Welcome to Weekend Planner. Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
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Friday, May 22
Monteray County Fair and Event Center, Monteray
10AM Friday – 11PM Sunday, All Ages
$75 – One Day Pass $190 – Weekend Pass
The 6th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend 2015!
May 22, 23 & 24, 2015
California Roots isn’t just a music festival; it’s a movement. It’s a way of life. It delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. When Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival in the late ‘60’s, he changed the way an entire generation looked not only at music festivals, but life itself.
It is out of this same pure energy–the energy of natural and peaceful rebellion–that California Roots was born. We discovered the ecstasy that culminates from listening to awesome music, smiling at your neighbors and dancing with strangers; California Roots is about living life to the fullest.
Advance General Admission Tickets – $190 + fees
Advance Single Day General Admission Tickets – $75 + fees
Kids 10 and under free with paid adult.
No refunds, cancellations or exchanges.
If you have questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
6PM, All ages
The cohesive and insightful Cypress String Quartet proffers faithful renditions of classical repertoire alongside challenging new works. Known for elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet has been praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” with “beautifully proportioned and powerful” sound (The Washington Post).
Formed in 1996, Cypress maintains a busy national and international tour schedule, making appearances on concert series and in venues including Cal Performances, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Stanford Lively Arts. Their collaborators include Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, James Dunham, and Zuill Bailey.
(Photo Courtesy of Gregory Goode)
This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. Please complete the registration process below. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission, and seating is limited and may not be available for all. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event. Read more about our event registration policy >
Saturday, May 23
Arena Green East, San Jose
8AM, All Ages
Also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, we love chucking paint and making people smile. With events in more than 50 countries, The Color Run is on almost every single continent on EARTH!
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
1. Wear white at the starting line 2. Finish plastered in color!
The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
It’s a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. We’re making rainbows all over the world, come join us!
Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater, Oakland
12PM, All Ages
$5 Suggested Donation
EMF is a FREE music and cultural arts festival on the shores of Lake Merritt, nestled in the heart of Oakland, California.
EMF promotes independent music, performance and the cultural arts of all genres, but with a twist. For one, we are 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored, meaning we are Not For Sale! (e.g. free from the burdens of for-profit programming, lineups and fads) Additionally, every year over 70 volunteers (e.g. local artists, neighbors and businesses) all give their time, contribute resources, and donate their talents for FREE. Finally, we are a FREE event for ALL AGES, because live music and art shouldn’t be a luxury for the few. We just love new music, art & dance. We believe there’s so much more out there, than what your hands can type or your computer screen can hold. EMF is local music & cultural arts by the people, for the people.
Jack London Square, Oakland
3RD ANNUAL NORCAL SESSION BEER FESTIVAL
PRE-SALE TICKETS END AT MIDNIGHT ON MAY 22, 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $30. Drake’s Brewing Company and Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) are proud to bring back the NorCal Session Fest for its third incarnation, this year at Jack London Square in downtown Oakland on May 23rd from 1:00PM – 5:00PM.
Come join up to 38 craft breweries as they show you that great beer doesn’t have to be imperial. Enjoy selections of carefully crafted, full flavor, and hyper-refreshing session beers perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day.
There will be food (Bicycle Banh Mi, Frozen Kuhsterd, Lungomare, Salt Point Pretzels and Whole Foods Market), free Bike Valet and live music by La Pêche and BEATBOP to set the soundtrack for your session beer drinking good times. And don’t forget the homebrewing demonstration by the Bay Area Mashers Homebrew Club! Be sure to stop by their booth and cast your vote for the best homebrew beer!
Mark your calendar for May 23rd for a chance to meet some of your favorite brewers and try their takes on session beers of all kinds.
Purchase your tickets in advance! A ticket includes one commemorative glass and 10 (5oz) beer tickets. Ticket proceeds benefit Bike East Bay in their local advocacy efforts to bring about better, safer biking for all in the East Bay.
Additional beer tickets will be available for purchase that day for $2 each (you must purchase a ticket with a commemorative glass in order to puchase additional beer tickets).
Will Call opens at 12:30pm. Beer will begin pouring at 1:00pm.
Session Fest is open to the public (all ages welcome), but you must be 21+ to purchase the glass and tickets for beer. Wristbands will be given to those who are 21+ (ID required).
Jack London Square and Session Fest is dog-friendly. Dogs on leashes allowed and welcome.
Confirmed Breweries 21st Amendment Ale Industries Almanac Anchor Anderson Valley Berryessa Calicraft Cleophus Quealy Coronado Drake’s E.J. Phair Eagle Rock Firestone Walker Freewheel Green Flash Golden Road HenHouse Iron Springs Jupiter Laughing Monk Linden Street Magnolia Mavericks Moylan’s New Belgium Pacific Coast Peak Organic Russian River Brewing Sierra Nevada Speakeasy Strike Sudwerk Triple Rock Triple Voodoo Trumer Braueri Woodfour
Thanks to our Sponsors: The Port of Oakland Jack London Square East Bay Express Drake’s Brewing Company Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. Magnolia Brewing Sudwerk Brewing Whole Foods Market
Sunday, May 24
Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco
Summer season is heating up and it’s time to get WET! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND | SUNDAY MAY 24 | NOON – 7PM
Main Post, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.
Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed
In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.
Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.
The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.
Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
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