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, Apr. 24
Sports Basement Bryant Store, San Francisco
6PM, All Ages
Welcome to Untouchedtcphotos presentation “Remembering Candlestick Park”! I have fond memories of going to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco Giants and will miss this great stadium. I sought to photograph its aesthetic beauty and provide abstract views of the ballpark and the lighting at Candlestick was always changing and created unique artistic images.
9th Street Independent Film Center, San Francisco
8PM, All ages
Founded in 2013, Tiny Dance Film Festival is a film festival based in San Francisco that celebrates short dance films from across the globe. Tiny Dance Film Festival showcases compelling film work from choreographers & filmmakers who don’t just embody the term “dance for the camera,” but more so, “dance with the camera.” This delicate, complicated relationship between body and lens — and the choreographers who traverse both forms — is the focus of the Tiny Dance Film Festival.
There’s still plenty of room for dance filmmakers and producers to stretch into new territory. TDFF, which prioritizes dance filmmakers who embrace brevity and experimentation alongside grassroots gusto, promises to be an exciting entree of dance films for the connoisseur and curious alike.
Saturday, Apr. 18
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
Free or Donation
If you’ve never experienced it before, Dutch King’s Day in San Francisco is a day when a crowd of over 3,500, young and old, has“orange fever!” You can call it a phenomenal street party at Golden Gate Park. There is a variety of food vendors offering Dutch delicacies such as cheese, pastries, fresh and raw herring, pancakes and waffles prepared Dutch style. We have several food trucks who offer Dutch fresh-baked fries and other Dutch snacks. Among the festivities is a DJ playing the best Dutch music and a silent disco. Another unique aspect of King’s Day is that children (and adults) are allowed to sell or trade their second-hand toys and clothes or to sell their own hand made jewelry and apparel. Kids also play traditional Dutch children’s games.
In the coming days, we look forward to recognizing our initial sponsors and prizes. Thank you for continuing to support Dutch King’s Day San Francisco.
King’s Day is the biggest national event in the Netherlands. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates. You will find music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties throughout the country.
The Consulate General of the Netherlands, with the local Dutch community, is organizing another great celebration of Dutch King’s Day in San Francisco! Come join the fun in Golden Gate Park and help celebrate Dutch culture and traditions, including old Dutch kids games, flea market, Dutch food, beer, music & dancing! [see last year’s photos]
10 AM – 12 PM: Orange Bike Ride!
11 AM – 2:30 PM: Traditional Dutch childrens games with prizes
11 AM – 4 PM: Flea Market
12 PM: Speech by the Consul General of the Netherlands, Hugo von Meijenfeldt
12:15 PM: Dutch and American anthems
11 AM – 1 PM: DJ.Fact.50
1 PM – 5 PM: DJ Pass the Dutch (from the Netherlands!) & her famous Pop Quiz
1:30PM – 4 PM: Silent Disco
11 AM – 5 PM: Door prizes, Dutch food, beer garden, photo ops, vendor booths and lots of orange!
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Celebrate Dutch King’s Day with our free group bike ride. Register now! Dress in orange, bring your bicycle, and be ready for a fun ride. It is free to all, ages 12 and up. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands and supported by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Buy (and Sell)!
The “Vrijmarkt” is a Dutch-style flea market where kids sell used toys and games. E-mail us if your family would like to participate.
Help make it happen and sign up to volunteer for an hour or more!
Our national color is orange, because the Dutch monarchy is the “House of Orange.” You will see it in abundance on King’s Day. So grab all the orange you have in your closet (dust off that Halloween and Giants gear)!
The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen’s birthday. When she became queen, the now-Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honor of her mother but today, King’s Day is officially celebrated on 27 April (the King’s birthday).
Bash Contemperary, San Francisco
6PM, All Ages
Three person show featuring Jeff Christensen, Julianna Menna and Erich Moffitt
Jeff Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington. A self-taught artist with a passion for oil painting. “I paint images and themes that interest me. My process starts with ideas being sketched in some detail and then used as a guide for each painting. I’m influenced by many things including my discomfort within society, distrust of people in power, superstition and religion, and personal experiences.
Julianna Menna – “I am a professional painter working the the Philadelphia area. Over the years my work has progressed along a variety of paths, most recently including a series of skull like creatures mixed with the various imaginary period costumes and locales. Originally trained as a designer at the Russian State Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg Russia. Most of my technique is self-taught as I’ve moved on to work in a surrealistic and fantastic imagery that alludes to a broader narrative context. I try not to spell too much out for the view and hope the images I create serve as a touchstone for people’s respective imaginations. I’ve shown in a variety of galleries along the East coast of the United States ad have done illustrations for clients as diverse as Heavy Metal and Lenox Collectibles.”
Erich J. Moffitt is an American painter, born in 1982, in the Southern United States. From age three onward, he traveled Europe with his family and spent his formative childhood years as an expatriate in the heart of Austria, where he learned to embrace multicultural influences from either side of the Atlantic and nurtured what would become a lifelong passion for art. Having been simultaneously exposed to a wealth of literary, musical and artistic history, as well as the dawn of the internet and the information age, his work chronicles an effort to marry the rich cultural legacies of Old World Europe and 21st century America. His work often re-imagines classical themes from legend and myth via contemporary subject matter, frequently in a narrative style. His paintings are fables, featuring totemic animal archetypes and talismanic objects.
Fieldwork Tasting Room, Berkeley
11 am- 5 pm: “Release the Hounds”
We will be releasing two new beers when we open at 11 am!
“Hannah” Biere de Garde
“Hugo” French Table Beer
7 pm -10 pm: Mardi Gras in April Celebration Dinner
Sunday, Apr. 19
Howard and 2nd, San Francisco
12PM, All Ages
Come be amazed and amused and astounded at the dazzling world of wonders that is the 16th annual How Weird Street Faire!
See the carnival of colorful curiosities and extraordinary strangeness. Exotic performers of every type will dazzle and delight. Browse the unique concessions and designer merchants. Partake in titillating cuisine and fine beverages. Use the Magic Sticker, and enjoy all of its benefits. The Magic Sticker is your ticket to a world of fun and adventure!
Dance with amazing people from around the globe. Hear world renowned music on advanced sound technology. This year there will be 10 spectacular music stages, produced by Symbiosis, Enchanted Forest, Muti Music, Northern Nights, Pulse SF, Party Babas, Red Marines, Temple Nightclub, SomaFM, the Think You Can DJ Game Show, Underground Nomads, and Hookahdome. New this year is a dub music stage by Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, and a special house music stage from some of the founders of the California electronic music community, including Come-Unity.
Stroll legendary Art Alley and be enchanted by its sensory delights. Create dazzling artwork and be inspired by the extreme creativity. Art Alley will feature an expanded and stunning display of art. You won’t believe your eyes!
Experience the fun. Feel the magic. Be weird!
The Magic Sticker
The world famous Magic Sticker comes with huge savings at the faire vendors and bars, and many free things. The vendors offer artisan and designer wares at discounts, and the bars offer drinks for $1 off. The Magic Sticker is $20 at the faire entrances. That is an amazing deal for How Weird, but you can save money by getting the Magic Sticker in advance. Your contributions keep the faire going! Pre-Magic, it’s the thing to do this year! We recommend getting a pre-sale Magic Sticker, to save you money, save you time, and show your early support for the faire!
Pre-sales Magic Stickers are $11.11 in limited quantities, and after that only $15.
Pre-sale Magic Sticker holders enter at a separate entrance at Howard and New Montgomery Streets. Enjoy an easier entry dedicated just for you! The Magic Sticker will be picked up there.
Get extra weird!
Want even more Magic, then get the brand new Exceptionally Weird Experience, for exceptional supporters of the faire. Treat yourself to a world of comfort with access to a special lounge with a view of the center intersection, filled with seating, a bar, 2 free drinks, bathrooms, and more! The extra weirdness is $50, and comes with the Magic Sticker. And some special How Weird gifts!
The Exceptionally Weird Experience is $50, and available only through pre-sales.
If you like How Weird, and want to see it get better, you can also donate to the faire. The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the 501(c)3 educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization. Your donations help to fund peace activities, including the faire. We want to take How Weird on tour, across the country and eventually the world. We are also starting a new peace project that we will be announcing soon. We welcome donations of any amount to support our efforts. Your donations are tax deductible.
Why is the sticker “magic”?
Because in addition to showing off your support for How Weird and making you look great, the sticker comes with lots of specials and free things.
Where do I go when I get to the faire?
The pre-sales only entrance is at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, a short walk from the Montgomery BART station, Transbay Terminal, Caltrain Station, and many MUNI stops. The other faire entrances are at Howard & 1st Streets and at Mission & 2nd Streets. Free bike parking is at New Montgomery & Natoma Streets (right around the corner from the pre-sales entrance). There is also a taxi waiting area at 1st Street & Howard.
Directions to the faire?
The How Weird Street Faire takes place in the heart of the SoMa district of San Francisco. It is centered at Howard & 2nd Streets, a few blocks south of Market Street, and a block east of Yerba Buena Gardens. The coordinates are 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W
If you drive, it can be hard to find parking near the faire. For short stays, you can go to the parking garage at 5th & Mission Streets. For a special all-day rate one block from the faire, you can go to Ace Parking at 55 Hawthorne Street.
What can’t I bring to the event?
Glass bottles are not allowed, nor are weapons. Bags and people will be searched going into the faire.
What can I bring to the event?
Smiles, a colorful costume, and an open mind.
Are costumes required?
Yes, they are. You can go as yourself, or go as someone else. We recommend something colorful, creative, and weird. Weird is always in style. Circus-related costumes are big this year!
The faire is open to all ages. If you are bringing a small child, we recommend arriving early before it gets too crowded, and that they wear headphones to protect their ears.
Yes, the faire is handicapped accessible. It is at street level, on the streets.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but you must have an ID with the name of the person who purchased the Magic Sticker.
Is my Magic Sticker transferrable?
The person who purchased the Magic Stickers must be present when picking them up.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Main Post, San Francisco, CA
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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