It's set to be a wet weekend ahead in San Francisco. But go ahead and grab your rain gear, because it'll also be packed with things to enjoy, from arts and crafts to culinary clinics to cat parties.
Here are our top picks for getting out in the city over the next few days.
West Portal Sidewalk Art Stroll
While a rain delay has cancelled Friday's planned outdoor activities, don't let that stop you from checking out Saturday and Sunday's array of boutique shopping during the 31st annual West Portal Sidewalk Art Stroll.
For the weekend, the neighborhood rolls out the red carpet on the sidewalks of West Portal Avenue, featuring 50 local artists selling wares from photography and paintings to ceramics and jewelry. The event is free to attend; all the participating artists can be found here.
When: Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: West Portal Avenue between 14th and Ulloa
Mission Open Studios
If the West Portal Art Stroll isn't enough art for your weekend, head over to the Mission for the 10th annual Mission Open Studios. Showcasing over 100+ Mission-based artists, this free event encourages you to visit them in-studio, including at their main space at 1890 Bryant Street, which boasts 70 studios in one place. Visitors can browse and chat with artists, and maybe even walk away with a favorite piece. There's also a preview reception on Friday night.
When: Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Various studios around the Mission (see map)
First Caturday & Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Ready to get your pet outdoors to celebrate spring? We've got events for both dog and cat lovers. Feline fans can head to Dolores Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the free First Caturday, part of a nationwide effort to bring cats and cat lovers together in a public setting. Cats can be on-leash or stay in their carriers, whatever makes them the happiest.
Meanwhile, at noon, dog owners can take part in the 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit the Silicon Valley Humane Society Silicon Valley. "Pawticipants" are encouraged to wear a costume as they search for over 1,000 eggs and other tasty treats in a safe setting at the Mission's Wag Hotel (25 14th St.) Regular admission is $10, but kids under 12 can attend for free, and the Easter Bunny will be there for photos.
Meet Chef Tanya from Brown Sugar Kitchen
If you haven't yet tasted chef Tanya Holland's interpretation of soul food at the popular Brown Sugar Kitchen locations in either Oakland or the Ferry Building, here's your chance. Holland is joining the Macy's Culinary Council on Saturday to whip up a three-course meal for ticket holders to enjoy.
If you're one of the first 20 Macy's card holders in line, you'll also gain entrance to a cocktail party, where you can meet the chef and receive a free copy of her cookbook.
When: Saturday, April 6, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Macy's, 170 O'Farrell Street