Record Store Day: Saturday is the annual day in which music nerds can score extra sweet deals and exclusive, limited-edition releases at record stores nationwide. Here's a list of all the participating San Francisco stores. Streetlight Records will be raising funds for LYRIC (supporting LGBTQQ youth), and Amoeba will be having gift bags, DJs, live performances, and lots of surprises at both their SF and Berkeley locations.
Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade/Charity Concert for Japan Relief: It's the second weekend of the 44th annual festival celebrating the lovely cherry blossom. On Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., there will be a special Raise the Flag at Five event, which is a charity concert for Japan relief featuring live entertainment, food, and drinks at Japantown’s Peace Plaza. A 300-foot flag will be unrolled at 5 p.m. and photographed from the sky with the hopes of raising money and awareness for the ongoing relief efforts in Japan. Watch the parade on Sunday anywhere from City Hall and along Post Street from Larkin to Fillmore to catch the action.
DogFest: Catch drag superstar Heklina and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), along with other local celebrities at McKinley Elementary's 4th annual DogFest at Duboce Park on Saturday. Dogs will compete for best trick, best costume, best look-alike duo, and other categories while benefiting McKinley's art, science, and literacy programs. Children can enjoy jumpy houses, face painting, carnival games, delicious food, and more.
ArtSeed Art-A-Thon: Have an art project you've been wanting to work on? Or just want to watch some artists in action in a beautiful, rustic setting? Then head over to the lovely Presidio on Saturday for a 10-hour art-making marathon to benefit ArtSeed's various educational programs, including their Apprenticeship Program, Summer Fine Arts Intensive, and scholarships for youth from Bayview Hunters Point.
Wood Faire: The Exploratorium hosts its first ever Wood Faire on Saturday, which explores the natural resource that shapes our lives, from wood cells to forests, paper to furniture. Woodworkers of all stripes will demonstrate their art and participants can try out crafts, including paper making. One-of-a-kind works of art will be available for sale.