Fresh produce, vintage goods
Hosting SF's original, biggest and lowest-priced farmer's market on Saturdays and the city's largest flea market on Sundays - 100 Alemany packs a punch from the backside of Bernal
. Nestled against the 101/280 freeway interchange, the urban local is also quite accessible to surrounding areas.
Bay to Breakers
Putting the fun in run
Reality will return after these brief messages
No longer held in San Francisco, or even California (Nevada), the Burning Man festival
is a big part of San Francisco life for many residents. The event is a week long and held on a dried lake bed - attracting upwards of 50,000 people►
annually and otherwise defying brief description.
Concourse Exhibition Center
Indie convention center
The smaller, hipper sibling of the massive Moscone Center
, the Concourse Exhibition Center hosts a variety of quirky events throughout the year.
Political mayhem party's greatest hit
San Francisco's urban traffic take-down brake-down inspired 300+ others around the world. Hard to describe, always lively, and mostly legal - the crew roams free the last Friday of every month at 5:30pm (at Justin Herman Plaza
). Costumes encouraged (especially for the extra special Halloween/October ride!►
) and any human-powered vehicle is good to go.
How I learned to stop worrying and love the bombers
Folsom Street Fair
Tour or Terror?
The last Sunday of September brings the world's largest S&M/leather event (with 400,000 attendees) to SOMA
, replacing the usual car traffic with a sea of skin and black-leather.
Real wars to Robot "games"
Gay Pride Weekend
World's finest "political party"
Often referred to simply as "Pride" and possibly the biggest annual party in San Francisco - Gay Pride makes other "political parties" seem pasty and gray, and the transcendence of oppression into a massive for-anyone great-vibes party is simply remarkable.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Who let the strings out?
Founded in 2001 by the late private equity entrepreneur Warren Hellman
, and combining an A-list of acoustic musicians and no admission (thanks Warren!) Hardly Strictly is a major musical event! More than a half million folks attend during the three day weekend.
Get your love on!
SF's largest pure-dance event (formerly "Lovefest") spices up the early fall and has been a hit since it's inaugural run in 2004. An offshoot of the Berlin based Love Parade
, the event starts with a dance downtown
parade (with dancing beforehand), and follows up with a dance party outside City Hall
Do. It. Yourself.
Organized by "Make:technology on your time" magazine
and advertising itself as "The World's Largest DIY Festival", the faire is worth a visit for anyone who loves to make things or is inspired by the creative works►
Will the real maverick please stand up
A secret until Surfer Magazine published it in 1990, Mavericks hosts California's only big-wave surf►
A city in itself...
No force on earth can stop one hundred Santas!
Stern Grove Festival
Not as stern as it sounds
The longest running free concert in the United States, the festival is a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. There are a lot of other folks who think so too, and arriving early is the name of the game for getting good seats.
Larger than life!
The inimitable► Heklina
runs SF's best-known and longest-running drag show and still rocks her stilettos for a great performance!