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San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Hosted at various theatres in the Bay Area of the city, the annual San Francisco Indie Film Festival aims to bring a range of obscure, niche independent films and features to audiences in San Francisco. Prizes are awarded in various categories to winning filmmakers.

Date: 04 February 2021 - 21 February 2021
Venue: Various theatres in San Francisco
Website: http://sfindie.com/
Cost:

Various.


San Francisco International Film Festival

Over a packed 10-day period with around 200 films from more than 50 countries, the San Francisco International Film Festival screens an eclectic programme of features, shorts, documentaries, animations and student films drawn from the very best of world cinema. The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the films shown here showcase works that have not yet reached the mainstream movie-going audience.

Date: 09 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Venue: Various theatres in the San Francisco area.
Website: https://www.sffilm.org/sffilmfestival-sffilm
Cost:

Various.

 


Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

This annual season of arts performances features six months of free events reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area, including classical, jazz and world music, theatre, traditional and contemporary dance and children's and family programmes. The events take place in the Esplanade, Children’s Garden and Jessie Square among other locations. The festival includes the surrounding Yerba Buena neighbourhood and promotes its restaurants and other recreational opportunities.

Date: 01 May 2021 - 31 October 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Website: http://www.ybgfestival.org
Cost:

Free.


San Francisco LGBT Pride

One of the biggest, most extravagant and well-known pride events in the world, this event is open for all to enjoy and those that attend will see many participants and floats throughout the two days. Celebrations begin in the Civic Center but the real fun erupts on the following day with the parade taking over the city's streets with colour, dancers, and music.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Streets of San Francisco.
Website: http://www.sfpride.org/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Music, food, wine, beer and art come together in this annual festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Every August, a vast setlist of artists draw crowds to the Park for this Bay Area end-of-summer showcase.

Date: 06 August 2021 - 08 August 2021
Venue: Golden Gate Park.
Website: https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/home/
Cost:

Various.


Bay to Breakers Race

Each year, runners take to the streets for the Bay to Breakers Race, one of the largest annual footraces in the world and a staple for Bay area residents. Following a 12km (7.5 mile) route, participants make their way along a course that runs west throughout the city and Golden Gate Park and finishes at the Great Highway along the Pacific Coast’s beautiful Ocean Beach.

Date: 22 August 2021 - 22 August 2021
Venue: Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf
Website: https://www.baytobreakers.com/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


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Twin Peaks

Don't fret, this hotel has nothing to do with David Lynch, but is named after its neighbourhood between Lower Haight and The Castro. It offers one of the few acceptable budget options within easy reach of the downtown districts. Rooms are basic, and if you really want to save money you'll have to share a bathroom, but you can't argue with the price.

Orchard Hotel

One of San Francisco's smaller boutique hotels, the Orchard has 104 guest rooms, including nine suites. Luxuries include quality linens and toiletries, Balinese wood, black granite bathroom countertops, plush bathrobes, surround-sound DVD and CD players, Internet and mini-bars. Complimentary European breakfast buffet is served downstairs.

The Scarlet Huntingdon

Visible from much of the city, this luxury retreat sits opposite Grace Cathedral at the highest point of Nob Hill. All 134 guestrooms are individually decorated and each has great views across the city. Chandeliers and plush upholstery fill the public areas, and if you can tear yourself away from the vistas, the hotel also has its own spa.

Harbor Court Hotel

Perched on the city's eastern coastline, the Harbor Court offers an unrivalled view of the Bay Bridge. Its 131 rooms contain an entertainment centre, high-speed Wi-Fi and a moderately sized sitting room. Sleeping quarters combine traditional and contemporary furnishings, and some beds are canopied. Windows are double-glazed to block out traffic noise and Ozumo Japanese restaurant next door offers room service.

Seaside Inn

Close to the Seaside would be a more apt name, as this motel-style place is several blocks inland. Nevertheless, it is only a 10-minute walk from the attractions of the Marina District. Rooms are simple but very comfortable, with both breakfast and parking free. Moreover, the attractive neighbourhood of Cow Hollow, filled with trendy bars and restaurants, is only a short stroll away. Book in advance for the best deals.

Clift Hotel

Nearly a century old, the Clift is a local landmark set amid the theatre district. Once known for its striking red panelled interior, it is now adored for its Philippe Starck makeover. The designer waved his creative wand back in 2001 and turned the Clift into one of the must-see hotels in San Francisco. Proof lies in the Redwood Room bar, where locals fond of a little luxury gather. The 372 guest rooms are small but elegantly decorated in shades of violet and grey. Egyptian cotton sheets, Wi-Fi and in-room massage and spa services add to the luxury.