Weekend Guide: The Doobie Brothers, North Beach Festival & More

Weekend Guide: The Doobie Brothers, North Beach Festival & More


This weekend, you can throw stuff at a movie screen, listen to the Doobie Brothers in the park, or smoke an actual doobie.


The 61st Annual North Beach Festival

What: San Francisco's oldest street fair celebrates the community of historic Little Italy. With two days of arts and crafts booths, Italian street painting, live music, and, of course, mouthwatering food, North Beach's rich heritage comes out to play in this internationally recognized SF tradition. Don't miss the blessing of the animals, held at The Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi at 2pm each day.

When: Stroll the streets of North Beach between 10am and 6pm this Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. 

Where: The birthplace of the Beat Generation and home of Washington Square hosts the bustling festival on Grant Avenue, Columbus Avenue, Vallejo and Green Street. 


CUESA's Summer Celebration

What: The magical group behind the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market hosts their annual commemeration of the summer harvest with a night of fresh and delicious food. Forty local restaurants and 20 bars and wineries are the stars of the night, and each dish is prepared with at least one of the five peak season summer plant families. 

When: Spend an evening at the Farmers' Market on Sunday, June 14 from 6-9pm.

Where: Chefs such as Carl Foronda of 1760 and Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb come together in the Ferry Building Marketplace.


Sing-Along Sound of Music

What: The historic and extravagant Castro Theater hosts its annual sing-along of classic mountain-frolicing and curtain-sewing flick The Sound of Music. Not only are subtitles provided for the very small segment of the population that does not know the words to every single song, but audience members will also receive a goody bag full of props.

Why: It's one of the only movie events where audience participation is highly encouraged. 

When: You can wave your flowers around to "Edelweiss" four times this weekend: There are two showings on both Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 7pm.

Where: Where else but the Castro Theater?


Stern Grove Festival Opening Day

What: The annual free concert series in beautiful Stern Grove kicks off its 78th year with the sweet sounds of The Doobie Brothers. Spend a Sunday among the eucalyptus trees and fog in one of San Francisco's most underrated green spaces. 

Why: You can save your money for Outside Lands at this much more low-key SF tradition. 

When: The annual festival hosts concerts every Sunday at 2pm through August 16th.

Where: Venture out to Merced Manor, where the grove is located at 19th Street and Sloat Blvd.


Get Baked Sale

What: The first annual Get Baked Sale is just what it sounds like. The all-day medical marijuana celebration features over 25 medical marijuana vendors, cooking up edible samples and tastings for one of SF's most recognized communities. Get there early for the Wake and Bake breakfast, which features medicated pancakes, and satisfy your sweet tooth with Fully Baked ice cream courtesy of Beezle's Creamery. Even if you don't carry that coveted card, fear not: we hear there will be doctors on hand, just in case you've recently acquired insomnia. 

Why: In case you weren't already convinced, there's also a cake walk.

When: Get your fix on Saturday, June 13 from 10:30am-7pm. 

Where: Jeff the 420 Chef takes over for the usuals at SoMa Streat Food Park on 11th Street. 

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