7 Sense-sational things to do this weekend, May 18-20

Yeah, we get it, the summer season is here, at least in spirit, but the weather feels like it’s mid-March. But look at the bright side, it’s not 108 degrees in the shade. The grass on all our lovely hills is (mostly) still green. And fun stuff is busting out all over the Bay Area. Here are seven ways to have a blast this weekend.

1 GO FORTH: And get ye to a festival

What’s your pleasure? A good old-fashioned county fair? A dazzling and creative DIY celebration, complete with wonderfully wacky gadgets (aka the Maker Faire)? Festivals devoted to Greek, Polish or Himalayan culture? Check, check and check. There’s all that going on, and more, this weekend. Check out our fairs and festivals roundup here.

2 SAVOR: Polkalicious German food

Mmm, schnitzel, bratwurst and brews — who can resist? San Francisco’s venerable Schroeder’s, which opened in 1893 (!!), is celebrating the big 125 this Saturday with a “Brew Haha” bash that includes all-you-can-eat deliciousness and live music by Polkalicious. Go celebrate there, then keep that gemütlichkeit flowing at one of the Bay Area’s other awesome German restaurants and beer gardens. Here are five of our faves. Prost!

The communal tables of the beer hall and the back dining room photographed at Schroeder's restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The century old German beer hall in the Financial District still has all its Bavarian charm, but has been updated to be fresh and current. The areas can be separated by a curtain. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
The 125-year-old German beer hall in the Financial District still has all its Bavarian charm — plus a modern menu. (Bay Area News Group file) Bay Area News Group File

3 WATCH: An cozy, intimate little British wedding

Psych! We’re talking, of course, about the (insert regal trumpet music here) nuptials of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Maybe you’ve heard of them? The wedding starts at 4 a.m. Saturday (our time), and you can watch on telly, or in a movie theater. And here’s everything you need to know about the royal event.

4 EAT: Helloooo, Kitty!

Yep, the Sanrio icon is back in the Bay Area and she’s bringing not only her penchant for big bows, but her sweet snack van, too. We’re talking giant cookies and themed macarons and petit fours at San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria this Saturday (with encores at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge and Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza soon). Here’s where to find her. (Also, totally shocking news: Turns out Hello Kitty is not an actual cat. OMG. Who knew?)

5 SEE: The world’s most twisted superhero

Ryan Reynolds is back as Deadpool, the foul-mouthed, ultra-cynical, wisecracking mercenary superhero who looks like he was a dartboard in a previous life. In “Deadpool 2,” he fights bad guys again while gleefully denouncing every pop culture target he can think of — including, of course, Ryan Reynolds. Our review is here. If you prefer less violent or raunchy cinematic fare, our weekend movie picks have some suggestions, including one memorable performance by Annette Bening.

6 PLAY: Otterly adorable fun

It's mommy-and-me time for the otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
It’s mommy-and-me time for the otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Monterey Bay Aquarium) 

It’s no secret that the Monterey Aquarium makes an awesome day trip (or weekend getaway, for that matter), what with the iridescent jellyfish, swirling silver sardines and kelp forests. But those otters! Now you can not only coo at their cuteness at the otter exhibit, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour, too. Perfect for kids ages 6 and up — and, of course, otter-loving grown-ups.

7 SEE: Pink blow audiences away

Singer Pink has a bunch of catchy pop/rock songs in her arsenal, and a knack for delivering mind-blowing concerts. And she’s in Oakland for 2 shows this weekend. And if you want to get ready by catching a revered Bay Area music legend, Barbara Dane is in Berkeley tonight.


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