“What is a weekend?” This is the infamous question once posed by treasure Maggie Smith.
Well, if this weekend’s list of events is any indicator, then a weekend is one hella lit thing, bro.
Are you trying to resolve your FOMO from missing the SFMOMA Birthday Bash, starring Solange (In case you missed it, you missed it. It’s the new Met Gala.)? Need to blow off some steam after a hectic week of BART chaos?
Wear sunscreen. Bring a sweater. And make sure to squeeze the most out of the last weekend of April, because it’s gonna be May!
Peruse our star-studded list of San Francisco’s best events this weekend:
Friday, April 28th
WEEKEND WITH THE WEEKND→Award winning artist and beau of the gorgeous Selena Gomez, The Weeknd is bringing his “Starboy Legend of the Fall” tour to the Bay Area at the SAP Center in San Jose. Opening for the starboy are an all star line up special guests including Rae Sremmurd, Belly, and 6lack. Witness and sing along as the the Canadian pop sensation performs hits like “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. The show starts at 7:30PM and tickets start at just $40 for upper level seats.
Starboy Legend of the Fall Tour | SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA | Friday: 7:30PM – TBD | Tickets: Ticketmaster
HYBRID ACT→Being hosted at legendary venue, The Fillmore, is Dave Chapelle and John Mayer’s two night showing of Controlled Danger. A brilliant combination of comedy and music, join the dynamic duo for some gut punching laughter and smooth tunes. Phone usage is strictly prohibited throughout the duration of the show and upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be stowed away in locked pouches until the shows end. Doors open at 8PM but the show begins at 9PM.
Controlled Danger | The Fillmore: 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA | Friday – Saturday: 8PM – TBD | Tickets: Live Nation
Providing a platform for independent artists from all corners of the universe, stARTup Art Fair is an intimate, well curated gathering where artists can show and sell their best pieces. This boutique fair is the perfect place where like minded creatives are able to network, exchange ideas, and admire the work of their fellow colleagues. Being hosted at Hotel Del Sol all weekend long, head out to the stARTup Art Fair SF, view all the fantastic work and maybe even bring home a unique installment for your collection.
stARTup Art Fair | Hotel Del Sol: 3100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA | Friday: 2PM – 10PM, Saturday: 12PM – 9PM, Sunday: 12PM – 7PM | Tickets: Universe
Saturday, April 29th
DANCE IT OUTSIDE→Part of the 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week, a ten day festival with over 400 free events across the Bay. Dancing in the Park in an outdoor festival in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse, located between the de Young and the Cal Academy of Sciences. This annual outdoor dance event features performances by many local dance companies.
Dancing in the Park | Golden Gate Park, Music Concourse, San Francisco, CA | Saturday: 12PM – 4:30PM | Free
FIT FOR A KING→King’s Day is the biggest national celebration in the Netherlands, but you don’t need to hop on a plane to experience it (a mere Muni ride will suffice). Dutch King’s Day is a fun-filled festival with music, food, Heineken beer and activities hosted at Golden Gate Park next to the Murphy Windmill. A rare sight, the windmill will be turned, an oft change to one of the park’s windmills in action.
King’s Day Festival | Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA | Saturday: 12PM – 5PM | Free
CELEBRATE→Gather at Dolores Park to celebrate and commemorate the life of civil rights icon Cesar E. Chavez for the 2017 Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade. After the morning parade, there will be a festival ands street fair in his honor, with music, food, drinks, and other festivities. This large event draws large crowds by the thousands every year. There’s also a classic car show and a free dental clinic courtesy of UCSF.
Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival |Parade starts at Dolores Park at 11AM. Fair runs from 11AM – 6PM on 24th Street Between Treat Street and Bryant Street in the Mission | Free
ARTSY FARTSY→Following a successful and popular event last year, the 2017 Art Market San Francisco will be held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, featuring a significant slew of contemporary and modern artwork.
ART MRKT | Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA | All Day/Weekend | Free Passes Available
Sunday, April 30th
TREASURE HUNT, MOTHER’S DAY EDITION → Have some fun in the sun and enjoy beautiful views of the city, because every last Saturday and Sunday of the month, thousands of attendees make the trip to that small island connecting the 2 spans of the Bay Bridge for the Treasure Island Flea. Attendees go to shop, eat, drink, and be entertained by the various activities like DIY workshops, live music, nerf gun obstacle course, and many more. With over 25 food & drink vendors accompanied by rows upon rows of private vendors, there’s nothing you can’t find at the Treasure Island Flea! This event is dog friendly, admission is $3 per person, and parking is free. It does tend to get fairly busy past noon, so early arrival is definitely recommended if you’re not a fan of waiting in long lines. This weekend’s market is in commemoration of Mother’s Day, so bring your mother or shop for her present.
Treasure Island Flea | 1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA | Saturday-Sunday 10AM-4PM | $3
YOU GO, GLEN COCO→ Once a folksy, spontaneous neighborhood get-together, the Glen Park Festival is an organized annual event that combines fun and community support, uniting neighbor for a day of dancing, good food, and festivities. This day promotes local restaurants, artists, and craftspeople, while also raising money to support children’s programs.
The 19th Annual Glen Park Festival | Glen Park, on Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA | Sunday:10AM – 4:30PM | Free
FREE GAMES→ On the last Sunday of every month, all pinball machines arcade games are set on free play from open to close at the Coin-Op Game Room in SoMa. Play games like 4-player Pac-Man, NBA Jam, Time Crisis, and more. There’s also a full bar and food menu to keep you fueled up.
Arcade Game & Pinball:Free Play Day, Sundays at Coin-Op | Coin-Op Game Room | 508 4th St, San Francisco, CA | All Day | Free