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Things to Do in San Francisco

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Live it up in San Francisco, where West Coast vibe collides with the electric energy of The City. From bold art at SF MoMa and Michelin-star dining to the allure of the Golden Gate Bridge, experience all of the best things to do in San Francisco. Go behind the scenes of vibrant neighborhoods, like the Castro, Mission, Chinatown and Union Square, and mix and mingle with locals and visitors alike. With fresh, new restaurants, bars, shopping, museum exhibit openings, and fab festivals throughout the year, you'll never run out of fun things to do in San Francisco. We can't wait to welcome you.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Located right next door to our SoMa district hotel, the newly expanded and renovated SFMOMA houses exhilarating and ever-changing collections of world-class modern art. 

Hours: Open Friday – Tuesday, 10AM–5PM and Thursday, 10AM-9PM. Closed Wednesday. Open until 8PM on Saturdays, May 27–September 4.

Yerba Buena Gardens/ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Gardens is an exciting arts district with unique shopping, restaurants, art galleries, theaters, museums and beautiful parks and gardens. Discover the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a magnificent entertainment and arts complex with visual art exhibitions, performances and film screenings.

Union Square

One of the most popular things to do in San Francisco, Union Square is a landmark park that offers fabulous shopping, dining and theater district. Surrounding the square are luxury boutiques, global brands and department stores, including Nordstrom, Nike and Neiman Marcus. Capturing the beauty and history of San Francisco, Union Square boasts granite plazas, a terraced stage, light sculptures, a café and four grand entrances bordered by palms trees. 

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco and the Marin Headlands and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area. The orange towers of the 4,200-foot Golden Gate Bridge are visible from the hotel.

Golden Gate National Park

Golden Gate National Park is the largest and most beautiful park in San Francisco. Spreading three miles along the pacific coast, Golden Gate Park offers walking, jogging, skating and cycling trails, peaceful spaces and gorgeous ocean views.

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts is a magnificent architectural landmark and a popular thing to do in San Francisco. With its classical Roman rotunda and colonnades, The Palace hosts art exhibitions, theater performances, and events. Explore the beauty of the idyllic park and waterways or stroll by the tranquil lake.

Chinatown

Historic Chinatown is a colorful neighborhood with unique shops, restaurants, open markets, bakeries and facades resembling Hong Kong. Visit the Chinese Presbyterian Church and the Pacific Renaissance Plaza, which houses shops, restaurants, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center facades. Don't leave without trying an egg tart from Golden Gate Bakery. 

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is a lively waterfront marketplace that includes restaurants, shopping, street performers, live music and breathtaking Bay views. Enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing and cruising at Pier 39, a festive marketplace with over 110 shops and restaurants.

Westfield Metreon

The Westfield Metreonis an innovative entertainment and shopping destination with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline. The Metreon features the Loews Metreon 16 - San Francisco’s largest movie complex - world-class stores, great restaurants, interactive attractions and music events. Eat, drink and play at Jillian's, showcasing San Francisco's best live music. 

San Francisco Zoo

Get wild at the historic San Francisco Zoo. Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the historic San Francisco Zoo is Northern California's largest zoological park and conservation center. This urban oasis offers a naturalistic exhibits, including the African Savannah, Australian WalkAbout and Penguin Island, with over 260 animal species – from the tallest giraffe to the smallest insect. Ride the miniature train and carousel, and discover the New Zoo dedicated to the preservation of wild places. 


San Francisco Events

San Francisco is a lively and diverse destination where art, music, history, cuisine and culture blend in harmony. Celebrate the vibrant heritage of San Francisco at exciting events, festivals, fairs, performing arts, and concerts that illuminate the city’s colorful spirit. Experience fun festivals and events in San Francisco, including the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, and Oktoberfest By The Bay. Ask our Concierge about happenings around town or help with reserving tickets. 

Let us help connect you to what's new/next in San Francisco this month. Explore our W Insider Guide >>

Bay to Breakers - May 21, 2017
San Francisco Jazz Festival - June 6-18, 2017
Haight-Ashbury Street Festival - June 11, 2017
San Francisco LGBT Pride - June 24-25, 2017
Fillmore Jazz Festival - July 1-2, 2017
Outside Lands - August 11-13, 2017
Folsom Street Fair - September 24, 2017
Oktoberfest by the Bay - September 24-27, 2017

Fashion Week in SF - September 24-October 2, 2017
Castro Street Fair
- October 1, 2017
Oracle OpenWorld - October 1-5, 2017
Blue Angels/Fleet Week - October 2-9, 2017
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - October 6-8, 2017
Treasure Island Music Festival - October 15-16, 2017
Dreamforce - November 6-9, 2017
Rugby World Cup - July 1, 2018