What to do this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area

What to do this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area (©San Francisco Travel Association)

Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

By WhereTraveler Staff on 03/01/16, updated 03/22/17

Here are our top picks for making the most of the holiday weekend, March 24-26, 2017.


Flavor! Napa Valley

Flavor! Napa Valley

Held during “Cabernet season,” this annual Napa festival brings five days of local and celebrity chef demonstrations, winemaking work - shops and grand tastings, as well as an endless supply of world-class wines and farm-to-table cuisine. March 22-26.

Artisan Cheese Festival

Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, California

The weekend-long celebration of handcrafted cheeses, wines and beers returns to Petaluma for three days of farm tours, seminars, handson cheese-making classes, competitions, pairing and cooking demonstrations and more. March 24-26.

Treasure Island Flea

Treasure Island Flea across the San Francisco Bay

Rain or shine, this weekend is the open-air indie market’s Easter celebration.  Each month the market brings together vintage and antique finds, wares from local artisans and food and fashion trucks. Live music, workshops for all ages and a dog-friendly policy create a community atmosphere. And with a $3 entry fee, it’s a bargain. Take the Muni 108 line from the city. (This is a good chance to visit the wineries and brewery on the island too!) March 24-26, 10 am-4 pm. 

Lexus Culinary Classic at Cavallo Point Lodge

Lexus Culinary Classic at Cavallo Point Lodge

This three-day culinary celebration presents six distinctive experiences, including multi-course menus; a sommelier-guided wine tasting featuring rare Napa Valley vintages; intimate hands-on brunch and dinner cooking classes; dinner at the exclusive Skywalker Ranch; and culminating with a Sunday Lexus Grand Tasting featuring acclaimed chefs from Lexus Hotel Partners creating signature dishes for the event, complemented by premier wines from leading California vintners. March 24-26.

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-ordersMarch 26.

WePlayers presents “Beowolf”

Travel on foot through lands real and imagined during this world premiere performance inspired by the ancient epic, BEOWULF. Audiences will travel together along the northern waterfront following BEOWULF warriors, a great queen, and a council of sages to seek shelter and safety at the ancestral mead hall at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. March 18-April 16.

"Hamilton" at Orpheum Theatre

"Hamilton" at Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco

The smash hit from Tony Award winner Lin Manual Miranda is in town all month, but ­ finding seats won’t be easy. The musical is known for its blend of American history and a score that includes hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway. March 10-Aug. 4.

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. March 24 from 5-10 pm.

New Butterfly Emergence Experience

New Butterfly Emergence Experience at the Osher Rainforest at California Academy of Sciences

This spring, venture to the California Academy of Sciences’ rainforest dome to explore the season in bloom. From inside the rainforest canopy, watch the life cycle of tropical butterflies unfold before your eyes through a new viewing chamber, including several colorful butterfly species new to the Academy's rainforest exhibit. Opens March 3.

“Monet: The Early Years” at Legion of Honor

 The Early Years” at Legion of Honor, San Francisco

This is the ­ first major U.S. exhibition devoted to Claude Monet’s formative years of 1858 to 1872, including his ­first painting, which he completed at the age of 18. The exhibit showcases Monet’s landscapes, still lifes, portraits and genre scenes. Feb. 25-May 29.

“Tomb Treasures” at Asian Art Museum

“Tomb Treasures” at Asian Art Museum

This exhibit features 100 rare and recently excavated selections from China’s Han Dynasty, one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world. A jade coffin, rare bronze bells and elaborate crafts are just a few of the ancient artifacts on view. Feb. 17-May 27. 

“Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” at BAMPFA

 The Struggle for Utopia” at BAMPFA

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive provides an overview of the counterculture movement, featuring experimental furniture, alternative living structures and alternative printed material. Feb. 8-May 21.

“Danny Lyon: Message to the Future” at de Young

 Message to the Future” at de Young

A leading figure of the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Danny Lyon’s work often focuses on people living on the fringes of society. This is the first comprehensive retrospective of Lyon’s work in 25 years, featuring 175 photographs, films and other works. Nov. 5-April 30, 2017.




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