1. Presidio Kite Expo 2015: Saturday, June 13th
Be sure to stop by the Presidio Main Parade Ground from noon to 5PM, especially if you have kids. The sky will be radiant with kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes including a 100-foot octopus. The Berkeley Kite Wranglers will also be flying a giant teddy bear kite and puppy kite. Even if you don’t have a kite, you can stop by the kite-making pavilion to create your own (for free!). The prettiest kites will win prizes, but even if you don’t win, stick around to enjoy various food trucks, listen to local drummers, and watch aerial routines by aerobatic kite teams. To be honest, we aren’t entirely sure what that last one entails, but we’re excited to find out!
2. Jack of All Trades Indie Craft & Antique Market at Jack London Square: Saturday, June 13th
This Saturday, the Treasure Island Flea Market will be bringing the Jack of All Trades Flea Market to the Jack London Square in Oakland. If you’re an avid antique lover, be sure to add this event to your calendar. There will be over 100 local craftsmen in attendance. After partaking in the DIY craftsmen workshop, maybe you’ll open up your own booth at the next flea market too! Additionally, don’t be afraid to stop by with the kids, as there will be a “giant nerf gun obstacle course and sumo wrestling”. A create-your-own aftershave booth will also be available for those who are less than interested in antiques.
3. North Beach Festival: Saturday, June 13th & Sunday, June 14th
From 10AM till 6PM both Saturday and Sunday, trendy North Beach will be a party you don’t want to miss. This street festival will include the usual gourmet food booths (about twenty different booths, so come one and all picky eaters!). In addition, a kid’s chalk area will entertain the younger city dwellers for hours on end while Mom and Dad venture to the live entertainment stages. Feel free to also bring your pets along and get them blessed at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. No matter what you do though, be sure to walk through North Beach at some point this weekend to see SF’s most talented artists in the street painting expo.
4. Very Vegan Sundays: Sunday, June 14th
Rejoice! Every Sunday from this upcoming Sunday till the end of time, SoMa StrEat Food Park will be hosting Very Vegan Sundays. Attendees will include food trucks such as Citizen Fox, Flying Falafel, Firetrail Pizza, Lil Burma, Rhizocali Tempeh!, and Mollie Rose Baking Company. Listen to some Cuban jazz, sip some vegan beer, and play a little pong (yes, beer pong) from 11AM to 4PM this Sunday. Future Very Vegan Sundays’ hours will be different, but this weekend’s event will be ending early in order to accommodate a Warriors viewing in the same location. Either way, add this event to your calendar.
5. CUESA’s Summer Celebration Fundraiser: Sunday, June 14th
The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture is officially calling all foodies and lovers of seasonal produce (so basically everyone in SF). This Sunday, CUESA is holding their Summer Celebration Fundraiser, where over 40 restaurants will be honoring the beginning of summer by only featuring items from one of five summer plant families. Top restaurants like Betelnut, Madera and The Slanted Door will only be using certain berries, leaves and flowers, cucurbits, alliums and stone fruits to create culinary masterpieces. In addition, 20 local bars and wineries will serve cocktails adhering to the same food groups. Be sure to purchase a $125 ticket to support CUESA, especially because $85 of each ticket sale will go to the organization’s educational initiatives. So, drink some craft cocktails by the team at Hog & Rocks, enter a raffle for one year of dining out, and celebrate the beginning of summer while also helping fund cooking classes, sustainability scholarships for farmers, and giving to the Schoolyard to Market youth entrepreneurship program.
By Ellen Frank-Delgado
Although currently a senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Ellen’s love for adventure (& food) has brought her to the Bay Area as TCT’s Editorial and Digital Marketing Summer Intern.