This Weekend: SF Pride Celebration, Yelp’s Sunset Showdown, US Air Guitar Championships, Punk Rock Pizza Party, Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Food Festival

The 41st San Francisco Pride Celebration is being held this Saturday (noon-6pm)  and Sunday (11am-6pm), June 25-26th, in SF’s Civic Center.  The parade kicks off on Sunday at 10:30am at Market and Beale.  The SF Pride VIP Party is on Sunday from 2-5pm in the City Hall Rotunda.  Enjoy music, free food from local restaurants, and an open bar with SF Pride Grand Marshals, main stage performers, and community leaders.  Get advance tickets for $20.

With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.  Past guests of the celebration include Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Cindi Lauper and Solange Knowles.  This year’s Grand Marshalls include Chaz Bono and Olympia Dukakis.

Yelp’s Sunset Showdown is on Sunday, June, 26th from 6-9pm at the Craneway Pavilion in the Marina district of Richmond.  There will be live music, aerialists, and burlesque dancers along with yummy food trucks, microbreweries, wineries, and major distilleries.  You must RSVP to this event.

Did you always fancy yourself a natural air guitarist?  Well you are in luck my friend.  The 2011 US Air Guitar Championships is on tour and the regional competition is coming to San Francisco this Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th!  For $20, you can enter the competition or just go to watch the talent in action at the Independent.

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is having a Punk Rock Pizza Party tomorrow from 4-10pm.  They will be showcasing an outdoor bee garden with 3 bands, pizza from Pizza Hacker, Mexican food from La Laguna and $3 pints.  Admission is free.

The 30th Annual Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Food Festival is this Sunday, June 26th from 1-4pm at the Plaza Depot.  Get tickets ahead of time for $30.  They will be $45 onsite.  Tickets include unlimited tastings of food, wine and beer and a commemorative glass.  Participating restaurants include El Paseo House of Chops (Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar’s new restaurant), Balboa Cafe, Charlie Hong Kong, Piatti, D’Angelo’s and Tony Tutto Pizza.  The wineries and breweries participating include Rombauer, Carmel Road, Silver Oak, Lagunitas, Beer Works, 21st Amendment, Lost Coast and many others.

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