San Francisco's Top 100 Events 2014

The list of the meetings, parties, and industry gatherings that make the most impact in the Bay Area year after year.

#3 Sports Event Managed by a team that formerly produced Bay to Breakers, the urban road race takes runners on a tour of San Francisco’s iconic sites—it even crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. The race draws 250,000 runners and is rooted in local support: 60 percent of the runners are from the Bay Area, and 80 percent are from California. Next: July 26, 2015
#3 Sports Event
Managed by a team that formerly produced Bay to Breakers, the urban road race takes runners on a tour of San Francisco’s iconic sites—it even crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. The race draws 250,000 runners and is rooted in local support: 60 percent of the runners are from the Bay Area, and 80 percent are from California. Next: July 26, 2015
Photo: Myles Smythe/Michigan Bluff Photography

Famous for its foggy days, the City by the Bay is equally known as the hotbed of groundbreaking technology events. Each year, headline-grabbing conferences—including Oracle OpenWorld and Dreamforce—bring giants of the technology industry to San Francisco in droves.

But the city’s event scene isn’t only about what’s in “the cloud.” Each season, its streets are filled with colorful parades; its cultural institutions host glitzy benefits; and its renowned food and wine culture is put on display through world-famous tasting events. Here's at look at the happenings that annually draw the biggest buzz, crowds, media and donor attention, and notable figures in their respective fields.

To choose and rank the annual events on this list, we look at several factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event's prominence within the communities it intends to serve.

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