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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Top Five Cheap Arts and Culture Events this Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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If you're like most people in San Francisco, you're probably wondering why the weather was so nice during the week and bumming about it cooling down a bit over the weekend. The Indian Summer can be unpredictable and frustrating, so for those of you whose spirits are low, we made a list of some fun, cheap, and interesting events you should not be missing out on this weekend.

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1. Central Market -- 2 Blocks of Art 

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Now in its third year, Urban Solutions' 2 Blocks of Art has expanded this year to include the emerging Central Market area, with the main focus at Sixth St. and Market. The art walk showcases over 100 local artists in 25 locations in a neighborhood rich with culture and well-known for its community of local art galleries. Today from 4-8 p.m., restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters along Sixth will offer discounted food, drinks, and admissions, and be sure to check out the temporary public art performances and installations. There's plenty of fun artsy activities going on, ranging from a photo scavenger hunt to a free wall space for painting space, not to mention cheap drinks!

2. Dew Tour

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You just might have noticed the plaza in front of City Hall receiving a makeover this week in the form of huge dirt jumps and a cement street course. The Dew Tour has come to San Francisco for the first time in its eight year history, and it's FREE to the public all weekend long. Featuring live music (Lil Wayne will even be performing), BMX, FMX, and skateboarding, this is a unique event in the heart of the city that you should definitely not miss out on. Skateboarders will be happy to note that the design of the course was inspired by a few famous S.F. street spots.

3. Leap Sandcastle Contest

Come on down to Ocean Beach on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and watch the bonfire-charred sands become transformed into massive sculptural masterpieces at Leap's 29th Annual Sandcastle Contest. More than 20 local schools and 300 sponsors participate in the contest, with the proceeds raised by the teams going to help Leap continue to provide and fund art programs for Bay Area schoolchildren. A great free event for a awesome cause. There's even a community building area where anyone can come get their hands sandy.

4. El Rio's 34th Anniversary Party

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No cover and free tacos. How's that for a Saturday afternoon of daydrinking? Come to El Rio on Oct. 20 starting at 3 p.m. and join them in celebrating 34 years of being one of the Mission's finer divey drinking establishments. They've got a full schedule of events going well into the evening, including half-priced drinks from 3-5 p.m., games, dancing, and lives bands on the patio, featuring Red Hots Burlesque between sets, and DJs spinning in the back room till close. Most importantly, free tacos from 4-8! Don't miss out.

5. The 22nd Indie Mart D.I.Y. & Music Street Fair

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This year's last outdoor and biggest Indie Mart is this Sunday, Oct. 21 from 12-6 p.m. at Thee Parkside. For a meager $3 donation, you can walk the closed streets and browse the wares of over 100 local vendors and designers. Also featuring free D.I.Y. activities, food trucks, DJs, a photobooth, and more. Always put on without corporate sponsorship, these events are the real deal and definitely in tune with S.F. vibes. The afterparty inside Thee Parkside will feature one of the last shows of Oakland punk band Uzi Rash, as well as prizes, giveaways and rowdy bingo games.

Happy weekend.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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