July 2010 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

Greetings from Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's #1 visitor destination. If you are planning an adventure to San Francisco in July, be prepared to experience a multude of fun attractions, things to do and see, and places to dine and relax. 

The July 4th weekend kicks off the summer season with a bang ... our annual fireworks celebration that starts with free music at both Aquatic Park and Pier 39 including the music of The Unauthorized Rolling Stones, The Cheeseballs and Mustache Harbor. Then get ready to rock out to your favorite 80's hits with Tainted Love, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fun events are scheduled for the kids at The Cannery, Anchorage and Ghirardelli Square, topped off with the ever popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Sundae Cart on the Square featuring their famous ice cream sundaes.

Craig Schwan

Plan on setting sail with both the Blue & Gold and Red & White Fleets to celebrate this Independence Day. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline while turning your sights toward the sky to watch San Francisco's 4th of July fireworks display from the best view on the Bay!

To help plan your stay, visit our Local 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.

What's your favorite spot in San Francisco? Let us know at sheratonsf@ihrco.com or Share on Facebook.

Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

City Pick

Going to Extremes at the California Academy of Sciences
A new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time showcases some of the most intriguing mammals, from the speedy to the sloth-like, the towering to the tiny, even the venomous and the armor-clad.

Featuring spectacular fossils and reconstructions alongside recent specimens and live animals, the exhibit explores the surprising and often extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals.

California Academy

A whale that could walk? A bat the size of a bumblebee? Mothers who are pregnant for almost two years ... or just 12 days? Meet this colorful cast of characters and learn why humans are perhaps the most extreme mammals of all. For information visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000.

Dining Pick

Slanted Door
I've loved this restaurant for many years, and every time I go back, I love it more and more. Located at the Ferry Building, a short trolley car ride away from the hotel, Slanted Door is one of the best Vietnamese and Asian Fusion restaurant in the city. The Spring Rolls are a thing of beauty. Flavorful, tender meat, surrounded by fresh shrimp and highlighted by refreshing mint and the Crispy Imperial Rolls are amazing as well, and a slightly guilty indulgence. Everything is great here, although my personal favorites are the Shaking Beef, whatever seasonal fish/sashimi they have from the raw bar, and the cellophane noodles with crab.


Brunch/lunch is lovely here, with beautiful views of the bay, and the Ferry Building at hand for a post-meal stroll. Dinner also is wonderful, with excellent cocktails. For further information and/or reservations, call (415) 861-8032.

Relax Pick

Love, Chaos & Couture Arrives at Teatro ZinZanni
Relax and be prepared to be entertained! Set along San Francisco's historic waterfront, Teatro ZinZanni is a bewitching evening of European Cabaret and Cirque, Divas and Madmen, Spectacle and Sensuality with Live Music and a Gourmet Five-Course Dinner - set in the nightclub of your dreams!

This month, following his meteoric rise and fall in the European fashion world, Caesar (Frank Ferrante), once clothier to the Stars, has retreated to San Francisco. Now wildly successful, he lures his former muse and lover, Liliane (Liliane Montevecchi), to witness his new life as a hip Club owner.


The show features an ensemble cast of world-class performers, generally headed by a marvelous "hostess," ably assisted by a "chef de cuisine" who introduces each course and generally involves audience members in the action, while comedy and mayhem are supplied by acrobats, jugglers, comedians, singers, musicians, and others.

The list of acclaimed performers has included celebrated singers Joan Baez, Sally Kellerman, Liliane Montevecchi, Maria Muldaur, Melba Moore, Ann Wilson, among others. For information call (415) 438-2668.

Romantic Pick

Romantic Open Top Sightseeing by Night
Experience enchanting San Francisco by night with this special 2-hour tour is fully narrated by a step-on guide.

Visit Twin Peaks and be treated to an impressive 270-degree view over the city, or marval at the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island with a ride across the Bay Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf sparkling as part of the city's scenery! When the sun goes down, the City by the Bay comes to life.


Weather conditions can vary; so plan on bringing a warm jacket. Tours depart only one block from the hotel on Mason Street at Jefferson streets at 7:00 p.m.

For more information or reservations, call (415) 948-0932.

Show Pick

Peter Pan Under the Big Top
San Francisco hosts the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie's classic story performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion.

Conceived by an award-winning creative team, Peter Pan features 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences and the world's first 360-degree CGI theater set, immersing the cast and audience in a CGI Neverland.


The show is performed "in the round" in a 1,350-seat theater-tent on the Embarcadero opposite the Ferry Building. This remarkable structure, designed expressly for the world premiere of this production in London's Kensington Gardens last summer, was shipped 6,000 miles to San Francisco. The interior is lit with more than 15,000 square feet of high-resolution video, so that when Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland the audience flies with them over 400-square-miles of virtual London and beyond.

At the Embarcadero. For information call (415) 551-2020.

Family Pick

4th of July Fireworks
Where should you go see the best fireworks displays in the San Francisco Bay Area? Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's premier spot to celebrate America's Independence Day holiday. Visitors can typically enjoy free, fabulous entertainment throughout the Wharf, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. All of the major venues throughout the wharf have special events and attractions planned for the entire family and Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf will feature it's annual barbeque outside by the firepits.


The annual Fourth of July Fireworks and Music Festival along the northern waterfront will take place between noon and 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be set off from a barge off Pier 39 and from the Municipal Pier, Aquatic Park, and beginning at 9:30 p.m.



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