Category archive - San Francisco

Fiesta On the Hill – October 20, 2013


Fiesta on the Hill is a community based, high-profile and energetic Festival with an attendance of over 20,000 friends and neighbors from San Francisco’s Bernal Heights area, neighboring communities and the greater Bay Area. The event is in its 25th year and continues to grow and enhance the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of the Bernal Heights District of San Francisco and surrounding neighborhoods.

Presented by the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, an organization devoted to community action, equity and justice in the Bernal Heights area, the 25th annual Fiesta is an alcohol free event that emphasizes the importance of well being to the vitality of the neighborhood. The event includes a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, non-profit booths, live music on two stages, great food and a great sense of healthy, inclusive community.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Cortland Avenue from Bocana Avenue to Folsom Street, Bernal Heights, San Francisco
No admission fee

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SF Fleet Week – October 10 – 14, 2013


San Francisco Fleet Week celebrates the rich naval tradition in the Bay Area, honors the men and women serving in today’s armed forces and facilitates annual disaster preparedness training with the Navy, Marines and local first responders. A tradition since 1981, Fleet Week is the most anticipated Fall event in San Francisco.

With an estimated audience of 1 million, spectators are drawn every year to the city’s northern waterfront to be awed by a parade of Navy ships, along with a spectacular aerial show that includes the world renowned Navy Blue Angels. With breathtakingly precise maneuvers, the Blue Angels sweep the San Francisco Bay and over the Golden Gate Bridge with their signature blue aircraft and tight formations. Also on hand are a variety of other nighttime entertainment venues that kick off just as the sun sets over San Francisco Bay.

Tickets to events vary in price. See website for ticket information.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The free Bay Area festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, returns to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from October 4th through the 6th. Last year’s festival was the first since the event’s billionaire founder and bluegrass enthusiast Warren Hellman passed away. From its outset, the HSB festival has been funded by the venture capitalist who, prior to his death just over a year ago set in place a plan that would ensure the event receives necessary funding for at least 10 years after his passing. The site of the festival has been named “Hellman’s Hollow” in his honor.

October 4th through the 6th, 2013
Hellman Hollow, Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Free admission

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Polk Street Blues Festival – September 21 – 22, 2013


For many years, San Francisco has been known for its love of the blues. This year’s Polk Street Blues Festival, produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC for the Polk District’s Merchants Association, blends the beloved San Francisco festival atmosphere with great blues music, variety vendors, tasty treats and family friendly fun. People looking to escape the crowded downtown San Francisco chain stores and enjoy a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere need look no further than Polk Street.

The Polk Street Blues Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas and much more. This is the only free blues event in San Francisco, certain to be well attended and becoming one of the best in the country.

Saturday and Sunday, September 21st & 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Polk Street between Pacific and Union Streets, San Francisco
Free admission

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International Dragon Boat Festival – September 14-15, 2013

Come join spectators and competitors for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival has over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing in the 300 and 500 meter courses. Dragon boat teams range from novice to competitive skill level. Novice teams represent local Bay Area corporations, public agencies and non-profit community. Recreational and competitive teams practice year-round and hail from all over the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. This year’s championship race is going to be one of the fiercest battle for victory to date!

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children’s activity pavillion and a variety of food, arts & crafts and other vendors.

September 14th and 15th, 2013
Festival hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Racing is from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Treasure Island, San Francisco
No admission fee

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – September 14-15, 2013

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the 18th annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. Over 30 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand, a fundraising organization that provides “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County.

With such a significantly historical part of our heritage beautifully located in the heart of San Francisco’s waterfront, it makes perfect sense to throw a chocolate festival where it all began. Festival goers have the chance to experience the latest chocolate trends all while surrounding themselves in the rich history of America’s longest operating chocolate company. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival started in 1996, and has been a hit every year since. Due to the overwhelming success, the festival has extend down to Beach Street and not only occupies the Plaza in the Square, but a full San Francisco block.

September 14th and 15th, 2013
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Advance online tickets: $20 for 15 sample tickets
At the door: $25 for 15 sample tickets
General events are at no charge

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America’s Cup Finals


4/08/2012, San Francisco (USA,CA), 34th America’s Cup, America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 August, Race Day 3
Photographer : Gilles Martin-Raget

September 7th through 21st, 2013, San Francisco

The 34th America’s Cup brings the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport back to the United States for the first time in 18 years. And it does so in style, with exciting new boats, a new format for the racing, and television and web coverage that takes the viewer into the racing as never before. There are two new classes of boats; both will be more powerful, more demanding of the crews and faster than anything seen at the America’s Cup to date.

Bringing the racing to the people is a new priority. Newly added near-shore race courses are sure to thrill those on site. Upon reaching its zenith in San Francisco, the host city of the 34th America’s Cup, the spectacular natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay will be a glorious setting for this historic and much-anticipated race finale.

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Outside Lands Festival TBA


The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place on August 9th through 11th with dozens of bands and attractions. From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco’s vibrant cultural community.

This green-conscious event directly benefits the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation. The Outside Lands Festival is become one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans. The fact that it takes place in the great city of San Francisco ensures an unparalleled entertainment experience. Come on out and join the fun!

August 9th through 11th
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
General admission tickets

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SF Transportation Statistics

We ran across the annual fact sheet published by the SFMTA and thought it interesting enough to justify a few charts. This data came from the November 2012 fact sheet. As context for the numbers, the population of the city is about 807,000 and the physical area is about 48 square miles.

Our favorite fact learned from the MTA report is that there is a specific citation for “driving through a parade” — hopefully performed very slowly and carefully. And we suppose a terrific number of unmanned cars must be rolling down our hills like golf balls, because there were 65,000 tickets issued for not curbing one’s wheels on an incline.