The Hilton San Francisco Financial District, located just one block from Chinatown, transforms its grounds into prime parade-viewing real estate during the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The three-hour celebration ushers in the Year of the Snake, which is recognized throughout Chinese culture as a symbol of intelligence and intuition. Attendees can snag seats in the bandstand just outside the hotel, where they'll witness the parade reach its culmination with a flurry of spellbinding colors, extravagant floats, and elaborate costumes. Marching bands and fleet-footed dancers infuse the lively celebration with a healthy dose of music and impressive athleticism, all while the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and her court preside over the festivities. Certain to delight is Gum Lung, a 268-foot Golden Dragon manned by more than 100 martial artists and supervised by a group of bouncers wearing knight’s armor.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms The Fillmore into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces grateful dance floors with smile-baiting 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, girl-group garage rockers The Sandwitches enchant with sardonically lovelorn themes and harmonies, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios and hockey anthems about their cats. The Fillmore invites Groupon holders backstage after the show to meet the band, discuss musical influences, and take notes on hitting the elusive high Z note.
Noticing that travelers could use better parking options close to San Francisco International Airport, the owners of Park SFO built a secured indoor and outdoor parking facility just 3 miles north of the airport. The outdoor lot watches over cars with 24-hour video surveillance, whereas the seven-story indoor lot shields autos from the elements. Optional valet service saves patrons from parking and retrieval responsibilities and can shave up to 30 minutes off of trips. While vehicles are in their care, Park SFO’s staffers can spruce them up with standard washes or complete detailing services.
Round-the-clock shuttles depart from Park SFO approximately every five minutes, taking guests on seven-minute rides to the departure level of the airport. For frequent travelers, Park SFO offers a membership program loaded with perks, such as guaranteed parking and discounts on car washes and detailing.
Junk King’s red trucks travel to houses around the country to clear homes of clutter while maintaining environmentally safe practices. Friendly haulers give customers a call when they're en route, then cart away anything except hazardous materials, including garden clippings, outmoded furnishings, and cursed Cadillac trunks. The refuse rangers sort through everything they take away, donating what they can to charity, recycling what they can’t, and even sweeping up when the job is done. So far, Junk King has saved 908 tons from entering landfills by striving to recycle more than 60% of what they collect. All appointments are scheduled within two-hour time frames, often with same- or next-day service.
Gussie's Chicken & Waffles focuses on the flavors of the American South, not the Caribbean, but owner Michele Wilson and manager Pia Harris have a deep love for Jamaican culture and music. In 2011, they gathered a group of their neighbors in the Fillmore to kick off the first San Francisco Reggae Festival, a free afternoon of locally and internationally sourced concerts, booths showcasing local food vendors and artists, and children’s activities such as games and advanced relaxing lessons. While the pulse of classic reggae carries through the fest, lineups nod to modern developments in Jamaica and the Bay Area alike by also booking DJs and hip-hop-influenced performers.
California Parking has offered sanctuary to vehicles since 1954, today presenting them with 40 parking garages downtown and around the Bay Area. Many of the facilities grant easy access to destinations such as the Marina district, downtown, the Civic Center, and the recently drained San Francisco Bay, allowing visitors to shop and explore secure in the knowledge that their car is in the hands of professional buggysitters. The parking authority also has more than 20 valet-service locations for private parties, hotels, and restaurants.