The world's most iconic bridge celebrates its 80th birthday on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Opened in 1937, it's hard to imagine a time before the 1.7-mile-long bridge connected San Francisco to Marin and introduced us to our favorite color: International Orange. While the city doesn't have any festivities planned for this weekend, that doesn't mean you shouldn't wish San Francisco's most Instagrammed location a very happy birthday the best way you know how—with a selfie, of course. Tag your photos #timeoutsf!
While San Franciscans normally can't tolerate a slow barista, they might give a pass to Giants superstar Hunter Pence. Pence and teammate Denard Span will serve as Peet's baristas for one day only next week to promote this year's Giants Clubhouse Blend coffee. And you better get there early! If you're willing to wait in line for a photo and a latte with the ball players, both men will serve coffee on Tuesday, May 30 from 11am-12pm. Pence will be at the Ferry Building location and you can catch Span at 2080 Chestnut St in the Marina. Plus, five percent of the proceeds (up to $10,000) from the Giants blend will be donated to the Giants Community Fund. So consider it celebrity-stalking for a cause.
Listen up, comedy geeks. San Francisco has a brand new 3-day festival and this one is colossal. Brought to you by the folks who bring you Outside Lands and Bonnaroo, Colossal Clusterfest is a humungous comedy smorgasbord featuring top-shelf headliners like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, T.J. Miller and Hasan Minhaj, plus loads of themed food and oh yea, music too. “Ten years ago everyone wanted to grow up and be a rock star, now everyone wants to grow up and be a comic,” said Steve Raizes from Comedy Central. What makes this festival especially special is not just the rock star comedians but the opportunity to literally eat, drink and breath comedy for 72 hours. Ticket holders get to do more than chuckle and slap their knees in the Bill Graham Auditorium. Along with stand-up, Clusterfest provides immersive experiences that will turn Civic Center Plaza into a Comedy Central theme park. Just as fans enter a re-creation of Moe's bar in Universal Studios’ Springfield or order a butter beer in Hogsmeade, Clusterfest goers can stride into a recreation of Paddy's Bar, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and order a rum ham while playing Sunny in Philly trivia and Flipadelphia (a drinking contest). If you're more South Park, CO than Philly, PA, you can drink Tweek Bros Coffee, and hang at the memberberry ball pit while being serenaded by memberberries. Better still, (IMHO) is the chance to live out your (my) fantasy that Elaine, George, Jerry and Kramer
Meet Venus. She just moved to San Francisco. She's super tall, tough as steel, and noticeably gorgeous. Venus is the 92-foot (that's nine stories, folks) statue in the new public plaza located in the heart of the four-building Trinity Place apartment complex at Eighth and Mission Streets in SoMa. The shiny, stainless steel statue is a modern rendition of the famous Venus de Milo. Landlord and housing developer Angelo Sangiacomo commissioned the statue from Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent as the centerpiece of Trinity's "Angelo Piazza." Sangiacomo passed away at 91-years-old this past December. The statue and plaza remain his final mark on San Francisco. The art-filled plaza comes to us thanks not only to Sangiacomo, but to a San Francisco law that requires developers to allocate at least 1% of each project's budget to public art. The developer can either donate that money directly to the city's Public Art Trust Fund as overseen by San Francisco's Art Commission, or they can design and incorporate public art into the project. Sangiancomo decided to bring his love of classical Italian art to San Francisco, devoting much of his energy to the piazza's planning and design. Weighing more than 50 tons, Venus was shipped to America in 70 pieces by a team of Chinese artisans. The statue is mostly hollow, but the narrow bottom has been filled with concrete for stability and the whole thing is anchored six stories down in the parking garage. “There isn’t a moment when I’m
San Francisco's newest restaurant pretty much says it all: Dumpling Time, the latest venture from the Omakase Restaurant Group (Omakase, Okane), is now open six days a week in SoMa's design district. And yep, it serves up delicious dumplings all the time. From behind a glass wall, eager diners can watch Chef Do Leung as he expertly crafts made-to-order dumplings, gyoza and dessert buns. While the sake, wine, and beer menu is a local-packed list of our favorites (think Sapporo and Anchor Steam), Dumpling Time is really all about the food. Buns come in five classic Chinese and Japanese varieties, filled with either meat, fish or vegetables. “I grew up eating dumplings. I am eager to share my own culinary tradition with San Francisco diners,” said owner Kash Feng. We're particularly excited about the $10 xiao long bao. Named the King-Dum, the menu proclaims this soup dumpling “large enough that you’ll need a straw.” While the 3 for $5 barbecue pork steamed buns "with a touch of peanut butter" are our new favorite affordable lunch option. And don't leave without an Instagram-able dessert bun—the colorful doughy puffs are topped with flower petals. Naturally, long lines and wait times apply at this new hot spot. At just 70 seats, the restaurant is small with an outdoor patio which diners and drinkers can hope to see expanded in the coming summer months. Dumpling Time at 11 Division Street is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm, and open for dinner Monday
Make the most of your three-day weekend at these amazing events. FRIDAY The Fifth Element Anniversary Screening + Run Lola Run (Roxie Theatre) Time flies when you’re becoming a cult classic. Luc Besson’s quintessential late-90s sci-fi flick The Fifth Element is turning 20. The visually stunning space opera stars the eternally-rakish Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Milla Jovovich and one of the most outstanding wigs in film history. Catch Saturday’s screening for a double feature with another late night dorm favorite, Run Lola Run. Photograph: Mike Hendrickson SATURDAY Treasure Island Flea Birthday Bash (Treasure Island) For six years, this delightful flea market has been luring shoppers to a former military base with promises of uncovering an Antiques Roadshow-worthy treasure and a guaranteed jaw-dropping city view. For this special birthday edition, enjoy half off entry, dancing, kids’ activities and two-for-one-drinks. Oh that’s right: This is a party flea market. Carnaval San Francisco’s take on Carnaval is arguably one of the most diverse in the world, as a dizzying array of performers, vendors and food stands take over Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Street for two full days of family fun. This year’s parade kicks off Sunday at 9:30am at 24th and Bryant and includes contingents repping Brazil and the Caribbean, along with Aztec dancers, African and Japanese drummers and more. Picture This! (Doc's Lab) Eras
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, local landmark Alamo Square Park has been languishing behind chain link for more than a year. No more! After undergoing a $5.3 million makeover, it’s time to pull back the curtain and reveal the goods. Park goers will notice dozens of new trees, resurfaced tennis courts and improved accessibility. The renovation also included replacing 30-year-old irrigation lines and 70-year-old quick couplers to help save 2.5 million gallons of water per year at the park. Sunbathers, dog walkers, Frisbee tossers and Painted Ladies Instagrammers are invited to take part in the grand reopening on Wednesday, May 24, with family activities planned after some stimulating speeches from local civic luminaries.
Plan to leave your car at home this weekend, folks. Bay to Breakers, San Francisco's famous booze-fueled foot race, returns this Sunday, bringing lots and lots of street closures with it. The race route begins on Howard Street at Main, looping through numerous neighborhoods as runners make their way to Golden Gate Park and, eventually, to the Pacific. As a result, these streets will be closed on Sunday: Howard (from the Embarcadero to Beale) Steuart (from Mission down to the southern end) Spear (from Mission to Folsom) Main (from Mission to Folsom) Beale (from Mission to Folsom) Fremont (from Mission to Folsom) Second Street (from Mission to Folsom) 2nd (from Mission to Folsom) New Montgomery (from Mission to Howard) Howard (from Beale to Third) Howard (from Third Street to Ninth Street) 9th (from Howard to Market) Hayes (from Market to Divisadero) Steiner (from Grove to Hayes) Divisadero (from Grove to Oak) Baker (from Oak to Fell) Fell (from Divisadero to Stanyan) 47th (from Fulton to JFK) La Play (from Cabrillo to Fulton) Fulton (eastbound, from the Great Highway to 48th Avenue) Fulton (westbound, from 46th to the Great Highway) Lincoln (eastbound, from the Great Highway to La Playa) Lincoln (westbound,from 48th to the Great Highway) Cabrillo (from 46th to La Playa) Balboa (from 46th to the Great Highway) Point Lobos (from 48th/El Camino Del Mar to to the Great Highway) JFK (from Stanyan to the Great Highway) Bernice Rodgesr (from J
San Francisco's newest animal-adoption-center-slash-restaurant is not for the faint of heart. The Black Rat Cafe will pop-up for two days this summer with the same model as KitTea Café in Hayes Valley and Cat Town in Oakland, which let patrons meet adoptable felines over coffee, tea and snacks. Only instead of kittens, diners at Black Rat will be greeted by—you guessed it—dozens of scurrying rats. The project comes from the twisted minds behind The San Francisco Dungeon, a tourist attraction in Fisherman’s Wharf. For $50 per person, participants will be led into the dark basement of the Dungeon to be served coffee, tea and pastries. Then the food—none of which will be prepared on-site—will be cleared away and the rats will be released! The rodents come courtesy of Rattie Ratz, a Clayton, California-based rat rescue and adoption agency that hopes some of their furry friends will find their forever homes during teatime. Want to try it for yourself? The immersive cafe will only be open for two days, July 1 and July 8. To be among the first to buy tickets, go to sanfrancisco.thedungeons.com.
In the realm of gorgeous, affordable and seasonal San Francisco food events, Presidio Twilight ranks near the top. Lantern-lit cabanas, fire pits, international food trucks, live music and sunset activities take over the Presidio's iconic Main Parade Ground on Thursday nights through September 21. While the event officially runs from 5pm to 9pm, we recommend arriving early to stake out a prime picnicking spot. Cabanas and fire pits are first come, first served. Leashed dogs are welcome (although not around the fire pits) and the whole evening is very kid-friendly. Over 16 food trucks will be on hand, as well as booze (of course). The brand new, ultra-modern Presidio Visitor's Center is open until 5pm and sells picnicking supplies like bottle openers, rain jackets and blankets. And once a month, astronomers will be on hand for star-gazing. Chairman Bao, Boneyard BBQ, and Me So Hungry Too burgers and sliders are all on the vendors list for this week's Twilight. Expect a rotating (but always delicious) round-up of food purveyors, just like any other Off the Grid eating event. Plus, you can let your bare feet sink into that pristine grassy field for hula hooping, bean bag toss games, and a giant Jenga. The Presidio is a United States National Park and thus attendees are asked to take home everything they bring to Presidio Twilight. Obviously, don't trash the place. This sweet community picnic is a genuinely special summertime tradition. We'll see you there—plastic wine cup