Events

Everything Fun to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Fall is here.

At the time we are writing this, the forecast brings hope that, after a record number of Spare the Air days, the Bay Area’s air quality will have “modestly” improved by the weekend. That means that after a million days of being cooped up inside, we might finally be able to venture back outside to enjoy San Francisco’s mild fall weather. If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s lots of stuff happening outdoors, including drive-in movies, live music, an open-air market, yoga classes, a delightful new picnic basket situation from Michelin-starred chefs, and a new tiki garden/parklet complete with festive cocktails. There’s also some fun stuff if you’re staying in, including a virtual Autumn Moon Festival and a fancy wagyu bento box that you can have delivered.

Celebrate Oktoberfest by getting beer and a sausage platter delivered

Friday, September 25
Postmates
Schroeder’s can’t throw its huge Oktoberfest block party this year, but you can get everything you need for an Oktoberfest party of your own by ordering the Oktoberfest Party Platter, which includes 16 sausages and brats, a kartoffel tart, German potato salad, pretzels and beer cheese, apple strudel, and a 12-pack of beer, all of which feeds about eight to 12 people depending on how hungry everyone is. It’s only available Monday through Friday, but if you miss out this weekend, you can get it through October 4.
Cost: $100

Take a mini-vacay to Sonoma to eat at Michael Mina’s new restaurant

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Wit & Wisdom/Sonoma
Chef Michael Mina wasn’t going to let something like a pandemic stop him from opening a new restaurant and his first one ever in wine country -- Wit & Wisdom in the heart of Sonoma -- is one of our favorites yet (and definitely worth the short drive). The cozy (but socially distanced) patio has plenty of heat lamps and is the perfect place to enjoy friendly service, Jack London-inspired cocktails, comfort food cooked on a hearth oven, fresh seafood, hand-made pasta, and whimsical dishes like a savory “pop-tart” with braised short ribs. Also, we don’t usually say this, but the salads are really good. Don’t want to drive back to the city after dinner? Get a room at The Lodge at Sonoma (the restaurant is attached), so you can hang out by the pool and enjoy the warm weather.
Cost: $$ 

Eat a tomato-centric feast and/or go to a Bee’s Knees cocktail dinner

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
The Vault Garden/Financial District
The Vault Garden is hosting a couple of events on its enormous patio this weekend. First: a Farmers Market Tomato Fest on Friday and Saturday. The tasting menu will include lots of courses featuring local farmers and, of course, local tomatoes. On Sunday, there’s a cocktail dinner featuring Barr Hill Gin where you’ll eat delicious food, do a honey tasting, and drink lots of gin cocktails. (Tickets are going fast for that last one.)
Cost: Tomato Fest dinner: $95; Tomato Fest lunch: $55; Bee’s Knees Cocktail Dinner: $99

Grab tasty takeout from Trick Dog’s new pop-up

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Mission
Trick Dog understands how much you miss its namesake hamburger and whimsical cocktails, so the owners opened Quik Dog, a takeout-only restaurant in the Trick Dog space. The menu is kid- and adult-friendly with burgers, hot dogs, fries, special sodas for the under 21 set and very special “sodas” for those of legal drinking age (including cocktail kits and bottled cocktails). (There are also salads, but... why.) Stop by between 4pm and 9pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Cost: $ to $$

Get your tickets for COCHON555’s interactive dinners

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Cochon555.com + select restaurants
This festival that celebrates all things pig and pork has pivoted to a carryout/virtual events for 2020. It doesn’t happen until October 7 - October 9, but tickets are going to sell out, so we wanted to give you a head’s up now. Here’s how it works: You purchase a ticket that includes a multi-course meal prepared by one of three amazing SF chefs, a bottle of wine, and a cocktail kit, and then during a 45-minute live Zoom, the chef will recreate one of the dishes while you cook along (most of them will be pre-prepared though). You can pick up your kit or have it delivered.
Cost: $115 for one person; $200 for two 

Dine al fresco on a Michelin-starred restaurant’s new patio

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
AL’s Place/Mission
AL’s Place is back in action serving seasonal, NorCal ingredient-driven meals on its revamped patio with SFDPH-approved impermeable barriers between tables. As always, the menu will change frequently to reflect the seasonal bounty, but you can expect delicious food and a laid back vibe any time you go (which you can Thursday through Sunday). Reservations are encouraged.
Cost: $$

Register to go to SFMOMA for free

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
SFMOMA.org
SFMOMA is reopening at 25% capacity at the beginning of October and, for those who snag a ticket, is offering free admission and free parking from Sunday, October 4 - Sunday, October 18. You can reserve your tickets to wander through the museum and check out some world-class art starting this Friday.
Cost: Free

Learn about SF’s history from the comfort of your home

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
SFHistoryDays.org
San Francisco History Days’ 10th annual showcase isn’t happening in-person this year, but you can still learn about this awesome place we call home via a three-day virtual event with presentations, films, live recordings, author Q&As, and even a lecture from Emperor Norton himself. If you’re looking for an excuse to get out and about, there are also some self-guided and guided tours available.
Cost: Free to $15

Go to a free online film festival showcasing Black creators

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Bxfilmfest.com
The Black X Film Festival is three days of music and film showcasing “the radicalized multifaceted expressions of the Black experience by centering Black resilience and a commitment to anti-racism” something a lot of us need to learn more about now more than ever. There are films about self-discovery, legacies, place, and more, as well as opening night remarks from award-winning comedian Sampson McCormick.
Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated 

Eat Balboa Cafe’s new weekend brunch

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Cow Hollow
Balboa Cafe just added brunch to its outdoor menu, as well as a third parklet to ensure it can handle all of the hungry and thirsty diners. The “elevated” brunch runs from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays and includes all of your brunch favorites, plus a few special dishes, like a Mediterranean Shakshuka, as well as our go-to, the burger on baguette.
Cost: $ to $$

Dine at Japantown’s “Picnic in the Peace Plaza”

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Japantown
Japantown’s Peace Plaza is transformed into a socially distanced festival with outdoor seating, heat lamps, and music on the weekends (through October). Pick up food and adult beverages from dozens of nearby restaurants (which can really use your support right now) some of which are taking orders at the entrances to the Peace Plaza and will deliver it to you at your table. 
Cost: $

Buy a Curry Up Now burrito and get a second one free

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Mission
The Indian street food restaurant and food truck is celebrating its birthday this weekend by giving out a free burrito with the purchase of another burrito. It’s kind of like when kids brought in cupcakes to school on their birthdays, but with way more flavor. This offer is good at any of the locations, including the SF restaurant in the Mission, which conveniently has outdoor dining.
Cost: $

Go to the world’s largest leather and fetish festival

Sunday, September 27
FolsomStreetFair.org
You won’t be able to get your spankings in person this year, but at least you can bring most of the things you love about the Folsom Street Fair into your own home. The virtual fair hosted by Margaret Cho will have live music, DJs, a bondage lounge, a Q&A with a kink educator, kinky adult films, and a lot more that will tickle any fetish enthusiast. Plus, it’s streaming worldwide, which means even more people can join in on the sex-positive events.
Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated

Taste whiskey and eat tasty food on a socially distanced outdoor patio

Sunday, September 27
The Patio by Alexander’s Steakhouse/SoMa
If any year has called for whiskey, it’s this year. Celebrate and lament that fact at “The Wonderful World of WhistlePig Whiskey” on Alexander Steakhouse’s pop-up patio. There will be a four-course meal with each course paired with a WhistlePig either neat or in a cocktail. This afternoon event will probably sell out, so get your tickets ASAP.
Cost: $150

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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.