The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week.
San Francisco this week is packed with film, culture, and food—not unusual for this diverse city. Honor a local legend, Cesar Chavez, with a parade and festival including food, art, and music. Then watch a screening of the latest in international films at the 59th annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Finish with a bite and drinks at San Francisco’s newest hip bar, Horsefeather.
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April 21–May 5 | Film festival
59th San Francisco International Film Festival
Film lovers, rejoice: Two weeks of screenings, master classes, live music, stage performances, and late night oddities begin now! Highlights from this week include a screening of Author: The JT Leroy Story, a documentary about a controversial local writer with an unbelievable tale; a screening of Requiem for a Dream, featuring actress Ellen Burstyn; and a screening of Weiner, a documentary on the fallen New York Congressman with an embarrassing sex scandal.
Times & venues vary | From $13 | website
April 23 | Parade and Festival
Cesar E. Chavez Holiday 2016
The life of Cesar Chavez is honored perpetually in San Francisco. A main street in the Mission District even bears the name of the late labor leader and civil rights activist. But the gratitude for his work and legacy is in full effect each year with this vibrant parade and street fair with arts, crafts, street food, live music, and dancing. In an ever-changing city, it’s vital to participate and enjoy the love evident in events like this.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Parade starts at 19th and Guerrero Streets and fair takes place on 24th St. between Treat and Bryant, San Francisco | Free | website
April 24 | Escape the city
SoFa Street Fair 2016 Spring Edition
Take a drive down to San Jose this weekend for the spring installment of the popular SoFa Street Fair, so named for its location on bustling South First Street. The free, all-ages event features a wide range of live music taking place on outdoor stages as well as at cafes and other businesses on South First. The roaming nature of the fair alongside the sonic diversity—you can take in some opera and then dance to a DJ—makes SoFa a unique event.
2–9 p.m. | South First St., San Jose | Free | website
Oakland producer Jackson Phillips leads this local project that’s been breaking into the international (and internet) airwaves. His sound draws influence from indie rock and synth pop, giving him a broad appeal that offers a good window into the Bay Area music scene. While many acts decamp for Southern California to take a shot at success, Phillips moved back to invest creatively in the local community.
8 p.m. | The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco | (415) 771-1421 | From $12 | website
Now open | Bar
Horsefeather is a tidy new neighborhood bar from local spirit veterans, serving bites like claypot chicken wings and brisket cheeseburger during the week and a brief but decadent brunch menu on the weekends—challah bread French toast brulée, anyone? Horsefeather’s signature cocktails include the Red Rooster (pineapple, brown sugar, Ancho Reyes, lemon juice, Riesling, soda, and Aperol) and the California Cooler (celery juice, lime, thyme, Sauvignon Blanc, horseradish, and gin).
528 Divisadero St., San Francisco | (415)522-0800 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.