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Weekend Planner: 4th of July Weekend


Friday’s here again!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

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, July 1



Oakland First Friday

Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

5 PM, All Ages


Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.

Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.

Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.

One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.

Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.



“America, F√©k Yeah!” Hillarious, Good Ol’ Fashioned Propoganda

Oddball Films, San Francisco

10 PM, All Ages


In honor of the 240th birthday of this country, Oddball Films presents “America, F√©k Yeah – Good Ol’ Fashioned American Propaganda,” a night of outlandish, hilarious and didactic shorts and cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s calling for a patriotic spirit, shilling war bonds, touting American prosperity, and warning against first The Axis Powers and then the nuclear and Red Scares that followed.

Tickets are $10. Limited seating. RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

During World War II, the whole film industry changed to reflect the times; doing their part to grease the American propaganda machine, demonize the enemy and guilt viewers into patriotism. W@lt Di$ney and company joined in the fight and churned out several propaganda cartoons including two featuring that lovable rascal Don@ld Duck; in the notorious Der Fuehrer’s Face (1942), the plucky duck has a surreal and musical nightmare about being a Nazi, and in The New Spirit (1942), he gets guilt tripped by a radio into filing his taxes (for his total yearly earnings of $2501). Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda and more celebrities urge you to buy war bonds while singing and dancing for the troops. Plus, Vince Collins’ psychedelic American freakout 200 (1976) and more surprises. Everything screened on original 16mm prints from our stock footage archive.

Friday, July 1st, 2016 at 8pm featuring:

  1. Der Fuehrer’s Face (B+W, 1942) A very different Don@ld short than you’ve ever seen, in this wartime oddity, Don@ld wakes up as a Nazi. He must wake up early, eat very little and work overtime in a Nazi artillery factory all while german soldiers bark orders at him through a Nazi megaphone. After mere minutes of screwing the tops on artillery shells, he suffers a psychotic break to various refrains of the Spike Jonze titular song. After some psychedelic SS insanity, he’s overjoyed to wake up from his terrible dream in good old America again.

  2. The New Spirit (B+W, 1942) Don@ld Duck is back to tell everyone to file their taxes (“Taxes to defeat the axis.”) in this didactic propaganda piece from Di$ney. The first of Di$ney’s films to help the war effort in WWII, Donald is guilted into filing his taxes by a very nosey old-time radio and some anthropomorphic pens and ink-blotters. Apparently, in 1942 Donald Duck only made $2,501 a year.

  3. Private SNAFU: The Chow Hound (B+W, 1944, Frank Tashlin) A very dark and bizarre chapter in the SNAFU series. Ferdinand the Bull is on his honeymoon with his bovine fair when WWII breaks out. Being the patriotic steer he is, Ferdinand enlists that very day (even before consummating his marriage) and is almost instantly turned into canned food for the soldiers on the front lines. But SNAFU (Situation Normal All F*ed Up) has to do everything the wrong way and he asks for way too much food, throwing plates of Ferdinand’s meat into the trash as the ghost of the cow looks on in disgust. Don’t you be a SNAFU too. The witty Private Snafu series was designed to convey vital information to servicemen who had wildly varying levels of education and literacy skills. Made by the folks who brought you Looney Tunes and written by Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

  4. Scrap for Victory (B+W, 1940s) Too old for service? Not smart enough to be a nurse? Are you just a dog? You too can help the war effort through salvage. Make sure you gather your old crap to turn into valuable resources for the boys on the front lines. Gather those old towels, tires and tin toys. Save your bacon fats for explosives “to make it hot for Hitler”. A whole family pitches in and even their golden retriever wants to help defeat the Nazis. A strange reminder of a time when this country recycled for liberty.

  5. Our Cities Must Fight (B+W, 1951) From the people who brought you Duck and Cover comes this classic scare-propaganda piece that trades on our addiction to urbanism. Thinking of heading for the hills when the bomb drops? Think again. That’s tantamount to treason, and in the Army you’d be court-martialed. This film aims to guilt and shame you into sticking around to help defend your hometown and rebuild its infrastructure. And after all, nuclear contamination will dissipate after a day or two.

  6. All-Star Bond Rally (Michael Audley, B+W, 1945) In recent years, the nation has proven it can wage war without Bob Hope, but for decades it seemed unthinkable. Here Hope does his best to get Mr. and Mrs. America to invest in freedom at a hundred bucks a pop as he’s joined by Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, Harpo Marx, Bing Crosby and more in this musical propagandatainment spectacular. Hollywood pinups such as wacky Carmen Miranda and luscious Linda Darnell come to life to flirt with shocked servicemen in a saucy montage sequence.

  7. Battle of Midway (John Ford, 1942, excerpt) A documentary short directed by John Ford on the aerial and sea battles of the Battle of Midway. Winner of 1943 Oscar for Best Documentary.

  8. Meet King Joe (Color, 1951) “Americans own practically all the refrigerators in existence… as we drive about in 72% of the world’s automobiles” Subtitled “Fun And Facts About America”, this animated, Technicolor propaganda short from MGM demonstrates how Americans are better off than the rest of the world, singling out the Chinese in particular with racist portrayals (America was at war in Korea at the time, often fighting North-allied Chinese forces).

  9. The Price of Liberty (B+W. 1951) “Liberty is the most expensive commodity in the world today, we have it only because we are willing and able to pay the price for preserving it against communist aggression.” A young Walter Cronkite hosts this red scare short that’s a strange blend of anti-communism and pro-feminism. Cronkite heralds the efforts of women in the ongoing fight for imperialism, er, um liberty, chronicling their service at home and on the battlegrounds as nurses, riveters, homemakers and more nurses. View scores of uniformed ladies marching to a patriotic drumbeat as their faces appear and disappear in the clouds. Because it’s ladies that are going to win the war against communism. Brought to you by the Department of Defense.

  10. 200 (Color, 1975) Vince Collins’ supremely psychedelic animated celebration of our nation’s bicentennial, sponsored by the United States Information Agency. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore. But then again, not as many LSD-inspired animators make it through the grant process.

  11. Take It Off- The Pretty Priorities (B+W, 1942) A sexy, patriotic soundie about government priorities. Four girls sing about materials the government needs for the war effort. They strip off parts of their costumes and put them into a barrel marked “V” eventually they go behind screens that show their silhouettes and they take off the rest. Two men come to collect their donations and take the screen too. They’re stripping for Uncle Sam.

Curator’s Biography

Kat Shuchter is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Film Studies. She is a filmmaker, artist and esoteric film hoarder. She has helped program shows at the PFA, The Nuart and Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater and was crowned “Found Footage Queen” of Los Angeles, 2009. She has programmed over 200 shows at Oddball on everything from puberty primers to experimental animation.

About Oddball Films

Oddball Films is a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like The Nice Guys and Milk, documentaries like The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Silicon Valley, Kurt Cobain: The Montage of Heck, television programs like Transparent and Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world. To search through over 20,000 clips of our unique footage, check out our website at

Our screenings are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.


Saturday, July 2



San Francisco 4th of July Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest

Mayes Oyster House, San Francisco

2 PM, Ages: 21+


San Francisco July 4 Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest! Join us for a huge 2-Day “Independence Day” Bar Crawl leading right up to the celebratory fireworks on Monday night. Enjoy some great holiday drink specials and feel free to wear your favorite red, white, or blue outfit!

Saturday, July 2 (2PM to 8PM): San Francisco Fourth of July Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest

Monday, July 4 (4PM to Midnight): The San Francisco Fourth of July Fireworks Pub Crawl

HOT DOG EATING CONTEST: After the Pub Crawl, keep the party going at the CrawlSF Annual July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Contest will take place at Mayes at 7PM on Saturday.

CLICK HERE to enter the Hot Dog Eating Contest


CHECK-IN: The Pub Crawl check-in will be at Mayes. You can check in anytime between 2PM and 5PM. Please bring a copy of your order confirmation (you can also show us on your phone) and we will give you your Wristband and Pub Crawl Map.

CRAWLSF VIPs: CrawlSF and Eye Heart SF VIP Card Holders will be on the list +1. Just go to the VIP line and show your ID to check in.


Saturday, July 2: Mayes, Vertigo, Blur, Mcteagues, Bitters, Lush Lounge and more!

Monday, July 4: Bar None, Blue Light, Bus Stop & More!

AFTERPARTY: TBD How does this work? Once you check in and receive your wristband and Pub Crawl Map, you can choose your own path. There will be too many people to be on a specific schedule (like 30 minutes per bar), so you can just follow the crowd at your own pace. Specials will be available at ALL the bars from 2PM to 8PM.

Other Stuff:

We will have a couple photographers at the Crawl and some other fun stuff. Feel free to wear a weird costume or do anything to make things even crazier for you.



Fillmore Jazz Festival

Fillmore Street, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages


Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets.

From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed. 2016 Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, July 2

California Street Stage – Jazz Stage

  1. 10:30 – noon: California Jazz Conservatory

  2. 12:30 – 2 pm: Mads Tolling Quartet

  3. 2:30 – 4 pm: Akira Tana Secret Agent Band feat. Annie Sellick

  4. 4:30  – 6 pm: Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Sutter Street Stage – Beyond Stage

  1. 10:30 am to noon: Sheldon Brown Group

  2. 12:30-2 pm: Real Vocal String Quartet

  3. 2:30 – 4 pm: W-Beez

  4. 4:30-6 pm: La Orquesta El Vuko

Sunday, July 3

California Street Stage – Jazz Stage

  1. 10:30 am to noon: Gary Zellerbach Quartet

  2. 12:30-2 pm: Anton Shwartz Quintet

  3. 2:30-4 pm: Terrence Brewer Quartet

  4. 4:30-6 pm: Kim Nalley: A Tribute to Ernestine Anderson

Sutter Street Stage – Beyond Stage

  1. 10:30 am to noon: Jenna Mammina Trio

  2. 12:30-2 pm: Mat Jenson’s Mix Up Mix Up

  3. 2:30-4 pm: Eoin Harrington Band featuring Alison Di Bella

  4. 4:30-6 pm: Soul Power salutes Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power


Bodega Bay “Fireworks over the Bay”

Westside Park, Bodega Bay

9:30 PM, All Ages


Start your Independence Day celebration early; celebrate two days early and enjoy fireworks in Bodega Bay on July 2, 2016.

The Bodega Bay fireworks display is fairly small, so we would not recommend driving out there just for this event alone, but we suggest you planning a full day in Bodega Bay and then cap it off with the fireworks display. Bring warm clothes as it can get very chilly at night in Bodega Bay.

The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay. If you can see the protected waters of the Bodega Bay harbor, you should be able to see the show. It’s viewable from Westside Road, the north side of Doran Beach Road, Bay Flat Road, Smith Brothers Road and Highway 1 between Smith Brothers Road and Taylor Street.


Sunday, July 3



3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza Festival

Analy Football Field, Sebastopol

5:30 PM, All Ages


The Sebastopol Kiwanis club hosts the 43rd annual fireworks extravaganza on July 3, 2016 at the  football field at Analy High School; the gates open at 5:30 pm. This year the Analy Football Stadium has undergone a beautiful multimillion dollar reconstruction.  A new track has been installed, there are new bleachers on the south side and an artificial turf field.  Due to these changes they will be posting new guidelines for what the school will ask of the attendeesThe festivities include live music, dancing, free games and relays, food, and a fun raffle for prizes to celebrate Independence Day.

  1. Live music and dancing begins at 6 pm

  2. A flag ceremony led by fife and drum (9:40 pm), precedes the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by the The Bija Children’s Choir

  3. Blast-off of the fireworks show begins at approximately 9:40 pm

Many people attend, bring blankets, and just hang out near the high school to enjoy the Sebastopol fireworks display for free.

Live music from Jason Beard featuring Samantha Vigil and Ed Flores. Poor Man’s Whiskey will also be performing.



Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

The Presidio, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.

Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.

2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.

They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:

  1. Bacon Bacon

  2. Del Popolo

  3. Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco

  4. Beach Brew

  5. Sugarfoot

  6. Grilled Cheese Guy

  7. Little Green Cyclo

  8. NopalitoSF

  9. Ceviche & Co.

  10. El Porteño Empanadas

  11. Slightly Skewed

  12. Fat Face

  13. Wing Wings

  14. Verde Vivo Tea

  15. Cholita Linda

  16. Luciano’s Scoop

  17. Stateside Bakery

  18. Girl Friday Zeppole

  19. Sajj Street Eats

  20. Sam’s ChowderMobile

  21. Ruru

  22. Powder

  23. the creme brulee cart

  24. Fine and Rare

  25. La Marcha Tapas Bar

  26. Réveille Coffee Co.

  27. Shorty Goldstein’s

  28. The Whole Beast


Monday, July 4



BIG BANG Concert

Center for Performing Arts Plaza, San Jose

4 PM, All Ages


94.5 KBAY and Mix 106.5 are bringing rocker Bryan Adams to San Jose’s premiere fireworks viewing party this Fourth of July.

Multi-platinum, recording artist Bryan Adams is coming to San Jose and taking the Monterey Bay Aquarium Plaza Stage, in support of his studio album ‘ Get Up.’  Adams made a name for himself with hits including Cuts Like A Knife, Summer of ’69 and more. Local favorites David Brookings and the Average Lookings open the show.

Mix 106.5 and 94.5 KBAY are hosting the show, which will include a great view of the Rotary Fireworks, food trucks, kids activities, pre-order BBQ, beer, wine and more.

Those who don’t want to wait in food truck lines can order pre-paid BBQ. Pick up your food when you arrive at your table. Look for that option as a separate purchase.


What time is the show? Doors open at 4pm, Concert begins at 5pm with local opener David Brookings & the Average Lookings. Bryan Adams plays 6-7:30pm. Rotary Fireworks show begins at dusk.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? We encourage you to take VTA Light Rail and buses, click here for details For parking maps & validation locations, click here for details Information on street closures, click here for details Expect congestion and street closures. If driving, it is best to park north of San Fernando Street.

What can’t I bring to the event? No chairs or blankets will be allowed. Seating will be provided as part of the VIP ticket price, and as supplies last to general admission ticket holders. No outside food/drinks/alcohol will be allowed inside the party but will be available for sale. No pets, fireworks, frisbees, skateboards, coolers, and aerosol cans.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? There is no age limit to enter the event. Those over 21 can purchase alcohol with valid ID. Children under age 3 are free, but not encouraged. The concert and fireworks are loud, and the crowds are quite large.

What age is required to purchase a ticket to the event? Children age 3 and over will require a ticket for admittance. Children under 3 are free but will not occupy a seat unless you purchase a ticket.

Will there be tickets on-sale day of event on-site? Yes if it does not sell out in advance. The main admission ticket booth at the corner of Almaden & Park will begin sales at 3pm. We accept Cash or Credit Card.

How does the seating work? VIP seating area is open seating, but only VIP ticket holders are allowed in the VIP seating area. You may move from one seat to another for the concert or for the fireworks, but you give up the first one when you move. There will be one seat available for every VIP ticket sold in advance, but the best seats are going to go early. General Admission ticket holders get a bucket seat when they arrive, which they can move to anywhere within the general admission area. Buckets are limited and not guaranteed, so we suggest you get there early.

What if I buy a VIP table? If you buy a table, you get a RESERVED table with 10 seats, in the name of the purchaser. Whoever buys the table must present their ticket at the gate and will be handed 10 wristbands. THAT person is responsible for distributing wristbands to the other 9 guests. If someone in your party comes later, you are welcome to go outside the gate [with your wristband on] to hand off theirs, then come back in.

When do the ticket prices go up? Advance ticket pricing ends at midnight on Wednesday June 29, so buy tickets early. VIP seating will likely sell out early, and may not be offered after this date. A limited number of General Admission tickets will be available at the door for $20.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Is my ticket transferrable? Yes, but for individual tickets only. Tickets are scanned upon entry and can only be used once. Make sure you give the ticket away ONLY if you do not plan to attend. VIP Table purchasers MUST present their own ticket at the gate, and then distribute the 10 wristbands to whomever they like.



4th at the Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Come spend the day in the Fisherman’s Wharf District at Pier 39, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park and Beach, and Ghirardelli Square.

In addition to the street performers and local attractions there is also live music at both Aquatic Park and Pier 39. After a day of fabulous entertainment throughout the Wharf, you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay compliments of the City of San Francisco.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and last about 20 minutes, but many people spend the day to enjoy an array of activities.

2016 Entertainment 

  1. 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Ghirardelli Square Beer Garden – Sponsored by Lagunitas

  2. 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Ghirardelli Square – Live Music

  3. 5:00 PM – PIER 39 – Tainted Love – An 80’s Cover Band

  4. 6:00 PM – Aquatic Park – The Purple Ones – A Prince Tribute Band

  5. 7:45 PM – Aquatic Park – The Cheeseballs – Bay Area Dance Party Band

  6. 9:30 PM – Aquatic Park & PIER 39 – Fireworks Show from City of SF

Here are a few “insider tips” from Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District Executive Director Troy Campbell:

  1. Fireworks will be shot off from barges at Aquatic Park and Pier 39. You can watch from all along the waterfront, including the promenade behind Bistro Boudin. If you drive, try the Triangle Lot on Jefferson and Powell streets. Campbell said it’s a popular spot for parking hatchbacks and trucks; drivers can back in and watch from there. Lawn chairs and coolers are OK.

  2. People stake out spots starting early, Campbell warns. Go early and enjoy the live bands, deejays and street entertainment. It starts around 12 p.m. at Aquatic Park, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square.

  3. Picnics are OK at Aquatic Park, but alcohol is prohibited. The park gets packed especially early.

  4. If you have kids, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be open until midnight, as it always is on Fridays and Saturdays. “Let the crowd die out a little bit,” Campbell said. “Ultimately, you have to be a bit patient.”

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