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San Francisco’s first Juneteenth parade, porch concerts and 3 other free fun ideas for this weekend

Foodwise and MegaBlackSF's Juneteenth on the Waterfront 2021. | Courtesy Foodwise

1. Juneteenth on the Waterfront and Market Street Parade

🗓️ Saturday
🕔 9 a.m.-2 p.m., parade starts at 11 a.m.
📍Marketplace at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, parade starts at Market and Spear streets, ends at Civic Center
🔗 juneteenthsfc.org, foodwise.org

Ahead of the annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration in the Fillmore next weekend, join San Francisco’s first city parade honoring the holiday this Saturday. Floats, live music and more will carry the joyous celebration of Black culture, art and creativity through Downtown from the Ferry Plaza to Civic Center. 

Starting just a couple hours earlier at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Pop-Ups on the Plaza, organized by Foodwise and MegaBlack SF, is hosting Juneteenth on the Waterfront, a food and makers market highlighting local Black-owned businesses. After picking out ripe produce for the week, take your time exploring the vendors’ plethora of specialty foods and goodies.

2. Filipino Be Free Festival in SoMa

🗓️ Saturday
🕔 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
📍 Multiple locations, SOMA Pilipinas
🔗 somapilipinas.org

Seven participating venues will take over five blocks of SoMa, the city’s Filipino heritage district, on Saturday for this year’s Be Free Festival to celebrate the city’s vibrant Filipino culture. Each stop on this neighborhood crawl will have different activities, traditional music and dance performances, food tastings and more. 

3. Porchfest in the Mission

🗓️ Saturday
🕔 Noon-6 p.m.
📍 Multiple locations, the Mission
🔗 sfporchfest.org

This Saturday afternoon, Porchfest returns to San Francisco, transforming the Mission into a neighborhood-wide celebration of local music across all genres and for all ages. Porches and parklets will be the “stages” of this free music festival, so take a stroll and let your ears guide you from one stoop show to the next. We recommend starting around 21st and Valencia streets and heading down 21st towards Mission St., but you can scope out your ideal route on the event’s map.

4. West Coast Craft at Fort Mason

🗓️ Saturday-Sunday
🕔 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
📍 Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
🔗 westcoastcraft.com

Need a new mug? Original art for your living room? How about a new hand-tufted bathmat? Whether you’re there picking up a gift or a new trinket for your personal collection–or you just like window shopping–West Coast Craft could be a valuable addition to your weekend itinerary. Over 250 vendors are scheduled to show off their wares at the two-day event. 

5. Free Family Day at SFMOMA

🗓️ Sunday
🕔 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
📍 SFMOMA
🔗 sfmoma.org

If the first Thursday of the month is a bit tough for you to swing to take advantage of SFMOMA’s free admission options, perhaps this Sunday is your chance. The museum will be putting on a free day for families. So although admission is always free for guests up to 18 years old, now up to four adults accompanying a child or teen can get in cost-free, as well. To add to the occasion, SFMOMA will have a schedule of family-friendly art-making activities and entertainment.