3321 16th Street at Dolores, San Francisco California
One of the oldest buildings in San Francisco
, the mission was founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra
, as one of the Spanish Missions
. The rough-hewn redwood roof timbers still are lashed together with rawhide. The altar was one of the most ornate among the missions. The original books and decorations were brought from Spain and Mexico. A small museum displays old manuscripts and mission relics. The basilica next door, in a combination of Moorish, Mission and Corinthian styles, stands in contrast to the mission's appearance.
The mission and museum are open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
(Fremont) Ardenwood Historic Farm
(Sonoma) California Wine Tours & Transportation
(San Francisco) Golden Gate Bridge
(Santa Clara) Great America
(Petaluma) Marin French Cheese Factory
(Petaluma) McClelland's Two Rock Pumpkin Farm
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11/17 Coming to The San Francisco area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.