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Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area

Spring and summer see the City by the Bay shake with activity. The breezy weather is tempered by warm sunshine, sending the people of communities from San Francisco and Oakland to Santa Clara and San Jose to the outdoors to be a part of more special events, annual festivals, sports, and kid-friendly fun than ever.

Bay Area baseball fans have an exciting summer ahead of them. Perennial championship contenders, the San Francisco Giants, are back in action at AT&T Park, and across the bay, the Oakland A's 2016 season is in full swing as well. Check the schedule during your stay to catch a home game, or be there for the four-game "Battle of the Bay" when the two teams play each other – twice at AT&T Park on June 27th and 28th, and twice at O.co Coliseum on June 29th and 30th.

San Francisco has long been known as a haven for cultural diversity and equality, and the 2016 San Francisco Pride events celebrate just that on June 25th and 26th. The fun centers on the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, where music, dancing, parades, and more are set to take place.

The City's comfortable spring and summer weather serves as an invitation to get out and get active, and visitors won't be short on opportunities to do so this year. The 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is June 12th, challenging athletes with a 1.5-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike ride, and culminating in an 8-mile run. The race starts at Fisherman's Wharf at 7:30 Saturday morning, but the surrounding festivities start Friday night and go all weekend.

Oakland keeps the fun going with a variety of recurring events this season. Every Friday night, the Oakland Museum of California hosts local food trucks, regional craft beer tastings, live music, and other special weekly events. Friday Nights @ OMCA events start at 5 p.m. every week.

On the first Friday of every month, Oakland's KONO District is transformed into a true cultural hub, as streets fill with vendors and performers, and area galleries and venues fill with art and live music. The fun usually goes from around 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The 2016 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival promises to be the biggest one yet – and it's big every year. From August 5th through 7th, the event fills Golden Gate Park with all sorts of activities and interactive art exhibits, not to mention performances by the likes of Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Lana Del Ray.

San Francisco Bay Area Hotel Map

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San Francisco Bay Area Events

June 2016

June 25 – 26, 2016
San Francisco Pride

Check out the 46th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. On June 25th & 26th, head for the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza for music, dancing, parades, and more. 

June 12, 2016
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Think you can handle a 1.5-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike ride, and then topped off with an 8-mile run? Great! Head for the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf for the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 12th. 

July 2016

Every Friday Night
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.

July 25 – 31, 2016
San Francisco Marathon

Comprised of several different running events, the San Francisco Marathon is one of the biggest events of the year. Take part in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon, or 5K – head for the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building.

August 2016

Reoccurring Monthy
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.

August 5 – 7, 2016
Outside Lands

Visit Golden Gate Park this August for the annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. See premier musical acts, comedy headliners, and try exceptional food in San Francisco.

September 2016

September 25, 2016
Folsom Street Fair

Celebrating its 31st rendition, the Folsom Street Fair is one of the premier leather events in San Francisco. Join the anticipated 400,000 guests across 13 city blocks on September 25th, all in conjunction with San Francisco Leather Week.

October 2016

October 7 – 10, 2016
San Francisco Fleet Week

Don't miss this year's Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco. Celebrate and honor those men and women who served in US Armed Forces. There's an air show, parade of ships, and a variety live entertainment options.

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