San Francisco Community Information

One of America’s most beautiful cities, and one whose locals are not afraid to harp on such a claim, especially when designing tourist brochures, SAN FRANCISCO sits poised on the 47-square-mile fingertip of a peninsula at the western edge of America – the perfect location for a place that considers itself the last stronghold of civilization in California’s lunatic fringe.

Indeed, the city has much to gloat about, not least the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds it – from rugged coastline and tranquil bay waters to rambling, fog-capped hills and dense, unspoiled woods. Along the steep streets of the city itself, sit a cluster of distinct neighborhoods – by turn quaint or hip, lined by rows of preserved Victorian houses or dotted with chic clubs in converted warehouses.

From its earliest days as a stop on the Spanish chain of Missions, through its explosive expansion during the Gold Rush and right up into the present-day Internet boom, San Francisco’s turbulent history is relatively short. Named for Saint Francis of Assisi, the kindly monk who harbored society’s outcasts, the city sprang up almost overnight in the late 1840s from a sleepy fishing village named Yerba Buena.

The hilly terrain did not daunt the rough-and-ready prospectors who built on it according to a grid pattern that ignored even the steepest inclines; with its whimsical architecture, its vast irrigated park on the site of a former sand dune, and its cliff-hugging resort buildings, the late nineteenth-century city defied the elements and served as much as a playground as an economic center, luring writers, architects, immigrants, and thousands of transient sailors eager to “make it” in the newest, westernmost, metropolis.

San Francisco Neighborhoods, Culture & Activities

Neighborhoods

Bernal HeightsCole Valley|Parnassu
Cow HollowDowntown
Financial District|BHaight Ashbury
Hayes ValleyInner Richmond
Inner SunsetMarina
Mill ValleyMillbrae
Nob HillNoe Valley
North BeachOuter Richmond
Outer SunsetPacific Heights
Potrero HillPresidio Heights
Russian HillSouth of Market
Telegraph HillTenderloin
Twin PeaksWestern Addition

Annual Events

San Francisco International Auto Show Carnaval
San Francisco International Film Festival Fleet Week
Chronicle Marathon and Fitness Expo Tulipmania Festival
Cable Car Bell-Ringing Competition Castro Street Fair
San Francisco Independent Film Festival Opening Day on the Bay
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Sea Lions Arrival at Pier 39
San Francisco Youth Arts Festival Bay to Breakers Footrace
California Antiquarian Book Fair Union Street Arts Festival
San Francisco Crab Festival Pacific Orchid Exposition
San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco Fringe Festival

General Community Info

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau San Francisco's website

Entertainment

Golden Gate Bridge Pier 39
Historic North Beach Alcatraz
Fisherman's Wharf Coit Tower
Incredible Adventures Wine Country
Extranomical Adventures Hobnob Tours
San Francisco Cable Cars Crookedest Street

Sports

San Francisco Giants Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers Oakland Athletics
Golden State Warriors Infineon Raceway
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Sharks

Fine Arts

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Exploratorium
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Asian Art Museum
California Historical Society Museo ItaloAmericano
Cartoon Art Museum Zeum

Performing Arts

San Francisco Community Music Center Herbst Theatre
Shelton Theater SomArts
Dance Mission  

Places to Stay

Best Western Days Inn
Hampton Inn Ramada
Holiday Inn Hyatt
Radisson  

Newspapers

San Francisco Chronicle Metro News
San Francisco Examiner  

Parks

San Francisco Recreation & Park Department Neighborhood Parks Council
Maritime Historical Park  

Health

San Francisco Department of Health San Francisco Medical Society

Libraries

University of California, San Francisco Library San Francisco Public Library