San Francisco is known for many things: a place where you can enjoy the best parks, satisfy your hunger for culture, find the best in food and entertainment, and so on. What some may not know, though, is that you can also find the scariest attractions here.
Those who are all for the spirit of Halloween should visit San Francisco Bay Area to honor those who have passed away and have good fun with spooky activities.
Celebrate the day of the dead
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration will be held at the Gourmet Ghetto in Shattuck Avenue on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
Community members will create an altar where they can put flowers and candles along with photos of their loved ones. They may also share stories about them. (more…)
“We are not an island on the campus — we are in the larger community in the city of Berkeley. All of the various partnerships that we have … are important in order for us to be good neighbors and citizens of the community,” said Lisa McNeilly (campus director of sustainability) in The Daily Californian.
McNeilly’s belief is shared by many in UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley. And to make something concrete and beneficial out of the relationship between the campus and the city, a succession of dialogues between them is currently taking place.
San Francisco Bay area is much loved by people with a strong sense of culture and passion for learning. One of its top attractions and greatest pride is the University of California, where both students and visitors can immensely enjoy an enlightening and stimulating experience. For sure, you will never run out of museums to visit here. So put your geek hat on and check out some of the museums around the area.
Up in the sky
To the young and old, those magnificent flying machines never fail to enchant. In the Oakland Aviation Museum “where West Coast aviation began”, flying fanatics can sit in the cockpit of an actual aircraft and have dinner at the Solent flying boat. Other than their regular tours, the museum also holds a speaker series where those who would like to go deeper into anything aviation can hear stories and get information from the best resource persons.
If you would like to go farther into the sky, you may visit the Cabot Space & Science Center. In it are Nellie, Rachel and Leah (three glorious telescopes) and the largest public telescope facility in the country. (more…)
Our humble suggestion is to welcome the coming month by indulging yourselves in nothing less than august music. Any casual or serious music fan will have something to appreciate in the concerts kicking off on the first week of August.
Foxtail Brigade, a San Francisco music collective headed by Laura Weinbach, will perform at the Botanical Garden on August 4 (Thursday). The heavenly venue matches the heavenly music this quartet creates. If you love the sound of strings (from the guitar to the violin to the upright bass) accompanying a delicate voice, this performance is not to be missed. (more…)
One way to test the quality of a playground or any space dedicated to children is when adults come to it and the child in them magically comes out. Luckily, in Berkeley, kids and their parents–the children and the children at heart–will not run out of places to visit when they would like to have fun together. West Berkeley has two of the most exciting playgrounds in the globe while Downtown Berkeley is home to an award-winning children’s museum. (more…)
The bay area is a diverse and interesting place, with no lack of amazing landmarks to go see. There’s way too many sights for us to list here, but here’s a few that you should definitely not miss on your next trip through the bay.
Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s (and California’s) most famous landmarks. Rich in history, Alcatraz is home to the famous prison that once housed the likes of Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Alcatraz also features a lighthouse and a historic U.S. military fort, plus one of the best views in the Bay Area–if it’s not foggy. Catch a ride on Alcatraz Cruises and learn all about the Rock’s famous residents.
You’ll also find rotating exhibits, including information on historic events such as the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz in the 1970s, fascinating military history, and stories about the island’s challenging living conditions. Audio tours are excellent.
Finals are coming up soon, which means the Spring school session is almost over! That makes it prime time to come out and enjoy the fantastic weather and great events that the bay area has to offer. Summer is a great time to visit Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and of course San Francisco. Here’s a sampling of what you should be looking forward to this summer in the bay area:
Second Annual Berkeley Wine Festival
The Claremont will host the second annual Berkeley Wine Festival celebrating wines from California, Oregon, Italy and France beginning Friday, March 11, 2011. (more…)
Spring is upon us and the weather is changing. It’s a beautiful time to get outside and take in some fresh air and sunshine!
On your visit to Berkeley, why not take a trip down to Golden Gate Fields? This beautiful race track located right on the shore of the gorgeous SF bay is a great place to enjoy a bright bay area Spring day.
Afraid that it might be expensive? Fear not! Try checking out Golden Gate Fields during one of their fantastic Dollar Days. Easy on the wallet, fun and exciting for the whole family, and what a location!
It’s that time of year! Spring is upon us and that means that graduations are soon to come. Are you and your family prepared for this momentous event? Remember, as the dates get closer, the best lodgings are filling up around the Berkeley area. Make sure that you have your reservations in place!
But where should you stay? Good question! The first thought is to stay as close to the university as possible, but beware that you will be forced to pay a premium price. Traffic congestion and lack of parking can be a real problem. The savvy Berkeley visitor knows that the best places to stay are nearby but slightly outside of downtown Berkeley. Here you can get a real value on hotel accommodations and avoid some of the common troubles that come with staying right next to a bustling public university like UC Berkeley!
The east bay is just chock full of interesting and exciting things to see! Now that the stormy weather has passed (for now!) it’s time to get out into the city, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley… there are plenty of wild events coming up that you shouldn’t miss!
It’s easy to get around in the SF Bay Area. Ideally, you’ll want to stay in the East Bay (rates are much more affordable and hey, East Bay has Berkeley!) and use the BART/Muni to travel around between all your destinations. This is a great way to save money and still take in all the excitement that the bay area has to offer.