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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Gilroy Garlic Festival
That pungent odor emanating from the Southbay is the “bat signal” that Gilroy Garlic Festival is underway. The ultimate summer food fair will go through some 10 tons of beef, four tons of pasta and two tons of garlic. Enjoy a feast of foods you never knew could include the bulbous root. Friday-Sunday, 7/24-26, 10am-7pm.

SF Marathon
Whether you run, watch or need to remap your route to the donut shop, the SF Marathon is the one annual serious sporting event that affects nearly all city dwellers. Best place to watch? Grab a window seat at your favorite Haight St café (Pork Store, Happy Donuts, etc) and revel in the many ironies. Saturday, 7/25, 5:30am-11ish.

Berkeley Kite Festival
L-l-l-l-l-let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. And there’s no better place than the blustery park near the Berkeley Marina in time for the Berkeley Kite Festival. Get in on the free kite making, candy drops, kite flying lessons and views of amazingly large and spectacularly colorful kites. Saturday and Sunday, 7/25-26, 10am-6pm.

Classic SF Movie Night
What could be more “community” than watching a movie in Duboce Park with a few hundred of your neighbors, especially with a flick (Milk) that features the city and one of its most beloved politicians. Bonus for Sean Penn’s award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk. Saturday, 7/25, 8:30pm.

Napa Porchfest
Did you know this was an actual thing? A festival with live bands playing on the 50-plus front porches of local Napa residents? Tour the town’s historic homes and enjoy some local indie, rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk and other live music along the way. Oh, and wine will likely be involved. Sunday, 7/26, noon-6pm.

Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Fairfax Festival and Parade
The colorful weekend fest in Marin’s last/best funkytown starts with “The Lego Movie” family film night on Friday, 6/12, in the Ballfield. After the 10am Saturday parade, enjoy great local music on three stages, crafts and flea markets, beer and wine tasting, food booths, an expanded kid’s area and an Ecofest area. Saturday and Sunday, 6/13-14, 11am-6pm.

Presidio Kite Expo
Nothing says summer more than a sunny day, a grassy field, and a big beautiful kite flying high in a blue sky. The festival features a kite making pavilion, a gallery walk of master kite makers, a team kite ballet choreographed to music, giant 100-foot animal kites, taiko drumming and of course food trucks. Saturday, 6/13, noon-5pm, Presidio Main Parade Ground.

North Beach Festival
One of the most “San Franciscan” of all the city’s neighborhoods is host to its 61st annual fest that’s both low-key and celebratory. Wander down Grant and Columbus and visit more than 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 food booths and two stages of live entertainment, as well as beverage gardens, Italian street painting, a kid’s chalk area and the blessing of the animals at the national shrine of St Francis of Assisi. Saturday and Sunday, 6/13-14, 10am-6pm.

Stern Grove Season Kick-off
The celebrated Stern Grove Festival opens its 2015 season of free summer concerts with the Doobie Brothers and opening act The California Honeydrops. Picnickers have been enjoying free concerts here since 1938, and the early bird gets the best spot since the park fills up fast. Or reserve a picnic table for a fee. Sunday, 6/14, 2pm, 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd, SF.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
Just like the neighborhood, the Haigh-Ashbury Street Fair is a wild, rollicking good time. Two stages are set up at both ends of Haight with a full-slate of bands scheduled, as well as numerous food and craft vendors. Sunday, 6/14, 11am-5pm.

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 16-17)

Depending on your interest, you’ll either want to get up early to stake your claim at whatever green or gallery you want to join at the U.S. Open golf championship, or steer as clear of The Olympic Club and the western half of San Francisco as you can to avoid the predicted traffic snarl. For Bay Area sports fans, you won’t get a better opportunity for an up close and personal view of golf’s biggest stars, from Phil Mickelson to Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods to K.J. Choi. This is the biggest event in golf, and one of the biggest sporting events to hit the city since the World Series in 2010. Of course, you’ll either have to scalp a pass or sneak passed security, since tickets have been sold out for some time. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 16-17)