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September 20, 2018
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Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Raise a glass to celebrate Oktoberfest and explore some one-of-a-kind museum exhibits this weekend in San Francisco. Here's what we're looking forward to doing with our fellow weekend warriors.

Yes, We Have Oktoberfest (in September)

The three pillars of a successful Oktoberfest—tasty food, cold beer and sizzling oompah music—will be on hand this September at several locations. The popular Oktoberfest by the Bay returns to Pier 48, Sept. 21-23, 2018. Nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink will be celebrated in the same spirit as Munich’s famed festival. Need a little warmup? Schroeder’s (240 Front St.), in the heart of the Financial District, will offer several Oktoberfest events with live music, including their 125th block party celebration on Sept. 21, 2018.

Comings and Goings at the de Young Museum

Opening this weekend, Contemporary Muslim Fashions at the de Young Museum is the first major exhibition to explore Muslim fashion and how it shapes women in their communities. Also at the de Young, through Oct. 7, 2018, is Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda, showcasing graphic art from World War I and II and how these strategies of selling and manipulation still persist today.

The Tender Souls Project

The Tender Souls project aims to connect Market Street and the Tenderloin neighborhood through the power of art. Exhibits filled with still photographs and audiovisuals that highlight the lives of community members are meant to help viewers understand the Tenderloin as an integral part of San Francisco, despite its public image as a neighborhood in crisis. Celebrate the struggles and triumphs of the Tenderloin through Jan. 13, 2019 at the Koret Auditorium in the Main Branch of San Francisco's Public Library (100 Larkin St.), and discover a series of individuals' stories, as told to the same writers and photographers who helped us create our I Am San Francisco project.

All Steamed Up

Don’t miss the 15th annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival on Sept. 23, 2018. A seven-ton, 1924 Buffalo-Springfield coal-powered steamroller will be enlisted to press oversized linocuts right on Rhode Island St., between 16th and 17th streets. Sponsored by the San Francisco Center for the Book, the festival has become a popular tradition in San Francisco’s Do.Re.Mi (that's Dogpatch-Potrero Hill-Mission) Arts District, attracting art, printmaking and book art enthusiasts of all ages.

Climate Science at the Exploratorium

Be an active explorer of the environment and gain knowledge about the Bay Area's ecosystems at the Exploratorium through permanent galleries such as the Fisher Bay Observatory and Living Systems. While there are a ton of interactive exhibits, the Exploratorium is a sustainable exhibit in and of itself. It is fitted with sensors and systems that help scientists better understand the impact of climate change in urban settings. There is no better time than now to join the culture for climate initiative!

National Public Lands Day

For National Public Lands Day on Sept. 22, 2018, all national parks will waive admission fees. Local treasures include Muir Woods and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

A New Landmark in Downtown

Come explore the newly opened Salesforce Transit Center. This transportation hub connects eight Bay Area counties, making the trip to downtown San Francisco convenient and effortless. Be sure to also visit Salesforce Park, a beautiful 5.4-acre rooftop public park atop the Salesforce Transit Center that features welcoming green space, botanical gardens, free daily events and activities, a children's play area, and a cafe.

Architecture and the City Festival

One of the nation’s largest architectural festivals of its kind, the annual Architecture and the City Festival continues through Sept. 30, 2018, with walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more that address varying aspects of the design and planning process. This year’s theme, “Future City,” will explore and unveil the inspirations of architectural works from young and urban designers.

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