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Whats New in San Francisco - July/August 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


San Francisco Travel’s Website Named One of the Top 25 Tourism Sites in the World

San Francisco Travel’s website, (recently changed from, was named to “The 25 Best Tourism Websites in the World in 2016” by Writer Greg Oates reported, “If ever there was a city that needs to define the individual character of its neighborhoods, it’s San Francisco. The website features good map functionality on the homepage, and there’s also valuable Airbnb-supplied content where hosts contribute their favorite local hangouts.”


Aug. 25–28, 2016 – Eat Drink SF Celebrates the Bay Area’s World Class Restaurants

Eat Drink SF (formerly known as SF Chefs) was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) in 2009 to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class restaurant community. Eat Drink SF is now celebrating its eighth year, which is also the GGRA’s 80th Anniversary. Each year, more than 160 restaurants participate in Eat Drink SF’s events which include Taco Knockdown and its signature Grand Tasting sessions. With more than 8,500 attendees, Eat Drink SF provides an opportunity for top local chefs and bartenders to connect directly with enthusiastic food lovers. Guests also have the opportunity to sample beverages from more than 70 bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. EDSF 2016 kicks off with Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila on August 25 and the four Grand Tastings take place August 26-28 at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center.

2016 Festival Highlights: 
• 8,500 food, wine and cocktail lovers in attendance
• 160+ talented chefs and culinary personalities participate
• 23 culinary, wine, and cocktail demos and classes
• 4 Grand Tastings
• Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila

This year, Eat Drink SF has added a special Grand Tasting on Sunday, August 28, to celebrate the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s 80th anniversary and honor the legacy restaurants in the Bay Area. The Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting will feature Bay Area bars and restaurants that have been open for at least 20 years and that have helped shape the distinct flavor of the local culinary experience including Alfred’s Steakhouse, Scoma's, Sutro's at the Cliff House, Tosca and Goat Hill Pizza.

Eat Drink SF is excited to announce that they are bringing San Francisco's Buena Vista Café and it's famous Irish Coffee to all four Grand Tastings. Buena Vista Cafe will be serving their Irish Coffees featuring Tullamore D.E.W. to bring guests a quintessential flavor of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Brewers Guild will be pouring local, craft beers at all Grand Tastings in the “Backyard Bites” section.

For more information, visit  Media contacts: Shawna Sund and Danielle Logan, 415-274-2510,

Aug. 27, 2016 – ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Outdoor Summer Block Party and 20 Local Breweries  Aug. 27, 2016 – ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Outdoor Summer Block Party and  20 Local Breweries  

San Francisco's longest operating brewery-restaurant ThirstyBear Organic Brewery celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with their biggest bash ever.  The outdoor block party takes place directly behind (and within) ThirstyBear's 18,000 square feet brewery-restaurant. The anniversary event features more than 40 craft beers from 20 of ThirstyBear's favorite local breweries. Homegrown foot-stompin' bluegrass string band The Brothers Comatose perform a two hour show, and SF Flamenco Dance Company also perform.

Along with its many Bay Area contemporaries, ThirstyBear has helped establish Northern California as one of the top beer destinations in the world. To recognize reaching such a pivotal milestone of brewing for 20 years in San Francisco, ThirstyBear invites an impressive list of their closest brewery colleagues to join the fun.

ThirstyBear's Executive Chef Rob McCarthy pairs the Bay Area's finest beers with his signature seafood and vegetarian paellas, artisan cheeses, Spanish tapas, and whole roasted pigs raised on its brewery grain at Willow Farm (Pescadero, CA). Nationally renowned bartenders Daniel Shoemaker (Teardrop Lounge, Portland, OR) and Erik Atkins (Slanted Door, SF) serve up artisan cocktails along with sangria and wine.

Tickets are available at  For more information, visit    Media contact: Jesse Cutler, 510-338-0881,

Anchor Distilling Adds More Tasting Sessions

Due to popular demand, Anchor Distilling Company’s Tasting Room has added a 6:30 p.m. slot every Thursday and Friday.  Before, the one-hour expert-led tastings were at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., so this later time is great for visitors who want to swing by after work or sip some spirits before dinner.   

Limited to 20 guests, the experience includes a tour of the scenic rooftop garden, where one can see and smell the botanicals used in some of Anchor’s fine spirits, followed by a tasting of six housemade expressions (Junípero Gin, Old Tom Gin, HOPHEAD Vodka, Genevieve Gin, Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey, and Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey) from Anchor Distilling Company’s portfolio in the penthouse bar.

Tickets are $35/person and can be purchased at All guests must be over 21 years of age with valid photo ID. 

Media contact: Elise Freimuth, 323-871-1151 ext. 1465,

Alfred’s - An 88-Year-Old New Restaurant

Alfred’s has a long history in San Francisco.  Opened in 1928 by Alfredo Bacchini, the restaurant moved twice before finding its home on Merchant Street in the former site of the legendary Blue Fox restaurant. The Blue Fox had been one of the city’s poshest restaurants, frequented by celebrities including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.  When the Petri family moved Alfred’s to the location, they painted the walls dark red, installed a trio of crystal chandeliers replicating those in the Vienna Opera House, and continued the tradition of offering a lively hideaway.    

Today, Alfred’s is in the hands of one of San Francisco’s most influential chefs and restaurateurs, Daniel Patterson.  With a commitment to continue the restaurant’s traditions, the Daniel Patterson Group took ownership of Alfred’s at the beginning of 2016.  They refreshed the space but kept the vintage feel (and chandeliers).  Executive chef Charlie Parker updated the menu, honoring the classic steakhouse dishes, from dry-aged steaks to shrimp cocktail, but integrating the region’s abundant produce into side dishes and entrees.  And according to tradition, the Alfred’s salad, bananas foster, and flaming coffee cocktails are prepared tableside. 

To learn more, visit  Media contact: Amanda Smith, 415-781-7058,

Celebrating its 25th year…The Stinking Rose Continues to Season its Garlic with Food

Fifty tons of garlic annually and 25 years later, The Stinking Rose restaurant has become a San Francisco icon. More than three million diners have followed their noses to this well-known establishment where…”it’s chic to reek” (of garlic).

While the menu has changed through the years, there are items that cannot be removed for fear of an uprising—the signature dish of 40-clove garlic chicken, roasted rabbit, bagna calda with house made focaccia buns and, of course, garlic ice cream with chocolate sauce.

The restaurant welcomes people from all over the world who find their way to the Columbus Avenue location with their GPS guiding them to the place where “we season our garlic with food.”  Visitors have included many celebrities from Hugh Hefner and Howard Stern to King Abdullah of Jordan.

The company also operates Calzones, the Franciscan Crab Restaurant, the Crab House at Pier 39, The Old Clam House, Osso Steakhouse, all in San Francisco and Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib in Sausalito.   

For more information, visit  Media contact: Brandy Marts, 415-781-7673 ext. 770,

 Murray Circle at Cavallo Point Lodge Wins Prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award

Murray Circle at Cavallo Point Lodge has been honored as a winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for the first time. One of only 88 Grand Award winners worldwide, just five in the San Francisco market and the only restaurant in Marin County to make the list, Murray Circle has held Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” since 2009.

Under the stewardship of Executive Chef Justin Everett, Wine Director Jamie Harding and their team, Murray Circle is acclaimed for refined modern Northern California cuisine anchored to its Marin County roots. The restaurant’s wine cellar boasts one of California’s deepest and most diverse collections, featuring more than 2,000 selections from more than 20 countries, with vintages dating back to 1922.

“Our long-term wine focus and amazing relationships with winemakers and purveyors have truly allowed us to meld an exceptional wine list with a stellar signature menu at Murray Circle,” noted Jamie Harding, who joined Murray Circle as Cellar Master in 2010 and was appointed Wine Director in 2013.

For more information, visit Media contact: Kelsey Gummow, 415-986-7212,


Through 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 through Labor Day weekend, this temporary exhibition will 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,, 415-528-4444.

Through Sept. 11, 2016 - Wild West: Plains to the Pacific at the Legion of Honor

This exhibition explores a variety of artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States. Subjects include mining, agriculture and other forms of land usage from the mid-19th century to the present day. Wild West brings together a wide selection of works of art drawn entirely from the Museums’ rich collections reflecting the evolving mythology of the American West. Wild West features 175 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, many of which are being displayed for the first time. Wild West is a complement to Ed Ruscha and the Great American West – on view at the de Young.

For more information, visit    Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 310-592-5238,

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

Behold a treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, 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,

Through Sept. 18, 2016 – Dandy Lion: (Re)articulating Black Masculine Identity at MoAD

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

For more information, visit   Media contact: Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148,

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: Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148,  

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  Media contact: Scott Horton, 510-229-9739.

Through Sept. 25, 2016 - Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) is kicking off the summer with their unique new exhibition “Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding.”  Curated by surf historian Richard Kenvin, 60-80 surfboards created in the late 1940s to contemporary times capture the evolution of the art of surfboard making and its myriad global influences. From the alaia boards of ancient Hawaii to the surf bathing boards of England, Japan and Africa and the pioneering post-war work of Bob Simmons, traditional crafts, minimalist design and hydrodynamic engineering converge in a fascinating exhibit of surf craft.

Originally displayed at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum in 2014, “Surf Craft” will be at SVMA through Sept. 25, 2016. Exciting exhibition programming spanning curator talks, forums, workshops, and film screenings will bring a who’s who of the surfing and shaping worlds to Sonoma, including Bob Simmons, Carl Ekstrom, Steve Lis, Terry Hendricks, George Greenough, Stanley Pleskunas, Skip Frye, Danny Hess and Jon Wegener. 

For more information, visit Media contact:  Michael Coats, 707-935-6203,

Through Sept. 30, 2016:  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,

Through Oct. 9, 2016 - Ed Ruscha and the Great American West at the de Young Museum

This exhibition explores Ed Ruscha’s engagement with the American West and its starring role in our national mythology. The Fine Arts Museums have a long relationship with Ruscha, having acquired the artist’s complete graphic archive in 2000, including all published editions of his prints and a pledge to acquire those made in the future. This exhibition draws heavily from the institution’s permanent collections, and reinforces a commitment to bringing major exhibitions of postwar American art to the Bay Area.  This thematic exhibition of 99 works is organized into several sections including Ruscha’s vast horizons, gas station architecture, billboards and roadside signs, Los Angeles apartment buildings, the Hollywood sign, imagery drawn from Western films, topographic street grids and text-based works.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 310-592-5238,

Through Oct. 16, 2016 – Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall at the GLBT History Museum

Through Oct. 16, 2016, the GLBT History Museum will present a historical retrospective of erotic illustrations by artists who worked for gay men's magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. "Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall" originated at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. The San Francisco show is its only scheduled West Coast appearance.

Curated by artist Robert W. Richards, this exhibition of a largely forgotten body of work not only explores the male form, but also offers an examination of erotic fantasies as experienced through publications that were available at nearly every newsstand in America, but that men often hid under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. The exhibition will feature originals of illustrations from the magazines, along with related work that has never been seen publicly.

"Many of the early magazines pretended to be bodybuilding, strength and health journals," says Richards. "Sometimes they were called anatomy guides for artists. However, most of the men bought these magazines because they were gay. It was nearly their only opportunity to see handsome, well-made, virtually naked men. Buying one of these publications required an act of courage, especially if the small-town drugstore owner had known the buyer and his family most of their lives."

For more information, visit  Media contact: Marke Bieschke, 415-517-5910,

Through 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,

Through Dec. 31, 2016 – Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents "Beyond Blue" Mural at the Yard at Mission Rock

"Beyond Blue," an aquarium-commissioned mural by noted post-pop artist Aaron Kai debuted on Saturday, July 16.  The new ocean-themed mural from Aaron Kai, whose vibrant wave designs are recognized worldwide, showcases the beauty of San Francisco Bay and highlights the Monterey Bay Aquarium mission: to inspire conservation of the ocean. Part of the aquarium’s summer marketing campaign, the goal is to educate and inspire visitors to The Yard, raising awareness of ocean plastic pollution through a powerful piece of pop art.

The mural will be displayed at The Yard at Mission Rock, near AT&T Park, until December 31, 2016.

For more information, visit  Media contacts: Yesenia Salas, 831-261-0706, or Lorraine Yglesias, 408- 242-8945,

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 through 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, 415-660-9971,

Through January, 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, is home to a new exhibition from legendary photographer Ansel Adams in the Mercantile and Art Gallery. The show features 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,

Through Jan. 15, 2017 – Shortening: Making Irrational Rational, New Art Exhibition by Nelson Saiers on Alcatraz

Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration.  Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers - artist and math Ph.D. - are opening an installation called Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.  The exhibit will be installed in the New Industries Building, which will be open July 15, 2016 through Jan. 15, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.  Access to the exhibit is included in the ferry price and can be purchased at

Shortening: Making Irrational Rational incorporates properties of the number Pi, prison vernacular and NFL football jerseys to weigh in on the "irrationally" long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses and the need to shorten those sentences.  The installation will show the first 200 digits of Pi on 100 NFL football jerseys. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252,

Sept. 6, 2016-May 28, 2017 – SFJAZZ’ Fifth Anniversary Season

SFJAZZ is excited to present its Fifth Anniversary Season since the SFJAZZ Center’s opening in January 2013. The Center has been recognized as one of the best performing arts centers in the country receiving numerous architecture, design, and acoustic awards.

The Fifth Anniversary Season kicks off Sept. 8, 2016 with four evenings with Pat Metheny, the 20-time Grammy-winner and towering figure in the world of jazz guitar.

Other programming highlights include Julian Lage Trio, Billy Hart with Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner & Ben Street, Chick Corea with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade, Ludovico Einaudi, GoGo Penguin, Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider with Joshua Redman, Joel Harrison 5 with Brian Blade, Van Morrison, Trumpet Festival, SFJAZZ Collective, Mariza, Diego El Cigala, Burt Bacharach, Chucho Valdés with the Joe Lovano Quintet, Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars, Petra Haden & Jesse Harris, Robert Glasper Experiment, Aaron Neville, New Year’s with Maceo Parker, Chris Botti, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, John Santos Sextet, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Cookers, Paris Combo, Dianne Reeves, Scott Amendola Quintet with Nels Cline, Goran Bregovic, Miguel Zenón Quartet, Destani Wolf, Tiffany Austin, Jackie Ryan, Laurie Antonioli, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Anoushka Shankar, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, Hermeto Pascoal, King Sunny Adé, ECM Festival, Nels Cline: Lovers, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival, Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Dayna Stephens, Patrick Wolff, Howard Wiley, Mad Duran, Omar Sosa, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Gerald Clayton, Eliane Elias, A Tribute To Ernesto Lecuona with Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Michel Camilo, and more.

For more information, visit   Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410,

Sept. 10-Dec. 18, 2016 - Home Land Security at Presidio’s Fort Winfield Scott

Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect and cross in its name.

The exhibition extends FOR-SITE’s focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel — some open to the public for the first time — that served for decades as key sites in the U.S. Army’s Coastal Defense System. The 16 featured artists represent diverse points of origin — including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Poland, South Korea, Syria, the United States and Vietnam — underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense in an increasingly pervasive climate of fear and distrust. The artworks, which encompass media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance, respond to both personal and cultural concerns, with the historic sites of Fort Winfield Scott providing a new context for signature pieces and a showcase for site-specific commissions.

Home Land Security builds on previous artistic collaborations with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and commemorates the park service’s centennial.

Participating artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Tamman Azzam, Tirtzah Bassel, Yashar Azar Emdadian, Al Farrow, Díaz Lewis (Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Díaz-Perera), Liza Lou, Mandana Moghaddam, Trevor Paglen, Shahpour Pouyan, Michele Pred, The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero, Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn, and Phunam Thúc), Do Ho Suh, Bill Viola, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Yin Xiuzhen.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-269-7043,

Oct. 8, 2016-Jan. 19, 2017 - The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France at the Legion of Honor

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to brothers Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain, who created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic works of art in history. Organized in conjunction with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens in France, this presentation features more than 40 of the brothers’ masterpieces and spans their full artistic achievement.

For more information, visit

Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,

Oct. 15-16, 2016 - 13th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances Travels from the Castro to the Financial District   

On Oct. 15 and 16, 2016, San Francisco Trolley Dances returns with performances from the Castro to the Financial District/South of Market. An annual, admission-free festival that takes place each October, SFTD has been dubbed “art for citizens” and “a gift to the City.” A total of 12 tours are scheduled over the weekend, six each day starting at 11 a.m., 11:45a.m.,  12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.. Each tour runs approximately two hours.

The festival aims always to be eclectic with a presentation of a variety of dance styles. This year, audiences will get a taste of classical Indian dance, dance theater, contact improvisation, traditional Filipino folk dance, and much more. Featured performers include Chitresh Das Dance Company, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, James Graham Dance Theatre, Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique, Laura Elaine Ellis, Parangal Dance Company and Epiphany Productions. Live music will accompany many of the performances.

The tours start at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, and audiences are advised to arrive early to register. At each site, trained volunteers greet audience members, and act as guides leading audiences along the performance journey. Attendees have the option to walk or bike to the performance sites on their own.

Route maps will be available on site and online at   Media contact: John Hill, 510-435-7128,

Nov. 5, 2016-Feb. 26, 2017 - Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host Frank Stella: A Retrospective, a comprehensive presentation surveying the career of this towering figure in Post-war American art. Approximately 50 works, including paintings, reliefs, sculptures and maquettes, represent Frank Stella’s prolific output from the late 1950s to the present day and reveal the artist’s dramatic influence on the cultural landscape over the last six decades. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,

Nov. 5-March 12, 2017 - Danny Lyon: Message to the Future at the de Young

The exhibition assembles 175 photographs and related films and ephemera to highlight Lyon’s concern with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be on the margins of society. The presentation includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives alongside important loans from major public and private collections in the United States. This is also the first exhibition to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker.  

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.orgMedia contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-357-4000,

San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society to Receive Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition from the New York Historical Society, Closing for Summer to Install Unprecedented Showcase

San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America recently announced the New-York Historical Society is donating its Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition materials to the organization. This outstanding showcase, which recently had impressive runs at New York Historical and the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, will be the Chinese Historical Society’s largest ever undertaking. The museum will close for three months during its installation and re-open in late summer.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity and an unprecedented gift for us,” said Sue Lee, executive director of the Chinese Historical Society who orchestrated the acquisition. The exhibition features reproductions from the New-York Historical Society’s holdings, interactive media, evocative re-creations, and CHSA’s own historic Chinatown paintings by Jake Lee.

Exhibition details and a definitive opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit Media contact: David Perry, 415-676-7007, / Ines Aslan, New York Historical Society, 415-485-9263,

Construction Underway and Cornerstone Set for the Mexican Museum’s New Home in the Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District

The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture and heritage, held a Dedication Ceremony and  Cornerstone Presentation on July 19, 2016  With the new museum facility now under construction, this celebration marked the culmination of decades of work by community leaders and local government stakeholders to fulfill the reality of a new home for The Mexican Museum in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District.

Groundbreaking began on the new museum facility in June 2016. Construction of 706 Mission, a luxury residential development, and The Mexican Museum is now well underway, including the rehabilitation of the Aronson Building by the museum’s developer, Millennium Partners. Building development and construction will continue over the next three years. The Mexican Museum will occupy the first four floors of the new 510-foot tower at Jessie Square. This project has been made possible through a unique partnership with the City and County of San Francisco through the Successor Agency (formerly the Redevelopment Agency) and the project developer, Millennium Partners, and with support from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE).

The Mexican Museum is a partner of MEX I AM: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT, a multidisciplinary art and cultural Festival that is organized by the San Francisco Consul General of Mexico.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Victoria Sanchez De Alba, 650-650-270-7810,


Bay Area Children’s Theatre to Create New Musicals for 2016-2017 

The Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) will bookend its 2016-2017 season with two original musicals inspired by popular children’s books.

The company opens its season with a show for all ages, Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical, a tune-filled re-imagining of the New York Times bestselling picture book about hard-working construction vehicles by Sherri Duskey Rinker, with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld. 

BACT will complete its musical arc next spring with Fly Guy, the Musical, inspired by the New York Times bestselling series about a boy and his pet fly by author-illustrator Tedd Arnold. 

Families can enjoy BACT productions weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Children's Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., on the following dates: 

Aug. 6-28, 2016:  Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical (all ages)
Nov. 19-Dec. 18, 2016:  Seussical, TYA (ages 3 and up)
Feb. 25-Mar. 19, 2017: Pippi Longstocking (ages 5 and up)
May 20-June 11, 2017: Fly Guy—the Musical (ages 4 and up)

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit or call 510-296-4433.  Media contact: Vivian Auslander, 510-524-2941, 

Aug. 14, 2016 – Jerry Day at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as they celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, they're creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Tom Murphy, 415-272-2012,

Aug. 20, 2016 - Festival of the Sea 2016 at Hyde Street Pier  

Festival of the Sea returns to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Aug. 20, 2016 to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday and honor the National Historic Landmark schooner C.A. Thayer. The free festival, happening at Hyde Street Pier from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., features a full day of music, demonstrations and fun along the San Francisco waterfront.

A re-dedication ceremony for the 1895 West Coast schooner C.A. Thayer begins at 11:30 a.m.. Brian Thayer Mullins, a descendant of the vessel’s namesake, and descendants of J.E. Shields, the vessel’s last captain, will help raise a sail, and re-christen the vessel.

Must-see events include local theater company We Players’ environmental explorations and improvisations of sound, movement and story-in-space aboard C.A. Thayer (in anticipation of their spring 2017 Beowulf site-integrated project), and a sand castle building contest on the Aquatic Park beach.

Children can enjoy crafts, rope making and plank caulking, a chance to row and sail with the San Francisco Sea Scouts, and maritime story-telling. A dead horse ceremony, bilge pumping, a breeches buoy rescue, and a dory drill by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association’s Age of Sail team will bring sailors’ traditions to life.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006,

Movie Night at The Yard Returns Aug. 20 and Oct. 1, 2016 

As part of their Community Calendar presented by Bank of America, and in partnership with San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, The Yard will host “Movie Nights“ on a large inflatable outdoor screen placed in front of the Giant Steps at The Yard on Aug. 20 and Oct. 1.  The Yard at Mission Rock is located at the corner of Third Street and Terry Francois Boulevard, across from AT&T Park. This event is free and open to the public.   

For more information, visit or  Media contact: Laura Nichol, 415-972-1827,

Sept. 10-11, 2016 - 26th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown 

The 26th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival, produced by the Chinatown Merchants Association, returns September 10 and 11, 2016.  For two days, San Francisco’s Chinatown on Grant Avenue will be filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food and more. 

Festivities open with a grand parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. on California Street and Grant Avenue led by civic officials, beauty queens and cultural performers. The famous dragon appears Sunday at 5 p.m. as the grand finale. Festival-goers can also experience AT&T’s latest devices, such as an interactive booth featuring their augmented reality app. 

The festival will be a bargain shopper’s dream, with thousands of arts and crafts, jewelry and more for sale. Vendors will be selling many ethnic foods and sponsors will be on-hand to provide free gifts, games and raffles.

For visitors unfamiliar with this Asian tradition, the festival (celebrating the summer harvest, moon, and myth of the moon Goddess, Chang-E) is a conglomerate of Chinese culture from Chinese Opera singers to traditional dancers and martial artists. The Moon Festival is often compared as a “Chinese Thanksgiving” because of its spirit of gratitude and abundant food, including the popular moon cake. 

For more information, visit  Media contact: Eva Lee, 415-982-6306,

Aug. 19, 2016 - Tony Bennett Commemorative Statue Unveiled on the Lawn at Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

In recognition of internationally renowned singer, painter and civic leader Tony Bennett’s contributions to San Francisco and his 90th birthday, the City will honor him with a free, public dedication and unveiling of an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Bennett atop Nob Hill on the lawn of Fairmont San Francisco at noon on Aug. 19, 2016.  Details of the event are available at

Bay Area sculptor Bruce Wolfe worked on the statue of Tony Bennett for two months and, with a team of experts, is currently putting the finishing touches on it before its installation at Fairmont San Francisco. The first step was to sketch Bennett. Bruce then created the statue using “old-fashion” wet gray/brown clay.  Next, a rubber and plaster mold was made, a process that captures all the details, especially in the face and is followed by the pouring of the wax.  From the wax molds and the bronze pieces were made and welded together to create the statue. Wolfe has also created statues of George P. Shultz, Steve Silver, Harvey Milk and Margaret Thatcher.

Media contact:  Charles Zukow, 415-296-0677,

New Tours and Workshops at the San Francisco Flower Mart Tour 

The San Francisco Flower Mart began with flower growers of Japanese, Italian and Chinese descendant  who grew flowers locally  and brought them to San Francisco to sell on the city streets. In 1956 the San Francisco Flower Mart was established at the corner of Sixth and Brannan bringing all flower growers together in one centralized location.

Today, this historic market is one of only five wholesale flower markets in the United States with more than 50 different San Francisco vendors selling flowers, plants and orchids grown locally, nationally and internationally.

 Professional florist Mindy Rosenberg now offers tours of the Flower Mart that introduces guests to unusual varieties of colorful flowers and plants coveted by florists, gardeners and nature-lovers alike.  Guests see first-hand what inspires florists to create spectacular floral works of art.

Rosenberg also offers Flower Arranging 101 workshops on how to style flowers and create arrangements. 

Tours will be offered twice weekly and workshops will be offered monthly beginning in September 2016.

For tour and workshop reservations, visit or call 415-404-9872.  Media contact: Mindy Rosenberg, 415-404-9872,

Cow Palace Launches New Website and Newsletter

For 75 years, the Cow Palace in Daly City has been the event home for the Beatles to Barnum and Bailey. Now the Cow Palace is hitting the digital stage in a big way, launching a brand new website and exclusive newsletter.

Fans joining the conversation will be the first to hear about all the latest news at the Cow Palace. Each month a full slate of events can be found on the Cow Palace website  The summer will kick off with the Adidas Warehouse Sale on August 4-7, 2016. 

The Cow Palace is also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @cowpalacesf.

For more information, visit   To subscribe to the newsletter, contact  Media contact: Paige Ryan, 415-404-4100,

Savor Napa Valley Tours Makes It Personal

Carl Johnson was first bitten by the hospitality bug when he volunteered at the Napa Valley Welcome Center and introduced visitors from all over the world to the wine country, helping with their visits to wineries and other destinations “on the fly.”  That led to vocational study about wine-making and sensory evaluation and certification as a local Tourism Ambassador.  “I know the area well, love wine and food, and am happy to be a source of interesting information to my guests as we tour the wine capital of America,” he says.

Today, Johnson is at the helm of Savor Napa Valley Tours where he is owner, driver, guide and concierge.   His tours go beyond wineries to include microbreweries, cheesemakers and olive oil producers.

“I like to take guests to wineries that are lesser-known, with experiences that are more private, possibly with the owner/wine-maker as host and often-times at their private residence.  I find that mixing some of the famous ‘go to’ wineries with the more intimate ones creates a balanced view and more educational view of our beautiful wine country. 

For more information, visit  Media contact: Carl Johnson, 707-219-6120,


New Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area Opens Early September 2016

 Opening in early September 2016 and located at the foot of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the centrally located Hyatt Place Emeryville offers convenience, style and comfort within minutes from San Francisco. 

The 175 spacious guestrooms and suites are equipped with plush Hyatt Grand Beds™, Cozy Corner Sofa Sleepers, 49” HDTVs and free Wi-Fi. 

Guests enjoy a free A.M. Kitchen Skillet™, with hot breakfast items, fresh fruits and more, or can order off the 24/7 Gallery Menu, available 24 hours a day with a variety of items including signature flatbreads. 

Hyatt Place Emeryville boasts 1,440 sq. ft. of meeting space with a pre-function area, perfect for intimate to small-sized meetings.

Hyatt Place Emeryville is located just steps from Bay Street Emeryville (,  home to dozens of trendy retailers and restaurants. 

For more information, visit   

Media contact:  John Yee, 415-370-6347,


Moscone Center Named 2016 Recipient of CRRA’s Award for Outstanding Practices in Venue and Event Resource Recovery

California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations, has named San Francisco’s Moscone Center as the 2016 recipient of their annual award for Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery Award. 

The award will be presented to the Moscone Center at an Awards Ceremony at the CRRA Annual Conference and Tradeshow on Aug. 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, CA.

The annual award goes to a large event or venue located in California which serves more than 2,000 people per day, which has demonstrated excellence in implementing waste reduction, recycling and organics programs, innovative source reduction programs, recovering more than 90 percent of event discards, and other programs that demonstrate best practices in event or venue resource management. 

Moscone Center is San Francisco’s premier convention facility. In FY 2014-15, Moscone Center held 129 events, hosted 1.1 million registered attendees and exhibitors. For more than a decade the facility has pioneered large venue sustainability programs. In 2012, Moscone Center attained APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards Level 1 as a Sustainable Venue for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. In 2012, Moscone North and South attained LEED Gold EB: O+M certification.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Naina Ayya, 415-974-4017,


SFO Details New Enhancements to Improve On-Time Performance

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has provided a briefing to the San Francisco Airport Commission regarding new procedures and new technologies designed to improve the airport’s on-time performance.  Airport staff also announced plans to host a demonstration of a new Global Positioning System (GPS) landing system in August 2016, offering further on-time gains.

“We have already made significant progress in our efforts to improve the on-time performance of SFO,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “In 2015, we posted our best on-time arrival rate since 2004, during a period of record passenger volumes.  The future holds great promise, as a combination of procedures and technology offer greater use of our existing runways than what was previously possible.  Ultimately, it’s our customers who will benefit the most from SFO’s improved on-time performance.”

SFO is made up of two sets of parallel intersecting runways, which are separated by only 750 feet.  During clear weather conditions, aircraft can land side-by-side at a rate of up to 60 aircraft per hour.  However, in periods of low visibility and fog, aircraft were historically required to utilize a single runway for landing, cutting the arrival rate in half to 30 landings per hour.  Working with the FAA and airlines, SFO has already benefited from a series of initiatives to improve on-time performance by allowing use of the two runways.

In 2005, SFO launched use of a Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA), allowing use of the airport’s two parallel runways during certain types of low visibility conditions.  In 2013, SFO launched a new FAA procedure, known as Closely-Spaced Parallel Runways (CSPR), which greatly increased the airport’s ability to use two runways during poor weather.  These enhancements allowed SFO to achieve a 75% arrival rate in 2015, a year of record passenger volumes at the airport.

In August 2016, SFO plans to host a demonstration of a new Global Positioning System (GPS) landing system in August 2016.  The demonstration, conducted in partnership with Boeing, the FAA, and several airlines, promises new precision approaches into SFO which would result in further reduction in weather-related delays.

For more information about how weather conditions impact on-time performance at SFO, please visit:

Media contact: Doug Yakel, San Francisco International Airport, 650-821-4000,


JULY 2016

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 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. 


San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Golden Gate Park
This huge event in Golden Gate Park has upped the ante on music festivals going green and “leveraged San Francisco’s food, wine, technology and activism cultures, “according to Rolling Stone, “for a one-of-a-kind world-class experience.” 

American Craft Council San Francisco Show
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 612-206-3100
This is the largest juried craft event west of the Rockies, featuring more than 225 of the nation's top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists.  

Nihonmachi Street Fair
Japantown and Japan Center, 415-771-9861
A celebration of the Asian and Pacific communities in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on the nonprofit organizations that provide vital services. Live musical and cultural performances, Asian artisans, food, information tables, exhibits, and Children's World. 

AfroSolo Arts Festival
Various venues, 415-771-AFRO (2376)
The 22nd annual event features celebrity and emerging African American artists in various performances such as a jazz concert, visual art exhibit, solo performances, a youth performance extravaganza and more. 

Jerry Day
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Dr.
The Excelsior District celebrates native son and Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia with an outdoor concert and family fun. 

Noe Valley Wine Walk
24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga, 800-310-6563
Merchants offer wine samples, finger foods and special treats; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations. 

San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz

AUGUST  25 - 28  
Eat Drink SF
Fort Mason Center, 415/782-2071
Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated in this interactive urban food and wine festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events. 


Architecture and the City
Citywide, 415-362-7397
Sponsored by AIA San Francisco, the largest architectural and design festival in the U.S. includes a series of architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures, home shows and more.                                                                                                             

Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito, 415-332-3555
Sausalito’s yearly art festival has been showcasing stars from the contemporary art world since 1952. Browse fine art and crafts along the beautiful bay shore. 

JLVelo Giro di San Francisco
Levi Strauss Plaza
Featuring more than 800 amateur and pro racers on a course covering northeast San Francisco, Il Giro (Italian for tour) begins at Levi Strauss Plaza and includes a day-long expo and a series of races for all levels and concludes with a pro race at 3 p.m.

San Francisco Symphony’s 105th Season Opening Night Gala
Davies Symphony Hall, 415-864-6000 (subscriptions available in March; individual tickets for concerts go on sale in July)
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas open the orchestra’s regular season with an Opening Gala Concert. 

San Francisco Opera Opening Gala
War Memorial Opera House, 415-864-3330
The season begins with the annual opening night gala. 

San Francisco Fringe Festival
Exit Theatre and other downtown venues,
415-931-1094 (info)
This annual festival is a marathon of 40-plus shows with low price tickets and a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis. 

Annual Peak2Peak Walk
Get a unique view of San Francisco's skyline and discover hidden stairways and paths on this 12-mile urban trek connecting neighborhoods, parks, and vistas as you walk the spine of the city, cresting 10 peaks along the way. 

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square, 415-775-5500
Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration. 

SEPTEMBER 10-11   
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets, 415-982-6306
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities. 

The Giant Race
AT&T Park, 415-972-1881
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances,that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants. Families can participate in the Kids Race and Family Relay. 

San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-864-3330
Enjoy this outdoor venue and free admission to an opera concert featuring arias and ensembles by the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra. 

The Giant Race
AT&T Park, 415-972-1881
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants.   

SEPTEMBER 17-18   
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Nearly 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 paddlers from across North America will race the 500-meter course; festival also features entertainment and children’s activities. 

Comedy Day
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-820-1570
Laugh out loud … it’s the free comedy “concert” featuring 40 of the U.S.’s and Bay Area’s best comedians. 

Fall Big Book Sale
Fort Mason Center
Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the Annual Big Book Sale will feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. 

Oktoberfest By The Bay
Pier 48 near AT&T Park, 888-746-7522
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages. 

Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
Sausalito, 415-332-1916
Self-guided tours include access to dozens of the most unique homes in the world; docents are onboard to describe Sausalito’s incredible waterfront style and to answer questions. 

Muni Heritage Weekend
Featuring vintage streetcars, special cable cars and possibly the introduction of one newly restored vehicle, the event celebrates San Francisco’s diverse and fascinating public transit history.  

Bay Area Blues Festival
Main Street, Alhambra to Court Streets, Historic Downtown Martinez, CA
Two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, chalk art and much more are all a part of this annual homage to San Francisco’s blues roots. 

Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street between Eighth and 13th Streets, 415-777-3247
The “daddy of all leather celebrations,” the Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish street fair in the world drawing some 400,000 attendees annually, dressed in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag or very little at all. 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
This free celebration of music in the park includes a who’s who of top entertainment. 

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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