San Francisco Weekend Guide: May 12th–May 14th

It has been yet another weird week for San Francisco and the rest of America, which is fitting since this week was inaugurated by the How Weird Festival. So, Let’s unpack this week’s happenings and oddities before we delve into what’s to come this weekend:

Mayor Ed Lee hopped on top of the bar at AsiaSF in between drag shows (49 Miles experienced this first-hand. Please contact us for exclusive, verified photographic evidence as the SF Chronicle was not there.). 

Miley Cyrus finally released a new track honoring California, and BuzzFeed is really into it.

And Sean Spicer was caught hiding behind bushes (the plant, not the family).

All of these events are leading up to what will be an epic Mother’s Day weekend in San Francisco. For all the top picks for holiday-specific activities on Mother’s Day, check out our Mother’s Day event guide.

Et voila, here is this weekend’s guide to the best events and things to do in San Francisco, May 12th through the 14th:

Friday, May 12th

"A Muse'ing April in Paris" by Jonathan Rachman. Photo:
“A Muse’ing April in Paris” by Jonathan Rachman. Photo:

Dinner and a Showcase→ The 40th Annual Decorator Showcase extends its hours for Friday nights. There will be a happy hour from 5PM through 6:30PM with wine and light snacks.
Friday Nights at the Showcase | 2698 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA | Friday, May 12th: 5PM-7PM | $40 General Admission

El Rio's back patio. Photo: Facebook.
El Rio’s back patio. Photo: Facebook.

Free oysters→ Because nothing spells “danger” like free shellfish. Comedians will discuss why millennials suck during happy hour. 
Millennials Ruin Everything: Free Comedy & Oysters Night | El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA | Friday, May 12th: 5:30PM-8PM | Free, $5 suggested donation

Powers Play→ PianoFight is hosting a 1960’s themed night with projections of the Austin Powers movies. Dress up in costume and dance the night away to DJ Short Shortzz. 
Austin Powers Costume Party | PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA | Friday, May 12th: 9PM-11:30PM | Free

Saturday, May 13th

Star Gaze→  A star-studded affair, truly. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers for a night of astronomical discovery. 
Presidio Star Gazing Party | Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, May 13th: 7PM-9:30PM | Free

Photo: Uncorked! Wine Festival
Photo: Uncorked! Wine Festival

Uncork & Unwind→ The yearly San Francisco Wine Festival is a public event where goers may taste and experience the wine culture of Northern California. Admission is free, but tickets for unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass are $50 beforehand and $60 cash at the door. This popular event draws thousands of visitors every year. There is also a beer sampling garden if grapes aren’t your style.
The 12th Annual Uncorked Wine Festival | Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA | May 13th: 12PM-5PM | Free–$60

Saved by the Screech→ San Francisco based comedy troupe RoastSF brings 8 insult comics to roast Dustin Diamond, AKA Screech from Saved by the Bell. 
Comedy Roast: Dustin Diamond | SoMa Street Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco | Saturday, May 13th: 9PM-11:30PM | $20

2016 Taiwanese American Festival. Photo: Facebook.
2016 Taiwanese American Festival. Photo: Facebook.

Celebrate Culture→ The biggest Taiwanese American celebration in the Bay Area returns for its 25th annual event. Enjoy food, live performances, and the vibrant Taiwanese culture. 
Taiwanese American Cultural Festival | Union Square, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, May 13th: 10AM-4PM | Free

Going out Big→ Before it goes out of business, BCBG will be holding a sale extravaganza presented by FunCheap. This includes the brand’s Hervé Ledger line, which is kind of a big deal. 
BCBG Warehouse Sale Extravaganza | Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, May 13th: 9:30AM-3:30PM | Free with RSVP

Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day)

Check out our Mother’s Day Guide for more events this Sunday

Catch Fleas→ This family-friendly community event is your one-stop shop to find a cool bargain, sell your own trinkets, grab some food, and enjoy the scenes of the Inner Sunset neighborhood. 
Inner Sunset Flea Market | Irving Street (9th and 10th Avenues), Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 14th: 10AM-4PM | Free

Kimono She Don’t→ Calling all lovers of kimonos! Japantown businesses and restaurants support this kimono celebration, so show up in your favorite kimono or rent one while enjoying a festive day in Japantown. If you do origami, there will also be an origami table. 
The 51st Japantown Kimono Day | Japantown Peace Plaza, Post Street and Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 14th: 10AM | Free

Good Muirning→ Rise and shine at an ungodly hour to see the particular beauty of Muir Moods at sunrise. Bring a bottle of water and layers of clothes.  
Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods | Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods, Mill Valley, CA | Sunday, May 14th: 5:45AM | Free

Flagging against AIDS→ Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park while flailing weighted fabrics around. This event is open to all flow artists–fanning, flagging, poi, staff, and their supporters.
Flagging in the Park | AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park, Nancy Pelosi and Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 14th: 1PM-4PM | Free

Off the Grid's Presidio Picnic. Photo: Yelp
Off the Grid’s Presidio Picnic. Photo: Yelp

Picnic of Love→ The 1960’s will be taking over the Presidio to celebrate the anniversary of the Summer of Love. There will be free flower crowns! 
Presidio Picnic: Summer of Love | Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, May 14th: 11AM-4PM | Free

It’s Mother’s Day weekend! Did you forget? That’s fine. Check out our guide to Mother’s Day for a holiday-specific aggregation of the best stuff going on this Sunday.


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