July 2011 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 starts with free music at both Aquatic Park and Pier 39 including the music of Ruby Summer, Club 90 and Second Cut - featuring 70's 80's 90's Party Music. 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

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris
Be sure to see this one of a kind extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) from the permanent collection of Paris's world-renowned Musée National Picasso.

The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition is made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations.


The works on view comprise paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist's career and demonstrate the wide range of artistic styles and forms that the artist mastered, including works from the artist's Blue Period; Rose Period; Expressionist studies, and Cubist / Surrealism.

At the DeYoung Museum through October 9, 2011.

Dining Pick

Teatro ZinZanni Presents Joan Baez
Joan Baez and Yvegeniy Voronin are featured in "Maestro's Enchantment", an enchanting evening of trickery and illusion, dreams and divas, music and merriment guaranteed to mesmerize the beholder and tickle the palate.

Joan Baez makes a welcomed return to the fabled Spiegeltent in a show filled with charm and fascination.  Romance is reignited between master illusionist Voronin and Madame ZinZanni when he returns with his mysterious 18th century circus troupe.


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.

Now through July 31, 2011 along the Embarcadero. For more information call: (415) 438-2668.  

Relax Pick

Mapping the West Coast at the Maritime Museum
A world-class exhibition of rare maps, books and documents, dating from the 1700's to Lewis and Clark's era, comes to the Maritime Museum.

This exhibit traces many of the greatest adventures in history, including dangerous ocean voyages by Spanish, French, English and Russian explorers, the race to discover the northwest Passage, sightings of "sea monsters," and the very first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans.


Many of the documents tell dramatic stories in their own right, with references to explorers such as Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Sir Francis Drake, and Captain James Cook, all of whom left their mark on the Pacific Coast.  Visitors may select a self-guided or audio tour of the exhibition.  Free admission.

Now through October 31, 2011 at the Maritime Museum. For more information call: (415) 561-7049.

Romantic Pick

TCHO Chocolate Tour
What could be more romatic than Chocolat! See the movie if you can't make the connection ... our take a free tour at TCHO Chocolate's Embarcadero location.

TCHO, the only chocolate manufacturer located in San Francisco, is now offering free daily tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by reservation at their Pier 17 location. The hour-long experience includes a presentation and factory tour with knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides, as well as an in-depth guided tasting of TCHO's flavor-driven, artisan chocolate.


The tours delve into the history of chocolate, the unique TCHOSource program which goes beyond Fair Trade, and how TCHO manufactures its New American Chocolate from scratch right in San Francisco.

Space is limited, so to make reservations and for additional information call (415) 963-5090.

Show Pick

Billy Elliot - The Musical
Plan on seeing this joyous celebration of one young boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Billy Elliot, "... the most inspiring show I've seen in years."

Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot will enchant the dreamer in all of us.


At the Orpheum Theatre through September 27, 2011. For further information and tickets call: (888) SHN-1799.

Family Pick

Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither
The California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park presents a creepy crawly attraction for the entire family to squirm to.

Prepare to be charmed by exotic snakes from around the world including an albino reticulated python measuring 15 feet long and more than 60 new squamates hopping, crawling, climbing and slithering their way into the California Academy of Sciences this summer.

California Academy

At the California Academy of Sciences through September 5, 2011. For further information call (415) 379-8000.



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