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Summer in the City: 10 Things to do in the Bay Area This Summer

June 30, 2017 by Janelle Miley
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San Francisco is well known for being a haven for the quirky, the artsy, and the adventurous. Whether you’re a San Francisco native, new in town, or just visiting, you’re sure to have a blast in one of the city’s many vibrant neighborhoods. Here are some fun ways you can enhance your summer in the City by the Bay.

Sample San Francisco’s Finest at Eat Drink SF

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If you’re someone who has trouble deciding where to go to eat, why not try sampling a little bit of everything? Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival, with four days’ worth of the best culinary creations that the city has to offer. It takes place August 23rd-27th, and you can find your tickets here!

Sing Along to Your Favorite Movies at the Castro Theatre

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Sing Alongs at the Castro Theatre are kind of like what would happen if you took a traditional movie theater experience and mixed it with the delightful chaos of karaoke night. Watch some of your favorite movie musicals with the lyrics to each song on screen for you to sing along! As if that weren’t enough incentive, audience members get a goodie bag, and you can dress up like your favorite character from the movie for a costume contest. Check out the schedule here, and warm up those vocal chords!

Get Your Classic Theatre Fix at Cal Shakes

California Shakespeare Theater is renowned for their presentations of the Bard’s work, but that’s not all that Cal Shakes has to offer. Make your way to the beautiful Bruns Amphitheater this summer to see the classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie or check out Black Odyssey, a thrilling new take on Homer’s epic tale. Make sure you brush up on the Cal Shakes experience before you go!

Experience the Roaring Twenties at The Speakeasy

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For a fun and unique date night, travel back in time to the 1920s, where a cast of eclectic characters lead you on an adventure in this immersive theater experience. At The Speakeasy, you’re not just an audience member, observing the show – you’re a part of it. With multiple rooms to explore and various stories to be heard, no two experiences are going to be alike at The Speakeasy. Check out our guide to The Speakeasy before you go, and buy your tickets here!

Be Impressed by Impressionist Art at Legion of Honor

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At the Legion of Honor Museum, art aficionados can take in the exquisite work of Degas and other impressionist artists in a new limited exhibit, featuring many works never before displayed in the U.S. The exhibit runs from June 24th to September 24th, and you can find your tickets here. And don’t forget to check out the other fine exhibitions at the Legion of Honor this summer!

Try to Get a Hole in One at Urban Putt

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San Francisco summers tend not to be as sunny and hot as its Southern California counterparts. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some traditional summer fun! Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, Urban Putt takes the nostalgic charm of miniature golf and bring it indoors, for an innovative and imaginative experience for people of all ages. After flexing your putting skills on the 14-hole course, enjoy some classic California cuisine in the restaurant upstairs.

See Pixar in Concert

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Pixar films are treasured all over the world for their lovable characters, their dynamic stories, and the warm, familiar music that accompanies it all. Both the young and the young at heart will delight in Pixar in Concert, presented by the San Francisco Symphony. You’ll hear music selections from Pixar hits such as Up, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story, while clips from the movies play in the background. Find your tickets here for a fun family night, or a trip down memory lane with friends.

Dance the Night Away at Salsa Festival on Fillmore

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Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for one of California’s biggest Latin music and dance celebrations. The Salsa Festival on Fillmore is a two-day event where you can watch professional dancers, listen to live music, and join in on the fun with your own dance moves. If you don’t know how to dance, or just need to brush up on your footwork, no worries! You can take salsa lessons right at the festival, and by the end of the night you’ll be dancing like a pro. The festival takes place on July 14th and 15th, and is free to the public.

Indulge Your Shellfish Side at Oysterfest

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Music and mollusks make a fine pairing at Oysterfest. Now in its 18th year, the outdoor festival at Golden Gate Park is headlined by Passion Pit, and features other music acts such as Kongos and Sir Sly. While you’re rocking out, sample some oysters alongside carefully chosen alcohol pairings, or partake in the “Shuck and Suck” contest. If eating oysters isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other food options, and instead you can educate yourself on oyster conservation efforts from the Wild Oyster Project. Oysterfest is on July 1st, so hurry and get your tickets here!

See The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at SHN

Based on the book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a unique and dazzling play that tells the story of Christopher, a teenager with autism who sets out to find the real killer of his neighbor’s dog after he is falsely accused. The acclaimed, Tony-winning play is now playing at SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre through July 23rd, and it’s not to be missed! The best part? You can get $35 mobile Rush tickets on TodayTix!

For more entertainment options in the Bay Area this summer, see what shows are playing near you on TodayTix.