No weekend is ever the same in San Francisco, but it always leaves you with the same feeling. You always want more. Here's what you shouldn't miss this weekend.

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October 19, 2018
The weekend is finally here.

Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

This weekend is your last chance to share some uniquely San Francisco experiences. Check out our weekend round-up of things you shouldn't miss.

Litquake Rumbles Into San Francisco

Litquake, the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, wraps up on Oct. 20, 2018. There are events for all ages, including "Kidquake" and "Teenquake," offering the youth a place of enouragement to showcase their readings of poetry, memoir, and prose, along with performances of dance and music. All kinds of art and literature are welcome!

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Last Chance Exhibits

Some of the astonishing exhibits at San Francisco's must-see museums won't be here forever. See Rene Magritte's The Fifth Season at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the only retrospective of its kind in the U.S., before it leaves on Oct. 28, 2018. There's still time to see Infinite Cycle at the Chinese Cultural Center before it's gone on Oct. 21, 2018. This new exhibit was part of the recent Global Climate Action Summit and sparks a conversation about environmental awareness through artworks and performances.

EXPLORE SAN FRANCISCO'S MUST-SEE MUSEUMS

“Modern Cinema” Concludes at SFMOMA

Co-presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the SFFILM, “Modern Cinema,” a three-week series exploring the work and interests of storyteller, novelist, and film critic Satyajit Ray, concludes on Oct. 21, 2018. Visit now an dexplore the full range of Ray's human drama that express contemporary issues of Indian life, including his debut feature, Pather Panchali (1955), adapted from a work of Bengali literature.

It’s Show Time!

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Sweat, concludes Oct. 21, 2018 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, and Red Scare on Sunset, which campily juxtaposes Hollywood and Washington, closes the same night at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Miserables, is now at the SHN Orpheum Theater. This legendary musical tells the story of a Vietnamese woman who is orphaned by war and on a journey to reunite with the love of her life. Grab your tickets now!

Cowboy Up!

The spirit of the Old West is still alive and well in San Francisco. The 2018 Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo continues with the PRCA Rodeo at the Cow Palace for two weekends, Oct. 19-20, 2018. For more than 70 years, the Grand National has been the West's most prestigious western lifestyle event, attracting thousands of participants and fans.

SF Open Studios 2018

Showcasing more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists, Open Studios is the perfect moment for art patrons, admirers and collectors to venture out on self-guided tours throughout San Francisco and visit as many studios as possible. Every weekend through Nov. 11, 2018 highlights a different group of neighborhoods. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, Open Studios is the largest and oldest open studios program in the U.S. 

Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair

Wharf Fest returns to San Francisco’s iconic waterfront neighborhood on Oct. 20, 2018. Come enjoy a street fair, exhibitors and fun family entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The highlight of the festivities is the chowder cook-off competition at noon. The festival takes place at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets, at the base of the famous Fisherman’s Wharf crab wheel sign.

Potrero Hill Festival Set for Oct. 20

For more than two decades, the Potrero Hill Festival has been a celebration of this eclectic community as local food vendors, artists, musicians, historians and residents turn out for this community event for all ages. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. join in the fun on 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets.

Can You Dig It?

Oct. 20 is International Archaeology Day. Every Wednesday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. learn about the Presidio's archaeological process and see how artifacts are cleaned, cataloged, studied, and curated during Open Lab hours.There are also guided tours every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Meet at the welcome desk at the Presidio Officers’ Club.

Mayhem Mansion at The Haas-Lilienthal House

Halloween will be here before you know it. Get a start on your spooks this season by discovering what lies behind the doors of the only Victorian-era house museum of its kind in San Francisco. This haunted tour will have many surprises, from rotting rooms and historic halls, to The Spookeasy for guests 21 and over to enjoy the Bootender's special concoctions. Experience this spooky tour for two weekends only on Oct. 20-21 and 27-28!

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