Weekend Guide: Secret Breakfast, Pi Day, and Old-School Barbary Coast

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This weekend, experience the legendary Barbary Coast, get in on a super-secret dining experience, celebrate Pi Day (π = 3.14, for our liberal arts readers), and more. 


The Soiled Dove

Step back in time to San Francisco's Barbary Coast for an evening filled with decadence, a circus performance, and a culinary spread worthy of royalty. Guests will feast on a four-course meal created by Work of Art Catering and entertained by the Vau de Vire Society. The Jazz Mafia/Realistic Orchestra will also be on hand to provide live music. $110-$120. Friday, March 13: 8pm-11:30pm. 633 Florida, Mission, San Francisco.

Underground Breakfast Club: Pi Day Feast

Five students with nothing in common, faced with—wait, that's the wrong Breakfast Club. This Breakfast Club hosts a monthly event that features health-conscious, seasonal dishes made by guest chefs. The club aims to create a sense of community, even if it is just for one day. Once you purchase tickets, the secret location will be emailed to you—BYO mug to quaff beverages. $30/person. Saturday, March 14: 10:30am. Secret location, Oakland.

The 164th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Ok, we know—parades can be a bit cliche, but the St. Patty's one is just too much fun to miss. Take off your snob cap and enjoy SF's longest-running parade, featuring local Irish dance companies, societies, bands, and groups. The parade starts on the corner of Market and 2nd Street and make its way to Civic Center Plaza, where a festival will be in full swing. Come for live music, dancing, a children's area, local Irish pubs serving up traditional fare, and—oh, that's right—BEER. Free. Saturday, March 14: 11:30am-5pm. 2nd & Market to Civic Center Plaza, SoMa, San Francisco.

Pi Day: Free Day At the Exploratorium

Check out the 27th annual Pi Day at the Exploratorium, a day revered by math nerds and pie lovers alike. To celebrate the endless 3.14159..., the Exploratorium will offer free admission, along with serving up π-themed shenanigans! Shovel in some free pie, and watch a pizza pie dough tossing provided by Pasquale's Pizzeria. 

Free. Saturday, March 14: 10am-5:pm. Exploratorium Pier 15, Embarcadero, San Francisco.

The 9th Annual SF Chocolate Salon

Take note, chocolate lovers! This event is exactly what it sounds like—an entire show about the sacred cacao bean. Explore the finest gourmet, artisan, and premium chocolates that San Francisco has to offer. Chocolate overload? The event also features chef talks, wine tasting, ongoing interviews by TasteTV, and other delicious confections. $20-25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for children. Sunday, March 15: 10am-6pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

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