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

Overnight

Mostly cloudy early, then becoming mostly clear, with a low around 44. Light north northeast wind.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 56. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Monday Night

Increasing clouds, with a low around 46. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tuesday

Cloudy, with a high near 55. East northeast wind around 7 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. East wind 8 to 11 mph. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Thursday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 50.

Friday

A slight chance of rain before 10am, then a slight chance of rain after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 59.

Friday Night

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 51.

Saturday

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 59.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 50.

Sunday

A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Locals Tips

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San Francisco News and Events

CHP: 5 more cases of projectiles hitting cars Saturday night; up to 61 since February

Five more cars were struck by projectiles Saturday night bringing the total number of cases to 61 since February, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Faced with eviction, disabled Vacaville couple get help with move to new housing

For Ana and Guadalupe Lupercio, losing the house theyd rented for 25 years could have been disastrous, as the couple rely on a modest fixed income. They worked hard to find a subsidized apartment, and Season of Sharing paid the first months rent to ease their move.

Marin man who pled innocent because accuser is '300 pounds' found guilty of rape

A 27-year-old San Rafael man charged with raping a woman in Corte Madera was found guilty Friday at his second trial, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The man, Izell Lewis, a fitness trainer and boxer at Corte Madera Town Center, faces up to eight years in prison.

Martinez mayor allegedly assaulted by man known to frequent city council meetings

Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder was assaulted Wednesday afternoon in front of his insurance business.

Im OK. Just a bit shook, but Im fine, Schroder told The Martinez News-Gazette, which first reported the story.

Martinez Police Department officers responded to 653 Main St. at 3:21 p.m., on a report of the mayor being accosted by a male subject, later identified as Eli Dominguez from Martinez, according to a statement from MPD Lt. Mike Estanol.

Best of Bay Area Nextdoor 2019, from a goat on a roof to urine in a laundry sink

For a glimpse into the nonsense that unfolded in Bay Area's neighborhoods in 2019 all you have to do is scan Nextdoor,the website and app that has become a virtual gathering place for neighbors since it launched in 2008.

150-foot observation wheel coming to Golden Gate Park

Mayor London Breed announced today that an illuminated 150-foot observation wheel will be erected for Golden Gate Parks 150th anniversary. Located in the Music Concourse, the outdoor plaza near the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Japanese Tea Garden, this will be the first time a wheel of this scale has come to the city since Golden Gate Park hosted the Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.

Oakland hasn't built any new affordable housing in 3 years funded by 2016 fee

In 2016, Oakland passed a fee on new residential developments that was supposed to raise $65 million over 10 years for affordable housing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, three years later, just under $9 million in fees have been collected and zero new affordable housing units funded by the fees have broken ground.

Video of insanely brazen Hilltop Mall Sears shoplifting goes viral

The video, posted by Vick Mendoza whose Twitter bio says he lives in Richmond shows three individuals fleeing the Sears store with their arms full of clothing.

Scientists find thousands of garbage filled craters more than 3,000 feet underwater

About 20 years ago, scientists were puzzled by the discovery of massive and almost perfectly circular craters, some with diameters more than twice the length of two football fields, on the ocean floor off the California coast.

Palo Alto may start fining people for vaping in public

Sorry, Palo Alto teens: your days of carefree vaping in public may be coming to an end. The City of Palo Alto is considering a fine for people vaping in public, a move targeting the supposed vaping epidemic they believe is plaguing their youth, according to KRON4.

Sacramento police seeking 'psychic' who allegedly scammed victims of $100,000

Perlita Afancio-Balles, 29, ran a double-your-money scam according to the Sacramento Police Department, which just put Afancio-Balles on its most-wanted list.

Lafayette hires trapper to battle rampaging feral pigs

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Estimated $64M loss as SF's 'poor street conditions,' high costs drive out Oracle's OpenWorld

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Flames win 6th straight with victory over Coyotes

An early-season coaching change could have derailed Calgarys entire season.

Instead, it seems to have revitalized the Flames. Even on the second game of a back-to-back, theres no slowing them down.

Sean Monahan scored for the fourth straight game, Cam Talbot stopped 46 shots and the visiting Flames extended their winning streak to six games under interim head coach Geoff Ward with a 5-2 win over the listless Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Its extremely gratifying that when were playing the right way and everyones buying in, that this is how successful we can be, Talbot said.

Calgary played the night before, but had the early energy, scoring two goals on its first four shots in the opening 4:03. The Flames kept on scoring, improving to 7-0-1 in their past eight games following a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Michael Frolik and Zac Rinaldo each had a goal and an assist. Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic also scored for Calgary, which closed to two points shy of the Pacific Division lead after an indifferent start to the season.

You work hard, you work hard, you eventually get rewarded, Rinaldo said. Things open up and things become a little easier to you. Thats whats happening right now. Our whole team has worked really hard and the floodgates are opening.

The Coyotes had numerous good chances to jump over their sticks before Jakob Chychrun scored in the closing seconds of the second period.

We had some chances, but we gave them two or three goals right off the bat and youre chasing the game from there, Arizona head coach Rick Tocchet said. They scored on their chances and played a good road game.

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$20,000 in gear stolen from SF punk band after West Coast tour

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