San Francisco, CA

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Welcome To San Francisco

Known to be one of California’s primary economic centers and the centerpiece of the Bay Area, San Francisco is known worldwide for its iconic landmarks and distinctive culture. Its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and great ethnic and cultural diversity are only just some of what makes the City By the Bay so unique. One of the city’s most unique sites is the Golden Gate Bridge, which spans the channel connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The city is also a hub for LGBTQ and alternative culture, drawing tourists from worldwide who wish to experience San Francisco’s open and accepting culture.

EXPLORE San Francisco

From the Golden Gate Bridge, to Fishermans Wharf, to being the city by the bay, San Francisco's widespread range of events complement one another to create a vibrant city, which shines through in the area’s events and the people who attend them. You'll see everything from top developer tech conferences to freaky street fairs to cultural parades. San Francisco is packed with eclectic advenures. Search for top events in San Francisco

San Francisco's Districts:

Each district of San Francisco carries its own unique and distinct culture. They are as diverse as they are fascinating. Here is a breakdown of what you will find, notable things to know, and hotspots unique to each neighborhood.

Castro District - The notorious mecca of colorful life and center for the LGBTQ community holds not only a whirwind of fun nightlife with a handful of gender-bending bars, but is also home to excellent bakeries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Some other Castro unique events are Pride Parade, Gaydom, and Film Festivals at the Castro Theatre.

Chinatown - "Dragon's Gate" will take you to one of San Francisco's most bustling and tighly packed areas. It is chock full of all the Chinese restaurants, shops, temples, street vendors, and culture you could ever hope for.

Cole Valley - If you are searching for a more quaint neighborhood with some of the best Bay Area dining spots, Cole Valley is your place. Mom & pop businesses are popular around here as well as some great dramatic city views on top of Tank Hill.

Financial District - Aptly named for its collection of modern and historic headquarter buildings, the “FiDi” has a lot more to offer than just office buildings. The Embarcadero Center shopping mall is a popular spot, as well as the Ferry Building and Crocker Galleria. There is also no shortage of ritzy places to grab drinks where corporate bigwigs often flock.

Fisherman’s Wharf - If you’re looking for a typical touristy San Francisco experience, head here. Fisherman’s Wharf is a waterfront neighborhood which encompasses Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and the ferry launch to Alcatraz Island, as well as a plethora of seafood restaurants and souvenir stores.

Haight-Ashbury - Home to the center of ‘60s psychedelia, the stretch of eclectic shops have no shortage of liberal San Francisco culture. It definitely still retains its hippie reputation with its funky vintage thrift shops, piercing parlors, anarchist book stores, and local artsy coffee shops and bars.

Hayes Valley - Close by to downtown, Hayes Valley houses some of the best Bay Area restaurants, shoe stores, cool boutiques, and quirky furnishing stores. It is also close to the San Francisco opera, symphony, and theatre district perfect for any cosmopolitan traveler.

Japantown - Packed with tons of Japanese culture, architecture, and food, Japantown is a lively destination ideally suited for the busy adventurer. Shop around the colorful Japan Center, eat sushi and ramen, and join in fun local Japanese culture events.

Lower Haight - Unlike its hippie-eclectic sister, the Lower Haight is much more of a hippie turned punk rock scene. On the weekends, spirited barflies fill out the bustling nightlife around the neighborhood. However, weekdays are much more quaint with cool organic food shops, boutiques, and coffeehouses.

Marina - Where the chardonnay is flowing and the young aristocratic professionals flock, this north-side San Francisco neighborhood is noted for its gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and its elite atmosphere. Mingle on the elegant Marina Green or cruise through the posh shops on Union Street.

Mission District - The heart of San Francisco's Latino neighborhood is 24th Street, a vibrant area known for it’s authentic taquerias, Mexican bakeries, produce markets, and breathtaking colorful murals. At 16th and Dolores, Mission Dolores is the oldest structure in San Francisco and two blocks away on 18th, is Dolores Park known for its weekends where locals throw down a picnic blanket, crack open beers, and hang out with good friends.

Nob Hill - One of the most iconic neighborhoods of San Francisco, Nob Hill has a well deserved prestige of swanky style, privileged lifestyle, and holds a large cluster of landmarks. With some of the most famous hotels such as the Fairmont, chic cocktail lounges, upscale boutiques, and sassy dive bars, Nob Hill is a go to place for style and class.

Noe Valley - This neighborhood may fall short in terms of busy nightlife, but makes up for it with cute cafes, coffeehouses, and a quaint family atmosphere. Well known for being the best family friendly neighborhood to live, Noe Valley is chock full of parks, strollers, and golden retrievers.

North Beach - North Beach is a dense Italian neighborhood packed with loads of festive Italian cuisine, bars, and strip joints. Also nestled in the neighborhood is the Beat Museum that feature Memorabilia, letters & post WWII culture artifacts from Jack Kerouac & other Beat Generation notables.

Pacific Heights - One of the more exclusive neighborhoods, “PacHeights” has it’s share of mansions and gorgeous parks with alluring views of the Marina, as well as upmarket shops and boutiques on Fillmore Street. Local bars and restaurants will give you a good mix of upper elite San Francisco and local family community.

Panhandle / NoPa - Named after the lush Panhandle park nestled in the neighborhood, it is a peaceful spot filled with loads of gorgeous Edwardian and Victorian homes. There is also a handful of cute coffeeshops where you’ll find USF students, whimsical businesses, and easy access to Golden Gate Park.

Potrero Hill - Having a much slower pace being isolated from most of the city rush, Potrero Hill bears cute houses with little gardens, clean streets, and a chill ambiance. It does host a selection of charming stores, as well as a diverse variety of restaurants and nightspots.

Presidio - Having a national park within the city boundaries, the Presidio is a lush escape with hiking trails & creeks, a lovable neighborhood sprinkled with restaurants, historical military structures, and gorgeous old former officers’ homes. Enjoy Baker Beach with an astounding view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background or eat your heart out at Off the Grid on the Main Parade Ground, where all the local food trucks come every Sunday.

Richmond - Even with being predominately residential, the Richmond district does hold a few local hotspots that make for a great evening out. Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Tibetan foods make up most of the restaurants around. You’ll find the hustle and bustle on Clement Street and Geary Boulevard just a few blocks south.

Russian Hill - Being rather bohemian just 40 years ago, Russian Hill has shifted to be way more of an upscale neighborhood with an isolationist artistic vibe. You can find stunning views of the city, charming cafes, and expensive condos.

Sea Cliff - Being the most prosperous neighborhood of them all, Sea Cliff is the home to not only many affluent business executives, political moguls, and a handful of celebrities, but also the most gorgeous multi-million dollar homes with breathtaking landscapes. Many tour buses are banned from this area to keep privacy, but travelers can drive themselves around the luxurious neighborhood.

SOMA - The industrial warehouse nature of this area is perfect for urban warriors, dance hungry hipsters, and hole in the wall dwellers. Drawing a hugely diverse crowd, (So)uth of (Ma)rket street has everything from discount shopping to warehouse clubs to risqué drag bars.

Sunset - Being a family friendly neighborhood in San Francisco, the Sunset offers cute family housing, a large surfing community, and fog-laden streets at all times of the year. Travel to the outer Sunset for fun on Ocean Beach or the inner Sunset for delicious asian cuisine.

Tenderloin - Noted as one of the more seedy and gritty spots of the city, it’s charm holds true to the boho and hobo dwellers. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but excitement does attract a large gathering on Polk Street with loads of bars and delicious Pakistani food joints.

Union Square - A shopaholics dream come true! Union Square contains the top fashion brand stores, amazing food from all cultures, as well as fun holiday events and street performers in the heart of The Square.

FIND EVENTS IN San Francisco

Weather Forecast for San Francisco


Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light west southwest.


Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.


Sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 60.


Sunny, with a high near 84.

Friday Night

Clear, with a low around 56.


Sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night

Clear, with a low around 56.


Sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night

Clear, with a low around 53.


Sunny, with a high near 68.

Locals Tips

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San Francisco News and Events

PG&E releases list of places in California where the power could go out on Wednesday

PG&E is closely monitoring the weather to determine whether to cut off power to Northern California residents in fire-prone areas. On Monday night officials said a potential shutoff could impact up to 201,000 customers beginning Wednesday and running into Thursday.

How do I know when PG&E is shutting off my power?

PG&E is closely monitoring weather conditions to determine whether to cut off power to Northern California residents in fire-prone areas.

Here's where and when PG&E may shut off power in the Bay Area

PG&E officials are considering turning off power to 201,000 customers in Northern California due to windy weather forecast for Wednesday and Thursday at a time of year when the landscape is dry and fires spark and spread easily.

Atherton couple who allegedly 'gloated' about college admissions scam change plea to guilty

Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez, a Bay Area couple who prosecutors say spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to cheat and bribe their daughter's way into Georgetown, have both changed their plea to guilty, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts confirmed Monday.

'Wednesday night is of greatest concern': Critical fire weather returns

At a time of year when the landscape has seen little rain since last season and the grasses are parched and dry, warm and blustery weather is returning to the San Francisco Bay Area increasing the risk of wildfires sparking and spreading rapidly.

Felicity Huffman spotted on family visit at minimum security Bay Area prison

Huffman, who was given a 14-day prison sentence for her role in the sweeping college admissions scandal, is currently imprisoned at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin. In 2009, FCI Dublin was named one of America's "10 cushiest prisons" by Forbes.

These 3 men decide when PG&E shuts off power to millions

Infuriated Californians who lost power in PG&E's wildfire safety shut-offs earlier this month have been wondering: Who exactly made the final call to cut power?

The little-told story about the BART seat-slashing gang that was part of an upholstery racket

Here's the outlandish story of how a BART contractor was arrested on felony vandalism and criminal conspiracy charges for paying people to slash up BART's seats.

74-years-overdue book returned to Berkeley Library

Its never too late.

At least thats what lifelong Berkeley resident Jean Durham thought when she returned a book to the Berkeley Public Library recentlyafter 74 years, according to Berkeleyside.

Happy ending apparently for cat stranded in tree for 4 days

The saga of a cat stuck high up an evergreen tree in San Mateo entered its fourth day Thursday, and neighbors were worried that the poor feline could starve to death. But it looks like the tree-climbing cat avoided that fate.

Suspicious China Camp Park death now being investigated as homicide

Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body Friday at China Camp Park in San Rafael.

Male suspect stabs woman with a box cutter on BART train, officials say

A woman is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries after a male suspect with a box cutter stabbed her Thursday morning, officials say.

Whales breach wildly in Monterey Bay after magnitude-4.7 earthquake strikes

Seven whales began wildly breaching in Monterey Bay on Tuesday, right after a magnitude-4.7 earthquake was recorded some 35 miles away.

How to find out a new BART train is approaching before you even reach the station

Riding the new BART trains has been a delightful, if somewhat elusive, treat during one's commute. But now you can increase your odds of riding a new train.

Beloved San Francisco mural of Robin Williams will disappear this week

If youve ever walked the stretch of Market Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, youve likely noticed the smiling eyes of a familiar face looking down on you as you pass.

This week may be the last time youll be able to catch a glimpse of the blocks large mural of Robin Williams, which has anchored 1028 Market since Aug. 2018. Developers Olympic Residential Group and Tidewater Capital broke ground on a long-awaited rental building at the address last week, which means the mural will soon disappear.