5 Things to Do in San Francisco During Innovate Celebrate 2017

September 26, 2017

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At Innovate Celebrate 2017 in sunny San Francisco, you’ll be listening to speakers, networking at events, and checking out our 5th Annual Startup of the Year Celebration. But you know all about that. Where can you go to see the sights, eat the eats, and drink a signature cocktail unique to the city? Here’s a quick list of the top locations and events to check out while you’re in town for the best tech conference around.

Innovate Celebrate Excursions

Want to puzzle your way through a high-tech escape room complete with drones, 3D printing, robots, VR and holograms? Want to knock a few neurons together with an improv class designed to boost your business skills? How about just get a fresh headshot free from a professional? You’ll find all that and more at the Innovate Celebrate excursion package for Monday October 9. Learn more about it all over here, and sign up at the main Innovate Celebrate site.

And don’t forget to check out the Alternative Transportation micro site for tips on how you can travel the city while maintaining your minimum carbon footprint.

Yerba Buena Gardens

The gardens cover two blocks of public parks and are located between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom Streets in downtown San Francisco. It’s just a five-minute walk away from Innovate Celebrate’s home base at the InterContinental.

It’s open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and admission is free, so this is one fascinating attraction that won’t break your bank in a notoriously expensive city. If you only have 45 minutes of free time to explore the city, these gardens make for a quick and satisfying trip.

Ride a Cable Car

Sure, you’ve seen historic landmarks around the U.S. But have you ever ridden one? A ride on the San Fran manually operated cable car system is just seven bucks, and offers you the most stylish view of the Bay you’re likely to get. It might be a little tourist-y, but that’s just because everyone should try it at least once.

Find The World’s Crookedest Street

While you’re on a cable car, why not take the Powell/Hyde line up to Lombard Street, famously dubbed the crookedest in the world? You can access its crookedness for yourself, and once you’re finished, ride to the end of the line at Ghirardelli Square for plenty of locations to shop or eat.

Check Out the Mission

The Mission District offers a snapshot of San Francisco life. Namely, a ton of gentrification.

The district, called “the Mission” by the cool kids, offers plenty to do and see. Take a picnic brunch to Dolores Park or sidle into the legendary San Francisco eatery La Taqueria for a bite. And if you want to sample California’s array of microbrews, duck into Zeitgeist.

But you can’t get all those new SF-specific experiences if you don’t sign up for Innovate Celebrate first…

Register Now to Attend Innovate Celebrate 2017

Make sure to join us at the Innovate Celebrate conference in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place October 9-11, and it is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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