Bay to Breakers Sunday: Online Registration Ends Tomorrow

There are tons of things going on this weekend, but on Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place, and since there are tens of thousands of people participating in the 7.6 mile footrace, that has our attention.

With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race celebrates the City in a wonderful (and yes, often wacky) way. It’s fun for runners and spectators alike.

It’s not too late to sign up, but you might want to do that today. Online Registration will close at 11:59 PM tomorrow. In-person registration will be available at the Orig3n Health & Wellness Expo at Pier 35 on May 18-19. To register online, click here. Then run like crazy on Sunday. Endorphins await!

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Self-serve Beer and Live Music: Ghirardelli Square’s Newest Spot

San Francisco Brewing Co.’s massive, 12,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant is now open, serving up beer and a menu of pub-style food to locals and tourists alike. According to sf.eater.com, owners Jennifer and Josh Leavy and Josh’s brother Aaron Leavy brought on former Gordon Biersch brewer Justin Boehle to oversee the production at their new brewery, which is incorporated into the taproom.

Chef Abraham Ibarra (Perry’s) is in charge of the food, which includes pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like mahi mahi tacos. Appetizers seem like a sure bet, with meatballs, spicy wings, and burrata with pesto also on the menu.

The enormous space was designed by BCV Architecture + Interiors, also behind the Ferry Building Marketplace, Gott’s, and Oxbow Public Market in Napa. The space represents two firsts for the City: as a licensed full-time outdoor music venue, and as a place with a self-serve beer wall where you can sample different beers. Game tables like foosball and ping pong are scattered throughout the restaurant. You can drink beer in the sunny outdoor beer garden, and if the fog rolls in, there are plenty of fire pits to keep you warm.

We’ve always liked Ghirardelli Square, and San Francisco Brewing Co. makes it even better. For more information on the brewery and restaurant, and to see photos, please click here.

The Most Beautiful Interiors in San Francisco, Mapped

San Francisco is home to some gorgeous interiors — breathtaking public places of incredible scale featuring impeccable design, furnishing, and appointments.

SF.curbed.com  just published a guide to 22 of these spots. The page includes an interactive map so you can see exactly where each interior is located,  along with descriptions, photos and links to even more Instagram photos for each place.

You may have seen some of these rooms, but we doubt you’ve seen all of them. To see the entire feature, please click here.

50 Things To Do Outside San Francisco

There are a million things to do in San Francisco and that’s usually our focus. However, San Francisco Travel just listed 50 things to do beyond our city limits, and we like their thinking. Since it felt like summer this past weekend for the first time in weeks, we thought we’d share these get-out-of-town ideas with you now so you can start making your plans for all the weekends to come.

The list is divided into a number of categories, and we’ve posted them here:

  • Nature Lover (East) Lots of things to see and do in Yosemite
  • Nature Lover (South) A drive down Highway 1 and spots to explore
  • Live Music Venues, venues, venues all over the Bay Area
  • Napa Valley and Sonoma County Wineries and vineyards
  • Bike Around the Bay Some great rides
  • Beachcomber Six singular beaches — Cowabunga!

To see the entire list, along with descriptions, click here.

Horseback Ride on the Beach Minutes From San Francisco

We’ve always thought you had to go to Mexico or Hawaii to horseback ride on the beach. Turns out, you can do that just minutes from San Francisco at Mar Vista Stables. Located off of Skyline Boulevard just south of Fort Funston, you’ll horseback ride down to the ocean through rolling hills and wildflowers, and then ride along the sandy beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the Pacific right beside you.

Sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Now there is supposed to be a lot of rain over the next couple of days. After that and in the weeks ahead, this might make for a perfect mini getaway — a thousand miles away, right next-door.

Thanks to our friends at SF Date Night for telling us about this!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Is Saturday: Need We Say More?

San Francisco has a long history of loving St. Patrick’s Day! This year, as the luck of the Irish would have it, the day itself falls on a Saturday. Perfect! And the ideal way to celebrate the weekend, and St. Patrick’s Day, is to stretch the whole thing out as much as possible.

With that in mind, SF.FunCheap.com has published a comprehensive guide to the City’s Irish block parties, festivals, and parades. It starts with an event tomorrow night at the Haight Art Center, and ends on Sunday night with an After Party at the Irish Cultural Center on 45th Avenue.

To see the complete list of events, click here. And, as the Irish like to say, may misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up!

5 Things to Do in San Francisco on a Rainy Day

We’re told it’s going to rain over the coming days. Here are ways to stay dry, and have some fun at the same time, courtesy of SFTravel.com.

5 Things to Do in San Francisco on a Rainy Day

  • SPiN SF For ping pong lovers who are looking for a little friendly competition and an urban atmosphere, this is the spot for you.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) SFMOMA’s seven floors of modern and contemporary art will make you forget about the dreary weather outdoors.
  • Mini-golf at Urban Putt This is San Francisco’s only indoor mini-golf course, and their 14 handmade holes were inspired by San Francisco landmarks and architecture.
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum A trip to The Walt Disney Family Museum will be sure to keep you and your kids entertained despite the gloomy weather.
  • Boudin Bakery Tour Learn some history behind Boudin’s sourdough French bread and why it just can’t be baked anywhere else on earth other than right here in San Francisco.

Now grab your umbrella and rain boots, and you’re good to go.