This weekend, San Francisco will see more than 1 million visitors attending a number of exciting events taking place in our city.
Major events include: the America’s Cup World Series at Marina Green; Fleet Week on the northern and eastern waterfront; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park; the Castro Street Fair; the Italian Heritage Parade from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach; 49ers football at Candlestick Park; and Giants playoff baseball at AT&T Park. Read More
“People should not take this as a memorial to Warren”: So says Nancy Hellman Bechtle, the surviving sister of Warren Hellman, about this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which was founded by her brother in Golden Gate Park in 2001. Read More
Even on a normal day, a vacant driveway can look like an oasis for frustrated motorists. And during this coming weekend, when 1 million people are expected to descend upon San Francisco for a series of events, a place to park could seem downright mythical. Read More
Any weekend boasting a Giants playoff matchup at AT&T Park and a 49ers home game could be considered epic by San Francisco standards. But for the first weekend of October, those contests might actually be considered the underdogs.
An unprecedented confluence of major events is expected to bring more than 1 million spectators to San Francisco from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, forcing The City’s already overstretched transit system to devise a game plan to manage the crowds. Read More
Philanthropist and bluegrass lover Warren Hellman was honored Sunday with a free concert featuring a host of regulars at Hellman's own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.The day-long tribute to Hellman, who died of leukemia at the age of 77 in December, featured John Doe, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earl Keen and Emmylou Harris and Hellman's band, The Wronglers. Read More
Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore are among the dozen Hardly Strictly Bluegrass regulars who will play at a tribute concert Sunday for Warren Hellman, the Bay Area philanthropist and festival founder who died late last year.The free concert will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Great Highway at Ocean Beach, between John F. Kennedy Drive and Lincoln Avenue. Performances will alternate between two stages. Read More
Amid bluegrass tunes both somber and joyful, more than 1,000 people gathered Wednesday to honor the life of San Francisco’s best-known philanthropist and civic champion, Warren Hellman.
Hellman died Sunday evening of complications from leukemia. He was 77. Read More
Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow is now officially Hellman Hollow.
The Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rename the portion of the park after 77-year-old billionaire Warren Hellman upon the urging of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd with the support of the Board of Supervisors.
The renaming drew support from San Francisco’s political elite, including Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown and John Burton. Read More
Fans filled Golden Gate Park for the 11th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, enjoying sounds from legends such as Merle Haggard and newer, less strictly-bluegrass acts such as Buckethead.
To see some of our favorite images from the festival, click on the photo at right. Read More