Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
Another weekend with too many great events to choose from. Such is life in San Francisco! Get out there and listen to some music, flex your mental muscles, and sharpen your artistic eye.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Sing-Along Movie Night
Screen and sing along to the tunes of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Oracle Park's brand-new 4K scoreboard on July 13 for the first-ever, non-game day public movie night. Queen fans will have the exclusive opportunity to sit on the field and see a special cut of the Academy Award-winning film. General admission tickets are $15.
Music in the Air
Another one of the city’s most delightful summer experiences returns July 11-22, when Flower Piano transforms the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park into an alfresco concert hall. For 12 days, everyone is invited to play a dozen pianos tucked away among the garden’s 55 acres. Professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be performing, as well. The full schedule is here.
Fine Art at 111 Minna Gallery
Join 111 Minna Gallery on July 12 for the opening reception of the fine art exhibit, "Lullaby," featuring works by San Francisco-based muralists and fine artists Amandalynn and Lady Mags. Together, the art duo have created a visual display of artwork intended to ease the viewer and evoke an emotion of peace to everyone, just like a lullaby would. See these soothing artworks through Aug. 29.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
It's the final weekend of the 41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the largest and most comprehensive world dance and music event of its kind. Cross the bay to Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley on July 13-14 for performances showcasing traditions from around the world.
SFJAZZ Summer Sessions
Beginning this weekend and through Aug. 18, SFJAZZ’s Summer Sessions presents Monsieru Perine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Groegory Porter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mary Halvorson, Jackie Ryan and more. The theme of this year's Summer Sessions programming is based on the concept of the "Great American Songbook".
This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will walk through the doors of the Exploratorium to tinker with more than 650 exhibits investigating sciences, art, and human perception. Don't miss Moon Month, the July-long celebration of all things lunar. Celebrate milestones like the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary and witness a broadcast a total solar eclipse live from Chile.
Nature’s Music Box Tunes Up
Free concerts are a hallmark of San Francisco summers. One of the most renowned free concert series is the Stern Grove Festival. Every Sunday at 2 p.m., through Aug. 18, 2019, “nature’s music box” in the Sunset District will hum to the sounds of performers and groups ranging from the San Francisco Symphony (July 7) to The Isley Brothers (Aug. 18).
"Self, Made": Exploring You in a World of We
This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will walk through the doors of the Exploratorium to explore art, cultural objects and interactive experiences that express different facets of identity. "Self, Made" is much more than a science exhibition. It is also an ethical project to invite visitors to join the conversation about understanding the most complicated aspects of identity, race, sexuality and ultimately, diversity. This exhibition runs through Sept. 2, 2019.
The Art of Being San Franciscan
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, "JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco" continues through June. "JR", presented free to the public during the museum's open hours in the Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1, celebrates the voices of our unique city. The artist JR interviewed close to 1200 people from all walks of the city's life, and presents an interactive experience of their stories through a large-scale digital mural and kiosks for guests to explore further.
Come Play with Us
It’s summer and the Children’s Creativity Museum has a ton of activities lined up for the little ones. Geared for ages 2-12, the museum offers innovative art and tech experiences. Head up the ramp near the historic carousel for classes and activities that range from BuildSF, whose centerpiece exhibition is Sketch Town, an immersive digital experience, to the Animation Studio, which invites adults and kids of all ages to learn the basic skills of stop motion animation.
What's cheaper than a fitness center and just as historic as a cable car? The answer is stairway walks, one of the city's oldest and most scenic (albeit hidden) attractions. With more than 300 stairways scattered throughout the city, visitors only have to don walking shoes and grab a camera to explore the secrets of San Francisco. The city's stairways range from the local flights of steps hidden by trees and small gardens to the dramatic, carefully landscaped stairs found in more widely traveled places such as the famously "crooked" Lombard St.