Outdoor and Virtual Things to Do in San Francisco (or at Home)
Like you, we were all excited to put 2020 behind us and start the new year by getting back to the quintessential San Francisco experiences we've missed so much. Unfortunately, we're still in the grips of our ongoing pandemic, and it's in everyone's best interest to keep much of the city shut down until further notice.
However, that does not mean that you can't experience all the great things San Francisco has to offer. Whether you're a local or an admirer from far way, we've got a whole host of ways that you can safely see, taste, hear, and even smell the best of San Francisco. And if you are a Bay Area local, then you should definitely take advantage of these new hotel deals and spend time in the City by the Bay.
Bookmark this page, as we'll be adding more activities to it on a regular basis!
A Note About Safety
Be advised that for any in-person events, participants are obligated to follow the vendor's safety protocols. Failure to do so may result in being asked to leave without a refund.
Experience Venetian Winter Carnivale at the Claremont Hotel & Spa - February 27 (How to Visit Safely)
The Claremont Hotel & Spa invites you a free Venetian carnivale experience on Feb. 27. Come in your own Venetian-inspired costume, stroll the Claremont's Venetian street scene, and sit in a real gondola for a unique photo opportunity. The event begins at noon.
Book A Private Tour of San Francisco with Fogcutter Tours (How to Visit Safely) - March 1
Fogcutter Tours reopens March 1, City regulations permitting. The team at Fogcutter crafts one adventure per day for one small group (six guests maximum) The itinerary is open, though you can always count on visiting classic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
Group reservations cost $500. Schedule yours here
Explore the Bay Area on a Custom Spark Experiences Tour (How to Visit Safely) - March 1
Spark Experiences's friendly local experts guide you through the best of San Francisco and the Bay Area on your very own 100% private, custom adventure! Perfect for a special celebration or just a welcome change of scenery, each experience is tailored to the guest, be they curious young professionals or families seeking quality time. Enjoy our clean, sanitary and environmentally friendly Tesla Model X vehicle. We observe local safety protocols, distancing and best practices for your safety and ours. Price varies by destination.
Tune In to A Virtual Play Reading with A.C.T. - March 1 to 7
San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater is launching A.C.T. Out Loud, a new series of virtual play readings featuring enduring works by some of the greatest minds of generations past. The first will be Alice Childress's "Trouble In Mind", available for viewing from Mar. 1 to 7. Tickets for this reading and other performances are available here.
Experience "We The People" at City Hall - March 2 to 7
Light art is everywhere in San Francisco, and now a special installation is coming to beautiful City Hall. "We The People", by Bay Area artist Jock McDonald, will be projected 40 feet high on the Polk St. side of City Hall each night this week. This artwork celebrates community, diversity, and compassion—all things San Francisco is know for.
Learn About Local Women Artists of Color with Creativity Explored - March 8
In honor of International Women’s Day, Bay Area painter Chelsea Wong, art consultant Donna Enad Napper (Art Consulting Services), and curator Maria Jenson (Executive Director, SOMArts) come together to think critically about the ways art by women of color is represented in our modern institutions, particularly in the Bay Area. Join the discussion at 6 p.m. on Mar. 8. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.Join the conversation as these influential women discuss their expertise and experiences creating social change through the arts.
Immerse Yourself in Audio Drama "Interlude" with the New Conservatory Theatre Center - March 1 to 24
In this world premiere by Harrison David Rivers, protagonist Jesse Howard’s must return to his childhood home in Kansas and his conservative parents amidst the pandemic. An audio drama that blends with a visual storyscape for a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, "Interlude" is a personal and tender snapshot of one man’s search for connection. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish, starting at $0.
Explore Sonoma County with Pure Luxury Transportation - (How to Visit Safely) - Mar. 6
Let the team at Pure Luxury show you the best of Sonoma. Your private excursion begins at the Kunde Family Estate, followed by stops at Ledson Winery and VJB Winery. The tour costs $189 per person and groups are limited to 4 people. Book your group today!
Dive Deep Into the Ring Cycle with San Francisco Opera - March 6
Throughout the month of March, San Francisco Opera will present a Ring Festival, featuring free streams of the 2018 performances of Richard Wagner's epic, 15-hour Ring cycle (four operas) and live events, including panel discussions and lectures. Wagner’s Ring cycle remains one of the most ambitious and all-encompassing works of art ever created. All live events take place on Zoom, allowing participants the opportunity to ask questions of the artists and presenters. The opera performances can be enjoyed for free; the lecture and events cost $15.
Explore History and Nature on Alcatraz Island - March 12 (How to Visit Safely)
Visitors will be able to return to infamous Alcatraz as on Feb. 19. The tour will be somewhat limited, due to certain COVID-19 restrictions. For more details about what to expect, and to purchase your tickets, click here.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Taste Catering's Irish Cocktail Class - Mar. 13
Learn to make three Irish-themed cocktails at this social happy hour (ingredients included for pick up or delivery). In partnership with Taste Catering, the class is paired with Irish-themed snacks. The fun begins at 5 p.m. on Mar. 13. Cocktail kits range from $115 to $165. Order by Mar. 10!
Explore Napa Valley with Pure Luxury Transportation - (How to Visit Safely) - Mar. 27
Pure Luxury's exclusive Explore Napa Valley Wine Tour Package starts with a tasting of wines created from grapes grown in Certified Sustainable vineyards at one of the most awarded wineries in California: Napa Valley’s Beringer Vineyards. Additional stops include Cornerstone Cellars and Clif Family Winery. The tour costs $168 per person and groups are limited to 4 people. Book your group today!
Explore the Presidio (How to Visit Safely)
Parks are vital to our health and well-being, especially in stressful times, and the Presidio of San Francisco has remained open for essential access to outdoor space, fresh air, recreation, nature and scenic views. The Presidio has 24 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of biking trails ,as well as three miles of scenic coastline, multiple picnic areas, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Presidio Slow Streets allow for even more socially distant space for pedestrians and bikers. Self-guided tours include an Andy Goldsworthy Art Walk and the Tennessee Hollow Watershed Walk. Presidio Golf is open for play, and the Presidio’s lodging is open for essential travelers.
For those who can’t get to the park, Presidio at Home allows you to experience the park wherever you are.
See Magnificent Magnolias Bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens (How to Visit Safely)
Visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden and see their beautiful and historic magnolias in bloom, now through March. With over 200 specimens to see, San Francisco's cool foggy climate gives the Botanical Garden the ability to grow species from Asia to the Neotropics, and positions the Garden as the perfect place for preserving rare and threatened species.
Peak bloom comes in February, but there's no bad time to visit. The Garden is also piloting a virtual map feature that will allow visitors to learn more about the history, distribution, and conservation of special specimens in the Garden.
Admission is free for San Francisco residents and ranges from $3 to $21 for non-residents.
Visit Jack London State Park in Sonoma County (How to Visit Safely)
North of the city in Sonoma County lies Jack London State Park, where more than 29 miles of trails that roam through mixed forests, redwood groves, oak woodlands, and grassy meadows await exploration. The elevation varies from 600 to 2,300 feet, meaning you can get quite the workout! Free docent-guided tours are available, as well as private group and specialty tours. Horseback riding will return in the spring. There is a $10 vehicle entry fee.
Take A Segway Tour with the San Francisco Electric Tour Company (How to Visit Safely)
The San Francisco Electric Tour Company is offering private group Segway tours for two to eight guests, beginning at their Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Park locations. All tours are operated under their #safetour program with best procedures for safe distancing, clean facilities, masks required for everyone and sanitized equipment. All private group tour participants must be in the same immediate family or COVID-safe bubble. Tours are available for booking Thursdays through Sundays, at 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Registration cost ranges from $105 to $150 per person.
Enjoy A Discounted Biking Excursion from Blazing Saddles and GetYourGuide (How to Bike Safely)
Experience the best of the bay with this exclusive combination tour package. Your half-day adventure begins with a guided bicycle tour through San Francisco, beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito. The guided portion of the tour ends here, but your all-day bike rental allows you to keep exploring at your leisure. Once you’re done criss-crossing through Sausalito, hop back on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco. Vouchers for food and drink included. For those that want to Blaze Their Own Trail, daily bicycle rentals are available, as well. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, ride along the Embarcadero or explore Golden Gate Park on your own.
Take a Private Tour With Incredible Adventures (How to Visit Safely)
Incredible Adventures is ready to help you make memories with your friends and family to last a lifetime. Leave the planning and driving to them, and let them take you to enjoy our beautiful Bay Area backyard in both a safe and sustainable way.
This spring, they recommend taking a day to explore Wine Country with your closest friends. Visit as many wineries as you’d like, indulge in a local and fresh picnic lunch, and then drop you back off in San Francisco at the end of the day. Alternatively, gather up your family and embark on a custom tour of Muir Woods, Yosemite National Park or even on a camping trip to Lake Tahoe. Book a tour.
Let Extranomical Tours Guide You on Your Own Driving Tour of San Francisco - (How to Visit Safely)
Explore San Francisco at your own pace from the comfort of your own vehicle. Extranomical Tours's new GPS-activated audio app will play through your phone or car audio system, covering major sights like Coit Tower, PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, and more. It includes interviews with local guides and fun nuggets of local history. The pause and play feature allows users to start the tour at any time and go at their own pace. The app costs $5.99.
Take A Private Wine, Beer, or Cannabis Tour with Green Dream Tours (How to Visit Safely)
Indulge yourself—safely and legally—with one of these custom excursions from Green Dream Tours. Their wine tours will take you to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Their San Francisco craft beer tours include visits to and tours of breweries. And their cannabis tours will help you gain a deeper understanding of the burgeoning cannabis industry from an insider's point of view. Tours range in price from $99 to $199.
Peddle Around the City with Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours - (How to Bike Safely)
Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours offers bike rentals for all ages, levels and rider types. They always provide high quality bikes and expert, local advice on where to ride, sightsee, and enjoy being outdoors in San Francisco. Rentals start at $32.
Explore Golden Gate Park with Extranomical Tours - (How to Visit Safely)
Download Extranomical Tours's new Golden Gate Park audio tour and let a local storyteller lead you on a fascinating journey that's part-tour, part-scavenger hunt. You'll take on the role of an Alcatraz escapee who must navigate the park to find the keys to your freedom. The tour costs $9.99.
Rent A Bike with Unlimited Biking (How to Bike Safely)
Unlimited Biking is offering bike rentals for the entire day for only $20. Cannondale hybrid bikes come with helmets, bike bags, locks and maps. Upgrades to eBikes, road bikes, or any baby/kids attachments available!
Explore Bay Area Backgrounds on a Motorcycle Tour with Native Moto Adventures - (How to Ride Safely)
Fresh air and "knees in the breeze" is the cure for COVID-induced confinement. Native Moto Adventures' one-day tours are six full hours of guaranteed fun that will bring a smile to your face and help you discover roads even long time locals haven't ridden. Enjoy lunch at legendary California biker stops and many scenic photo stops. Certain restrictions apply. Guests must be licensed motorcycle riders.
Arts & Culture
Meet the Artists at SFMOMA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is committed to partnering with the most forward-thinking artists of our time and bringing their visions to life. Many of these artists share their creative process and their stories in their own words through the museum's collection of artist interviews. The entire collection is available online for you to view anytime at no cost.
Enjoy San Francisco Opera at Home
San Francisco Opera offers free streams of past performances through their website each weekend. Upcoming streaming performances include Verdi’s "Falstaff" (February 27–28). Access to on-demand streams are free with registration. Performances are available beginning at 10 a.m. PT on the first day of streaming through 11:59 pm PT the following day.
Stream Classical Concerts with the San Francisco Symphony
The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony has launched its own on-demand streaming service, SFSymphony+. It will feature exclusive original digital content, as well as previously released programs, newly recorded chamber music performances, and the Symphony’s 2021 Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration. Some offerings will be free. For more information, click here.
Explore the Weird and Wonderful Gregangelo Museum - (How to Visit Safely)
Embark upon the "Riddle of the Sphinx" tour at San Francisco's Gregangelo Museum, available in person every Thursday - Saturday, at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. The tour will take you through three outside garden areas with a variety of art installations. Immerse yourself with art, stories, and riddle-solving in order to go to your next adventure. This experience is designed for your personal pods, is entirely outside, and is COVID-19 compliant. Schedule your tour.
Decorate Cookies at The Claremont Club & Spa (How to Visit Safely)
Every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. PT this February, you can practice your finest culinary skills with the bakery team at The Claremont Club & Spa and their partners at East Bay Provisions. This seasonal cookie decorating workshop is held safely outdoors. Admission is $35. Reserve your spot today.
Shop Fresh and Shop Local at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile
Explore the weekly Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara streets in the Outer Sunset. This festive, family-friendly outdoor market features local farmers, ranchers, food trucks, makers, merchants, live music and children's activities—all spread out over two long blocks to allow for safe distancing. Face coverings and frequent hand-sanitizing/washing a must.