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alpha  San Francisco's ANNUAL ITALIAN HERITAGE PARADE  Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Francisco's Annual Italian Heritage Parade, the City's oldest civic event and the nation's oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration, winds its way from Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach.  The parade, a San Francisco institution since it was established in 1868, promises to be bigger, better and more colorful than ever this year.


  • Handcrafted parade floats featuring Bay Area businesses, community groups, and Italian organizations.
  • Local high school Italian clubs and marching bands.
  • Special appearances by “Christopher Columbus” and Queen Isabella and Her Court.
  • Festive open-air dining and Italian wine and food specials at North Beach restaurants lining the parade route.
  • Performances by a variety of traditional Italian musicians and performance artists.
  • Special appearances by Bay Area and Italian-American celebrities.

The Parade begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman's Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church.  Parade viewing is available throughout the route.

Admission to all parade activities, including the Ferrari Sports Car display in Washington Square Park and a variety of hands-on activities for children and families, is FREE!

alpha  Fleet Week Returns to San Francisco  October 9-13, 2014 (Thursday-Monday)

United States Navy Blue Angels  ■  United States Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team  ■  Parade of Navy Ships making their way under the Golden Gate Bridge  ■  Navy ship tours  ■  Blue Angels' Meet and Greet

Once again, it is the time of the year when excitement literally flies, drops and sails into San Francisco for five days, offering residents and visitors along waterfront communities facing northern San Francisco many opportunities for exhilarating and fun activities great for the whole family.  Better yet, some activities are FREE!  Cross our fingers for a great turnout, since the schedule of events is subject to change without notice.

  • October 8-9, 1:00pm-4:00pm — Special pre-parade naval ship tours.
  • October 10, 11:00am — Parade of ships along the northern waterfront of San Francisco.
  • October 11-13, 9:00am-4:00pm — Naval ship tours.
  • October 9, 12:00pm-5:00pm — The Blue Angels' arrival and practice in previous years included a north-south flyby over Belvedere, Tiburon, the bay and straight into San Francisco, announcing the teams arrival.  Cross our fingers for a repeat and an opportunity to see this year since the maneuver is not done during the air show rehearsal or the two air shows.
  • October 10, 12:30pm-4:00pm (Blue Angels from 3:00pm-4:00pm) — Air show rehearsal.
  • October 11, 12:30pm-4:00pm (Blue Angels from 3:00pm-4:00pm) — Air show.
  • October 11, 6:15pm — The Blue Angels' Meet and Greet event at Pier 39.
  • October 11, 8:30pm — Pier 39 fireworks show.
  • October 12, 12:30pm-4:00pm (Blue Angels from 3:00pm-4:00pm) — Air show.
  • October 10-12, 12:30pm — United States Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team starts each air show.
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alpha  Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014  October 3-5, 2014 (Friday-Sunday)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: A FREE festival featuring over 100 musical artists on 7 stages at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.


  • Friday, October 3, — 10:30am-7:00pm)
  • Saturday, October 4, — 11:00am-7:15pm)
  • Sunday, October 5, — 11:00am-7:00pm)

alpha  38th Annual Oral-B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run in San Francisco  October 5, 2014

The Oral-B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run is Sunday, October 5th, starting at 9 am from Justin Herman Plaza.  Run or walk the 5K or 12K through San Francisco — all to benefit Special Olympics Northern California.  Then reconvene post race at Marina Green for the FREE Bridge to Bridge Expo, featuring food from Bacon Bacon and Mayo & Mustard, refreshements, kids activities, sponsor booths and a live performance with St. Paul & the Broken Bones!

Last minute entrants can register at the “race start” in Justin Herman Plaza on Sunday morning from 7:00am to 9:00am.  Race weekend fees are $50 for ages 17+ and $25 for 16 and under — check or cash only.

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alpha  Outside Lands  Music and Arts Festival  August 8-10, 2014

Music  ■  Food  ■  Wine  ■  Beer  ■  Art

San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.  The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park every August with dozens of bands and attractions.  From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements will be celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco's vibrant cultural community.  This green-conscious event directly benefits the San Franscisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation.  The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is the ultimate summer destination for live music fans, and the fact that it takes place in the great city of San Francisco ensures an unparalleled entertainment experience.

alpha  Fourth of July Celebration  Friday, July 4, 2014

From all of us here at Harbor Dive Center, have a wonderful Fourth of July!  Be sure to check out the fireworks shows along San Francisco Bay from a vantage point here in Sausalito.  And, did you know the City of Sausalito is hosting its own celebration, starting with the morning parade, followed with events at Dunphy Park, live music all day starting at 12 noon, and the fireworks finale set to music off Spinnaker
Point in Richardson Bay.  Gabrielson Park provides the best front row seats for this event.  Go out and enjoy the festivities!

alpha  Harbor Dive Center at the Ocean  June 28-29, 2014

Working with students, as they undergo their PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and PADI Rescue Diver training.  And just in case you have forgotten, all dives are from a boat — weather conditions / dive site logistics permitting, since our student's safety is number one for us.

alpha  Harbor Dive Center 25 Year Anniversary  Week of June 23, 2014

This week marks the 25th year of Harbor Dive Center's operation along the San Francisco Bay community of Sausalito, California.  Yes, not ONE year but 25 years serving:

  • Local customers from all parts of the Bay Area — San Francisco, the Peninsula (e.g., Foster City, San Mateo), Marin and Contra Costa Counties, the East Bay (e.g., Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley), and the South Bay.
  • Regional customers from all parts of California, including Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz Counties, and other California communities — the Delta, Tahoe, Reno, Shasta County, Southern California, and more.
  • Travelers sailing by or passing through San Francisco from all over the world — West Coast United States, Brazil, Spain, UK, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Fiji, Tonga, Australia, Croatia, and more.  The list of countries increases each year as more people discover Harbor Dive Center through the technology of the Internet or while visiting San Francisco.

For those sailing or cruising through the region, just plot Harbor Dive Center's GPS coordinates,
37°52′05.14″N 122°29′55.73″W on your navigation system, sail in to San Francisco Bay, and obtain a guest berth at Clipper Yacht Harbor (see their rates) — we are within walking distance from the water.

Just a thank you to all of our customers who come from all areas and backgrounds to experience diving with us.

alpha  8th Annual Big Ab / Big Ling Dive Event  June 7th from 8:00am to 2:00pm

This event is open to Freediving Only.

  • Current California Department of Fish and Game laws apply.
  • Tournament “Check In” begins at 8:00am and ends at 2:00pm GPS time.
  • All divers must fill out and turn in a release form.
  • For safety reasons, all divers must record at least one dive buddy.
  • The “Check Out” and the “Weigh In” for the tournament will be held at the Manchester KOA Recreation Hall, located along Highway 1 and Kinney Road.
  • Divers can complete their dives anywhere along the California Coast.  However, all divers must return to the “Check Out” area by 2:00 PM — no exceptions!

Freediving Divisions - Points

  • One point per fish, one point per pound, with 21 points maximum per fish.
  • Limit at weigh in is only three fish, one fish per specie.
  • NO sharks, rays, or eels are allowed at weigh in.
  • Only one abalone with 2014 tag, entered per diver.
  • All forms of transportation are allowed but everyone must check out and back in within the event time frame.

Etiquette and Safety

  • The Big Ab / Big Ling dive event promotes safe buddy diving and friendly competition.
  • All divers should be in direct contact with their dive buddy(ies) while in the water.

Divisions / Awards
Awards and prizes for the Big Ab / Big Ling event will be given to each diver in the following divisions:

  • Open Speargun Division 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
  • Open Polespear Division 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
  • Biggest Abalone
  • Biggest Ling Cod
  • Junior 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
  • Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
  • Special prizes for most dive site GARBAGE collected.
  • Ocean Stewardship Awards (weather conditions permitting)


  • $35 entry fee ($40 — one week before the event).
  • Signed waiver.
  • 2014 California Ocean Fishing license and abalone punch card with tags, verified at “Check In”.


  • Any California Department of Fish and Game violations.
  • Arriving at the weigh in area AFTER 2:00pm sharp, GPS time.

alpha  IMG Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon  Sunday, June 1, 2014 4:00am to 2:30pm

Escape from Alcatraz and go north to Harbor Dive Center, a safe haven!

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