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10 Actually Fun Things To Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Pride movie night, the return of a county fair, a Filipino food fest, and more!

San Mateo County Fair
Photo courtesy of San Mateo County Fair

This might be the most “normal” weekend we’ve seen in SF for well over a year. There’s so much fun stuff to do, it will probably be impossible to fit it all in. That means you’ll have to choose between Pride movie nights at Oracle Park, a musical adventure in Golden Gate Park, amusement rides and funnel cake at the San Mateo County Fair, craft fairs on both sides of the Bay, a Filipino food festival, a walking tour through the Haight unlike any other walking tour you’ve ever been on, and even a few fun events outside of the city. The good thing is that no matter what you decide to do, a good time is pretty much completely guaranteed.

See City Hall transform into a rainbow of lights for Pride

Friday, June 11–Saturday, June 12
City Hall / Civic Center
This Friday and Saturday at sunset, the 220 LED lighting fixtures on City Hall’s exterior will light up in all of the colors of the rainbow to celebrate PRIDE. Not going to be in the area? The colors of the rainbow will appear again June 21–June 24 and June 26–June 27.
Cost: Free

Go to Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park

Friday, June 11–Saturday, June 12
Oracle Park / SoMa
There are still tickets for Oracle Park’s #SFPride51 celebration, two nights of movies on its enormous screen in the outfield. See “In the Heights” on Friday or “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” on Saturday. There are socially distanced and vaccinated sections, as well as pods for 12 on the field.
Cost: Tickets start at $19.99

Go on a musical adventure throughout Golden Gate Park

Saturday, June 12–Sunday, June 13
Golden Gate Park
The Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK (presented by Kronos Festival in association with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts) is a GPS-enabled work of art that takes you on a musical journey through one of the city’s most beloved destinations. Your experience depends entirely on where in the park you decide to explore and will feature “a dynamic sonic landscape” composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid. It’s all mapped by location with lots of “Easter eggs” hidden throughout, so no two walks will be the same. To participate in the SOUNDWALK experience, all you have to do is download the app before going to the park. Can’t make it this weekend? It will be available through 2023. 
Cost: Free

Eat corn dogs and funnel cake and then take a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl

Friday, June 11–Sunday, June 13
San Mateo County Event Center
Okay, maybe ride the Tilt-A-Whirl before you eat all of your favorite fair food at the San Mateo County Fair. The fair is a little pared down this year, but the greatest hits are all still there, including a carnival midway with over 25 rides, lots of games where you can lose your money in an attempt to win a stuffed animal, see farm animals competing to win the youth livestock competition, eat all of the fair food—hot dogs on a stick, churros, and more, and on Saturday night, go to a CCR cover band concert. The fair is open from 10 am to 11 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (closing day).
Cost: $5 admission  

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Learn about the Haight’s underground queer history on a walking tour unlike any other

Ongoing on weekends through July 25
Upper Haight
OUT of Site, SF’s performance-driven queer history tour has come to the Haight-Ashbury this year to reveal the untold queer history of the birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement. During this (less than one mile) 90-minute walking tour, a guide will take you on a journey where you’ll meet Janis Joplin’s lesbian lover/scapegoat for her death and George Harris III (aka Hibiscus), the founder of the Cockettes, a psychedelic pansexual theater collective. Performances are at 11 am and 3 pm on weekends through July 25.
Cost: GA is $45, but there are lower ticket prices for those who really need it, as well as higher prices for those who want to help cover the costs for those who need the support.

Eat, drink, dance, kayak, and more at Tahoe City’s Solstice Festival

Saturday, June 12–Sunday, June 20
Various venues in Tahoe City
Headed to Tahoe this weekend or next? Check out Tahoe City’s Solstice Festival and indulge with (boozy) slushies and selfies at a lakefront restaurant, painting workshops, cornhole, happy hour, and more.
Cost: Varies

Shop crafts from 60+ Bay Area artisans

Saturday, June 12
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
The Girl Gang Craft Fairs is back with its first fair since COVID. Support local makers selling art, ceramics, clothing, candles, skincare, jewelry, housewares, and more. The fair takes place outside from 11 am to 5 pm.
Cost: Admission is free.

Shop at an outdoor makers market in Mill Valley

Saturday, June 12
Mill Valley Lumber Yard
Spend Saturday afternoon enjoying views of Mount Tam, live bluegrass, food and drink from Watershed & Flour Craft Bakery while perusing and shopping the works of local makers and artists. Spend $100 and you’ll even get a free glass of wine.
Cost: Admission is free

Feast on Filipino dishes with a twist at Not Your Mama’s Adobo Festival

Sunday, June 13
Kapwa Gardens in SoMa
Eight Bay Area chefs are showing off their take on adobo, a classic Filipino sauce, and you can try them all. Spare ribs, pork belly, tacos … even a French Dip-style sandwich, the creations promise to be unique, flavorful, and delicious, and a portion of the proceeds go to the upkeep of Kawpa Gardens, a non-profit geared toward community growth and Filipino culture.
Cost: $30 for a half passport (tastings of four dishes) and $55 to taste all eight.

Enjoy sips and bites from chef Ryan Scott in a beautiful seaside garden

Sunday, June 13
Nick’s Cove in Marshall
Chef/author Ryan Scott (who you may know from his Emmys, appearances on morning talk shows, or as a contestant on “Top Chef”) and author Dena Grunt are celebrating the release of their cookbooks at Nick’s Cove. Join them in the garden overlooking the ocean for a live cooking demo by Ryan Scott, a signing of their cookbooks, as well as appetizers and bubbles. Choose from one of three times available: 10:30 am, 12 pm, or 1:30 pm.
Cost: $95 (includes the two cookbooks).

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who is taking advantage of these strange times by exploring San Francisco on foot. Follow her on Instagram @daisysf to see where she goes next. 
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