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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

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.

Best Western Rewards

44 Best Western Hotels
in San Francisco Bay Area

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    Seacliff Inn

    Aptos

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    Heritage Inn

    Benicia

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    Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites

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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

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Garden Court Inn

    Fremont

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Forest Park Inn

    Gilroy

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Inn of Hayward

    Hayward

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Vineyard Inn

    Livermore

  • BEST WESTERN
    The Inn of Los Gatos

    Los Gatos

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    John Muir Inn

    Martinez

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Riviera

    Menlo Park

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    El Rancho Inn

    Millbrae

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Brookside Inn

    Milpitas

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Mountain View Inn

    Mountain View

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Elm House Inn

    Napa

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Inn at the Vines

    Napa

  • BEST WESTERN PREMIER
    Ivy Hotel Napa

    Napa

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    Novato Oaks Inn

    Novato

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    Airport Inn & Suites

    Oakland

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    Bayside Hotel

    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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    Inn

    Redwood City

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Executive Suites

    Redwood City

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Americania

    San Francisco

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    The Tuscan

    San Francisco

  • BEST WESTERN
    Lanai Garden Inn & Suites

    San Jose

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Airport Plaza

    San Jose

  • BEST WESTERN
    Coyote Point Inn

    San Mateo

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

  • BEST WESTERN
    University Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn

    Santa Cruz

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    All Suites Inn

    Santa Cruz

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Inn Scotts Valley

    Scotts Valley

  • BEST WESTERN
    Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Grosvenor Airport Hotel

    South San Francisco

  • BEST WESTERN
    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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