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 04/26/17

Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, April 28-30, 2017.


“The Encounter” at the Curran Theatre

“The Encounter” at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco

Based on the book “Amazon Beaming” by Petru Popescu, “The Encounter” follows a National Geographic photographer lost in the Amazon rainforest in 1969. The production features 3D audio technology creates (viewers experience the play with headphones), creating a uniquely intimate and immersive experience. April 25-May 7

stARTup Art Fair

stARTup Art Fair in San Francisco

stARTup Art Fair is a contemporary art fair presenting work by contemporary artists. The intimate hotel setting provides art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world and thought-provoking artwork experienced in a fun hotel setting. April 28- 30. 

Rita Rudner at Feinstein's at the Nikko

Rita Rudner at Feinstein's at the Nikko, San Francisco

Award-winning comedian and New York Times best-selling author, Rita Rudner, returns for two performances only to perform a night of hilarious comedy. April 28-29. 

San Francisco Ballet presents "Cinderella"

San Francisco Ballet presents "Cinderella"

This imaginative production of “Cinderella” from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon features a Prokofiev score, puppetry and elaborate costumes and sets. April 28-May 7

Treasure Island Flea

Treasure Island Flea

Rain or shine, this weekend is the open-air indie market’s Mother’s Day 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!) April 29-30, 10 am-4 pm.

SFMOMA Museum Store Hosts Jewelry Trunk Show

SFMOMA Museum Store Hosts Jewelry Trunk Show

Local, national and international jewelry and accessory designers will showcase their latest collections and one-of-a-kind pieces not available at the Museum Store. The one-day event will offer the unique opportunity to meet the 24 participating designers, some of whom will be traveling to the United States for the first time to show off their wares at SFMOMA. April 29.

"Men are from Mars—Women are from Venus Live!"  

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! in San Francisco

This off-Broadway blend of theater and stand-up is based on the best-selling book and covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Marines' Memorial Theatre. April 21-30.

“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.

“Matisse/Diebenkorn” at SFMOMA

“Matisse/Diebenkorn” at San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art SFMOMA

This major exhibition explores the connections between the two artists in subject, style, color and technique. It presents 100 paintings and drawings by Matisse (1869-1954) and Diebenkorn (1922-1993). The juxtaposition of these works reveals the lasting influence Matisse had on Diebenkorn, who first discovered the French painter as an art student at Stanford University in the early 1940s. Through May 29. 

“Noises Off” at SF Playhouse

“Noises Off” at San Francisco Playhouse

Written by Michael Frayn, this comic play follows an acting troupe on and off stage as they rehearse a British sex comedy called “Nothing On.” Now through May 13.

“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. April 30.

"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. April 28 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.




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