SF Weekend Guide: April 22–24

Karl the Fog has returned to San Francisco from an extended vacation. After our homes warmed up to over 80°F (indoors) last Sunday, we have to say we’re relieved to have nature’s air conditioning back. Welcome back, Karl!

As always, we’ve got the lowdown on what’s going on around the City, rain or shine — including details for Governor Jerry Brown’s Oakland Hills open house on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, April 22nd:

Friday is Earth Day, which means there will be loads of earth-related activities taking place across SF.

Scoot SF will be hosting an open house at their new office in SOMA. Snacks, a vegan Filipino food truck and ice cream will be on hand, as well as recycling old helmets for a garden. Doors open at 12-noon.

McKinley Statue. Photo by Jacob Mandel, 49Miles.com.
McKinley Statue. Photo by Jacob Mandel, 49Miles.com.

The NOW Spring Festival has taken over the Panhandle this week, and Friday’s event lineup is plentiful. Free Flowers are being given away at 1:00PM at McKinley Statue. There’s a tree hug-in 6:00PM and a dance party starting at 7:00PM. After that, a midnight silent disco held at a secret location.

A rare chance to see some of 2016’s best short films from the Sundance Film Festival at PROXY’s outdoor theatre in Hayes Valley. Featuring award-winners and staff picks, it will be sure to be a night of cinema treats. This event is free, with food and beer for sale.

Saturday, April 23rd:

If you didn’t get enough of your Earth Day fix on Friday, there are several events happening on Saturday too.

A surfer paddles out into the Pacific at Ocean Beach. Photo: Shannon McInerney, 49Miles.com.
A surfer paddles out into the Pacific at Ocean Beach. Photo: Shannon McInerney, 49Miles.com.

If you’re interested in doing some volunteering, there are a few beach clean-ups going on around the Bay Area:

San Francisco, Ocean Beach: 9:00AM–12-noon.

Meet at Stairwell 17, Noriega St, or Sloat Blvd.

Emeryville, Shorebird Park: 9:00AM–12-noon

Meet at Chevy’s parking lot.

Albany, Waterfront: 9:00AM–12:30PM

Meet at Albany Waterfront at Buchanan St.

Richmond, Wildcat Creek: 9:00AM–12-noon

Meet at The North Richmond Ballpark.

Pacifica, Earth Day of Action: 9:00AM–3:00 PM

Multiple volunteer sites from 9:00–11:00AM, with EcoFest following directly after at Linda Mar Beach.

There is also the 46th Anniversary of the Earth Day SF Street Fest, on 22nd & Valencia Streets. Featuring three stages of multi-cultural entertainment, keynote speakers, DIY workshops, celebrity chefs, alternative energy solutions, an organic food court and more. The festival goes all day from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.

Admission to all 58 National Parks are free this weekend as part of National Park Week. As part of the celebration, multiple Instameets will take place across the country using #FindYourParkInstameet.

Outside of Earth Day Celebrations, the 2016 Cesar Chavez Parade begins at Dolores Park at 11:00AM, and will end with the 2016 Cesar Chavez Street Fair featuring religious groups, labor unions and community organizations. Music, entertainment, crafts and classic car shows will be featured throughout the day.

The San Francisco Deltas are hosting Bubble Soccer in the Marine District from 11:00AM–2:00PM. This fun, family-friendly event features bubble soccer, food trucks and live music. The earlier you arrive, the better.

Photo: Kyle Legg, 49Miles.com.
Photo: Kyle Legg, 49Miles.com.

Sunday, April 24:

If you still haven’t gotten your fill of cleaning beach cleanups, the Aquarium of the Bay is hosting a beach cleanup on the Aquatic Park beach from 9:00AM–12-noon. Registration is required.

A free morning bonfire at Ocean Beach goes between 9:00AM – 2:00PM. This event features an open mic, potluck, guest speakers and meditations.

The 18th Annual Glen Park Street Festival is back, and bigger than ever before. Live music, local artists, a raffle, local food and vendors will be present, as will be a “Children’s area” with jumpy houses and performers. The festival runs from 10:00AM to 4:30PM.

If you’re in the East Bay, and in the market for a home, visit our featured open home at 402 Crespi Place in San Lorenzo between 2:00 and 4:00PM. While you’re at it, Governor Jerry Brown’s gorgeous Oakland Hills home just hit the market for $2,595,000 and will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00–5:00PM for prospective buyers and lookie-loos.

The monthly open-air flea market on Treasure Island returns with over 400 different vendors, 15 food trucks, live music, a giant nerf gun obstacle course, bubble sumo wrestling and two full bars. Admission is $3, from 10:00AM–4:00PM.

The 99th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” features over 100 boats parading around the Bay, marking the official start of San Francisco boating season. The theme for this year’s parade is “Heroes on the Bay”.

The 26th Annual California Mille & Free Car Show will bring 67 historic cars from all over the world to San Francisco as a salute to Italy’s Mille Miglia. The biggest free car show of its kind in America will be open from 11 AM – 6 PM on Mason Street between California and Sacramento Streets.

More weekend ideas from 49 Miles:

San Francisco’s 15 Best Coffee Shops: Stay warm with a cup of joe, and knock a new coffee shop off your to-try list.

#InstaGuide to the Mission: Reserve a table for Sunday brunch at Foreign Cinema.

49 Miles of Food, Drink & Sights in San Francisco: Grab a camera (or your iPhone), and explore the City. Share your photos with us using #SFGuide on Instagram.

Meet SF: Urban Hikes & Walks by Neighborhood: Put on your best walking shoes and go on an urban hike.

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