June 2018 News & Events

May 25, 2018



MAY 31-JUNE 14, 2018

The 17th San Francisco Documentary Festival is the biggest and oldest festival devoted to non-fiction film in the Bay Area. "Between discoveries of fun, enlightening and the occasionally bizarre world around us revealed through some amazing docs, we’ve scheduled some fun parties: AHOY! The Yacht Rock Sing A Long Party, our regular Bad Art Show, a mini beer fest, a New Orleans style second line brass band parade, a night of roller disco and more! We are thankful to all our fans, supporters, filmmakers, volunteers and partners that help make this film festival stay festive!" - Jeff Ross Founder/Director
TICKETS Regular tickets $13/advance, $15/door. Opening Night Film tickets (includes hosted after party) $22/advance, $25/door. (21up) PARTIES Clueless Bingo, includes bingo card, fabulous prizes $10 (21up) Ahoy! The Yacht Rock Sing–Along Party, $13/advance, $15/door (all ages) Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery), free (21up) Roller Disco Party, $10 admission, $5 skates (18 up)


Brava Theater 2781 24th St at York

New People Cinema 1746 Post St at Webster

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

518 Gallery 518 Valencia at 16th

2018 Schedule or http://sfindie.com/festivals/sf-docfest/



May 30–June 3, 2018 at the Castro Theater

The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival comes to the beautiful Castro Theatre May 30–June 3, 2018 for five glorious days of live cinema with masterpieces from the silent film era set to glorious live music. Save the date. We promise a good time! PROGRAM DETAILS and TICKETS are available here

The newly-found footage of 1906 San Francisco after the great earthquake will be shown at the 2:45 program on Saturday, June 2, with TRAPPOLA. http://silentfilm.org


QWOCMAP presents June 8-10th

14th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street
FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Doors at 6:30pm; Screening at 7:30pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 9: Doors at 6:00pm; Screening at 7:00pm; After Party at Asiento SF
SUNDAY, JUNE 10: Doors at 4:00pm; Screening at 5:00pm 

Feel the thunder of the "Indigenous Futures" Festival Focus as it charges body, mind, and spirit with a keen lightning strike of power, the resonant rumble of decolonization, and a glorious reservoir of indigenous brilliance. From hip hop Native warrior women too feral for the patriarchy to the smoldering romance of two elderly Latina lesbians so hot that it incinerates prejudice, these films are a barometer for our revolutionary tomorrow. All films are subtitled for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing and ASL interpretation will be provided along with many other forms of disability access.







JUNE 14-24, 2018


The iconic Castro Theatre is the setting for the majority of Festival screenings. See and be seen beneath the landmark chandelier, settle into the plush seats, and cozy up in the balcony for eleven days of LGBTQ films from around the world.
Over in the Mission District, filmmakers and audiences get up close and personal at the renowned Roxie Theater and Victoria Theatre for screenings and Q&A sessions amidst the neighborhood's only-in-SF vibe. Close proximity among these venues - and tons of great restaurant choices in between - helps you make the most of your Festival days and nights.
The Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood, "Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre," is a charming art-deco showpiece. The Landmark Theatres Piedmont , the oldest operating movie theatre in the city of Oakland, is the Festival's Oakland home 

Trans March Friday 
June 22, 2018 | 2 pm - 6pm Dolores Park 

Pride Weekend

Trans rights and existence have been more intensely under attack since the election so it’s even more critical that every one gather this year to fight back, resist and celebrate. Make this a huge showing of how powerful and incredible each one is. 
March leave the Stage area at Dolores Park about 6pm. After party at El Rio

Dolores Park is fully accessible via Public Transportation. Options include the following:

  • Taking BART to either 16th or 24th Street, then traveling the distance to the park.

  • Taking BART to 16th Street, then catching the 33 MUNI Bus on the South West Corner of Mission St. & 16th St. The 33 MUNI Bus will drop you off 1 block from Dolores Park. To fully map your route and check transit fees, visit www.511.org 





26th San Francisco Dyke March
Saturday, June 23rd @ 5pm

Calling All Dykes: Take Up Your Space​ ​ Dyke is not just a sexual orientation. It’s a political identity. It stands for community. It stands for solidarity. It stands for radical fight. It stands for trans*, black, brown, queer, bisexual, lesbian, disabled, chronically ill, fat, femme, butch, indigenous, gender expansive love. It does not stand by erasure. By displacement. By appropriation. By hate. The 26th San Francisco Dyke March is a call to action. We’re calling all dykes. Each and every one of you - to take up your space and hold it close to you as we hold on for our lives. As we hold on to each other
Dyke March programming will begin at Dolores Park around 11am. 
Expect to
 hear from local community activists, dance to the grooves of local DJs, sing along with some cool musical artists, and snap along with local poets. Afterwards a march takes places through the Mission and the Castro. thedykemarch.org/

Official Dyke March After Party Folsom Street Foundry - 1425 Folsom St. 8 PM - 2 AM

Mission District Again Wins Best Neighborhood of San Francisco

Wikipedia lists 120 'hoods in San Francisco including just one sub-district of our venerable Mission neighborhood, Mission Dolores. At one time, the "Transmission" or zone West of Mission threatened to be unique cultural zone but change is afoot at all corners these days. None of the major streets associated with our six merchant groups [besides us there's Valencia Merchants, Mission Creek Merchants, Lower 24th St/ Calle 24 ("Veinticuatro") Cultural District, NEMBIZ, and Mission Bernal Merchants.   

The Mission's geographical location surrounded by the hills of Twin Peaks, Diamond Heights, Bernal Hill and Potrero Hill insulate it from the fog and wind from the west giving it the best weather in the City which is often joyfully rediscovered by the increasing crowds at Dolores Park which won best People Watching. The backbone of Bay Area transit, BART won Best Transit and our two BART stations is one more than any other neighborhood. As former wetlands, we are relatively flat which promotes bicycle and scooter use and the popularity of the best bike route the wiggle which begins at Dolores Street and Market and was once the route for water from Crystal Springs and the road to the Presidio.  


BEST OF SF 2018: Mission Merchants Association Congratulates Our Own SF WEEKLY  Reader's Poll Winners

Best Martini • Martuni’s - 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (b/t Mccoppin St & Market St)

Phone: (415) 241-0205 

Website: martunis.ypguides.net


Best Rooftop • El Techo - 2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 21st St & 22nd St)

Phone: (415) 550-6970

Website: http://eltechosf.com/


Best Vegetarian • Sunflower - 3111 16th St San Francisco, CA 94103 (at Valencia St)

Phone: (415) 626-5022

Website: http://www.sunflowersf.com/


Best Dance Company • ODC - 3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Shotwell St & Van Ness Ave) 

Phone: (415) 863-9834

Website: odctheater.org

Best High End Liquor Shop • Healthy Spirits - 300 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (at 14th St)

Phone: (415) 341-0051

Website: healthyspiritssf.com


Best Movie Theater • Alamo Drafthouse - 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 21st St & 22nd St)

Phone: (415) 549-5959
Website: drafthouse.com/sf


Best Bloody Mary & Best Cocktail  & Best Quiz Night • Pop’s Bar - 2800 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t York St & Bryant St)

Phone: (415) 872-5160

Website: popssf.com


Best Local Brewery • Standard Deviant Brewing -280 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (b/t Minna St & Mission St)

Phone: (415) 590-2550

Website: standarddeviantbrewing.com


Best Tacos & Best Mexican • Tacolicious - 741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 18th St)

Phone: (415) 649-6077

Website: tacolicious.com


Best Mezcal Bar • Mosto - 741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 18th St)

Phone: (415) 649-6077

Website: tacolicious.com


Best Steakhouse • Lolinda - 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 21st St & 22nd St)

Phone: (415) 550-6970

Website: lolindasf.com


Best Pizza • Little Star Best - 400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (b/t 15th St & Sparrow St)

Phone: (415) 551-7827

Website: littlestarpizza.com


Late Night Bite • Beretta - 1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 22nd St & 23rd St)

Phone: (415) 695-1199

Website: http://berettasf.com/


Best Juice Shop • Sidewalk Juice - 3100 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St)

Phone: (415) 624-3803

Website: sidewalk-juice.com


Best Bakery • Tartine Bakery - 600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 18th St)

Phone: (415) 487-2600

Website: tartinebakery.com


Best Burrito • La Taqueria - 2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 24th St & 25th St)

Phone: (415) 285-7117


Best Chinese • Wild Pepper - 3601 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Guerrero St & San Jose Ave)

Phone: (415) 695-7678

Website: mywildpepper.com


Best City View from a restaurant • El Techo - 2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 21st St & 22nd St) 

Phone: (415) 550-6970

Website: http://eltechosf.com/


Best Coffee • Philz - 3101 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St)

Phone: (415) 875-9370

Website: philzcoffee.com


Best Date Restaurant • Foreign Cinema - 2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 21st St & 22nd St)

Phone: (415) 648-7600

Website: foreigncinema.com


Best Deli • Lucca Delicatessen - 1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 22nd St & 23rd St) 

Phone: (415) 647-5581

Website: luccaravioli.com


Best Indian • Curry Up Now - 659 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Sycamore St & Clarion Alley)

Phone: (415) 504-3631

Website: curryupnow.com

Best Tattoo Shop • Black Heart Tattoo - 177 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415) 431-2100

Website: blackhearttattoosf.com

Best Pet Store • Mission Critter - 2959 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 26th St & 25th St)

Phone: (415) 821-9649

Best Menswear Store • Siegel’s - 2366 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 20th St)

Phone: (415) 824-7729

Website: zootsuitstore.com

Best Adult Store • Good Vibrations - 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 17th St & Clarion Aly)

Phone: (415) 503-9522

Website: goodvibes.com

Best Antique Shop • Stuff - 150 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (at Mccoppin St)

Phone: (415) 864-2900

Website: stuffsf.com

Best Appliance Shop • Cherins - 727 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 18th St & 19th St)

Phone: (415) 864-2111

Website: cherinsappliance.com

Best Bicycle Shop • Valencia Cyclery - 1077 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Hill St & 22nd St)

Phone: (415) 550-6600

Website: valenciacyclery.com

Best Grocery Store • Rainbow Grocery - 1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (b/t Erie St & United States Highway 101)

Phone: (415) 863-0620

Website: rainbow.coop

Best Bowling • Mission Bowl - 3176 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t Shotwell St & Van Ness Ave)

Phone: (415) 863-2695

Website: missionbowlingclub.com

Best Indoor Climbing Gym • Mission Cliffs - 2295 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 18th St)

Phone: (415) 550-0515

Website: https://touchstoneclimbing.com/mission-cliffs/


Best Pilates Studio • EHS Pilates - 1452 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 26th St & 25th St)

Phone: (415) 285-5808

Website: ehspilates.com

Best Sporting Goods Store • Sports Basement - 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (b/t Alameda St & 15th St)

Phone: (415) 575-3000

Website: sportsbasement.com

Best Yoga • Mission Yoga - 2390 Mission St Ste 200, San Francisco, CA 94110 (b/t 19th St & 20th St)

Phone: (415) 401-9642

Website: missionyoga.com


After 7 great years we were sorry to see the only major annual event at Potero del Sol not come out. The website holds out hope for 2019 however. phonodelsol.com

Founder Christian  Cunningham will also give updates on the music scene through thier  blog at TheBayBridged.com   We try to list all annual events. See what else did not make it back from last year here MissionMerchants.org/single-post/2017/05/21/June

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