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What's New - May/June 2016

“What’s New in San Francisco” is compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and a list of “Recent and Coming Attractions” are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website



June 17–Sept. 18, 2016 - Asian Art Museum Serves Up a Sumptuous Summer of Pork

An icon in its homeland, the celebrated Qing-dynasty “Meat-shaped stone” will make its U.S. debut this June in the Asian Art Museum’s summer blockbuster, Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei (June 17–Sept 18). 

The stone — a hunk of jasper carved and dyed to resemble a portion of braised pork belly fresh from the pot — exemplifies how food, just like art, is a beautiful way to share culture. 

In tribute to this “Priceless Pork Belly,” 13 San Francisco chefs, including Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s, Anthony Myint of Mission Chinese, and Michelle Mah of The Slanted Door, have created signature pork belly dishes inspired by the uniquely appealing masterpiece. These dishes will be featured in their restaurants for a month-long porkfest starting June 17. 

Diners can also celebrate pork at two special events hosted at the museum which explore the connections between art and cuisine: 

Tasting Menu: The Chairman on June 23, 6:30–9 p.m.

PORK on July 7, 6–9 p.m.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3560, [email protected].

Early Bird Tickets Now Available for Eat Drink SF, Aug. 25–28, 2016   

Eat Drink SF, San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), launched Early Bird ticket sales on May 9. Eat Drink SF, Aug. 25-28, 2016 celebrates the Bay Area’s world-class chefs and restaurants through four days of curated events and elevated culinary programming.

Throughout the weekend, more than 160 restaurants participate and guests will enjoy bites as well as unlimited pours of beverages from more than 70 bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Festival weekend kicks off with Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila, a unique taco battle entering its second year at the Folsom Street Foundry on Aug. 25.

This year, Eat Drink SF has added a special Grand Tasting on Aug. 28, to celebrate the GGRA’s 80th anniversary and honor the legacy restaurants that have been open for 25 years or more in the Bay Area, such as Scoma's, Sutro's at the Cliff House, and Goat Hill Pizza. Additionally, the San Francisco Brewers Guild will be pouring local craft beers at all Grand Tastings in a dedicated beer garden at “Backyard Bites”.

Early Bird tickets are available for purchase at, starting at $75.  Media contacts: Shawna Sund and Danielle Logan, 415-274-2510, [email protected] and [email protected]

San Francisco Breweries Launch Free Brews & Baseball Shuttle

Local breweries near AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, have always been popular watering holes for baseball fans prior to games. Now there’s an easy way to visit more breweries and enjoy a wide variety of great local beer without having to worry about public transit or the cost of ride sharing.   

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Harmonic Brewing and Triple Voodoo Brewing have launched a free Brews & Baseball Shuttle to Friday night Giants games this season. The shuttle is operated by SF Adventure Tours and will begin on May 20, 2016. 

The Brews & Baseball Shuttle is free for any rider holding proof of a same day Giants game ticket. It will run from 3:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. prior to each Friday night home game. Riders can hop on or hop off at any brewery location or Pier 48 near AT&T Park. The shuttle will arrive every 30 minutes and run on the following dates during the 2016 season.

  • May 20
  • June 10, 24
  • July 8, 9
  • August 12, 19, 26
  • September 16, 30

For more information about the Brews & Baseball Free Shuttle, including a route map, posters and postcards can be found at each participating brewery or visit  Media contact: Brian Stechschulte, 415-642-3371, ext.1011, [email protected]

Presidio Twilight Returns, Presented by Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust

Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust have announced the return of Presidio Twilight.   As Thursday night’s counterpart to Sunday’s Presidio Picnic, Presidio Twilight is back for the fourth year, offering visitors a unique way to experience the beautiful Presidio with a large selection of street food for which Off the Grid is known. Presidio Twilight takes place on the lush Main Parade Ground of the Presidio, providing visitors with gorgeous views of the former military base and the San Francisco Bay. As always, cabanas and fire pits will be set up on the lawn and are available to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis at no cost. This year’s Presidio Twilight will feature live music and delicious food and beverage from vendors such as An the Go, Lobsta Truck, Cheese Gone Wild, Moonraker Mobile, Bombzies BBQ, Johnny Doughnuts, Anzu to You, Me So Hungry Too, Southern Comfort Kitchen, Mozzeria, Chairman Truck, Taco Guys, The Sweet Spot and Korean Bobcha.

For more information, visit Media contact: Taylor Tolbert, 415-274-2510, [email protected] 

Tony Gemignani Claims 12th World Champion Title at the 25th Annual World Pizza Championships

Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, became the first American to ever win top honors in the Pizza In Pala division at the 25th annual World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy and claimed his12th world pizza championship. 

“I’m beyond excited to take this title home for the U.S. and my team, The World Pizza Champions™,” explained Gemignani. “It was such a surreal experience to hear my name announced and feel the crowd erupt – it was one of the best moments of my life.”

Gemignani named his gold medal pizza the “Don Giovanni,” for his son and built it upon his signature seven grain dough with Tony G 00 Flour and topped the pizza with ingredients from across Italy – including wild boar prosciutto from San Gimignano, Grande and Aiello Mozzarella, Stanislaus tomato, Durati Menú Tomato and 30-month Parmigiano Reggiano. The Don Giovanni pizza will make its debut stateside at the flagship location of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana pending the importation of all ingredients.

The World Pizza Championship’s (Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza) is held in Parma, Italy and hosts more than 600 pizzaiolos from 20 countries.

For more information, visit Media contact:  Katherine Williams, 415-274-2510, [email protected]

Rose Pistola Adds Happy Hour, Weekend Jazz in North Beach

Celebrating 20 years in North Beach, Rose Pistola now offers a weekday happy hour menu. From 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $4 draft beers, $7 glasses of wine (mostly small production from Italy), and a choice of two cocktails, also $7, are listed on the menu. Chef Steve Walker has added special menu items available at the bar at 3-6 p.m. Smoky and spicy Tuscan ribs, perfectly-messy meatball sliders, and daily veggie and meat-lovers pizzas for $10 are the perfect mid-day treat.  The restaurant is also part of the neighborhood music scene. Guests can enjoy free live jazz trios Thursday through Sunday nights in the bar. Thursday and Sunday, the music goes from 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday nights is starts a bit later, 9-11:30 p.m.  The lineup is kept updated on the website.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Sarah Qadri, 650-678-7691, [email protected]


SFMOMA Open after Expanding to Nearly Triple the Gallery Space

The transformed and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened to the public on May 14, 2016. Purpose-built to showcase the museum’s celebrated collection, the new SFMOMA was designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta, and seamlessly integrates a 10-story expansion with the original Mario Botta– designed building. With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the museum is opening with 19 special exhibitions, including a curated selection of 260 postwar and contemporary works from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, the first presentation of more than 600 works promised through the museum’s Campaign for Art, cherished favorites from SFMOMA’s permanent collection and works specially commissioned for the new museum. The expansion includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated indoor and outdoor galleries tailored to the collection, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of modern and contemporary artworks.  

The new building enables SFMOMA to be more welcoming and better connected to the city than ever before, with free public access to nearly 45,000 square feet of ground-floor galleries, as well as a permanent commitment to free admission for all visitors 18 and younger.

SFMOMA is one of the foremost museums of modern and contemporary art, with a collection of more than 33,000 works of architecture and design, media arts, painting, photography and sculpture, as well as a groundbreaking 100-year partnership to show the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world’s greatest private collections of postwar and contemporary art. 

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172, [email protected]

Through May 30, 2016 - Oscar de la Renta: The Retropective at the de Young 

The worldpremiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition at the de Young Museum includes more than 130 ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and curated by former American editor-at-large for Vogue André Leon Talley. The garments are organized into several thematic sections: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles. The presentation traces his rise and role as designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Gowns worn by former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Penélope Cruz and Amy Adams will be among those on view.

For more information, visit   Media contact: Erin Garcia, [email protected], 415-750-8904. 

Through June 12, 2016 – New Conservatory Theatre Presents West Coast Premiere of Reimagined “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”    

New Conservatory Theatre Center crowns its 2015-16 season with the West Coast premiere of a whimsical reimagining of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” the classic American musical featuring music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and a new book by Peter Parnell, based on the original book by Lerner. 

This mesmerizing and enchanting new look at the classic musical is just your typical musical comedy – about hypnosis, a gay florist with commitment issues, a love triangle with a therapist, and past life as a 1940s chanteuse.  The “bewitching, beguiling” score (World-Telegram & Sun) includes the songs “Come Back To Me,” “What Did I Have That I Don't Have Now?” and the popular title song. 

“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” opens on May 21 and runs through June 12, 2016. Tickets are available at or 415-861-8972.  Media contact: Ben Randle, 415-694-6156, [email protected].

Through July 5, 2016 - Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 

The first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991) is now on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through July 5, 2016.  Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock and roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock and roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.  

Learn more at Media contact: Nina Sazevich, [email protected], 415-752-2483.

Through Aug. 7, 2016 - Dancers We Lost: Honoring Performers Lost to HIV/AIDS at the GLBT History Museum

The GLBT History Museum presents a special traveling exhibit beginning April 1, Dancers We Lost: Honoring Performers Lost to HIV/AIDS. Featuring beautiful photographs and other documentation, Dancers We Lost is a comprehensive dance history project honoring performers who died due to complications of HIV/AIDS. The exhibit runs through Aug. 7, 2016 at the GLBT History Museum.  

The Dancers We Lost project includes an arts and public history exhibit showing the dancers in their prime performing in myriad venues, including Broadway and Las Vegas shows, dance concerts, TV variety shows, films, ballet, music videos, and commercials. There also is a planned searchable database and biography file of each of the dancers.

The AIDS pandemic struck the performing arts particularly hard. Dancers We Lost is an important step in documenting and bringing to light the lives and contributions of performers, most of whom tragically died young. With an exhibit about their work and a database providing accurate information about their lives and careers, Dancers We Lost ensures they will not be forgotten, anonymous virtuosos.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Marke Bieschke, 415-517-5910, [email protected]

Through Sept. 25, 2016 - Altered State: Marijuana in California at Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California presents the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on the science, history, sociology, politics and issues that surround marijuana in California today and make it one of the state’s hottest topics. Designed as a catalyst for conversation and reflection around the marijuana plant, its uses, evolving public attitudes, and the complex policy and social issues surrounding it, the exhibition explores the many ways that people consider cannabis, presented through the perspectives, knowledge, and opinions of a diverse range of community members and groups. With marijuana increasingly in the news, and California on the verge of making important decisions around marijuana that will impact people living in this state, the exhibition provides a community space where people can come together to learn, question, discuss, and add their voice to the different points of views surrounding this complex and evolving topic.  Divided into ten sections, the exhibition explores topics such as “Sacred Ganja,” “Profitable Pot,” “Criminal Dope,” “Medical Marijuana,” “Evil Weed” and others.

 For more information, visit www,  Media contact: Scott Horton [email protected], 510-229-9739.

Through Sept. 18, 2016 – The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) explores the influence of model, actress and singer Grace Jones. The exhibition brings together more than 20 works by an intergenerational group of artists working primarily in photography, video and performance. Some artists pay direct tribute to Jones while others demonstrate a Jones-like sensibility in their engagement with the black body and queer identity.   Central to the exhibition are vintage album covers and performance videos highlighting the music and stage personae that made Jones a cultural icon, and one of the most important performers to emerge in the late 20th century. Featuring work from artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite, Xaviera Simmons and Simone Leigh, this exhibition looks to Grace Jones as a cultural and artistic idol.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Sharif Frink, 415-358-7200, [email protected]

Through Jan. 9, 2017 - Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio at The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio, on view from May 18, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017.  This never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Walt Disney’s 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio.

Guest-curated by John Canemaker—an Academy Award®, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, and author—this immersive exhibition invites the visitor to experience the production processes of the pre-digital era, providing a glimpse into how legendary animators worked and thought. Pinocchio inspired advances in character development and three-dimensional design, and the exhibition allows guests to enjoy the art created by the animators and designers of The Walt Disney Studios to create the stunning work featured in the film.

Featuring more than 300 objects, this unique, original exhibition takes a closer look at the settings, color, mood, character relationships, style and costumes of this remarkable film, which has dazzled audiences for more than 75 years.

Learn more at  Media contact: Victoria Rainone

[email protected], 415-660-9971.

May 19, 2016-Jan., 2017 - New Ansel Adams Exhibit Debuts at Cavallo Point Lodge Mercantile and Art Gallery

Cavallo Point Lodge, an upscale environmentally sustainable resort set within Golden Gate National Parks, has announced a new exhibition from legendary photographer Ansel Adams in the Mercantile and Art Gallery. Opening May 19, 2016, the show will feature two of Adams’ Portfolios (II & IV), in conjunction with the lodge’s sister property, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA and The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA.  Portfolio II “The National Parks & Monuments,” one of seven limited-edition portfolios produced by the famed photographer, will be on display for the general public at Cavallo Point through early fall and then moves on to The Post Gallery at Post Ranch Inn, which is currently exhibiting Portfolio IV.

Over the course of his long and storied career, Ansel Adams produced seven limited-edition portfolios, referring to the 90 photographs all told as “an excellent cross section of my work.”  Portfolio II contains photographs from national parks all over the country, reflecting Adams’ passion for preserving and protecting those areas for generations to come. 

The complete portfolio is on sale for $125,000, with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Turning Green and Golden Gate Parks Conservancy. 

For more information, visit   Media contact: Kelsey Gummow, 415-986-7212,  [email protected]

May 25-29, 2016 - San Francisco Symphony and All-Star Cast Present a New Semi-Staged Production of Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town 

Michael Tilson Thomas, along with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), the SF Symphony Chorus, and an all-star Broadway cast and creative team present a new semi-staged concert production of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town at Davies Symphony Hall, May 25-29, 2016. The production features veterans of stage and screen Amanda Green and David Garrison as narrators, plus stars of the 2014 Broadway revival Clyde Alves as Ozzie, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip, Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Megan Fairchild as Ivy, and Alysha Umphress as Hildy. They are joined by special guests Isabel Leonard as Claire, Shuler Hensley as Judge Pitkin, and Sheri Greenawald as Madame Dilly. Building on his 1992 production that was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, Michael Tilson Thomas has conceived this new staging of the work utilizing theatrical elements such as lighting, video projections, costumes and choreography.

Tickets are available at, by phone at 415-864-6000.  Media contact: [email protected], 415-503-5474.

May 27-Sept. 5, 2016 - Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Exploratorium

This spring West Coast audiences will have a unique opportunity to see and experience the global phenomena known as Strandbeests (“beach animals”), the wind-powered creatures that blur the lines among art, science and engineering. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, this temporary exhibition will debut to the public on May 27, 2016 and close on Sept. 5, 2016.

Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen features large-scale kinetic sculptures, including Jansen’s newest Animaris Umerus Segundus, as well as artist sketches, immersive video and the lyrical photography by Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the Strandbeests’ evolution. The exhibition, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), is the first large-scale museum presentation of Jansen's Strandbeests in the Americas. The Exploratorium serves as the exclusive West Coast venue.

First conceived as a thought experiment in the spirit of Albert Einstein, Strandbeests have evolved over the last 20 years through Jansen's passionate process of prodigious tinkering, iteration and adaptation. Made entirely of PVC pipe and zip ties, the animals were originally inspired by the threat of rising sea levels; the mechanical creatures were functional and able to pile sand back up on the dunes. Over time, the animals evolved as Jansen became more fascinated with exploring ideas around the origins of life.

For more information, see   Media contact: Shannon Eliot, [email protected], 415-528-4444.

July 2-3, 2016 - 32nd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival  

The 32nd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival returns July 2-3, 2016 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, celebrating more than three decades of bringing innovative jazz to the streets of San Francisco.  Blending art and soul in one of the country's most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast. This year’s festival theme, “In Tribute,” will honor those musicians we lost over the past year, with each performer playing a full set or songs dedicated to their favorite of these music masters. Honoring those from David Bowie, Paul Bley and Maurice White to Mic Gillette, Paul Kantner, Dan Hicks, Prince and more, each of the musical acts will choose to pay tribute in their own special way. During the two-day festival, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, peruse 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and indulge in gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed. 

For more information, visit or call 800-310-6563.  Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, [email protected].”

June 2-9, 2016 – San Francisco Design Week

From tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the regions unique design talents, impact and innovations. From household products used in the  home and car to tech that is worn or carried in a pocket, San Francisco is a hub of innovation like no other. San Francisco’s broad influence on the design world and beyond will be discussed, debated, explored and showcased.   SF Design Week events span the entire Bay Area from San Francisco to Silicon Valley with more than 60 studio tours and 200 events throughout the week featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders.  SF Design Week is produced by AIGA SF, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing.

For more information, visit Media contact:  Sirinapa Clarke, 415-626-6008, [email protected].

June 3-19, 2016 -San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Features 32 Dance Companies, 14 Premieres and More Than 400 Performers

More than 400 dancers and musicians from 32 top Bay Area dance companies representing more than 20 world cultural traditions, 12 world premieres, and two North American premieres will headline the 38th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, June 3-19, 2016. One of the largest and most celebrated events of its kind, the 2016 Festival returns to the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre for three weekends of performances following a free public opening celebration and performances in San Francisco City Hall’s rotunda on June 3.

Three different programs will be presented at the Palace of Fine Arts June 4- 5, June 11-12 and June 18-19, featuring dance traditions and innovations from Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, the Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan and the U.S. 

For more information, visit   Media contact: Scott Horton  [email protected] 510-229-9739.

June 7-Sept. 30:  A Fastidious Art at the American Bookbinders Museum

Marbled and printed endpapers range from delicately simple to extravagantly complex. In addition to their artistry and aesthetic embellishment, decorative endpapers are an important feature in the history and development of the modern book. A Fastidious Art presents marbled and printed papers from the American Bookbinders Museum’s own collection, as well as a significant collection of endpapers on loan from Kathleen Manning, of Manning’s Books and Prints in Pacifica, CA.  “Although often overlooked, beautiful end papers were an intricate part of book design,” says Manning. “I've collected them as works of art that can stand alone.” These papers will be on display at the American Bookbinders Museum on June 7-Sept. 30, 2016.  The exhibition is free to the public. The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St., is open Tues.-Sat. at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

For more information, visit   Media contact: Anna Links, 415-824-9754, [email protected].

June 9-Sept. 11, 2016 - Wild West: Picturing America’s Frontier Special Exhibition at the Legion of Honor 

Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region’s physical environment. This is a companion exhibition to Ed Ruscha and the Great American West on view this summer at the de Young. Artists on view will include Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, Eadweard Muybridge, Chiura Obata, Frederic Remington, Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud.

Media contact: Erin Garcia, [email protected], 415-750-8904.

June 17-Sept. 18, 2016 - Emperors’ Treasures at the Asian Art Museum

Behold a treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions at the Asian Art Museum, including artworks they themselves created in Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum. Passed from dynasty to dynasty and once sheltered in Beijing’s Forbidden City, these masterpieces of Chinese art were conveyed to Taiwan amid conflict and now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. 

Discover more than 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art, more than half of which will be on view in the U.S. for the first time. Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, these artworks inherited an aura of mystery that has fueled an enduring fascination. 

Characterized by their extraordinary splendor, beauty and richness, these objects represent the highlights of China’s artistic accomplishments. Through exquisite paintings, ceramics, jades and more, Emperors’ Treasures explores the identities of nine rulers who reigned from the 12th through 20th centuries. By examining each ruler’s contribution to the arts and the eras’ changing styles, this exhibition reveals how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China. 

For more information, visit  Media Contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3560, [email protected]

June 24-25, 2016 - San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents Heartthrobs: Biggest Boy Band Ever

*NSYNC had five.  Boyz II Men had four .The Jonas Brothers had three. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has 300.  This Pride Weekend, the SFGMC will be on stage at the Nourse Theater, becoming the world's biggest boy band ever as they perform pop hits for every generation – Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y… even Millennials.  From One Direction to Journey, Mumford & Sons to The Beatles, Backstreet Boys to Bruno Mars… they will do it all.  The program also features guest stars Well-Strung, the renowned singing string quartet.

 For more information, visit  Media contact: Peter Zimmerman, 415-865-3650 ext. 352, [email protected]

June 30–Oct. 30, 2016: Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at The Contemporary Jewish Museum 

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange are just a few of Stanley Kubrick’s films that are now considered to be among the most influential masterpieces in motion picture history. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the first dedicated to Kubrick’s life and work, presents materials from the private estate of the film director, inaccessible until 2003, and covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for LOOK magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s.

Some of the approximately 800 objects on view include annotated screenplays, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. Among the iconic items are the little dresses of the sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and a model of the centrifuge from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team.

 For more information, visit Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, [email protected].   

July 7-18, 2016 - Flower Piano Returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden 

This July, for 12 days only, San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) once again becomes the city’s own outdoor concert hall with the return of Flower Piano, where everyone is invited to play and listen. On July 7-18, 2016, visitors are encouraged to seek out one of the 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and play what they like, from Bach to boogie-woogie. On select days, professional pianists will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch the performances.  Back by popular demand and now in its second year, Flower Piano is a project of artists Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell.  Flower Piano takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and is free with regular Garden admission. San Francisco Botanical Garden is located at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way just inside Golden Gate Park. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Nina Sazevich, [email protected], 415-752-2483.


June 4-5, 2016 - Union Street Festival Returns 

The Union Street Festival is back for its 40th year. Set on historic Union Street(from Gough to Fillmore), this free festival takes place on June 4-5, 2016 and features great food, continuous live entertainment, unique and original artwork and plenty of activities for kids. Back by popular demand, the festival fashion show will be located on Union Street at Gough and will showcase the fabulous neighborhood boutiques, men’s clothing stores, salons, shoe stores, thrift shops, jewelry stores and more. There will be two shows per day, both Saturday and Sunday. Additional entertainment in between each set will include a pet fashion show. 

For more information about the event call 800-310-6563 or visit   Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, [email protected] 

June 10 – Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed opens at the California Academy of Sciences

Descend into a deep underwater realm more mysterious to scientists than the surface of the Moon in the California Academy of Sciences’ groundbreaking new aquarium exhibit, Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed. Opening June 10, visitors can discover the beauty and importance of the little-known reefs that exist 200 to 500 feet below the ocean's surface—deeper than the range of traditional scuba gear but shallower than depths typically explored by submersibles. 

From never-before-seen reef fish that dart in and out of the darkness with vivid pops of neon to alien-like comb jellies that Academy scientists have dubbed “sea peeps” for their cartoonish resemblance to the popular marshmallow confection, newly displayed species and captivating media showcase the diversity of life at depth. While marveling at rarely seen fish and invertebrates, visitors will learn how color changes as depth increases and how flashy hues help these Technicolor creatures camouflage where light is scarce and predators loom. 

In addition, the Academy will also debut updates to the aquarium’s Coral Reefs of the World gallery, home to its iconic 212,000-gallon Philippine coral reef tank, the deepest indoor exhibit of living corals in the world.  

For more information, visit  Media contacts: Kelly Mendez, 415-379-5133, [email protected], Haley Bowling, 415-379-5123, [email protected]

June 11-12, 2016 - 62nd Annual North Beach Festival Returns 

The 62nd Annual North Beach Festival helps kick off the summer on June 11-12, 2016.   Located in the historic North Beach district of San Francisco, San Francisco’s version of Little Italy, and the home of the famed beat generation, the festival will feature more than 125 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, multiple stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kids’ chalk art area and the blessing of the animals. This free festival takes place on Grant Avenue between Columbus and Filbert; Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo and Green streets between Grant Avenue and Columbus. On Saturday and Sunday at 2-3 p.m., enjoy the long-running tradition of the Blessing of the Animals ceremony in The Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St.

For more information about the event call 800-310-6563 or visit   Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, [email protected]

San Francisco “Plays” Here - Summertime Welcomes Families and Kids to the Presidio

Just in time for summer, the Presidio welcomes kids of all ages to enjoy San Francisco’s very own “playground” for fun, learning and exploration. The 1,500-acre Presidio offers ample opportunities to stretch legs and imaginations, providing unique experiences, free programs and special events throughout the season. Summer is a particularly engaging time to experience all the Presidio has to offer.  Enjoy picnics on the Main Parade Ground lawn or stroll along the Presidio’s 24 miles of scenic trails and overlooks.  Fly a kite, watch the sunset, view the stars or explore the Nature Lab exhibit, which showcases the Presidio’s ever-changing landscape. With museums, food trucks, art and archaeological sites, there is something for everyone. 

For more information, visit  Media contacts: Dana Polk, 415-561-2710, [email protected], Lauren Eastman, 415-867-7664, [email protected] 

Evergreen Escapes Brings its Immersive, Award-Winning Tours and Naturalist Guides to San Francisco

Evergreen Escapes, a National Geographic Traveler ‘Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime” award winner, opened a new base camp in San Francisco this May. The new branch of the renowned company is now offering its small group day tours and private, custom excursions in the Bay Area and beyond.

Evergreen Escapes will operate two small group day tours from San Francisco, allowing a maximum of 10 guests on each tour to ensure a personalized experience catered to the interests of the group. The Beyond San Francisco tour, offered on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, will explore Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands before returning to experience the city’s iconic sites.  The Natural Wonders of Yosemite tour, offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will delve into the natural history and delicate ecosystems of Yosemite Valley and lesser-visited corners of the park. Both tours will be led by experienced naturalists who will guide guests on interpretative nature walks to fully immerse them in their environments.

The tours will include pick-up and drop-off from downtown San Francisco hotels, transport in Mercedes vehicles, all entry fees, breakfast pastries, French-press coffee, tea, snacks, refreshments and a gourmet, family-style lunch so guests can be comfortable in their surroundings and truly escape their everyday.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Seamus Hogg, 206-650-5795, [email protected]


First-Hold Brings the Events Industry into the 21st Century

Announcing the launch of, the event space management platform that enables venues and planners to work online, in real-time, as the patent-pending technology automates the hold-challenge-release and booking process.  

First-Hold provides a planner with the ability to check a venue's availability, place holds or book at any hour of the day. The platform saves time spent on this necessary stage of venue sourcing by the click of a button. It's as easy as booking a hotel room. Venues publish availability. Planners hold or book a venue's availability.

In today’s high tech world, this part of the events industry has lagged.  The founders of First-Hold, who are current veterans of the industry, sought an answer to the question: Why was this seemingly simple function of the events industry not technologically advancing?  Currently there are content sites with venue pictures, menus, floorplans – but they realized these did nothing for the online, real-time function of holding or booking space.

With the launch of First-Hold, planners are now able to check dates and hold space online, in real-time, anytime. First-Hold currently has a portfolio of trusted and vetted San Francisco event venues on board, and are continuing to expand.

For more information, visit    Media contact: Molly Webster, [email protected], 415-553-0032.


Pacific Grove’s Asilomar Conference Grounds Installs New Water Recycling System 

Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, Calif. has just installed a new, rare technology called Aquarecycle® that will reduce water usage by 75%. This new system will allow the property to reuse laundry wastewater, which will reduce energy and water costs and improve water conservation. 

Asilomar is one of only 300 hotels across the U.S. and the only hotel in the Monterey area that has installed this new system. With plans to recycle 1,174,500 gallons of water per year, the Aquarecycle system is monitored remotely with smart meters to measure flow and probe sensors to detect important chemistry parameters.

Asilomar Conference Grounds is a leader in sustainability holding an ISO 14001 certification for environmental performance. With 30 buildings, 312 guest rooms and 28 meetings spaces Asilomar represents more than 100 years of rich California history and is registered as a Historical Landmark, protected as a state park and features the largest collection of Julia Morgan-designed buildings in the world. The conference grounds hosts groups and leisure guests and is set among Monterey Pines just steps from the beach.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Leslie Sonnenklar, 602-462-2215, [email protected]


New Airlines, New Destinations for Summer 2016

For the 2016 summer travel season, SFO offers a host of new airlines, including airberlin nonstop service to Düsseldorf, WOW Air service to Reykjavík with connecting service to Europe, and Fiji Airways’ nonstop service to Nadi, Fiji.  United Airlines has also launched new nonstop destinations from SFO, including Nashville, Tennessee, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the first flight from the United States to Xi’an, China.  Later this summer, United will also launch nonstop service to Auckland, New Zealand and the first-ever nonstop service to Singapore and Hangzhou, China.

United Airlines Announces Nonstop Service between SFO and Hangzhou, China, Beginning July 13, 2016

On March 8, 2016, United Airlines announced plans to launch nonstop flights to Hangzhou, the capital of China's Zhejiang province, on July 13, 2016. The announcement, which is subject to government approval, will be the fifth city in mainland China served by United and the 14th destination in the Asia/Pacific market served from SFO. United plans to operate three nonstop flights per week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

New Control Tower Named Top Engineering Project in the U.S.

The new Airport Traffic Control Tower at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was recognized as the top engineering project in the United States.  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has named the tower facility as the 2016 “Grand Conceptor Award Winner” for employing a cutting-edge vertical post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to remain upright and fully operational after a major earthquake.

The tower is the tallest structure in the United States to employ the post-tensioning concept.  The 221-foot-tall torch-shaped tower and offset control “cab” creates a distinctive form that sets a new design standard while being seismically sound and meeting the FAA’s strict requirements.

The facility includes office space for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel as well as passenger walkways connecting Terminals 1 and 2 both pre- and post-security.  Designed to achieve LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council, the facility features include photovoltaic panels, natural daylight in offices and the public lobby, a roof garden, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems, programmable light-emitting diode (LED) lighting; electric vehicle charging stations, and sustainably-produced interior finish materials.

Wag Brigade Stress-Relief Dogs

The SFO “Wag Brigade” brings trained dogs to the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. The San Francisco chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) certifies all participating dogs through their Animal Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program.  Carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability, the dogs will wear vests that read “Pet Me!” identifying dogs of all sizes and breeds by name.  You can view profiles of each animal at:

Mobile Car Washing Service

Parking lot customers at SFO can schedule a car wash in all Airport parking facilities.  The mobile washing service allows customers to park in any of the Airport’s parking lots, keep their keys, and return to a freshly-cleaned vehicle.  The service uses only about a half-gallon of water for each wash, with virtually no runoff or overspray. Customers can visit to schedule the service.

Media contact: Doug Yakel, San Francisco International Airport, [email protected], 650-821-4000.


MAY 2016

MAY 28-29
Mission District, 415-206-0577
Celebrating its 38th anniversary, this is San Francisco's version of Mardi Gras and one of the largest annual public events in the city. It features exotic Carnaval dancers with a mixture of Latino, jazz, samba, Caribbean influences. Festive parade on Sunday morning draws upon a broad cultural pageantry.

MAY 29
Alcatraz Challenge Swim 
1.5 mile swim course begins near Alcatraz Island and finishes at the East Beach of Crissy Field located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Presidio Park. 

JUNE 2016

JUNE 2-5
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-777-4908
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents silent films accompanied by live music. This festival promotes silent film as art and historical record.

JUNE 2-19
Best of PlayGround
Thick House, 1695 18th St., 415-992-6677
PlayGround, San Francisco’s incubator for a new generation of playwrights, caps off its season with the Bay Area’s largest celebration of new works for the stage and screen – the annual PlayGround Festival of New Works.

JUNE 2-9
AIGA San Francisco Design Week, 415-626-6008  
With more than 60 studio tours and 75 events throughout the week featuring tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, and emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the region’s unique design talents, impact and innovations.

JUNE 2-16
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest)
Roxie, Brava and Vogue Theaters, 415-662-FEST(3378) 
These documentaries, while exploring fun and lighthearted subject matter, often uncover serious truths. Produced by the SF IndieFest.

JUNE 4-5
Union Street Festival
Union Street between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563 
Now in its 40th year, this is one of San Francisco’s largest, free art festivals offering an organic farmers market, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, eco-friendly exhibits, gourmet food booths and live entertainment. It features clothing, jewelry and fashions from Union Street area merchants, as well as Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilions. 

JUNE 3-19 (Three Weekends)
Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 415-474-3914 
Returning to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, the first two weekends of the Ethnic Dance Festival will feature different groups of artists. The final weekend will feature the screening of a new documentary film about the festival, along with special dance and music performances highlighting exciting innovations happening in the Bay Area dance community.

JUNE 7-19 
San Francisco Jazz Festival
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., 866-920-5299
For more than 30 years SFJAZZ presented the San Francisco Jazz Festival in venues around the Bay Area; with the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, the festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding neighborhood and offers more than 30 shows. 

JUNE 11-12
North Beach Festival 
Near Washington Square Park
San Francisco's oldest street fair delights with juried arts and crafts, live entertainment, Italian street painting, kids’ chalk art area, animal blessings, gourmet food booths, beverage gardens and other surprises. Presented by the North Beach Business Association. 

Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
Marina Green, 424-653-1900 
The 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz, 18-mile bike ride and eight-mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with a finish at Marina Green draws some 2,000 triathletes/relay teams annually. 

JUNE 16-19
San Francisco Black Film Festival
African American Art and Culture Center and other Bay Area Venues
This celebration of African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers; more than 10,000 films have been screened from around the world since the inaugural festival in 1998.

JUNE 16-26
Frameline 40, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 415-703-8650
Legendary showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema screens groundbreaking documentaries, features, touching short films and cinematic classics. 

Stern Grove Festival 
Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252 
The Stern Grove Festival celebrates the season of free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco.

JUNE 25-26
San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade
Embarcadero to Civic Center, Market St., 415-864-0831 
San Francisco's 46th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride culminates with a festive parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on June 26.

JULY 2016

JULY 2- OCTOBER 2 (Weekends only and Labor Day Monday) 
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
San Francisco, Pleasanton, Cupertino and Redwood City, 415-558-0888 
Bring your family, friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy “A Winter’s Tale” in a beautiful park setting!

JULY 2-3
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fillmore St. between Jackson and Eddy Sts. 
Three stages of continuous jazz performances, more than 300 artists’ booths, and international food courts with some of the best food and beverages that San Francisco has to offer. 

JULY 4     
Fourth of July Celebration at The Pier
PIER 39, 415-705-5500 
Dazzling fireworks, local bands, food, arts and crafts ignite this annual waterfront party. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Dress warmly.

JULY 15-16     
Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
Fillmore Street, various venues 
The Salsa Festival on The Fillmore closes off three city blocks and features free concerts, salsa lessons and outdoor dancing at the Fillmore Center Plaza. 

JULY 15-24
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Custom Made Theatre 
Local and national playwrights and professional directors, dramaturgs and designers work with the Bay Area’s top actors to engage in an in-depth development process of six new plays. The work leads to two public staged readings of each play.

JULY 16-17    
The Renegade Craft Fair   
Fort Mason Center
The best makers of handmade goods from the Bay Area and beyond assemble for this free-to-attend marketplace for indie-craft culture, featuring interactive workshops. 

Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park 
This annual walk to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS foundation has inspired thousands of people to walk and donate in support of fighting HIV/AIDS.

JULY 21-24
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
Roxie Theater
Showcasing the year’s best new independent avant-garde pop culture films, the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Castro Theater and other Bay Area venues, 415-621-0556 (info), 415-621-0523 (tickets) 
Films from American and international filmmakers showcase the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture. The festival is the first, oldest and most prestigious celebration of its kind in the world.

JULY 22-24
J-POP Summit Festival
Fort Mason Center, Union Square, New People Cinema and Castro Theatre
This one-of-a-kind summer festival brings the latest of Japanese popular culture to San Francisco. In its seventh year, the J-POP extravaganza will expand to Fort Mason Center as well as Union Square presenting another lively two-day program jam-packed with music, fashion and fine foods.

JULY 23-24
Sake Summit
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Let sake flow! Sake tasting events feature a variety of major sake brands of Japan as well as key players in the sake business in the Bay Area, from distilleries, distributors to retailers. 

JULY 23-31    
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco 
New People Cinema, 1746 Post St.
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully dedicated annual Japanese film event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing the latest in anime, live-action and documentaries straight from Japan, this week-long festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Japantown. 

San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk 
Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
Enjoy the amazing city of San Francisco by taking part in one of the world's great marathons. The USAT&F Certified course is a "best of San Francisco" tour and includes a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose from running the marathon, half marathon, progressive marathon, 5K run/walk races or really take on the challenge with the “Worth the Hurt” 52.4 double marathon.

Up Your Alley Fair
Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard and adjoining block of Folsom between Ninth and 10th streets, 415-777-3247
Similar to September’s Folsom Street Fair, which is the climax of Leather Pride Week, this event has a more local appeal for leatherfolk and draws some 12,000-plus attendees.

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.  San Francisco Travel also operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square.  For more information, visit   

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