Here’s How to Have the Perfect Spring Weekend in the Bay Area
With so many good things to see and do, planning the perfect weekend can sometimes be difficult. We’ve compiled an ambitious springtime checklist full of our favorite activities in and around San Francisco. Check out our ideas for the perfect weekend in the Bay Area so you don’t waste a moment of glorious springtime!
1. Friday Night: See Temple at Aurora Theatre Company
Seeing a powerful show is the perfect way to end a long week and begin a great weekend. We highly recommend Temple, which is playing until May 14th at Aurora Theatre Company. Set in London in 2011, Temple is a fictionalized account of true events. It dramatizes the church and city’s decision to close the doors of St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Occupy protests. This timely play was a hit at the esteemed Donmar Warehouse in London and has also found relevance in America.
2. Saturday Morning: Walk Around Golden Gate Park
If you find yourself in San Francisco this spring, you’ll definitely want to spend some time in Golden Gate Park. This sprawling space is the perfect place to take a morning run or stroll through with a cup of coffee and a book. In addition to the seemingly boundless nature and gardens, Golden Gate Park is also home to the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a number of other attractions.
3. Saturday Afternoon: Catch a Giants Game
The San Francisco Giants are back! Have an all-American afternoon at AT&T Park. Spring is the perfect season to catch a baseball game, as it’s not yet too hot or crowded. Check out the Giants MLB website for details on schedules and tickets.
4. Saturday Evening: See Noises Off at San Francisco Playhouse
Noises Off is a sexy slapstick that serves up some incredible hilarity by looking at an under-rehearsed theater company trying to put on a play. The drama on the stage is just as good as the drama offstage!
5. Saturday Night: Experience the Bay Area’s late night comedy scene.
If you want even more laughs, be sure to see some of the amazing comedy the Bay Area has to offer. From Downtown Comedy Night to #HellaFunny on Haight, the San Francisco area is one the best places to see comedy, stand-up, and variety shows in the country. Some of these spots have late night shows, which can be the perfect ending to a long, fun-filled spring day. You can experience a 9:30pm Comedy Oakland show for just $6!
6. Sunday Morning: Chill at Dolores Park
This popular and picturesque hill is a glorious place to spend a sunny spring day. It can get a little busy, so mornings are a nice time to visit (and to catch the rising sun). Bring a picnic, some games, and refreshments for an easy and fun Sunday morning at Dolores Park. It’s located at Dolores & 19th Street in the Castro district.
7. Sunday Afternoon: See a Matinee
It’s always sweet to see a show in the middle of the day. This spring, we recommend Rags, which is currently playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts until April 30th. This sweeping musical about American immigrants at the turn of the century has a gorgeous score composed by Stephen Schwartz, who would later go on to write Wicked. You can get tickets to Rags starting at $24 through TodayTix.
8. Sunday Afternoon: Spend some time at The San Francisco MoMA
If you’d like to see an evening show instead, spend the day basking in the glorious art that the esteemed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has to offer. Check out the Diane Arbus and Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibits currently on show, or walk around the halls to see where chance takes you. The architecture of the SF MoMA is a work of art in itself! The museum is open until 5 every day except Wednesday (when it is closed) and Thursday, when it is open late until 9 PM.
9. Sunday Night: Grab a Bite at Dirty Habit
Enjoy outdoor dining on a nice spring day at this lovely restaurant. Dirty Habit has an outdoor rooftop patio with gorgeous views, a fire pit, and heat lamps. Oh yeah, and they also have delicious seasonal meals and craft cocktails. There are few things that sound nicer than ending a spectacular weekend with a nice dinner at the chic Dirty Habit.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area on a spring weekend? Let us know on Twitter!