Summer/Fall 2012: What’s New in San Francisco?

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“What’s New” is a listing of new venues, attractions and activities compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association.

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Summer/Fall 2012: What’s New in San Francisco?


The latest edition of “What’s New in San Francisco” is now available at

Highlights include:

  •     $56 Million Moscone Center Renovations Completed on May 15, 2012.
  •     Golden State Warriors Announce Plan to Build Arena on San Francisco Waterfront by 2017
  •     San Francisco Visitor Information Center Returns to Hallidie Plaza Location July 23, 2012
  •     San Francisco’s New Pier 27 Cruise Terminal/America’s Cup center “Tops Out”
  •     New METREON Opens First Phase of Transformation, CityTarget Opening in October 2012
  •     San Francisco Hosts America’s Cup World Series Races DATES
  •     Hotel renovations include San Francisco Union Square, Kimpton’s Hotel Triton, Hotel Adagio, Mandarin Oriental, Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf, and Renoir Hotel
  •     SHN Upcoming Shows Include “War Horse,” “Diner,” “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon”
  •     SFJAZZ Center Opens on Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2013
  •     Teatro ZinZanni Reopens in new home ____ 2013
  •     Restaurant News from Press Club, Cako and E&O. Openings include Bask, Brasserie S&P, Burritt Room + Tavern, Lucky Strike San Francisco, Original Joe's, Sauce Belden, Wo Hing General Store, Sweet Inspiration Bakery Café
  •     Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) Moves to San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood in Fall 2012
  •     Earthquake Exhibit “Rumbles” into California Academy of Sciences as of May 26, 2012
  •     Walt Disney Family Museum Adds New Monthly After-Hours Party “Animate Your Night” Beginning July 27, 2012. Celebrates 75th Anniversary of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Nov. 15, 2012-April 14, 2013
  •     China’s Terracotta Warriors Return to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Feb. 22-May 27, 2013
  •     Sailing Lessons: Hands-On Learning Aboard 1891 National Landmark
  •     SF Chefs Food Festival Returns July 30-Aug. 5, 2012
  •     La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival Returns to Mission District Aug. 18, 2012
  •     Stern Grove Festival, “Nature’s Music Box,” Celebrates 75th Anniversary through Aug. 26, 2012
  •     Westfield San Francisco Debuts 3-D Light Spectacular “Corazon Under the Dome” through Sept. 3, 2012
  •     Architecture and the City, Largest Architectural Festival in the U.S., Returns Sept. 1-30, 2012
  •     Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest Sept. 6, 2012
  •     Ghirardelli Chocolate Company Celebrates 160th Anniversary in 2012
  •     27th Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Sept. 22, 2012
  •     Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to Be Played at San Francisco’s AT&T Park Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012
  •     San Francisco Giants Will Host Semi-Finals and Finals of World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park in Spring 2013
  •     aRes Travel Presents the Triple Play Pass Through Oct. 31, 2012
  •     See the Future of Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf Beach and Presidio on Walks with Neighborhood Vision Tours, Inc.
  •     SAS opens San Francisco-Copenhagen Route Starting April 8, 2013. United Airlines to Add Non-Stop Service to Taipei and Paris Beginning April 2013

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