EC BBQ in Golden Gate Park

  Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Nearly twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York City, you will discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves and great activities. In Golden Gate Park you can find a lot of hidden gems, such as the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, Hippie Hill, Stow Lake… You will always find something interesting to do in Golden Gate Park! Families and friends love to reunite in this park to have BBQ at the nearby picnic area.   On May 11th, EC San Francisco organized a big BBQ in Lindley Meadow, which is a grand green picnic area inside Golden Gate Park. More than seventy students were part of the event! Our center director Ryan was the BBQ chef and cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs for everyone. We were very lucky to have a windless and very sunny weather this afternoon! The students enjoyed the BBQ eating, chatting, and playing activities such as volleyball, baseball, soccer and Frisbee. We all had such a fun time together! We can learn a lot from doing activities outside of school. Let’s join our EC San Francisco activities! Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our EC San Francisco ESL Courses!

This Weekend in SF: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 14

The EC San Francisco‘s Student Activity Calendar for this week recommends checking out the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which takes place October 3 – 5. The three day music festival has become one of the most popular annual events in San Francisco, and, according to the festival’s Wikipedia page, over 750,000 people now attend the event each year. Why should you consider attending the festival this weekend? Here are several reasons why: 1) It’s free! Hardy Strictly Bluegrass was started in 2001 by a local venture capitalist named Warren Hellmann, who donated the money to make the event free for anybody interested in attending. As we all know, San Francisco is an expensive city, so it’s always great when it is possible to do something fun without spending any money! 2) It’s at Golden Gate Park! San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is world famous, with its art and science museums, gardens, Conservatory of Flowers, lakes, stadiums, windmills, polo fields, and even a Bison Paddock. The festival takes full advantage of the public grounds and open spaces in the middle of the city, and is particularly beautiful when the weather is nice–as it is supposed to be this weekend. And while you can explore nearby the Sunset and Richmond Districts of San Francisco. The Inner Sunset (9th Ave and Judah St) is known for its many restaurants and bars, as well as bookstores and other small shops. Clement Street in Richmond has some of the best Asian food to be found in San Francisco. If you haven’t been to either of these areas, they are definitely worth checking out! 3) It’s summer in San Francisco (or as summer-like as it gets)! For many places October is considered autumn, perhaps even winter. But San Francisco is known for its cold and foggy summers (May – July), and often … Read more

Local event: Outside Lands Festival

Who said we can see many rock stars at Starbucks in San Francisco? If I remember rightly, it was Eric Martin, the vocalist of Mr. Big, who has been in the Bay Area since 1980’s. To tell you the truth, I got excited when I read this in a magazine. However, since arriving in San Francisco I have seen a number of Starbucks. I thought to myself, ‘don’t be disappointed- this was to be expected’. If there are people out there still dreaming of seeing these stars, they should go to the Golden Gate Park on the second weekend in August. The Outside Lands Festival (aka Outside Lands) is a music festival that has been held annually since 2008. The title was named after the nickname of western neighborhoods in 19th century because once there was nothing but a vast wasteland. According to the official web page, the festival will take place at the Golden Gate Park, amongst the Polo Field and Lindley Meadow. Outside Lands also satisfies the human desire for food, drink and comedy, whilst there is plenty of outside artwork on display. Last year’s line-up was as good as it get with both Kings of Leon and Muse making appearances. This year’s headliners include legendary musicians Neil Young, Metallica, and Stevie Wonder. Personally, I want to see Metallica as a loyal heavy metal fan, but I am not sure if I can survive in so many people who are eager to be right in front of the stage. Even if you’re not a die-hard music fan, there will be enough musical talent to draw your attention: Foo Fighters, Beck, Jack White, Norah Jones, and Tom Morello (former guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave). Need I say more? When it comes to buying tickets, getting directions, and making detailed plans, these hyperlinks below are full of facts! – Ticketmaster – StubHub – Official web page … Read more