5 Festivals in California in September near HI USA Hostels

San Francisco Street Food Festival

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still an abundance of fun and excitement to be had. September is a great month for festivals in California: whether you’re looking to feast on the fall harvests or to catch the last bit of outdoor music fever before it gets too cold, it’s likely happening in this part of the world. Best of all, you can stay at one of our HI USA hostels so you save on accommodation while meeting like-minded revelers before and after the festivities.

Monterey: A Mini Music Capital

live music monterey

Sitting between the two pop-culture powerhouse cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Monterey might not stand out as a pioneer town for anything except gorgeous beaches and laid-back living. But in truth, this is a town of firsts: it has California’s first state historic monument, it was where the Golden State’s first newspaper was printed, and it’s also home to California’s first state theater.

NorCal's Greatest Hits: a Musical Itinerary

iPod NorCal map

Every great trip needs an awesome soundtrack. But sometimes, the perfect soundtrack can actually be the jumping-off point for a great trip. So today, we're composing a "playlist as itinerary" for travelers in Northern California. From enduring classics, to forgotten favorites, to modern musical postcards, cue up these songs on Spotify and let the music take you away.


San Francisco welcomes new SFJAZZ Center to the Civic Center Arts District

San Francisco has added world-class jazz music to the long list of reasons to visit this amazing cultural capital. SF is already an international force in art, technology, and cuisine, and the addition of the brand new SFJAZZ Center to our wonderful assortment of music venues is just one more reason for New York to watch out! 

New Orleans' Preservation Hall opens new music venue in San Francisco

The Mission District's Valencia Street gets hipper by the day -- or in this case, hotter. Preservation Hall West: The Chapel -- the West Coast cousin to New Orleans' famous jazz music venue -- opened its doors last month during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, bringing the "hot music" of jazz to this uber-cool neighborhood.