On a fall vacation in San Francisco, you’ll enjoy sunny days, mild nights, colorful festivals and seasonal music. The markets and restaurants are brimming with harvest goodies from the Central Valley. Book a fall hotel in San Francisco and enjoy the best weather the Bay Area has all year.
Relax in Golden Gate Park
As the weather warms during the fall months, San Franciscans head outdoors to bike, in-line skate, jog or paddle-boat in the park. Taking a leisurely walk through the Conservatory of Flowers or the tulip gardens can be a relaxing treat, best concluded with a cup of tea and cookies in the Japanese Tea Gardens.
Farmers’ markets operate all year round in San Francisco, but the fall season is the best time to sample the colorful jams and jellies made from California fruits. Tuesdays and Saturdays are the days for the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, but the merchants in the Embarcadero building offer tasty fare daily. Other neighborhood markets happen on a weekly schedule, but there’s always an open market somewhere in the city, any day of the week.
Chinatown’s Moon Festival
Chinatown is always bustling with street vendors, curio shops and aromatic restaurants, but a visit during a fall vacation in San Francisco is an especially fine treat. A September weekend comes alive with drummers, performers and dragon dancers. The sounds of woks sizzling throughout the restaurants are overshadowed by the hundreds of moon cakes (full moon-shaped pastries filled with bean or lotus-seed paste topped with duck eggs) exchanged this time of year.