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Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area

There's never a bad time to visit San Francisco – the City by the Bay sees breezy and mild weather all year long. Still, fall visitors will have an especially easy time finding plenty to see and do as Bay Area communities from Oakland to Mountain View to San Jose boast an array of special events, big-league sports, family-friendly fun, and countless outdoor activities.

Bay Area sports fans are in for an exciting fall. Defending World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants, and nearing the climactic end of their 2015 season, seeking first place in the National League West division as they host home game at AT&T Park. The Oakland A's are at it as well, battling it out in the tough AL West and hosting home games at O.Co Coliseum. Check the schedule during your visit to enjoy what's left of America's Pastime – the MLB season stretches into the first week of October.

Football fans from Sonoma to Pacific Grove and beyond are delivered from the dog days of summer as the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders gear up for the 2015 NFL season and a shot at redemption after a disappointing 2014. After the first home game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings on September 14th, the Niners continue to defend the field at Levi's Stadium through January 3rd, when they host the St. Louis Rams. Raiders fans boil over with excitment when bitter rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs, invade O.Co Coliseum on December 6th.

Don't leave all the athletic fun to the pros – the Bay Area is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world. Located in southeast San Francisco, the 18-hole, 163-acre TPC Harding Park Golf Course is convenient for players visiting Millbrae and San Mateo, while the Santa Teresa Golf Club is a short drive for visitors to San Jose, Los Gatos, and Milpitas.

Foodies won't want to miss the 2015 Bites at the Lake: Mobile Food & Family Fun events. Held every Sunday at the Lakeview Library Parking Lot in Oakland, the festivities feature rotating local food trucks and family-friendly games and activities. The fun gets cooking at noon.

On the first Friday of each month, the KONO district in Oakland becomes a true cultural hub, as galleries open up to showcase the works of local artists and the surrounding streets fill with performers, food, live music, and much more. The 2015 Oakland First Friday Festival, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is a great way for visitors find a sense of the San Francisco Bay's ever-burgeoning arts scene – all in one place.

San Francisco Bay Area Hotel Map

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44 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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    Seacliff Inn

    Aptos

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    Heritage Inn

    Benicia

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    Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites

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    Heritage Inn

    Concord

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    Corte Madera Inn

    Corte Madera

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    Danville Sycamore Inn

    Danville

  • BEST WESTERN
    Cordelia Inn

    Fairfield

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Garden Court Inn

    Fremont

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    Forest Park Inn

    Gilroy

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    Inn of Hayward

    Hayward

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    Vineyard Inn

    Livermore

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    The Inn of Los Gatos

    Los Gatos

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    John Muir Inn

    Martinez

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Riviera

    Menlo Park

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    El Rancho Inn

    Millbrae

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Brookside Inn

    Milpitas

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    Mountain View Inn

    Mountain View

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    Elm House Inn

    Napa

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    Inn at the Vines

    Napa

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    Ivy Hotel Napa

    Napa

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    Novato Oaks Inn

    Novato

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    Airport Inn & Suites

    Oakland

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    Bayside Hotel

    Oakland

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    The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove

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    Lighthouse Hotel

    Pacifica

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    Petaluma Inn

    Petaluma

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    Pleasanton Inn

    Pleasanton

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    Inn

    Redwood City

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    Executive Suites

    Redwood City

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    Americania

    San Francisco

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    The Tuscan

    San Francisco

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    Lanai Garden Inn & Suites

    San Jose

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    Airport Plaza

    San Jose

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    Coyote Point Inn

    San Mateo

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    Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

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    University Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

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    Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    All Suites Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    Inn Scotts Valley

    Scotts Valley

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    Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center

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    Grosvenor Airport Hotel

    South San Francisco

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    Silicon Valley Inn

    Sunnyvale

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    Inn & Suites at Discovery Kingdom

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    Rose Garden Inn

    Watsonville

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San Francisco Bay Area Events

March 2015

March - December 2015
San Jose Flea Market

Up to 1,500 vendors sell their goods at San Jose's famous flea market. The market is open all day on Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends.

April 2015

April 12 - October 11, 2015
Marin County French Market

The Marin Civic Center near Corte Madera hosts this outdoor and French-themed market the 2nd Sunday of each month.

June 2015

June 27 - September 27, 2015
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Relax and enjoy Shakespeare performances for the entire summer in San Francisco.

July 2015

Every Friday Night
2015 Friday Nights @ OMCA

An inviting event held weekly at the Oakland Museum of California featuring local food trucks, regional craft beer tastings, live music, and special weekly events. The fun begins at 5 p.m. every Friday.

Every Sunday
2015 Bites at the Lake: Mobile Food & Family Fun

Foodies won't want to miss this weekly event, held at the Lakeview Library Parking Lot in Oakland, featuring rotating local food trucks alongside family-friendly games and activities. The event begins at noon.

August 2015

Reoccurring Monthy
2015 Oakland First Friday Festival

Just as the name would suggest, on the first Friday of each month, the KONO district in Oakland transforms into a cultural hub, teeming with galleries, street performers, food, live music, and much more. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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