Thrillist Weekend Guides

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Gilroy’s garlic fest, silent disco yoga, and a queer history walking tour!

This weekend is your chance to feast on garlic, artichokes, and all sorts of other herbs and vegetables at several festivals, dinners, and parties. Keep up the healthy vibe with outdoor silent disco yoga and a Haight Street performance that is also a walking tour, or make the most of your days away from work by drinking wine and making “Free Britney” posters to bring to the Castro on Sunday.

Get your tickets to the Gilroy Garlic Festival “Gourmet Alley Drive-Thru”

Friday, July 23–Sunday, August 1
This summer’s Garlic Festival will look a lot different—instead of strolling through Gourmet Alley and immersing yourself in everything garlic, you’ll be driving through it. There aren’t as many options, but the ones they do have sound pretty tasty, like the steak combo with a shrimp scampi, and garlic bread. There is a catch though. Orders must be placed four days in advance, which means it’s too late to go this weekend, but it’s not too late to place your order for next weekend. It’ll be open from 4 pm to 7 pm on July 30, and 11 am to 7 pm on July 31 and August 1.
Cost: Combo plates are $25

Eat as many artichokes as you want at the Artichoke Festival

Saturday, July 24–Sunday, July 25
Head to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for two days of non-stop thistle action celebrating California’s official state vegetable. At the Artichoke Festival, you’ll find live music, art, field tours, a farmers market, cooking demos, wine and beer, and artichokes cooked every which way.
Cost: $15 for adult general admission; other costs vary.

Bend and stretch at a rooftop silent disco yoga class

Saturday, July 24–Sunday, July 25
Ritz-Carlton/Nob Hill
Put on some silent disco headphones and take your yoga practice outdoors at a flow yoga class hosted on the Ritz Carlton’s serene outdoor patio. The accessible, all-levels class will combine creative flows, dynamic stretching, and core work—all set to a soulful soundtrack. Classes are held at 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday and are 65 minutes long.
Cost: $26

Feast on a farm-to-table dinner at a gorgeous winery

Saturday, July 24
Okay, you can’t go to the Garlic Festival’s drive-thru until next weekend, but you can go to the festival’s farm-to-table dinner highlighting local chefs, farmers, and Fortino Wine. Dishes include a goat cheese panna cotta, shrimp cocktail, watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, and a choice of entrees (prime filet, Mary’s chicken, parmesan polenta), all paired with wine.
Cost: $175 per person.

Don’t miss your last chance to go on a queer history tour unlike any other

Friday, July 23–Sunday, July 25
Upper Haight
“Out of Site: Haight-Ashbury” is a progressive (literally and figuratively) live street performance masquerading as a history tour about gay liberation in the Haight during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Join Tina D’Elia on this walk along Haight Street to Buena Vista Park and “meet” characters from the past who will bring this story about gay rights and activism to life. This is the last weekend to catch this unique show—tickets are available Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am.
Cost: Sliding scale from $15 to $125.

Celebrate the mid-summer full moon with drinking and dancing

Saturday, July 24
Napa Valley 
Toast to the full moon and the first anniversary of RD Winery’s tasting room with an afternoon of wine, sushi, woodfired pizza, live music, and more.
Cost: $35 includes a tasting of featured wine and food.

Drink and eat at Broc Cellar’s annual summer party

Sunday, July 25
Broc Cellars, an urban winery specializing in natural wines, is throwing a Sunday afternoon “Brocktacular” party, complete with amazing wine, live entertainment, and food from Hog Island Oysters, A16, and more.
Cost: $40 includes entry and wine tasting.

Enjoy all things “gulay” (“vegetables” in Tagalog)

Sunday, July 25
Head to the urban oasis that is Kapwa Gardens in the Mission to celebrate all things “gulay,” including plant-based food, pottery, crystals, potions, plants, wellness services, and more. 
Cost: $5 (includes $4 in credits to spend with a vendor).

See one of California’s most influential punk bands play live

Sunday, July 25
Stern Grove
If you didn’t snag tickets to see “X” play for free at Stern Grove, maybe you can track down a friend who did (or join the waitlist). If not, you can at least plan ahead for the rest of the summer concerts: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Thundercat, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Tower of Power/Too $hort. In normal times you can roll out of bed and randomly decide to go to this summer concert series, but this year you need reservations, which are available 12 days before each performance. (Can’t get into a concert you really want to see? They are all being live streamed on Stern Grove’s site.
Cost: Free

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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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