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, September 23rd
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Re-emerging for its 12th season, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is the Bay Area’s most beloved and anticipated community event, as well as the largest recurring nighttime street food festival in Northern California. After a challenging couple of years, we’re ready to reignite the San Francisco food scene with our flagship marketplace in full style. This year’s event will highlight both creators and guests through a more dynamic way to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Together, we can throw a heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make this city so vibrant.
The Roxie and The Castro Theaters, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
The festival screen over a dozen programs of narrative and documentary features and shorts by independent filmmakers who are committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through their work. The festival covers a vast array of topics and themes like addiction, comedy, LGBTQ+, and women's issues through its lineup of captivating films; presenting some of the best cinema from South Asia and its Diaspora, including stories from India, Sri Lanka, France, UK and the Pakistani community in the US.
3rd i is celebrating 20 years of its annual film festival showcasing the best of South Asian cinema. Join us Sept 23- 25 in San Francisco theaters and Oct 6 online. More info coming soon!
Saturday, September 24th
The Intercontinental, San Francisco
6 PM, Ages: 21+
Discover the world of whiskey like you've never seen it before. As one of the largest whiskey tasting events in the US, Whiskies of the World gathers over 200+ whiskies from across the globe and their makers in one spot for the ultimate whiskey experience. From the biggest brand names to small craft boutique whiskies, cigar pairings, light bites and masterclasses, this all-inclusive tasting experience is one you don't want to miss!
For the ultimate whiskey-obsessed experience, the VIP ticket ($150) provides guests with early access to the event for more face-to-face time with distillers, priority reservations for the educational masterclasses and private access to additional high-end whiskies and culinary offerings. In addition to hundreds of whiskies available to taste, the general admission ticket ($100) provides guests with deliciously crafted culinary bites and a nosing glass to properly sip and swirl whisky like a pro. Intimate masterclasses ($5 fee, based on availability) are also available.
SFMOMA, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
The most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in over two decades, Diego Rivera’s America brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings—as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections of highly influential murals he created in Mexico and the United States. Rather than surveying his entire career, the exhibition focuses on Rivera’s work from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, when he was conceiving a new vision for North America informed by his travels in Mexico and the U.S.
Ten thematic galleries are dedicated to places like Tehuantepec and Manhattan that captured his imagination, and to his favorite subjects, such as street markets, popular celebrations, and images of labor and industry.
“Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century,” notes guest curator James Oles. “He was deeply concerned with transforming society and shaping identity—Mexican identity, of course, but also American identity, in the broadest sense of the term. Because of his utopian belief in the power of art to change the world, Rivera is an essential artist to explore anew today, from a contemporary perspective.”
Diego Rivera’s America builds on SFMOMA’s collection of over 70 works by Rivera, one of the largest in the world. It also features paintings, drawings and frescoes borrowed from public and private collections in Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K., reuniting many for the first time since the artist’s death. Iconic and much-loved works, such as The Corn Grinder (1926), Dance in Tehuantepec (1928), Flower Carrier (1935) and Portrait of Lupe Marín (1938), will be shown alongside paintings that have not been seen publicly since leaving the artist’s studio.
Sunday, September 25th
37th and Ortega, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
Come celebrate the summer season at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile with our Wednesday relaunch! The farmers market is now available Wednesdays, June 8th - August 10th, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm as well as every Sunday 9:00 am-3:00 pm year-round, rain or shine on 37th Avenue at Ortega. The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages. Music lineup on June 8th includes Young & Up Too late at 3 pm and Tyler H at 6 pm and local favorite, Olive the Storyteller, will weave her stories at 5 pm.
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth with special food, activities and two stages of live music to honor the day on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Local favorites Gumbo Social, Smokin’ D’s BBQ, Sunset Roasters and Yes, Pudding will be on-site with special Juneteenth menus. Local musicians include: Kaylah Marin, Hanif, Vazh, Allura Lex, Season of Us, Saint Pigeon, Dr. Rick and No Country. Please join us in recognizing this important day!
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Folsom Street, San Francisco
11 AM, Ages: All
Folsom Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts and culture organization that produces iconic events that benefit our whole community. We feature amazing artists, musicians, DJs, dancers, performers and more in San Francisco. Our events center emerging and marginalized artists and create spaces and audiences for unique art and performance. We are supported by San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the Horizons Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and PATRONS LIKE YOU!
Folsom Street cultivates a safe, open, and inclusive environment for the kink, leather, and alternative sexuality communities while centering equity for BIPOC and LGBTQA2I+ people. We are rooted historically in the fight against gentrification and displacement here in San Francisco, on unceded Ohlone land, and worldwide. We unite, strengthen, and affirm the community through support, resources, education, advocacy, visibility, and celebration. We are dedicated to sexual liberation and the human right to pleasure as a crucial part of the liberation movement.
Folsom Street is an explicitly anti-racist organization and we are committed to decolonizing our practices. We welcome feedback and guidance from our communities.
Since our founding in 1984, Folsom Street has given over $7 million dollars in proceeds to nonprofit LGBTQ2S+ centered organizations.