Friday, September 24
24 Days of Central Market Kick-off
Check out the premiere weekend of 24 Days of Central Market Arts, a three-week performing arts festival in SF’s Central Market and SoMa districts. Starting Friday at Mint Plaza, enjoy dance, live music, food, and free performances from top local art groups.
Friday Nights at the de Young : Velocity Circus
If you’ve never made it to the de Young museum on a Friday night, you should definitely make it out to this one. Enjoy cocktails as you mingle with a menagerie of delightful new-world/old-world Parisian characters amidst a cabaret café ambiance. Circus artists, musicians, dancers, and daredevils take to the stage as they come to life inspired by the imagery of Impressionist paintings. Free, from 6-8:30 at the De Young Museum.
Saturday, September 25
Free Admission to all National Parks
Get out of the city! Dust off those hiking boots and visit any National Park for free in celebration of Public Lands Day. The list of free parks includes Muir Woods, Yosemite, Sequoia, and many more.
Off the Grid Mission: Mission
Work up an appetite before checking out the newest Off the Grid location in Mission, especially since it will be happening from 11am-10 pm. That’s right boys and girls, it’s a one-stop shop for goodies from Cupcakes, Curry Up Now, El Norteno, and many other delicious vendors. Fill your bellies at the corner of McCoppin and Valencia Streets, San Francisco.
“Tour de Fat” Bike & Beer Festival
Oil your bike chains and don your capes, crowns, tutus and tuxedos! The San Francisco Bike Coalition with support from the New Belgium beer guys presents an awesome day of bikes, beer, music, and festivities. Enjoy the bike-centric activities in Golden Gate Park at Lindley Meadow (near 30th and Fulton) from 11am-5pm.
Film Night- Big Lebowski at Dolores Park
You’ve probably already seen the Big Lebowski, and if not you must be living in a hole. Regardless of whether you can recite the movie line by line or not, how much fun will it be to watch the Coen brothers at their best on a big outdoor screen in the Mission? I’ve heard that the fun police have been regulating the park, so please be cognizant of your White Russian consumption. Free, 8pm/Dusk at Dolores Park (Dolores and 19th).
Sunday, September 26
$1 Book Sale from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
All you bibliophiles should make a b-line for the $1 book sale hosted by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. It’s their biggest sale to date with over half a million books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. It’s happening all weekend, but all items remaining on Sunday will be $1 or less!! The Big Book Sale is free and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library and fund education programs that promote literacy. 10am-4pm at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. And if you are interested in something entirely different from a book sale…
Folsom Street Fair
This just happens to be my ‘hood, and how could I not recommend the notoriously naughty Folsom Street Fair? It’s the “grand daddy of all leather events” and usually has over 400,000 people in attendance spanning 13 city blocks!! It will be outrageous and rated for adult viewing only I’m sure.