Four San Francisco Hills You'll Actually Want to Climb

Bernal Hill Park

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.

Two Perfect Days at Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point lighthouse

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.

San Francisco Mime Troupe

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. 

 

 

Where 

Various Bay Area locations

Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco.

Bay Area National Dance Week

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!

Where 
Cost 
Free
Please Note 
If You Go 

Stay at one of our three hostels in San Francisco.

Pescadero Opera Society

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.

Where 
Cost 
Free; the event is potluck and guests are asked to bring a dish to share.
Please Note 

For more information, call 650-879-0769 or 650-879-0824.

If You Go 

Stay at the beautiful Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel.

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