This weekend is packed with cool events, which is very convenient as it looks like the summery weather is going to hold until of course it doesn’t… These are some of our favorite events, but you can check out the Tender Calendar for a full listing of Tenderloin/Civic Center related happenings. Have a great weekend!

Photoby Alyssa Jones


  • 10am-12pm: The Friends of Macaulay Park, that little children’s park at the corner of O’Farrell and Larkin (middle of the Naked Hood), partner with San Francisco Recreation and Parks and Neighborhood Parks Council to clean up the park every other month. They scrub down the equipment with soap and water, sweep up debris on the playground, weed and rake leaves in the planter areas and prune the trees. Their volunteers are families, friends and neighbors of the children who use the playground and they’re always looking for more help since as you know parks are scarce in this neighborhood–especially clean parks for children.
  • 12-5pm: like every month on the 15th, artist Michael Swaine will be sewing for the people at the Tenderloin National Forest (Cohen Alley, Ellis at Leavenworth). Get there early if you have needs and remember that leather is usually a problem, even if it has large holes
  • 1-9pm: UN Plaza Intervention, as part of the Reclaim Market Street! public art series. The Plaza will be transformed into a dynamic and interactive play space for children, parents and friends. As the sun sets, film screenings of A Trip Down Market Street (1906) and its 2005 remake by Melinda Stone and Liz Keim will be shown to educate citizens about Market Street’s rich history. Film archivist Rick Prelinger will also provide films from his collection that depict life on Market Street. And Off the Grid will provide some food trucks. Not provided: a general plan to revitalize Market Street that doesn’t revolve around art.

Saturday AND Sunday

  • 11am-6pm: The third weekend of ArtSpan’s Open Studios will take place in the Bayview, Tenderloin, SOMA, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhoods, featuring the work of over 200 artists… blah dee blah blah… I have no idea why they even bother mentioning the Tenderloin, as there only three studios listed on their map. But they have a shuttle for the lazy or anti-MUNI crowd. As usually, street art will remain free and viewable year round.
  • Trolley Dances, features a great lineup of Bay Area dance “luminaries”, who will take audiences from the Civic Center’s San Francisco Public Library to the West Portal Muni Station. This urban dance/public transit adventure will start at the 6th floor Terrace at the Main Library, dancing to music featured in the library’s exhibition, “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”. Performance tours, led by “tour guides”, will then board the K, L, or M Muni/Metro, head underground, and emerge at the West Portal Muni Station, with performances along the way by Tat Wong Kung Fu Lion Dancers, and Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater featuring students from SFSU. Performances are free (aside from the MUNI fare) and will occur six times a day both Saturday and Sunday. Tours run at 11:00am, 11:45am, 12;30 p.m., 1:15pm, 2:00pm, and 2:45pm beginning at the SF Main Public Library (100 Larkin Street, SF CA 94102). Don’t worry, participation isn’t required as we know none of y’all have any rhythm.