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What if finding adventure again was in San Francisco?

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities on the west coast. Famed for its steep rolling hills, iconic bridges, unique architecture, and its wonderful location on the Pacific Coast Highway. Cosmopolitan and diverse, the stunning Bay Area just gets better with time.

From hippies to hipsters, gold rush to dot coms – San Francisco has had a colourful history. Art, culture and past glories intertwine – such as the vintage cable cars criss-crossing the city, or the counterculture roots of Haight-Ashbury – ‘Frisco’ is a city of constant change. San Francisco’s capacity to embrace social change and subcultures creates an intriguing place. The Victorian splendour of the ‘Painted Ladies’ of Alamo Square contest with the high-rise megaliths of the Financial District. Museums and galleries vie for your attention against sports and shopping. Add to this world-class restaurants, great bars and idyllic parks and you have the makings of a fantastic San Francisco holiday.

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Shaping up to be one hot month, experience foodie fun, big music names and the Oakland festival in August. Check out awesome art and indulge at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in September. Or immerse yourself in music festival fun and Halloween party antics in October.

August in san-francisco.


Hit the music scene and soak up the eco-friendly atmosphere at the Outside Lands music and arts festival from 11 to 13 August. Watch renowned band Metallica rock on, as well as Alt-J and Lorde play in summer 2017 at Golden Gate Park. Head over to Oakland for the Arts and Soul festival from 19 to 20 August. Join in with urban dancing or some painting, see circus and street performers and indulge on barbecue bites. Wander through the artisan market too, all between 12pm and 6pm. Relish foodie delights at Eat Drink SF, the ultimate San Francisco food and drink festival, from 24 to 27 August. Feast your eyes on taco competitions and enjoy the spread of grand tasting delights. With over 160 chefs and 70 beverage purveyors cooking up a storm in the Bay Area, you’ll enjoy a real treat.

September in san-francisco.


Immerse yourself in the glorious Sausalito Art Festival, enjoy live music, gourmet bites, plenty of drinks and spectacular artistic delights. Over Labor Day weekend, from 2 to 4 September, catch colourful collages, gaze at wondrous sculptures and soak up the artsy atmosphere. Make your way to Ghirardelli Square, for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and indulge in a flavourful treat. Tantalise those taste buds on 9 and 10 September, sample wine and chocolate together and watch the almighty ice cream sundae contest. Check out the chocolate school too, all between 12pm and 5pm. Wander along to the seafront for the Pier 39 Fall Beer Pour on 22 September. Taste plenty of beers, snack on light bites and listen to live music. With other entertainment between 4pm and 8pm as well, enjoy the quirks of this renowned pier.

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Indulge a passion for art during the SF Open Studios event, which runs over five weekends throughout October. Meet over 800 new and established artists in their studios, covering the full spectrum of artistry. If bluegrass is your bag, then don’t miss the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, in the stunning setting of Golden Gate Park from 6 to 8 October. Then on 21 October, cheer on the plucky competitors of the Golden Gate Bridge Swim as they brave the waters of the Pacific in this 3km race. Of course, October isn’t complete without some Halloween shenanigans… Don your freakiest fancy dress for a night of petrifying partying at the W Hotel on Union Square. The Halloween International Ball is hailed as the biggest and best Halloween event that San Francisco has to offer. So get yourself there on Friday 27 or Saturday 28 October.

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Union Square
Union Square

The cosmopolitan and chic Union Square is a haven for shopaholics, with its abundant shopping opportunities. They range from well-known department stores, like Macy’s, to exclusive designer boutiques and lesser celebrated emporiums. Union Square is a one-block plaza boasting a 97-foot Corinthian column, with flower stands, palm trees and a great atmosphere. You will also find some great food options, from high-end restaurants to food stands selling hot dogs and pizza – it caters for everyone looking for a bite to eat after shopping.

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