Things to do in San Francisco this week

Concerts, food festivals, movie screenings, art exhibits and more of the best events and things to do in San Francisco this week
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When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. Any given week, there are hundreds of things to do in San Francisco, from concerts and comedy shows to art exhibits and food events, and that’s really only scratching the surface. We narrowed down the list to a handful of the best happenings. Now put down that TV remote. Off you go.

Things to do in San Francisco this week

The Beach Cowboys
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Nightlife, Pop-ups and food events

Coastal Brew Festival

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Be a part of the inaugural Coastal Brew Festival at the historic Park Chalet, boasting a special menu to compliment the brews and tunes from bluesy rock act, The Beach Cowboys. From Anchor Brewing to Triple Voodoo, 16 local craft breweries are represented with 18 beers; make sure you can handle all those suds with oysters, pulled whole hog sliders, michelada shrimp cocktails and more.    

SF Cinco De Mayo
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Things to do, Festivals

Cinco de Mayo Festival

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This family-friendly fest takes over Valencia between 21st and 24th streets for a day filled with colorful dances, live music, mouth-watering food and incredible arts and crafts. As much a celebration of the amazing Mission community as it is a major fête, this is an authentic observance of Latino culture and values, so don’t expect to find any margarita-swilling partiers appropriating sombreros here.  

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Urban Air Market
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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Urban Air Market

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The Urban Air Market returns to the great outdoors with its biannual show in Hayes Valley's Patricia’s Green. Get all your Mother’s Day shopping done at this high style gift fair boasting many trendy baubles, fanciful apparel and glossy houseware. Break from shopping to tackle a DIY project of your own, grab a nibble and sway away to some live music.

Free Comic Book Day
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Shopping, Bookstores

Free Comic Book Day

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Just about every comic-book shop in SF—from Jeffrey’s Toys downtown to the Inner Sunset’s Amazing Fantasy—opens its doors and invites you to pick up free editions of classic series and indie gems. Check out freecomicbookday.com to find a store near you. It’s a perfect way to get a handle on who the heck everyone is in Avengers: Infinity War.    

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Khalid
Photograph: Courtesy Kacie Tomita
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Khalid

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Riding the heat off his Best New Artist win at the MTV Video Music Awards, Khalid touches down in San Francisco for a banger blow out at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. While his debut album, American Teen, is peppered with youthful allusions to Uber, texting and subtweets, the breezy arrangements that surround them are classic and soulful, right down to the bouncing basslines and sparse rhythms.  

Lucha Libre Taco Con
Photograph: Courtesy SOMA StrEat Food Fest
Nightlife, Daytime parties

Lucha Libre Taco Con

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If you didn’t get your fill of south-of-the-border inspired action on Cinco de Mayo, SOMA StrEat Food Festival’s Seis de Mayo party has you covered. Pull down tacos from the city’s finest tortilla slingers while cheering on the masculine antics of lucha libre wrestlers. Micheladas and homemade sangria should keep the fun flowing all afternoon.  

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How Weird Street Faire
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Things to do, Festivals

How Weird Street Faire

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Described by the organizers as a place “where weird is normal,” How Weird celebrates technology, creativity and just being your oddball self with interactive art and games, ten stages of music, and free dance lessons. Wearing a costume that ties in with the annual theme is compulsory--this year tips a fuzzy hat to the ‘70s with a ‘Disco Ball Inferno’ theme. Find the action centered around Howard at 2nd Street.    

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