Meal

In a city full of world-class restaurants, choosing only one for your last night in San Francisco seems nearly impossible. Let these recommendations from local foodies make your decision a little more palatable.

I’d start at Bix for a martini paired with potato pillows with creme fraiche and American sturgeon caviar, then move on to the House of Prime Rib for the end cut. (The secret is to ask for the pink peppercorn horseradish sauce, which is not on the menu.) Top it off with champagne and a soufflé at Gary Danko.

JACK: Tadich Grill in the Financial District…the surf and turf, oysters Rockefeller and salad on the side, a cocktail or a glass of wine.

JANE: I’ll take the wild mushroom ravioli at Greens!

I would want a burrito at El Toro, possibly followed by tacos at Cancun.

Either the cassoulet or a mushroom crepe from Café Bastille. Add a double espresso (or two) and a crème brulee!

I’ll pick Las Tinajas to eat a giant nacatamal made by Nicaraguans.

It would have to be Hana Japanese Restaurant. I have profound respect for Chef Ken Tominaga, so I’d completely leave it in his hands and do an omakase menu.

Capital Restaurant is the place Chinese Americans flock to for down-home meals that remind us of what mom made at home. Make sure you try the salt and pepper chicken wings.

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Reasons To See And Do More

One of the best things about summertime in San Francisco is the variety of adventures waiting to be discovered within a short drive of the city. Whether you want an inspiring hike, gourmet treats paired with breathtaking scenery, or an epic outdoor adventure, you’ll find it all beyond San Francisco.

There’s a unique quality to the sunlight as it cuts through the towering stands of coastal redwoods at Muir Woods, the 554-acre protected forest eight miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. You might even think there’s something familiar about it — even if it’s your first visit — because the lush landscape was used as a setting for films like Return of the Jedi (the Ewok village) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. You’ll find a variety of hiking trails, or consider booking a guided tour. But, be advised, in 2017, the National Park Service is instituting a reservation system to help reduce over-crowding. So, be sure to plan ahead.

Outdoor lovers around the world know Yosemite, but if you’ve never been, it’s hard to explain how much more epic the park is in person compared to its breathtaking photos. Whether you’re seeking an unforgettable adventure or just want to soak in its beauty, a trip to Yosemite is bucket-list-worthy. But, there is even more to see and do just beyond the park in Tuolumne County. From pristine campsites and panoramic views in the Stanislaus National Forest to rafting trips on the Tuolumne or Merced Rivers (that go from float boats to class 5 whitewater), there’s a bounty of nature’s majesty waiting to be discovered.

If your idea of roughing it doesn’t actually reach the level of sleeping outdoors, there are still plenty of ways to make the most of summer without sacrificing all the creature comforts. In Napa Valley, you can pack a gourmet picnic and head to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park for a hike among redwood trees. Or, in Sonoma County, discover a unique pygmy forest at Salt Point State Park, where fully mature trees are miniature versions (only a few feet tall) due to the acidity of the soil. Of course, both locales offer a plethora of wine tasting and other culinary delights once you’ve gotten your fill of fresh air.

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A Road Trip To Monterey County

If you’ve never driven down Highway One from San Francisco to Monterey County, then you’re missing out on one of the most iconic and scenic drives you’ll find anywhere in America. Curious? Here are a few must-sees along the route.

Stop 1

Leave early and head south. When I-280 and Highway One split, you’ll trace the coastline for some epic Pacific views. Make a stop in Santa Cruz to stretch your legs with a stroll along the beach boardwalk.

Stop 2

Continue south from Santa Cruz County to Monterey County and make a stop at the Moss Landing State Beach. You’ll find sea lions, seals, pelicans and other local fauna hanging out at the public pier and adjacent sand jetty.

Stop 3

As the road continues inland to Castroville, you’ll see fields of spiky-looking plants on either side of the road. Welcome to artichoke country. We recommend pulling over to sample one from a farm stand (many will fry them up for you on the spot).

Stop 4

Hop off Highway One at the Pacific Grove/Del Monte Avenue exit and spend some time exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and the city of Monterey. Along the waterfront, you’ll find delicious restaurants, the Custom House Plaza (California’s first designated state landmark), and a chance to spot adorable otters paddling around on their backs.

Stop 5

If you continue down Highway One, you’ll find the luxurious enclave of Carmel. You may need more than one day to explore all of it.

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Beach Blanket Babylon


"Beach Blanket Babylon," San Francisco’s hilarious pop-culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating over 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!

“Beach Blanket Babylon” follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Vladimir Putin, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Adele, Hamilton, Kellyanne Conway, Darth Vadar (Steve Bannon), Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Prince, Ivanka Trump, Bernie Sanders, Kim Kardashian and Kanye, Hillary Clinton and Bill, Oprah and the San Francisco Giants.
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The Westin St. Francis


Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis Union Square is a vibrant, iconic destination in San Francisco. We are the only hotel directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside our doors. All of the city’s best shopping, theatre, nightlife and dining options are just steps away, and we are only a short walk from the Financial District, Chinatown and Moscone Convention Center.

Experience San Francisco like it's 1967 with our Summer of Love Package. Save up to 10% and explore the de Young Museum’s the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll with two exclusive VIP tickets.

Book a stay at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square today and take advantage of this great offer.

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Stanford Court


Stanford Court pushes the envelope for boutique hotels by catering to the ever-evolving digital age while maintaining classic standards in hospitality and travel. Guided by the concept “where tomorrow meets yesterday” Stanford Court strives to integrate Nob Hill’s grand history with the innovative and tech focused spirit of today’s San Francisco.

Our hilltop location provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Nob Hill is among the most historically rich and attractive neighborhoods in San Francisco, but it’s only a small piece of Stanford Court’s advantageous positioning. Stay in the center of it all, with the city’s most intriguing neighborhoods right at your doorstep. Eat, drink, shop and immerse yourself in local culture and come back to enjoy some of the city's best accommodations and amenities.

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The Westin San Francisco Airport


Ideally located just minutes from San Francisco International Airport with easy access to the Bay Area, you'll enjoy complimentary SFO Airport shuttle service and modern accommodations at both Aloft San Francisco Airport and The Westin San Francisco Airport hotels.

Aloft San Francisco Airport – Stay in one of our loft-inspired guest rooms and enjoy music and signature sips at our W XYZ® bar, fast and free WiFi, and free bottled water.

The Westin San Francisco Airport - Full-service Westin hotel featuring refreshing accommodations, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and business center, and contemporary California cuisine at Grill & Vine Restaurant.

Book a stay at our SPG® San Francisco Airport hotels, and take advantage of savings up to 15% throughout summer and fall.

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Tilden Hotel


Calling all flower children: Tilden Hotel is offering 15% off three nights in our San Francisco accommodations during the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary.
Our exclusive San Francisco hotel deal also includes your choice of a $50 hotel credit, or up to two passes to the Summer of Love Experience at the de Young Museum. This special exhibition offers an in-depth look at the art, fashion and music of the counterculture during the summer of 1967. Pretty groovy, right?

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Espetus, San Francisco’s original Brazilian churrascaria, opened its first location in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley in the fall of 2003. In Espetus’ uniquely traditional atmosphere, a parade of meats is continuously offered and carved tableside by chefs, called “gauchos” in deference to churrasco’s cowboy beginnings on the open plains of Brazil in the 1700s. Fourteen signature cuts of beef, pork, chicken, lamb and shrimp are grilled over a mesquite charcoal open flame, giving Espetus the authentic gaucho taste other Bay Area churrascarias are missing. This is served alongside a variety of fresh seasonal salads and hot dishes that reflect the bounty of Brazilian cuisine. You will be transported to Brazil with an authentic experience.

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