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, May 19th
Cow Palace, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
Body Art Expo will be back at the Cow Palace May 19th-21st!! Get your tickets early!!!
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience over 200+ body art and piercing vendors.
The 2023 Body Art Expo, presented by MEGA productions, will take place in our South Hall (see event dates & timings listed below).
May 19: 2:00PM – 11:00PM
May 20: 11:00AM – 11:00PM
May 21: 11:00AM – 7:00PM
General Admission Tickets:
1-day ticket: $25.00 (plus applicable fees)
3-day ticket: $55.00 (plus applicable fees)
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Event Parking: $20.00 General
Avoid the line and click here to purchase your parking pass.
No Overnight Parking
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, May 20th
Sunset Community Mercantile, San Francisco
10 AM, Ages: All
Come search for vintage treasures every third Saturday,April through November, 10 am to 4 pm, at Second Hand Saturday, an open-air vintage market located in the Outer Sunset at 37th Ave and Ortega.
Check out the goods at Secondhand Saturdays on 3rd Saturdays at 10am–4pm. Shop local vintage clothes and goods, enjoy live music from Bay Area artists, and visit booths by 30+ vendors – including a community yard/garage sale zone, boba, coffee, and more
We are ever so excited to bring back Secondhand Saturdays for its third year! The 2023 season launches on April 15th and will occur until November. Expect lots of exciting new ideas this season as well as some of the community’s most popular features. Vintage shop takeovers, record swaps, surf swaps, a pop up fashion show, halloween costume swap to name a few.
Jack London Square, Oakland
2 PM, Ages: All (21+ for beer)
okkaebier invites you to Oakland's first Chimaek (Chicken & Beer) Festival for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2023.
Chimaek (Chi from Chicken and Maek from Maekju, meaning beer in Korean) will gather diverse communities in Oakland together with live music and more.
Profits will be donated back to the local community.
What you'll get to enjoy:
Breweries: Who's gonna be there? Local breweries including Dokkaebier, Drakes, Black Hammer, Hella Coastal, Laughing Monk, HenHouse Brewing and more!
Food: Woo Can Cook, Aburaya, SOBO, Korner, and more!
Music: We have some amazing local artists playing at our event, including DJ Khalil Tran!
Commemorative Glass: Doing beer tastings? Your purchase comes with a limited-edition Chimaek Festival tumbler alongside two tickets that you can use at any brewery at the festival. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the festival.
Note: Commemorative glasses can only be guaranteed to those who order online. We'll have commemorative Chimaek tumblers available at the event while supplies last. We'll take card or cash on the day of the event.
Early Bird Special: Buy your tickets before Wednesday, May 17th (date updated due to high demand!) to get $4 off your purchase!
Sponsored by: Jack London Improvement District
Organized by: Build Up HQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this an all-ages event? Yes, but you must be 21+ to purchase a glass & drink tickets. Once checked in onsite, you will have your ID checked and receive a wristband. Admission is free of charge.
Can I purchase more than two drink tickets? Yes, you can purchase more drink tickets with cash or card on-site at one of our ticket booths. Only drink tickets will be accepted at the bars.
Will the event be held outside? Yes!
Will there be additional bathrooms on site? Yes!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Nope! Electronic tickets only.
More questions? Contact the event organizer at email@example.com for additional questions.
Sunday, May 21st
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
1 PM, Ages: All
There is a place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that is heaven for Bay Area inline skaters and roller skaters who like to boogie to the funky beat on wheels.
The Godfather of Skate brings his mobile DJ unit and plays groovy tunes for you to skate to. On most Sundays, there’s usually someone willing to teach you a few choreographed roller disco dance moves.
Howard & Main to The Great Highway, San Francisco
8 AM, Ages: All
Free to Watch
Welcome back to “Bay to Breakers,” the crown jewel of San Francisco events since 1912 with 20,000+ people racing (and 100,000+ watching) from the Bay to the Breakers at the western end of Golden Gate Park in a costumed mass of everything we love about San Francisco.
RACE REGISTRATION Most people try to just join the course mid-way and run for free, but if you want to be “official” here’s how to do it. – 12K Individual Runner: $69.99 – The Centipede Team Run: $58.87 – 12K Virtual Runner: $49.99
Add-ons (shows upon checkout) – 3k Breakers Bonus: $24.99 Includes: An extra 3k to your run (15k total), an EXCLUSIVE bonus medal in addition to the standard finisher medal, and one beer per runner at the Finish Line Festival beer garden
VIP Upgrade: $99.99 Includes: Pre-Race VIP Zone Access (Continental breakfast, private gear check and private restrooms) and Finish Line Festival VIP Zone Access (Catered lunch, private gear check pick-up, private restrooms and a post-race massage)
2023 “PRE-FESTIVAL” RACE EXPO FOR PACKET PICKUP Friday, May 19, 2023 – Noon to 7pm Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 11a to 6p – Embarcadero Plaza, Market & Steuart St., SF – Live music from David Hardiman’s New Orleans Jazz Band – Food from Señor Sisig, Curry Up Now, Chairman Bao and American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (for purchase) – Sponsor Booths and Vendor booths including – Door Dash, Jelly Belly, Kodiak Cakes, Evolve and Official Race Merchandise – Beer from Michelob Ultra (for purchase)
GETTING TO THE STARTING LINE
Caltrain offers a special train service with two limited-stop pre-race trains to that will arrive before the start. The first train leaves San Jose Diridon at 6:02am and arrives at 4th/King in SF (about 1.4 miles from the the starting point of the race) at 7:30am. A second train starts from Palo Alto at 6:24am and arrives at 4th/King at 7:17am. Regular Caltrain ticket prices apply.
Muni Express and Extra Service – Before the race, the 5R Fulton Rapid will operate to Downtown. After the race the 5X Fulton Express will operate from the finish line area to Civic Center BART.
Bay to Breakers “Shuttle” Bus – Bay to Breakers offers both a round-trip shuttle bus, or just a post-race bus with express pick up locations. All tickets MUST be purchased online in advance of race Sunday
Round-Trip Shuttle Options – Millbrae Park & Ride (South Bay) – $30 – Emeryville Park & Ride (East Bay) – $30 – Mill Valley Park & Ride (North Bay) – $30
Please Note: All Pre-Race transfers begin at 6:30am, last shuttle to the start line from all park and ride locations will be at 7:00am. All post race transfers back to park and ride locations from the finish line are between 11:30am – 12:00pm. Shuttles won’t start leaving the finish line area until 11:30am. Parking is not included with the shuttle ticket for any of the park and ride locations.
Post Race Shuttle Options – Downtown Express (Back To Start Line) – $18 – BART Station Express (Embarcadero Station) – $18
Please Note: All Post-Race transfers for Downtown and Bart will start at 9:00am and will run continuously until 1:00pm. Last shuttle is 1:00pm sharp from the finish line.
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE? Here’s the official line: “All alcohol and other illicit substances will be removed from the race course immediately when identified. The person with the item will be ejected from the event and is subject to arrest. “
POST RACE BEER GARDEN + FREE BEER All registered runners who are 21+ are invited to the post-race Beer Garden (according to SFMTA, the festival area is Great Highway btwn Sloat and JFK) with live music and you can receive a complimentary Michelob Ultra or Bud Light Seltzer (8am to 1p)
WHERE CAN I CROSS THE RACE COURSE? For those who just want to go about their day and aren’t racing, once the race begins, you will only have two options to cross the north/south portion of the race course: The Embarcadero and Crossover Drive (which connects 19th Avenue, south of Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue, north of Golden Gate Park). Expect delays due to street closures during the race and crowds of racers and spectators both before and after the race.
STREET CLOSURES The race starting line is at Main and Howard streets with the course proceeding along Howard to Ninth Street, heading north across Market Street to along Hayes to Divisadero, proceeding along Divisadero to Fell to Golden Gate Park, then along JFK Drive all the way to the finish line in the Ocean Beach parking lot on the Great Highway. Streets will be closed in the following areas at the times indicated: Starting Line Area Street closures beginning Saturday, May 20 from 7 p.m. until Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m.
Howard between Embarcadero and Beale
Steuart south of Mission
Spear between Mission and Folsom
Intersection closures at Howard:
Street closures beginning Saturday, May 20 from 7 p.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m.
Main between Mission and Folsom
Race Route Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Beale between Mission and Folsom
Fremont between Mission and Folsom
First St. between Market and Folsom (Muni allowed from Market to Mission)
Second St. between Mission and Folsom
New Montgomery between Mission and Howard
Howard between Beale and Third St
Intersection closures at Howard:
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mission between Fremont and Steuart (Muni allowed)
Beale between Market and Mission
Spear between Market and Mission
Market between Drumm and Steuart
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Howard between Third and Ninth streets
Ninth St. between Howard and Market
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hayes between Market and Divisiadero
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Steiner between Grove and Hayes
Scott between Grove and Hayes
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Divisadero between Grove and Oak
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fell between Divisadero and Stanyan
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baker between Oak and Fell
Street closures on Sunday, May 21 from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cabrillo between 46th Ave. & La Playa
Balboa between 46th Ave. & Great Highway
Point Lobos between 48th Ave. & Great Highway
Finish Line Festival Area Street closures on Saturday, May 20 from 9 p.m. until Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m.
La Playa between Cabrillo and Fulton
Fulton, westbound, between Great Highway and 46th
Fulton, eastbound, between Great Highway and 48th
Lincoln Way between Great Highway and La Playa
Intersection closures at Lincoln Way:
Lower Great Highway
Street closures on Saturday, May 20 from 9 p.m. to Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m.
Great Highway between Sloat and JFK
Multiple entrances to Golden Gate Park for the race period
2023 WATER STATIONS Hayes & Polk Fell & Baker JFK & E. Stow Lake Great Hwy & Noriega 2023 AID STATIONS Howard & 4th Scott & Hayes Fell & Baker* JFK & Nancy Pelosi JFK & 8th Ave JFK & Transverse Dr. JFK & Spreckels Lake JFK & Chain of Lakes Great Hwy & Noriega Finish Line* * Indicate that is station is also a sobering center.