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Get insider information from those who know the Bay Area best. We’ll give you our take on the things we love about San Francisco as well as our favorite things see, taste, do, and experience in the city we love to call home.

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Have a Wickedly Wild Time in San Francisco

Halloween, the one holiday that seems just as wildly entertaining for adults as it is for kids, is an absolute blast here in San Francisco. With a thriving arts community and big-city thrills, there’s an endless list of parties and haunts to make your Halloween in San Francisco an unforgettable experience. 

Have a Wickedly Wild Time in San Francisco

Halloween, the one holiday that seems just as wildly entertaining for adults as it is for kids, is an absolute blast here in San Francisco. With a thriving arts community and big-city thrills, there’s an endless list of parties and haunts to make your Halloween in San Francisco an unforgettable experience. 

One such haunt is the Speakeasy Halloween Party Cruise Aboard the San Francisco Belle. Known for the iconic San Francisco Bay, day cruises are quite popular in this city. So it’s no wonder they’ve decided to take Halloween to the water with a 9 p.m. night cruise on October 26th, where guests can dawn their finest prohibition attire and explore spooky landmarks while they dance to a live DJ performance and sip devilishly delicious cocktails. We hope you have a spooktacular time during your stay this October!

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Partake in a German Tradition at The Bay

Pull out your lederhosen because this September, the San Francisco community celebrates its German roots with the weekend-long Oktoberfest By The Bay. Starting on the 20th, the traditional Munich celebration will feature authentic German food and beer, games, singing, and dancing. 

Partake in a German Tradition at The Bay

Pull out your lederhosen because this September, the San Francisco community celebrates its German roots with the weekend-long Oktoberfest By The Bay. Starting on the 20th, the traditional Munich celebration will feature authentic German food and beer, games, singing, and dancing. 

Pull out your lederhosen because this September, the San Francisco community celebrates its German roots with the weekend-long Oktoberfest By The Bay. Starting on the 20th, the traditional Munich celebration will feature authentic German food and beer, games, singing, and dancing. All, of course, accompanied by scenic views of the iconic Bay. The fun will start at 9:00 a.m. Friday, lasting until 6:00 p.m. every day until Sunday at Pier 35. All, of course, accompanied by scenic views of the iconic Bay. The fun will start at 9:00 a.m. Friday, lasting until 6:00 p.m. every day until Sunday at Pier 35. 

Looking for a more trendy hang out while you’re staying with us? Stop by our onsite restaurant and bar, MaSo, for delicious craft cocktails and casual Californian offerings. Our brunch buffet is a local favorite and guests may enjoy a complimentary wine tasting every evening of the week. After all, it wouldn’t be California without a wine tasting!

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San Francisco Exhibits to Get Excited About

In The City by the Bay, museums are as abundant as a foggy morning. Why not spend a day exploring the many artistic endeavors that have influenced the city and the world. To help you plan your stops, here are a few of the hottest exhibits in San Francisco this August:

San Francisco Exhibits to Get Excited About

In The City by the Bay, museums are as abundant as a foggy morning. Why not spend a day exploring the many artistic endeavors that have influenced the city and the world. To help you plan your stops, here are a few of the hottest exhibits in San Francisco this August:

“Tattoos in Japanese Prints”

Head to the Asian Art Museum to discover how Japanese Prints of the Edo-period have continued to influence our artistic choices of today, exemplified by modern-day tattoos. 

"Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again" 

You can check out this icon’s exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. With over 300 works on display, you could spend all day getting familiar with Mr. Warhol’s style. 

“Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World”

Guests at The Walt Disney Family Museum can get an intimate look at Disney’s most treasured character, from the dawn of his creation to his widespread success as the world’s most beloved mouse. 

Enjoy your day of museum-hopping!

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Head Out on the Bay for the Day

San Francisco wouldn’t be the same if not for the San Francisco Bay. It’s not only one of the most ecologically important bodies of water in California, but a cultural hotspot for tourism and commerce with stunning sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, a multitude of dining and nightlife venues, and the best whale-spotting opportunities in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Head Out on the Bay for the Day

San Francisco wouldn’t be the same if not for the San Francisco Bay. It’s not only one of the most ecologically important bodies of water in California, but a cultural hotspot for tourism and commerce with stunning sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, a multitude of dining and nightlife venues, and the best whale-spotting opportunities in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco wouldn’t be the same if not for the San Francisco Bay. It’s not only one of the most ecologically important bodies of water in California, but a cultural hotspot for tourism and commerce with stunning sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, a multitude of dining and nightlife venues, and the best whale-spotting opportunities in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Of the cruise services offered around the area, guests can choose from a 60-minute tour of the bay, whale-sighting, bridge-to-bridge sightseeing, happy hour booze cruise, and more! Whether a single adult or a whole family, everyone can find just the right opportunity to explore the bay this summer season. For more information on what cruise is best for you, please review this helpful article on San Francisco’s official travel site. 

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Celebrate the LGBTQ Communities This June

San Francisco Pride is a two-day celebration of the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ communities in the Bay Area. Visitors and locals alike are invited to join in the vibrant downtown festival on June 29th and 30th to support the cause and spread a peaceful appreciation for diversity. 

Celebrate the LGBTQ Communities This June

San Francisco Pride is a two-day celebration of the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ communities in the Bay Area. Visitors and locals alike are invited to join in the vibrant downtown festival on June 29th and 30th to support the cause and spread a peaceful appreciation for diversity. 

San Francisco Pride is a two-day celebration of the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ communities in the Bay Area. Visitors and locals alike are invited to join in the vibrant downtown festival on June 29th and 30th to support the cause and spread a peaceful appreciation for diversity. The event will feature a sprawling assortment of venues and stages, and over 200 exhibits and vendors for guests to peruse. Dance to performances by celebrated artists, try delectable pride-centric treats from the dozens of food vendors and appreciate the inspirational messages shared by guest speakers. This is a festival for everyone! The fun kicks off on Saturday at noon and doesn’t stop until Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza. Discover more information at the event site here.

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Celebrate Memorial Day at Carnaval San Francisco

The Bay Area is a true melting pot of cultures, and no one is more proud of that than the San Francisco natives. Visitors come from all around the world to partake in diverse cultural experiences and discover a platform to incorporate their own individual identities into the vibrant San Francisco community. 

Celebrate Memorial Day at Carnaval San Francisco

The Bay Area is a true melting pot of cultures, and no one is more proud of that than the San Francisco natives. Visitors come from all around the world to partake in diverse cultural experiences and discover a platform to incorporate their own individual identities into the vibrant San Francisco community. 

One such cultural opportunity is happening the weekend of May 25th, in honor of Memorial Day: Carnaval San Francisco. The lively Latin festival will take over eight city blocks of San Francisco's Mission District to celebrate Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions. Saturday will feature the event’s parade, showcasing traditional costumes, dances, and musical performances. It’s sure to be the highlight of the weekend celebration. Head over to the main stage on 17th Street to catch the best of the event’s musical performances. Check out the website here for a full schedule of events and to buy your tickets in advance.

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Experience San Francisco’s Other Green Culture

San Francisco is known as the birthplace of the hippie movement, celebrating free love, the wonder of mother nature and...uh, greenery? If you’re looking for an alternative way to get to known this iconic city, look no further than the 420 Bud Drop at Hippie Hill. 

Experience San Francisco’s Other Green Culture

San Francisco is known as the birthplace of the hippie movement, celebrating free love, the wonder of mother nature and...uh, greenery? If you’re looking for an alternative way to get to known this iconic city, look no further than the 420 Bud Drop at Hippie Hill. 

The annual festival is always held on April 20th, in celebration of the city’s legal recreation of choice. The event will feature vendor booths, live entertainment, food and much more. Admission is free, but visitors must RSVP on the Eventbrite site, here.

Not a fan? April 20th happens to be the same day at the SF International Beer Festival, featuring brews from over 100 producers. Tickets include unlimited samples of beer and food, live music, games and much more. Click here for full details and to purchase your tickets.

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Feel the Luck of The Irish in San Fran

San Francisco is happy to have a prolific Irish community, with The United Irish Societies hosting a huge St. Paddy’s Day festival and parade that visitors to the city can’t miss! This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday so most of the festivities will actually be taking place Saturday, March 16th.

Feel the Luck of The Irish in San Fran

San Francisco is happy to have a prolific Irish community, with The United Irish Societies hosting a huge St. Paddy’s Day festival and parade that visitors to the city can’t miss! This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday so most of the festivities will actually be taking place Saturday, March 16th.

The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Market Street. The festival will pick up at the parade’s end location, the Civic Center Plaza. Patrons can expect Irish Jigs, music and an absolutely endless supply of beer (that may or may not be green!)

For those looking for a quieter celebration, we suggest catching the parade, but skipping the festival in lieu of a quieter afternoon at our recommended MaSo restaurant or a wine tasting at our establishment in the evening.

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Cruise Off into The Sunset with Your Loved One This Valentine’s Day

San Francisco is known for its beautiful Bay Area, complete with sunset views and tons of coastal activities. For those looking to celebrate love on the water this year, we recommend checking out one of San Francisco’s cruise companies for a tour of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Cruise Off into The Sunset with Your Loved One This Valentine’s Day

San Francisco is known for its beautiful Bay Area, complete with sunset views and tons of coastal activities. For those looking to celebrate love on the water this year, we recommend checking out one of San Francisco’s cruise companies for a tour of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

There are many different cruises to choose from to suit your preferences, including a Champagne Sunset Cruise, Valentine’s Dinner Cruise, or an Adventure Cruise. Whether you’re looking for over-the-top romance or a quirky adventure, San Francisco offers a variety of cruise packages to suit you and your partner’s desires this V-day. Our recommendation? Go all out with a private yacht cruise with the Champagne Sunset Cruise package. Tickets include a variety of drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music. Click here for full details and to purchase your tickets.

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Experience Zinfandel as Never Before

Wine lovers from around the world make sure to circle this weekend on their calendar. After all, ZinEX (short for Zinfandel Experience) is only the largest, single-varietal wine tasting in the world.

Experience Zinfandel as Never Before

Wine lovers from around the world make sure to circle this weekend on their calendar. After all, ZinEX (short for Zinfandel Experience) is only the largest, single-varietal wine tasting in the world.

The 3-day Zinfandel (and food) extravaganza offers tastings of hundreds of world-class wines in three different venues. That’s right, three! Mingle with celebrity guests, sample savory wines and learn what foods pair perfectly with your glass of Zin.

For the real enthusiasts of the bunch, be sure to snag VIP tickets. This package includes membership into the Heritage Club, which gives you behind-the-scenes access to local wineries, discounts and the chance to meet with winemakers/growers in the area. VIP tickets also include access to an exclusive dining event and the Grand Tasting Heritage Club Lounge. We’re so excited about this event, it’s almost Zin-ful!

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Catch the Country’s Original Production of The Nutcracker

Seventy-four years ago, The Nutcracker made its American debut at the War Memorial Opera House right here in San Francisco. Since its dazzling debut, it’s become an annual tradition that many San Franciscans can’t miss during the holiday season.

Catch the Country’s Original Production of The Nutcracker

Seventy-four years ago, The Nutcracker made its American debut at the War Memorial Opera House right here in San Francisco. Since its dazzling debut, it’s become an annual tradition that many San Franciscans can’t miss during the holiday season.

Located just fifteen minutes from our hotel, you’d be remiss if you didn’t experience this local treasure. With over-the-top set pieces, painstakingly-made costumes and some of the most talented dancers from the area,  San Francisco’s production of The Nutcracker is absolutely breathtaking. For a more in-depth experience, opt for the Passport Performance, which offers up festive activities one hour before curtains rise.

After the performance, you’re sure to be feeling pretty festive. Continue the fun with a trip to Deck The Halls, a pop-up holiday cocktail bar less than a mile from the opera house. We hear their egg nog shots are delicious!

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Loosen Your Belt for Unlimited Bacon & Beer

Start the season of eating with a trip to the Bacon & Beer Classic on Saturday, November 10th. For the fourth year in a row, San Francisco is playing host to the Bacon & Beer Classic where (as you can probably guess) attendees can indulge in unlimited amounts of mouth-watering bacon and refreshing craft beer. 

Loosen Your Belt for Unlimited Bacon & Beer

Start the season of eating with a trip to the Bacon & Beer Classic on Saturday, November 10th. For the fourth year in a row, San Francisco is playing host to the Bacon & Beer Classic where (as you can probably guess) attendees can indulge in unlimited amounts of mouth-watering bacon and refreshing craft beer. 

Has there ever been a better combo?! Not only is the location convenient to guests—AT&T Park is less than a mile away from our hotel—but it’s home to none other than the San Francisco Giants! Baseball fans are encouraged to snap VIP tickets which give you access to dugouts and the warning track on top of an extra hour of sampling. This is a can’t-miss event for couples, families, and anyone else trying to get a taste of the quirky happenings around The Golden City.

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Only the Best for Oktoberfest

Carry on the tradition all the way from Munich by celebrating Oktoberfest San Francisco-style. You can join in the fun at one of the four sessions, Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd, to attend Oktoberfest By the Bay.

Only the Best for Oktoberfest

Carry on the tradition all the way from Munich by celebrating Oktoberfest San Francisco-style. You can join in the fun at one of the four sessions, Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd, to attend Oktoberfest By the Bay.

Your stay will be enriched by great German food, beer, and music at Pier 48. Tickets can be purchased online for general admission and VIP access which includes German bratwurst, a private bar with guaranteed seating, private restrooms, a free beer, and a commemorative mug to take home.

Great brews will be offered up to the spirited tunes of the Chico Bavarian Band and the Internationals. You can dance along while watching traditional performances by the Nature Friends Schuhplattler, the tapping of the official keg by the German Consul, and other German customs. Order your tickets before they sell out to ensure you get to attend the best Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich and make your stay in San Francisco that much more fun.

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