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Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area

Winter visitors are reminded there’s never a bad time to visit San Francisco. Mild weather means the City is as popular a tourist destination as ever, and there are countless ways to take advantage of the brisk, sun-filled days. Special events, festivals, pro sports, and family-friendly activities – there’s much to see and do in the Bay Area this season.

Football season may be over, but Bay Area sports fans still have a lot of excitement ahead of them. The Golden State Warriors, reigning NBA Champions, keep their foot on the gas as they host games at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Check the schedule to see Steph Curry and Co. in action – the 2015-2016 season goes through mid-April.

The biggest sporting event of the year comes to the Bay Area on February 7th. The all-new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara will host Super Bowl 50, in which the two best teams in the NFL face off for the rights to hoist the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Can’t score tickets to the game? Countless events will be held all throughout the Bay Area the week leading up to the big day, and everyone’s invited to join in the football-themed fun.

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, Oaklands KONO District is transformed into a true cultural hub, as streets fill with vendors and performers, and area galleries and venues with art and live music. The fun usually goes from around 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fisherman’s Wharf, one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions, hosts the 2016 Ocean Film Festival, March 10th through 13th. Dozens of independent films, all focusing on oceans and environmental awareness, will be screened at the Cowell Theater. Check for individual show times during your visit.

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San Francisco Bay Area Events

February 2016

February 7, 2016
2016 Super Bowl 50

The NFL's two best teams face-off in the biggest sporting event of the year. This year's game will be played a Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. Visitors won't want to miss events leading up to the big game, including Run the Road to Super Bowl 50, NFL Experience in San Francisco, and San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films.

February 13, 2016
2016 KNBR Giants FanFest

Traveling San Francisco Giants fans won't want to miss the annual Giants FanFest, set to include player appearances, photo ops with World Series trophies, a kids' zone, and much more. The fest is held at AT&T Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

February 8-14, 2016
2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

One of the PGA Tour's most renowned and scenic stops, Pebble Beach sees some of the best professional and celebrity, amateur golfers competing for prizes, alongside a week's worth of special events. The course is located in Pacific Grove, with event times yet to be determined.

March 2016

March 10-13, 2016
2016 Ocean Film Festival

Dozens of independent films will be screened at the Cowell Theater at the Fisherman's Whart in San Francisco. The films have a theme of ocean and environmental awareness – ideal for the Bay Area visitor. Details will be announced as the festival approaches.

March 12, 2016
5th Annual Bay Area Brews Festival

Make your way to Pier 35 for the 5th Annual Bay Area Brew Festival. Find your favorite international and domestic beers, along with heaps of new brews you've yet to taste. 

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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