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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area

Summer is nearly here in San Francisco - remember its been said “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” – pack a jacket for downtown San Fran and shorts for the surrounding Bay area suburbs. As May ends, the fun of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers cross-city race is complete; and the Bay Area Discovery Museum celebrates the 75th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, over an extended Memorial Day Weekend. June brings San Francisco Pride to downtown San Francisco City Hall, the Pirate Festival to Vallejo and Shakespeare to Livermore. Make the San Francisco Bay region a summer destination.

Athletes have a variety of summer challenges to keep on pace. Tri California hosts the 2012 Alcatraz Challenge May 28th, featuring a swim only course from Alcatraz Island to Crissy Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Presidio Park. The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz follows July 7th and 8th, starting with the swim in the chilly and challenging waters of San Francisco Bay. The hilly streets of San Francisco await competitors for the bike and run legs of the race. The Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim, July 21st and 22nd, again takes on the challenge of the swim across SF Bay and combines it with a 7 mile run across the Golden Gate Bridge and back.

Featuring the theme Global Equality, 2012 San Francisco Pride is celebrated the weekend of June 23rd and 24th. This 42nd annual event is the largest LGBT gathering in the US. Downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, in front of SF City Hall, is pride central, with the main stage and exhibitor booths filling the surrounding streets. The always-popular SF Pride Parade is Sunday, June 24th beginning at Market Street and Beale and ending at Market and 8th Street. Celebrate Global Equality at Pride 2012 San Francisco.

2012 brings the 6th anniversary of the Northern California Pirate Festival. The goal of the Pirate Festival is fun and entertainment for everyone - and we all love pirates. The Tortuga Main Stage features entertainment for adults, with the Treasure Island Kid’s Stage lineup just for the little mates. The grounds feature roving entertainers along with a swordfight and pirate's brawling area. Pirate dress is encouraged for the festival which is held on the Vallejo Waterfront the weekend of June 16th and 17th.

Theater fans, don’t miss summer’s Livermore Shakespeare Festival. The 2012 schedule includes performances of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and The Merry Wives of Windsor from July 12th through August 12th. Shows are held under the stars at Concannon Vineyard, where guests are welcome to picnic and enjoy the estate wines. The amazing location sets the tone for a delightful evening of theater at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.

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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.

May 2015

May 31, 2015
Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Festival

Explore delectable foods, hard-to-find wines, and fine craft beers at this Mill Valley event near Corte Madera.

May 2, 2015
11th Annual Vintage Vehicles and Family Fun Festival 2015

Take in a wide range of unique vintage cars on display at Palo Alto's Homer Museum. The event is near Mountain View.

May 10 – 17, 2015
2015 AMGEN Tour of California

The 10 edition of the AMGEN Tour of California features cyclists coursing from Sacramento to Mt. Baldy – passing through cities like Santa Barabara, Los Gatos, and Big Bear Lake. There will also be a women's race from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento from May 8th to the 10th.

June 2015

June 6 - 7, 2015
Bay Area Book Festival

This festival at UC Berkeley near Oakland combines authors, exhibitions, and book swaps. 

June 6 - 14, 2015
San Mateo County Fair

Enjoy traditional fair rides and attractions at this annual San Mateo event.

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.

July 2015

July 3 - 5, 2015
Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The Fillmore Center Plaza in San Francisco hosts this world-class events, which combines visual, culinary, and performing arts.

July 4 - 5, 2015
Fillmore Jazz Festival

Experience San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood at its best with this community jazz festival.

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44 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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