Bay Area/ San Francisco
Published on June 09, 2016
North Beach Week: 62nd Annual North Beach Festival, Amazing Acro-Cats, MorePhoto: Spiros Vathis / Flickr

Brace yourself ... it's here.

The area's biggest festival, now in its 62nd year, returns this weekend with over 125 arts and crafts and gourmet food booths, two stages for entertainment, Italian street painting and beverage gardens. In addition, there'll be the Kids’ Chalk Art Area on Vallejo Street between Grant & Columbus starting at 10am, and the Blessing of the Animals at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo St.), starting at 2pm. (See our photo recap of last year's event here.)

As expected, the festival will take over Green Street between Stockton & Grant, Columbus Avenue from Grant to  Stockton, and Grant Avenue from Columbus to Union. If you're trying to get to a bar or restaurant along those routes, plan ahead and prepare for the lines.

If you need a breather from the crowds, may we suggest the The Amazing Acro-Cats, a troupe of rescued house cats who will entertain by tightrope walking, cart-pushing, hoop-jumping, skateboarding, and end the performance by playing instruments (seriously)? The show starts at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday at Ft. Mason (2 Marina Blvd.).

Lastly, if you're looking for a place to see if the Warriors can snag their fifth NBA championship, Rose Pistola (532 Columbus Ave.) will be running a $4 pint special on selected brews all game long. 

Now, on to our editor's picks for the days ahead. For a full list of what's going on around town this weekend and beyond, don't forget to check our If you see a local event missing and want to get in on the fun, submit it for free for the chance to see it featured in our next events roundup.

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