Attend Vibrant Events and Explore the Local Area
From the booming Gold Rush days to the height of Haight-Ashbury hippie days to the non-stop, startup-fueled energy currently powering the local scene, San Franciscans have always had a knack for keeping themselves entertained. No matter what your interest, from sports to culture, cuisine, history and more, you’re sure to find a vibrant range of events just steps from the Handlery Union Square Hotel.
For more information on the events below, further recommendations about upcoming happenings or assistance with tickets and transportation, the connected Handlery Union Square Concierge is your key to San Francisco.
April – October 2019
Catch Major League Baseball’s three Time world Series Champions, The San Francisco Giants in action at Oracle Park, whose bayfront setting makes it one of the most spectacular parks in all of baseball. It’s just a ten-minute walk away.
May 19, 2019
Officially a 12K race from the shores of the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Coast's Ocean Beach, this 103-year-old tradition is a combination footrace and freakfest, with serious runners going stride-for-stride alongside costumed oddballs, semi-clothed show-offs and beer-fueled wannabees.
June 29-30, 2019
Join in the festivities, parades and parties during this special weeklong celebration.
July 28, 2019
Cheer on 26,000 runners as they compete on a course winding through the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury and The Mission, past iconic landmarks like the Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and Oracle Park and across the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge.
August 9-11, 2019
Each August, Golden Gate Park becomes the epicenter of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy, with past acts such as Elton John, Wilco, The Black Keys, Billy Idol, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing live. With Wine Lands, Beer Lands and a convoy of food trucks, you can be quite certain that nobody will go away hungry.
October 4-6, 2019
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, previously Strictly Bluegrass, is an annual free and non-commercial music festival held the first weekend of October in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
October 6-14, 2019
Held the first week of October, this celebration of our U.S. Navy features a parade of ships, Blue Angels air shows, ship tours, art shows, live musical performances and so much more.
November 29, 2019
Kick off the holidays with the Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square, featuring an 83-foot tall Christmas tree, live musical performances, family friendly activities, food, drinks and plenty of holiday cheer all around.