SF weekend: Documentary film festival, free Italian food fair, Union Street Festival, more

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By Mike Pinzuti - Published on May 31, 2019.

It's another sunny weekend ahead, with a chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the city.

Here are our top picks for getting out and about over the next few days in San Francisco.

SF Documentary Festival Opening Weekend


Now in its 18th year, the SF Documentary Film Festival returns this week at three venues in the Mission. The opening weekend includes titles like award-winning Framing John DeLorean, about the infamous automotive innovator, and Uberland, about the challenges of being a ride-hailing driver in San Francisco.

There will also be some fun add-ons to the films, including Breakfast Club bingo and metal karaoke following the showing of Murder in the Front Row: The Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. The festival runs though June 13 and the film schedule is available on their website.

When: Wednesday, May 29 - Thursday, June 13, film times vary
Where: Brava Theater (24th St at York), Roxie Theater (16th at Valencia) and 518 Gallery (518 Valencia at 16th)
Price: $14+, check film schedule for details

Italian Gourmet Food Fair


Need to brush up on your Italian cooking skills? Head to the Fiera Dei Sapori, a special two-day event at Fort Mason featuring Italian food, wine, kitchenware and more. Visitors can take seminars on cooking with Thermomix, enjoy Sicilian marmalade and cheese pairings, and listen to live music. Complimentary food samples and aperitivo spritz cocktails are also part of the fun. 

When: Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Center
Price: Free admission

Union Street Festival


One of the city's biggest festivals is heading your way this weekend. The 43rd annual Union Street Festival offers gourmet food, carnival games, sporting activities and art from over 100+ vendors. New this year are two lounges to enjoy local craft beers and Bay Area wines. The festival also features two musical stages, with 15 bands performing throughout the weekend. 

When: Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Union Street, from Gough to Steiner
Price: Free admission

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