If the new Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj collaboration is any indicator, this weekend is going to be a hot one (the local weather report also supports this assertion).
Temperatures in San Francisco are expected to coast around 70°F this weekend, which will likely inspire the masses to slap on some SPF and head outdoors. Lucky for all of The City’s weekenders, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had—and you don’t have to heave through the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers 12K to enjoy yourself.
Whether you choose to ditch the race for day drinking in the park or leave San Francisco entirely to escape the B2B congestion, we have a few ideas to help you squeeze the most out of this sunny weekend.
Et voila, the San Francisco weekend guide for May 19th through May 21st:
Friday, May 19th
LA VIDA VINO → Pier 39 is celebrating their 39th birthday with 39 weeks of festivities every Friday. Stroll by The Pier this Friday evening for the Spring Wine pour for tastings, live music, and a commemorative wine glass.
Spring Wine Pour | Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA | Friday, May 19th: 4PM-8PM | $20
FLY HIGH → The Cal Academy of Sciences is showcasing a new exhibit of prehistoric flying reptiles, opening this Friday, May 19th.
Pterosaurs-Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs | California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30AM-5PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM| $35 General Admission
MO’ MOANA → Bring a sweater and enjoy a free movie night at the Presidio. There will be food trucks, face paintings, and bubbles at 5:30PM, followed by cartoon shorts at 6:30PM. Moana will start screening at 7PM. All registered guests are offered discounted admission to The Walt Disney Museum. The event is sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell.
Outdoor Movie Night: Moana | Presidio Community YMCA, 63 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA | Friday, May 19th: 5:30PM-9:30PM | Free
Saturday, May 20th
BLOCK PARTY → Join the Dogpatch’s annual block party and walkabout to discover the neighborhood and connect with the community. There will be live music, discounts from participating business, and tea time.
Dogpatch Block Party | Muni Woods Yard Park/Dogpatch Playground on 22nd Street between Indiana and Minnesota, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, May 20th: 11AM-4PM | Free
STOOP SINGIN’ → SF PorchFest is celebrating the community with an afternoon of music performed on the porches, stoops, and backyards of participating homes in The Mission. This community-building event is open to music of all genres and people of all ages.
3rd Annual PorchFest | Check Map for Locations | The Mission, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, May 20th: 12PM-6PM | Free
SIDEWALK SHOP → Small businesses will host a variety of sales, samplings, and entertainment on sidewalks throughout San Francisco in 13 different neighborhoods. It is free to attend, but bring cash to purchase your must-haves.
The Great San Francisco Sidewalk Sale | All Over San Francisco. Click Link for Participating Locations.| Saturday, May 20th: All Day | Free
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Sunday, May 21st
OPA! → Instead of shelling out cash for a flight to Athens, BART to the East Bay for a big fat Greek festival. Enjoy a mini-vacation amid authentic Greek culture in the Oakland Hills to eat gyros and glyko pastries, and peruse the agora.
Oakland Greek Festival | Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA | All Weekend: 11AM-9PM | Free
SUNDAY PICNIC → This weekly food truck and picnic event is held on the 7 acre Main Parade Lawn. Enjoy the Bay’s best food, drinks, and pop-ups in the park with views of the Bay and the Golden Gate. In addition to satisfying your munchies and quenching your thirst, there will be free activities such as yoga, lawn games, a photo booth, children’s bike riding lessons, and arts & crafts.
“Off the Grid” Presidio Picnic | Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 21st: 11AM-4PM | Free