Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad (in San Francisco) # 9

Learn About a New Culture

San Francisco is a city known for many events , activities, and quirks, both historical and present. The California Gold Rush. Haight-Ashbury’s Summer of Love and counterculture movement. The rise of the ‘Gay Mecca’ after World War II. The Dot-com Boom and start-up culture. The Bay to Breakers race, Gay parade, Stern Grove Festival, Film Festivals… The home of important rock music culture, including the Grateful Dead. It’s a city not quite like others, which is exactly why San Francisco is the ideal place to spend your summer.

Source: Vanity Fair

The best way to learn about San Francisco is to explore. Get ‘lost’ in the streets. Jump on MUNI and get off at a random spot. Talk to locals. Hang out with SFSU students. Get to know what ‘being San Franciscan’ really means. And of course, do as much as you can outside of class. Here are some of top picks for activities to check out while you are here:

Stern Grove Festival’s 77th Season

June 22 – August 24, 2014
In 2014, Stern Grove Festival will celebrate its 77th Season of free concerts, ranging from ballet to jazz. Bring a blanket and picnic and settle down for some good tunes and quality outside time.

Off the Grid

Every Friday at Fort Mason  5:00pm-11:00pm
Off the Grid at Fort Mason is the place to be on Friday nights — bringing you delicious food, with free sides of music, craft and soul. Not to mention the view of the bay in the background…
Source: Knoleskine

America’s Cup

July 4-August 21 at America’s Cup & Park Village
San Francisco Bay is the host to America’s Cup sailing events all summer long. Jump on the F-line streetcar and head over to the Embarcadero to check out the world-class racing sailboats. Bonus – catch concerts from the biggest bands in the nation, such as Jason Mraz, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Jonas Brothers, and Weezer, at America’s Cup Pavilion!

Fillmore Jazz Festival

July 6-7 at Filmore Street
So music is a big part of San Francisco. Every summer the Fillmore Jazz Festival brings in nearly 90,000 music lovers to celebrate jazz, culture and cuisine, nestled in the Fillmore District.

Outside Lands

August 8-10 at Golden Gate Park
Tens of thousands of people show up for this 3-day annual festival in Golden Gate Park. The major headliners of the year may include Elton John, Amos Lee, and Iron & Wine (still to be confirmed). The there are themed arenas, gourmet food booths and an entire Winelands tent.

Mount Sutro

Cole Valley
Get lost (not really lost) in the forest at Mount Sutro. It’s the opportunity to discover the lush and un-city-like part of SF, with easy-to-navigate trails along its ridges.

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