SF weekend: North Beach festival, Corgi Con at Ocean Beach, Stern Grove summer concerts, more

SF weekend: North Beach festival, Corgi Con at Ocean Beach, Stern Grove summer concerts, more
Photo: Corgi Con/Facebook
By Mike Pinzuti - Published on June 17, 2019.

With the unusually hot weather gone, it's safe to venture back outside and, from block parties to music festivals to dog races on the beach, there's a lot of entertainment variety for your weekend.

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

Juneteenth Parade & Festival


Honoring the abolition of slavery in San Francisco, the 69th Annual San Francisco Juneteenth Festival is billed as the "largest gathering of African-Americans in Northern California." The event features a fashion show, a classic car show, live performances and music - with headliners Eric Bellinger, Goapele and Los Rakas - and plenty to eat and drink. This year’s signature parade has been renamed in dedication to Rachel Townsend, the leader of San Francisco’s Juneteenth who passed away earlier this year. 

When: Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fillmore Street, between Geary & Golden Gate Ave
Price: Free admission

Summer Corgi Con


The ultimate dog beach party - last year's event featured over 1,100 dogs - returns this weekend with races, photos and plenty of belly rubs. Corgi Con is a celebration of all things dogs with unique events like the Corgi Ninja Warrior obstacle course, a costume contest and the signature Corgi races across the beach. The event is free and open to dog and non-dog owners alike.

When: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Below the Cliff House on Ocean Beach
Price: Free admission

North Beach Festival


One of America's original outdoor street festivals, the North Beach Festival is celebrating 65 straight years of honoring SF's Italian district. In addition to the 125+ booths of food and art, the festival includes the Blessing of the Animals at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, a kids' chalk art area on Vallejo St. and a circus trapeze show. Also new this year is the Maker Block on Grant Avenue with booths dedicated to making various items, from cannolis to Emperor Norton coins.

When: Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue
Price: Free admission

Phono Del Sol


One under-the-radar music festival is coming back to the city this weekend. After a one year hiatus, the Phono del Sol festival is returning on Saturday to a park in the Mission adjacent to the city's largest skate park. On top of artisanal drinks and food trucks, the festival has ten main performances on tap, including Oakland hip-hop collective SOLDevelopment and East Bay experimental artist SPELLLING. The festival proceeds will go towards supporting The Bay Bridged, a local arts nonprofit. If you're ready to go all in, there are tickets available for a pre-festival brunch and after party as well.

When: Saturday, June 15, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Potrero Del Sol Park, 1369 Potrero Ave
Price: Free admission

Stern Grove Summer Concert Series


The Stern Grove summer concert series kicks off its 82nd season on Sunday. Pack a blanket and cooler, check out the park's Eucalyptus trees and enjoy the sounds from Grammy Award-winning jazz-rap fusion group Digable Planets and Oakland-based hip-hop group Bang Data. You can check out all the rest of the Stern Grove summer concerts here

When: Sunday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd.
Price: Free admission