12 things you have to do in San Francisco this July

Published On 07/01/2014 Published On 07/01/2014
Joe Starkey
Gil Riego Photography
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Taverna Aventine
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1. Alameda County Fairgrounds 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566

This is an expansive outdoor venue where you can go to watch fireworks, listen to blues, and gorge yourself on exciting cuisine at the annual fair. Plenty of other events are held in the grounds throughout the rest of the year, like Great Horror Campout or the Goodguys hot rod and vintage car show.

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2. Trick Dog 3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Brought to you by The Bon Vivants, Trick Dog in The Mission's a marble- and steel-adorned cocktailery serving drinks from a Pantone-inspired menu with names from favorite song titles, along with bar bites like beer nuts, pickles, and cracklins.

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3. Taverna Aventine 582 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

This upscale bar is an after-work destination in downtown San Francisco. The Italian-inspired menu is filled with high-low bar bites like pigs-in-a-blanket, beef tartare, and grilled pizza. The classic cocktails -- think Moscow Mules and Manhattans -- are strong, and taste especially good at the daily happy hour. Plus, Aventine usually hosts parties on all the festive, nothing-to-do-but-party holidays, like Cinco de Mayo, St. Paddy's, and Bastille Day.

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4. Inner Mission 2050 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Located in the former CELLspace, Inner Mission is one of the premier venues for live events and concerts in the city.

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5. Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant 330 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Versatile enough to be suitable for both an intimate date night or a rousing group dinner, this sleekly designed space in SoMa’s Rincon Hill will have you sharing small plates of burrata and wood-fired pizzas while sampling from an extensive list of local and foreign wines.

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6. Candlestick Park 490 Jamestown Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Candlestick is home to the Giants, and many awesome sporting events throughout the year.