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.

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July 13, 2018
The weekend is finally here.

Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? With all these great things to do in San Francisco this weekend, you've got more good fortune coming your way than a leprechaun with a rabbit's foot!

Vive La France!

Break out the berets and baguettes, because it's going to be the perfect weekend for San Francisco's Francophiles. On Saturday, July 14, celebrate Bastille Day at Embarcadero Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Official Committee of French-American Organizations of San Francisco and the Bay Area will have food, wine, live music and more at this free, public celebration. The next day, Sunday, July 15, you can watch France try to win its second World Cup soccer title on the supersized screen at Civic Center Plaza.

A Special Stroll Through History

On Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m., the California Historical Society will lead a guided tour of the Old U.S. Mint (88 Fifth St.). This 150-year-old building is chock full of history, and the Historical Society's knowledgable guides will have all the fascinating details. The tour costs $10 per person.

The Bay Parade Saves the Bay

On Sunday, July 15, swimmers, kayakers, and boaters will come together for the annual Bay Parade, a fundraiser for Baykeeper's work to defend San Francisco Bay from pollution. The grand Bay Parade finale will be broadcast live from McCovey Cove on AT&T Park's Jumbotron. Festivities continue on-shore!

It's Showtime!

Go back to school at the SHN Orpheum Theater with School of Rock, bringing the house down through July 22, 2018. Fourteen new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber plus all the original songs from the movie make this a summer must. This weekend is also the perfect time to get your groove on, with the 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Now in its 40th year, this is the largest and most comprehensive world dance and music event of its kind in the U.S. Performances all happen at the gorgeous War Memorial Opera House.

Music in the Air

Flower Piano transforms the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park into an alfresco concert hall for just a few more days. Visitors are invited to play any of a dozen pianos tucked away among the garden’s 55 acres. Professionals pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be performing as well. The full schedule is here. And if you want to overwhelm another of your senses in the park, stop by the Conservatory of Flowers, where their notorious corpse flower is on the verge of blooming and spreading it's, uh, "unique" scent around the greenhouse.


Modern Cinema has returned to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Now through July 29, 2018, explore the work of African-American filmmakers with Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood. The screening series features the works of Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, Bill Gunn, and more.

More Museum News

"Run, don’t walk" is the advice of one museum insider when it comes to the Magritte exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) through Oct. 28, 2018. René Magritte: The Fifth Season, an exclusive special exhibition at SFMOMA, looks at the works of the famed surrealist during the latter stages of his career from the 1940s to 1960s. The Fifth Season features more than 50 oil paintings and a dozen gouaches across nine galleries. Many pieces within the exhibit are rarely-seen treasures from museums around the world and private collections. Cult of the Machine continues at the de Young Museum through Aug. 12, 2018, and at its sister museum, the Legion of Honor, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life, ends on Aug. 5, 2018.

Giants Among Us

Life at the edge of land and sea is a dynamic, ever-changing place where fog rolls in, tectonic plates shift, and rocky coastlines trace the majestic outline of California’s rich natural history. Visitors to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park will discover the giant wonders that make Northern California like nowhere else in the world at Giants of Land and Sea. In this brand new exhibit filled with larger-than-life interactives, visitors will experience the grand scale of the state’s iconic landscape, a place of constant change where people and climate are shaping the future. Giants of Land and Sea also celebrates California’s rich cultural diversity and will be translated in several different languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino.

Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art

This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will walk through the doors of the Exploratorium to discover gigantic, fantastical, air-filled art works inspired by the natural world. The renowned San Francisco museum is partnering with art, design and visual culture blog Colossal to present something huge: Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art, on view through Sept. 3, 2018.

Shape Up!

What's cheaper than a fitness center and just as historic as a cable car? The answer is stairway walks, one of the city's oldest and most scenic, albeit hidden, attractions. With more than 300 stairways scattered throughout the city, visitors only have to don walking shoes and grab a camera to find out why. San Francisco's myriad stairways range from the local flights of steps hidden by trees and small gardens, to the dramatic, carefully landscaped stairs found in more widely traveled places such as the famous "crooked" Lombard Street. Stop in at the San Francisco Visitor Information Center and the pros at the counter will tell you where to go take a hike.

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