Things to do in San Francisco
Welcome to the Bay! San Francisco is famous for its Victorian colorful houses, cable cars, steep streets, and more. Aside from its urban beauty, SF also has some of the most iconic landmarks and well-known cultural institutions in the world.
Vinnie Van GO has pulled together his must-do list for when you’re next in town.
Chinese New Year Parade
San Fran’s Chinatown is one of the most famous in the country. For years, this area has preserved Asian culture and heritage and holds one of the city’s biggest annual events each February – the Chinese New Year Parade. Join huge crowds to take in this colorful and exciting tradition, with lanterns and dragons and more!
SF Pride Parade
One of the biggest pride celebrations in the world takes place every June in the Bay Area. This San Francisco tradition is a crazy and colorful celebration of love and freedom, and is truly an unmissable event.
Outside Lands Festival
Every summer, Golden Gate Park plays host to one of the country’s biggest and best music festivals. Featuring some of the biggest acts in the world, this weekend of live music also has delicious food, drinks, and local artwork. Check the festival website for this year’s lineup.
This outdoor baseball park in South Beach has been the home of the MLB’s San Francisco Giants since 2000. Grab your family and friends, and catch a game when you’re in town.
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
This multi-purpose arena in Mission Bay is currently under construction and will open in 2019. It will be the future home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
500 Terry A Francois Boulevard Suite 73
San Francisco, CA 94158
This outdoor football stadium in Santa Clara is the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and is only a short shuttle ride from San Francisco.
4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Golden Gate Bridge
This iconic art deco bridge has been spanning the strait connecting the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean since 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the Wonders of the Modern World, and is likely the most photographed bridge in the world.
Located in the San Francisco Bay, this island is the home to possibly the most infamous prison in the world. This island is a key part of San Francisco, and American, history, and is a must-visit when you’re in the Bay.
The Fisherman’s Wharf on San Francisco’s northern waterfront is one of the city’s most-visited landmarks. The area is full of souvenir shops, stalls selling fish, and beautiful views. A visit to the wharf also gives you the chance to catch a glimpse of a colony of sea lion!
San Francisco has so much to see – from natural views to cobbled streets. There are plenty of tours to take you around to the best spots! San Francisco Experience’s City Tour is a classic city sightseeing experience, where you’ll ride in style in a classic trolley. San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tours has one of the best guided culinary experiences in town, and is one of Vinnie’s favorites. For something a bit spookier, check out Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery for San Francisco’s spookier spots.
This restaurant is famous amongst locals for amazing bread, a fantastic menu, and a chill atmosphere.
4001 Judah Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
El Molino Central
Located in Boyes Hot Springs, right outside of Sonoma, this restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in the area – and that’s saying something!
11 Central Avenue
Sonoma, CA 95476
This fine dining establishment has a refined atmosphere perfect for entertaining clients or a romantic dinner out.
3640 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118