San Francisco’s Ferry Building Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

by Anthony Losanno
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I used to spend every other week in San Francisco. Whenever I could, I made my way to the Ferry Building. It’s filled with some of the most delicious eats in the city and a great place to stock up on baked goods, produce, ice cream, and have a snack or meal. On July 13th, the iconic Ferry Building will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

The first ferry docked there in 1898 and the building served as the transportation hub in San Francisco. From the Gold Rush through the 1930s, traveling by ferry was the only way to get into the city (except for those coming from the Peninsula).

SF Ferry Building

The Ferry Building reopened in 2003 (after a four-year renovation) as a retail marketplace and food hall. The vision was to support local chefs developing concepts, smaller-scale artisans, and farmland producers. Today, the marketplace is home to more than 40 merchants and local artisans selling a range of artisanal food and gifts.

Shawn McGarry, Executive Vice President, Northern California Operations for Hudson Pacific said:

It is a great honor to be part of the Ferry Building’s 125th Anniversary, and Hudson Pacific looks forward to helping this cultural icon remain a vibrant part of the city’s fabric, today and in the future. We continue to support not only the small businesses and diverse merchants that make the Ferry Building so special, but also the broader recovery and revitalization of San Francisco as a whole.”

The Ferry Building will host multiple events this summer to celebrate, including:

  • A Very Ferry Birthday Party: On July 13th, visitors can enjoy free ice cream sundaes at Humphry Slocombe, music by the Gemstone Band, and crafts with SF Etsy. All ferry rides throughSan Francisco Bay Ferry will also be free for riders under age 17. At noon, there will be a ceremony to proclaim July 13th as Ferry Building Day in San Francisco.
  • Summer Ferry Fest: On August 17th, the Ferry Building will debut the Summer Ferry Fest, hosted in partnership with Foodwise and Napa Valley Vintners. Guests will experience the magic of the Ferry Building at night with cocktails, wine, beer, and small bites from resident merchants. The event will also feature live music from La Gente SF, epicurean art activities with SF Etsy, and more. Tickets will on sale on July 16th here (with proceeds benefiting Foodwise, the nonprofit operator of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market).

Anthony’s Take: The Ferry Building has long been one of my favorite places when visiting San Francisco. I can’t wait to go back when I’m there in August. Happy 125th!

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