Next weekend, the San Francisco Armory, one of San Francisco’s coolest landmarks, is holding its first public event in 30 years. Organized by the producers of the Edwardian Ball and the spectra Ball, the Mission Bazaar is “a unique craft and performance expo that will showcase some of the Bay Area’s most vibrant creative talent.” The event will feature over 100 artists and craftspeople exhibiting creative products, artwork, clothing and accessories. Plus, 20 hours of live performance will feature music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs. Expect gypsy jazz, belly dance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar and more.
Building owner Peter Acworth said in a press release: “I am very glad that the Armory is able to contribute to the cultural vibrance of the Mission community. The Armory is a building that deserves to be opened to the public and I am delighted that the local community is getting involved.”
In addition to being a great arts event, this is a great opportunity to see the inside of the San Francisco Armory, a 200,000-square-foot reproduction of a Moorish Castle built in 1912-14 for the National Guard and used by them until 1976. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of use for this time, with a few important exceptions. Several spaceship interior scenes in Star Wars were shot there; until the mid-1990s, the San Francisco Opera used the drill court (the area where the Bazaar is being held) as a location for set construction and rehearsals. It’s the first public event at the building since the 1970s.
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
1800 Mission Street @ 14th, San Francisco
Admission: $5 at the door (Children 8 and under free)