Best Summer Outdoor Activities Around SoMa
When summer comes around, you don’t want to be cooped up indoors with the fluorescent lights, watching the world go by through glass panes. You want to be out among the people, enjoying the sunshine, or at least the sunshine that makes it through the fog. Here are some opportunities to get outside and have some summer fun!
City Guides Walking Tour
It’s easy to forget to stop sometimes and look at the world around you. To be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Luckily, there is City Guides, a non-profit sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library that is dedicated to exploring one’s own city. These free walking tours are led by expert tour guides and storytellers who will bring history alive and lead you to parts of the neighborhood you may have walked past a million times without knowing the rich history there. Check the schedule to find start times in SoMa and hit the streets!
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
The summer is full of free activities in Yerba Buena Gardens. From now until October, as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, you can enjoy regular music, performance art, clowns, puppets, poetry, and any number of other wonderful exhibitions. From circuses to salsa music, and from disco to jazz, there really will be something to please every taste in this gorgeous green park.
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Rugby may not be as popular in the United States as it is in the rest of the world, but it is certainly a growing sport with fans being added all the time. You could be next. Head to AT&T Park July 20-22 for the Rugby World Cup Sevens. This is the first time the World Cup has been held in the United States, and it’s the largest rugby event to ever take place on US soil. You can find tickets here, and it may be helpful to brush up on the rules before you go.
San Francisco Marathon
For those looking for the ultimate in endurance tests, head to the Embarcadero for the San Francisco Marathon on July 29th. The course starts and ends on the waterfront of SoMa, and runs in a loop around the city, including a trip over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. There are also options for anyone who is not quite up to the full 26-mile challenge, including a 5k and half marathon. For the opposite type, there is the Ultramarathon: 52 grueling miles. It’s literally the marathon, but twice. If you can make it to the end of that, you deserve a week off from work to recover.
Make sure you’re not spending all day every day inside. Get out to one of these events and enjoy the beauty of our city.