From dog parades to Deadheads: 3 offbeat events in San Francisco this weekend

San Francisco is often thought of as a quirky town, and this weekend boasts three events that definitely fit the definition.

By Monday morning, you could be bragging about your medieval story-telling skills, recapping the best costumes at the dog parade or debating which Grateful Dead song truly is the best. Here's where to go to get a little weird and have fun in the city this weekend.


Photo: Shire of Cloondara

Missing Game of Thrones while it's on hiatus? Join the Shire of Cloondara, the San Francisco branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, for their annual archery and bardic competition. It's free to participate, and you can join the archery competition or bid on the participants from the sideline for a chance to win a prize.

Other medieval games include the Fish Fling and Caper Toss. Or try your hand at being this year's Bard winner, with an original poem, song or story about Norse monsters.

When: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park Archery Fields
Price: Free, but bring some food to share
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7th Annual Doggie World Parade

Photo: Nihonmachi Street Fair/Facebook

Thousands of people head to Japantown each year to enjoy the Nihonmachi Street Fair, a two-day event celebrating Asian-Pacific Americans and San Francisco's cultural scene. But the event also holds a secret bonus for canine lovers: an annual dog parade, where the city's cutest pups strut their stuff and compete for prizes in several categories.

The cost to register a dog for the parade is $10, with a portion of proceeds going to local animal rescue organizations. In addition to the parade, you'll dog-centric vendor booths, animal experts offering tips and information, adoption agencies and DIY doggie crafts.

When: Sunday, August 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Japantown, Post and Buchanan streets
Price: Free to view; $10 to enter a dog
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Jerry Day

Photo: Jerry Day/Facebook

This year marks the 16th annual Jerry Day, a day dedicated to the life, music and impact of San Francisco's own Jerry Garcia. While the event remains a celebration of the famous Grateful Dead guitarist, it's also a chance to raise local awareness and bring more attention and resources to the community surrounding McLaren Park as well.

This year's event includes performances by Melvin Seals & the Jerry Garcia Band and the Gary Gates Band. Don't miss the afterparty at the Dark Horse bar at 942 Geneva Street, one block away from where Garcia was raised.

When: Sunday, August 5, 11 a.m.—11:45 p.m.
Where: Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park
Price: Free, but donations are encouraged
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