Pride week/end is one of those times where I kind of wish I were gay. This is San Francisco’s biggest party of the year, our Mardi Gras, a wild and wacky celebration of the wonderful world of LGBT (and sometimes Y not!). There’s a few events during the week, such as the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, but the action gets ramped up with countless events on the weekend. For starters, on Saturday morning you can help install the giant pink triangle at Twin Pinks just below the huge radio tower, while the Dyke March festivities get going in and around Dolores Park at noon (with the actual march at 6pm). The Pink Saturday block party in the Castro starts 5pm, or check out one of the Lady Gaga flash mobs in locations around town. The main/official SF Pride celebration takes place Saturday (noon-6pm) and especially Sunday (11am-6:30pm) throughout the Civic Center area of downtown, with multiple stages featuring musical acts, performances and speeches, while the Pride Parade starts 10:30am Sunday down Market. After hours parties abound.
The Stern Grove Festival, the free summer concert series, is kicking off its 75th year in business this Sunday (2pm) with an all-star R&B/soul/funk lineup. Anita Baker is headlining the day, which opens with Glide Ensemble and members of The Family Stone (minus Sly). For many locals, Stern Grove means summertime, and whether cool fog or hot sun, it’s a great time no matter the entertainment. Come early to stake out your spot, bring a blanket, friends and plenty of supplies, and enjoy the day.
If you’re into jazz, or good music, go see this guy, Danilo Pérez, you won’t be disappointed. The stuff he does on the piano is nothing short of amazing.
Here’s a couple nice things to do Saturday evening/night if you prefer to enjoy the outdoors, a chill, relaxing alternative to the Pride party downtown. The Yeashore Jewish community is putting on a bonfire at Ocean Beach across from the Beach Chalet. The theme is Songs and Stories by the Sea, with S’mores and roasted potatoes and onions. A short way up the beach at Pt. Lobos, the City Start Party put on by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, includes a telescope clinic for the uninitiated.