Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
Get ready for a high-octane, incredibly tasty, and totally inspiring weekend in San Francisco. From air shows to art shows and parades to pasta parties, we've got so much to add to your calendar.
Celebrate Service During Fleet Week
This weekend, San Francisco will be filled with tributes to America’s armed forces. Fleet Week features a parade of ships, ship tours and an impressive air show that includes the Blue Angels. There will be tours and displays at PIER 39, as well as a Humanitarian Assistance Village at the Presidio's Marina Green. Check out our tips for the best places to experience Fleet Week, as well as the best places to stay.
151st Italian Heritage Parade
On Oct. 13, 2019, the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade returns as the oldest continuing American-Italian parade in the U.S. The parade will begin at Fisherman's Wharf at Jefferson and Powell streets and end at Washington Square. Expect to see handcrafted floats and marching bands from local high school Italian clubs. Queen Isabella and her court will also be making a special appearance!
Litquake Rumbles Into San Francisco
Litquake, happening through Oct. 30, is the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast. This program features a variety of authors and participants at 160 different venues. There are events for all ages, including "Kidquake" and "Teenquake," offering the youth a place of encouragement to showcase their readings of poetry, memoir, and prose, along with performances of dance and music. All kinds of art and literature are welcome!
SF Open Studios 2019
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. Each weekend highlights a different group of neighborhoods. Celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, Open Studios is the largest and oldest open studios program in the U.S.
La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival Celebrates 10 Years
The San Francisco Street Food Festival, an essential element of the thriving Bay Area food scene, returns Oct. 12, 2019 at The Power Station (420 23rd St.). The festival embraces the delicious and diverse story of American food with Mexican huaraches, Vietnamese pho, Southern fried chicken, Nepalese dumplings and so much more, all while promoting equity for women-, immigrant-, and POC-owned businesses.
The spirit of the Old West gallops back into San Francisco, Oct 11-12, 2019, with the PRCA Rodeo at the Cow Palace. Enjoy two weekends full of rodeos, horse shows, and livestock shows. For more than 70 years, the Grand National has been the West's most prestigious western lifestyle event, attracting thousands of participants and fans.
Movies in Mill Valley
The 42nd annual Mill Valley Film Festival wraps up Oct. 13 in Mill Valley, San Rafael and other Marin locations, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Well-known for the quality of its programming, the festival is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season.
Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) Burning Man Exhibition
Marvel at the large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events, Burning Man. "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" takes over OMCA, Oct. 12 - Feb. 16, 2020. Intricate jewelry, head-to-toe costumes, "mutant" vehicles, sculptures and life-sized installations are among the impressive works museum visitors can see up-close.
Get "Unhinged" at the Winchester Mystery House
For almost a century, this estate has been considered one of the most haunted houses in America. Now you can enter its secret rooms and hidden passageways that were once forbidden on this exciting, suspenseful walkthrough experience. This psychological thriller is in lieu of the traditional Halloween Candlelight Tour that will allow guests to see the house in a completely new light. This opportunity will only be available on specific nights through Nov. 2, so get your tickets soon!