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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco inspires visitors, no matter how often they return. 2012 marks the 75th birthday of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, linking the city to Marin County, Sausalito and communities north. This is the season to take a walk or run across the Golden Gate and enjoy spectacular views of the San Franciso Skyline and Bay. Visiting San Francisco's landmarks never gets old – browse shops along the streets of Haight-Ashbury, enjoy a sunny day in the Presidio or Golden Gate Park, and hop aboard a cable car for a ride. And this is the best season for the ferry ride to Alcatraz - the audio tour of the island is highly recommended.

Runners looking for a mid-summer marathon mark July 29th on your training schedule, for the WIPRO San Francisco Marathon. Make it your challenge with events including the full Marathon, 52.4 Ultramarathon, Half Marathons, run on the 1st or 2nd half of the Marathon course, and a 5K & Progressive Marathon final leg. There is even a Munchkin Kids Runs for the little ones.

Marathon runners follow a loop course starting and finishing on the Embarcadero. The San Francisco Marathon takes runners over and back across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, down Haight Street, and past AT&T Park and under the Bay Bridge – runners get an amazing tour of San Francisco. The Marathon Expo takes place on the East concourse at the SF Design Center Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th.

Downtown San Francisco’s Japantown hosts the 39th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, August 4th and 5th. Located in the Western Addition of the city, the 2012 Nihonmachi Fair fills neighborhood streets with Asian culture, arts, food and music, including Children’s World geared specifically for kids. Also you can bring the family dog, new in 2012, Nihonmachi includes Doggie World.

The San Francisco Jazz Summerfest winds down performances at Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center and downtown’s Union Square in August. As SFJazz Summerfest closes, the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival begins. The 2012 SFJF begins August 25th with performances running through December 7th. San Francisco’s Jazz Festival covers a full spectrum of jazz from across the globe. Enjoy soulful jazz with Lavay Smith and Dianne Reeves, see local talent with the SFJAZZ High School All-starts and hear world beats with Gilberto Gil and Arturo Sandoval. Check the calendar when you visit for current shows.

Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge, north of San Francisco, is a popular destination for San Francisco Bay visitors, offering unique shops to browse and excellent restaurants. If you have ever wondered what its like to live in one of the floating homes on Richardson Bay, visit September 22nd for the 2012 Floating Homes Tour. See as many as 15 of the quintessential Sausalito iconic floating homes on self-guided tours, enjoy live music and an Art Show on the Kappas Green, as you discovering life in Sausalito.

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San Francisco Bay Area Events

February 2016

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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44 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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    Aptos

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    Benicia

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    Heritage Inn

    Concord

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    Corte Madera Inn

    Corte Madera

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    Danville Sycamore Inn

    Danville

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    Cordelia Inn

    Fairfield

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    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

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    Riviera

    Menlo Park

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    El Rancho Inn

    Millbrae

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    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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    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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    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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