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[By Andrew Leonard | 22 May 2016 | No Comments]
Maker Faire is a combination of both low tech and high-tech. Pictured here, a programmable miniature game system was available for purchase.

SAN MATEO, CALIF – From May 20 to May 22, the San Mateo Event Center became a temporary Mecca for makers: nerds, builders, hackers and geeks alike.

For the price of admission, visitors get to experience everything from fire-breathing metal dragons, to drone racing and video games. This is not a faire to be watched from afar, as nearly every exhibit is interactive; attendees are just as much a part of the faire as the exhibitors.

[By Beat News Service | 17 May 2015 | No Comments]
Crowds fill San Francisco's Streets for the 2015 Bay to Breakers Race. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Superheroes, celebrities and the naked came out to San Francisco’s colorful Bay to Breakers footrace Sunday morning. The sun may not have made an appearance during the duration of the 12K event, but it did not stop some partiers from celebrating in their skivvies.

Do you recognize anyone in our photo gallery from this year’s race?

[By Steven Luo | 3 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Passengers wait for an AC Transit Transbay bus in Oakland during Tuesday afternoon's BART-strike-hit commute. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Bay Area commuters faced crowded buses, ferries and freeways on the second day of the on-going work stoppage by the two unions representing BART’s train operators, station agents and mechanics.

Here’s our collection of photos of what Tuesday’s commute looked like, and what future commutes will probably resemble, until the transit district reaches a contract agreement with its unions.

[By Beat News Service | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Record crowds turned out for the annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The stars of the victorious fight for Gay Rights took center-stage during an especially significant San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday.

Like in years past, marriage remained a prevailing theme. This year, there was added reason to celebrate: more than 500 same-sex marriage certificates were issued during Pride Weekend at San Francisco City Hall following the defeat of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. 

[By Nathan Wyss | 20 May 2013 | No Comments]
More than 100,000 people turned out for the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, a convention of creativity attracting engineers, hobbyists and artists. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The San Mateo County Fairgrounds transformed into a hotbed for creativity over the weekend, playing host to the enormously popular do-it-yourself festival Maker Faire.

The festival offers hobbyists, engineers, and anyone with an imagination a chance to show-off their creations — from dizzying pieces of art to solar-powered inventions.

[By Beat News Service | 19 May 2013 | No Comments]
Tens of thousands turned out to party on the streets during the 102nd running of the Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco May 19, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Some came dressed like Waldo, pirates, or the Super Mario Brothers.

Others came wearing nothing at all.

Tens of thousands of costumed revelers crowded sidewalks and streets Sunday morning for the 102nd annual running of the Bay to Breakers 12K footrace, a quintessentially San Francisco event that brought out fun, frivolity, and — despite an official ban on alcohol — booze-fueled partying on the streets. 

[By Steven Luo | 26 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Large crowds watched the lighting of Macy's Christmas Tree at San Francisco Union Square Friday. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The sights and spirit of the holiday season greeted thousands of people who watched Macy’s 2012 Christmas tree light up Friday evening at San Francisco’s Union Square.

The 83-foot tree has been decorated with 33,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs from top to bottom. The tree itself isn’t real — it’s reusable.

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
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Like the Christmas tree in the center of Union Square or the lights at Embarcadero Center, the sight of adorable puppies and kittens has become synonymous with the holiday spirit in San Francisco.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown did the honors to unveil this year’s SPCA holiday pet adoption display at the Macy’s department store Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of spectators who wanted to be among the first to say hello to the animals. 

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
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Sentiments about the violent conflict on the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine spilled onto the streets of San Francisco late Friday afternoon in a spirited but peacceful protest in front of the Israeli consulate.

Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel demonstrators chanted and waved banners at one another from opposite sides of Montgomery Street in the Financial District during the afternoon commute hour as part of Bay Area reaction to the conflict in Gaza.

[By California Beat | 15 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
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Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

From the California Beat photography collection, Bay Area Snapshots is an occasional glimpse at daily life in the San Francisco Bay Area.