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Castro Street Fair – October 6, 2013

Always the first Sunday in October, the Castro Street Fair is a community celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

The Fair is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) (3) organization and all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community. Additionally, the Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro and Market.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Castro District, intersection of Market & Castro Streets and into the surrounding area
Free admission

For more information go to www.castrostreetfair.org

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Polk Street Blues Festival – September 21 – 22, 2013

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For many years, San Francisco has been known for its love of the blues. This year’s Polk Street Blues Festival, produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC for the Polk District’s Merchants Association, blends the beloved San Francisco festival atmosphere with great blues music, variety vendors, tasty treats and family friendly fun. People looking to escape the crowded downtown San Francisco chain stores and enjoy a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere need look no further than Polk Street.

The Polk Street Blues Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas and much more. This is the only free blues event in San Francisco, certain to be well attended and becoming one of the best in the country.

Saturday and Sunday, September 21st & 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Polk Street between Pacific and Union Streets, San Francisco
Free admission

For more information go to www.polkstreetbluesfestival.com/

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International Dragon Boat Festival – September 14-15, 2013

Come join spectators and competitors for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival has over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing in the 300 and 500 meter courses. Dragon boat teams range from novice to competitive skill level. Novice teams represent local Bay Area corporations, public agencies and non-profit community. Recreational and competitive teams practice year-round and hail from all over the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. This year’s championship race is going to be one of the fiercest battle for victory to date!

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children’s activity pavillion and a variety of food, arts & crafts and other vendors.

September 14th and 15th, 2013
Festival hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Racing is from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
Treasure Island, San Francisco
No admission fee

For more information go to www.sfdragonboat.com/

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – September 14-15, 2013

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the 18th annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. Over 30 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand, a fundraising organization that provides “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County.

With such a significantly historical part of our heritage beautifully located in the heart of San Francisco’s waterfront, it makes perfect sense to throw a chocolate festival where it all began. Festival goers have the chance to experience the latest chocolate trends all while surrounding themselves in the rich history of America’s longest operating chocolate company. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival started in 1996, and has been a hit every year since. Due to the overwhelming success, the festival has extend down to Beach Street and not only occupies the Plaza in the Square, but a full San Francisco block.

September 14th and 15th, 2013
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Advance online tickets: $20 for 15 sample tickets
At the door: $25 for 15 sample tickets
General events are at no charge

For more information go to www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival/

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America’s Cup Finals

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September 7th through 21st, 2013, San Francisco

The 34th America’s Cup brings the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport back to the United States for the first time in 18 years. And it does so in style, with exciting new boats, a new format for the racing, and television and web coverage that takes the viewer into the racing as never before. There are two new classes of boats; both will be more powerful, more demanding of the crews and faster than anything seen at the America’s Cup to date.

Bringing the racing to the people is a new priority. Newly added near-shore race courses are sure to thrill those on site. Upon reaching its zenith in San Francisco, the host city of the 34th America’s Cup, the spectacular natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay will be a glorious setting for this historic and much-anticipated race finale.

For more information go to www.americascup.com

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Noe Valley Wine Walk – August 22, 2013

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The 3rd Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 is a unique and affordable event staged along the stretch of artsy shops, intimate restaurants, friendly bars and cafes. Victorian houses have been converted into a neighborhood full of organic produce, smoothies, new age music and paint-it-yourself pottery stores that will, during the Wine Walk, offer wine samples, finger foods and special treats.

Experience the flavor of Noe Valley and take advantage of the free cable car shuttle making designated stops to pick up and drop off attendees during the event. The tasting event will be located throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga, 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Look for Wine Walk signs posted on location fronts indicating participating businesses. Admission fees include a souvenir tasting glass for bottomless tasting during the event.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST
Noe Valley – 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga
Advance tickets are $20, On-site tickets are $25

For more information go to www.sresproductions.com/noe_valley_wine_walk.html

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Outside Lands Festival TBA

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The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place on August 9th through 11th with dozens of bands and attractions. From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco’s vibrant cultural community.

This green-conscious event directly benefits the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation. The Outside Lands Festival is become one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans. The fact that it takes place in the great city of San Francisco ensures an unparalleled entertainment experience. Come on out and join the fun!

August 9th through 11th
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
General admission tickets

For more information go to www.sfoutsidelands.com

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Nihonmachi Street Fair – August 3-4, 2013

Founded in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was hatched as an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of J-Town and to honor the cultural heritage that was, at the time, at risk of being displaced. Since then the annual event has grown from a four-booth affair to a two-day event expected to draw over 30,000 guests.

What makes this street fair a uniquely San Francisco event is the broader cultural context participants can experience in addition to traditional Asian-Pacific influences. The Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers have a long history of including local entertainment that has spanned genres from Taiko to hip-hop to salsa, rock and jazz. Also included in the festivities are Children’s World, Doggie World, Asian artisans and the Food Fest.

August 3rd and 4th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST
Japantown, San Francisco, located on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets
Admission is free.

For more information go to www.nihonmachistreetfair.org/

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SF Jewish Film Festival – July 25 – August 12, 2013

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the world’s first and largest Jewish film festival, takes place in San Francisco and three other Bay Area cities in late July and early August, drawing an audience of approximately 30,000 people. Founded in 1980, SFJFF uses film and media arts to foster cultural understanding. The festival presents a variety of film as well as vigorous panels about Jewish history, culture and identity. The mission is to promote awareness and diversity of the Jewish people, provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for the exploration and dialogue about the Jewish experience and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

The 33nd Festival will be held July 25th through August 12, 2013. Festival guests can enjoy the cultural richness of the Festival and of San Francisco as well as lively discussions from the audiences. Befitting the region, the Festival draws an unusually diverse audience and welcomes affiliated Jews, those who may not otherwise seek out more traditional forms of Jewish participation and non-Jews alike. Audience, whether secular, religious or non-Jewish proudly refer to the festival as “the Bay Area’s favorite Jewish holiday.”

July 25th through August 12, 2013
San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Palo Alto and San Rafael
General admission tickets are $12 per showing and include only a seat in the theatre. Parties, special programs and events all have their own admission. All-Festival Passes are $225.

For more information go to www.sfjff.org/

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SF AIDS Walk TBA

The 27th annual, 10K AIDS Walk in San Francisco will take place on July 14th, 2013. Benefitting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area, this event has raised over $77 million during its history. Last year alone, participants and sponsors raised $2.7 million to support education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care in communities most vulnerable to the disease. The money is distributed among Bay Area groups that provide no-cost health screenings, sterile needle exchanges and advocates to help find housing, support groups and health care for those with HIV or AIDS.

Over the past 25 years, AIDS Walk San Francisco has inspired thousands of people to walk, millions to donate and enables organization to provide prevention, care and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, funding is used to battle the stigma and pursue the mission of radically reducing new infections in San Francisco with the help of the compassionate San Francisco community.

July 14th, 2013

For more information go to www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/

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