Aerial view of Alcatraz

Things to Do in San Francisco

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Outside Lands

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a music festival held annually in San Francisco, California, at Golden Gate Park.

Location:
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Genres:
Indie rock, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop Music, Electronica

San Francisco Gay Pride

The Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, held every year in late June.

Location:
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza

Parade Route:
Beale Street to 8th Street

San Francisco Marathon

The San Francisco Marathon is a series of USATF certified road running events held each June, July or August in San Francisco, California that include a full marathon, two half marathons, an ultramarathon, and a 5K.

Full Marathon:
The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Starting at the world famous Ferry Building, racers head along the Embarcadero, with the beautiful San Francisco bay on their right. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina. Next runners head up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean. A tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Park follows, and after some turns and curves through the trees and around the lakes, runners empty out onto the historic and very colorful Haight street. The course takes some loops through the Mission, Potrero Hill, and Mission Bay Districts, heads by numerous charming little parks, heads up towards AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. And then it’s just a home stretch, under the fancy new Bay Bridge and back up to the Ferry Building. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

San Francisco Half Marathon

The 1st Half Marathon covers the first half of The San Francisco Marathon. The race starts on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, traversing San Francisco. The 1st Half Marathon runs through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, across the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and finishes in Golden Gate Park. The course is USATF certified.

San Francisco 5K

The 5K race is flat, fast and runs a loop on the Embarcadero along the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The start is just south of the Historic Ferry Building. The course heads south from the start with views of the Bay, Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge. At the base of the Bay Bridge the course loops around and heads north with sights to see like the top of the Transamerica Building and COIT Tower nestled on top of the San Francisco hills. The course continues north just until you hit the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf where runners will turn back around and head for the finish line located just north of the Ferry Building.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair

The Folsom Street Fair is a true San Francisco original. With over 400,000 people in attendance covering 13 city blocks, the Fair is the largest leather/fetish event in the world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California. Folsom Street Events is thrilled to celebrate the 31st Folsom Street Fair with style and a week's worth of truly outstanding events and programs over the course of San Francisco Leather Week.

Location:
Folsom Street between 7th and 12th

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Triathletes from around the globe will descend on San Francisco for one chance to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries. They will put their endurance to the ultimate test as they take on San Francisco's legendary Bay, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked as a favorite event among Triathletes, this event draws thousands each summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!

The annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay. The Fitness Festival and Expo are featured on Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green in San Francisco. This two-day festival offers the opportunity for sampling, product giveaways, product displays, sweepstakes, and other promotions. Included in the fitness festival are food courts, beer garden, and experiential vendor displays.

Location:
San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

SF Annual Fleet Week Celebration

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response personnel. Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SF Fleet Week’s air show, parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy.

As the largest and most significant event of its kind in the nation, SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster response.

Consistently attracting millions of visitors, creating important and lasting relationships for its partners, and generating over 10M in annual revenue for the city, SFFW is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.
Location:
San Francisco Waterfront + Fisherman’s Wharf

Bay Area Brews Festival

The Annual Bay Area Brew Festival promises to be bigger and better than previous events. The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, San Francisco’s best food trucks (food sold separately) and will take place at Pier 35.

Location:
Pier 35