San Francisco MOMA

San Francisco MOMA

Admission: $25

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA, was established in 1935 and was the first museum on the west coast devoted to 20th century art. The museum has pieces form Andy Warhol, Frieda Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Wayne Thiebaud, Rene Margritte, William de Kooning and Francis Bacon.

The museum had been closed from 2013 to May 2016 to complete a major expansion of the museum which now has 170,000 square feet of exhibition space.

San Francisco MOMA sign

San Francisco MOMA looking up
Looking up at the fifth floor bridge from the entry way at the museum.

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pacific rim street festival

Pacific Rim Street Festival

The Pacific Rim Street Festival, now in it’s 23rd year, was originally conceived in 1993 by the local restauranteur, Frank Fat in Old Sacramento as a way of celebrating local Asian-American culture.

The festival has now been moved to South Side Park (after a one year hiatus) and features food, vendors, crafts, dancers and performers relating to Asian-American culture.

pacific rim street festival McDonald's
I admit that I was kinda impressed with the mobile McDonald’s, I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

pacific rim street festival dream catcher
We seem to be confusing our cultures.

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Mariposa Butterfly Festival

Mariposa Butterfly Festival

Admission: Free

The Mariposa Butterfly Festival takes place in the historic gold rush town of Mariposa (which itself means butterfly in Spanish). The festival features butterfly releases, vendors, crafts, food and more. Sadly, I missed both the hat making contest (it was on Friday) and the parade (there was no way I was making it to town by 10:30).

Mariposa Butterfly Festival vendors
The festival takes place in the historic distric. I was impressed by the amount of vendors.

Mariposa Butterfly Festival kite
A big beautiful butterfly kite thingy.

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historic Grass Valley

Historic Grass Valley

Grass Valley, like the nearby Nevada City, traces it’s history back to the Gold Rush era. Though it had previously existed Nader other names, it would be given it’s current name in 1852 and was officially incorporated in 1860.

Grass Valley is also home to the impressive and beautiful Empire Mine and I was first introduced to it’s historic district during it’s Gold Rush Days event a couple years ago.

historic Grass Valley Lola Montez house
The Lola Montez House, a faithful recreation of actress Lola Montez’ house in Grass Valley (the original had been condemned in 1975).

historic Grass Valley library
The Grass Valley Public Library

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