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Things to Do in Fisherman's Wharf | Hotel Manager's Picks

Hotel Manager’s Picks | August 2013

One of the busiest and well known attractions in North America, Fisherman's Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Forbes Island and restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood, most notably Dungeness crab and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

With a trip to our famous city this August you will discover the world’s fastest, biggest and most powerful sailboats scream past the waterfront as the America’s Cup sailing race continues. The Louis Vuitton Cup selection series is weekly match racing that leads up to September’s America’s Cup finals. In addition The America’s Cup and Live Nation are proud to present the America’s Cup Concert Series at the America’s Cup Pavilion, located between Piers 27/29. The America’s Cup Pavilion will host multiple events in the summer of 2013 in San Francisco’s first outdoor, waterfront concert venue.

Nearby for family fun you can visit our newest residents; three adorable river otters in their new home at the Aquarium of the Bay to watch them play and fish. August 9-11 the Golden Gate Park plays host to Outside Lands a three day outdoor festival featuring artists such as Paul McCartney, Willie Neson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For food lovers, August 17th the annual San Francisco street Food Festival returns and should be a major draw as well.

Get outdoors and explore the city’s best beaches and parks. Crissy Field offers plenty of space to run and play as well as its Warming Hut bookstore and café for a quick lunch and education center to learn about the area. Build castles and or just take a stroll along Ocean Beach extending from the Cliff House to Fort Funston along the Pacific Ocean. Baker Beach is a mile long stretch at the base of the rugged cliffs west of the Golden Gate, offering impressive views of the expanse. Golden Gate Park is an adventure in itself with more than 1,000 acres of adventure: rent paddleboats at Stow Lake, race remote control boats at Spreckels Lake, see bison at the Bison Paddock or take a walk, ride bikes, take a Segway tour through the park and have a picnic.

Remember that the Bay Area has many micro climates, so it is recommended that you travel with some layers. Some of the most popular adventures are Sausalito-Tiburon located just minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge accessible by bike, car, bus and ferry. Napa and Sonoma are approximately one hour North of the city with some of the best wines in the world waiting for you to taste, and Muir Woods a nature conservatory just 30 minutes North of the city that offers a redwood grove and hiking trails from the ocean to the top of Mount Tamalpais ready for the avid hiker.

To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our San Francisco Events page on our website for details of some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month. Regardless of what you have planned, enjoy visiting our beautiful city.

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Happy Travels ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager


Outside Lands

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival will be held August 9 -11, at the historic Golden Gate Park. This annual three day event features an average of 28 performers per day, and this year the headliners include Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails. In addition to the musical acts, there is a DJ Tent and a circus type-tent called “The Babary” which will offer standup comedy shows, as well as different kinds of entertainment.

The festival also features an impressive display of food and beverage selections. Concert goers can enjoy a ‘Taste of the Bay’ with a wine tent, beer tasting area, Chocoland, a mini farmers’ market, as well as gourmet food booths and trucks.  With so much to offer it’s easy to understand why Outside Lands is regarded as one of the premier Music Festivals in the Country, and draws a crowd of 70,000 each day.  

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Outside Lands

San Francisco Street Food Festival

La Cocina presents the 5th Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, which will be held on August 17th, in the mission district. This annual event brings all the best food and music to one street as a celebration of vendors and entrepreneurship.  More than 80 of the best and brightest vendors in San Francisco will be on hand to showcase their diverse and delicious cuisine.

Saturday, August 17
11am - 7PM

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Louis Vuitton Cup

The America’s cup challenger series will determine who will face the defender in the America’s Cup Finals. This yachting competition takes place from July 7 – August 30, and features three teams: Artemis Racing of Sweden, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Luna Rossa Challenge of Italy.

Main event viewing areas are located along San Francisco’s northern and Eastern Waterfront, which includes America’s Cup Park at Pier 27/29 and America’s Cup Village at Marian Green. Free public access to the waterfront is available, and all locations can be reached via public transit, bike or by foot.

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Quince at Jackson Square
Situated in San Francisco’s quaint Jackson Square Neighborhood, approximately a mile from the hotel, Quince is housed in an 1907 historically landmarked brick and timber building.

Quince features a daily changing Italian-inspired menu that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California.

Chef Michael Tusk was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the 2011 Beard award for "Best Chef – Pacific".


San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, Michael Bauer recently re-reviewed the restaurant and and in the process, upgraded the Pacific Avenue restaurant to a perfect four stars. It's an experience you shouldn't miss when in town.

Located on Pacific Avenue. For reservations call: (415) 775-8500.

Gary Danko Restaurant

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s most prominent residential districts, and less than half of a mile from our hotel, sits Gary Danko Restaurant.

Chef Gary Danko was recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the award for “Best Chef – California”. He is regarded as one of America’s most talented and respected chefs and has come to epitomize sophisticated contemporary cuisine.

The restaurant recently received its sixth Five Star rating from Mobil Travel Guide.

Located on 800 North Point at Hyde Street. For reservations call: (415) 749-6190


San Francisco Jazz Center Grand Opening
Full of shimmer and swing, San Francisco's sleek new jazz concert hall opened in January with an opening night gala emceed by Bill Cosby aimed at cementing respect for and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom on the West Coast.
Called SFJAZZ Center, the 700-seat specially designed and brightly lit concert hall is nestled in the heart of the city's arts district, the first concert hall of its type in the United States. With this spectacular new building, SFJAZZ will take its place alongside the Symphony, the opera and other major institutions, as a permanent home for jazz—America’s original, indigenous art form.


Enjoy great music at this new venue. For a comprehensive list of preformance and to order tickets only, visit


Japanese Tea Garden
San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden was originally developed for the 1894 World's Fair in San Francisco and through the years the Garden has grown into a landmark of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The Japanese Tea Gardens were designed to have a very romanticized look of a traditional Japanese garden. As a result, entering the Garden is like stepping into the world that you see in Asian paintings; a world that exists both inside and outside the hustle and bustle of life.


It is a peaceful, complex place many paths, ponds and a teahouse that features native Japanese and Chinese plants. Also hidden throughout its five acres are sculptures and bridges. About the only sound you hear are cameras clicking. Not only do the gardens have beautiful plants, but they also house many interesting animals as well. Every pond you pass (and there are many), you will find teeming with koi fish, and there are also many exotic birds.


 In the moment: Art from the Larry Ellison Collection

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is hosting an exhibition of Japanese art from the rarely seen Collection of Larry Ellison. The collection will be on view on until September 22, and introduces 64 artworks spanning 1,100 years. Featured work includes that of Momoyama and Edo, and some of the highlights include a 13th-14th century wooden sculpture of Prince Shotoku, and 18th century paintings by celebrated masters Maruyama Okyo and Ito Jakuchu. 

The exhibition explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings, where artworks are often temporarily presented in response to a special occasion or to reflect the change of seasons.

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Impressionists on the Water

Impressionists on the Water is on view at the Legion of Honor until October 13, 2013, and features paintings on loan from prestigious international collections, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and private collections will be joined by paintings and works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings.

The essence of nautical life is captured by more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro and Post-Impressionists such as Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—artists whose breathtaking artistry reflects their own deep understanding of boating and competition.

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Asian Art







Walt Disney Family Museum
Celebrating their third anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum's three historic buildings within the nearby Presidio houses 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name.

Disney's story is impressively portrayed through drawings, storyboards, the narrow-gauge train built for Disneyland along with film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used by Disney and his staff.


Using a mix of historic materials and artifacts, Disney's achievements really comes to life through innovative displays that include listening stations, interactive media, and more than 200 video monitors. Much of the material is being generously lent by the Walt Disney Company and private collectors.

Located at the nearby Presidio. For information and tickets call (415) 345-6893.


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