What’s rarer than June’s full “honey” moon landing on Friday, the 13th? Not much considering that the last one occurred in 1919. The only occurrence more peculiar is a San Franciscan not having any weekend plans. So if this is your predicament, then read on my little unicorn, and I’ll fix you right up.
Friday, June 13th
The world has been set on fire with World Cup fever! The tournament kicked off last night with a gorgeous opening ceremony and the first win for Brazil, beating Croatia 3-1. The national teams of 31 countries qualified for the World Cup. A total of 64 matches are being played in 12 cities across Brazil, and will conclude with the final on July 13th. The best way to watch these amazing athletes, (in my humble opinion), is to go to one of SF’s many viewing parties or to simply throw your own.
My top picks for this weekend’s best World Cup viewing hot spots around town begin with Mad Dog in the Fog, which is considered one of the best places to watch soccer in the city, and has the added bonus of letting you poor your own beer courtesy of the TableTender, an eight-stooled table with a built-in two-tap system that pulls from kegs stashed in a cabinet underneath. SF Rec and Parks is hosting free public daily screenings in front of City Hall, with giant outdoor screens, food trucks, and the opportunity to cheer on your favorite teams along with thousands of other soccer enthusiasts. Check here for the full schedule of events. On Saturday, Cigar Bar & Grill is your best bet on where to watch the games if you need a little dance break in between all the soccer madness. There will be a big screen outside on the patio, a bunch of TVs inside, and DJs hosting a dance party, so you can either dance off the crushing blow of defeat, or do a celebratory “in your face” dance when your team scores the final goal. The doors open at 11am, and presale tickets are $10 with an RSVP.
If soccer just really isn’t your thing, (it’s okay you can admit it, well, in certain crowds anyway), then I have another option for you. Harlot is hosting a costumed dance party, where you can channel your inner, Crouching Tiger, Hidden …Spaceman? It’s an animal and space themed party, because earthling animals are so last year. The club is offering “all sorts of gizmos and lights sprinkled throughout, a huge visual show, two levels of fun, and even new animal friends.” Animal and space attire is strongly encouraged, and all costumed ladies get in for free! The wild things start their orbit at 9pm and tickets are $15 – $20.
Saturday, June 14th
Festival season is upon us, and one of the country’s oldest outdoor festivals is celebrating its 60th anniversary in North Beach this weekend. This year’s festival will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, a kids’ chalk art area and the blessing of the animals. The festivities will run from 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday between Grant and Columbus Avenues. The festival is free, and you can check out the full entertainment schedule here.
Did someone say, “Daaaaaaaaaay Parrrrrrrrrrty?!” Okay, while it doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it as “Goooooooooooooal!,” I’d say that it’s just as exciting. Sunset Sound System is hosting it’s 6th Annual Sunset Island Electronic Music Picnic on Treasure Island. The Sunset DJ crew will be blasting their beats from noon to 9pm, plus there will be food trucks, and art installations from the burning man community. The event is located on the Great Lawn, next to the amazing Bliss Dancer sculpture, so bring your blankets, beverages, and tasty snacks for the full picnic experience. Tickets are $25 presale and $30 at the gate.
Sunday, June 15th
Sometimes it’s nice to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. The Golden Gate Rose Society invites you to do just that at their Rose Show at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park from 12:30pm to 4pm. The San Francisco County Fair Building, which is located at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, will be filled with rose exhibits with the top three honors taking Queen-, King- and Princess-of-Show. The event is free, and after the show, the public will be welcome to take home free roses from the exhibit.
Are you looking to expand your musical influence, and include a little more jazz into your life? The 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, (not to be mistaken for the Fillmore Jazz Festival), kicked off on Thursday and is going through June 22nd. The festival is a nonstop celebration of world-class jazz, with 44 shows on multiple stages at the new SFJAZZ Center. The check out the diverse lineup of musicians, visit the SF JAZZ Center.