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 20th
West Portal, San Francisco
7:45 PM, All Ages
Spring has sprung; time to get out, get together and be heard.
The spring series of free outdoor film screenings returns to the Proxy Walk-in Theater starting on March 30th. In 2018, the film series explores the nature of place and identity: how we shape the places that shape us. With humor, precision, and love, these stories of people and place paint a portrait of our shared condition.
The free Friday evening film screenings begin at 7:45 pm with ‘doors’ opening at 7 pm. Come early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty Fort Point Beer (all proceeds support outdoor cinema at PROXY) and delicious fare from popular food trucks.
A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest stuff you’ve ever seen. Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads.
The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield-including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels-all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers.
Horizon Lounge, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
Looking for something fun to do in San Francisco on Friday Nights?
Come join us at SFHostelParty’s PopUp Event: SF Beer (and Wine) Olympics! $2 Beers/Wine + 90’s Party!
NOTE: YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 9:30PM TO PLAY IN THE GAMES SO BE SURE TO SHOW UP ON TIME. Enter Horizon THROUGH Score Bar at 490 Broadway St. since Horizon is closed except when this event is happening.
Current SF Beer Olympics Pop-Up Event Location: Horizon Lounge in SF.
FREE to play!
FREE entry before 10PM with a drink special purchase & RSVP!
90’s DJ Party following the games. Drink Special: 5 BEERS or 5 CUPS of WINE for $10 before 9:20PM; 5 for $15 from 9:20-9:40PM, 5 for $20 after 9:40PM.
Ladies who RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFLadiesNight/ get FREE VODKA DRINKS!
Games: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Relays Win Prizes!
–> Everyone’s placed on a team based on your country (to make it easy to meet people). –> Teams compete at flip cup, beer pong, & relays. –> Play -or- just watch, drink cheap beer and be social!
Meet & compete against travelers, locals, au pairs and students!
‘Like’ us on Facebook *and* RSVP that you’re attending & get a $1 shot!
Saturday, April 21st
Fort Mason, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: 21+
The San Francisco International Beer Festival is celebrating its 35th year, please join us to experience San Francisco’s oldest and best beer festival with 100+ brewers, local restaurants, music, games, and fun.
For the first time ever, we’re hosting a dedicated space for spirits tastings — from The Macallan fine scotch whiskey to Tito’s Handmade Vodka — all included in the ticket price!
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 *SOLD OUT!*
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
Discovery Meadow, San Jose
10 AM, All Ages
International Children’s Festival is organized as a flagship event by Pacifica Institute with the goal of bringing together children from different world cultures and communities in the Bay Area. More than 3000 people attend the festival that includes traditional dances, performances, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. They are proud to say the International Children’s Festival has been celebrated for six years now.
Founded in 2003 by the residents of San Fernando Valley, CA, Pacifica Institute is a non-profit organization with a mission to establish a caring and educated society by emphasizing universal values such as love, truth, brotherhood, solidarity and sharing. Now Pacifica Institute has branches in twelve states of the western US, including California. The most recent branch was opened in San Francisco in 2015. For years, Pacifica Institute has been organizing multicultural and interfaith programs for different age groups to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance.
At the festival, different groups and ethnicities will perform their folk dances with authentic clothing and native songs. While enjoying traditional dances, visitors will have the opportunity to taste homemade authentic dishes and desserts from around the world. In addition to dance performances, children will enjoy magic shows, balloon twisters, face painting, pony rides and much more.
This year’s festival will be held on April 21, 2018 in Discovery Meadow Park (180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110). Located next to the Children’s Discovery Museum, the park offers lush grassy area for all children to play.
They will again have a food court to serve international delicacies. More importantly, since they believe in giving back to the community, the food sale profits will be donated to reputable charities such as Home & Hope, and Embrace Relief.
They kindly request your participation in this festival, which serves to enhance friendship and dialog among diverse communities in the Bay Area, and also serves as a means to build bridges between them.
Sunday, April 22nd
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.
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.
The 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its 50th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 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.
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2018. 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 25 local vendors, food trucks & pop-ups.
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.
New for 2018 is a series of monthly cultural performances.
March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season
April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history
May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance
June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance
July 22: China Dance Theatre celebrates the rich heritage of Chinese ethnic and folk dance
Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 25 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes:
Senor Sisig: A mashup of the best that Filipino food and Mexican taquerias have to offer, serving sisig-style (24-hour marinated pork shoulder) tacos, burritos and fries
Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic
Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi
Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients
Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia
Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas
Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches
Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos
El Pipila: Authentic Guanajat cuisine launched through San Francisco’s culinary incubator for low income entrepreneurs, La Cocina and appearing at Presidio Picnic as a Mexican fruit stand
Cielito Lindo: Mexican Street Kitchen: Mexican street food favorites like tacos and tortas topped with roasted steak ranchero, beef barbacoa, chicken mole and veggie estofado
Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders
DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis
A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails