Although best known for its raucous costume parties and outrageous street fairs, San Francisco is also a rich ground for those seeking the more spirited side of the Halloween season. Ghost hunters have plenty of historical sites to haunt in their search for the paranormal, while people of all cultural backgrounds can share in the honoring of loved ones past at Dia de los Muertos festivals around the city. The best part is, all you need to attend many of these haunted gatherings is a comfortable pair of shoes and warm jacket.
Food + Drink
The San Francisco Bay Guardian has announced the winners of their annual Best of the Bay Awards, including Editors' Picks and the Readers' Poll for the best places to eat, drink, and shop, both in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this year's picks are dedicated to "the fantastic, far-out pleasures of the Bay."
The Point Reyes Hostel welcomes one and all to a free barbecue and open house on Sunday, July 8. Check out the hostel, meet the staff, and enjoy lunch in the peaceful wilderness surroundings of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
San Francisco loves a street party any time of the year, but June is especially rich with free, weekend festivals where visitors can revel in the distinct cultural and culinary traditions of the city's diverse neighborhoods. From the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach to Union Street, be there when San Franciscans come out to celebrate the city's most beloved 'hoods.
Need help sifting through the enormous array of dining options on offer in San Francisco? Wonder what the locals recommend? Zagat has released the results of its 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurant Survey, covering 1,082 establishments as tested, tasted, and rated by 7,476 local restaurant-goers.
Join other hostel guests from around the world for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Enjoy spectacular bay views in a national park setting while feasting on turkey and all the trimmings (vegetarian dishes, too!). The dinner is served by local volunteers who want to share the spirit of Thanksgiving with travelers.