7:30-9am every day. All day on second Tuesday of every month, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
With its unique microclimate, San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Rare high elevation palms as well as plants from New Zealand and temperate Asia also thrive here. Largely due to these natural advantages, San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections. The extensive Magnolia collection, for example, attracting visitors with its dazzling display of winter flowers, is recognized as the world’s fourth most significant collection of Magnolia for conservation purposes, and the most important outside China*, where a majority of Magnolia species are found…”
The farmers market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay. The markets offer fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic. A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams. The Thursday market features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.
The National Park Service is pleased to announce the return of the award-winning ‘PRISONERS OF AGE’ exhibition from photographer Ron Levine and designers Michael Wou and Russel Volckmann to Alcatraz Island July-December 2015. This exhibit marks the next in a series on Alcatraz that focuses on aspects of crime and punishment, incarceration, freedom and social justice.
PRISONERS OF AGE’ is an evocative series of photographs and chronicles of elderly men and women, taken over a period of 18 years, at prisons and prison-wards for geriatric offenders in the United States and Canada. Prisoners of age comprise the fastest growing age group in the United States. One-in-ten inmates is 55 or older. A decade ago, that was one-in-twenty. Existing prison space is in serious decline and medical costs are soaring. Incarcerating geriatric men and women in prison is becoming prohibitively expensive- up to 9 times the cost of a younger inmate. As Federal and State prisons begin to look more like high security nursing homes, the people who manage North America’s prison system worry about how to handle the imminent explosion in the geriatric population. Through photography and interviews, ‘PRISONERS OF AGE’ offers a microcosmic glimpse of what lies ahead in this new millennium.
‘The exhibition features 60 larger than life photographs and revealing narratives from conversations with the inmates, guards and prison officials. The exhibition is designed by Michael Wou and Russell Volckmann.
How to see the exhibit:
The exhibit is displayed in the New Industries Building (July – Dec. 2015) and will be open to the public visiting Alcatraz Island during daytime hours for no extra charge. Exhibit hours are 10 am to 2 pm. For additional information, please call NPS Alcatraz at 415-561-4900.
Tickets to Alcatraz frequently sell out many days in advance. They are only available through Alcatraz Cruises, the official park concessionaire for ferry service, 90 days in advance: alcatrazcruises.com or 415-981-7625.
The full exhibit was last seen at Alcatraz Penitentiary in 2000. It has also been seen in The National Archives of Canada , Eastern State Penitentiary Museum, Philadelphia , Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin , Fremantle Prison Museum, Perth , and The Powerhouse Gallery, Brisbane .
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Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States. The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country. For more information visit: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
$84 – $102
Join us on our San Francisco North Beach Food Tour as we explore the Italian restaurant scene and former Barbary Coast – known as the most notorious neighborhood in America during the Gold Rush! Visit the Hidden Tunnels where booze was smuggled in up through Prohibition, and get an exclusive peek at the traditional Italian culture. Let’s eat and drink through this cultural neighborhood!
Taste Ham and Kale Fritters in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featuring in the New York Times (15 Romolo)
Delicious Clam Chowder and oyster shucking demo at the Ferry Building’s original trendy seafood restaurant just relocated to North Beach, home of the Italian fisherman (Ferry Plaza Seafood)
Authentic Italian Wood-fired Pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search. (Tommaso’s)
Hearty Eggplant Parmesan at old-time historical Italian red sauce restaurant (Original Joe’s)
Watch an Italian expert cannoli maker fill your delicate cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe
Sip on a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail made by some of San Francisco’s best bartenders (15 Romolo)
Pizza is paired with a glass of wine, Tommaso’s private-label Syrah (Tommaso’s)
Glass of Italian Sangiovese wine paired with hearty Italian Fare (Original Joe’s)
* Each tour has 4 stops and rotate based on tour date and time. While we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can only accommodate vegetarians, pescatarians, or pregnant guests. We unfortunately cannot accommodate any other dietary restrictions, allergies, gluten-free, dairy-free or other food preferences at this time, as there simply isn’t always a “next-best” option.
Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts and chat with them – hear their historical stories!
Available Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
Flat route, approximately 3/4 of a mile
Begins at Hotaling and Jackson (10 minute walk from Downtown San Francisco)
Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
Advance Tickets are required.
Go behind-the-scenes to meet chefs and restaurant owners
The Women’s Building 11am
$84 – $102
Our Mission District Food Tour showcases the innovation and trendy restaurants of the San Francisco culinary world – the best in the city! Stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood learning about its culinary history and incredibly colorful murals, while going behind-the-scenes to meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. Our progressive meal in San Francisco’s Mission District concludes with mouthwatering desserts near Dolores Park.
Our tours are tasting tours. Our focus is on quality not quantity. Yes, you’ll leave satisfied, but we want you to taste and experience food in a new way – and to us its about the quality and flavor! Great things come in small packages…
Sample a Cheese Flight at a New York Times acclaimed chic cheese cafe featuring only American artisan cheeses. Learn about the small American dairy movement from knowledgeable cheesemongers!
Artisan cured Ham and Oyster at San Francisco’s first and only ham and oyster bar considered one of the Bay Area’s Top 100 Restaurants by the SF Chronicle
Beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod Taco duo at trendy Taco bar boasting over 350 different types of tequila (Tuesdays only)
Seasonal sweet potato quesadilla and orange chipotle soda from innovative Mexican vegan restaurant (Saturdays only)
Bonus: Fresh seasonal fruit tasting at iconic neighborhood artisan grocery – this is your “palate cleanser” before dessert
Salted Caramel Ice Cream considered one of the top five desserts in America at the United States’ best loved Creamery. Skip the inevitable line with Avital Tours!
Seasonal Michael Lazar-created cocktail featured on 7×7 Magazine’s list of Top 50 cocktails and featured in the New York Times as one of San Francisco’s best craft cocktail programs
Unique dark Belgian Style beer paired with cheeses for incredible pairing unlike any other you’ve ever tasted
* Stops and tastings are subject to change based on availability. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available.
Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts and chat with them!
3 hours, 4 stops, $84 each
Available Tuesdays 6pm-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-2pm, 3pm-6pm
Alcohol pairing upgrade for guests 21+: $18 per person
Flat route, approximately 1 1/2 miles
Begins in front of The Women’s Building (15 minutes from Downtown San Francisco)
Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
Advance Tickets are required
Indian paintings rotation third floor (Gallery 5)
415-581-3500 (Box Office)
Legion of Honor 9:30 am to 5:15 pm, closed Mondays and select holidays
In 1830, a French famer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville, in rural Normandy, accidentally discovered a hoard of spectacular silver-gilt objects that were deliberately buried during antiquity. The items, all dated to the first or second century AD, were dedicated to the Roman god Mercury and collectively became known as the Berthouville Treasure. After four years of meticulous conservation at the Getty Villa this splendid collection of Roman silver comes to San Francisco in Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville. The exhibition features more than 160 pieces, including selections from this find as well as precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.
The site where the Berthouville Treasure’s approximately 90 silver-gilt statuettes and vessels were found was surveyed and excavated in 1861 and 1896, revealing the foundations of a Gallo-Roman fanum, or sanctuary: a square, colonnaded precinct with two temples. There is no evidence of a permanent settlement nearby, indicating that the place may have been intended for pilgrimage, and perhaps was visited during annual festivals.
The most impressive items bear Latin inscriptions stating that they were dedicated to Mercury by a Roman citizen named Quintus Domitius Tutus. Several of the vessels, which are profusely ornamented in high relief and gilded, are recognized today as among the finest surviving ancient Roman silver objects. Shortly after their discovery, the pieces were acquired by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, where they were cleaned and restored using 19th-century methods. The recent conservation has allowed for more meticulous and modern treatments, which, combined with the research done by Getty scholars, have produced valuable new insights regarding these objects.
The Cabinet des médailles is one of the premier repositories of ancient luxury arts. The objects from its holdings on display in Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville include four newly restored Late Antique missoria (silver platters), cameos, intaglios, gold coins and jewelry, and marble and bronze sculptures. These artifacts demonstrate the high skill of Roman craftsmen, and their study at the Getty has revealed valuable information about social relations from the first to the sixth centuries AD, at the height of the Roman Empire
Ghirardelli Square, 415-775-5500
Ghirardelli Square lights a nine-foot menorah and celebrates with music and good company.
Levi’s Stadium, 415-972-2209 or 800-225-2277
Enjoy the color and excitement of high impact college football as two of the country’s top teams clash at the Foster Farms Bowl.
San Francisco’s annual, citywide pub-crawl where participants dress up like Santa Claus.
24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga, 800-310-6563
Merchants offer wine samples, finger foods and special treats; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations.
Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner, 800-310-6563
www.sresproductions.com or www.unionstreetsf.com
Costumed characters, Santa, merchant open houses and activities for children launch the holiday season along this famous street in San Francisco.
This 5K run/walk, where participants all receive a Santa Hat & t-shirt with their entry and many dress in “Holiday”costumes, benefits San Francisco Firefighters Toy program.
Jessie Square/St. Patrick’s Church/Yerba Buena Gardens, 415-348-8042
www.kularts.org or www.bayanihancc.org
Grand pageantry of more than 1,000 glowing lanterns; annual Parol celebration has become a must-see holiday event. Bay Area Filipino community gathers for the annual celebration of holiday spirit, hope, unity, and pride. It’s a family fun-filled evening of dancing lights, music, games, and prizes.
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415-865-2000 (tickets)
“Nutcracker” performed by America’s oldest ballet company presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved family classic every year.