Like the hills of San Francisco, this week has been filled with many highs and lows for Bay Area residents. However, the weather report indicates that this weekend will nothing but high, and hopefully your mood will reflect accordingly. This weekend has a particularly exciting itinerary, which means there is definitely something to inspire you to get up, get dressed, and out the door for some fun in the sun–just slap on some SPF first.
Take advantage of this weekend’s to-be fabulous weather and get into a chirpy summer spirit by hitting up all of the Bay’s coolest events. Between a pirate festival, a corgi convention, a tofu extravaganza, and plenty of festivals, this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area is seemingly lit as ever.
It’s also going to be Father’s Day this Sunday. If you haven’t made any plans to make the day special for your father (or father figure), check out our Father’s Day events guide.
If you want to have the most envy-inducing weekend out of all your friends, then scroll on and start planing:
Friday, June 16th:
Forever de Young → For its weekly Friday evening summer soirée, the de Young museum is offering free admission to the permanent collections, staying open until 8:30PM. This Friday’s event will showcase a performance by players of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program. Additionally, there will be dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, and the observation tower will stay open until 8PM.
Friday Nights at the de Young | de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA | Friday, June 2nd: 5PM | Free
Bring Your “A” Game → The Oakland A’s will be putting on a free karaoke-themed fireworks show after their Friday night game. Be sure to hang around the neighborhood to get into the fireworks’ sightline.
A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA | Friday, June 16th: 9:30PM | Free
Buffet at IKEA → If you’re like everyone else in the world and you love IKEA food, then this buffet bonanza will surely get your mouth watering. Make sure you’re on an empty stomach and head to IKEA in Emeryville for the annual Swedish Midsommar all-you-can-eat Smörgåsbord, which typically features Swedish meatballs, herring, whole poached salmon and other Swedish delights. This midsummer celebration continues the tradition of the Swedish holiday of the longest day of the summer.
All-You-Can-Eat Swedish Midsommar Smörgåsbord | IKEA, 4400 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA | Friday, June 16th: 4:30PM-8:30PM | $3-$17
Saturday, June 17th:
801 Corgis → If you have a penchant for stumpy-legged pups, look no further. There will be a corgi convention, which should attract about 800 corgis or so. If that isn’t enough for you, there will also be a corgi costume contest, a race, and plenty of merchandise.
NorCal Corgi Con | Ocean Beach, Fulton and Great Highway, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, June 17th: 10AM-2PM | Free
Life’s a North Beach → The North Beach Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary in historic North Beach, featuring over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kids’ chalk art area, and a blessing of the animals ceremony.
The 63rd Annual North Beach Festival | North Beach, Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA | Saturday & Sunday, June 17th-18th: 10AM-6PM | Free
Japan for the Day → Instead of sacrificing your paycheck for a trip to Japan, just head to Japantown for the Japan Day Festival to celebrate and honor Japanese heritage. The event will feature plenty of dancing, performances, art, improv, and an art of tea ceremony.
Japan Day Festival | Japantown Peace Plaza, Post Street at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, June 17th: 1PM-5PM | Free
Joy of Soy → This event is perfect for all the non-meat eaters in the Bay, which is a pretty heft population. Find your bliss in the joy of soy at this tofu spectacle. The event will host cooking demonstrations, plenty of soy and tofu vendors, a dessert competition, live performances, soy samples, food trucks, and even soy education.
7th Annual Soy & Tofu Festival | Saint Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA | Saturday, June 17th: 11AM-5PM | $10-$15
Sunday, June 18th:
Love & Pride → This is where the Summer of Love and gay pride intersect. Skip on over to the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park to celebrate love and pride while honoring San Francisco’s history as a landmark to the countercultural and gay rights movements.
Summer of Love Pride Party | National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Dr, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, June 18th: 12PM-5PM | Free
Get into the Spirits → Are you on the hunt for the next best craft liquor? Look no further than the Craft Spirits Carnival. With a grand selection of over 100 ultra-premium spirits from around the world, you’ll find something to keep you abuzz. Enjoy unlimited tastings of over 100 ultra-premium spirits like mescal, absinthe, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, grappa and tons more. Come thirsty, leave happy.
Craft Spirits Carnival | Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA | Sunday, June 18th: 1PM-5PM | $100 ($50 with discount code FUNCHEAP)
A Pirate’s Life for You → The Northern California Pirate Festival has one goal: To create an entertaining event where everyone who loves pirates will have a great time. This two day festival is perfect for anyone who loves pirates. So bring an eyepatch and maybe a parrot.
Northern California Pirate Festival | Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA | Saturday & Sunday, June 17th-18th: 10AM-6PM | $12, free for children