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Mandatory (Non-Hardly Strictly) Weekend

Everyone else will be at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend, so why not have the rest of the city to yourself?

 Off the Grid food truck at Fort Mason.

North Beach First Fridays
What: Art walk showcasing some of North Beach's best galleries and museums.
Where: North Beach, Grant and Vallejo
When: Friday, 6 p.m to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Why: Because you'd rather be a beatnik with a bongo than a hillbilly with a banjo.

"Off the Grid" Friday Night Food Truck Party
What: 32 food trucks, four bars, and live bands playing.
Where: Fort Mason, Marina and Buchanan
When: Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Why: Because Frat Mason doesn't fly at Hellman Hollow.

"HeART of Market" Outdoor Dance Festival 2013
What: Dozens of dance performances including styles such as Bollywood, Jazz, and Fusion
Where: Mint Plaza, 14 Mint Plaza
When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Why: Because there sure as hell won't be any dance of this quality at Hardly Strictly.

SPCA 145th Anniversary Carnival Block Party
What: Huge party celebrating pets and the SPCA's 145th birthday.
Where: SPCA SF, 201 Alabama Street
When: Saturday, all day
Cost: Free
Why: Because Wilco already adopted Billy Bragg, you might as well get a dog instead of an English punk.

2013 Castro Street Fair
What: One of the biggest and most fabulous costume parties ever.
Where: Castro and Markey
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Why: Because the vivid costumes will be a welcome contrast to the mellow good times at Golden Gate Park.


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