Many of San Francisco’s largest cultural and government institutions are located in the surrounding area. Van Ness Avenue, the city’s widest street, runs through the middle of the neighbourhood. Along Van Ness Avenue are major sights such as the San Francisco City Hall, a Beaux-Arts monument born of the American Renaissance period. Van Ness Avenue is also the location of the War Memorial Opera House and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.
Further attractions of Civic Center include the San Francisco Public Library, UN Plaza, the Asian Art Museum and several churches. Impressive structures, such as the Earl Warren Building, the Phillip Burton Federal Building, and the New Conservatory Theater Center, can also be viewed here. You can ride your bike up San Francisco Bicycle Route 50, which follows Market Street right up to the coast. Civic Center plays host to many of San Francisco’s festivals and parades. Parties including San Francisco Gay Pride, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and San Francisco LovEvolution are all held in Civic Center.