SF weekend: Wine tasting at Pier 39, Harvey Milk art tribute, Bay to Breakers, more

SF weekend: Wine tasting at Pier 39, Harvey Milk art tribute, Bay to Breakers, more
Photo: Bay To Breakers/Facebook
By Mike Pinzuti - Published on May 17, 2019.

It may be a rough weekend ahead in Westeros, but it should be a fun one in San Francisco. With a packed schedule featuring wine pairings, art, comedy and even some off-beat exercise, you should be able to fit in plenty of fun before Sunday night's big "Game of Thrones" finale. 

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

Spring Wine Pour


Kick off the weekend by heading to Pier 39 for their Spring Wine Pour, with a portion of sales going to benefit children's conservation programs at the Aquarium of the Bay. Sample local wines and meet winemakers, enjoy music and other entertainment and head home with a commemorative wine glass. Ticket holders also get exclusive dinner discounts at restaurants along the Pier, perfect for refueling after an evening of sampling.

When: Friday, May 17, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Pier 39, Embarcadero
Price: $20

Windows For Harvey


Presented by Castro Merchants, Windows for Harvey is a neighborhood-wide celebration centered on the May 22 birthday of Harvey Milk. Over 30 local merchants, in partnership with artists and designers, will roll out installations inspired by Harvey and his legacy all along Castro and Market streets.

The event, which runs through next weekend, will also have a Saturday-evening launch party at the former site of Milk's Castro camera store, featuring snacks and beverages.

When: Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 26, 6 p.m.
Where: Various locations in the Castro (map)
Price: Free 

'Rest In Peace Irene'


Ever wondered about what to do in the event of an apocalypse? Comedian and writer Irene Tu will walk you through that and other weighty topics as part of her solo show "Rest in Peace Irene," presented in partnership with the United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF). The show offers a humorous look at plenty of serious topics, including grappling with your own mortality, preferred ways to die and how to grieve appropriately. 

When: Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.
Where: Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street
Price: $15

Bay to Breakers


Right up there with Karl the Fog and the Golden Gate Bridge, the annual Bay to Breakers race is synonymous with San Francisco, so much so that the 7.5-mile run is celebrating its 108th anniversary this year.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, an estimated 50,000+ runners in wildly varying attire will zip by several city landmarks, including Hayes Hill, the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park. Spectators are free to observe from the sidewalk along the parade route, or join in on the finish line festival, complete with food, drink and live music. 

In addition to the race, Bay to Breakers is hosting a wellness expo at Pier 35, with the latest in fitness and running gear, nutrition and technology. The expo kicks off on Friday and ends Saturday afternoon.

For more information, including details on transit reroutes and traffic closures, check out Hoodline's guide to navigating this year's race.

When: Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.
Where: Course map
Price: Free for spectators, online registrations start at $75

Immigrant Yarn Project


Billed as the largest crowd-sourced art event in the country, the Immigrant Yarn Project "celebrates tolerance, difference and the vital contributions that immigrants have made to our success story." Swing by to see art knitted by immigrants and their descendants from across the country, with over 100 eye-popping sculptural totems. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

When: Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Fort Point, Building 999, Marine Drive
Price: Free