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What Locals Say About San Francisco

First impressions of San Francisco Life: this page contains several of the first impressions and characteristics of the city that I struck me when I moved here. They provided actually the basis for all my other experiences.

  • The weather is odd. It was in June that I arrived in San Francisco for the first time, and I was really hoping to get a nice taste of early California summer. Little did I, the naive, know….Northern California’s weather is nothing like how it is down south. Around here, it actually can get quite chilly all through the summer. Temperatures may even change by the neighborhood, but as a rule of thumb you can say that it pretty much always feels like spring or fall. The ideal outfit for San Francisco consists of 2 to 4 layers that are easy to remove or put back on.

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San Francisco Attractions

San Francisco belongs to those cities that never get old. No matter how often you visit it.

San Francisco has always a neighborhood that you didn’t explore yet, or there is a scenic spot you didn’t have the time to visit, or there is an activity that you just missed during your last visit. I’ve just now completed my fourth trip to The City and there so many activities that I absolutely had no trouble getting my days filled with exciting things. 

And oh yeah, that San Francisco weather…. That nice breezy, cool San Francisco weather…. Every time I get here I’m surprised by The City’s sort of chilly feel year-round….Even in the midst of summer.

When you plan to visit San Francisco anytime soon, take a closer look at these suggestions. Here are five essential activities for a great weekend in this beautiful city.

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SF Arts Market is closed

San Francisco Arts Market was an open-air arts and crafts market and performance and activity platform held in United Nations Plaza in San Francisco’s Civic Center region.

Hosting was open Thursdays, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. from 2010 until 2014.
Independent Arts & Media and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development partnered to support the arts community and invigorate United Nations Plaza through a creative and supportive environment every Thursday.

SF Arts Market hosted a weekly open-air market offering local arts, crafts, literature, music, and performance. The Market increased relationships with local artists and community, giving the community and beyond the ability to purchase locally made products and aid artists in their endeavors in small business.

The Market had hosted live artists, dancers, circus performers, and an array of music ranging from blue grass to dark rock, and more. They transformed the Plaza into a performance and activity platform along with unique arts and crafts vendors each Thursday.

VITAL x Horizon Variations By Adrien Dezalay from VITAL on Vimeo.

The VITAL EP x Sing For Hope Trailer from VITAL on Vimeo.

San Francisco Arts Market

San Francisco Arts Market kicked off on June 16th, 2011 with quite a bang! United Nations Plaza came alive with over 30 unique artist and artisan vendors, live music, and delicious lunch options from Off the Grid Food Trucks. Crowds joined the Plaza to see what was going on, eat, shop and join the fun. Now, we do this every Thursday!

A project of the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and nonprofit, Independent Arts & Media, SF Arts Market continues to partner with city agencies and nonprofits in support of bringing art, culture, and liveliness to the mid-Market area.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network visited a number of Market Thursdays to see what we were up to and document how the Market is making a difference for all involved, including artistic vendors, performers, local community and all visitors to the Plaza. We are very thankful to have this video and many photos to share with the public produced by Michael Pawluk of NEN.

About NEN

In 2007, residents, merchant associations, non-profits, neighborhood agencies, faithbased organizations, academic institutions, and SF foundations created NEN (The Neighborhood Empowerment Network) to focus on one simple mission: the empowerment of the SanFranciso neighborhoods and help them towards resilient conditions.  The alliance was named “Neighborhood Empowerment Network” (NEN), and during the past decade, it has created numerous methodologies, tools, and resources to advance the communities through a bottom-up grassroots approach.