In one of the more anticipated moments of every San Francisco resident’s summer, the 17th annual Best of San Francisco Magazine is about to hit newsstands. Every year, Modern Luxury puts together a list of the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, comedians, writers, parks, bookstores, and much more and publishes this list in its Best of San Francisco Magazine. The winners in each category are chosen after a rigorous research period from the magazine, and receiving a Best of San Francisco award is one of the highest levels markers of success that the Bay Area can bestow on any individual or company.
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In keeping with our last post, we are going to continue highlighting festivals in the Bay Area that primarily feature art and crafts by local vendors instead of exploring any specific culture or unique traditions (although, one could argue that, rather than ignoring the wealth of cultural traditions and experiences permitting San Francisco, these art fairs instead offer a moment for every one of these traditions to sing together in a beautiful chorus of multiculturalism). Today, we turn our attention to another art festival happening this weekend.
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Summer festivals in San Francisco are heating up. It seems that nearly every weekend you can make your way from one corner of the Bay Area to another without escaping from the thrill, the joie de vivre, of summer celebrations. For the City by the Bay, this celebration often includes a complete immersion in one or another of the numerous cultures that merge here in happy melting pot of traditions and histories. The other common theme of these festivals and fairs is art, pure and simple. This weekend, one of the city’s most popular art events will take place in the downtown’s Menlo Park: Menlo Summerfest.
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In 1983, San Francisco hosted its first annual Shakespeare Festival. In its inaugural year, the festival featured free performances of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park. Read the rest »
Over the past few decades, California’s wine industry has undergone a transformation from being a well-kept secret to containing some of the most highly regarded and sought-after wines in the world. Place-names like the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley are synonymous with high quality vineyards, grape processing, and vinting. Among the top tiers of this wine paradise is Wente Vineyards. Read the rest »
More music floods the street of San Francisco than can possibly be fathomed; however, at this blog, we try to give you a general picture of the must-see musical happenings and festivals that will take place throughout our famous city. Especially in the summer, musicians come for the atmosphere of creativity and spirit of goodwill that has made San Francisco so legendary, and one of the most anticipated musical events of the summer, the Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, is a showcase of this exact cocktail of feeling and energy. Read the rest »
San Francisco Design Week 2017 is currently running across the city from June 14-22. It is a series of events being held over a week and encompassing all of the variety that San Francisco has to offer. More than 60 studio tours will be open and 200 events held from the heart of Silicon Valley to the streets of downtown. Participants will be able to interact and engage with some of the greatest design minds that San Francisco and the world has to offer. Read the rest »
San Francisco has a rich history in the world of jazz. The rise of Jazz led to clubs being opened in the 40’s and 50’s. Fast forward to 1983, when the first San Francisco Jazz Festival premiered. Since it’s inception, the festival has prided itself in exploring all facets and sub-cultures of Jazz. The festival runs from June 6th to June 18th. It boasts 43 concerts, 13 days, and 5 venues all within the Hayes Valley. This years venues include the Joe Henderson Lab, the Miner Auditorium, the Herbst Theatre, Davies Symphony Hall, with a Kick-off Party at the Corner of Hayes and Octavia Streets. Ticket prices vary for the different concerts on offer. If you can see all 43 concerts, by all means do so. For those of you on a limited budget or with limited time, we’re here to suggest some acts that are poised to tear down the house. Read the rest »
The San Francisco Travel Association was created shortly after the earthquake of 1906. It currently held it’s 107th annual meeting and the focus of the talk was about whether foreign tourists are worried about traveling to our country. San Francisco notched a record for tourist visits in 2016, but there is uncertainty in the local travel industry. This uncertainty comes from fears in the Bay Area community about talking coming from Washington D.C. that might make travelers hesitant to come to the U.S. Regardless of personal politics, this is a very important matter for San Francisco. The numbers show that 25 million tourists came to the city in 2016. Those tourists created nearly 80,000 tourism jobs and generated $10 billion in revenue. Read the rest »
Festivals are a staple of the California lifestyle. They’re also proving to be a rather undeniable part of the California economy. The festival economy seems to be growing at such an fast rate, there’s concern that it may overheat and burst. The Coachella Arts and Music Festival recently increased it’s capacity to a bulging 125,000 people. It still managed to sell out in just under three hours. The Stagecoach festival is the country music cousin of Coachella and it’s current capacity is 75,000. These two large festivals continue to sire spin off festivals within the golden state. These festivals only account for big ticket sales. The reality is that a Californian could literally spend their entire year at smaller festivals, regional events, and community events that the weather of California awards us. You could do this, and still not see everything on display. Read the rest »