As vaccination rates continue to rise in the Bay Area and stores reopen, we all cautiously begin to breathe a little easier, even if it’s still behind masks. Make some fun plans for yourself or with friends this weekend, whether you’re looking to see a little (or a lot) of art, see a drive-in movie, or try something completely surprising with your eyes closed.

Days off at SFMOMA

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Days off at SFMOMA

Celebrate Asian American stories at the CAAMFest


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costs: $ 0-90

CAAMFest, the nation’s largest festival for Asian-American stories, will take place from May 13-23. This year’s program features a variety of free and ticket events taking place in Fort Mason and online on the CAAMFest website. The festival kicks off with a nightly drive-in movie from May 13-15, shown on a pop-up movie screen along the waterfront (with food trucks parked nearby if you’re hungry! ). This is followed by various virtual panels and live and on-demand presentations. Take part in a panel discussion with comedian Margaret Cho or renowned local chefs, or immerse yourself in one of over 80 films that you can watch on your own schedule.

Dine the Dark

costs: About $ 80 / person

If you’re in the mood for a little adventure and a surprise, this Dining in the Dark experience will take you to an undisclosed San Francisco restaurant where you can enjoy a meal in a darkened room – literally blindfolded. There is a saying that you eat with your eyes first and in this case you need to use your other senses to navigate your table and utensils for a truly unique dining experience. Subscribe to be the first to notify the waiting list when details are released. Meals can be adjusted to suit dietary restrictions.

Experience Hollywood magic in San Francisco

costs: $ 59 / person

You can spot the iconic San Francisco homes in “Full House” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” on screen, but here’s your chance to see them in person (at least from the outside). San Francisco has been the setting for numerous films over the decades. This three-hour guided tour takes you to over 50 picturesque locations. Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk for miles around town either. There’s a driver to take you to neighborhoods like North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, and Alamo Square to see locations from “Bullitt,” “The Princess Diaries,” and more.

Enjoy modern art (for free!) At SFMOMA

costs: Free of charge

You can visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for free a few days a year: Upcoming events include Family Day on May 16 (free admission for up to four adults accompanied by a child or teenager up to 18 years of age) and May 22nd. May (entry). open to all). In addition to the ongoing exhibitions with sculptures, abstract paintings and pop art from the 1960s, the new additions include Nam June Paik, a celebration with works by the Korean American, known as the “father of video art”. Up Close: Creativity in Crisis with Bay Area artists and their responses to the pandemic and events of 2020; and Off the Wall, where photographs are transformed into sculptures.

It is recommended to reserve tickets online for specific entry times. However, there are also limited tickets available on site, subject to availability. If you can’t grab a ticket for one of the free days, the museum has 45,000 square meters of public art space on the first two floors and outdoors, giving you a taste of the entire collection. And regular adult tickets are $ 25. An admission price that is not only used to see great art, but also to admire the unique architecture of the building itself.

Support local artists

costs: $ 30 / person, free for children

This weekend is the end of the Local Love Spring Art Festival at the Terra Gallery in SOMA. The festival features the work of 30 Bay Area artists and their photography, installation art, painting, interactive art, and more. There is also a free outdoor area, but requires a ticket to manage attendance, where you can enjoy food, drinks, crafts, and music, as well as local vendors shopping on Fridays and weekends. Come for the local art and stay for the good local vibe. The festival moves across the bay to a room in Oakland in June.

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