Gear up for HI-San Diego's Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride, August 3

Late-night biking with a group of friends sounds pretty awesome by itself. But doing it for a great cause? Even better.

HI-San Diego's 40th Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride happens August 3, and promises costumes, decorated bicycles, contests, food, and entertainment, all in support of community youth programs. 

The 17-mile route is mostly flat, and runs along some of the city's most beautiful waterfront and historic areas.

A Phoenix on the San Francisco Coast: The Cliff House celebrates 150 years

Cliff House San Francisco

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.

Got pride? June LGBTQ events in San Francisco

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.

Summertime Fairs: Pigs, pies, prizes, oh my!

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.