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Top outdoor and virtual experiences in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge.

Like everyone, the team at San Francisco Travel was all excited to put 2020 behind them and start the new year by getting back to the quintessential San Francisco experiences loved and missed by many. Whether you’re a local or an admirer from far away, they have got a whole host of ways that one can safely see, taste, hear, and even smell the best of San Francisco.

Sunset at the Presidio. Richmond District in the background.


Be A True Cinephile with the San Francisco International Film Festival – Through Apr. 18

SFFILM is proud to host the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival, which features compelling documentaries, family and teen programming, informative panels, and an expanded short film selection. You can view festival selections through a combination of a drive-in screenings, live events, and streaming offerings.

Explore the Planet’s Depths with the 18th Annual International Ocean Film Festival – Apr. 15 – May 2

Many selections from this acclaimed film festival will be available for you to view from the comfort of your own home. Choose from more than 70 films submissions from across the world. Tickets go on sale Mar. 15.

Enjoy Drive-In Opera with San Francisco Opera – Apr. 23 – May 15

San Francisco Opera will broadcast 11 live performances of “The Barber of Seville” as a drive-in viewing experience at the Marin Center. This new, English language adaptation of the classic opera runs 90 minutes, without intermission. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

Listen to San Francisco Opera’s Resident Artists – Apr. 29 – May 13

The Adler Fellows, the resident artists of San Francisco Opera, will perform some of the most famous arias, duets, and scenes in the opera canon in a series of 70-minute concerts that you can watch as a drive-in experience at the Marin Center. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.


Outdoor Experiences

Explore the Presidio

The Presidio – Lovers’ Lane

Parks are vital to our health and well-being, especially in stressful times, and the Presidio of San Francisco has remained open for essential access to outdoor space, fresh air, recreation, nature and scenic views. The Presidio has 24 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of biking trails ,as well as three miles of scenic coastline, multiple picnic areas, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

For those who can’t get to the park, Presidio at Home allows you to experience the park wherever you are.

Arts & Culture

Meet the Artists at SFMOMA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is committed to partnering with the most forward-thinking artists of our time and bringing their visions to life. Many of these artists share their creative process and their stories in their own words through the museum’s collection of artist interviews. The entire collection is available online for you to view anytime at no cost.

Stream Classical Concerts with the San Francisco Symphony

The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony has launched its own on-demand streaming service, SFSymphony+. It will feature exclusive original digital content, as well as previously released programs and newly recorded chamber music performances. Some offerings will be free. For more information, click here.