Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

What to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area, August 31-September 3, 2018

Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, August 31-September 3, 2018.

For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar


Front Porch Music Festival at Wente Vineyards

Front Porch Music Festival at Wente Vineyards

Enjoy fine wines and delicious food in the beautiful outdoor setting of this Livermore winery as a lineup of bands and acoustic acts perform on two stages. Sept. 1. 

Free Shakespeare in the Park in Presido, SF

Free Shakespeare in the Park

For the 35th season of SF Shakes presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin the Presidio on the Main Post Parade Ground Lawn. Sept. 1-3, 8-9. 

Taste of Sonoma

Taste of Sonoma

Mingle with local winegrowers, winemakers and chefs and sample their creations at this festival at the Green Music Center. Sept. 1.

Summer at the Green Music Center

Summer at the Green

The Green Music Center's Summer  Season in Weill Hall + Lawn features a star studded lineup with some of the most renowned names across a variety of genres from Country and bluegrass to jazz and blues. This year’s lineup includes Hunter Hayes, Boyz II Men, Lyle Lovett and movies such as Blank Panther. It offers unparalleled concert experiences, whether you're inside the stunning Weill Hall or soaking in the sounds of Summer on beautifully landscaped Weill lawn. Through September.

 The PreRaphaelites and the Old Masters” at the Legion of Honor, SF

“Truth and Beauty: The PreRaphaelites and the Old Masters” at the Legion of Honor

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood found inspiration in late medieval and early Renaissance art rather than the high Renaissance style popular in the Victorian era. “Truth and Beauty: The PreRaphaelites and the Old Masters” at the Legion of Honor is the first exhibition to display works by these artists beside paintings by Boticelli, Raphael and other old masters, on loan from major global collections. Through Sept. 30.

BigPicture at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

BigPicture at the California Academy of Sciences

The museum’s annual photography exhibit highlights the best in wildlife and conservation photography from around the planet. Featuring 48 top images from the fifth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition, the exhibit blends captivating imagery with perspectives from Academy scientists and illustrates the power of photography to engage the public in the diversity of life on Earth and our most pressing environmental challenges. July 27-Oct. 21. 

 Oakland A's at 50  at Oakland Museum of California

“Homegrown Heroes: Oakland A's at 50”

In celebration of the Oakland Athletics' 50th anniversary season, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Oakland A's dedicated a 350-square-foot installation honoring three iconic homegrown players--Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, and Dave Stewart. Located in the OMCA Gallery of California History, Homegrown Heroes will give Museum visitors and the community an opportunity to get up close with rare photographs, high school yearbook images, and sports memorabilia worn by the players to learn about their roots in The Town and notable contributions to the team. July 13-Oct. 21. 

“Sunday in the Park with George” at SF Playhouse

“Sunday in the Park with George”

San Francisco Playhouse’s final show of its 2017-18 Mainstage Season is “Sunday in the Park with George,” the quintessential Stephen Sondheim musical about the art of creation and the creation of art. Bill English will direct the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. July 5-Sept. 8.

“Giants of Land and Sea” at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

“Giants of Land and Sea” at California Academy of Sciences

What makes our coast so unique—where fog rolls in, tectonic plates shift, and the tallest trees and largest mammals live and grow? In this major new exhibit, discover the giant forces that make Northern California like nowhere else in the world. Step inside an immersive fog room, feel a jolt within an earthquake simulator, ascend through an ancient coast redwood interactive, and more. Opens June 15.

René  Magritte at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

René Magritte: The Fifth Season at SFMOMA

A worldwide exclusive, this dazzling show at SFMOMA (reopened in 2016 following an expansion that made it one of the world's largest museums devoted to contemporary and modern art) looks at the Belgian surrealist painter’s late career, a period of artistic transformation, displaying more than 70 artworks in nine immersive galleries. Through Oct. 28. 

 Masters of Animation”  in SF

Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation”

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s newest special exhibition is guest-curated by Don Hahn, Academy Award®–nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast(1991) and The Lion King(1994). This unique exhibition will celebrate the distinctive talents and contributions of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Walt, the famed nine were: Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas. Through Jan. 19, 2019.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Catch one of over 100 free performances, from music, poetry and dance to theater, circus and children’s shows. The first all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, kicked off the festival on May 6. Through Oct.28. 

 Presidio Picnic for a fun Sunday

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

Presidio Picnic, co-sponsored by Off the Grid and The Presidio Trust, is back at the Main Parade Ground Lawn of The Presidio. Open every Sunday from 11 am-4 pm.  Bring a blanket and enjoy food trucks, drinks, games and music. New this year, the picnic will feature cultural dance performances on the fourth Sunday of every month. Through Oct. 21.

 The World of Glen Keane” at Walt Disney Family Museum in SF

“Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane” at Walt Disney Family Museum

This newest original exhibition showcases the work of this influential Disney animator and artist. Keane’s dynamic artistic talent brings to life some of the most unforgettable characters of our time, from the imposing Beast and fearless Tarzan, to the daring heroines Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel. Through Sept. 3. 

 Off the Grid at Fort Mason San Francisco

Off the Grid: Fort Mason

At this year Off the Grid’s flagship event, guests experience a new layout from California¹s largest recurring night market that features a rotating lineup of 13 food trucks, 15 open-air kitchen vendors, and food from Off the Grid¹s culinary development program known as Instrucktional. Live music, DJs, and a kids area contribute to the communal atmosphere in one of San Francisco¹s historic locations on the Bay. Fridays, 5-10 pm. Through October 20.  

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