Some quintessential annual events are returning this weekend, so bundle up and get out there for Off the Grid's return to Fort Mason, pancakes and art in SoMa and car-free streets in the Mission.
Here are our top picks for getting out in San Francisco over the next few days.
Off the Grid
The popular Off the Grid food truck party returns for its ninth season at Fort Mason on Friday. Along with craft cocktails, beer, wine and music, there's over 30 different food vendors to taste-test your way through, including Beijing-style jianbing, Filipino desserts, Neapolitan pizza, and Haitian pork griot. To stay warm, huddle up in free sheltered lounge spaces or around communal firepits.
If you're extra motivated, you can buy a VIP tasting ticket ($25) and treat yourself to four generous servings of select dishes from participating chefs, plus front-of-the-line access to grab seconds.
When: Friday, March 8, 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.
Price: Free admission, food and beverage cost extra
Corn Dog Festival
Feeling corny? Then head to the SoMa StrEat Food Park on Saturday for their annual Corn Dog festival. There will be more than 15 meal specials to choose from, including unique takes like a corn dog topped with Mexican street corn, a waffle dog and ice cream combo, and a hot dog-topped cheese pizza.
You can also enter a corn dog decorating contest or eating contest, and enjoy free live music and craft beer selections from Bay Area brewers.
When: Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.
Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show
If the idea of an evening full of art, photography, music AND all-you-can-eat pancakes sounds like an ideal night out, you're in luck. The national Pancakes and Booze tour, billed as a "reimagining of the art show concept," rolls into the city this weekend.
Visitors will be able to check out works by 150 Bay Area artists, groove to live musicians and DJs, try their hand at live painting and other interactive entertainment options and feast on free flapjacks — because, hey, why not?
Local artists and musicians can still submit their work for show consideration before the weekend.
When: Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street
Sunday Streets in the Mission
Sunday Streets kicks off another season of open streets and community celebrations on Sunday in the first of two events this year in the Mission. Starting at 8 a.m., Valencia Street will close down between 26th Street and Duboce Avenue for vendors, walkers, bikers, street sports, entertainment zones and various performance stages.
Visitors are encouraged to check out the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, grab a quick bite at a taqueria or grab a new book or two from Dog Eared Books.
When: Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Valencia Street between 26th Street and Duboce Avenue
Price: Free; food and beverage cost extra