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Colors of San Francisco - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Many tourists identify this buzzing and multi-faceted tourist destination with freedom of every aspect of life. The city of San Francisco is exactly the place of holding of the largest and most significant gay pride march in the world as well as plenty of other the same shocking and outrageous events of the kind. Among cultural events tourists will find rather attractive holidays and celebrations which will be of great interest to visit for all city guests without exception. One of the most waited events as among local residents so among city guests is the San Francisco Streetfood Fest which is commonly held annually in the second part of August.
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The food festival engages the most famous cooks and chefs. Each year the event attracts dozens of thousands of tourists from all over the world. It should be noted that the festival does not resemble any other restaurant fests held in other cities of the country. Food stalls offering various treats to meet every taste and fancy are installed right in the streets and city parks. City guests have a chance to enjoy various ethnic foods as traditional hamburgers and cheeseburgers, traditional Italian pizza and Japanese cuisine treats. The festival offers a really great choice of treats and dishes.
At the beginning of July the city of San Francisco attracts music fans from all over the world holding the grand show being the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Many popular musicians and jazz amateurs are engaged in this scale jazz event. The city holds several concerts within a few days. Most of the concerts and events of the festival are free to visit. The Taste of Russia festival is another unique and original event being devoted to Russian culture. The matter is that the city of San Francisco is densely populated by immigrants from Russia. A major part of the events of the festival is held in the Holy Virgin Cathedral. Copyright
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Plenty of bright gifts and souvenirs as well as festive treats, folk music performances and contests and numerous other entertainments are offered within this culture event. The Taste of Russia Festival is a charity event as all costs accumulated during the holiday are given to one of the local funds. These are only few country holidays and celebrations which will add to the pleasure of city guests during a vacation. In September the city of San Francisco features another grand event being the Folsom Street Fair. Tourists will also love to visit the Carnival held right before Easter. Travelers planning a visit to San Francisco in February will have a chance to take part in various bright folk festivals devoted to Chinese New Year.
The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival (or simply Outside Lands), is another excellent event which is loved by both locals and visitors. It takes place at the beginning of August in Golden Gate Park. The festival is attended at this time not only by those who want to actively relax and enjoy viewing iconic places but also by fans of event tourism, as well as music lovers – the festival is dedicated to rock, metal, indie and pop music. In addition to the musical component, there is a demonstration of street artworks, art installations, as well as a gastronomic program, all for the pleasure of visitors to the festival. A record crowd of about two hundred thousand people says much about the incredible popularity of the festival. The park is also notable for the fact that it was here at some point (precisely in 1967) that “The Summer of Love”, a kind of hippie “climbing”, began.
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The beginning of May is “devoted” to the marking of another interesting event – a real celebration of freedom and self-expression. We are talking about an event that is called “How Weird Street Faire”, during which you can see thousands of colorfully-dressed people on the central streets of the city. This is perhaps the most unusual show in all of the United States, as the vestments of marchers surprise even the indigenous people who have long been accustomed to colorful costume shows like Mardi Gras or the Chinese New Year. Participants of the parade comprise all those who consider themselves to be representatives of informal subcultures (for example, cosplayers, geeks, and freaks). The show is accompanied by live electronic music, as well as circus and theatrical performances. There is also an open fair, where you can purchase unique hand-made items.
Coit Tower As you can guess, the people of San Francisco love bright shows – and another confirmation of this is when, every year in mid-March, a parade is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The central streets of the city are painted in green. Local pubs and bars prepare for this day a special menu and music program with live musicians – yes, and the whole city is covered with an extravaganza and festive atmosphere, which is best suited to make new acquaintances. Children will also get a lot of pleasure from attending the festival, as the organizers have arranged for them, an interesting entertainment program.
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The locals love beer, meeting annually and inviting city guests to visit three main festivals dedicated to the foamy drink. The first festival is held in mid-April and is called the International Beer Festival. Visiting the event, you can try more than a hundred varieties of beer, represented by companies from around the world. The festival takes place in the Festival Pavilion, which is located on the territory of the Fort Mason Center. The second beer event takes place in mid-July at the Marin County Fair & Exposition complex. Its peculiarity is that all the money realized during the festival goes to a charity fund in support of women diagnosed with breast cancer. The picturesque Pier 48 becomes the venue for the famous German festival, Oktoberfest. Here, it is called Oktoberfest by the Bay and is held at the same time as its German counterpart.
Bernal sunset At the beginning of June, music lovers have a great opportunity to visit the SF Free Folk Festival for absolutely free and to improve their knowledge of folk music in all its manifestations. They also get to attend dance and craft workshops. You can do all of these in Cyprian’s Center. At the same time, that is, at the beginning of June, guests of the city have another chance to enjoy the ethnic component, by visiting the Ethnic Dance Festival. The venue for this festival is the center Palace of Fine Arts Theater, where through dancing the cultures of not only the United States but also other countries (Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, and Spain, among others) are celebrated. It should be noted that this is one of the most interesting festivals not only for dance lovers but also for those who prefer event tourism.
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Those that happen to arrive in San Francisco at the beginning of October are no less lucky, as they can partake in the beautiful festival called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at absolutely no cost. The venue is the same picturesque Golden Gate Park, where you can listen to country music and related genres. The festival is so popular that the number of visitors to the event exceeds the population of the city. For those who arrived in San Francisco at the end of April, it is worth mentioning the Glen Park Festival, a family festival that, as the name implies, is held in the green zone of Glen Park. Visitors are entertained by local musicians, just as they will also be able to taste local specialties. There are also other amusements organized for children. And all this happens in a family-friendly atmosphere, conducive to a wonderful pastime.
Hills Bros Stitch It is worth noting that you can find quite a lot of immigrants from Japan in San Francisco, so it is not surprising that there are a lot of events dedicated to the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. One of these is the festival, which marks the onset of spring. This is, of course, the colorful event Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, which usually takes place in mid-April. The fest lasts, as a rule, for a week, during which tourists can see the beautiful procession in traditional Japanese costumes, attend master classes in ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and calligraphy, and, of course, enjoy the tea ceremony. In addition, you can hear traditional and modern Japanese music, in the area ​​Japantown – the venue of the festival.
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Also interesting is a festival dedicated to Japanese pop culture (the so-called “J-Pop”). We are talking about the J-Pop Summit which is held throughout the summer in the area Japantown. Exhibitions devoted to the Japanese culture are held in museums, and shows displaying Japanese street fashion can be seen too. Cosplay sessions and modern pop music concerts that represent the spirit of the Land of the Rising Sun are held in exhibition complexes and concert halls respectively. The framework of the festival includes three more events: Japan Film Festival of San Francisco dedicated to Japanese cinema, Sake Summit during which major producers of sake present their best products, as well as Ramen Summit which involves competitions between the best chefs of Japan in preparing traditional broth and noodles. Participants of the J-Pop Summit are popular media personalities in the Land of the Rising Sun.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near San Francisco
♥   Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Old Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, San Francisco, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, 14.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, 14.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mission San Rafael Arcángel, San Rafael, 24.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mission San José, Fremont, 51.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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