October 2011 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

The month of October ushers in some of the best weather of the year in San Francisco as the central valley cools, limiting the fog that is pulled in from the Pacific. Bright, sunny days are ahead where you can actually don shorts and flip-flops and not worry about being comfortable. It's our Indian Summer, so enjoy.

October also marks an annual tradition in the Bay Area ... Fleet Week!

Fleet Week originated in 1908 when President Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet'' visited our City. It became a San Francisco annual tradition in 1981, when then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein established it as a city celebration. Fleet Week is now the Bay Area's opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's Navy and Marine services.

Craig Schwan

Taking place in early October, Fleet Week will feature Navy ships dock-side, while the Blue Angels and other aircraft fly above the San Francisco Bay. Fisherman's Wharf serves as the prime viewing spot for the Fleet Week airshow and the hub of Fleet Week related events, all listed below under Best City Pick.

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

Fleet Week
This immensely popular annual festival pays tribute to the men and women of our nation's Navy and Marine services and features a visually stunning Parade of Ships at the opening ceremony, a variety of Navy ships available for touring dock-side, while the Blue Angels and other aircraft fly above the San Francisco Bay.

Fisherman's Wharf serves as the prime viewing spot for the Fleet Week airshow and the hub of Fleet Week related events.


Some of the ships scheduled to arrive are: USCGC Bertholf, USCGC Alert, USS Carl Vinson, USS Bon Homme Richard, USS Antietam, USS Guadalupe, USS Chief, USS Milius, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Nanaimo, HMCS Saskatoon, HMCS Brandon, and our very own SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Throughout Fisherman's Wharf the week of October 6 to 11, 2011. For further information, visit: www.visitfishermanswharf.com

Dining Pick

Yank Sing
Dim sum spells mystery, with all those circulating carts of bamboo steamers hiding an exotic mix of bite-size gems.

At Yank Sing, mystery is a beautiful thing, in the form of more than 60 different kinds of dumplings, spring rolls, lettuce cups filled with minced chicken, skewers of barbecue pork, and stuffed lotus leaves. Don't pass up the Peking duck, served by the slice with slivered scallions and a dab of Hoisin sauce on a steamed bun.

Yank Sing

Housed in the Rincon Center atrium across from the Ferry Building Plaza, there's a take-out version just outside. Yank Sing lives up to its reputation as having dim sum fit for an emperor, the best in San Francisco. On weekends, parking is free at the Rincon Center, or just hop on the F-line behind the hotel for the short ride to the Ferry Building.

For additional information or reservations, call (415) 957-9300.

Relax Pick

Guided Bike Tours
Take a relaxing bike tour around San Francisco bay with one of these daily guided tours for up to 3 hours are now being offered by Bay City Bike Tours.

Follow a pro from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito and return by ferry, a perfect afternoon outing. Bay City offers a large fleet of bikes including tandem and electric bikes.

Great fun for the entire family and appropriate for kids of all ages.


Taylor Street at Fisherman's Wharf. For further info, call: (415) 346-2453.

Romantic Pick

Maestro's Enchantment Arrives at Teatro ZinZanni
Enjoy a romantic evening under the big top 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!

Experience an enchanting evening of trickery and illusion, dreams and divas, music and merriment guaranteed to mesmerize the beholder and tickle the palate.


Melanie Stace 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 played by Melanie Stace when she returns to the Spiegeltent with her mysterious 18th century circus troupe.

At Pier 29 on the Embarcadero, now through October 9, 2011. For further information call: (415) 438-2668.  

Show Pick

HAIR The Musical
Is San Francisco forever frozen in the '60's? Find out by attending a performance of a new Tony-winning production of HAIR that is an electric celebration on stage!

This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including "Aquarius," and "Let the Sun Shine In".


At the Golden Gate Theatre through November 20, 2011. For further information and tickets call: (888) SHN-1799.

Family 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. 


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