We’re headed into a three-day weekend! Woo hoo!
What’s that? You didn’t make any weekend plans and all of your friends are headed out of town for Lightning in a Bottle and the California Roots Festival? No problem. I’ve got you covered!
Here are my top picks for making the most out of your Memorial Day weekend!
Friday, May 23rd
San Francisco Popfest, a 4-day indie rock festival, kicked off last night at The Knockout. The festival was founded in 1998, but remains “sweet and petite” due to SF Popfest’s organizer, Josh Yule, who also books, bartends, and DJs at The Knockout. The music continues through Sunday at Rickshaw Stop, The Explorist International Record Store, and Hemlock Tavern. Tickets will be available at the door at all of the venues and will range between $12 – $18, with the exception of a freebie show at the record shop on Saturday afternoon. To check out more info on the lineup and set times, visit San Francisco Popfest.
There is expected to be a brief, but intense meteor shower tonight, with visibility depending on Karl the Fog. Observers in the U.S. and southern Canada are predicted to be well positioned to see the Camelopardalids meteor shower between the hours of 10pm and 1am. According to SF Sidewalk Astronomers, one of the best places to view the meteor storm is at Lands End, but really anywhere is good, just as long as you can get away from the city’s lights. “Nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.” – Sea and Sky
Saturday, May 24th
Treasure Island Flea turns three! Along with spectacular views of our fair city, there will be 400+ local artists, makers, and designers, fifteen food trucks, two full bars, live music, and carnival games. Guests who RSVP on Facebook will receive a $5 shopping voucher. The celebrations will last from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with a mere $3 entry fee plus free parking!
Raise your glass if you love beer! Well then, how does unlimited tastings from over sixty breweries sound? What?! I couldn’t hear you over your squeals of delight. Luckily, your dreams have come true because the 31st Annual San Francisco International Beer Festival is taking place at Fort Mason on Saturday evening. The tickets are a little pricey at $75, but the money is going towards a good cause, since the event is a fundraiser for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. To buy tickets and learn more about the selection of tasty brews, visit SF Beer Fest.
Sunday, March 25th
La Rumba de la Copa Mundial, (a Celebration of the World Cup) is the theme for this year’s weekend-long Carnaval Festival. The Carnaval Grande Parade kicks of at 9:30am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets and will head west to Mission Street. “San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade is an extraordinary, must-see event that is represented by and honors cultures from around the world. Alongside brilliant floats, lavishly dressed performers and musicians will entertain the crowd as the parade makes its way through the Mission District.” – FunCheap SF This is a free event, unless you opt for the $30 Grandstand Seating and VIP Party.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good day party! Luckily, Sunset Sound System and Stompy.com are teaming up to satisfy our dancing needs with twelve hours of beats, fire dancers, and food trucks at Cafe Cocomo starting at 2pm. This will sadly be one of the club’s final events. After sixteen years as the Bay Area’s largest salsa nightclub, it’ll shut its doors for good next month. So, come dance and enjoy the last days of Cocomo! Tickets will be available at the door for $20.
Monday, May 26th
Memorial Day is a US federal holiday to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service, and it also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season. So, why not celebrate the ‘Merican way with the 19th Annual Sh*t-Kickin’ Memorial Day Outdoor Twang Fest & BBQ at the El Rio?!
There will be live music, free BBQ, drink specials, a pool table, and shuffleboard to make sure that you have a sh*t-kickin’ good time! The party starts at 4pm and the cover is $10 at the door… hey, that rhymed!