Bay Area Events
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!
The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and even though it is landing on a Wednesday this year (meaning that most of us are going to need to trudge back to our jobs almost immediately after the smoke from the fireworks clears) there are plenty of ways for you and your loved ones to celebrate within the Bay Area.
Wine: it is a constant feature of this blog. We love it, and we suspect that you might feel the same way. One of the greatest things about the Bay Area is its proximity to some of the best vineyards in this hemisphere. With Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley so close at hand, the finest wines crafted by some of the finest vintners is available to us. With such a plethora of marvelous wine choices, the difficulty comes in trying to narrow down the search for the wine that is truly your perfect palate match. This is why events such as the 2018 Oakland Wine Festival are so essential: they give you the opportunity to experience many different wines at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase that many bottles.
San Francisco’s historic Union Square is the location of many of the city’s eclectic and unpredictable events. This summer will see no shift in that paradigm as numerous festivals, bazaars, and markets will take over this impressive space, each promising to share a unique vision to those who visit during their specific event. One of the most exciting upcoming offerings at Union Square is KalayaanSF.
What would you say if I told you that the 6th of May was recently crowned the official How Weird Day for San Francisco? And then what would you say if I told you that the official How Weird Day also featured and entire How Weird Street Faire?
Are you ready for spring? We are! And to prove it, we want to share just how excited we feel about the upcoming 27th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration. Taking place on April 1st, the event goes from 10:00 in the morning until 5:00 at night, giving you a whole day to join in the electrifying fun of breaking out of your winter slumber with thousands of others throughout the Bay Area.
Chocolate, perhaps the most notorious of all guilty pleasures (and, let’s be honest, most of us don’t even feel that guilty about it anymore), is already a staple of the Bay Area’s luxury food scene. All throughout the city, one can find fantastic chocolate made by some of the world’s most renowned chocolatiers.
San Rafael, one of the most charming towns within the Bay Area, will once again lure in revelers and merrymakers of all stripes for its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland! A month-long celebration of the holiday season, the Winter Wonderland itself lasts from the weekend of Thanksgiving until Christmas and features plenty of decorations, activities, shops, restaurants, and other delights that will satisfy even the most scrooge-like among us. The real fun, however, begins on November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving, when a parade and light show will kick off the Winter Wonderland.
This Sunday, the first of October, a very special event will take place in San Francisco’s famous Castro neighborhood. Known as one one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country for LGBTQ individuals, the Castro has long been home to some of the the City by the Bay’s most daring and convention-bucking festivals, fairs, and art happenings. The Castro Street Fair is a time for all of the district’s already notable personalities and creators to get together in one large celebration of creativity and passion.
San Francisco is known for many things. Its diverse cultural representation, its vibrant arts scene, and the role it played in American counter-cultural tradition are only a few of the more storied elements from the Bay Area’s recent past. For many visitors, the most memorable part of San Francisco are the areas like Chinatown, the Haight-Ashbury district, or Fisherman’s Wharf.