Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, July 20-22, 2018.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
Rugby World Cup Sevens
The top rugby players from 28 countries compete for the global championship, which is being hosted by the United States for the first time this year. Watch 24 men's and 16 women's teams compete for the cup, including Olympic champions Australia and Fiji, and defending champions New Zealand. Seven players on each side play two seven-minute halves in the fast-paced, single-elimination matches. AT&T Park, July 20-22.
Orchids in the Park
Presented by the San Francisco Orchid Society, the annual show and sale features numerous species of orchids, hybrids, vendors, lectures, demonstrations and raffles. San Francisco County Fair Building, Hall of Flowers, July 21-22.
Lavender Harvest Festival
Carmel Valley Ranch is celebrating the more than 7,000 lavender plants in full purple bloom across its 500 acres with special Lavender Month programming in July that includes a Lavender Harvest Festival, a weekly Lazy Lavender Sunday Brunch and a relaxing Lavender Bliss spa treatment. The resort will also be harvesting its lavender for use in lavender craft workshops, spa products and treatments, and farm-to-table dishes and cocktails at Valley Kitchen restaurant. July 21.
“Alex Katz: New Releases”
Meyerovich Gallery’s exhibition features the American figurative artist who is considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. The subjects of these new bold, works include colorful portraits, large lush landscapes, human figure, multi-colored still-life and vibrant flowers. Located in Union Square, the gallery specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures. Through July 31.
“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”
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.
Summer with the Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony’s summer concert series returns this month. In 10 subsequent performances, the orchestra will play live scores from the original Star Wars trilogy as the films are projected above the symphony hall stage (starting July 18-21).
Family Fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Experience three unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the Marvelous Mirror Mazeand stop by the delicious Candy and Toy Factory, then test your skills in the Impossible LaseRace. Open 365 days a year.
“School of Rock” at SHN
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. June 27-July 22.
Summer Jazz at Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford Shopping Center invites the community to enjoy 10 weeks of rhythm and blues as Summer Jazz, an annual tradition in Palo Alto, celebrates its 32nd anniversary. The series showcases a variety of jazz musicians and local favorites every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel at Stanford Shopping Center. June 21-Aug. 23.
Stern Grove Festival
This summer-long concert series has been a San Francisco tradition for over 80 years, presenting concerts every Sunday at 2 pm through the end of August. The Big Picnic kicks off the festival with headliners Peabo Bryson and and Jeffrey Osborne. June 17-Aug.19.
“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.
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square
This free outdoor summer dance series for all ages and skill levels takes place at the foot of Broadway every Friday night from 7:30-9 pm. Professional instructors teach the 30-minute dance lessons (styles include classic jazz, country, modern Bollywood and pop), and afterward guests can try out their new moves at a public dance party. June 1 is Selena Night with cumbia music. Through August 31.
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.
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
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.
“Divine Bodies” at Asian Art Museum
At the Asian Art Museum, the exhibit “Divine Bodies” shows Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and paintings alongside contemporary photography, inviting viewers to consider “the relationship of the body to the cosmos.” Look for connections and overlapping details in the beautiful portraits of modern humans and the historical paintings and sculptures of gods and goddesses displayed throughout three thematic galleries. Through July 29.
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.
“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: 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.