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The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 3. Events

Events

Elaborate costumes rule at the Bay to Breakers footrace.

There’s a story about two people engaged in improprieties on top of a hydraulic piano in North Beach’s Condor Club after it closed one night. A switch was pushed during the act, and the piano rose until the two were pinned together. One survived and one didn’t, leaving us with one of the more bizarre memories of the city.

Since the rowdy prospectors on the hunt for gold made it to San Francisco, it has always been a place where the offbeat can happen at any moment. Go to any event, and you’ll probably be able to take a picture of something you’ve never seen before. Many San ...

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