Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, September 22-24, 2017.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
Bernstein at 100
San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, a dear friend of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and a champion of his orchestral works, leads the orchestra in "Chichester Psalms” and the Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story." Davies Symphony Hall, Sept. 22-24.
Fall Beer Pour at PIER 39
Grab your friends and head to the pier for an evening of beer, music and fun at the PIER 39 Beer Pour. Stroll the pier and stop by participating businesses to enjoy beer tastings, exclusive discounts, and live music and entertainment from 4-8 pm. Attendees will receive beer tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative beer glass and more. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the event (cash only). The Fall Beer Pour is just one of PIER 39’s 39th Anniversary Celebration events. Sept. 22.
Candy Palooza at Jelly Belly
Enjoy the sweet life at Jelly Belly’s free candy festival. The event offers carnival rides, candy tastings and performances on the Jelly Belly stage. Those 21 and over can enjoy the Jelly Belly Chocolate and Wine Experience. Sept. 23-24, 9 am-5 pm.
Treasure Island Flea
Rain or shine, this weekend is the open-air indie market’s celebrates fall. 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!) Sept. 23-24, 10 am-4 pm.
Harvest Celebration at the Press Club
Enjoy unlimited tastings of over 50 varietals of wine with cheese pairings from Press Club’s delectable fall menu. Representatives of California wineries from the Santa Ynez Valley to Mendocino will be present. Sept. 24, 2-5 pm.
Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square
In its ninth year, this festival combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. It include a wide selection of street food—from regional food trucks to street food vendors—for purchase, priced at $10 or less. Free to attend. Sept. 22-24.
Berkeley Playhouse 2017-2018 Season
The Berkeley Playhouse celebrates its 10th anniversary season. It season kicks off this fall with the East Bay Premiere of the heavenly musical comedy, “Sister Act.” Sept. 22–Oct. 22.
“An American in Paris” at SHN
The classic musical featuring songs from George and Ira Gershwin won more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season. SHN Orpheum Theatre, Sept. 12-Oct. 8.
San Francisco Opera Season
The opera's 95th season includes performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” (through Dec. 9) and premieres of “Elektra” (Sept. 9-27) and “La Traviata” (Sept. 23-Oct. 17).
“BigPicture” at California Academy of Sciences
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.
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. Free. July 20 - September 24.
“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
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
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
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”
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
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
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. Sept. 24.
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
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. September 22 from 5-10 pm.