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8 awesome things to do in San Francisco this weekend

By Ivy McNally

Cheers to the weekend! Here's how to make the most of the next three days. 


Inside Out Outdoor Movie at Pier 39

Bundle up and head to the waterfront for the emotional rollercoaster that is Pixar’s Inside Out. The wildly inventive family cartoon looks at what goes on inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley as Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) vie for control over the girl’s mind. Set in San Francisco, you may be able to spot many landmarks from the film in your surroundings at this outdoor screening.    

Photograph: Courtesy The Roxie


Unleashed Screening and Q&A with director Finn Taylor

A charming romp set in San Francisco and reminiscent of other body-swap classics like The Shaggy Dog and Nine Lives, this offering from indie director Finn Taylor finds twee goddess Kate Micucci dating her loyal dog and cat after they are magically transformed into Justin Chatwin and Steve Howey (both familiar to you from Showtime’s Shameless). Don’t worry, Sean Astin is there to hopefully help get things back to normal. Got questions? Bring them to the Roxie for a Q&A with the Bay Area-based director.  

Night Light 2017: Divine Revolution

This party promises to inspire both nostalgia and hope for our vibrant art scene as nearly 90 Bay Area artists converge in a two-night intertwining of glowing installations and immersive performances. In its seventh year, the Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party is both paying homage to and partnering with The Black Woman is God, the summer exhibition at SOMArts. The installations and performances are site-specific, using space throughout the facility to reflect the spirit of creativity and resilience embodied in the surrounding exhibit. 

Yoga on the Beach

Feeling in need of a strong dose of chill? Combine two reliable stress relievers into one bountiful outing with yoga on the beach this weekend. All levels are welcome to meet up at Java Beach Cafe and head out to the sand for some relaxing and rejuvenating stretching and meditation. Heck, we bet no one would even mind if you just sat on a mat staring out at the Pacific for an hour and a half. Namaste.  

420 Games Fun Run

The lazy, long-haired stoner is a stereotype that the organizers of the 420 Games long to put to bed. Given recent legislation legalizing marijuana, the profile of the average partaker has evolved, and yet the pothead stigma lingers. Smokers, vapers and edible indulgers alike can give their critics something to shut up about by completing a 4.20 Mile Fun Run (or walk, or skate, or ride — it’s loose, man), followed up with a Lagunitas tasting, educational speeches, music and stand-up comedy.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Photograph: Courtesy Greek Theater


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

More than any other ’70s rocker, Petty has stayed relevant while barely changing—a straight-to-the-gut consistency that resides not just in the rebel poet’s sweep of his songs but in the compact, hard-driving sound of the stalwart Heartbreakers. The "Free Fallin'" songsmith celebrates his 40th anniversary with his long-running backing band on this tour. Two scheduled shows sold out the massive Greek Theater, so this Sunday night gig was added for you stragglers.  

Eat Drink SF
Photograph: Virginia Rollinson


Eat Drink SF

Now in its ninth year, Eat Drink SF has scaled back a smidge, bringing the focus back to the food. The main tasting events at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion are always delicious, while Thursday night’s Taco Knockdown at The Pearl has proven to be a tasty new tradition. Sunday’s main event will close out with performances by Aftershock, the Golden State Warriors Drumline, and The GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band.  

Scott Thompson

One of the geniuses from legendary 90s alt-comedy sketch troupe Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson remains a familiar face with frequent appearances on the late night network circuit and memorable roles on The Larry Sanders Show and Reno 911! The charmingly acerbic comic has been popping up in L.A. clubs to perform as his delightful alter-ego: bon vivant Buddy Cole. Is this any indication of what’s in store at the Punch this week? You’ll have to grab a ticket to find out.


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