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Cool Weekend Events

This time of the year is my favorite because it marks the beginning of the wonderful string of weekend festivals, street parties, and other events that help to make San Francisco a wonderful place to call home.

Here are just a few of the cool weekend events that are coming soon:

Bay Area National Dance Week kicks off on Friday, April 24th with a huge conga line for you to join at Union Square at Noon.

The Yerba Buena Art Gallery Walk happens on Saturday, April 25th from 1pm until 6pm. If you would like to meet up with some neighbors and myself (about 6 have signed up so far) at Rincon Hill’s Varnish Fine Art (21 and over at this venue because they serve wine) at 1pm, please RSVP online or just show up and introduce yourself as a Rincon Hill neighbor. You’re welcome to stick with the neighbors as we meander around the galleries or do your own thing – it is informal and intended to be a fun way to spend a Saturday and meet some new neighborhood friends. A $5 wine reception at Hotel Palomar caps the art walk from 6pm – 8pm.

Sunday Streets – The Embarcadero returns for 6 events in 2009 after two successful events that ran through Rincon Hill in the late summer of 2008. In 2009, the events move to different areas of the City, but the first event on April 26th from 9am until 1pm includes the Rincon Hill neighborhood as it runs along The Embarcadero from AT&T Park north to Aquatic Park. Events at Cupid’s Span in Rincon Park include Yoga and Martial Arts. There is a pullout in the middle of the April 23rd San Francisco Examiner that lists all of the activities for kids and adults planned along the route. The fun continues after 1pm at Fisherman’s Wharf with additional health fair and children’s play activities along with live music. Come out and play!

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival starts up on Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00pm until 2:30pm (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER) with Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, Patrick Makuakane’s dynamic Hawaiian dance company. The company will present a program of visually captivating hula. In its only full-length San Francisco performance this year, the company will feature a rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula, showcasing a delightful combination of signature pieces and audience favorites in the hula kahiko, hula ‘auana, and hula mua styles. Performances are given in a “talk-story” format, incorporating narration and dance to provide a rich cultural context. Please visit Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu’s website for more information.

SOMA Cultural Coalition – SOMA Arts Walk features the abundance of Dance also happens on Saturday, May 2nd from Noon until 5pm. Starting at 12pm, the walk begins at Shoebox, 855 Folsom St. Suite 112, featuring a Belly Dance Demonstration. At 1pm, go to The Garage, 975 Howard St, featuring RAW dance artists (Resident Artists Workshop). At 2pm, head over to the San Francisco Dance Center, 26 Seventh St, featuring workshop performances by amateur Adult Students. At 3pm, go to CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, featuring an open studio/showing with Stephen Pelton. Finally, at 4pm, go to City Dance and City Ballet School, 10 Colton St, featuring student performances with a reception following.

Let’s Go Dance@Jessie – The premiere on May 7th of a new event that will happen the first Thursday each month from 6pm – 7:30pm at Jessie Square brings music and a chance to dance with friends and neighbors. Jessie Square will turn into a downtown open-air dance party with live bands playing groovin’ rhythms, from polka to salsa, swing to bhangra, and beyond. Jessie Square is located next to St. Patrick’s Church and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. First Thursdays of the month – come early for the dance lessons, stay late for the dancing!

KFOG KaBoom 2009 – Concert and Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday, May 9, 2009 starting at 4pm. This year, KFOG welcomes Los Lonely Boys and Susan Tedeschi back to the KFOG KaBoom Stage at Piers 30/32 (near Bryant Street on The Embarcadero) with special guest Chuck Prophet, as well as continuous performances on the Children’s Stage, and of course, Northern California’s largest fireworks display synchronized to a World Class Rock soundtrack. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com for just $15, plus a nominal fee. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $20, cash only.

How Weird Street Faire 2009 comes back to the Rincon Hill neighborhood on Sunday, May 10, 2009 from Noon until 7pm centered at 2nd and Howard Streets. Please be sure to donate money when you enter this event if you want to keep it alive – City fees are increasing, snuffing out some of our wonderful street fairs around San Francisco. While not necessarily for everyone, the How Weird Street Faire offers ten blocks of art and celebration, and ten stages of music – mostly of an electronic/chill/dance variety. Plus performances and colorful costumes, vendors from around the world, food and drinks, and much more! Come join the fun! All ages welcome.

Sunday Streets – Southeast Waterfront event is right around the corner on May 10th from 10am – 2pm, running south of AT&T Park down 3rd Street. Volunteers are needed to make Sunday Streets successful – please help out if you can!

You can look for more Yerba Buena Gardens Festival events all spring/summer.

See you out and about!

3 Responses to Cool Weekend Events

  1. Man! Why are so many cool events happening on Mother’s Day?? I’m bummed to miss them.

  2. By the way, thanks for posting the SOMA/South Beach goings on! It’s really helpful.