Today is when September ends, so it’s time to wake up Green Days’ Billie Armstrong and get this weekend bump’n. There’s music in the air this weekend with the 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival taking place in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park, which is accompanied by a full ensemble of fun filled events being orchestrated all around the Bay Area these next few days. So, pack a bag, grab your friends, and tune in to this week’s jam packed #SFGuide weekend guide.
Friday, September 30
BOTTOMLESS! → Oktoberfest continues this Friday at The Royale’s 5th Annual “Free Jugs” Party. Start your weekend off on the right foot by indulging some of the finest German cuisines and sampling some of the rarest and unique German brews! Entry into this event is free, but for $40 you’ll get a massive keepsake stein and access to UNLIMITED beer! Eat, drink, and dance the night away at this awesome jug party!
The Royale’s 5th Annual “Free Jugs” Party // The Royale, 800 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109 // Friday 4PM – 2AM // Free Admission
BLUEGRASS→ This weekend you can be one of the 750,000 attendees making their annual trip to the 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival! With over 100 artists performing on 7 stages between Friday and Sunday, Hardly Strictly is one of the largest and free-est music festivals in America. This event is fun for all ages, so pack a bag, bring your friends and get ready for some fun in the park! Parking may be hard to find so public transport or carpooling is highly recommended.
16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival // 898 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121 // Friday – Sunday 10AM – 6PM // Free Admission
TRANSFORMERS→ If you’ve ever driven across the Bay Bridge as a child, you’d fantasize about how those huge metal cranes were dinosaurs in disguise, coming to life only when they had to load cargo containers onto ships. This Friday you will be given the opportunity to attend the Free Port of Oakland Harbour & Giant Cranes Tour! This 90 minute tour takes place every other Friday of the month, and will take you on a journey from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay aboard the gorgeous Commodore Pinot Noir teaching attendees about how the Port of Oakland handles more than 2 million cargo containers a year! Tours are free but a RSVP is required.
Saturday, October 1
LEARN, MAKE, PLAY→ Get your creative juices flowing at the 2016 Re:Make Festival at Fort Mason this Saturday! Take part in the hundreds of DIY classes and project booths, shop handmade goods, get silly in the photo booths, eat some delicious 3D printed food, enjoy live performances, and try your hand at activities like virtual reality painting. There will also be a live DJ to get the party bumping and an array of food trucks right outside the venue as well. This event is fun and free for all ages though an RSVP is required.
GOT MILK?→ Think you have what it takes to be the new ol’ MacDonald? Take a trip to Organic Valley Farms and learn about milking cows and caring for calves, churn your own butter, complete the hay maze, visit the petting farm, and get lost in the pumpkin patch. Organic Valley Farms is the perfect place for some good old family fun. Farm activities are free for all ages, but tours require an RSVP.
Sunday, October 2
#SundayFunday→ Founded in 1974 by Harvey Milk, the Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration, and this year marks its’ 43rd anniversary. Every year, hundreds of local artists, craftspeople, vendors, and organizations gather to celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Featuring live music and an array of food & drink vendors within four entertainment areas, the Castro Street Fair is the perfect place to be this Sunday! The event is free, but there will be a suggested $5-10 donation at the entrance, and all proceeds will be contributed to local non-profit organizations.
43rd Annual Castro Street Fair // Castro and Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 // Sunday 11AM – 6PM // Free Admission
CULTURE→ Every first Sunday of the month, visitors are granted free entry into San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. With 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history, the Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world exclusively dedicated to Asian art. Visit the Asian Art Museum this Sunday and prepare to be intrigue and inspired. Currently on display are beautiful exhibits featuring art from China, Japan, India, and the Himalayas that you definitely do not want to miss.
Asian Art Museum // 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102 // Sunday 10AM – 5PM // Free Admission