Staff Picks

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Soda Shop 2.0

Channel a 1930s soda fountain vibe, add a classic lunch counter and you're beginning to appreciate the appeal of The Ice Cream Bar, our hands-down favorite for ice cream, sodas and savory treats made with locally sourced organic dairy and produce. Read more

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Wharf Fest Fun

Soak up the flavor of San Francisco's iconic Fisherman's Wharf at Wharf Fest, a fun and free festival on October 25. The Wharf Fest celebrates everything wonderful about this Bay area historic treasure. Read more

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Dragon Boat Racing in the Bay

San Francisco's a cultural melting pot, to be sure, and few things are more fun than free festivals that celebrate the city's colorful, oh-so-cultural side. With that in mind, we can't say enough good things about the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, highlighted by 40-foot dragon boats, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music âÂ?" in other words, a little bit of everything that makes festivals so much fun. Read more

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An Evening in Sardinia

We're often asked "What's your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?" With thousands and thousands of eateries in San Francisco and the surrounding area, that can be a tough one but when you narrow it down Read more

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Get Out for the Outside Lands Festival

Tom Petty, Kanye West, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis...they're all part of the all-star lineup for the Outside Lands Festival, scheduled August 8-10. One of San Francisco's most talked about music festivals, this three-day gathering in Golden Gate Park Read more

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Fun on Fillmore

After the July 4th fireworks, fans of jazz head to Pacific Heights for the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, a two-day fete spanning three stages (and more than a dozen blocks) and featuring lots of live jazz, local artists and eclectic international cuisine. Read more

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Picnic at the Presidio

Food truck meets farmers market meets funky outdoor market in Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio, a fun, free, family-friendly outdoor fest featuring kite-flying for kids, Bloody Mary "kits" for the parents and plenty of great food from top restaurants and favorite San Francisco food carts. Read more

Golden Gate Park's Spreckels Temple of Music

STRIKE UP THE BAND

It's April - time for the Golden Gate Park Band to kick off another season of Sunday Concerts. Read more

Pier 45's Musée Mécanique

AMUSEMENTS OF ANOTHER ERA

Before video games and vines, amusements involved a generous dose of mechanical magic. Read more

Embarcadero Pier 7

LIGHT THE NIGHT

The San Francisco skyline doesn't have to work too hard to dazzle but right now, there's even more awe-inspiring wonder in store. Read more

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THE MAN BEHIND THE MOUSE

If you loved "Saving Mr. Banks," we know you'll adore San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. Read more

Portsmouth Square, Washington & Kearney, San Francisco

CURIOUS ABOUT CHINATOWN?

While staying at our boutique hotel, don't miss the chance to go behind the scenes of the largest unified Chinese community outside of Asia on the "Chinatown Alleyway" tour. Read more

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BRING ON THE LIGHTS

Sure, New York has a tree at Rockefeller Center but we prefer the all-out illumination of Embarcadero Center's four soaring towers, which usher in the holiday season on November22. Read more

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PEZ PLEASE!

Proof that there just might be a museum for everything, the nearby Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia pays tribute to that icon of American pop culture, the Pez candy dispenser. From Bullwinkle to Batman, Pez has produced more than 900 unique characters in its 50+ year history. Read more