15 Ways to Seize the Day in San Francisco



How can you make the most of your life in San Francisco?

Eventbrite recently did a study of the “Most Carpe Diem Cities in America”—the cities where people “seize the day” and grab hold of new adventures.

With a limitless number of things to do in the Bay Area, the only problem is choosing which adventures to go on! Here are 15 great ways to “seize the day” in San Francisco, handpicked by the Eventbrite team.

Life is about the experiences we create, and the people we share them with—so choose one of these adventures, take your friends along with you, and tweet with the #carpediemsf hashtag to let us know how it went!

1. Bike from San Francisco to Tiburon.

Bike through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach, over the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, stop in Sausalito at “Bocci Bar” for an amazing stone oven baked pizza. You’ll easily manage the last 45 minutes to Tiburon. From there, take the ferry back to SF.


Photo credit: Elsita Meyer-Brandt


2. Do yoga under the ribbons at Grace Cathedral.


Photo credit: “Ribbons of light” by Naotake Murayama is licensed under CC BY 2.0


3. Take your dog for a walk at Fort Funston Beach.


Photo credit: “Goober + Glider” by Tony Goulding is licensed under CC BY- NC 2.0


4. Visit Oakland for Art Murmur, an art walk that goes down the first Friday of every month. There are local artists, doo-wop bands, fire throwers, food trucks, pit bulls, blunts and car shows. A little bit of everything.


Photo credit: “Art Gallery at Art Murmur” by Sonny Abesamis is licensed under CC BY 2.0


5. Enjoy the view from Rock City on Mount Diablo.


6. Roam the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building.


7. Head to Hayes Valley for an afternoon brew at the Biergarten. Then, jump next door to indulge in a gourmet Smitten ice cream.


Photo credit: “Biergarten, a traditional beer garden, Hayes Valley” by Henry Zbyszynski is licensed under CC BY 2.0


8. Go for a morning walk through North Beach.

There are cool shops, music stores, and tiny twisting streets, like Rome. Jack Kerouac Alley is right there. On either side of it you’ll find Vesuvio Cafe and City Lights, where the Beat Generation chilled. There’s also a bar called Specs, which was a true neighborhood bar forever ago. Their patrons sent them postcards from all over the world, telling their bartenders and drinking buddies about their travels. They’re in a few shoeboxes and fun to read.


9. Spend the day at Swanson Vineyards.

Oddly, they’re the same company that makes the frozen dinners.  But they have an amazing winery with a special wine tasting paired with yummy things like “caviar with creme fraiche on a potato chip.”


Photo credit: Courtesy of Swanson Vineyards


10. Have a picnic at Film Night in the Park.

It runs from June to September in the city. Go to one in the middle of Union Square one night with a burger-to-go from Burger Bar.


11. Hike the Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley.

Follow it up with a cold beer at the Tourist Club. A few caveats: it’s cash only. They also don’t serve food and aren’t open to the public every weekend, so bring a snack and check the calendar before you go.


Photo credit: “Dipsea Trail in Muir Woods Park” by Mike Riela is licensed under CC BY 2.0


12. BBQ at Kirby Cove with a fantastic view of the city.  


Photo credit: “From Kirby Cove” by Nick Fullerton is licensed under CC BY 2.0


13. Devour the garlic fries at a Giants Game. Sans guilt.


Photo credit: Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.com


14. Grab early drinks at the communal table at Nopa.


Photo credit: Alanna Hale


15. End the day at the SOMA StrEat Food Park.

There’s nothing more satisfying than grabbing the highest calorie dishes from their random selection of food trucks, and washing it all down responsibly.


Photocredit: Courtesy of SOMA StrEat Food Park

Tell us how you love to “carpe diem” in San Francisco at @BriteSF.



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Sarah Loaiza

Sarah Loaiza

Sarah Loaiza is a product marketing manager at Eventbrite. She's an avid seeker of real-life-in-person-put-down-your-phone interactions, always buys too many flowers at the farmer's market, and likes to eat. A lot.