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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

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.

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 2015

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.

August 1 & 2, 2015
2015 Arts & Soul Festival

A two-day festival featuring tons of the Bay Area's finest food, artists, music, and more, all held in downtown Oakland. Other events include the Throwdown BBQ Competition, Turf Dance, and more, beginning at 6 p.m.

August 1, 2015
10th Annual Urban Wine Xperience

More than 20 East Bay wineries show off their best and brightest selections of find wines and desserts at the Market Hall in Jack London Square in Oakland. The corks come out at 1 p.m.

August 2, 2015
2015 Nature Friends Biergarten Fest

Enjoy massive quantities of authentic German food, brew, music, dance, and other cultural activities at the Oakland Nature Friends Tourist Club in Oakland. The suds start flowing and the polka starts playing at noon.

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44 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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    Inn & Suites at Discovery Kingdom

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