Category Archives: San Francisco

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (7/15)

A procrastinator’s view at Stern Grove.

Well, look at that. I’ve been such a good procrastinator I almost missed the entire weekend. Thankfully there’s still Sunday, the day-of-last-chance for redeeming oneself from a disappointing weekend. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (7/15)

5 things to do this July 4th

1) Parades
Even though it’s a national holiday, the Fourth of July is really all about community. Small towns especially seem to shine with civic pride on this day. And what better way to celebrate than with a tiny-flag-flying, marching-band-playing, politician-waving, candy-tossing, drunk-shriner-fez-wearing parade. There’s lots to choose from in whatever part of the Bay Area you happen to live. Continue reading 5 things to do this July 4th

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 30-July1)

Beer and oysters. That’s a pretty good reason to head to Golden Gate Park on Saturday for San Francisco Oysterfest  (11am-6pm). It’s a little pricey at $40, but there’s a large stage set up for live music, including Minus the Bear and Young the Giant, so think of it as a music festival with beer and oysters. And bonus for the park setting. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 30-July1)

8 reasons to get reaquainted with Sausalito (hint: it’s all about the food)

Sausalito is such a lovely town. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ferry from San Francisco, stroll along its waterfront, check out the shops, have lunch at Scoma’s or grab a burger and fries at Hamburgers, maybe an ice cream at Lappert’s or a drink at No Name bar, and you’ve had yourself a pretty darn good day. But venture off the well-traveled tourist path of downtown, and you’ll find some of the best of what Sausalito, and Marin County, has to offer. Continue reading 8 reasons to get reaquainted with Sausalito (hint: it’s all about the food)

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)

Pride week/end is one of those times where I kind of wish I were gay. This is San Francisco’s biggest party of the year, our Mardi Gras, a wild and wacky celebration of the wonderful world of LGBT (and sometimes Y not!). There’s a few events during the week, such as the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, but the action gets ramped up with countless events on the weekend. For starters, on Saturday morning you can help install the giant pink triangle at Twin Pinks just below the huge radio tower, while the Dyke March festivities get going in and around Dolores Park at noon (with the actual march at 6pm). The Pink Saturday block party in the Castro starts 5pm, or check out one of the Lady Gaga flash mobs in locations around town. The main/official SF Pride celebration takes place Saturday (noon-6pm) and especially Sunday (11am-6:30pm) throughout the Civic Center area of downtown, with multiple stages featuring musical acts, performances and speeches, while the Pride Parade starts 10:30am Sunday down Market. After hours parties abound. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 16-17)

Depending on your interest, you’ll either want to get up early to stake your claim at whatever green or gallery you want to join at the U.S. Open golf championship, or steer as clear of The Olympic Club and the western half of San Francisco as you can to avoid the predicted traffic snarl. For Bay Area sports fans, you won’t get a better opportunity for an up close and personal view of golf’s biggest stars, from Phil Mickelson to Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods to K.J. Choi. This is the biggest event in golf, and one of the biggest sporting events to hit the city since the World Series in 2010. Of course, you’ll either have to scalp a pass or sneak passed security, since tickets have been sold out for some time. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 16-17)

13 state parks to see before they close

If you haven’t heard, it was announced in May that 70 of California’s state parks are closing indefinitely due to budget cuts. About 21 of those have gotten temporary reprieves of a year or so, mostly through private funding, but the rest are set to shut down July 1, 2012, which is, what, three weeks from now. It should also be noted that a lot of state parks have already had to drastically cut back services over the last year or more, even before the crazy talk started of actually shutting a bunch of them down. In the Bay Area, 13 state parks are set to close (10 got temporary reprieves), and the best time to see them would also be the only time to see them, now. Here’s the list, from north to south. Continue reading 13 state parks to see before they close