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Kimpton Recommended San Francisco Events

Looking for an excuse to spend some quality time in the city John Steinbeck called 'a golden handcuff with the key thrown away'? We don't blame you! San Francisco is always happily hustling and bustling, with cable cars chiming and fog horns alerting you to ships passing on the Bay. This Winter and Spring are full of great only in San Francisco events. Plan your escape with a Kimpton Hotel right in the center of it all.

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— APRIL —
Cherry Blossom Festival
Japantown @ Post & Buchanan Streets San Francisco CA 94115
APRIL: The annual San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival is a two weekend long celebration of the Japanese and Japanese American culture. Take in all the city has to offer with authentic food and art festivals.

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Golden Gate Bridge Celebrates 75 Years
MAY: Memorial Day means even more to San Francisco this year as we come together to celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Birthday! We all take pride in the magnificent landmark that helps define San Francisco you can be sure that when we sign up to spend the weekend commemorating "the bridge that couldn't be built" it is going to be one for the record books.

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— MAY —
Bay to Breakers
TBD San Francisco CA
MAY: Participate in one of San Francisco's most popular and longest-running events! The Bay to Breakers race is on Sunday May 19th at 7am and if you want to join the fun, put on your best costume and join the tradition also known as one of San Francisco's longest standing parties, taking place all the way from the Bay to the Breakers.

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— AUGUST —



Stern Grove Festival
CURRENTLY: Now through August 18th: Spend your weekends this summer in the Park at the 76th season of the Stern Grove Festival. Every Sunday you can count on great live music, admission free!

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July 14: Kronos Quartet, Geographer with Magik Quartet, Real Vocal String Quartet
July 21: Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocarlia
July 28: San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director
August 4: Shuggie Otis, The Relatives
August 11: Pink Martini, La Santa Cecilia
August 18: San Francisco Opera

— AUGUST —
Outside Lands 2013
AUGUST: Golden Gate Park, the largest park on the west coast is one of the best music venues there is (if you ask us)! It's especially perfect for enjoying Outside Lands August 9th-11th and its 3 days of music, wine, food and art.

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Friday, August 9th 2013:
Paul McCartney, Twenty one pilots, Pretty lights, Daughter, The national, Anuhea, D'angelo, Wild belle, Band of horses, The men, Yeasayer, Midi matilda, Zedd, Houndmouth, Rhye Foy, vance, Jessie ware, Naia kete, Surfer blood, The plump djs, Chromatics, Stanton warriors, Smith westerns, Motion potion, Wavves, All good funk alliance

Saturday, August 10th 2013:
Nine inch nails, Phoenix, Yeah yeah yeahs, Jurassic 5, Grizzly bear, Young the giant, The head and the heart, The tallest man on earth, Youth lagoon, Gary clark jr., Baauer, The mother hips, Griz, The growlers, Thao & the get down stay down, Bombino, Milo greene, Atlas genius

Sunday, August 11th 2013:
Red hot chili peppers, Kaskade, Vampire weekend, Willie nelson & family, Daryl hall & john oates, Matt & kim, A-trak, Foals, Dawes, Trombone shorty & orleans avenue, Kurt vile and the violators, Emeli sande, Dillon francis, Camper van beethoven, Rudimental, Fishbone, King tuff, Ivan neville's dumpstaphunk, Ms mr, Deap vally

— OCTOBER —
Nike Woman's Marathon
OCTOBER: The 10th Anniversary of the Nike Woman's Marathon is October 20th, its said to be the largest marathon in the world. We love that it takes place right here in San Francisco. Starting in Union Square and ending at the Pacific Ocean sounds just about perfect to us. The Marathon is open to both women and men. A full 26.2 mile certified marathon course is available, as well as a half-marathon distance race of 13.1 miles.

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— NOVEMBER —
US Half Marathon San Francisco
NOVEMBER: Join 5,000 runners for the 11th US Half Marathon. The US Half Marathon in San Francisco celebrates America's best running city with gorgeous landscapes, tailor-made running weather, and Golden Gated views of world-renowned landmarks, you'll rarely enjoy a better course.

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Pier 39's Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
NOVEMBER: Welcome the holiday season with a day of holly-jolly magic and merriment at PIER 39! Engage in fun for the whole family with interactive exhibits, special meet-and-greets, live holiday music sing-alongs, and more. Sunday, November 24, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Macy's Union Square Great Tree Lighting
NOVEMBER: Macy's gift to the City of San Francisco and its most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit at 6 p.m. in Union Square Friday, November 29, 2013.

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Embarcadero Center Ice Rink
NOVEMBER: The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center November: Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, the largest outdoor rink, will open to the public for nine magical fun-filled weeks beginning November 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

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— FEBRUARY —
Chinese New Year
Market and Second Street San Francisco CA
FEBRUARY: Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco with more than 3 million people. Floats and a 28 foot golden dragon, Chinese and American traditions are celebrated in the more than 150 year old parade.

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— ONGOING —
The Bay Lights Project
CURRENTLY: The Bay Lights is the world's largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge's 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015.

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— APRIL —
Cherry Blossom Festival
Japantown @ Post & Buchanan Streets San Francisco CA 94115
APRIL: The annual San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival is a two weekend long celebration of the Japanese and Japanese American culture. Take in all the city has to offer with authentic food and art festivals.

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— MAY —
Uncorked Wine Festival
900 North Point Street San Francisco CA 94109
MAY: For food and wine lovers alike the San Francisco Uncorked Wine Festival held at Ghirardelli Square is sure to be the event of the Spring. Enjoy live entertainment and the beauty of San Francisco in the springtime.

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— MAY —
International Beer Festival
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco CA 94123
MAY: Sample over 300 of the world's best beers at the 31st annual San Francisco International Beer Festival. Held near the water at Fort Mason, it's the perfect location for sampling and enjoying the best beer around.

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— JUNE —
San Francisco Pride
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco CA 94102
JUNE: 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held June 28-29, 2014. San Francisco Pride Celebration is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The Parade, which takes place Sunday morning the 30th and kicks off from Beale Street along Market ending at Market and 8th St. right in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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— AUGUST —
International Beer Festival
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco CA 94123
AUGUST: Join some of our San Francisco celebrity Chef's in the Grand Tasting tent in the center of Fort Mason for a once a year party celebrating San Francisco's love of food and wine with Kimpton Chef's and local favorites alike at this year's new take on Eat Drink SF, formally known as SF Chefs.

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— NOVEMBER —
US Half Marathon San Francisco
NOVEMBER: Join 5,000 runners for the 13th US Half Marathon. The US Half Marathon in San Francisco celebrates America's best running city with gorgeous landscapes, tailor-made running weather, and Golden Gated views of world-renowned landmarks, you'll rarely enjoy a better course.

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