5 Best Things to do This Week: May 20–26
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site. Held on the seven-acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from more than 30 international mobile food creators. But it’s not just about the grub. Each month, the picnic features monthly dance performances and each week visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities, including: free bike safety classes for kids offered by Presidio YMCA, nature-based arts and crafts for kids, lawn games, yoga from LubbDubb, music, and free bike valet by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
The 47th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue Fundraiser is a Memorial Day weekend tradition in Marin. Bring the whole family to Santos Meadows on Frank Valley Road this Sunday, May 26 for delicious food, activities for the kids, and dancing to live music by local favorites Andre Pessis and his All-Stars and opening band Soul Ska. The event will be held from noon to 5pm — just follow the signs on Highway 1 from Muir Beach to get there.
Barbecue chicken and vegetarian tamale lunches, handmade desserts, plus sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase, as are clothing and other items featuring the famous Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department iconic dog logo. The day’s activities end with a raffle of more than 100 prizes that include fantastic accommodations, airline tickets and gift certificates from popular Bay Area and beyond restaurants and attractions. There will also be special play zone with climbing walls and bounce houses for kids. The event is free and open to the public, however donations and purchases of merchandise, food, beverages and raffle tickets are encouraged and appreciated. Parking is $20 per vehicle; carpooling is encouraged.
The Kiddo! Carnival will be back on the Mill Valley Middle School blacktop Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27. Beginning Monday, May 20 to Thursday, May 23, you can purchase discount vouchers that can be exchanged for tickets at the Kiddo! Sales will also be held at the Mill Valley Community Center. Carnival hours will be Friday, May 24, 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, noon to 10pm; and Monday, May 27, noon to 5pm. The Day on the Green will feature free music — and food and beverages for purchase — on Monday, May 29 after the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade is over.
This 1972 Broadway smash hit is infused with the musical sounds of the ‘50s that changed the world. Grease tells a story of teenage love, the shifting roles of women, and the rock and roll revolution. Set in a typical post-World War II 1959 high school, Grease tells the tale of Danny, leader of the “greaser” pack, and Sandy, stereotypical good girl, who reconnect after a summer romance. Surrounded by Rydell High’s Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies, we witness Danny and Sandy attempt to rekindle their romance despite the challenges of 1950s social expectations and peer pressure.
Come celebrate the 41st annual Carnaval San Francisco this weekend. The 2019 Grand Parade will be held on May 26th at 9:30am. Watch a procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The two–day festival will be held May 25th and May 26th on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.
All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.