The best parks in San Francisco
There are a million reasons to love SF, but the sheer number of parks in San Francisco should be at the top of the list. Some of the city's best museums and attractions are located inside these massive green spaces. Whether you're seeking a small square to picnic in or a massive park to spend a day hiking, San Francisco’s city parks are reason enought to get outside.
The best beaches in San Francisco for fun in the sun (or fog)
You don't need to take a day trip from San Francisco to catch some rays. While it's true you're more likely to see folks bundled up in blankets and hoodies than board shorts and bikinis, don't take San Francisco beaches for granted. It’s not all about languid sunbathing here: You’ll find public fire pits, rad surf shops, breathtaking sunset overlooks, sandy dog paradises and the best hiking trails. From the Pacific to the Bay, there’s a sandy stretch for every beach-going style.
See colorful spring wildflowers on these Bay Area hikes
It's been a rainy couple of months in NorCal, which means California wildflowers are in full bloom around the Bay Area—and at some of these spots, they will continue to do so throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to stay close with one of the best hikes in the Bay Area or take a day trip to see the coastal flora, there are many options when it comes to seeing Northern California wildflowers. So take advantage of the recent rainy days and head to one of these spots.
The best swimming pools in the San Francisco Bay Area
Despite its shades-of-gray tendencies (thanks, Karl the Fog), the Bay Area possesses a solid number of must-visit pools. From tucked-away neighborhood spots and intense spa soaks to a rock’n’roll-tinged hotel redefining the local pool-party scene, dip your toes at these stylish pools around the Bay Area. Once you’ve dried off, grab a bite at one of San Francisco’s best restaurants or meet up with friends for happy hour. RECOMMENDED: 6 amazing adventures you can have on the San Francisco Bay
Hieroglyphics will headline Oakland Museum's all-night dance party
If you frequent Oakland Museum of California's Friday night block parties, then you'll love their annual dance party-slash-fundraiser returning to the museum this May. A ticket to OMCA's Ziggurat comes with access to an open bar of craft cocktails, tasty late night bites and live music by Oakland's legendary hip-hop group Hieroglyphics and DJ heyLove*. Mix and mingle with cocktails on the garden terrace, stroll through the museum's newest exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom and snap photos in the photo booth. If you opt for dinner tickets, take a seat in the gardens for delicious bites by Barbara Llewelyn Catering. The evening also includes a live auction and fund-a-need and a special dance performance by Destiny Arts Center Junior Company. The party goes down May 19th. Get tickets at museumca.org/2018/ziggurat.
Salesforce Transit Center's new glass gondola will whisk you away to the public rooftop park
If the city's new Transit Center is starting to feel a little like Disneyland...now it even has an aerial tram. A glass gondola is currently being tested at Salesforce Park, the multi-block public rooftop space at the Salesforce Transit Center (Salesforce bought the naming rights last week). When it opens in June, the glass tram will transport groups of 20 or less from the ground floor to the 5.4-acre rooftop park which includes an outdoor amphitheater, a cafe and a restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you're nervous about see-through transportation, the gondola won't be the only way to reach the rooftop park; there will also be various elevators and escalators located inside the transit center lobby to help ease the foot traffic expected in the Transit Center, which will connect eight Bay Area counties with 11 transportation systems. According to a statement from Salesforce, “The Transit Center and City Park are a natural extension of Salesforce's urban campus, providing better access to and from SF, and a sprawling green park in the hub of downtown for all to enjoy.” See you in the park.
San Francisco now has an official LGBTQ Leather District
San Francisco's Leather District, located in SoMa and host to the annual (and infamous) Folsom Street Fair, has finally been given the recognition it deserves: Official status as a cultural district of San Francisco. Last week, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to establish an LGBTQ leather cultural district in the neighborhood. And, frankly, it’s a bit overdue. “[This vote] to designate a cultural district has been more than a decade in the making,” said San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. "The service of the leather community during the AIDS crisis, the non-profits they founded, the amount of fund raising they did in the fight against AIDS is something that should not be forgotten.” For the nightclubs, bars, shops and other LGBTQ venues that make up the 'hood, the status change is a welcome business boost. "Just having some recognition that this has history and as people move in to it, to recognize there was something here before them,” said Jonathan Schroder, general manager of Mr. S Leather, a neighborhood shop that has catered to the leather community since 1979, to ABC 7 News. “It helps people understand this existed for a long time as they move heavily into the area and are warm and accepting that these things continue to happen," As a result of being named a cultural district, the new 'hood will receive public money and have negotiating rights in future residential and commercial developments. The city will also consider designating The
29Rooms, Refinery 29's interactive fun house, is coming to San Francisco for four days only!
First there was the Color Factory, then the Museum of Ice Cream, now, San Francisco's next Instagram-worthy fun house comes courtesy of Refinery 29. After three successful pop-ups in Brooklyn and a pop-up in L.A., the creative team behind the lifestyle website is bringing 29Rooms to the Palace of Fine Arts this June. Composed of 29 different rooms, the large-scale exhibition will bring together the worlds of style, culture and technology in visually stunning installations curated by a mix of artists, brands and even celebrities. This tour's theme, "Turn It Into Art," taps into the transformative and healing power of creativity. Each room will tell its own story via playful and sometimes provocative installations—though this year's artists and brands have not been released yet. 29Rooms will be open to the public for four days only, from June 21 through June 24. Each day will have three sessions lasting for three hours: 11am–2pm, 3–6pm and 7–10pm. Tickets are $39. Along with saving you from the guessing game of when to arrive, your ticket grants you three hours to create and explore the 29 rooms. That’s plenty of time to let your imagination run wild, and snap enough social inspiration to fill your feeds for days. Tickets are already on sale, and (miraculously) aren't sold out, so get your tickets ASAP! To get a taste of what's in store, check out this video from the 29Rooms New York pop-up this year.
This new music venue mixes speakeasy vibes with live bands and bowling
Let the good times roll. August Hall, the newest concert venue in downtown San Francisco, will swing open its doors in May, with a gaming parlor, a gourmet pizza menu and three bowling lanes below the hall. Replacing the EDM dance club Ruby Skye, the 1,000-person space inside the Golden West building was bought by two San Francisco natives, Nate Valentine, the restaurateur behind Padrecito and the Tipsy Pig, Justin Roja and Scott Murphy, a music industry veteran and one of the first employees at Eventbrite. They named the space after the building’s architect, August Headman, with the hope of honoring the spot’s historic past while providing modern, high-end hospitality and sound quality. (The building once served as the event space for the Native Sons of the Golden West, a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving California landmarks.) Among the Art Nouveau details the team is working to protect, there are stained-glass tributes to native sons like Jack London, Richard Nixon and former Governor and Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren. Downstairs, sister establishment Fifth Arrow, located in a former Prohibition-era speakeasy, serves as a recreational reprieve from the live music upstairs. Named after the target point bowlers use, Fifth Arrow has three bowling lanes and a menu that lists pizzas, small bites and shareable dishes. Promotion company Live Nation Entertainment is in charge of filling the hall with music, and the upcoming calendar already reflects San Francis
OMG! The Hello Kitty Food Truck is coming back to S.F.
Even if Hello Kitty isn't your thing, we dare you not to be charmed by the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck's return to the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. The roving pink beauty makes waves wherever she goes. Vegas? Check. Los Angeles? Check. New York? Obvi. The two-year-old SoCal-based food and merchandise truck is the cutest thing on four wheels (other than this) and will be gracing the City by the Bay on Saturday and Sunday. You can find the truck on Post Street near the concert stage from 10am until 5pm all weekend. There are actually two Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks in the United States, one for each coast. Can't catch a truck? If you're down south, visit the Hello Kitty container pop-up in Irvine. It is achingly adorable. While we've been stuck in the City, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been making the Bay Area rounds for the past few weekends. A pink-hued search through local social media reveals that South Bay and East Bay Kitty Truck fans were met with adorable treats and agonizing lines. Get in the mood to score some Sanrio sweets with some of the cutest Hello Kitty Cafe Truck uploads we could find: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck! 💕 @hellokittycafe #hellokittycafe #hellokitty #sanrio #pleasanton #california A post shared by julie sheen (@julie3667) on Apr 1, 2017 at 9:10am PDT Going from cars and coffee to waiting in line at a hello kitty food truck thing. I love a weird life y'all. — Meredith (@nekomeem) March 25, 2017 in line for the h
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