Join some local, Downtown fun at the free block parties at nearby Civic Center Commons. Centered on the corner of Fulton Street and Larkin, these monthly events happen on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Thursday of the month and are just a short walk from your home at NEMA.

The two events offer very different venues, with Sunday’s Block Party geared toward family-friendly events while Thursday’s Block Party caters to the adult crowd. The Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party are in the evening 5PM – 9PM where attendees enjoy a full bar serving wine, beer and craft cocktails, a rotating selection of street food curated by Off the Grid; “beach” volleyball by SF Social; and FREE performances by bands curated by Another Planet Entertainment.

At the next 3rd Thursday Block Party, on September 20, attendees will enjoy performances by Claire George and Tino Drima! Claire George is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer. Tino Drima brings a raucous, punk-inflected take on big band doo-wop. Sounds like a great evening of entertainment. More information can be found here.

For those looking for a family-friendly event, look no further than the FREE Commons’ 1st Sundays Block Party month which runs 11AM-3 PM. Head down to Civic Center Plaza and enjoy a selection of street food curated by Off the Grid, music and promotional appearances by Bonneville San Francisco KMVQ 99.7 FM, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local artisans from SF Etsy: San Francisco Bay Area Etsy Team, and DIY arts and crafts activities. The next 1stSunday Block Party takes place on October 7th. Learn more about the 1st Sunday Block Party here.

While you are there, you may want to check out the Common’s newest attraction: Zak Ové’s acclaimed public art installation “Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness,” brought to SF by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Both block parties are a great way to get outdoors and connect with locals in a festive, neighborhood setting.

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