Union Square Alliance
September 2023 Events in Union Square
Celebrate 20 Years of Hearts in San Francisco!
The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004. 131 heart sculptures, created by local Bay Area artists, were placed on display throughout San Francisco for the public to enjoy. After three months, they were auctioned by the Foundation in support of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
The Foundation raised nearly 3 million dollars for ZSFG in that first year. Today, we carry on this tradition by commissioning and auctioning a new set of hearts each year at our annual gala. The funds raised support those delivering on the promise of accessible and equitable health care for all in our city.
Embark on a Family-Friendly Floral Adventure
Perfect for families and kids, our Bloom Passport is a delightful way to enjoy the season. Our partnered hotels, restaurants, bars, and have teamed up with local floral designers to create stunning floral displays on their storefronts. This booklet is packed with discovery, floral education, and interactive games for a fun-filled spring outing. Come and explore the beauty of our neighborhood.
150 Years of the Cable Car *Ding, Ding, Ding!*
San Francisco is celebrating the 150th anniversary of cable cars with a series of special events. The celebrations kicked off on June 13 at 11 a.m., with Mayor London Breed riding the oldest cable car that once ran part of Andrew Hallidie's original line. Re-enactors will bring Hallidie's first cable car run to life on the 150th anniversary date, August 2, 2023. The six-month slate of special events includes the first-ever public tours of the Muni shop where cable cars are built and rebuilt, history-themed walk/ride tours of neighborhoods served by the cable car lines, and the planned operation of "ghost" cable cars from disappeared lines. Additionally, special fares such as an all-day, all-Muni pass for $13 and a $5 all-day pass for the California cable car line are being offered. The celebrations aim to promote increased cable car ridership and will feature reenactments and exhibits showcasing the rich history of cable cars in San Francisco. Read more about the 150th Anniversary festivities here