July is another great month to be San Francisco with plenty to celebrate including the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and the SF Marathon. You must stay for the fantastic Fourth of July fireworks, which take place at Pier 39.
Up in the Wine Country the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma will be leafy, lush and hot — perfect conditions for a wine tasting tour. Our best advice? Let someone else do the driving by joining a small group tour that takes you the best of California Wine Country.
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Glide over the Pacific Coast and then circle back over the Golden Gate. Fly over bridges, buzz over the city and along the waterfront to Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, and Sausalito. Every seat is a window seat, providing the best views. Our choice — upgrade for a longer flight with champagne.
Explore the city at your own pace — Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Chinatown. Choose a regular bike or, better yet, an electric bike and enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary with a full-day rental. Both types of bikes are equipped with a storage bag, bell, water cage and bike rack.
Kick things off with a cruise across the Bay to Sausalito. After shopping and lunch you're driven back across the Golden Gate Bridge. Next stop is Lombard Street where you zig and zag down the world's crookedest street. Walk through Chinatown's historic streets. Hop on the ferry to Alcatraz to explore this SF favorite landmark.
Catch the most popular play on Broadway, now in San Francisco. The hit musical loosely follows the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton — complete with colonial costumes and catchy, jazzy show tunes.
• Orpheum Theatre
• Ends August 5, 2017
Head to AT&T park for one of the 11 home games in July against the Boston Red Sox, the LA Dodgers, the Miami Marlins, the Cleveland Indians, the San Diego Padres, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• July 7 to 26
This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.
The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!
From jazz fusion to Latin-flavored acts, this popular festival blends art and soul, drawing over 100,000 jazz lovers on the Independence Day weekend. Groove to the sounds of live music at multiple stages and enjoy gourmet food, drink & art over 12 city blocks!
• Fillmore Street from Jackson & Eddy Streets
• July 1 & 2, 2017
In the heart of the Mission district at the Roxie Theatre, independent filmmakers come together and exhibit their work. Plan on attending the opening night gala featuring local musicians, local performers, local artists, and leading edge student films
• Roxie Theatre
• July 20 to 23, 2017
Taste award-winning wines, soak up vineyard views, and learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking. Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma. After lunch travel to Napa for more wine tasting. You're driven back to your hotel by early evening. All in all, a memorable day in the Wine Country.
Get an insider's peek into the California culinary world. This VIP tour gets you special access to the Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Arts Center — not open to the public — for a behind-the-scenes on-board kitchen tour with the executive chef. Then, sit down to a gourmet lunch or dinner as you travel through gorgeous wine country. This tour also included round-trip transport from SF and a private wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer Winery.
Experience another side of California on this day trip from San Francisco. See cattle and horses, ranches and foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the whitewater rafting adventure you'll splash your way down the American River, ending with a mad dash through the famed Troublemaker rapids. Then, enjoy all the fixin's at an outdoor BBQ lunch and end the day with a relaxing wine tasting at a local winery. This tour is seasonal from May through September.
It's no wonder that this food walk has made the list of the "Top 10 Walking Tours for Globetrotting Foodies". It's that good! It takes you on a fun-filled culinary tour of the two best SF neighborhood destinations for food lovers — Little Italy and North Beach. It's led by real SF food insiders and the local food vendors pull out all the stops. We think it's the perfect introduction to the SF food scene.
You not only get to explore the best of San Francisco's hills and neighborhoods in an open-air vehicle. You also get the chance to drink some of the city's most popular brews and taste perfect food bites. This 5-hour adventure with a knowledgeable guide is limited to 12 people to really show you a side of San Francisco that tourists rarely see.
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To make the most of it, take public transit to see the large fireworks display in front of Pier 39. The fireworks starts at 9:30 pm, but there's plenty of events before the show — starting at noon. The best seats are at Aquatic Parks, Coit Tower and Sausalito. But you must get there early to get a good place!
It's a one-of-a-kind festival where writers and wanna-be writers join together for workshops, readings and performances. Audiences are invited to discuss the performances with the artists at workshop sessions.
• Tides Theatre
• July 2017
The Wall Street Journal calls it "The Race Even Marathoners Fear." 25,000 runners come together for the full marathon, half marathon, and 5K race. A recently added new feature is the Midnight Ultramarathon!
• July 23, 2017
It's a celebration of classical, world, and jazz music along with contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children and family programs. The majority of seating is free and sprawls over the open lawn of the gardens. Bring your blanket to sit on!
• Mission Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets
• All summer long
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