San Francisco Travel Blog
One of the most enduring legacies of the gay-rights activist Harvey Milk is the Castro Street Fair. Founded by Milk and the Castro Valley Association in 1974, the event has since grown to become one of the most beloved and well-attended of all the fall events happening throughout the Bay Area.
Getting to Greece takes a long time. It’s a hard and fast fact, and one that is apt to frustrate given the number of marvelous things that Greece has to offer to prospective visitors. For those of us unable to take two weeks off of work and spend $2,000 on plane tickets, there has been nothing for us except to drown our miseries in kalamata olives and grape leaves. That is, until now. Greece will come to San Francisco in festival form towards the end of September, enlivening everyone’s first few days of fall, and providing visitors with unforgettable food, drinks, and entertainment.
Veggies…where would we be without them? Probably comatose on our couches, wasted from energy depletion, and steadily packing on the pounds. Fortunately, vegetables are here and just waiting for us to eat them! In honor of our leafy greens, some of the folks down in Sonoma County have put together the Sonoma County VegFest. Now in its 5th year, the annual event is more than just a promotion of healthy food choices. It is also a gathering of individuals committed to pursuing sustainable living, environmental preservation, and compassion towards all living things.
Is there such a thing as too many wine walks? Well, is there such a thing as too much wine? Of course not! Which is why we will keep on telling you about all the various wine walks that happen throughout the year — especially in the spring and summer — in our beautiful City by the Bay.
According to many, the American contribution to the world musical scene crests and plateaus with the blues. Although this part of its heritage is often brushed over in favor of gentler stories from its multifaceted past, the blues are easily traced back to songs sung by slaves working under inhumane conditions predominantly in the southern states. These songs also form part of a rich tradition of music sung throughout the numerous regions of Africa, so “the blues” as we know them today are truly a fascinating result of sonic evolution. Today, these songs of loss, love, and despair have won the hearts of people from throughout the globe, and this is evidenced not only by the numerous bands dedicated simply to performing this type of music but also by the numerous festivals held with the blues at their core.
Time to add another event to your already bursting calendar of not-to-miss activities happening throughout the Bay Area this summer! Considered by many to be one of the first multicultural extravaganzas where numerous different heritages are celebrated, the Nihonmachi Street Fair is an event where many facets and qualities of several different backgrounds are celebrated, with the primary focus on the trifecta of Asian-Pacific American life.
As one of the largest music festivals in the country, Outside Lands considers itself to be one of the most exciting and expansive events in the festival landscape. Even calling in a music festival is to limit the wide variety of events to one thing when, in fact, Outside Lands includes art exhibitions, public lectures, stand up comedy, and so much more.
Renegade is the name given to one of the biggest traveling craft shows in the world. Each year, this event spans across numerous cities in North America as well as England, bringing upwards of 300,000 individuals together in one event where local makers, artists, craftspeople, and others are on hand to showcase their work for the public.
Germans are well known for their love of festivals. The best known of these is, of course Oktoberfest, but there are numerous others, no less thrilling, that have the misfortune of often being overshadowed by their wildly popular (and wildly mischievous) autumnal cousin. One of the other best loved German festivals is Sommerfest, and this joint German/Austrian celebration of summer, long days, and warm nights will be coming to the Bay Area on July 15th!
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, then you know that there are two things that we love more than almost anything else: film festivals and cultural events. This being the case, it will come as no surprise that for this entry, we are excited to highlight an upcoming event that merges both of our passions into one not-to-be-missed event. What could it be? Why, the 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!