Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
Commemorate the brave this Veteran's Day weekend in San Francisco. Here are some can't-miss activities, from new exhibits to parades to food festivals.
Veterans Day Parade
On Nov. 11, 2018, the San Francisco Salute to Veterans Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at North Point St. and the Embarcadero and wend its way through Fisherman’s Wharf. The lead unit will be 100 veterans from Bay Area motorcycle clubs, who will roar down Jefferson St. past the reviewing stand at Leavenworth St. Units from seven San Francisco high school JROTC programs will march, as will the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, Newark Memorial H.S., and U.S. West Tian Guo bands. The Native Sons of the Golden West will march with a half-block long California state flag, and a large group of veterans will carry flags of the 50 states. All veterans will be honored, including a special tribute to the 100th commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I. Visitors can also see special exhibits in the lobby of the War Memorial Veterans Building on Van Ness Ave., just across from City Hall. These artifacts trace how San Francisco was shaped by the entire wartime experience.
Snow Days at Aquarium of the Bay
What's cuter than river otters frolicking around mounds of snow? Answer: nothing. On Nov. 11, 2018, Aquarium of the Bay's river otters will wake up to a winter wonderland, where they'll be able to slip and slide on a thousand pounds of snow. Don't miss out on your chance to witness an insurmountable amount of river otter cuteness during the holidays!
Bacon & Beer Classic at AT&T Park
On Nov. 10, 2018, go to AT&T Park to enjoy some of the best things in life: bacon and beer. Indulge in three hours of unlimited bacon and craft beer, live music, and even a bacon eating contest. If you want the VIP experience, you can get all the perks that are included in general admission, plus early entry to the festival, exclusive access to the dugouts and the warning track, and three exclusive bacon-infused dishes only made available to VIP attendees.
Just opened at The Exploratorium is “Curious Contraptions: Inside the Fairy Tale Factory,” an interactive exhibition of more than 30 charming and often playful sculptures known as automata. These whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade crams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms. Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama, often reflecting its maker’s sense of humor. Visitors will be able to see and investigate the simple mechanisms used to make these automata move.
Napa Valley Film Festival
The annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up Northern California’s premier wine country destination through Nov. 11, 2018. Now in its eighth year, NVFF has established itself as the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, and as one of the most entertaining, inspiring and memorable experiences for cultural travelers and film fans. USA Today has ranked NVFF among the top 10 film festivals in the United States. And unlike most big events, during which locals head for the hills, NVFF is embraced by locals as one of their favorite events of the year.
More Film Fare
The American Indian Film Festival runs through Nov. 11, 2018 at Brava Theater Center. Cinematografo Film Festival and Industry Forum (CFFIF), now in its third year, is a new film series and networking event designed to elevate emerging and established Filipino-American and Filipino talent. It will take place at Japantown’s AMC Kabuki Theater through Nov. 11, 2018. The fifth annual SF Urban Planning Film Fest kicks off Nov. 11, 2018, and features an extensive combination of film screenings and in-depth panel discussions at SPUR and other locations.
San Francisco Art Institute Art Sale & Open Studios
Each year, the San Francisco Art Institute's (SFAI) second campus at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture transforms into an all-campus art sale. This free-entry event, Nov. 10 and 11, 2018, will include exhibitions, open studios, a student art sale and more. The 67,000-square foot renovated pier, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, is the new home for over 160 art studios for students, faculty, and visiting artists. There's also 4,300 square feet of new public exhibition space, open to the public and free of charge, including a flagship gallery, a graduate student-run gallery, and Gray Box media and performance space.