Living in San Francisco, we hear it all the time: good-natured ribbing about the nearly 50 hills this city's built on; griping about the hamstrings of steel one has to develop to get around SF on foot; literal huffing and puffing at the top of Lombard or Fillmore Street. As much as the hills are an iconic part of our fair city, after a while, it can be tempting to swear off any walking route that takes you up an incline.
If you came to San Francisco this summer dreaming of a California heat wave, you might be a little confused. Sure, SF's proud of its quirky weather patterns, which tend to bring sunshine in the fall and winter and chilly fog in the summer. But there's nothing wrong with looking a bit further afield when you need a little Vitamin D.
Standing on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, it seems silly to point out how windy it is. But the wind is all I can think about. It's chilling my hands and beating on the hood of my fleece jacket, all while making me look a bit like a dog with its head out the car window.
HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel, located on the site of a historic lighthouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean, can feel as if it’s truly perched at the edge of the world. This is the go-to hostel for anyone who wants to feel secluded, removed from the bustle of everyday life. But many visitors may not realize just how much there is to actually do out here where the road ends and the vast ocean begins.
For five decades, the award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe has presented socially relevant theater that enlightens, entertains, and provokes, with free outdoor performances of original productions that incorporate song, dance, music, and comedy.
This year, this Tony Award-winning company celebrates its 53rd season with For the Greater Good, or Last Election.
The troupe is playing at various parks in San Francisco and the Bay Area from July - September. They're in Dolores Park July 4 and 7-8. Tickets are free but some shows suggest a donnation.
Various Bay Area locations
Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun at Bay Area National Dance Week. Now in its 14th year, Dance Week has a growing fan base of 2,500 dancers and 20,000 spectators participating in 300 events over 10 days. From classes to performances to lectures and demonstrations, all events are free!
The Bay Area has one of the country's largest and most active dance communities in the country, and dance week covers Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, poi fire dance, Samba, modern, belly dance, African Haitian, hoopdance (with hula hoops!), clogging, tap, Kathak, Scottish country, contact improvisation, and many more!
Dance Week kicks off at noon on Friday, April 20, with a celebration in Union Square (one block from the San Francisco Downtown Hostel and six blocks from the San Francisco City Center Hostel). For the third year, this celebration will include "One Dance," which features dance groups and schools from a wide array of dance styles, all performing in their own style to the same piece of music and then coming together in unison for a final dance performance.
Visitors, shoppers, office workers, dancers and non-dancers are invited to participate in this final dance. An instructional video will be available on on Bay Area National Dance Week's homepage for anyone interested in learning the moves!
Celebrate the grand reopening of the Bay Model. Construction on the Bay Model has given it new life and a fresh look; the center now has 2,500 solar panels and energy efficient lighting. Come enjoy the newly remodeld Bay Model Visitor Center.
Bay Model Visitor Center
Stay at one of our three Marin Headlands Hostel.
The Pescadero Opera Society presents its eight season of opera, food, friends, and community. The Pescadero Opera Society brings films of professional operas to opera lovers in Pescadero. This festive event combines potluck meals and kindred spirits. The film screenings begin with a potluck and socializing from noon to 2 p.m., when the opera begins. There is typically explication, commentary, and ample opportunity for visitors to learn about each opera.
The current season, which began with "Carmen" and featured "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in January will continue with "Salome" by Strauss on Feb. 15, "La Traviata" by Verdi on March 12, "Lohengrin" by Wagner on April 9, and "Il Trittico" by Puccini on May 14.
For more information, call 650-879-0769 or 650-879-0824.
Stay at the beautiful Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel.
Put on those Santa hats or elf ears and join hundreds of Santa Claus fanatics on a holiday-themed pub crawl.
Get excited, this annual event is a pretty epic one! 21 and up with a valid government-issued I.D. only.
This event is open to all guests at our three San Francisco hostels.
San Francisco City Center Hostel
Spend the night at the San Francisco City Center Hostel.