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Ringing in the New Year (For Real)

Looking for a more spiritual way to ring in the New Year? Head to the Asian Art Museum, one of San Francisco's best museums, for the 29th Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony, a contemplative event highlighted by a chance to strike the museum's ancient 2,100-pound Japanese bronze bell. Read more

retro ice cream bar with stools up to a bar. glass cups line the back wall with a door into the kitchen.

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

san francisco dragon racing. Crewer's rowing in authentic dragon boat

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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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

bowl of pasta.

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

fillmore jazz festival. Local musicians play Jazz music on the street

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

picnic at the presidio. 100's of people set up picnic blankets and tents on a open lawn.

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

Walt Disney Family Museum. Historic drawings of Mickey Mouse line the wall

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