Everything Fun You Can Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Toast to the first-ever Black Vintner’s Wine Fest, the Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience, and more this weekend.

The Warriors are in the Western Conference Finals, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is performing Broadway’s best songs, Ghirardelli’s newly renovated store at Ghirardelli Square (how fitting!) is giving away free sundaes—what more could you really ask for on a weekend? How about amazing limited-edition food truck menus, a weekend of wine and food in Healdsburg, the first-ever Black Vintner’s Wine Festival in Oakland, block parties, and $12 espresso martinis at multiple bars throughout the city to keep you perky for all of the above? Keep reading for everything you can eat, drink, and do in SF this weekend. If you need more ideas, check out our summer guide, find the best rooftop bars, or laze away at a great brunch spot.

Friday, May 20
Ghirardelli Square
We’ve always loved the iconic Ghirardelli shops just the way they are, but we respect a glow-up, which is exactly what the Ghirardelli Experience Store just got in the form of an open-kitchen situation where you can watch the hot fudge sundae magic happen, a digital-meets-physical “pick & mix” that can be personalized, a live chocolate bar creation station, way better views of the Bay, and more. The new digs open officially at 11:30 am, and the first 170 customers in line will get a free World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae to celebrate the brand's 170th anniversary.
Cost: Free to go inside, but what happens next is up to your inner Veruca Salt.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
Paramount Theatre/Oakland
Okay, don’t be mad. This event doesn’t actually take place until next Thursday, but sometimes there’s something so amazing that we feel it’s our obligation to make sure you don’t miss out. That is absolutely the case with Pop-Up Magazine, a stage show that self-describes as a “live magazine,” but that is perhaps easier understood when described as a multimedia storytelling journey featuring unforgettable true stories told in all kinds of mediums. Truthfully, you just need to go to understand it fully, but we promise it is worth it—yes, even if that means you need to cross the bridge. The “Spring Issue” will be performed in Oakland on Thursday, May 24.
Cost: Tickets start at $39

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
Spark Social SF/Mission Bay
As part of SF Food Waste Week, Imperfect Foods is partnering with a bunch of local eateries to create limited-edition menus created with ingredients that may look imperfect but taste delicious. Head to Spark Social SF over the weekend to not only sample these foods but to learn something new from climate organizations and local activists. Plus, a chance to play some games to win free groceries and smoothies.
Cost: Admission is free.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
The recently renovated Flour + Water has been around for 13 years and is still as popular as ever. Celebrate its existence and all of the amazing meals it has fed San Franciscans by making a reservation to enjoy a limited-time tasting menu showcasing 13 Bay Area farmers/purveyors who have influenced the restaurant since its inception. If you can’t snag a reservation, you can always walk in (the earlier, the better).
Cost: Varies

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out of SF for the weekend, look no further than this three-day celebration featuring the best of Sonoma County and world-renowned food and wines just an hour's drive north. You’ll experience it all at this festival—farmers, growers, winemakers, and chefs and all of their delicious creations during all kinds of events like BBQs with amazing chefs, VIP evening parties, wine seminars that promise to be informative AND entertaining, a mountaintop picnic, and the Sunday Grand Tasting experience. You can do it all or just pick a la carte experiences.
Cost: GA: $200; a la carte experiences are around $75.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
Participating bars in SF
We’ve been drinking espresso martinis in SF long before this current renaissance, but that doesn’t mean we should shun an excellent deal: $12 espresso martinis all weekend long at some of SF’s best bars, including The Beehive (Mission), The Sea Star (Dogpatch), ChezChez (Mission), Junior (Mission), The Madrigal (Civic Center/Hayes Valley), and more.
Cost: $12

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
Handroll Project/Mission
SF’s first-ever handroll-specific sushi bar opened this week with the Handroll Project, which serves as the first fast-casual concept from the team behind Michelin-starred Ju-Ni and, well, that is probably all that needs to be said, but other things you may want to know about the hotly anticipated spot are: there aren’t a ton of seats, so arrive early or get on the Yelp waitlist if you want to snag one (no reservations yet, if ever). Ten handrolls between $7 and $18 each are on offer, alongside wine, sake, and Japanese beer. Takeout is in the works.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, May 21
Outdoor Space/Oakland
You don’t have to get toasted to enjoy this celebration of Bay Area culture, but it’s a celebration of Bay Area culture, so no one will be bothered if you do. This daytime summer kickoff party, hosted by Toasted Life, a community-based experience platform empowering connections for ambitious dreamers of color, is all about bringing local residents together via good music, DJs, food, drink, and fun.
Cost: Tickets start at $15.

Saturday, May 21
Calvary Presbyterian Church/Pacific Heights
There is nothing more quintessentially SF than the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Celebrate them at the latest performance—Fabulous & Forbidden Broadway, a Broadway-themed concert featuring classic songs from all of the faves, including Les Misérables, The Lion King, Wicked, Avenue Q, Dear Evan Hansen, and many more. Can’t make it on Saturday? There’s also a show Thursday night at Freight & Salvage.
Cost: GA: $25

Sunday, May 22
HIGH 5IVE at Kissel Uptown Oakland
Connect and network with Black winemakers while drinking their amazing wines at the first-ever Black Vintners Wine Festival. At this afternoon event, you’ll taste and discover wines from Black-owned brands/wineries from the Association of African American Vintners like JCB, Fogcrest Vineyards, Ayaba Wines, P.Harrell wines, and more.
Cost: $115

Sunday, May 22
Intersection of Castro, 17th, and Market Streets
Head to the Castro to celebrate what would have been Harvey Milk’s 92nd birthday. The celebration kicks off at noon and will include an afternoon of education, activism, community, and screenings of The Times of Harvey Milk at the Castro Theatre.
Cost: Admission to the block party is free

Sunday, May 22
Thrive City at the Chase Center/Mission Bay
The Warriors are facing off against the Mavericks for a shot at the NBA Finals, and while Game 3 will be played in Dallas, you can watch with other members of Dub Nation at the Thrive City plaza outside of the Chase Center. There will be lawn games, food, and most importantly, the game on the big screen. Food and coolers with non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 22
Mountain Amphitheatre/Mill Valley
The Mountain Play, one of the Bay’s most unusual, magical, and must-see theater experiences returns for the first time since you-know-what with a performance of the Broadway hit, HELLO, DOLLY! There will be humor, romance, singing, dancing, and a guaranteed afternoon of theatrical fun like you haven’t had in a very long time. Food, wine, beer, and other beverages are available for purchase, but you can also upgrade to “Dining in the Woods” if a gourmet lunch with fine wines is more your vibe. Can’t make it this Sunday? Don’t stress. This show runs on Sundays through June 19.
Cost: Tickets start at $65

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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.