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.
Fleet Week is More Than a Week
From Oct. 1-9, 2017 the skies above San Francisco and the bay will be filled with tributes to America’s armed forces. Fleet Week features a parade of ships, ship tours and an impressive air show that includes the Blue Angels. There will be ongoing entertainment from Oct. 5-8, 2017 at PIER 39 as well as a Humanitarian Assistance Village at Marina Green, Oct. 6-8, 2017. On Sunday, Oct. 8, the city’s Italian-American community celebrates the Italian Heritage Parade, featuring Italian and Italian-American dignitaries, music, performances and floats; beginning at 12:30 p.m. the parade starts at the Jefferson and Powell in Fisherman’s Wharf and proceeds south to North Beach, ending at Washington Square.
Treat Your Ears
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass which is described by the organizers as “three days of treating your ears,” is that and much more. From Oct. 6-8, 2017 seven stages in Hellman Hollow, Lindley and Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park will be home to the likes of everyone from T. Bone Burnett, Gillian Welch, John Prine to the ever-wonderful Emmylou Harris, and too many other boldface names to mention here. It’s free and it’s only in San Francisco. And if you’re in the park after sunset, be sure to stroll by the Conservatory of Flowers and see the light art installation, Photosynthesis.
Litquake Rumbles into San Francisco
Litquake, Oct. 6-14, the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast—turns 18 with a 10-day program that sees famed podcaster and co-star of the Netflix series GLOW Marc Maron with his new book, “Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast”; author, filmmaker and Kathy Acker biographer Chris Kraus, whose book “I Love Dick” is the basis for Jill Soloway’s new television series on Amazon. Also, a live, staged reading from Word for Word marking the 50th anniversary of Joan Didion’s “Slouching Toward Bethlehem,” and renowned musician and author Loudon Wainwright III with his new memoir “Liner Notes.” Also, an evening that celebrates the “wisdom of the waves” with noted surfing writers out in The Sunset District, and the famed closing night Lit Crawl where 500 authors will appear in over 100 events in the Mission from 5 to 9 p.m.