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 25th
Dolores Street, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
We are happy to announce that Trans March will be hosting a series of events this year and we would like to have you join us as we start bringing the community back.
The following events are being produced by the Trans Match Planning Committee 2021:
Trans March Virtual Presentation & Openhouse & LYRIC’s Virtual Show
Like last year, we will produce a “virtual show’ featuring performers, speakers and information for the community. We also will feature amazing performances curated by Openhouse and LYRIC from the Intergenerational Brunch! (Times and links will be provded.)
Intergenerational Brunch – in-person
This in-person brunch will happen on Friday, June 25, from 10:00am- 1:00pm at 726 Jones. LGBTQI Elders and LGBTQI Youth will be coming together to enjoy this traditional brunch at this beautiful space. Presented by Openhouse, LYRIC, SF AIDS Foundation & San Francisco Community Health Center.
Trans March Resource Fair – in-person – Friday, June 25, 2021
One of the most important staples of Trans March is its Resource Fair. We have collaborated with SFMTA’s Shared Spaces to create a safe space, a street closure on Dolores Street (between 18th & 19th Streets) to host a Resource Fair that will be regulated with 100 guests per hour. This will take place on Friday, June 25, from 11:00am- 4:00pm.
Jessie Street, San Francisco
4 PM, All Ages
Westfield San Francisco Centre Announces the Jessie Street Block Party, a New Music, Dining and Arts Venue Debuting June 18 Outdoors at Jessie Street West
Fridays & Saturdays 4 p.m.-10 p.m. through September the Jessie Street Block Party features free live music debuting June 18 with Pop Artist Michelle Lambert and DJs, mural painting by Jaz Miyahgi, Food and Fare by Executive Order Bar & Lounge and the Cavalier Restaurant, Giveaways and More
Westfield San Francisco Centre today announced the Jessie Street Block Party, a new outdoor dining, music and arts venue debuting at Jessie Street West June 18 and open Fridays and Saturdays 4 p.m.-10 p.m. through September 2021.
Admission is free at the outdoor venue at Jessie Street West, an expansive L shaped alleyway adjacent to Westfield San Francisco Centre at Mission and Fifth streets, transformed with dining cabanas, artwork, flora and fauna, festival lighting and more.
On June 19, music will fill Jessie Street West as rising Pop Artist, Michelle Lambert performs her hits “My California,” “Girl on Fire” and “Come to Me” and DJ’s to add to the festival atmosphere from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. That evening, Noted artist Jaz Miyagi, whose clientele includes Stephen Curry, Mary J. Blige, Drake and more, will be painting a 130’ by 10’ mural celebrating the ever-changing world we live in on the Pickwick Hotel alley wall.
Jessie Street Block Party is part of an expansive lineup of new events, attractions, retailers and dining experiences at Westfield San Francisco Centre this summer. PROM-a Pride celebration under the Centre’s historic dome June 25 is some reminiscent of a high school prom. A Dance Battle Tournament by TURFinc, “Leave Your Mark on the Dancefloor,” is June 19 and July 17. Market Street Makers, a marketplace of emerging local artisan brands is every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Musiquarium @ The Selfie Market, immerses music lovers of all ages in a world of music memorabilia, concert photography, street art and buzz-worthy stage settings through the end of the year.
This summer, enjoy new retail and dining offerings. Find designer apparel and accessories by inspired by the local Hip-Hop scene and the heartbeat of San Francisco at COEUR415; decadent cupcakes and desserts at Savion’s Sweets; fresh and healthy tea drinks from the local woman-owned small business at Pink Pink Tea Shoppe; and, luxury watches and accessories from IWC Schaffhausen. The wildly popular Shake Shack opens its downtown restaurant this summer on the Concourse Level, complete with crinkle-cut fries, Angus beef burgers, frozen custard and more. Rooftop Dinning Terrace offers striking views of downtown and the Centre’s historic glass and steel dome on beautifully landscaped patio, and is open for guests to grab a bite at the Food Emporium and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner.
These new offerings are part of an unparalleled collection of over 100 retailers and experiences at Westfield San Francisco Centre — the home to the West Coast flagship Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, a Burke Williams Day Spa and Century Theatres, and favorite brands including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, J.Crew and Zara.
Saturday, June 26th
Yerba Buena, San Francisco
1 PM, All Ages
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival announces a special 2021 summer season that will kickoff on Saturday, June 26 at 1pm with a free concert from Bobi Céspedes, the Bay Area's matriarch of Cuban Music. In 2020, the Festival was poised to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and, now, in 2021, the organization can properly acknowledge this landmark year by honoring the Festival's historical legacy and cultural impact in the Bay Area and beyond.
All events are free.
For over two decades, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has presented free outdoor music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, and children's programs with artists from the Bay Area and around the world. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission Street and Howard Street and Third and Fourth Streets in downtown San Francisco. For more information, visit https://ybgfestival.org/ .
"I could not be more thrilled to announce this special Festival season of free performances and concerts this summer," says Festival Executive/Artistic Director Linda Lucero. "On behalf of the Festival staff and board, I am so excited to welcome everyone back to the beautiful Gardens to experience our region's rich cultural diversity and the immense fortitude of our local artists and performers. After a long period of isolation for many of us, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival remains a space for art and joy, welcoming people from all walks of life. There's nothing that gladdens the heart and spirit more than celebrating the performing arts together under open skies."
Additional events for September and October will be announced.
Fort Mason, San Francisco
10 AM, All Ages
This single-day, outdoor market will bring together nearly 70 of the best artist and designer craftspeople in the Bay Area. Items for sale, including textiles, bags, accessories, woodcrafts, furniture, clothing, housewares, body care, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, and much more. Inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, this event represents the best of the West Coast.
View the WCC catalog of all the vendors that have participated in WCC events to get an idea of the type of artisans that appear at WCC's outdoor markets. WCC has an effective health-and-safety plan in place to protect vendors and visitors and allows canines on leashes to visit the market too.
While public health precautions are in place, please wear a mask and observe social distancing practices when shopping at the market and have a great time! When the public health guidelines change -- have an even better time!
Sunday, June 27th
Stern Grove, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
At 2pm exactly 12 days prior to each event, an online portal will be opened through https://www.sterngrove.org to offer free passes on a first-come, first-served basis.
Full lineup for Stern Grove 2021!
June 20: Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña, LadyRyan
June 27: Perfume Genius, Madame Gandhi, Honey Mahogany, LadyRyan
July 4: San Francisco Symphony
July 11: Thievery Corporation, Dessa, DJ Shortkut
July 18: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Dip, DJ Omar
July 25: X, The Avengers, DJ Omar
August 1: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
August 8: Thundercat, Cassowary, DJ Shortkut
August 15: Fitz & The Tantrums, Devon Gilfillian, DJ Omar
August 29: The Big Picnic featuring Tower of Power, Too $hort, DJ Shortkut
* Advance Reservations Required for All Concerts
* General Admission reservations can be made for up to 4 people per reservation
* Senior benches can be reserved for up to 2 people per reservation
* ADA seating can be reserved for up to 2 people per reservation
* All members of your group must be present to enter
* Reservation holder must present a current photo ID to enter
* California residents only, unless you are a fully vaccinated visitor
* Eating/Drinking is allowed without a mask
* Mask requirements are subject to current SF Department of Public Health guidelines
Ortega and Quintara, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
Come and explore our weekly Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile 9 am-3 pm every Sunday, year-round rain or shine on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara in The Outer Sunset, SF. Our festive family-friendly outdoor market features local farmers, ranchers, producers, food artisans, food trucks, amazing chefs, makers, merchants, artists, causes, live music, and children's activities...all well spread out over two long blocks to allow for safe distancing. Face coverings and frequent hand-sanitizing/washing a must. Join us in January and February as we celebrate MLK Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month.
Follow us @sunsetmercantile on IG/FB or https://www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details. Be sure to take time to explore all of the incredible shops and eateries of The Sunset District! Follow @sunset_strong or go to https://sunsetstrong.com/