16 Awesome Events To Add To Your Weekend Agenda

The weekend is finally upon us! And thanks to the cloud-free skies and somewhat summer-y (okay, spring-y) temps, there’s no better time to get out of the house and indulge in all the fantastic attractions the area has to offer. We’re making it extra easy for you with this roundup of 16 hot events hitting the Bay, from county fairs and sushi-themed art openings, to fancy cocktail classes and a blow-out wedding dress sale. Whatever your weekend steez, we’ve got you covered. Trust.
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The Wall Sushi Poster Show
Any sushi fan knows that the presentation of this Japanese dish is just as pretty as it is tasty. A group of local artists have taken heed, creating an exhibit that showcases the meal's graphic element in the form of rad original posters.
When: Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, 63 Bluxome Street (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-777-8244.

The Return of Summer Party at Cary Lane
Hayes Valley designer discount shop Cary Lane is celebrating the season with a big bash including a live DJ, art show, free drinks and appetizers from some of your favorite eateries, giveaways, and 30% off the entire store all evening.
When: Friday, June 17, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Cary Lane, 560 Laguna Street (between Hayes and Linden streets); 415-896-4210.


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Another Hole in the Head Film Festival Closing Party

The two-week horror movie festival, Another Hole in the Head, might have come to a close this week, but spooky flick fans are sending the fest off in style with a closing party tonight. Expect electronic tunes by N.Y.C.'s Three and more horror movie geeks than you can shake a stick at.
Price: $15-$20
When: Friday, June 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Terra, 511 Harrison Street (at First Street); 415-896-1234.

Cocktails and Stargazing at the Marina Public Library
Those with more high-brow interests might enjoy the S.F. Public Library's second installment of its member-exclusive, after-hours cocktail party. This time 'round, the even will be held at the Marina branch and include an appearance by Packing for Mars author Mary Roach, a space-themed photo-booth, and "a tour of the sky" courtesy of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and a few telescopes out on the back patio.
Price: $20-$45, depending on membership status
When: Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Marina Branch Library, 1890 Chestnut Street (between Buchanan and Webster streets); 415-355-2823.

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Kiehl’s Grand Opening on Fillmore, Plus Eric Dance Appearance
S.F. native Eric Dane will visit Kiehl’s new Fillmore location as the beauty company fetes the new space with a live DJ, complimentary raffles, and refreshments. The event will honor the Homeless Prenatal Program charity and the first 160 people to arrive at noon will score Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser for free.
When: Saturday, June 18, opens at 10 a.m.; Dane appearance from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Kiehl's, 1971 Fillmore Street (between Pine and Bush streets); 415-359-9260.

The 57th Annual North Beach Festival
Celebrate San Francisco's vibrant Italian district with this lively arts and crafts festival, which will include live entertainment, a cooking stage with celeb chefs, a pizza tossing contest, masterful street chalk art, and even Assisi animal blessings.

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: North Beach (between Washington Square and Broadway Street); 800-310-6563.

Big Things' Summer Solstice Party
One of our fave local blogs and e-retailers, Big Things, is teaming up with Oakland's Swarm Gallery for a mega-fun summer shindig. Get ready for crafting, eats by Guerilla Grub, live music, and a marketplace of unique handmade and vintage goods, including items by Serial Cultura, Feral Childe, Captain Blankenship, and more!
Price: $5 donation at the door
When: Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m.
Where: Swarm Gallery, 520 Second Street (between Clay and Jefferson streets), Oakland; 510-839-2787.

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D.I.Y. Cocktail Classes with CUESA and Scott Beattie
The Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is hosting a D.I.Y. cocktail class with mixologist extraordinaire Scott Beattie (of Healdsburg’s Spoonbar fame) in which participants will learn to mix up a variety of tasty seasonal cocktails utilizing Charbay spirits.
Price: $50; Buy tickets here!
When: Saturday, June 18, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building #50; 415-291-3276.

Best of Polk Block Party
Celebrate Russian Hill's bustling Polk Street strip with this party on the rooftop of Lombardi Sports. Live music, grub by La Boulange and Loving Cup, raffles, and other fun stuff will be in steady supply. And it all goes to benefit the Real Options For City Kids (R.O.C.K.) charity.
Price: Free, but RSVP here.

When: Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Lombardi Sports, 1600 Jackson Street (at Polk Street); 415-771-0600.

Vacation Pop-Up Vintage Shop at Make-Out Room
When: Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Vacation Vintage Pop-Up Shop returns to Mission staple Make-Out room this Saturday with live music, DJ James and Shayde, snacks, drinks, and, of course, amazing shopping thanks to a group of local vintage dealers!
Where: Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street (between Bartlett and Mission streets); 415-647-2888.

Dash to Your Dress Bargain Bridal Event
Brides-to-be, this one is for you! Oakland's discount shop Grocery Outlet is hosting a big wedding dress sale this weekend in which its offering over 1,200 bridal gowns by Alfred Angelo in over 130 styles up to 85% off retail price. Meaning: There are going to be $99 dresses, y'all! While we can't promise that the styles will be exactly what you're looking for (it is sort of like shopping at Costco), if you're on a budget, it really can't hurt to check this one out!

When: Saturday, June 18, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Oakland Grocery Outlet, 2900 Broadway Street (between 29th and 30th streets), Oakland; 510-465-5649.

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San Mateo County Fair
Pig races, BBQ cooking contests, live music, ferris wheels...yes, folks, it's county fair season! Head to San Mateo this weekend for the first of several yeehaw-worthy fairs and some good old-fashion country fun.
Price: $7 pre-sale, $10 at the door
When: Friday, June 17, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: San Mateo County Fairgrounds1346 Saratoga Avenue (between South Delaware Street and Saratoga Drive), San Mateo; 650-574-3247.
NexGEN Science Fair
Gadget geeks and brainiacs should head to Fort Mason for this event, which will highlight exciting new products, ideas, and services—in everything from gaming to the eco-friendly industry—that might change how you live today and in the future.
Price: $25 at the door, $20 advance
When: Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center, Building D, Fleet Room, 1 Fort Mason Center (between Bucahan Street and Marina Boulevard); 415-345-7500.

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Stern Grove Festival Featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
The 2011 installation of this free concert series, established in 1938, will last through the beginning of August and feature 10 different events and diverse acts, including soul masters Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (featured this weekend), and followed up by Neko Case, the S.F. Opera, the S.F. Ballet, and others, all in a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater.

When: Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m. 
Where: Stern Grove Park (between 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard); 415-252-6252.

A Fair to Remember
While you're out and about at the North Beach Festival, be sure to break out and head to this little fair celebrating local creatives, from soap-makers and photographers to vintage collectors and jewelry designers. The B-Stars and Fox and Woman are set to perform, as well.
When: Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Jack Kerouac Alley, 257 Columbus Avenue (between Jack Keouac Alley and Saroyan Place); 712-541-0970.

Fort Mason's Farmers' Market Anniversary
In celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market, all fruit and veggie lovers are invited to meet-up and enjoy cooking demonstrations (which start at every hour interval) and a birthday cake cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Awwwww. And many, many more!
When: Sunday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center (between Bucahan Street and Marina Boulevard); 415-345-7500.

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