If I was in San Fran then I wouldn't be missing out on the Howl Festival. Three days of music, poetry, performance, art and dance. As the website says:
For more than a century,the East Village has been home to poets, jazz musicians, Vaudeville and Yiddish theatre, artists represented by blue chip galleries and those painting in the subways, rock stars, and performance artists. Building on this tradition and inspired by long time East Village resident Allen Ginsberg's epic poem, the HOWL! Festival was founded in 2003. The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. With an estimated 100,000 visitors last year, the many performances celebrate local cultural icons and lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side.
I was lucky enough to be in San Fran in 2008 when I was studying Ginsberg - and I loved it and can't wait to go back! City Lights bookstore, the Beat Museum, Haight-Ashbury, China Town, Lombard Street etc. etc. It was just fantastic, the people were amazing and it was such a wonderful experience. Here are a few of my pics.