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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.

Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Russian Festival
There’re a lot of Russians in San Francisco – 10,000 by one count – with a history that goes back as far as the early 1800s. In honor of that past and present, the Russian Center of San Francisco is hosting its annual celebration of food, dance, music and art. Expect big crowds for the stroganoff, blinis and borscht, and the ensuing fun and impressive performances. And of course there’s a vodka tasting. The biggest draw might be the magnificent old building itself, built by SF’s first wave of Russian immigrants. Saturday 1/31 from 11am-10pm, and Sunday 2/1 from 11am-7pm, 2460 Sutter St., SF.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
This is basically what art and the art world has come to, just one big excuse for a party. “Wait, there’s art here too?” And yet some of my favorite times in LA have been art crawling on gallery nights. And Minna is one of the top galleries in SF. So combine those two, and add in booze, pancakes, and body paint. Oh, and there’s like 50 underground and emerging artists represented too. Saturday, 1/31, 8pm-2am, 111 Minna St., SF.

SF Live Arts: Folk and Bluegrass Music Night
The excellent and innovative music/performance series continues with Patchy Sanders, a six-member band from Ashland, Ore, performing alt bluegrass, or as they claim, noir-grass/neo-folk. Following is duo Misner & Smith, with lovely harmonies and memorable songwriting. Saturday, 1/31, 8-11pm, 2097 Turk St., SF.

Exploratorium Free Day
In celebration of Groundhog Day, the Exploratorium is free all day. Explore and tinker with the hundreds of exhibits. Did I mention it’s free? Sunday, 2/1, 10am-5pm.

Super Bowl L
The list of pubs, sports bars and theaters hosting viewings and parties is long and varied. Pick your favorite spot and chances are they’re having some kind of super bowl soiree. Or, check this list of popular city sports bars. Sunday, 2/1, kickoff 3-ish.

Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
The town of Half Moon Bay goes all out for its beloved pumpkins this time each year, making it one of the top festivals of the season in the Bay Area. The pumpkin weigh (a national event) is one of the highlights, as well as a carving contest, parade, endless booths, music and entertainment, and a party zone of beer, wine and food. Saturday and Sunday, 10/17-18, 9am-5pm.

A flight of beers from the SF Craft Beer fest

SF Craft Beer Festival
Yay, beer! While you can probably find a beer festival somewhere nearby almost every weekend, the SF Craft Beer fest is one of the best and biggest of its kind. Over 75 breweries young and old from across the country will be offering up a variety of their limited release and seasonal specialty brews. Get informed by experts at the craft concierge center and at one of several seminars, or just enjoy the beer and food from Rosamunde and El Pipila. Saturday, 10/18, 2-4:30pm and 7-9:30pm, Fort Mason.

View of last year’s Treasure Island music fest

Treasure Island Music festival
Outkast and Massive Attack headline the impressive lineup of acts, which also includes TV On The Radio, Zedd and The New Pornographers. As outdoor music festivals go, this is growing into one of the better ones in the Bay Area, and the setting next to the bay is brilliant. Plenty of food and drink sold on site. Saturday and Sunday, 10/18-19, 11am-11pm.

Reading on Valencia during Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl
The climax to Litquake’s weeklong event, Lit Crawl features 101 readings and events in all manner of venues – bars, bookstores, galleries, eateries, police stations – mostly along Valencia in the Mission. Enjoy some poetry, fiction, nonfiction and comedy, (and a cocktail and taco) while supporting Bay Area literary arts. Saturday, 10/18, 6-9:30pm.

Alameda Zombie Bar Crawl
Hey, zombies gotta drink too. And no better place than that all-American, unsuspecting town of Alameda, the perfect setting for any zombie apocalypse. Twelve participating bars will be slaking the thirst of the island’s resident undead. Saturday, 10/17, 8pm-2am.

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (7/15)

A procrastinator’s view at Stern Grove.

Well, look at that. I’ve been such a good procrastinator I almost missed the entire weekend. Thankfully there’s still Sunday, the day-of-last-chance for redeeming oneself from a disappointing weekend. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (7/15)

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)

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. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)