Events

Everything Fun to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Finish San Francisco Restaurant Week strong!

Napa Valley Lobster Co.
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Lobster Co.

Eat and drink your way through the weekend via a take-home lobster feast, Belgian-style beer on a sunny patio, and the many, many SF Restaurant Week deals that will end this Sunday. When you’re sated, watch a film from the SF Greek Film Festival online, go to a 24-hour wellness festival, walk through an art installation, or give back to the city and help clean up a local park.

Drink beer at New Belgium Brewing’s first flagship restaurant and taproom

Friday, April 16–Sunday, April 18
Mission Bay
New Belgium Brewing opened its first flagship restaurant and taproom in a playful space right by the ballpark. Stop by for the brewery’s classic Belgian-style beers, as well as a couple of pilot beers brewed on-site, bacon-wrapped jalapeno-cheddar sausages, cheddar beer fondue, Thai tacos, and more. If you’re still not eating indoors, ask for a seat on the patio overlooking the canal. Actually, ask for a seat there even if you are.
Cost: $ to $$

Get a “First Crack” at Napa Valley Lobster Co.’s SF pop-up

Friday, April 16–Saturday, April 17
Embarcadero
Napa Valley Lobster Co. has been bringing lobster boils with Maine lobster and New Orleans seasoning to wine country for a couple of months, and now you can experience it for yourself without driving for an hour plus. The lobster boils are popping up in One Market for two days this weekend. Pre-order a lobster feast for one or two with fully cooked, fresh Maine lobsters (1.25 lb each!) deliciously boiled in Southern seasonings and served with sweet corn, whole artichokes, authentic Louisiana Hot Links, head garlic, red new potatoes, jumbo shrimp, and fresh-baked bread. You can get it hot and ready-to-eat or cold to warm up at home.
Cost: $65 for one; $125 for two. Pre-orders required.

Don’t miss last call for SF’s new spring Restaurant Week

Friday, April 16–Sunday, April 18
Various locations
You know the drill by now. Tons of SF restaurants are enticing you to come in for discounted prix fixe menus. It’s the perfect chance to finally check out that place you’ve always meant to try and if you’re having trouble deciding, we’ve highlighted some of the best meals and deals you can take advantage of. 
Cost: Lunch is $10 to $25 and dinner is $25 to $60.

Watch movies at the SF Greek Film Festival

Friday, April 16–Sunday, April 18
Streaming online and San Mateo
Kick back on your couch and watch all kinds of Greek and Cypriot films streaming for free or, if you’re feeling motivated, drive to San Mateo on Saturday to see Fantasia (the Greek film about three musicians lives in 1993, not the one with the famous mouse) at the Par 3 at Poplar Creek pop-up drive-in theater. The festival runs through April 25.
Cost: Free online; drive-in tickets are $40.

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Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help clean up a park

Saturday, April 17
All over the Bay Area
Show our planet some love by volunteering to help clean up a local park. See opportunities at California State Parks Foundation. You can also help clean up Buena Vista park from 9 am to 11 am, Heron’s Head Park from 9 am to 1 pm, or Mountain Lake Park from 10 am to 12 pm. Want to continue with the Earth Day spirit beyond this weekend? We’ve got plenty more local opportunities to do so. 
Cost: Free

Explore one of the Bay Area’s amazing National Parks for free

Saturday, April 17
Kick off National Park Week by visiting one of our local national parks and not paying a penny. Not every National Park charges an entry fee, but here’s a list of some that are nearby.
Cost: Free

Enjoy “24 Hours of Serenity” at a wellness festival

Sunday, April 18
Zoom
KCRW (the LA radio station centered around music and discovery) is hosting an all-day and night virtual wellness festival with guided meditations, art classes, kitten cams, DJ sets, yoga classes, and more. Join for one event or pull the most relaxing all-nighter of your life and go to them all.
Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Support local artists at a pop-up walk-through installation

Sunday, April 18
Outer Richmond
Immerse yourself in creativity at this walk-through art installation with live paintings and drinks. Social distancing will be in place, along with sanitation stations so you can browse with peace of mind. Finally, we can see art in-person again! 
Cost: Support artists by donating or purchasing art

Listen to Bobby Coleman talk about his latest book, a tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sunday, April 18
Zoom
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, social activist, and co-founder of City Lights bookstore passed away in February at the age of 101. Celebrate his life at this Zoom talk with Bobby Coleman who just edited an anthology (that Ferlinghetti blessed) called Light on the Walls of Life: A Tribute Anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The talk goes from 2—3 pm.
Cost: Free

Get high and go to a couple of local (but virtual) 420 events

Tuesday, April 20
Streaming
Okay, so it’s not happening on the weekend and it’s not quite the same as getting high with 14,000+ people in Golden Gate Park, but there are a couple of local virtual events happening that will keep you entertained while you toke up, including Berner’s Couch Locked by Cookies 420 Comedy Special featuring Bob Saget, Michael Blackson, Paul Rodriguez, and more, and The Great American Sesh In, a live show featuring DJ Shortkut, Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation, and other musicians, comedians, and industry luminaries (all to benefit Last Prisoner Project). Both events are taking place in SF (somewhere downtown and The Midway, specifically), but are being presented online. Which, hey, at least means you can enjoy ‘em wearing your PJs on the couch. 
Cost: Donations welcome

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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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