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Weekend Planner: June 23rd, 2023

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View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

 

Friday, June 23rd

 
Feel Good Fridays in SF

SPARK Social, San Francisco

4PM, Ages: All

Free

Party EVERY Friday from 4pm–7pm with: Live music Lawn Games Special Happy Hour at the SIP Bar Special Happy Hour at the SPARK Social SF & Parklab Gardens Food Trucks Did you think that was it?! ONCE A MONTH, we’re pulling out all the stops for special themed days packed with interactive experiences May 12th: Feel Good Friday x Family day June 2nd: Feel Good Fridays x SF Giants Day July 28th: Feel Good Fridays x Muttville Senior Dog Rescue August 25th: TBD! What do you wanna see? September 15th: Feel Good Fridays x Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158 Park Hours: 11am–3pm, 4pm–7pm Happy Hour, 9pm–Close Free Admission • All Ages • Dogs Welcome Happy Hour Specials:

  • SIP Bar: $5 Sangria

  • Rasa Rasa: Vegetable Spring Rolls

  • Chef’s Food Truck: Cheesy Tater Tots

  • Bacon Bacon:The Bacon Grilled Cheese, Mac n Cheese Balls, The Bacon Fries

  • Gyros on Wheels: Dolmas, Hummus + Pita Bread, Baba Ghanoush + Pita Chips

  • Domingo’s International: Seafood Tostada

  • Los Kuyas: 3 Tacos of your choice

  • Wicked Star: Spring Rolls

  • Noisy Fig: Chocolate-dipped Frozen Bananas

  • Senor Sisig: Mini Chicken Tostada

  • Koja Kitchen: Crispy Nori Tuna Taco

  • Poke Delish: Poke Roll

  • Firetrail Pizza: Breadsticks

  • Uppercut Truck: Mini Cut Slider

  • Bun Love: Chili (vegan available)

  • MOMO Noodle: MOMO Spicy Noodle w/ Garlic Sauce, POPO’S Noodle


 

Off the Grid Food Festival at Fort Mason San Francisco

Fort Mason, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: All

Free (Food Separate)


California’s largest nighttime street food festival is back in San Francisco every Friday beginning March 24, 2023! Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center returns for its 13th season celebrating the variety, diversity and passion of the Bay Area food truck scene and beyond.


With over 50 food creators throughout the season, you can find your favorite treats while also discovering new and delicious dishes. Along with a diverse selection of food options, each Friday will also feature the Kivelstadt Cellars WineGarten, full cocktail bar, live music, and more!


Off the Grid: Fort Mason Friday Night Food Truck Party March 24 – June 23, 2023 Every Friday | 5-10 pm – Rain or Shine Fort Mason Center parking lot, 2 Marina Blvd., SF FREE Admission Please note that as of March 2023 Off the Grid has only announced dates through June 23rd but says “The 2023 season will be every Friday 5-10pm from March 24 – June 23 and then we will return in the fall for another round of special events.”

Special Events & Updates

  • Every 3rd Friday – Fido Fridays – 10% off bar for pet owners during “yappy” hour

  • Every 1st Friday – Family Fridays – 10% off bar for parents during happy hour

  • See offthegrid.com for updates


 

Saturday, June 24th

 
Lakehouse Jazz

Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco

7:30PM, Ages: All

Free

Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.


Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.


Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!


Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!


Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.


What can I bring to the event?

  • Multiple layers of clothing

  • Your wallet, to purchase drinks. Beer and wine available (Credit cards accepted)

  • Valid ID to purchase alcohol (only 21+)

  • Camera or phone for pics :)

  • You can bring your own food (no drinks) or order it to be delivered.

Is this event indoors?

Absolutely! The concert takes place inside the boathouse. But even then, it can get chilly so we suggest you bring multiple layers of clothing.

What's the seating situation like?

Seating is communal on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:15 pm. There are picnic tables for larger groups and smaller tables for couples, we suggest you arrive early to secure a table for your needs. If you arrive late, you may end up standing until there's a break and you can find seating.

What time does the music start?

The concert will start on time at 7:30 pm - unless we have more than 50% of our guests running late.

Is there food or drinks?

There's a bar with a wide selection of wine and beer. No food, so we suggest you order food to be delivered or bring your own food. Pack in and pack out, we ask our guests to clean up after themselves.

Is there free parking?

Yes, plenty.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, we welcome dogs but you need to book a ticket for them ($5), first come-first served. If you can't find Paw-Tickets for a specific date, that means tickets are sold out for them = we reached our max capacity for dogs. Always make sure the other guests you'll sit close to are ok with dogs. As long as your dog behaves and doesn't bark, they are always welcome.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You don't have to ;) just bring your cellphone to show us your e-tickets

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Absolutely! Just let us know well ahead of time

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, 100% ok - we check for codes used previously.

Can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach out to us with any other Q's you couldn't find here :)

 
Castro Family Pride Block Party

Noe Street, San Francisco

11 AM, Ages: All

Free


Castro Merchants is proud to present the Second-Annual Castro Family Pride Block Party on June 24, 2023


Join us as we turn Noe Street between Market and Beaver into a joyous Pride festival with something for everyone:


For the Kiddos 11 am – 2 pm


– Free Photos with the fabulous Castro Unicorn

– Petting Zoo

– Show us your pride “Costume Contest” for Kids at 12pm

– Kids Activities : Arts & Craft table, Balloon Twisting, Bubbles Man, and more..

– Drag Story-time and Performances

– Music and Entertainment


For Kids of All Ages 2 pm – 5 pm


– Drag Performances

– Drag Performer of the Year Contest – Grand Prize $1000 (Semi-finals start at noon, finals begin at 4 pm)

– Music and Entertainment

We will also be holding an Art Mart throughout the entire day, along with other fun surprises. Bring the whole family down to experience Pride as only the world-famous Castro can! Afterwards, make sure to explore and support local Castro small businesses.


Interested in participating in the Drag Performer of the Year Contest? Get more info here: https://bit.ly/3x8DkU2


For more information on Castro Merchants events, visit www.castromerchants.com/events


 

Sunday, June 25th

 

SF Pride Parade Grandstand Seating

Market Street, San Francisco

9:30 AM, Ages: All

Free


The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. The Parade takes place on the last Sunday of June annually. The 2023 theme is “Looking Backward and Moving Forward)


The Pride Parade will be on on June 25th, beginning at 10:30am and going down Market Street from Embarcadero to the Celebration at Civic Center (around 8th). The parade has over 200 contingents and may go on for over 3 hours.


Typically featuring over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and 7 different stages, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade remains the largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the nation.

Main Stage Lineup

Saturday, June 24, 2023

  • Princess Nokia (headliner)

  • Shaun Ross

  • Kaleena Zander

  • THE BLSSM

  • Rock M. Sakura

  • Tomas Matos

  • Cheer SF

  • Ensamble Folclorico

  • Colibri Oakland

  • To All Vogue Ball

  • Parivar Bay Area

The Saturday lineup also includes former SF Pride President Carolyn Wysinger, Baaits Blessing, and DJs Lady Ryan & Booty Juice, who will keep the energy high throughout the day.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

  • Hayley Kiyoko

  • Vincint

  • Alex Lahey

  • Kelechi

  • Saturn Risin9

  • Tookta Topline

  • Cheer SF

The day’s events will be hosted by D’Arcy Drollinger, with additional highlights such as Drag Story Hour and a special appearance by San Francisco Mayor London Breed. DJs Rapture and Saint Hills will provide the beats to keep the crowd moving.

Getting There

BART to offer its most robust Sunday service ever for SF Pride 2023 BART will open at 8am and will run 5-line service until 9pm with added special event trains as ridership warrants. After 9pm, BART will run 3-line service. Event trains will bolster our service between Millbrae and downtown San Francisco as well as between Pleasant Hill and downtown San Francisco from 9:30 to 11am. Later in the day, event trains will be staged to depart San Francisco stations beginning at 4pm to Millbrae and Pleasant Hill and all stations between.

 
Stern Grove Band Shell

Stern Grove, San Francisco

2 PM, Ages: All

Free


The 2023 lineup for the Stern Grove Festival just got released for free summer concerts in the park and it’s another stellar lineup.


Free RSVPs open for the first concert on May 18th and 2pm – you can reserve up to 4 spots. RSVPs open up one month in advance of each concert. Check Eventbrite to see when they start posting RSVP links. And we recommend acting quickly. RSVPs tend to go quickly. (or if you’re a baller and you have $1,500 or more to donate, you can reserve a table for up to 10 people)


The 86th annual festival kicks off on June 18th with Snarky Puppy and continues with Indigo Girls & Neko Case, Santigold, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Angélique Kidjo, the annual San Francisco Symphony concert (with special guest Lettuce), Bob Moses, blues legend Buddy Guy, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips (with a Neon Indian DJ Set) closing out this year’s festival starring at their annual fundraiser The Big Picnic.


Reservations are required again this year with RSVPs opening 1 month in advance. Find your concert and RSVP

  • RSVPs will likely be on Eventbrite (They were in 2022 and we expect them to be in 2023 as well)

  • Reservations are required but don’t guarantee entry. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Four Reservation Limit per person

  • Senior and ADA seating is available on a first come first served basis once on site and is available for 1 senior and 1 guest

  • Children 2 yrs + require a reservation

  • Doors open at 12 noon

  • Concert starts at 2pm

  • Enter through designated entrances only: #1. 19th & Sloat #2. Vale Ave. #3. 23rd & Wawona

  • You may bring your own food and beverages

NEW FOR 2023: All General Admission reservations are made ONLINE ONLY. This includes attendees who may use Senior, Wheelchair and ADA seating areas which are first-come, first-served once you enter the festival.

Getting There

Stern Grove Festival is held in Sigmund Stern Grove at the Corner of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco, CA

Parking in the area is extremely limited. The use of public transportation, bicycles or ride sharing is highly recommended.

Muni

  • Take a K or M train to the St. Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.

  • Muni Bus: line 28-19th Avenue stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.

BART

  • BART to Glen Park Station and transfer to MUNI bus 44-O’Shaughnessy to Forest Hill Station, then take the KT Muni Metro to St. Francis Circle and walk to 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard

  • BART to Daly City and transfer to MUNI bus 28-19th Avenue to stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard

  • BART to Balboa Station take a K train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.

  • Coming from the Peninsula or East Bay, take BART to Balboa Park and transfer to a K train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop and walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.

  • For information on public transit options or to plan your trip, visit www.511.org.

TAXI/RIDESHARE

  • A drop-off zone is located on the westbound side of Sloat Boulevard, just past the corner of 19th Avenue & Sloat Boulevard.

BIKING

  • We have FREE BIKE VALET! Located at the main entrance to the park — 19th & Sloat Boulevard.

  • Bike valet opens at 12 noon and closes one hour after the concert ends.

  • Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade area of Stern Grove.

At the Festival FAQ Entrances Entrances open at 12 noon, Concerts begin at 2pm. The Festival has three (3) General Admission Entrances :

  • #1. 19th & Sloat

  • #2. Vale Ave.

  • #3. 23rd & Wawona

GA Seating Areas

The Festival has three general seating areas. All areas are first-come, first served.

  • Concert Meadow

  • West Meadow

  • Hillside

BYO Picnics and Alcohol is Allowed

  • You are welcome to bring your own picnics and beverages (including alcohol).

  • Alcohol is not sold at Stern Grove Festival.

  • Food trucks are on-site on concert days.


Donate or Volunteer

And don’t forget to donate to the Stern Grove Festival or volunteer this year. Both are critical to help the festival continue to offer this free annual gift of music to the city.

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