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Bay to Breakers
Bay To Breakers is a 12K (7.46 miles) course. From sea level at the Embarcadero the course rises steeply along Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.

The  San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 
features concerts by many great local and out-of-town bands.  And don't miss the square dance, kids' show, and special banjo, fiddle, and clogging workshops!

San Francisco Blues Festival
(415) 979-5588 for recorded Ticket & Festival information
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 460608, San Francisco, CA 94146-0608
Produced by Tom Mazzolini

San Francisco Chinese Parade 
San Francisco: Named one of the world's top ten parades, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines Year of the Monkey parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television.

San Francisco Comedy Day
Comedy Day is a free outdoor comedy "concert" featuring nearly 30 of today's top performers. It was founded  as a way for Bay Area comics to say thank you to comedy fans for their support and to The City that has nurtured so many comedians. Since 1981, more than 500 of the world's funniest performers have given the gift of laughter to over a half-million people at Comedy Day.

The East West Shrine Game
The East West Shrine Game has never been "just another football game. "The Shrine Game is the Premier All-Star Game in America, and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches in the Game.

Fashion Market of San Francisco

San Francisco International Film Festival

Resfest Digital Film Festival

San Francisco Fleet Week

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival
The San Francisco Free Folk Festival was conceived in 1976 by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, which staged it for the first two years at the Hall of Flowers. It then moved to Fort Mason, where it remained for 13 years, before moving to the John Adams campus of City College until that venue became too small. Several years ago, the festival moved to its current home at Roosevelt Middle School. Last year, between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event. It takes about 200 volunteers to stage the Festival.

Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair kicks off a day of music, arts and crafts and food on Haight Street from Masonic to Stanyan Streets in San Francisco, CA . The fair will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. Two stages provide entertainment all day long with guest artists, local bands and community groups reaching larger audiences. The main stage is located at Stanyan and Haight Streets while the second stage is located at Masonic Avenue and Haight Street. Each stage provides a variety of musical presentations that range from rock, punk, reggae, jazz to blues, big bands and other musical presentations. Each stage provides a list of scheduled guests. Throughout the day, the five-block area of the fair provides fairgoers with a variety of foods and beverages, crafts, arts and access to the neighborhood's various businesses which showcase the diversity and spirit that makes this district, the Haight-Ashbury, famous.

San Francisco International Art Exposition
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Featuring more than 100 international galleries representing more than 2,000 artists, this year's show is an eclectic collection of modern and contemporary artwork in a variety of artistic styles and media that range from painting, drawing, photography and printmaking to sculpture, video, installation and mixed media.

Nation's Oldest Italian Heritage Parade (Columbus Day Parade)
Highlights include dozens of handcrafted parade floats featuring Bay Area businesses, community groups, and Italian organizations; local high school Italian clubs and marching bands; special appearances by "Christopher Columbus" and Queen Isabella and Her Court; festive open-air dining and Italian wine and food specials at North Beach restaurants lining the Parade route; performances by a variety of traditional Italian musicians and performance artists; and special appearances by Bay Area and Italian-American celebrities.

San Francisco Jazz Festival
Hailed by The London Observer as "probably the best jazz festival in the world," the San Francisco Jazz Festival is a two-week celebration of today's best music. Every fall the Festival presents a phenomenal array of jazz concerts, from the classic to the avant-garde, gathering the legends of today and the rising stars of tomorrow in premier venues throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. SFJAZZ is the leading non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast and the 6th largest performing arts organization in the Bay Area. Dedicated to encouraging the growth of jazz and jazz audiences in San Francisco and beyond, SFJAZZ presents a wealth of year-round programs, including the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Jazz Festival, the SFJAZZ Spring Season under the artistic direction of renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman, as well as numerous community outreach and education programs.

San Francisco Chinatown Hosts  Annual ATA Autumn Moon Festival
Every year the Moon Festival features live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink, and several parades.

North Beach Parade
A celebration of San Francisco's Little Italy and Home of the Beat Generation. Original, Juried Arts & Crafts, World Champion Pizza Toss, Multiple Entertainment Centers, Cooking Stage, Cheese Carving, Alternative Rhythm & Blues and Pop Rock, Salsa and Swing Stage with Dance Floor, Animal Blessings.


Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City of San Francisco in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader. George Greene originally homesteaded the Grove - a tract of sand dunes and marshes - in the 1840's. The Greene family planted the first eucalyptus trees in the Grove and built the Trocadero Inn, a popular recreation spot until its closure in 1916. Marveling at the Grove's natural acoustics, Mrs. Stern determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances. On June 4, 1932, Stern Grove was dedicated. Two weeks later, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove. Mrs. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment. The organization's mission guides the Festival to this day:

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San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

San Francisco Carnival



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