The 12 things you absolutely must do in SF this Spring

Published On 02/05/2014 Published On 02/05/2014
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8th Annual UnCorked! Wine Festival
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1. Biergarten 424 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

With quintessential large mugs, sausages and sauerkraut, long picnic tables in the sun (hopefully), and a rotating selection of impressive German beers, Biergarten everything you want in, well, a beer garden. It’s owned by the masterminds behind Suppenküche, so you know you can bank on them having a way with Teutonic suds and snacks. With no roof, it’s not the ideal spot for a rainy day pint, but you’ll be clamoring for a space come summertime.

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2. Mosto 741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Think of Mosto as the smaller, Mission-located cousin of Tacolicious, because it's from the same dude. In a space ominously lit with a wall of floating candles (fire hazard?), it may be hard to see all THREE HUNDRED of their tequilas, but don't worry, you'll find -- and taste -- them all eventually. We do recommend a steady approach to that goal, though. Because Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and you'll need to be in top taco-eating shape.

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3. AT&T Park 24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA 94107

This pitcher-friendly park offers 8 luxury suites and 6,700 club seats, including 1,500 at field-level behind home plate. Keeping things old school, the park has enormous right-field score boards manually operated by just three guys. Make your own blast to the past and attend the SF Giants home opener, Tuesday April 8th vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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4. Mad Dog In The Fog 530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Because you seem really trustworthy, Lower Haight's resident English pub lets you pour your own beer courtesy of the TableTender, an eight-stooled table with a built-in two-tap system that pulls from kegs stashed in a cabinet underneath.

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5. Alamo Square Park Steiner St & Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Look familiar? That's 'cause this place has the honor of being the park featured in the credits for Full House, you know, that show that asked us "what ever happened to predictability -- The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV?"?. While you won't find any answers here, you'll quickly discover the world-class views peppered among images of Olsens and Dave Coulier are not just schmancy TV magic. This May 18th, head to Alamo Square to watch Bay to Breakers, the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world.

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6. Dessert First 757 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

On April 6th, check your belt but not your sense of charity at the door: Dessert First presents the efforts of the best dessert chefs in SF alongside cocktails, wine tastings, and music, all to the benefit Project Open Hand, which supplies food and groceries to those who need it most.

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7. Chino 3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Chino's a Chinese dumpling haven serving all of your wonton desires. They just opened their doors, so Spring into action already and give them a visit.

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8. SF International Beer Festival Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

Kicking off its dirty thirties, the 31st Annual SF International Beer Fest is bringing over 120 brewing companies under one roof at the Fort Mason Center. Get ready to share in the effervescent glow of a well-made pint this May 24th.

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9. Uncorked! SF Wine Fest 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Head to Ghiardelli Square on May 17th to see if you should pair your wine with a... Ghiardelli square, at the Uncorked! Wine Festival, which'll have tastings and demonstrations from renowned Bay Area chefs plus seminars in such topics as how chocolate and vino are best buds.

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10. The Alcatraz Challenge Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94965

Prove you're the real Birdman of Alcatraz (if one of the birds was a particularly athletic duck) on May 18th with this 1.5-mile swim across the open waters of the bay from The Rock followed by a 7-mile run to the Golden Gate Bridge.