Now in its 38th year, the San Francisco Fall Show is the oldest and most prestigious show of its kind on the West Coast.
About the show
Founded in 1981, the San Francisco Fall Fine Art Show features over 50 of the finest international art and antique dealers from across the globe, this fall show is a must for collectors and enthusiasts of art, antiques and design. On sale at the show will be a great range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods, including furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewellery, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, photography, books, ethnographic art, object d’art and sculpture.
All of the objects presented for sale at the show will be fully vetted for authenticity, date and condition by a committee of experts organised by the Antique Dealers Association of California (ADAC). Vetting Committee Co-Chairs include Peter Fairbanks, Daniel Stein and Kathleen Taylor.
This Year’s Theme
Each year the Grand Entry Hall is transformed by an exclusive group of some of the most prominent interior designers, architects, artisans and craftspeople to showcase the annual theme for the San Francisco Fall Fine Art Show. Each designer is assigned an element of the theme and invited to create vignettes that bring it to life. This year’s theme is ‘Wanderlust: Around the World with Art, Antiques & Design.” This year’s Show Chair is Suzanne Tucker, with Ken Fulk serving as Designer’s Circle Chair.
Visiting Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
The Fort Mason Centre is a National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. With stunning views of San Francisco Bay on one side, and a bustling city on the other, there is much to do and see all while visiting the city for the San Francisco Fall Fine Art Show.
Places to see near Fort Mason Center
Connecting San Francisco to California’s northern countries, the Golden Gate bridge attracts 10 million visitors a year. In light of the 75th anniversary, the visitor experience has been renovated by non-profit partner the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to provide all-new visitor experiences, including the Bridge Plaza at the south-east end. The 746-foot tall towers, Art Deco styling, sweeping cables and vivid orange colour offer a sensory experience of light and sound.
Alcatraz Island is a must-see when visiting San Francisco. Located in San Francisco Bay, this small island was a former military fort and notorious maximum-security federal prison. The prison held the likes of Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Visitors can gain a glimpse of what life was like on the island. Experience the bay views from the 84-foot lighthouse tower, stroll through the floral gardens and take a walk along the bird-viewing trails.
The iconic Lombard Street is an eclectic spot combining stunning views with beautiful gardens. Famous for its zig-zagging street, onlookers amaze at the unique sight of cars and bikes as they wind down the hill for an entire block. Stretching from The Presidio east to The Embarcadero, this famous block is made up of eight hairpin turns and is claimed to be the most crooked street in the world. It has been used during the filming of many car chases and has become quite an attraction for tourists.
Places to eat near Fort Mason Center
The spectacular panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and the Marina is very much a part of Greens, viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows, though the space has more than a view to offer. Led by nationally acclaimed chef and author Annie Somerville, Greens Restaurant has become one of the most celebrated restaurants in the world. Extensively reviewed by food, wine, and design publications, Greens has been a perennial top 100 Bay Area restaurant according to the San Francisco Chronicle, recognized as one of America’s best restaurants by Zagat, and is a Michelin Guide recommendation.
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, Michelin starred Quince serves a nightly-changing tasting menu of contemporary Californian cuisine. Lindsay and “Best Chef: Pacific” Michael Tusk use seasonal ingredients from the organic farm, Fresh Rum Farm on the West Coast. The farm grows over 40 varieties of the finest heirloom fruits, vegetables and flowers, collaborating closely with the culinary team at Quince. Quince is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux, an association of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, and holds three Michelin stars.
A casual and lively restaurant, Cotogna is a true celebration of rustic Italian cuisine. With a daily-changing menu, you can enjoy grilled meats and fish, traditional house-made pasta and wood-oven pizzas. Set with the beautiful historic Jackson Square is a complement to the adjoining Quince restaurant and to uses the organic ingredients grown by local farm Fresh Run Farm to inform their seasonally-changing menu. At Cotogna you can expect regional Italian cuisine from wood-oven roasted scallops to Venetian bigoli.
Places to stay near Fort Mason Center
Once Ghirardelli’s illustrious chocolate factory, Fairmont Heritage Place has been reinvented into an all-suite luxury boutique hotel. Overlooking the San Francisco Bay, it has become an influential meeting place for discerning travellers. Offering one, two and three-bedroom luxury vacation rentals, complete a gourmet kitchen, a living room with a fireplace and a dining area. From arranging sailing excursions to booking tickets for theatrical, as well as ordering a bespoke grocery delivery for your ideal stay, Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square’s unparalleled personalized service allows you convenient access to all that San Francisco has to offer.
Elegant and timeless, The St. Regis offers luxurious accommodation, personal service and refined amenities. Conveniently located within steps of the city’s premier attractions, and offering spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, this a great spot from which to explore the iconic landmarks, shopping and exceptional restaurants. While staying at St Regis we recommend experiencing their afternoon tea, a British tradition celebrated in England since the 19th century.
Cavallo Point is nestled at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers a luxurious hotel experience. Set with 75,000+ acres of national parkland, this is a great spot to rest and recharge after a day exploring the city. Certified LEED Gold, Cavallo Point was named #1 Best Hotel in the San Francisco Bay area by Travel+Leisure. Located in historic Fort Baker, you’ll find you are only a short distance from a host of world-class attractions, but far enough away from it all to enjoy a little slice of your very own haven.
Fort Mason Center Travel Information
2 Marina Blvd Landmark Building C, Suite 260 San Francisco, CA 94123. The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is served by the following MUNI lines: 28, 30, 30X, 43, 47 and 49. In addition, Golden Gate Transit stops at the intersection of Lombard and Fillmore Streets.
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture provides paid parking for the convenience of our visitors. Overnight parking is not permitted. Parking fees are in effect from 7:00 a.m. – midnight daily. See rates here.
Bay Area-Wide: www.511.org or call 817-1717 or 511 from any area code
East Bay BART: www.bart.gov (510) 465-2278
North Bay Golden Gate Transit: www.goldengate.org (415) 455-2000
Peninsula/South Bay CalTrain: www.caltrain.com (800) 660-4287
San Francisco MUNI: www.sfmuni.com (415) 673-6864
Bay Bridge to Fremont Street Exit; on Fremont (100 yards north) take first right on Howard; left on Embarcadero & go 2 miles; left on Bay, about 2 miles. For Fort Mason Center: Right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center.
Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to Marina Exit; go 1.5 miles.
For Fort Mason Center: Turn left at Buchanan & turn right into Fort Mason Center.
PENINSULA / SOUTH BAY
US 101 North to 9th St. Exit; 9th across Market & left on Hayes; right on Franklin; about 2 miles.
For Fort Mason Center: Turn left on Bay St, right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center.