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.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, May 1
Century Walnut Creek and XD, Walnut Creek
11AM, All Ages
Tickets are now on sale for “Short Films, Big Ideas,” the 3rd Annual Walnut Creek International short Film Festival (WCIsFF), an incredible lineup of over 100 short films from across the globe, shown over three days at multiple venues. The films are organized into more than 19 screening blocks from life-affirming to foreign and animated shorts, to family-friendly and more.
As Walnut Creek’s only film festival dedicated to short films, WCIsFF showcases brilliant filmmaking in the short form – from 90 seconds to 25 minutes – with the exploration of intriguing, thought-provoking and innovative films. Audiences are invited to select their ‘Best of the Fest’ as winners will be presented at the closing night events on Sunday evening.
Roaring Camp (Bret Harte Hall), Felton
5PM, All ages
$50 Adults, $15 Kids
You are invited to the first New Bohemia Spring Beer Fest, a celebration in the spirit of May Day festivities that go back centuries, with some fresh twists (and fresh beer)! We’ll have three brand new beers that we’ll be tapping just for the event. See the full list of beers below.
You’ll even get your own NuBo beer stein to drink from and then take home.
This will all take place at Bret Harte Hall at Roaring Camp in Felton, providing an indoor/outdoor space that mixes a stunning beer hall and beer garden atmosphere at the perfect time of year. We can’t imagine a better way to start the month of May!
Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for kids under 21. Adult entry includes an exclusive NuBo beer hall stein, your first two pints of our limited release beer, a full dinner, entertainment and parking on site. We are also offering a special deal: 3 tickets for $100, so more friends can toast the spring together!
Beers on tap:
Spring Bock (strong and hoppy brew that’s a traditional May Day release)
Czech Pilsner (dry hopped with Saaz hops)
Belgian Dubbel Ale (aged on oak)
On Point Lager
Bouncy house for kids
Maypole (it’s May Day, after all!)
Don’t miss it! There will only be one ‘First’ NuBo Spring Beer Fest!
Media sponsor: KPIG
Saturday, May 2
The General’s Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco
Be sure to join us for The 3rd Annual Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby by the Bay next Saturday at Fort Mason. Use discount code “photofinish” for a limited time.
Please join us Saturday May 2nd from 1pm-6pm at General’s Residence in Fort Mason to celebrate the 141st Kentucky Derby, America’s oldest continuous sporting event.
Guests will participate in a first class viewing of one of the longest running and most popular sporting events while drinking Mint Juleps and savoring traditional southern food. Enjoy a hosted bar while participating in sporting lawn games, auction, and prize raffle — all while enjoying views of the San Francisco Bay.
VIP Guests – participate in an exclusive private tasting of select bourbon, scotch, beer, and wine to highlight your personal sense of elegance and style.
Traditional Derby attire is strongly encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best dressed and most creative to those who best capture the theme for the day.
Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets; both tickets and valid ID’s are required at the door for check-in – no exceptions. All sales are final.
Healdsburg Veterans’ Memorial Beach, Healdsburg
9AM, All Ages (with adult supervision)
The Great Russian River Race is now in it’s 5th year and is a great way to kick-off the summer season on the beautiful Russian River. The majority of racers will be in the 5 mile Race. Recreational kayak/canoe teams and SUP’s will do battle in the 5-mile Rio Lindo Race, starting north of Healdsburg. Advanced and expert paddlers will compete in a class II, 15-mile Bridge-to-Bridge Race from the Alexander Valley Bridge. No boat rentals are available for the 15-mile Race, you must bring your own boat.
This year, the Healdsburg Running Company is also offering a 5K running race that will end at Memorial Bridge, just in time for our party. If you would rather run than boat, you can sign up for their race, which will still be supporting our programs! (link provided soon for this race).
Please note: When entering as a double or team, prices noted are per-person and both people need to complete the registration at the same time. Read all Race Details before registering!
Age Restrictions: Kids (ages 5-11) can be in a canoe with a parent (canoes only have 2 seats). Ages 12-15 may be in single boats only with parental/adult supervision during the Race. Ages 16-17 just need a waiver signed by a parent. For everyone under 18, a parent will need to sign a waiver upon check-in.
Division information: “Professional” refers to lightweight composite racing surfskis, kayaks and canoes (fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon or prepreg) and these craft are only allowed to compete in the Pro division 15-mile race. “Recreational” refers to all other craft including sea kayaks, general kayaks and canoes that are made of plastic or aluminum and are welcome in either race. Please note that those entering the 15-mile race should be intermediate-to-advanced paddlers with a significant level of fitness and must provide their own boat.
The respective race divisions are broken down on the website. Our goal is to hold a fair race and you are responsible for entering the right division for your boat – call or email us if you have questions.
Not Racing? Everyone is welcome to cheer on the racers at the finish line! Please join us for the River Race Party at Healdsburg Veteran’s Memorial Beach, which will offer great food, beer & wine and live music by Cahoots on the banks of the River. The River Race Party is free and will run from 12-4 p.m.
Questions? (707) 433-1958 or email@example.com
Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
11AM, All Ages
Free, $10 Optional Lunch
April showers bring May flowers which means spring is in session! Come join an experienced YMCA naturalist to explore all the beauty that spring has to offer in the Marin Headlands. We will look for new wildflowers but also discuss other plants, birds, insects and any other lovely nature friends we come across. Join us as we enjoy the outdoors appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us! Join us after the free workshop for an optional, delicious lunch in the Marin Headlands! Our guests always leave Point Bonita YMCA with a happily-filled stomach thanks to our awesome kitchen staff. Eat great food & enjoy amazing ocean views for only $10/adult & $5/child.
Check out what’s for lunch!
SANDWHICH BAR | Chicken Salad or Sliced Roast Turkey, Tuna Salad, Hummus, Avocado, Sliced Cheese & Tomatoes, Whole Grain Breads
SALAD BAR | A rainbow variety of Point Bonita’s freshly prepared specialty salads
SOUP BAR | White bean with kale, potato leek, chicken with wild rice
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE!
RSVP prior to the event or show up the day of the event! We’ll be happy to serve you either way!