Summer 2019’s Can’t-Miss Events
The summer season in San Francisco is one of vibrancy and excitement. Living at 181 Fremont in SoMA affords you the luxury of not only an incredible living space that rises above the rest, but also a central location to dozens of attractions, celebrations and a community like no other. There’s no better time than now to enjoy the weather, interact with your neighbors and explore the city. Mark your calendars – here are some experiences you won’t want to miss this season.
Saturday, June 29-Sunday, June 30
June is pride month for the LGBTQ community across the world and San Francisco just so happens to be home to the largest Pride Festival in the U.S. The 49th Annual SF Pride Celebration, hosted in the Civic Center Plaza, starts Saturday, June 29 and will conclude Sunday, June 30 with the famous parade of rainbow-clad attendees marching along Market St. More than 200 exhibitors, 20 stages and thousands of attendees are expected to fill the plaza as concerts, DJs, performances and speeches aim to inspire and unite the community.
Thursday, July 4
There’s arguably no better place to celebrate Independence Day in the Bay Area than aboard a historic World War II Liberty Ship at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy complimentary hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn as one of the nation’s premier fireworks shows sounds off over the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Purchase tickets here.
Friday, Aug. 9-Sunday, Aug. 11
Outside Lands Music Festival is known for bringing the best of the best in today’s music scheme to Golden Gate Park each August, and this year is no exception. With headliners like Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, Blink-182, Kygo, Flume, Kacey Musgraves and Lil Wayne, the eclectic lineup is pleasing to any music buff. Not only can you catch the industry’s hottest acts, the festival will also host some of the best culinary vendors from the region, with 80 restaurants, 46 wineries, 31 breweries and 6 cocktail bars representing this year, nearly all from the Bay Area and northern California. Get the scoop from SF Chronicle on the full rundown of food & drink participants and head here for tickets.
Sunday, Aug. 18
In a city as populous as San Francisco, vehicle congestion can make neighborhoods difficult to navigate. In partnership with the city and the department of public health, local nonprofit Livable City hosts an annual season of “Sunday Streets” events across various neighborhoods in San Francisco, where one to four miles of typically congested streets are shut down and transformed into community spaces. Small businesses, volunteers, sponsors and residents of the host neighborhoods come together to offer free activities that encourage physical activity, foster community building and inspire people to think differently about their streets as public spaces. SoMA’s Sunday Streets event will be held on Folsom Street from Essex to 10th Street.
You’d be striking out if you didn’t catch a San Francisco Giants game at Oracle Park this summer. The Giants will host teams from San Diego to New York this season, and there’s nothing like a summer night in the park with a beer in hand, the bay in the background and the roar of the crowd around you. If the eight-time World Series champs don’t entice you enough, the top-notch food at the park certainly will. The cuisine options are so plentiful you could try a new bite every inning, from sushi to salads to burritos and everything in between. Check out Eater SF’s guide to the park’s provisions here and purchase tickets here.
Every Tuesday (10am – 2pm), Thursday (10am – 2pm) and Saturday (8am – 2pm)
There’s just something about a summer morning at the farmers market, with the crisp air ripe with the smell of fresh fruit and artisan treats. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) hosts a farmers market at the Ferry Building every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as a forum for people to learn about food and agriculture. The market is celebrated as one of the best in the country, with nearly 40,000 shoppers visiting each week and over 100 vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, eggs, herbs and more from local farmers, many of whom are certified organic.
If it’s art you’re in search of this summer, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), just a ten-minute walk from 181 Fremont, has you covered with plenty of exhibits to check out this season.
- From May 19 to Sept. 2, the “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” exhibit will feature a dozen works of Warhol’s, unique to the museum, spread across three floors to display the iconic artist’s growth and evolution over his career. Fun fact: this exhibit is the U.S.’s first organized Warhol retrospective since the late 1980s.
- Oakland-based photographer April Dawn Alison lived in the public as a man but in private as a female until she died in 2008. Upon her death, an archive of over 9,000 Polaroid self-portraits from the 1960s-1980s were found, a long-term exploration into the enigma of Alison’s double life. From July 6 through Dec. 1, the thousands of photos will be featured in an exhibit where visitors can see the many faces and styles of both Alison and the age in which she lived.
- Explore the “art of mistakes” at the “Don’t!” photography exhibit, which runs from July 20 to Dec. 1 and explores the shifting definitions of “good” and “bad” photography over time as tastes and aesthetics evolved. Images from artists like Man Ray, Lisette Model, Florence Henri, and John Gossage are featured to illustrate how “failed” photos led to rules and parameters that persist to this day.
Our dedicated concierge here at 181 Fremont, David Mertens, is an expert on all things art, culture, dining and entertainment in San Francisco. Allow him to customize your perfect summer outing in the city.
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