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 2nd
Castro Theater, San Francisco
6:30PM, Ages: All
Join us June 2nd for a fabulous kick-off celebration at the historic Castro Theatre, “SF Pride 2023 Kick-Off: A Night of Queer Entertainment”. Featuring a jaw-dropping lineup of Bay Area legends across art forms such as drag, theatre, music and film.
This year we want to reflect on the lessons and triumphs of our past woven together with the emergent thought of contemporary social justice warriors. Our lineup celebrates intergenerational liberation by spotlighting Bay Area history through the “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” play, the films “Verasphere” and “The Girl From 7th Avenue”, and up-and-coming local legends in multi-disciplinary performances.
Our thrilling night of entertainment will also include DJs, dancers, raffles, and tasty libations provided by our partner Menage a Trois. We want to extend a special thank you to Another Planet for granting us use of the world-renowned Castro Theatre. We look forward to starting this Pride season with great flair and unapologetic flamboyance!
In summation: Get your outfit, call your friends, and get ready for a Pride season you will never forget!
See you in the Castro at 7pm, June 2nd!
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.”
See the food truck lineup (25+ every week from a rotating list of 50 food trucks)
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 3rd
Stowe Lake Boathouse, San Francisco
7:30PM, Ages: All
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?
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 :)
Union between Fillmore and Gough, San Francisco
11 AM, Ages: All
The Union Street Festival returns to the historic and charmingly cool Cow Hollow neighborhood on June 3-4, 2023 to kick off summer in the City.
While this is the 45th rendition it’s definitely a new day for one of San Francisco’s longest running street fairs. There’s an all-new highly-curated food and art vendor lineup highlighting many of The City’s top artists and designers, several of the most popular food trucks and local restaurants in the neighborhood. This is no longer your normal run-of-the-mill street fair with the same vendors you see in every other neighborhood. Everything is hand-picked just for the Union Street Festival.
The festival lineup features exceptional non-stop live music and DJs on stage and street throughout the event, high-end handmade arts and crafts by the west coast’s top art designers and creators, delectably delicious food and drink offerings from the Bay’s best food trucks and vendors, premium wine, seasonal craft beer, and signature cocktails, and artisan specialty food makers.
Sunday, June 4th
John Hinkel Park Amphitheater, Berkeley
4 PM, Ages: All
Inferno Theatre is the first company to reopen the free summer theater-in-the park tradition at the historic 1934 amphitheatre at John Hinkel Park after a beautiful multi-year renovation, with a live, magical production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
What could be better than The Tempest, a play that pushes theatricality to its limits?
Come join us on our imaginary island and meet the unique inhabitants. Experience the magical world of Shakespeare through movement, verse, and live music. Bring your low seat, cushions, blankets and a picnic, and enjoy the revival of free, open-air theater under the oaks. The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible with a few companion bench seats, and this is a great way to introduce kids to the beauty of Shakespeare. Free Admission
Market and Castro, San Francisco
11 AM, Ages: All
The Castro Art Mart Features LGBTQ Artists, Live Music, and Drag Performances every 1st Sunday of the month on Noe St and Market St (Next to the Lookout Bar), 11-5pm.
Come enjoy this Free, Family & Friendly event hosted by Castro Merchants, while supporting local artists, musicians, drag performers, and small businesses.
According to the SF Health Code Article 19L this is a No Smoking Event