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SpotHero Summer Picks: Our Top 7 Things to do in San Francisco this Summer

The city of San Francisco is settling into summer! The SpotHero team has hand-picked some of our favorite warm-weather activities to help your summer stay action-packed. Whether you’re a lifelong San Fran resident, or just visiting for the week, we’re sure you’ll have tons of things to do in the city all summer.

Sip and Savor

Dates: Summer

Location: Napa Valley

Price: Varies

Details: Spend a day outside the city traveling to wine country. Napa Valley is home to dozens of vineyards and wineries that allow you to taste some of their best creations. Napa also has dozens of other activities to explore. Take a hot air balloon ride at sunset, head to the spa to decompress, or take to the fairway and try for a hole-in-one. Raise a glass and enjoy!

Top and Smell the Roses

Dates: Summer

Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park

Price: Varies

Details: Spend your summer immersing yourself in the luscious botanical gardens, occupying 55 acres at Golden Gate Park. The Botanical Garden is home to over 8,000 species of plants, ensuring conservation and breathing life into the city of San Francisco. The Garden also hosts group events for yoga, meditation, poetry readings, and sketching classes to capture your beautiful surroundings.

Get a Taste of the Town

Dates: July 1-3

Location: San Mateo County Event Center

Price: $7

Details: The FoodieLand Night Festival is a tasting festival to visit after the sun goes down. The outdoor festival is held in both San Mateo and Berkley and is a fantastic option to get outside and indulge. Set your sights on all kinds of flavors from vendors all over the Bay Area, from paella to chowder and all the sweets and treats you can get your hands on. Check out the vendor lineup, purchase tickets, and browse all the foodie photos you can expect to get a taste of that weekend! Bonus: Free Parking is available at Franklin Templeton at 900 Yates Way on Saturday and Sunday!

Take a Tour

Dates: Summer

Location: Starting location announced after booking

Price: $79 (varies depending on company and duration)

Details: Hop on one of the sightseeing busses and explore all that San Francisco has to offer! Whether you’re visiting or want to be a tourist in your own city for the day, you’re sure to encounter sites new to you while avoiding the hard work of climbing up the city’s steep hills. This is the perfect way to explore the Painted Ladies, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more iconic city sites. Check out a half-day sightseeing tour here.

Bask on the Beach

Dates: Summer

Location: Baker Beach

Price: Free

Details: Baker Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in San Francisco. Famous for its breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridges and rugged, sweeping cliffs, Baker is a wonderful place to go to catch some rays. The beach has designated picnic areas so you can spend the day here eating, drinking, and soaking up the sun.

Live Your Fest Life 

Dates: August 5-7

Location: Golden Gate Park

Price: From $175+

Details: OutsideLands returns this year for a packed 3-day festival this summer! Performers like Post Malone, Green Day, SZA, Jack Harlow, Illenium, and more. 

Catch a Home run

Dates: Now through October 2

Location: Oracle Park

Price: Varies

Details: The San Francisco Giants take to the diamond all summer long. Catch the team at Oracle Park and enjoy a game framed against the iconic bay backdrop. Get ready to grab a Crazy Crab sandwich and root, root, root for the Giants! Check out the Giants’ schedule here.

Get Outta Town

If you’re heading out of town for summer vacation, we won’t hold it against you. Are you catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance!

Have a great summer!