80+ San Francisco Weekend Events: SF Street Food Festival, Excelsior Festival, Rosie Rally, Parties, Music, Beer, Wine, & More | August 13-16, 2015

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It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in San Francisco & there are lots of Bay Area events including the San Francisco Street Food Festival, Sunday Streets’ Excelsior Festival, Chinatown Music Festival, Rosie Rally, the 420 Games, Craft Spirits Carnival, San Jose’s Holi Festival of Colors, & so much more! Below is a list of several fun events, and most of them are FREE!

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San Francisco / Bay Area Weekend Events: August 13-16, 2015

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All Weekend: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More
City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco. Walk along the streets, sidewalks, and byways of America’s most beautiful – and fascinating – city! More info.

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August 13: Charles M. Schulz Museum Free Night | Free Museum Admission, Ice Cream, Photo Booth, 5-8PM
Enjoy free Museum admission along with ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery of Sonoma County (while supplies last). Also, take a photo to remember the event in the free photo booth provided by Runaway Photo Booth until 7PM. More info.

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August 13: Philz Coffee De Haro Soft Opening @ Philz Coffee | Free Pastries & Coffee, 11AM-3PM (more info)

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August 13: Son Jarocho Concert @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 13: Skunkweed Junction @ Mint Plaza | Free Classic Country, 12:30-1:30PM

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August 13: Omega Rae Band @ Transamerica Redwood Park | Free R&B, 12-1PM

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August 13: LaTiDo @ 333 Market St. | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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August 13: Sandbox Playtests @ The GoGame | Monthly Game & Adventure Testing, 7-9PM
Sandbox is a monthly playtesting event. Think of it as an open mic for real world game design, participatory theater, and immersive experiences. Each month we create a space where you can test out your adventures and receive criticism on how to make it better. More info.

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August 13: SF Street Food NightLife @ California Academy Of Sciences | Food & Drink, Live Cooking Demos, Exhibits, 21+, 6PM
Come one, come all, come hungry! This week, NightLife partners with the San Francisco Street Food Festival to circle up some of the city’s most savory mobile bites. Enjoy eats and drinks from Good Foods Catering, Fabula Tea, Thai gelato from Secret Scoop, produce-heavy fare from Earl’s Organic, Japanese-style fermented foods from Aeden SF, and more. More info.

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August 13: Afrofunk Experience @ The Chapel | With Broun Fellinis, $18, 9PM
This 8 piece the ensemble’s well-balanced instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and duo of horns ensures a wide dynamic range. The Afrofunk Experience were winners of the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding World Music Album for “Black President” and winners of The SF Weekly Music Award’s Best International Act. More info.

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August 13: Walnut Creek – Diablo Ballet’s Gourmet Gallop | Food & Wine Walk, $45, 6-9PM
Sip, sample and stroll your way through Walnut Creek’s extraordinary restaurants and wineries. Also, enjoy Mario & Friends, a blues and R&B band in Pyramid Alehouse’s beautiful patio, plus special-priced 6 oz. beer tasters featuring the H7 Imperial IPA. More info.

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August 13: Finding Nemo @ Jack London Square | Free Movie Screening, Festivities Begin At 8PM

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August 13: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)

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August 13: San Mateo – Take 2 @ Central Park | Outdoor Concert, 6-8PM (more info)

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August 14: Gilroy – Perseids Meteor Shower Watching Party @ Coyote Lake | Midnight-4AM
Meet at the Launch Ramp parking lot to snuggle up and see the largest meteor shower of the year! A Park Ranger will be on hand to answer questions about the night sky during the event. If the sky is clear, the shower should be amazing. More info.

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August 14: Opening Reception Of “Sweet Dreams” @ Studio 23 | Artwork, 7:30-9:30PM
Artworks by Dave Sylvester , Vera Tour & Jewelry by Sara Edge! Join Studio 23 in welcoming Artist’s Dave Sylvester & Sara Edge to Alameda. Dave creates playful and timeless characters in every day situations. Including colorful creatures with selfie sticks & ipods! Sara Edge takes those creatures and turns them into wearable art. More info.

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August 14: She Rocks @ Fireside Lounge | Live Music, Comedy, & Drag Showcase, $5, 8PM
Tired of seeing girls sing sad love songs and acoustic covers of top 40 hits? She Rocks features the most badass female dominant bands the Bay Area has to offer. More info.

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August 14: Hubba Hubba Review @ DNA Lounge | Burlesque Show, 18+, $15, 9:30PM-2AM
Civilization may be over, but tassels & tease will never die! Fire up your V8 Interceptor and join San Francisco’s world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue for a shiny, chrome, fun-filled romp across the radioactive wasteland! More info.

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August 14: The Unique Derique (2 Shows) @ Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 11-11:30AM

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August 14: East Bay Bike Party | Free, Second Fridays 
East Bay Bike Party EBBP is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Bike Party is a 100% volunteer organized event for and by bike enthusiasts, celebrating community and human power. Rides are casual, with party stops at public spaces along the 10-17 mile route. More info.

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August 14: Dos Gardenias @ 101 California St. | Free Music of the Americas, 12-1PM

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August 14: Clint Baker’s Hot Five @ 425 Market St. | Free Jazz, 12-1PM

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August 14: Ritmojito @ 560 Mission St. | Free Salsa, 12-1PM

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August 14: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM
The galleries, clubs and restaurants that make Alameda and Jingletown a lively and cosmopolitan destination welcome you! Make time every 2nd Friday of the month to discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful and challenging contemporary art from the bay area and beyond. More info.

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August 14: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays
Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. Most locations are in the central core of the downtown and very walkable but a few are spread out a few blocks in each direction. More info.

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August 14: Santa Cruz – Everclear | Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach (more info)

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August 14: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael.  Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. More info.

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August 14-15: Vertigo @ Clay Theatre | Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film (more info)

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August 15: RichmondRosie Rally @ Rosie The Riveter Memorial | Breaking The Record For Largest Gathering Of Rosie The Riveter Look-A-Likes
Be a part of it all at Rosie Rally at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, & Help us break the Guinness World Record with 1,000 women and girls of ALL AGES dressed as iconic Rosie the Riveter! More info.

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August 15: 420 Games @ Golden Gate Park | 4.20 Mile Run, Live Music, Beer Tastings, $42-60, 8AM-5PM
This fun run is at Golden Gate Park and we are “going the extra mile” for cannabis respect. Instead of a typical 5K (3.1 mile) run, this will be a 4.20 mile run! Run starts at 9 am. More info.

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August 15: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 15: Robin Williams Mini Film Festival @ Soma Street Food Park | 10+ Hours Of Robin Williams Films, Food Trucks, Beer
Let’s all join together again to laugh, celebrate and remember the comic genius of Robin Williams with Funcheap at the 2nd annual mini film festival with 10+ hours of some of his classic roles. More info.

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August 15: BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza @ Fort Mason Center | Clothing Sale, Huge Selection, Discounts, 10AM-4PM
Join the BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza with over 2,000 dresses, tops, bandage skirts, cashmere, or find the perfect cocktail dress with sizes 0-12, all up to 70% off (with an additional 10% if you pay cash). Labels include BCBG, Kain Label, Finderskeepers and more. More info.

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August 15: Off Broadway Summer Pop-Up @ Kearny & Pacific Ave | Free, 100+ Local Vendors, Live Music Food & Drink, Noon-6PM
100+ local artists, makers, designers, food entrepreneurs, and antique/vintage upcyclers. Plus food trucks and stands, a beer garden serving local brews, wines and spirits, live music and games & workshops. More info.

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August 15: Living History Day @ Fort Point National Historic Site | Free, Civil War Re-Enactors, Demonstations, Exhibits, Music, 10AM-5PM
Fort Point is called to action once again! Experience first-hand the momentous era of the American Civil War from live re-enactors, through infantry and artillery demonstrations, medicine in the 1800’s, music, Victorian dance, and exhibits displaying the lives of men, women, and children of days past. More info.

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August 15: Oakland – Umoja @ Lowell Park | Free, African Music Festival & Soccer Tournament
The annual Umoja Festival is a full day of arts, culture and activities featuring daylong musical performances, a competitive inter-African soccer tournament, a colorful array of vendors, the aromas and taste of African cuisine, and the soul satiating sounds and movements of African music and dance. More info.

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August 15: Day Of The Drones @ South San Francisco Main Library | Drone Demos, Photography, Video, 11AM
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are more popular than ever, and are an accessible and fun hobby. Please join the South San Francisco Public Library for a day of drones! Drone enthusiast Eddie Codel will give us a basic introduction to drones and quadcopters, discussing topics of aerial photography and video, and sharing tips for making your own drone. More info.

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August 15: Dolly Parton Hoot @ El Rio | Live Performances, Music & Dancing, 2-8PM
How do we love Dolly Parton? Let us count the ways. Live performances dedicated to the Queen of America! Classic country vinyl spinning on the patio for your dancing pleasure! Dawn is celebrating her 50th! So much to celebrate!More info.

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August 15: E-40 Concert @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Live Music Concert, 7PM
Budweiser “Made In America” Tour brings a free concert to Crissy Field under the Golden Gate Bridge featuring EDM group Cash Cash, along with Bay Area hip-hop legend E-40 and indie rocker Day Wave! More info.

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August 15: Oakland – OMF x Popgang Summer Block Party @ Tamarindo Antojeria | Live Music, Noon-5:30PM (more info)

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August 15: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday
Participants are expected to a) meet at a local bar, b) depart for a ride at midnight, c) bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and d) be awesome. Ride start location will be posted to our website the day of the ride. Only the ride leader knows where we’re going so bring your sense of adventure. Rides are strictly no rider left behind and generally around 5 miles. More info.

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August 15: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party
A monthly tribute party for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths every third Saturday at Milk Bar! More info.

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August 15: San Jose – Holi Festival Of Colors @ Evergreen Valley High School | Color Fight, Music, Food & Drink, Noon-4PM
Mantra Bands, Dj’s, Interactive Dance, Yoga, Color Throws, Cuisine, Free Hugs, Lotsa Love. World’s Happiest Event!More info.

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August 15: Oakland – “Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap @ American Steel Studios | Free, 4PM
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Also included is a series of DIY craft and sewing workshops through which a community explores creativity and reuse. More info.

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August 15: Burlingame – Burlingame Festival | Free, Global Performances, 3 Stages of Music, Arts & Crafts
Come out to the annual Burlingame On The Avenue, one of the Peninsula’s most anticipated summer festivals, featuring artisans showcasing original works of art, photography, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, decor and more. More info.

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August 15: Pacifica – Debardchery @ San Francisco Archers’ Range | Archery Competitions
Come join the Shire of Cloondara for its annual event, Debardchery! The theme for this year’s bardic competition is inspired by the book “Uppity Women of Medieval Times” by Vicki Leon. We are looking for pieces based on any woman/women that went beyond the stereotypical roles to become successful in their own right. More info.

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August 15-16: SF Street Food Festival @ Pier 70 | Free, Food Tastings, 11AM-7PM
Heading into its 7th year, this event offers you the chance to sample gourmet goodies from some of the Bay Areas top restaurants. We invite you to join over 100 owner-operated food businesses representing the best of the Bay for a free-to-enter celebration of hard work, well made food and the vibrant and inclusive food economy that we all dream of. More info.

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August 15-16: Craft Spirits Carnival @ Fort Mason Center | Try & Buy Over 150 Ultra-Premium Spritis, 2-5PM
Come one, come all to our biggest Try & Buy spirits event yet! Celebrate the craft spirits movement with a grand selection of over 150 ultra-premium spirits from around the world. Don’t miss the incredible Polynesian dancers and entertainment throughout the weekend! More info.

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August 15-16: Fremont – Festival Of India @ Paseo Padre Parkway | Live Music, Dance, Food & Drink, Fair, Parade
Fremont’s annual Festival of India showcases India’s rich culture and heritage with a wide variety of dance, music, and food. Activities include a festival and health fair on both days, and a parade on Sunday. More info.

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August 15-16: Street Soccer USA National Cup @ Civic Center Plaza | Soccer Tournament, Music, Food & Drink
The Street Soccer USA Civic Center SF National Cup is a 2-day street soccer tournament that will transform Civic Center into a unique sport festival with music, food vendors and 4v4 street soccer, generating local and national media attention. More info.

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August 15-16: Dahlia Show @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Flower Show
The Dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisy-like wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty. More info.

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August 15-16: SF & Oakland – Voiceless International Film Festival | Film Screenings, Discussions
The Voiceless International Film Festival sheds light to those films who have been ignored by general media and public television. VIFF provides a voice of the voiceless through film, while creating a way for filmmakers to share their work to greater audiences. All of our films that will be screened are representing unheard voices from across the world. More info.

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August 16: Excelsior Festival | Free, Family-Friendly Art & Music Festival
Every year the Excelsior Action Group presents a free, family-friendly art and music festival. The festival is inspired by an interest in building civic pride and showcasing all that the Excelsior community has to offer. It features exciting live music, delicious multi-cultural food and a vast selection of entertainment for all ages. More info.

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August 16: Oakland – Dragon Boat Festival @ Lake Merritt Boathouse | Free, Boat Races & Display
Over 45 dragon boat crews from the western United States will descend on Oakland’s Lake Merritt on Sunday, August 16, 2015 to battle out who will pre-qualify for the International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Championship in Italy.  More info.

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August 16: Berkeley – Salsa Sundays @ Downtown Berkeley | Dancing, Salsa Lessons, Live Music, Food & Drink, Noon-6PM
Celebrate summer vacation with friends and family at our free Sunday Fun Day celebration featuring local and internationally touring salsa bands in Downtown Berkeley, bringing the crowds to their feet for a sizzling afternoon dance party. More info.

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August 16: Beyond The Fence @ Mighty | Burning Man Trunk Show & DJ Party, Noon-7PM (more info)

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August 16: “The Skinny Dipp” Feat. Matoma @ Phoenix Hotel | Poolside Party, DJ, 21+
For our first #SKINNYDIPP party this summer, we are bringing the norwegian tropical house DJ, Matoma Music, to the fine pool at The Phoenix Hotel – a Joie de Vivre Hotel. More info.

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August 16: Brazil In The Gardens @ Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 16: St. Stephen’s Day – Hungarian Music, Singing, Dancing @ Speckles Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park | Free, 1-2:30PM

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August 16: Stern Grove Festival @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concerts In The Park, 2PM, Sundays
This year the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco celebrates its 78th anniversary. The 2015 season lasts from June 14 to August 16. Every Sunday at 2pm, you will find a free concert in the park. The shows usually last two to three hours and are wildly popular. Some of last year’s artists included Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin and the Funky Meters. More info.

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August 16: Talib Kweli @ Sigmund Stern Grove | Free Concert In The Park, 2PM

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Bay Area Weekly Events:

  • Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
  • Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
  • Thursdays: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)
  • Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Berkeley – Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Fridays: Oakland – Dancing Under The Stars @ Jack London Square | Free, Dance Lessons & Party, 8:30-10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
  • Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Fridays: Your F!#&ed Up Relationship @ Stage Werx Theatre | Free, Improv Show, 10:30-Midnight
  • Fridays: Public Coffee Cupping @ Sightglass | Free, Coffee & Conversation, 3-4PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (mo
  • Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market @ Parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station | March 29-Nov 29, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio @ Main Post Lawn | March 1-Nov 1, Great Views of the Bay, Food Carts, Drinks, Music (more info)
  • Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)

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