The Festa Coloniale Italiana was originated in 2008 to celebrate the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club’s 90 years in North Beach.

The Festa is a family oriented Italian culture and heritage event that has become a yearly treat. This year’s celebration will be held on Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets, in San Francisco’s Little Italy, in the heart of North Beach across from Washington Square Park and Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Expect everything Italian — food, wine, live music, dancers, pizza toss and more. Fun for the whole family in this traditional street festival.

It takes place Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. For more information click here.
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Kids are about to go back to school, and that means the weather is going start to warm up in the City. Yesterday was so gray, grim, and chilly that it’s hard to imagine what a warm day feels like, but trust us, they’re coming. And when they do, you’ll want to treat yourself to some soft serve.

Fortunately, just published a guide to the City’s best spots for soft serve ice cream, and as usual the feature includes an interactive map, photos, reviews, descriptions, and useful links.

Here are just three of the places they mention:

  • Honey Creme 839 Irving Street, 415.298.7913
  • Uji Time Dessert 22 Peace Plaza, #440, 628.444.3003
  • Bi-Rite Creamery 3692 18th St., 415.626.5600

To see the entire list, click here.

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7× just published eight celebrity quotes about San Francisco. We liked the quotes so much, we’re sharing them here.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.” —Anthony Bourdain

“Now there’s a grown-up swinging town.” —Frank Sinatra

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be in San Francisco.” —Oscar Wilde

“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” —Mark Twain

“Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.” —John Lennon

“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco

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The huge Outside Lands festival takes place this weekend in Golden Gate Park. It’s an amazing celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art, and comedy from the 11th through the 13th. Of course, if you don’t already have tickets, you might be out of luck. If that’s the case, you might consider taking in the Pistahan Parade and Festival on Saturday and/or Sunday, or just watching the meteor showers on Friday and Saturday nights — the best spots for that in San Francisco are the Parade Grounds at the Presidio and Point Lobos near Lands End.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 8/7/17 – 8/13/17

As we’ve been reporting, price reductions in Pacific Heights, Lower Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, and Cow

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You won’t want to miss the nightly Summer of Love light art extravaganza from sundown to midnight in Golden Gate Park. Bright colors, spinning flower mandalas, animated butterflies and gorgeous plant-and-nature imagery transform San Francisco’s historic Conservatory of Flowers into a psychedelic illuminated canvas inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

Now through Oct. 21, 2017, a series of exquisite, large-scale illuminated scenes will be projected onto the landmark glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse’s elaborate dome and arch-shaped wings in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love.

According to San Francisco Travel, light show creator Obscura Digital has pushed

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If you haven’t already bought tickets for Outside Lands, you might want to check out the Pistahan Parade & Festival taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the two-day event is organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition, and is expected to draw over 75,000 people each day. Admission is free, and the event promises to be fun for the entire family.

The grand parade will start on Saturday at 11AM, and proceed from the SF Civic Center, along Market towards 4th Street. The festival takes place from 11AM to 5PM both days at SF Yerba Buena Gardens.

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When it comes to restaurants, San Francisco’s Hayes Valley is the new Mission, according to San Francisco Chronicle Restaurant Critic and Executive Food and Wine Editor Michael Bauer. He says spots are opening in this neighborhood like they were a few years ago on Valencia Street.

“In the last year alone I’ve reviewed Nightbird, Corridor and A Mano. The latest, RT Rotisserie, adds another great option to the expanding neighborhood and for those visiting one of the nearby performance centers.”

Michael Bauer

RT Rotisserie, the focus of his review, is a quick-serve restaurant with counter service, but there is no compromise in the quality of the food. The critic says the quick-serve concept is the wave of the future. And it makes a lot

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Once again we start the week talking about construction, and projects in the works. That might be because construction is taking place all over the City, and San Francisco will emerge in a few years as a very different place. Fingers crossed, all for the better!

Hoodline reported last week that significant changes are coming to Market Street. We’ve heard about this for years, but it looks like construction could start in late 2018 or early 2019.

The $604 million Better Market Street project is set to bring pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation improvements to 2.2 miles of one of the City’s busiest streets, between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero.

Once the project is completed, plans include restricting private vehicles from

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The 15th Annual Jerry Day takes place Sunday at McLaren Park, celebrating one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son, Jerry Garcia and his Excelsior roots. The lineup includes Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Melvin Seals and JGB, and Midnight North. Admission is free.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/30/17 – 8/6/17

Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was quoted in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle, responding to the question “What affect will the Millennium Tower have on Bay Area high-rise real estate?” Here’s what she said:

“The immediate effect is it may take more time and money to get projects through the city for new developments which is already a cumbersome

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the City’s great icons. It all happened by accident, according to a new video just posted by the San Francisco Chronicle. The video runs just over a minute and half long, and it tells a pretty remarkable story.

It turns out we’re lucky to have the bridge at all, let alone one as beautiful as it is. Early proposals looked pretty hideous!

To see the video, click here.

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