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Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area

There’s more reason than ever to visit the Golden Gate City this season. The summer sunshine makes for the best weather of the year, meaning countless iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf are that much more inviting. Even better, whether you’re looking for the quintessential San Francisco experience or unique ways to get off the beaten path, Bay Area communities’ event calendars are packed with things to see and do this summer.

The San Francisco Giants – reigning MLB champions – are back at it this summer, and baseball fans can watch them go to work at AT&T Park, where 2015 home games will be hosted through the end of September. Check the schedule during your Bay Area visit to make sure you don’t miss a chance to enjoy America’s Pastime.

Bay Area sports fans will be delivered from an existence devoid of football this August, but they’ll have to drive south to see the San Francisco 49ers in action. The Niners host the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason matchup on August 23rd at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. 49ers tickets can be hard to snag – so don’t miss what could be your only chance.

If you don’t want big crowds to be a part of your summer vacation, do as the locals do. Baker Beach lends itself to exceptional views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the top of Russian Hill is a great vantage point for gazing at the City. The “cruffins” sold at Mr. Holmes Bakery are a must-try and the brewed beans of independent coffee shops like Front Coffee, Ritual, Sightglass, and Fourbarrel will get you pepped up and ready to explore.

South of San Fran, sightseers can sift through scores of quirky, handmade, and one of a kind crafts and creations at the San Jose Flea Market in San Jose. Up to 1,500 vendors sell their goods at the famous forum and there are even special activities to keep the little ones entertained. The market is open all day on Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends.

Summertime visitors to Los Gatos can de-stress to some smooth sounds at the Los Gatos Town Plaza. Held every Wednesday, the annual concert series brings top local, regional, and national jazz musicians to perform, while providing picnic areas where listeners can relax and enjoy the music. 2015 Jazz on the Plazz events start around sundown.

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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 24 – August 26, 2015
2015 Jazz on the Plazz

Set at the Los Gatos Town Plaza, the annual Jazz on the Plazz celebration is held every Wednesday evening during the beautiful Los Gatos summer. Produced by Los Gatos Music & Arts, this weekly concert series features picnic spots and live jazz.

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.

July 24 - August 28, 2015
2015 Dancing Under the Stars

Reoccurring weekly, this event invites dancers of all skill levels to Jack London Square for an evening of free dance lessons and all-around fun. Each week brings a new theme. The fun begins at 8:30 p.m.

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

August 7 - 9, 2015
San Jose Jazz Festival

Over 100,000 visitors come to downtown San Jose to enjoy world-class jazz music.

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.

August 9-16, 2015
2015 Woodminster Amphitheater Live Performances

The Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller State Park is set to host the cult-classic musical, the Producers, for a handful of dates in August. Performances are on August 7th, 8th, and 9th, and 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8 p.m.

August 7-9, 2015
2015 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

A three-day art and music festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco featuring renowned hip-hop, indie rock, and jam band musicians. Headliners include Mumford and Sons, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

August 10-15, 2015
2015 National Poetry Slam

One of the world's largest poetry slam competitions comes to Oakland during this week-long event. The contest is held at various locations throughout Oakland, with special events including open mics, workshops, and showcases.

August 15, 2015
2015 RunOak

A fun-filled half-marathon traversing Oakland, culminating in a festival featuring live music and beverage gardens near City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza. Runners and spectators are welcome. The event begins at 7 a.m.

August 22 & 23, 2015
2015 Oakland's Chinatown Streetfest

Explore over 200 specialty vendors spread across Oakland's bustling Chinatown. There will also be live entertainment and plenty to see and do. Event start time is TBA.

August 23 & 24, 2015
2015 Caltopia

UC Berkley hosts this free festival, set to include plenty of live music, festival food, and family-friendly games and activities. The festival begins at 10 a.m.

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