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The Exploratorium Hosts First "Free" Day in 3 YearsThe Exploratorium Hosts First “Free” Day in 3 Years
By - posted 5/8/2022
Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The Exploratorium used to have several “pay what you wish” days each year, but they started to become rare even before the pandemic. This Sunday, the “Community Day” tradition returns for the first time since May 2019 in honor of Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres. Lots of free bilingual activities more...

Hearst Castle to Finally Reopen for First Time in 2 YearsHearst Castle to Finally Reopen for First Time in 2 Years
By - posted 4/4/2022
Reopening, Travel, What's Closed / What's Open

California State Parks today announced plans to reopen Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle). The world-renowned house museum will reopen to the public on May 11, after being closed for two years following the COVID-19 pandemic and severe rainstorms that damaged the access road to the castle in more...

SF's 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot "Benkyodo" Closes ForeverSF’s 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot “Benkyodo” Closes Forever
By - posted 3/31/2022
Goodbye, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The final day has come for Japantown’s oldest business, Benkyodo Company. The shop, which opened in 1906, makes traditional hand-made Japanese rice cakes, manju and mochi, are closing up after 115 years and going into retirement. From Benkyodo’s website – “After 115 years of business, Benkyodo will be closing our doors on more...

SF's Pride Parade & Festival Back for 2022 (June 25-26)SF’s Pride Parade & Festival Back for 2022 (June 25-26)
By - posted 2/17/2022
Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, LGBTQ+, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Reggie Aqui from ABC7 for letting us know that San Francisco’s Pride is planning a return for 2022 for both the big Civic Center festival as well as the parade. SF Pride is back. Let’s get sickening (in the good way). https://t.co/5SrLD6deqY — Reggie Aqui He/Him (@reggieaqui) February 16, 2022 After two more...

SF's Magnolia Brewing Closing Dogpatch LocationSF’s Magnolia Brewing Closing Dogpatch Location
By - posted 2/15/2022
Bars, Bay Area Favorites, Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Eater SF for sharing the sad news that Magnolia Brewing is closing its Dogpatch location, located at 2505 3rd St, San Francisco. The Brewery took to Instagram to announce its departure. They cite COVID as a factor in their decision to close, plus Eater notes that they had been more...

BART Reopens Powell Street Station Restrooms for the First Time in 20 YearsBART Reopens Powell Street Station Restrooms for the First Time in 20 Years
By - posted 2/1/2022
Reopening, San Francisco, Transportation, What's Closed / What's Open

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 11am, BART will hold a “ribbon-cutting” event with rolls of toilet paper to mark the reopening of the Powell Street Station restrooms that have been closed for more than 20 years. Restrooms at 10 of BART’s underground stations have been closed since 9/11 because of more...

SF's Castro Theatre Getting Major Makeover for 100th BirthdaySF’s Castro Theatre Getting Major Makeover for 100th Birthday
By - posted 1/19/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to the SF Chronicle for letting us know that San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre, originally built in 1922, is about to get a major makeover for its 100th birthday. The 100-year-old movie theater (429 Castro St.) will be shutting down temporarily later this year and then will reopen as a more...

SF's 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot Set to Close ForeverSF’s 115-Year-Old Mochi Spot Set to Close Forever
By - posted 1/3/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Eat & Drink, Goodbye, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to KPIX and Hoodline for letting us know the sad news that days are numbered for a beloved bakery that’s widely known and Japantown’s oldest business, Benkyodo Company. The shop, which opened in 1906, makes traditional hand-made Japanese rice cakes, manju and mochi, announced that they are hoping someone will more...

SF to Require Boosters at 1,000+ Indoor "Mega Events" in 2022SF to Require Boosters at 1,000+ Indoor “Mega Events” in 2022
By - posted 12/29/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Vaccines, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco temporarily tightens universal indoor masking requirement & augments vaccination requirements amid Omicron surge Indoor mega-events will require up-to-date vaccinations, including boosters, starting February 1, 2022. December 29, 2021. Mayor London Breed N. Breed and SF Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax announced today updates to the Safer Return Together Health Order in response to the sharp increase more...

San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks Show Canceled (2021/22)San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Canceled (2021/22)
By - posted 12/28/2021
Festival Updates, New Year's Eve, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Canceled Due to Concerns Over Public Health and Safety Priority for continuity of key public safety operations prompts proactive measures as surging COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant impact staffing levels SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and City public safety leaders more...

Walnut Creek to Close Broadway Plaza to Traffic Through the HolidaysWalnut Creek to Close Broadway Plaza to Traffic Through the Holidays
By - posted 11/23/2021
Bay Area Updates, East Bay, Transportation, What's Closed / What's Open

By Tony Hicks, Bay City News Foundation The dozens of looters who rushed Walnut Creek’s Nordstrom on Saturday night made off with between $100,000 and $200,000 worth of merchandise, Walnut Creek police said Monday. Lt. Hollie Connors said up to 80 masked bandits blocked the street up and down Broadway Plaza with more...

SF's 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House is Back for 2021 (Fairmont)SF’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House is Back for 2021 (Fairmont)
By - posted 11/21/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Christmas, Holidays, Reopening, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open, Wow

What is 22 feet high, 23 feet wide and full of thousands of bricks, a ton of royal icing and candy décor? It’s the Fairmont’s famed and much beloved two-story-high Victorian Gingerbread House which will be back this year in our lobby. Debuting Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 am at more...

Take a Swing on SF's Only Flying TrapezeTake a Swing on SF’s Only Flying Trapeze
By - posted 11/11/2021
Fun & Games, Reopening, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

One of the most fun Friday night experiences in San Francisco is back for the first time in almost 2 years! For just $5, you can run away and join the circus! $5 Friday is perfect for a unique date or night out with friends. Please note this event is for more...

Oakland Museum Partially Closed Due to Damage from October's Big StormOakland Museum Partially Closed Due to Damage from October’s Big Storm
By - posted 11/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, Oakland, What's Closed / What's Open

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) has temporarily shut down its special exhibition hosted in the Great Hall gallery due to damage sustained from the big storm in October. OMCA says… “Due to extraordinary weather conditions on Sunday, October 24, OMCA experienced some water damage to our campus. Leaking occurred from the more...

Candlelight Tours Return to SF's Civil War Era Fort Starting Nov. 6Candlelight Tours Return to SF’s Civil War Era Fort Starting Nov. 6
By - posted 11/5/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and stars on this evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available Saturday evenings (6:30 pm) during the months of November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era of the 1800s, experiencing first-hand the tales more...