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December 20, 2017

What's Coming to San Francisco in 2018

In a city as vibrant, diverse and creative as San Francisco, it's hard to zero in on just a few things to see, do, and eat—but we'll give it our best shot. Here are some of the major milestones, special events and limited time opportunities coming to the City by the Bay in 2018. For additional announcements and updates, be sure to follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletters.

Sip and See

San Francisco has always had a strong cocktail culture. The latest trend is to pair your craft concoction with a stunning view of San Francisco. There are at least three new rooftop bars in the city we think you should put on your list. If you stay at the new YOTEL San Francisco, you can enjoy priority access to their 10th floor terrace, which offers 360-degree views. The new, urbane San Francisco Proper has Charmaine's, set 120 feet above bustling Market Street. It's a great blend of European chic and laid-back California cool. Closer to AT&T ParkHotel VIA has its exclusive Rooftop at VIA, only available for hotel guests and private events. It features private cabanas, fire pits, heat lamps and sweeping views of the south of the city. 

Look Up!

In terms of big things coming to San Francisco, it doesn't get much bigger than the Salesforce Tower. The 1,070-foot skyscraper at First and Mission Streets will become the tallest structure in San Francisco when it's completed. An electronic sculpture by San Francisco artist Jim Campbell, hailed as the tallest public art installation in the U.S., will sheathe the top of the tower in 11,000 lights and video screens that can project daily scenes from around the city. 

Nearby, the roof of the new Salesforce Transit Center will be turned into a publicly accessible park with 60 species of trees, a 1,000-foot-long fountain, a picnic meadow and a playground. Beneath this incredible new green space will be a major transit hub for the city, connecting San Francisco to destinations in the East Bay, north to wine country, and down the peninsula to Silicon ValleyMonterey, and other destinations further south.

Arts & Culture

San Francisco has one of the richest arts and culture communities in the nation, with world renowned museums, theaters and venues that are regularly filled with the works of the most talented creative minds. The year 2018 will be no different in that regard.

On stage, SHN will bring back Tony Award-winning smash hits The Book of Mormon (Feb. 6 - March 4, 2018) and Hamilton (early 2019).

From Korean couture at the Asian Art Museum to the late paintings of artist Rene Magritte at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the galleries of our major museums will be filled with the sublime and the provocative. Elsewhere, see the daring heroes and heroines brought to life by artist Glen Keane at The Walt Disney Family Museum; a re-examination of Casanova at the Legion of Honor; and The Cult of the Machine at the de Young Museum.

Two unique San Francisco festivals will celebrate their 40th anniversaries in 2018: Carnaval, May 26-27, and the Ethnic Dance Festival, July 14-15 and 21-22. Both of these beloved events will be full of music, color and movement, showcasing the diversity and talent of San Francisco's many communities.

With all of this going on, it's no surprise that San Francisco will host the World Cities Culture Summit, Nov. 14-16. 

Come Out and Play

The world's best rugby players will thrill U.S. crowds at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, July 20-22. For the first time on U.S. soil, men's and women's teams from around the world will compete at AT&T Park. 

The ballpark's regular residents, the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants, will celebrate their 60th season in the City by the Bay this year. Expect a lot of extra celebrations at the ballpark.

You can feel like a star athlete yourself if you sign up for any of 2018's Run San Francisco events. Sponsored by Giants Enterprises, you can run any distance across the city from 5K to a full marathon. 

Meet in SF

We can't wait for the opening of the $550 million expansion of San Francisco's Moscone Center in December. The expansion will add over 305,000 square feet of functional space, as well as dramatically improving the surrounding streetscape. The city can expect to see a $20 million increase in hotel tax revenue as more and larger conventions come to town, and the expansion will create 3,400 permanent new jobs. For more information about this tremendous project, visit the Moscone Expansion website.

At the Airport

We're proud to partner with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the western gateway to North America. In 2018, SFO will continue to upgrade and expand its facilities with the redevelopment of Terminal 1, slated to be completed in 2024. The work will not affect service at the airport. In fact, SFO will continue adding routes, including non-stop direct flights to Hong Kong on Hong Kong Airlines, non-stop direct flights to Melbourne on Qantas Airways, and non-stop direct flights to Tahiti on United Airlines. For more information on what's happening at SFO, click here.

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