Fun Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

The very best things to do in SF this weekend, from Broadway plays to a new rooftop bar.

Cavaña in San Diego
Courtesy of Cavaña

In true SF fashion, there is legitimately something fun for everyone on this list of things to do in San Francisco this weekend. Escape the city for a couple days full of wine and chocolate; See Mean Girls the musical on the stage; Sip cocktails at a sexy new rooftop bar; Eat food from an Italian chef at a cicchetti pop-up; Shop for rare books; Go to an Edwardian Ball; Meet your favorite SF Giants at FanFest; See dozens of indie films; Watch lions and dragons dance in the street and then dance all night at “Non-Stop Bhangra.” You get it…

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
Mission Bay
No need to bundle up, as Cavaña, a Latin American cocktail bar on the rooftop of Mission Bay’s new LUMA Hotel, has a made-for-SF weather-proof patio with plenty of firepits to keep you toasty warm. It also has amazing views, a fantastic cocktail menu, and a tasty shared plate menu (get the white corn arepas with brisket stew).
Cost: Speciality cocktails are $17

mean girls musical
Photo by Jenny Anderson

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
You don’t have to wear pink (but you probably should) to this hilarious hit musical where you’ll get to see The Plastics on full display, only now with songs! If you’re worried it won’t live up to the movie, don’t be: Tina Fey wrote the book, so you know it’s going to be totally fetch. Can’t see it this weekend? Mean Girls is playing at the Golden Gate Theatre through February 26.
Cost: $67-$195 with $40 Rush tickets available in-person two hours before curtain

Sip Mean Girls-inspired cocktails

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
Mid-Market and Civic Center
The Madrigal and La Bande (at the SF Proper) are saying you can totally sit with them in honor of Broadway SF’s Mean Girls. Sip on cocktails inspired by The Plastics, including the Regina George at The Madrigal, a concoction described as “fun, pink, and a little mean,” and the Wednesday and the Fetch 75 at La Bande. They’re all available for the duration of the show.
Cost: Cocktails are $15

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
Mission and Online
SF IndieFest returns to the Roxie (and virtually) with 11 days of independent films (95 in total) from around the world and the Bay Area.
Cost: Passes start at $90; individual tickets are $15

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
Rare Books San Francisco is taking over The Hibernia, a historic bank building, for a weekend dedicated to hosting the finest antiquarian booksellers, ephemera, and map dealers from all over the world. Go VIP on Friday for a first look.
Cost: GA is $10; VIP is $25

Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
This weekend is the 26th annual Lodi Chocolate & Wine festival, a three-day celebration of Lodi’s varietals paired with handmade sweets. Tickets are still available for the self-guided Saturday winery tours and the Sunday Winemaker’s Toast.
Cost: $75 for Saturday, $85 for Sunday

Friday, February 3 – Saturday, February 4
Lower Nob Hill
Get weird and inspired at The Edwardian Ball, a two-day gala celebration at the Regency Ballroom inspired by the delightfully eccentric author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Don your most fashionable, creative, and extravagant look and enjoy an evening (or two) of live music, theater, art, stage shows, circus dancing, shopping, and more. (Need to shop for your outfit before Saturday night? The Vendor Bazaar is open to the public for free on Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm.)
Cost: GA for both nights is $260; GA for Friday night is $150. Saturday night only is sold out.

Friday, February 3
Financial District
If you haven’t checked out the gorgeous Bar Sprezzatura yet, this cicchetti take-over by Matteo Pinto from the famed All’Arco in Venice, Italy is the perfect excuse. Friday is the last night to experience the special menu from the beloved family-run restaurant. Reservations are available.
Cost: Menu items range from $7 to $68

Saturday, February 4
Fort Mason
The Calistoga Wine Experience is taking over the historic General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Meet the winemakers and winery owners while sipping (and purchasing, if you like) hard-to-find Calistoga wines, many of which are not available to the public.
Cost: $125 in advance; $225 at the door

Saturday, February 4
Oracle Park transforms into the SF Giants FanFest on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be autographs from players and coaches, selfie stations with players, coaches, broadcasters, and other Giants VIPs, access to the field and other locations around the park that fans don’t typically get to experience, food and drink for sale at the concession stands, and more.
Cost: Free

Saturday, February 4
Take a scene from a Bollywood movie and transport it to the middle of Public Work’s energetic dance floor –that’s what you’ll find at Non Stop Bhangra, one of SF’s best dance parties for 19 years and running. North Indian Bhangra music and dance meets reggae, hip-hop, and electronica at this energetic party that starts at 9 pm and goes until 2 am.
Cost: $25-$30

san francisco Chinese new year parade
Courtesy of Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Festival & Parade

Sunday, February 5
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SF’s Chinese New Year Parade, known to be one of the top 10 parades in the world and featuring nearly 100 groups, gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, and, of course, the spectacular 288-foot Golden Dragon carried by a team of over 180 martial artists.
Cost: Free, but bleacher seats are available starting at $41

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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 to see where she goes next.