Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
Whether you want to relax by the water or run through Golden Gate Park, there's plenty to do this weekend in San Francisco. Check out our picks for a memorable weekend.
Wine Tasting and More at PIER 39
Grab your friends and head to The PIER to enjoy an evening of wine, beer, music and fun at the PIER 39 Spring Wine Pour on Friday, May 18, 2018. Stroll The PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy tastings, exclusive discounts, live music and entertainment from 4-8 p.m. Paying attendees will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative glass and more. A limited number of tickets will be available day-of at the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza for $30 (cash-only). A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Aquarium of the Bay's conservation education program for Bay Area children.
A New Exclusive Exhibition at SFMOMA
On view at the at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from May 19-Oct. 28, 2018 is René Magritte: The Fifth Season, an exclusive special exhibition looking at the works of the famed surrealist during the latter stages of his career from the 1940s to 1960s. The Fifth Season features more than 50 oil paintings and a dozen gouaches across nine galleries. Many pieces within the exhibit are rarely-seen treasures from museums around the world and private collections. Together, they offer a provocative look at Magritte's use of the irrational to convey meaning and mystery in his artwork.
Bay to Breakers: The Wildest Race in the West
Of all of San Francisco’s unique traditions, none captivates the entire city the way Bay to Breakers does. This year’s race is on May 20. It’s an annual testament to the creativity, community and resilience that make San Francisco such a popular destination. Whether it’s a pink gorilla or a cadre of runners dressed as Wonder Woman, participants try to outdo one another by crafting some truly outrageous costumes every year. Find a spot along the race route to watch and cheer on the runners.
The Men Who Made Disney
The Walt Disney Family Museum’s newest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation, now on view through Jan. 7, 2019, celebrates the distinctive talents and contributions of the Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists, playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Disney himself. Masters of Animation will feature an array of artwork and family mementoes from each of the “Nine Old Men,” including sketchbooks, caricatures, snapshots as well as original art.
Before the Curtain Comes Down...
Some of San Francisco's current theater offerings will be closing soon. Don't miss your chance to see the American Conservatory Theater's Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) and the New Conservatory Theatre Center's The Myster of Love and Sex, both closing on May 20. The national tour of the Tony Award-winning The Color Purple continues through May 27 at the SHN Orpheum Theater. Congresswomen, a cynical satire based on ancient Aristophanes, continues at EXIT Theatre through May 26, and When Pigs Fly plays the New Conservatory Theatere Center through June 10.
The West Coast’s top designers have transformed 465 Marina Blvd. in the heart of the Marina District for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which continues through May 28, 2018 (closed Mondays except Memorial Day). Originally built by architect George McCrea in 1930, the house offers uninterrupted views of San Francisco Bay from its location opposite Marina Green. More than two dozen interior and landscape designers along with artists and photographers have been selected to transform the rooms and outdoor spaces in this three-level residence.
The Scoop: Museum of Ice Cream Extends Stay
After selling out since arriving in the fall of 2017, the Museum of Ice Cream is extending its run through Sept. 3, 2018, debuting two new rooms—"Mint Jungle" and "Carnival"—enticing visitors to explore their imagination (or to come back and visit). Tickets are on sale now.
Shifting Gears: Museum Picks
Several exhibitions this summer pay tribute to the world of machines and technology. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists continues through July 29, 2018. Also at the CJM through July 8, 2018, The Art of Rube Goldberg explores the career of this native San Franciscan. One of the most celebrated and influential cartoonists of all time, Goldberg was also fascinated by overly complicated chain-reaction machines. Suggesting possible parallels to the tech industries of Silicon Valley, Cult of the Machine continues at the de Young Museum through Aug. 12, 2018. Through paintings, photography, film, and design, the exhibition reflects on the impact of urbanization in the 1920s and ‘30s.