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.
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Friday, April 19th
Spark Arts, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather Jacks and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Jacks’ new book, three years in the making, Sister Stories…in their own words; is a stunning 200 page hard cover coffee table book, featuring San Francisco’s own Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who turn 40 this April. This spectacular journey into the irreverent, compassionate world of these queer activists offers a rare glimpse at the remarkable people behind the habits. Who are these nuns? What is The Sisterhood? How did they find themselves within it?
Award-winning author Heather Jacks and respected photographer Benjamin Benoit set out to answer those questions. Over the next three years, they produced a unique selection of essays, interviews, and stunning photographs documenting the Sisters and their personal stories; featuring interviews with Nuns – including remaining founding members of the group. Sister Stories…in their own words… is a compelling look at a cultural movement, an important piece of queer history, and gorgeous piece of art.
The April date also marks the launch of #WhistleStopTour2019, a six month nationwide train trek across the USA, in which Jacks will be hosting, interactive conversations and pop-up art shows, with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Sister Houses. “These are not your typical book signings, but in-depth, deep dives into LGBTQ+ History, Issues and Rights; where they have been and where they go in the future.” Jacks commented. “I will be visiting tons of cities, including Sacramento, Nashville, Memphis, Alabama, New Orleans and many others.” During the tour, Jacks will be interviewing Sisters from across the country for the second book in the series, Sister Stories….from the Road. IF you would like to host a stop on the #WhistleStopTour, drop a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty percent of all proceeds, including sales at this at launch, will be donated to the Sisters General Fund, to support underfunded nonprofit organizations in the community.
Undisclosed Location, San Jose
8 PM, All Ages
San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm.
San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time to enjoy the South Bay, ride the streets, and make this place the active and exciting city you want it to be.
One of the most unique aspects of San Jose Bike Party is the participation of many kinds of wonderful food vendors. Music Bikes are also a key part of San Jose Bike Party and they encourage anyone interested to come on out with your bicycle-based sound system.
The start up location and route is rotated monthly. Check the SJBP website approximately 24 hours before every ride to get the exact address and route.
– Updated 8/20/18 – Event info last checked via website
Join San Jose Bike Party on the 3rd Friday of every month for an epic bicycle adventure with April’s Theme: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Dress as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character; bike decorations also encouraged. The Mad Hatter, Alice, The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Red Queen, The Jabberwocky, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, The Smoking Caterpillar, The March Hare – #WhoooooArrrrrreYooooouu?
We’ll be meeting in a yet to be disclosed location in San Jose. Gathering starts at 7:30 pm. Wheels hit the street at 8 pm.
We’ll travel about 15-20 miles with two party regroup stops along the way. Enjoy some grub from one of the fabulous food truck vendors and boogie down on the dance floor with a mobile DJ courtesy of Guerillaz In Da Mixx.
Saturday, April 20th
Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: 21+
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The San Francisco International Beer Festival is celebrating its 36th year, please join us to experience San Francisco’s oldest and best beer festival with 100+ brewers, local restaurants, music, games, and fun.
Are you a beer lover who wants to taste as much beer as possible in a three hour period? Or do you want a bit more white glove service to enhance the experience? Check out these ticket options to see what is best for you.
VIP BREWMASTER: $150
All General Admission benefits, plus:
90 minute exclusive tasting prior to the event (5:30pm-7pm)
Special pours from select brewers
All-night access to the Brewmaster Lounge
Mingle with brewers, distributors, and fellow connoisseurs
GENERAL ADMISSION: $75
Entrance to the festival starting at 7pm
Unlimited beer samplings in a 4-ounce souvenir mug
Unlimited food samplings from some of SF’s best restaurants
Local music, trivia, games, event swag, and more!
For updates on the Festival visit us at sfbeerfest.com
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
You must be 21 years of age with valid ID
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What’s the refund policy?
All sales are final
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking at Fort Mason is limited. We strongly encourage using public transportation or ride share
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: 21+
The rematch has arrived! On Saturday, April 20, the Oakland Outlaws will skate once more against the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. The two teams traded wins last year, but the Outlaws ultimately secured their title of Champions during the August bout!
But with a new season, newly-drafted skaters and wholly new attitudes, anything could happen!
Where: Inside the Atrium in the Venue at The Palace of Fine Arts When: Saturday April 20, 2019 Doors Open: 5:00 PM First Whistle: 7:00 PM
General Admission: $20 (Kids 7 and under free) VIP Admission: $30 Season Tickets: $100*
Outside food and alcohol are not permitted but there will be food, beverages and alcohol available for purchase. Bars are cash only. There is an ATM on site.
General admission includes:
Bleachers and floor trackside seating (bring blankets, pillows, and support cushions) and standing room areas.
NO outside chairs allowed. No coolers. All backpacks, bags subject to search. VIP Admission Includes:
Limited VIP seating in prime viewing area (along the start straightaway and into turn 1), and dedicated line at the bar.
There are a limited number of free parking spaces at the Palace of the Fine Arts available on a first come, first served basis. There is also limited street parking available as well. As always, be sure to obey all posted parking signs and lock up any valuables.
We strongly encourage carpooling and using public transit to our games.
The Palace of the Fine Art has access by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner. https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around-san-francisco
If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.
For season matchups and more information, check out bayareaderby.com/events!
Sunday, April 21st
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid.
But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Presidio Picnic Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE
A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid
Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon
Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided
Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm.
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.
Dolores Park, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the kabuki-inspired cross-dressing nuns-of-fun, host their 4oth Easter Sunday in the Park at Dolores Park.
Join the Sisters for a family-friendly Children’s Easter starting at 10 am, which includes an egg hunt and games for the little ones. Plus, free dental screening exams that can meet the district requirement for the pre-Kindergarten dental exam.
Stick around though because the real fun follows after the kids head home with adult-friendly fare like the Easter Bonnet Contest, and everyone’s favorite blasphemous hoot – the Hunky Jesus Contest.
10:30-Noon: Children’s Easter: Join in for an absolute egg-stravaganza hunt, hosted by the Easter Bunny herself, with Sister-certified Story Time. As a special bonus, they’re offering free dental screening exams that can meet the district requirement for the pre-Kindergarten dental exam.
Noon-1 pm: The 40th Easter Celebration begins. Sister Rose Mary Chicken and Saint Kit Tapata welcomes DJ Strano, Nine Inch Males, Dusty Pörn, The Devil-Ettes, and the French Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to the stage.
1-2 pm: Saint Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Flora Goodthyme keep the fun going while announcing the latest Grant recipients, with special performances by Rasa Vitalia, Baloney, and FouFouHa.
2-3 pm: It’s the Easter Bonnet Contest. How’s your head? The higher the hat, the closet to Jesus, and don’t forget the category: Love Your Mother, all presented with the dulcet tones of SecsDevil and GayC/DC.
3-4 pm: Sister Roma and Sister Dana return once more to give you Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus. Are you ready to prove once and for all whether Jesus really had a 9″ Nail? Are you a Foxy Mary here to soothe a nun’s soul? Come give us a taste of your special sauce and show us a lil’ divinity hunny.
Please bring your own trash bags to help keep the place clean and tidy. And don’t forget your snacks, drinks, sunscreen and lots of water. In case of bad weather, visit thesisters.org and their Facebook page for location updates.