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It’s Presidio Picnic season again! How to make the most of your #SundayFunday.

Mar 20, 2017 04:44PM ● By Fran Miller

Looking for some weekend fun? Get out of the ‘burbs, venture to the City, and spend a weekend as San Francisco locals do – at the Presidio Picnic. San Francisco’s largest community al fresco dining experience is back, and a picnic blanket is calling your name. Sponsored by The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, Presidio Picnic takes place every Sunday now through October from 11am to 4pm on the Presidio’s vast seven-acre Main Parade Ground and is one of the best local events in town. Presidio Picnic highlights the best of the Bay Area’s international food scene and summons all ages to enjoy the sunshine (or fog, as the case may be), a little music, expansive Bay views, and a colorful collection of ethnic and American cuisines from celebrated local chefs, as well as varied beverages and desserts. The family-friendly gathering, where leashed furry friends are welcome, also features lawn games, yoga classes, a Green Screen photo booth for selfies in front of the Presidio’s beautiful landscapes, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and even your own picnic, but beware…the aromas from the varying food trucks that surround the Parade Ground are sure to entice. You’ll want to arrive with an empty stomach and with a hearty appetite. Food and beverage offerings this year include seafood from Ceviche & Co. and Sam’s Chowder, Barbecue from Cochon Volant and The Whole Beast, pizza from Del Poppolo, chicken wings from Wing Wings, Indian soul food from DUM Truck, Argentine empanadas from El Sur, Tex Mex from Early Bird Tacos, Mexican food from Nopalito, among many others. Four retail tents include Happy Moose Juice cold-pressed juices and nut milks, Farm Stand Lemonade serving freshly squeezed lemonade, and Beach Coffee Company selling their hydrating coffee brewed with coconut water. ‘Adult’ beverages such as Bloody Marys, craft cocktails, and beer are also offered.

New this season is a ‘pre-order’ option for large groups. Order and pay on-line from a handful of select vendors, arrive, pick-up, and get the party started without having to wait in long lines. Perfect for birthday parties, anniversaries, or any large gathering. Visit for more details.

The Presidio Picnic partnership between Off the Grid and The Presidio Trust is a match made in culinary and recreational heaven. Off the Grid endeavors to activate novel public spaces – such as the Presidio Parade Ground -  with truly unique experiences. In collaboration with local businesses and organizations – such as The Presidio Trust – Off the Grid events help to maintain a shared sense of space. Presidio Picnic is a happy and yummy example of such a partnership.   

While you’re there, be sure to check-out the new Presidio Visitor Center at the north end of the Parade Ground. The interactive space provides an overview of the Presidio grounds and its historical relevance, and offers fantastic San Francisco-themed gifts and books.

See you next Sunday!

Photos by Robin Eagan

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