You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend! 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, April 12th
Piano Fight, San Francisco
10 PM, Ages: 21+
Featuring a dozen of the Bay Area’s most interesting and sought-after drag performers, this immersive live-theater parody of “Murder, She Wrote” is a classic ’80s whodunnit with a twist (or several). Join beloved small-town sleuth “Jessica” as she uncovers, and builds a case against, the murderer—despite several red herrings, one or two surprise characters, and a few sickening drag numbers. Who committed the crime? We’re not sure yet. Maybe YOU did!
From the fevered brains of Sugah Betes, Intensive Claire, and Elsa Touche, this show will slay you.
(Poster design by zillerdesign.com)
PianoFight’s not just a theater, it’s also a restaurant and bar!
★★★★½ on Yelp ★★★★½ on Google ★★★★★ on Facebook
“Reasonably priced New American bites and cocktails in an unpretentious setting” – Zagat
“The best party spot in the neighborhood” – The Bay Bridged
“A hot SF scene” – SF Chronicle
If you plan on dining, we recommend you arrive 1.5 hours early so you have plenty of time to eat before the show. Restaurant seating is first come first serve. Drinks are always allowed in the theaters.
PARKING Street parking is free after 6pm. We’re located 2 blocks from Powell BART, numerous muni lines and there are 3 parking lots within 1 block.
25 Lusk, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
In celebration of the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” The Art of Flavor brings its famous “Taste of Thrones” experience to San Francisco at the award-winning 25 Lusk restaurant.
It’s a two-week pop-up that transforms the downstairs lounge into the medieval world of Westeros for a Game of Thrones-inspired Pop-Up Bar with a 27-foot dragon, an Iron Throne and a drink menu featuring unique creations served in medieval goblets.
Free to Enter – Food & Drink for purchase
Please note, it’s closed on Sundays, so you can watch the new GoT episode at home.
Sit on the Iron Throne (Yes, you will get to take photos in it)
Get watched over by a 27-foot dragon
Game of Thrones-inspired cocktails and Game of Thrones beers and wines
Drink out of medieval goblets and horn tankards
Please note that “Taste of Thrones” is not affiliated in any way with HBO’s Game of Thrones TV show or George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. They are inspired by a love for these great works of entertainment. Drink specials may change at any time.
Taste of Thrones Cocktail Menu
Featuring over-the-top “Game of Thrones”- inspired craft cocktails. Get your cameras out. You are going to want pictures of this.
Dragon Egg Shot – Dragon fruit infused vodka, passion fruit & mango egg yolk, lemon, whites, coconut cream, dragon egg (Only 24 available)
Wildfire – Rum, melon liqueur, dry vermouth, clarified lemon, green magic, dry ice, served in a Wildfire container
Winter is Here – Lillet Blanc, Bianco Vermouth, Italicus Italian liquor, liquid nitrogen, Valerian plastic sword
The Red Wedding – Cucumber mint vodka, citric acid water, elderflower tonic, white edible flowers, red peppercorn-infused ‘bloody’ red beet juice
Dracarys – Apple-infused brandy, Angostura, lime, harissa syrup, ginger beer, Chartreuse, Dracarys (“dragonfire”)
Shame – Vodka, pineapple cordial, citrus, cane, Luxardo, Sign of the Seven Cranberry Bitters + Shame Bell (only 8 available)
Milk of the Poppy – Poppy seed liquor, gin, pineapple, lime, cinnamon syrup, black sesame seeds, served in a wooden bowl
The Night King – Tequila, lime, Blue Butterfly Tea, egg whites, blueberry syrup, edible rice paper, Night King Stencil
White Walker – Limited edition “White Walker by Johnnie Walker” Scotch whisky, Blue Curacao, lemon juice, white grape juice, vanilla syrup, egg white
*Limited Edition bottles of “White Walker by Johnnie Walker” are for sale and can be taken to enjoy at home.
Taste of Thrones Wine Menu
The Game of Thrones Wine Collection
Cabernet Sauvignon, Game of Thrones wines, Napa Valley, 2015
Red Wine Blend, Game of Thrones wines, Paso Robles, 2016
Chardonnay, Game of Thrones wines, Central Coast, 2016
All bottles of GoT wines are for sale and can be taken to enjoy at home.
Taste of Thrones Wine Flight Taste each of 3 GoT wines listed above, 3 oz pours in medieval dragon goblets.
Taste of Thrones Beer Menu
The Game of Thrones Beer Collection Served in a medieval horn tankard or Ommegang “Game of Thrones” chalice
Golden Ale, “For The Throne”, Ommegang Brewery, New York
Imperial Stout, “King Of The North”, Ommegang Brewery, New York
Smoked Porter & Kriek Ale Blend, “Mother Of Dragons”, Ommegang Brewery, New York
All bottles of GoT beers are for sale and can be taken to enjoy at home.
Taste of Thrones Beer Flight Taste each of 3 GoT beers listed above, 3 oz pours in medieval dragon goblets.
Beer & a Shot – GoT style Enjoy one of the GoT beers listed above in a medieval horn tankard + a shot of White Walker by Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky.
Saturday, April 13th
SoMa StrEat Foods, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
April is National Grilled Cheese Month and there isn’t a comfort food more deserving of its own month-long tribute… so BRING ON THE GRILLED CHEESE!
SoMa StrEat Food Park invites you to get lost in a golden, cheesy, triangular web of savoriness and celebrate one of the most irresistible creations of all time. Grilled cheese masters from across the Bay will be stacking, stuffing, and layering buttery bread, lava flows of cheese, and irresistible surprises like juicy smoked bacon, dungeness crab, pulled pork, and mac ‘n cheese all day long!
We’re taking these stellar, grilled cheese concoctions to new heights with an out-of-this-world pairing – craft beer! Cheddar and a pilsner, provolone and a pale ale, jack and an IPA. Tap into one of the most legendary duos to grace our palates with all you can drink craft beer.
Devour your favorite cheesy classic in all its toasty glory alongside live music from The Stu Tails – it’s the perfect way to melt into the weekend!
– THE SF GRILLED CHEESE FEST DETAILS –
Day 1 Saturday, April 13th | Day 2 Sunday, April 14th | 12pm – 5pm
SoMa StrEat Food Park | 428 11th St. SF
10+ Specialty grilled cheese vendors
Live music from The Stu Tails
Optional All You Can Drink Craft Beer 12pm-4pm
All-ages, rain or shine, dogs always welcome
Day 1: Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 12pm-5pm (tickets available on this page!)
Day 2: Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 12pm-5pm (purchase tickets here!)
Miele SF Experience Center, San Francisco
11:30 PM, Ages: 21+
Join Chef Kaz Matsune for fun and educational basic Sushi-Making Class everyone is raving about.
Kaz Matsune started his sushi career with no professional culinary and sushi experience sixteen years ago. Since 2012, Chef Kaz has quietly been teaching sushi classes to over 10,000 people.
His class and private dinner events have received five-star yelp reviews.
Chef Kaz uses sustainable fish from a company who caters to Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse and many other top-rated Bay Area restaurants.
In this class, he will share his story of how he became a sushi chef and how he learned all the sushi techniques.
No sushi making experience is necessary!
This is a great event for a couple, friends, and families.
Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the beautiful Miele San Francisco Experience Center.
Cucumber Seaweed Salad
Organic Sushi Rice (demonstration)
Dungeness Crab California Roll
Seaweed Out Roll
Miso Soup (demonstration)
Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino (compliments of Miele San Francisco)
What you will learn
How to make sushi rice
How to make inside out roll
How to make Hand Roll
How to make Dashi Stock and Miso Soup
Where to get Sushi Ingredients and fish
What’s in Included in the Class
Knife, apron, and all the equipment
Sustainable Fish: Yellowfin Tuna, Dungeness Crab, Salmon, Swordfish
Fresh Organic Ingredients
Enjoy a Communal Meal
The ticket is good only for the date of the class. If you miss the class, there will be no transfer or refund.
7-day cancellation policy. No refund or transfer after 7 days to the class.
Participants with a shellfish and soy allergy are discouraged from attending the class.
Each participant must sign a waiver release form before attending the class.
Attendee must be at least 21 years old or be accompanied by an adult.
The class size: 10 – 20 participants.
Sunday, April 14th
Japantown, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
Highlights for 2019 include the massive grand parade on Sunday 4/21, a world-class origami exhibit, the Japanese sword club, anime trivia, cosplay on the catwalk, karate demos, Japanese tea, a Sakura 360 / J-Pop section (Post at Fillmore) and tons more.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets.
Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2019, beginning at Civic Center, proceeding up Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.
A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.
Tenderloin, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Sunday Streets (March – October 2019) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five-hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, and yogis take over the streets for an afternoon.
Sunday Streets SF in the Tenderloin is back. Enjoy 1 mile of car-free community space for you and your neighborhood to enjoy. Come checkout the Activity Hubs on Ellis, Golden Gate, and Larkin Streets for free fun, family-friendly activities offered by local nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses.
NEW in 2019: In partnership with Lers Ros and Turtle Tower restaurants, Sunday Streets will present the first annual Thai New Year in Little Saigon with a South East Asian Food Fair. Larkin Street from Eddy to O’Farrell will transform into a celebration of Thai and Vietnamese culture and the Tenderloin community on April 14.
Sunday Streets creates a temporary, walkable park to offer guests an intimate way of interacting with the area’s array of authentic and affordable restaurants, small businesses and nonprofit services. Pick up an Explore Local Guide for your key to all things local