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By Amie Chilson | Broker in San Francisco, CA
  • SF Pride Celebration – June 29 – 30, 2013

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Francisco, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Francisco, In My Neighborhood in San Francisco  |  June 26, 2013 1:20 PM  |  775 views  |  No comments
    The San Francisco Pride Celebration has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” This grand event happens on June 29th and 30th, 2013, in downtown San Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Francisco’s historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than 30 years ago. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The Celebration at Civic Center is host to the Main Stage which has showcased such incredible acts as Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys, Solange Knowles, the Cliks, Margaret Cho, Kat DeLuna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters and Big Freedia, among others.

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  • International LGBT Film Fest – San Francisco

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Entertainment & Nightlife  |  June 13, 2013 5:54 PM  |  589 views  |  No comments
    Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (Frameline) is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline37 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to each of our Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline37 also has two juried awards for Outstanding First Feature and Outstanding Documentary Feature.

    Framelines’s mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. Locals know that this is a fantastic event, so advance tickets are suggested but at-the-door tickets are available until seating runs out.

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  • North Beach Festival – June 15 – 16, 2013

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Francisco, Parks & Recreation in San Francisco, In My Neighborhood in San Francisco  |  June 11, 2013 10:23 AM  |  854 views  |  No comments
    The 59th annual North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals with Washington Square Park and several neighboring blocks taken over in this giant two-day street fair.

    With three stages for entertainment over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, Italian street painting, beverage gardens and the blessing of the animals, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone.

    Live music fills the streets of “Little Italy” during the two-day long Festival. Renewing the older traditions of when North Beach was a complete and thriving community, the sights, sounds, smells and flavors available will recall the strength and passion of San Francisco’s Italian heritage. Free to attend and family friendly, the North Beach Festival is sure to delight summer festival goers.

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  • San Francisco Marathon – June 16, 2013

    Posted Under: Quality of Life, Entertainment & Nightlife, In My Neighborhood  |  June 10, 2013 5:37 PM  |  539 views  |  No comments
    “I am running this full marathon, (gulp!) and feeling excited and a little nervous.” – Amie Chilson

    The San Francisco Marathon is a crown jewel for the city. Started in 2001 with the desire to create one of the most beautiful and challenging urban road race marathons in the United States, the Wipro San Francisco Marathon offers an idyllic summer running event. The course was built organically with the local runner in mind, the quintessential San Franciscan healthy outdoor-lover, embodying the natural, sustainable, genuine beauty of the city itself. True to local style, the Marathon values authenticity.

    “The Race Even Marathoners Fear.”

    The race prides itself on being a bit different from the pack, like the city itself. The race is more individual, the course more challenging, the terrain more beautiful – an event The Wall Street Journal referred to as “The Race Even Marathoners Fear.” Attracting endurance athletes from around the country and the globe, those who come to this event share the same amazing aspects of the city that the residents love – to embrace and celebrate the running of the country’s toughest big city marathon and reward over 25,000 runners with unparalleled, breathtaking views and a Well Earned Finish.

    June 16th, 2013
    Full marathon registry fee is $135. Half marathons, progressive marathon, 5k run/walk and munchkin marathons priced accordingly.

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  • Haight Ashbury Street Fair times TBA

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Francisco, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Francisco, In My Neighborhood in San Francisco  |  June 4, 2013 8:28 AM  |  525 views  |  No comments
    Once a year, on the second Sunday in June, the Haight-Ashbury community hosts a special celebration and everyone in the World is invited. Music is in the air, people dance in the streets, a festive atmosphere springs up and Haight Street, once again, becomes the center of Peace, Love and Happiness. The Haight Ashbury Street Fair is one of the most highly anticipated public events in San Francisco.

    The fair stretches along Haight Street from Masonic to Stanyan Street and features a main stage of entertainment at each end, but you never know who will be appearing as the line-ups are never advertised.

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  • Ethnic Dance Festival, June 7 – 30

    Posted Under: General Area in San Francisco, Quality of Life in San Francisco, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Francisco  |  May 27, 2013 11:51 AM  |  534 views  |  No comments
    The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, founded to present the ethnic dance companies in the Bay Area, includes performers from throughout Northern California with over 600 dance companies and 100 different genres.

    During its rich history, the Festival has celebrated and fostered appreciation for the diverse cultural communities in the Bay Area and Northern California.

    As the first multicultural, city-sponsored ethnic dance festival in America, the Festival has a responsibility and the honor to provide an outstanding opportunity for artists who seek to present the dance expressions of their cultural and ethnic heritages.

    Participants come from varied socio-economical backgrounds, representing a broad range of occupations and lifestyles and during the month long festival. Students, masters and groups from regions as varied as Senegal, Tobasco and Barangay all dance together on the same stage.

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  • Union Street Festival, San Francisco, June 1 – 2

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Francisco, Shopping & Local Amenities in San Francisco, In My Neighborhood in San Francisco  |  May 26, 2013 1:09 PM  |  589 views  |  No comments

    In its 38th year, The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest free annual events, launching the city’s summer street festivals with an atmosphere of open-air market and traditional fair ware in the heart of historic Cow Hollow, San Francisco’s premiere shopping and residential district.

    Featuring over 150 boutique artists from across the country, the Festival offers opportunities to browse and buy jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, furniture and bath & body supplies while providing entertainment by the best of the Bay Area’s hardest working Indie bands.

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