When summer trips to Tahoe and Napa start to sound more like a trek than a treat, you can beat the travel stress with a Bay Area summer staycation. Just outside the condos for sale at Fulton 555, you’ll find street parades, athletic events, and concerts to keep you feeling like a tourist in your own town—not to mention feeling like a pampered guest in the comfort of your own well-appointed San Francisco apartment. And living in one of the world’s most livable cities—from the Castro to Cow Hollow to the always-hip Hayes Valley—with its temperate weather, international flare, and long tradition of diversity, also means there’s summertime activity to suit everyone’s tastes:
Art Galleries in Hayes Valley
Those with a penchant for art and a need for some inspiration to decorate their new Hayes Valley abode, will appreciate the myriad art options in the area: Linden Hayes Foundation houses works that showcase the natural splendor of California, while the Jules Maeght Gallery exhibits contemporary art with a European flair. Summer time is the perfect season to stroll around the neighborhood and grab a glass of rosé at a wine bar, like Birba, before, during, and after your gallery hopping.
Summer Concerts and Comedy
While the national presidential conventions are taking place in Philadelphia and Cleveland this summer, the home of one of the first modern conventions, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (formerly San Francisco Auditorium), is hosting edgy comedy and classic jam bands all summer long. This Beaux-art gem was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, and since then has hosted concerts from Lady Gaga to the Grateful Dead. This summer, catch alt-comedy hero Louis CK and musical improvisation masterminds Phish at this historic arena.
People in Plazas | Every Monday-Friday, July-Sept
Need a break in the middle of the work day? On Mondays during lunch, head to any public square in Hayes Valley and get swept up in the cavalcade of outdoor art and music during People in Plazas, a city-wide celebration of street arts. Performers take center stage—or center plaza, as the case may be—during this annual summertime celebration. It’s a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of your work day. From hula dancers to Berkeley-trained musicians, watching a world-class artist perform while you nosh on your salad from Morty’s Delicatessen makes lunch even more enjoyable.
San Francisco Marathon | July 31
Stretch your calves and get ready to brave the hills with 26,000 other runners during the San Francisco Marathon. The waterfront views on this journey will take away whatever breath you have left, as you jog across the Golden Gate Bridge and past landmarks like the Ferry Building and Coit Tower. You might be tempted to make a quick detour to Fulton 555, as the marathon passes just south of Hayes Valley. If a 26-plus-mile run through neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and the Mission isn’t the perfect-sized stretch, you can sign up for the half marathon or join world-class athletes for the Ultramarathon—a regular marathon times two (all three events take place on the same day).
Nihonmachi Street Fair | August 6-7
With vibrant neighborhoods like Japantown and Chinatown—the largest outside of Asia and the oldest in North America—San Francisco’s multicultural heritage and diversity are always on vivid display. Just a 15-minute walk from your Hayes Valley apartment, the Nihonmachi Street Fair, established in 1973, celebrates this cross-cultural medley with music and food from Asian-Pacific regions and the rest of the world. Listen to bluegrass while nibbling on Vietnamese BBQ from SF favorite Bombzie’s or bite into a juicy piece of Kokio Republic’s Korean fried chicken and then dance to reggae.