Last year, issue number 56 of "Rick's Tips" provided much information for avoiding crowds at many of our popular attractions. You can see that issue by clicking here. All of the information is still current with the exception of the information on visiting Muir Woods. Advance reservations now are required for all visitors arriving by personal vehicle or on the shuttle. You can get a reservation by visiting www.gomuirwoods.com. Reservations become available 90 days prior to the date of your visit. Tour operators, like Blue Heron, also need reservations to bring their guests to the park but get them through a different system.
A unique sporting event this summer is the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be held at AT&T Park from July 20 to 22. This is the first time this world championship will be held in the U.S.
One of the biggest events of the summer is the Pride Parade and Celebration on June 23 and 24. The celebration is held in Civic Center Plaza on both afternoons. The parade is on the morning of the 24th. Participants march from Market and Beale Streets to Civic Center. Please note that nudity is allowed in the parade and at the celebration. Also, If you are not going to the parade and need to drive across Market Street on Sunday morning, you will need to drive around the parade route.
Two big music festivals will take place in the next few months. Outside Lands runs from August 20 through 22 in Golden Gate Park. This year's headliners include The Weekend, Florence & the Machine, and Janet Jackson. Dozens of other acts also will appear. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a free festival featuring bluegrass and related musical genres. This year's festival runs from October 5 to 8 in Golden Park. The lineup of performers has yet to be announced.
Spark Social has a food truck park at the corner of 4th Street and Mission Bay North in the new Mission Bay neighborhood, just south of AT&T Park. Some trucks are regularly at the park while others come and go. Trucks are open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, the trucks open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. Trucks serve from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Many restaurants have nice spaces for dining outdoors. Some of my favorites include Hog Island Oyster Co. in the Ferry Building, The Ramp and Mission Rock Resort in Mission Bay, Park Chalet in Golden Gate Park across from Ocean Beach, and La Mar Cebicheria at Pier 1 1/2 on The Embarcadero.
Of course, there is much more to see and do in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Northern California during the summer; like take a tour with Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel. Check out back issues of "Rick's Tips" for more ideas.
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