Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

What to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area, August 18-20, 2017.

Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, August 18-20, 2017. 

For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar


“BigPicture” at California Academy of Sciences

“BigPicture” at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

The fourth-annual “BigPicture” exhibit presents the best nature and conservation photography of the year—and reveals the boundlessness of Earth's beauty. “BigPicture” focuses a visual lens on the wonders of the natural world and critical environmental sustainability issues facing our planet. This exhibit shows the finalists of each category, and is included with general admission. Academy’s Piazza through Oct. 29.

20th Street Block Party  

This Mission neighborhood block party celebrating local music and food features two stages, seven artists and a variety of vendors. Aug. 19.

Bay Area Beer Festival

 Bay Area Beer Festival

The Bay Area Brew Festival returns for its sixth year, bringing back dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, music, photo booth, and more. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour. Pier 35, Aug. 19. 

OysterFest at ​Waterbar

Celebrating sustainable oysters and benefiting the San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Waterbar's OysterFest has raised $120,000 over the last 9 years. OysterFest will feature delicious small bites from oyster-loving establishments including 25 Lusk, Drakes Bay Oyster Co., EPIC Steak, Equator Coffees & Teas, Farallon, Fish, One Market Restaurant, and Prospect. A variety of local breweries and wineries will be on-site to pour signature varietals such as Alysian Wines, Anchor Brewing, Chandon, Chappellet, Copain Wines, Fort Point Beer Co. and more. Aug. 20.

“The Summer of Love Experience” at the de Young Museum

The Summer of Love Experience at the de Young Museum, San Francisco

This exhibition is of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. A 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967. April 8-Aug. 20.

Stern Grove Festival

 Stern Grove Festival

This 80 year-old series presents concerts every Sunday at 2 pm, opening with The Big Picnic starring Kool and the Gang. June 25-August 27.

San Francisco Portal at Crissy Field

San Francisco Portal at Crissy Field

Gold shipping containers allow visitors to interact face-to-face with someone in an identical portal elsewhere in the world. Since launch in December 2014, Portals have connected more than 30,000 people across 20 countries in one-on-one dialogues. FreeJuly 20 - September 24.

“WildCard” at Exploratorium

WildCard at Exploratorium in SF

Armed with box cutters and glue guns, the artists of the Cardboard Institute of Technology are at the Exploratorium this summer to bring a cardboard cosmos to life: “Welcome to WildCard.” Through Sept. 4. 

“Black Odyssey”  

This new play presented by Cal Shakes in Orinda is a music-infused take on Homer’s classic, combining Greek mythology and African American folklore. Aug. 8-Sept. 3.

“Fantasy Life” By Tabitha Soren

“Fantasy Life” By Tabitha Soren

Bay Area-based artist Tabitha Soren (ABC, NBC and MTV News) has spent the past fifteen years exploring baseball and the American dream. Soren takes us into intimate and thoughtful territory, creating a complex and epic portrait that celebrates the game we think we know. Tabitha Soren's “Fantasy Life” looks behind the scenes and through the hype of professional baseball. City Hall through Dec. 15.

“Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” at SFMOMA

Edvard Munch at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

The Norwegian Expressionist best known for painting “The Scream” was one of the most celebrated and controversial artists of his time. The exhibition features 45 works by Munch (1863-1944) about art, love, mortality and the ravages of time. Six of the paintings on display have never been exhibited in the United States. June 24-Oct. 9.  

Summer of Love Illumination at Conservatory of Flowers

Summer of Love Illumination at Conservatory of Flowers

A light art installation projected on the landmark Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Nightly from sundown to midnight. June 21-Oct. 21.

SF Mime Troupe Presents “Walls”

SF Mime Troupe Presents “Walls”

SF Mime Troupe opens its 58th year of free Musical Political Theatre in the park with “Walls,” a musical about immigration and fear.  Shows are free in Bay Area Parks. July 1-Sept.10. 

“Flower Power” at Asian Art Museum

“Flower Power” at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

During the Summer of Love, flowers became a powerful symbol of peace — a concept plucked from Buddhist art. In fact, botanical imagery has been used in Asian art to convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years. This summer, uncover this hidden language of flowers at the Asian Art Museum. June 23-Oct. 1. 

“Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle”

 The Art of Eyvind Earle”

On view this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum, “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” explores the life and work of Earle, best known as the lead stylist for “Sleeping Beauty” and for concept art for both “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan.” The first-ever Eyvind Earle museum retrospective features more than 250 works, large-scale concept artworks, elaborate landscapes, scratchboards, sculpture, poetry and commercial illustrations. May 18-Jan. 8, 2018. 

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco

The annual festival presents more than 100 free performing arts programs from music, poetry and dance to theater, circus and children’s activities. Performances feature artists from around the world, including the Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Arturo O'Farrill, which will kick off the festival on May 7. Through Oct. 29 

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

 Presidio Picnic, San Francisco

Hosted by The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, Presidio Picnic 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. Make it a party picnic with pre-orders. August 20.

Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center

 Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Bay Area’s street food market returns to Fort Mason Center. Off the Grid open its seventh season with a diverse selection of food vendors and live music that distinguishes this Friday night. This expanded weekly event will have a rotating lineup featuring 13 food trucks and 15 open-air kitchen vendors, 2 bars and popular local bands and DJs. August 18 from 5-10 pm.

“Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor

“Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor  in San Francisco

The exhibit features 60 Impressionist paintings and pastels by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. June 24-Sept. 24.