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 06/26/17

Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend and Independence Day, June 30-July 4, 2017.


“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.  

“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.

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.

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.

“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. 

“Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs”

 Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” at California Academy of Sciences

A new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences will take you back hundreds of millions of years. “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” offers a rare glimpse into the life of ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs, the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. Walk beneath a life-size model of the giant creatures, examine pterosaur skulls and ancient fossils, learn about the latest research from leading paleontologists and experience flight for yourself. Now open.

“Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing” at Oakland Museum of California

 Politics of Seeing” at Oakland Museum of California

Through the lens of her camera, Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that showed the major issues of the times. This view the emotional and political impact of her works in this major exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California. Through Aug. 13.

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 

“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.

“Stuart Davis: In Full Swing” at the de Young Museum

 In Full Swing” at the de Young Museum

The exhibit features about 75 works by this influential figure in American Modernism. The collection spans Davis’ career, from his breakthrough works in the 1920s to the painting left on his easel when he died in 1964. This is the first major exhibition to juxtapose works from each period of the artist’s career. April 1-Aug. 6. 

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. July 2.

"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. June 30 from 5-10 pm.





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