While this seven square mile city might be small, it packs a punch with the ultimate in summer fun and unique experiences. With stunning scenery, vibrant parks, hip neighborhoods, impressive museums, Victorian architecture and innovative dining options, the City by the Bay checks all the boxes for a dream destination. So pack your layers - unpredictable weather varies from sunshine to a blanket of “Karl the Fog” even during the summer months - lace-up your kicks, and go revel in San Francisco’s beautiful, eclectic spirit...
1. Calling all shutterbugs! Whether you are a pro photog expertly capturing the City sights, or an amateur who needs inspiration, check out this cool exhibit Snap+share (March 30 - Aug 4th) at the SFMOMA. This gram-worthy installation is all about the evolution of sharing photographs from mail art to social networks.
2. Che Fico Alimentari Needing a new wine bar to quench your thirst in NOPA? Che Fico Alimentari is here to fulfill your wine, grocery, and salumeria needs. Whether it’s date night or some delicious Italian fare to go, Che Fico is our new go-to spot.
3. Flour + Water Pizzeria More Flour + Water and carb loading please! Our wish has been granted. The newest addition to the popular NeTimes restaurant group will be opening a pizzeria at 18th and Valencia Street this summer. We are anxiously awaiting the opening of this restaurant; there can never be too much pizza in the Mission!
4. The long-awaited 12-story Virgin Hotels San Francisco on 4th Street in SoMa is open! It’s rooftop bar and lounge Everdene is not to miss whether you are a hotel guest, or just want to sip and see 360 degree views of the stunning San Francisco skyline. Also check out the swanky restaurant Commons Club for heartier fare. This hip hotel is in the heart of the city and is walking distance to Moscone, Union Square and the Financial District.
5. A classic SF event, the beloved Stern Grove Festival returns for its 82nd season this summer running from June 16th-August 18th. This free concert draws a big crowd so I recommend spreading out a blanket early and packing plenty of snacks and drinks for the day. Be sure not to miss the SF Ballet performance!
6. The popular Uncorked wine festival is returning to SF at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion on July 19th from 6-10 PM. Sample over 150 wines and champagnes from around the world, enjoy gourmet food, groove to live music and soak up all that summer in the City is supposed to be! Note, for guests 21 and older, no children allowed.
7. Off the Grid SF Heralded as one of California’s largest weekly street food markets, check out this outdoor culinary food bonanza with a full bar, live bands and featuring a variety of up and coming chefs. The event runs every Friday from 5-10 PM now through October at Fort Mason Center. Attendance is free, but bring cash for food and drinks. And for family friendly Sundays with Off the Grid, visit the Presidio Picnic party on the Main Parade Ground lawn, 11 AM to 4 PM, now through October.
8. If you ask me, the best way to see Golden Gate Park is by bike! This iconic and popular San Francisco attraction offers 3.5 miles of park exploration with many museums, gardens, and hidden lakes throughout. On Sundays, the main roads of the park are closed down to cars, making it the best day to get out and explore on two wheels, roller skates or on foot.
9. Your best chance for catching some summer rays in San Francisco would be at Dolores Park. Grab a blanket and fuel up at Birite Market with sandwiches, vino and snacks before hitting Dolores Park for people-watching, frisbee, or a little cat nap. If you’re lucky enough to reach a temperature over 60 degrees, head over to Birite Creamery for a sweet and cool treat.
10. Craving authentic Mexican food for dinner? Look no further than Lolo in the Mission neighborhood where many restaurants are owned by Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian Americans who serve up delicious, vibrant dishes in fun atmospheres. Located at 974 Valencia St., near 21st Street.