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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area

Fall in San Francisco – arguably the most delightful season for a visit. Along with beautiful weather, the City by the Bay and surrounding communities fill the calendar with celebrations and events. Get a spectacular view of San Francisco and its iconic landmarks at a bay region running event. Add Quadtoberfest 2012 to your Oktoberfest calendar and take part in any or all of four events run over four days. Friday through Monday, October 5th through 8th, Crissy Field and Lake Merced host 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon and 50K events. Run one or run them all and have a great 2012 Columbus Day weekend.

California’s Half Moon Bay is the official 2012 Great Pumpkin Commonwealth site. And if you're growing a pumpkin heavier than 1,818.5 pounds, get it to Half Moon Bay’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off, on Columbus Day, October 8th. The 2012 contest grand prize goes to the grower who breaks and holds the new record.

Pumpkin admirers plan a visit to Half Moon Bay the next weekend, October 13th and 14th, for the 2012 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival to see the top five largest pumpkins. This year's 42nd annual festival fills historic Main Street with music stages, crafts, food and drinks. Enter a pie eating contest, show off your Halloween costume and pick your own fall pumpkin – a great weekend in Half Moon Bay.

The 2012 San Francisco Jazz Festival continues through December 7th with performances throughout the bay area. See up and coming local jazz stars at The Jazzschool in Berkeley on November 8th and December 7th performances by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo. October brings Discover Jazz Course 2, featuring five performances of Musica Cabana: Jazz in Cuba and Beyond. Or take the kids to a Family Matinee – Thelonious Monk's works are performed October 20th at Herbst Theatre, with Ornette Coleman in concert November 17th.

The Nike Women’s Marathon & Half Marathon hits the streets of SF, October 14th for its ninth annual race. The 2012 races begin downtown at Union Square and follow courses offering beautiful views of Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and San Francisco’s skyline featuring iconic buildings like Coit Tower and the TransAmerica building.

Now celebrating over ten years, the US Half Marathon, San Francisco returns for the 2012 race on November 4th. The San Francisco US Half Marathon out-and-back course, begins on the bay at Aquatic Park taking runners along the bay and over and back across the Golden Gate Bridge, before returning for the finish line festivities.

South of San Francisco in San Mateo, Big Wave Dave Productions sponsors the 2012 Run With the Jets Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Held November 11th, with the start and finish at Coyote Point Park on San Francisco Bay. The course heads south along the Bay Trail, giving runners spectacular views of the south bay.

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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.

Best Western Rewards

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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    Milpitas

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    Mountain View

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    Elm House Inn

    Napa

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    Napa

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    Ivy Hotel Napa

    Napa

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    Novato

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    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

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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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    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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