Exactly six months after the other festival that those guardians of indie culture put on each year, the 20th Street Block Party takes over a few blocks of the Mission right outside of Noise Pop‘s headquarters. This year, the afternoon food-and-music festival happens on Saturday, Aug. 19 from noon to 6 p.m., along 19th and 20th streets between Harrison and Bryant.
A benefit for Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS), this fifth go-round sees the festival expand to include a third stage in honor named for that nonprofit, where Latin-inspired acts like Los Campas, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Escola Nova de Samba will perform. Otherwise, the headliners are Neon Indian and Kilo Kish, with Hoops, Sugar Candy Mountain, The Tambo Rays, High Sunn and Big Thursday rounding out the lineup.
But that’s only the music half. In terms of food, newcomers Little Star Pizza, Media Noche, WesBurger N’ More, Humphry Slocombe, and Bonito Poke join veterans like Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas, Flour + Water, Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, FK Frozen Custard Bars, Savourie Streets, Seoul of Taipei, The Pop Nation, and Universal Cafe. See the full list here.
Nearby friends-of-the-festival Mutiny Radio (over on 21st and Florida streets) will broadcast live comedy, interviews, and performances all day, while Rocket Dog Adoption Zoo will match you with the furry buddy of your dreams. Do-gooders 826 Valencia, Notes for Notes, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco-Mission will have booths, and there will be plenty of vendors on “Art Row” and elsewhere, like Amos Goldbaum, The Bay Area Record Fair, San Franpsycho, and Alite. Amoeba has a pop-up record shop happening, while Das Bus presents a vintage VW photo booth, and the The San Francisco LowRider Council will ignite your automotive envy with lots of classic rides. Workshop SF will set up leather-working, henna-tattoo, and flower-crown stations, while ArtSpan will build a community mural by stitching together mini-canvases, quilt-style.
The 20th Street Block Party is free to all, although donations go a long way to keeping the party going and $99 VIP tickets guarantee free food and drinks, a viewing area up front, and restroom access. Remember: If you partied too hard at Outside Lands, you have five days to recover — and here, there’s no trekking through the dust between stages while trying not to spill beer on anybody.
20th Street Block Party, Saturday, Aug. 19, noon – 6 p.m., along 19th and 20th streets between Harrison and Bryant. Free with suggested donation; 20thstreetblockparty.com