Things to do

Neighborhood Street Fairs
Beginning in late Spring, almost every neighborhood hosts its own street fair. The fairs vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and are one of the best ways to get to know the individual flavor and qualities that make up this wonderful city. For example, North Beach hosts its yearly jazz festival which includes live poetry and jazz performances reflecting the jazz and beat era influences, Union Street, known for its high class boutiques and high society feel boasts a street fair of delicious foods and wines. The 24th Street Fair takes place in the heart of the Mission District and showcases Latin culture, art and cuisine, while the Folsom Street Fair brings alternative and experimental lifestyles to the streets of SOMA (South of Market).
Modern Museum of Art / Yerba Buena Gardens
The San Francisco Modern Museum of Art (MOMA) brings interesting and innovative contemporary artists to the public with exhibits ranging from photography to conceptual and installation pieces. Located in the Yerba Buena Garden, the museum is directly across from the Center for the Arts, the Ansel Adams Center for Photography and the Jewish Museum of San Francisco. A recently constructed Children Center with carousel, bowling alley and ice skating rink is also located in the Gardens.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is perhaps one of the most spectacular man made parks in the nation. Built upon the sand dunes that once comprised San Francisco, the park is a haven of nature. Golden Gate Park stretches seven miles long from Kezar Stadium to Ocean Beach. There are miles of trails and paths, chains of ponds and lakes and many special dedicated gardens such as the Rhododendron Dell, The AIDS Memorial Grove and Strybing Arboretum. Three of San Francisco’s Museums are located in the park, the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, the Asian Art Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.
Coit Tower
Erected in 1933 in memory of Lillie Hitchcock-Coit, fire department lover and San Francisco philanthropist, Coit Tower was dedicated to her memory and to the brave efforts of those who have saved our city so many times. Some say that the design of the tower is meant to resemble the nozzle of a firehose. Inside the tower are many historical Diego Rivera inspired frescoes depicting California life and the view from those heights is panoramic (and unbelievable!), although the walk up may leave newcomers out of breath.
Walk Across the Golden Gate
The Golden Gate has welcomed many travels into the bay over the years and the walk across the bridge is a must for any new resident. Spanning just over a mile across the Golden Gate Bridge offers one of the windiest and best views of both the Pacific ocean and the bay. Historic bronze plaques tell about the brave men who built the bridge and if your lucky you may see workers painting the bridge. The bridge is constantly being painted for as soon as they reach the end, they begin again to stave off the harsh ocean elements.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor
The Palace of the Legion of Honor is a recently renovated haven for fine art. Boasting an amazing collection of Rodin bronze, the Legion of Honor is located on the cliffs of the Presidio. The views of downtown and the ocean add to the visual experience.
View from Twin Peaks
Perhaps the best view of the city can be seen on a clear night from the vantage point of Twin Peaks. This is one view you can drive to!
DISTRICT 1
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights • Lake • Lone Mountain • Presidio Heights • Sea Cliff • Richmond
DISTRICT 2
Golden Gate Heights • Parkside • Sunset
DISTRICT 3
Ingleside • Lake Shore • Lakeside • Pine Lake Park • Stonestown
DISTRICT 4
Sunnyside • Diamond Heights • Midtown Terrace • Forest Knolls • Miraloma Park • Sherwood Forest • Forest Hill Extension • West Wood Highlands • Mount Davidson Manor • Westwood Park • St. Francis Wood • Balboa Terrace • Forest Hill • West Portal
DISTRICT 5
Glen Park • Noe Valley • Clarendon Heights • Ashbury Heights • Upper Market • Eureka Valley • Cole Valley • Haight Ashbury • Buena Vista Park • Duboce Triangle
DISTRICT 6
Alamo Square • Lower Pacific Heights • North Panhandle • Western Addition • Hayes Valley
DISTRICT 7
Cow Hollow • Pacific Heights • Marina
DISTRICT 8
Downtown / Financial District • Chinatown • Civic Center • Telegraph Hill • Russian Hill • Nob Hill • North Beach • North Waterfront
DISTRICT 9
Mission • Bernal Heights • Potrero • South of Market (SOMA)
DISTRICT 10
Bayview/Hunters Point • Mission Terrace/Outer Mission • Crocker Amazon • Excelsior • Portola / Visitacion Valley • Little Hollywood