The Olympics buzz continues this week with viewing parties at Civic Center featuring activities for kids and tasty food options. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Italian and Filipino communities gather for weekend cultural celebrations and local fashionistas can check out the latest options from BCBG at a sample sale.

The 2012 Pistahan Parade and Festival is expected to draw 70,000 attendees over two days at Yerba Buena Gardens. // Photo courtesy of the festival.

2012 Olympics Viewing Party

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosts viewing parties for the 2012 Olympics on August 7 and August 11. A large projection screen will show the action from London while attendees enjoy games, gourmet food and activities for children.


Beauty Bar brings on the mid-week fun with a free dance party featuring “indie pop bangers” from the 1980s until present.

Festa Coloniale Italiana 2012

San Francisco’s Italian-American heritage is on full display at North Beach’s Festa Coloniale Italiana, a street party with live music, adult beverages, Italian food stands and artisan vendors.

BCBG & Ella Moss Sample Sale Extravaganza

Admission is free for the BCBG & Ella Moss Sample Sale Extravaganza but with sale items hitting up to 70 percent less than normal retail, it might be difficult to leave without spending something. The sale includes more than 2,000 dresses, tops, bandage skirts, cashmere and more.

Pistahan 2012: Filipino Culture Fest

The 19th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival is expected to bring 70,000 visitors to Yerba Buena Gardens for the largest Filipino celebration outside of the Philippines. Mayor Ed Lee will judge an Adobe Cook-Off while attendees take in live music, Filipino food vendors, and art.