Dramatically perched on the western edge of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific, stands the Cliff House. Over the course of its existence, the Cliff House has endured fires, earthquakes, and the coastal elements to remain a San Francisco landmark, and this year, special events will be held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this long-lasting icon.
Every year in June, cities big and small across the United States celebrate diversity, freedom of expression, and their LGBTQ communities. June in the U.S. is pride month, and the festivities during this month represent a positive stance against discrimination, promote dignity and equal rights, build community, embrace sexual diversity, and increase the visibility of LGBTQ people. As a city on the forefront of the LGBTQ movement, San Francisco pulls out all of the stops for pride.
Everybody loves a county fair, unless they hate fun! County fairs are classic American pastimes, not to mention absolute staples of summer, like ice cream and sunburns. Care to partake in this summertime merriment while visiting one of our Northern California hostels? Well then throw on some cowboy boots and buckle your wonky, rollercoaster seatbelt -- here's our round up of the biggest and best state and county fairs.
Becca Macfife is a Bay Area native and a front desk associate at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel. When not working the desk, she's probably out being an explorer of the world, educating the masses with the local nonprofit San Francisco Sex Information, or talking to strangers. She has been known to keep a tutu on hand, you know, "just in case."
Beginning with the grand opening ceremony at dusk on March 5 and continuing until midnight, the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be transformed into a dazzling fine arts experience that will illuminate the skyline every night for two years. The Bay Lights project was conceived by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and his vision of turning the bridge into the world's largest light sculpture.
With events ranging from artisan markets to outdoor light shows, there'll be no shortage of seasonal cheer for those spending their holidays in the California capital. To help you make the most of this merry month, we've rounded up an enchanting list of December's most festive activities!
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