Local Resources - Things to do in the SF Bay Area
For attendees who are traveling from the far and beyond to the San Francisco Bay Area, this thread is a list of some things to do in the area.
If you're local, please add to the thread to share nuggets of wisdom about our amazing city by the bay!
The Marriott Marquis is close to a lot of the touristy SF places. If you forgot to pack something, there's a Target within walking distance and I highly suggest taking BART (subway) and MUNI to get around. Uber and Lyft are also viable options, but expect a surge in prices. Most places in San Francisco proper, are walkable so be sure to bring a pair of comfy shoes.
Shop in Union Square
Union Square is the place for serious shoppers. Major department stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line streets like Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell. The Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre houses the largest Bloomingdale's outside of New York and the second largest Nordstrom in the U.S.
Explore North Beach
North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco.
Walk Through the Oldest Chinatown
Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.
PIER 39: Love walking through around the piers. You can try our famous clam chowder and whole crabs. Waterbar is also an awesome restaurant with a view of the bay bridge.
The Orpheum Theatre is playing Hamilton at this time (if you're able to score a ticket, that is!)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has their Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (Free and Outdoors) where it "presents classical, world, and jazz music, contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children’s and family programs, and cultural events reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the region".
The Union Street Festival: Music, Art & Craft Beer Tasting happens the day before Subscribed (June 4th) on Union Street (Rain or Shine)
It's also Free Museum Day if you're a Bank of America customer. Visit the De Young Museum, Asian Art Museum (within walking distance of the hotel) or my favorite - the California Academy of Sciences (which is also across the 'street' from the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park).
Free Symphony and Italian Opera in Golden Gate Park in the Music Concourse that's also between the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.
I also suggest that you keep an eye on Johnny Fun Cheap SF for more events as the date draws nearer.
I welcome any other fun things to do in the city, but the above is a good sample!
Lana Lee | Senior Community Manager and Strategist
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