Chinese New Year is a two-week spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush days and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. This year's celebration culminates March 3-4, and includes the Chinatown Community Street Fair and the Chinese New Year Parade.
SF Camerawork, a longtime supporter of photographers who are pushing the boundaries of what constitutes photography and image-making, has opened a new gallery space at 657 Mission Street, becoming the newest addition to a growing artistic enclave of museums, galleries, and arts and entertainment centers which include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, Zeum, and the Metreon.
Geogad Mobile Tours offers free MP3-based self-guided walking tours for independent travelers visiting San Francisco's Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf districts. The tours combine local history with spoken word descriptions and photos of both well known and lesser known places, and explain how the specific combination of geography, people, and history mixed to create a unique city.
Beginning with the prologue through the streets of downtown San Francisco and traveling 650 miles over the next week, more than 150 of the world's best professional cyclists will race in the second Amgen Tour of California, traveling through host cities Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, Seaside, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clarita, concluding in Long Beach.
Thanks to all of you who responded to our call last October to vote for the Pigeon Point Lighthouse to receive an American Express Partners in Preservation grant. During a six-week public voting period, 25 historic sites in the San Francisco Bay Area competed for a total of $1 million in preservation funding from American Express.