Attending a festival is one of the best things to do in San Francisco. On May 27, 2012, the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th anniversary with a fireworks show and citywide Golden Gate Festival, taking place in districts such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Presidio. Other top festivals include Earth Day, San Francisco Carnaval, Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Gay Pride and North Beach Festival.
For a more intimate setting, you can enjoy cabaret entertainment at the famous RRazz Room, located in the Hotel Nikko. The venue also hosts soul, R&B and pop performances. The Peña Pachamama is a magical oasis of great food, from traditional Bolivian dishes to raw-living organic food, as well as a favorite place to enjoy music and dance performances five nights a week.
If you’re looking for laughs, head to the Punch Line, San Francisco’s longest-running comedy club, located in the Financial District. Stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey performed their first shows on the Punch Line stage. Cobb’s Comedy Club in North Beach is another top comedy venue, welcoming nationally famous entertainers for over 30 years.
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Through November 30
Skulls, a new, 4,000-square-foot exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, features 640 different dead heads. Skulls on display range from an enormous African bull elephant to a tiny shrew, from frogs, fish, and birds to giraffes, warthogs, and walruses. Academy scientists use dermestid beetle larvae to quickly (and safely) clean delicate bones and visitors will be able to see these larvae scour dried flesh from animal bones.
Through October 26
The 2014 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) will present more than 90 free events including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry and children’s programs through Oct. 26. This year’s festival expands programming at Jessie Square in front of the Contemporary Jewish Museum to include poetry, dance workshops and salsa dancing. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission, Howard, Third and Fourth streets in downtown San Francisco.
- America's Cup World Series
- Fleet Week San Francisco
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
- Castro Street Fair
- SF Italian Heritage Parade and Festival
- Treasure Island Music Festival
- American Indian Film Festival
- San Francisco World Music Festival
- San Francisco Green Festival
- International Taiko Festival
- San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival
- San Francisco International Automobile Show
- Run Wild for a Child 5K and 10K
- Treasure Island Flea