Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
No weekend is ever the same in San Francisco, but it always leaves you with the same feeling: you always want more. Here's what you shouldn't miss this weekend.
Pride with a Capital “P”
June is Pride month. Rainbow flags line Market Street and folks in the Castro will be shopping at Cliff’s Variety Store for that special tiara or boa. The 41st edition of Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival runs from June 15-25, 2017. With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline41 will draw film buffs, media artists and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and across the globe to see the best in queer cinema. Opening with “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” the closing night film and party on June 25, 2017 features “After Louie,” starring Alan Cumming, who is also being honored with the 2017 Frameline Award. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Pride concert, “The Gay Kitchen Sink,” will feature major LGBT anthems as well as a stunning medley of songs from the Summer of Love. “The Skivvies: Pride Rock” will perform at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, June 23-24, 2017. The award-winning undie-rock duo will be shedding all of their inhibitions for three shows including a special brunch performance on June, 24. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, June 24-25, 2017 is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation with more than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 venues and stages, including Betty Who performing on the Main Stage, June 25, 2017. This year’s celebration is honoring more than a dozen community leaders. Make sure to include a visit to the GLBT History Museum on 18th Street, too. Their current exhibition, “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love,” takes a look at four key figures in this pivotal summer of 1967: Allen Ginsberg, Janis Joplin, Kenneth Anger and Gavin Arthur.
Conservatory of Flowers Illuminated for Summer of Love
From June 21-Oct. 21, 2017 the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park will be the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, the installation uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children. More information on the lighting ceremony will be available at www.conservatoryofflowers.org. Don’t forget that “Butterflies and Blooms” closes on June 30, 2017.
Summer of Love Dance Party at PIER 39
Make sure to wear a flower in your hair in the spirit of the summer of 1967 at PIER 39’s free Summer of Love dance party on Friday, June 23. Dance the night away with music from Mania! The Live Beatles Experience from 6-8 p.m. and DJ Bart from 8-10 p.m. on PIER 39’s Entrance Plaza Stage.
Asian Art Museum Flexes Its Flower Power
Just follow the giant posies to the entrance of the Asian Art Museum and you’ll already be experiencing their new exhibit, “Flower Power,” June 23-Oct. 1, 2017. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Asian Art Museum will be showcasing the expressive powers of flowers in the arts and culture of Asia. Six significant blooms form a bouquet to hidden meanings: the lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip, and rose. The enduring importance of these flowers is shared through gilded screens, sleek lacquers, rare porcelains, striking sculptures, pop art and participatory contemporary installations.
Edvard Munch Exhibit Makes Global Debut
The global debut of “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed,” will feature approximately 45 paintings produced by Munch between the 1880s and 1940s. Seven are on view for the first time in the U.S. at SFMOMA, June 24-Oct. 9, 2017. Some of his most profoundly human and daring compositions will be on view, as well as a dozen of his self-portraits. Munch is considered one of the foremost innovators of figurative painting in the 20th century.
Hats Off to Degas
Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas was also enthralled with high-fashion hats and the women who created them. From June 24-Sept. 24, 2017 at the Legion of Honor, take in “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade.” This landmark exhibition features more than 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels by Degas, as well as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Nature’s Music Box Tunes Up
Free concerts, hundreds in fact, are a hallmark of San Francisco summers, and one of the most renowned admission free series is the Stern Grove Festival that began in 1938. This year, the season opens on June 25, 2017 with The Big Picnic: A Benefit and Concert featuring Kool & The Gang and Quinn DeVeaux. Following the ticketed benefit party, the 2 p.m. concert is admission-free. Every Sunday thereafter at 2 p.m. until Aug. 27, 2017, “nature’s music box” in the Sunset District will hum to the sounds of performers and groups ranging from the San Francisco Symphony (July 9) to Mavis Staples (Aug. 27).