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Weekend Planner: April 27th


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 27th



StARTup Art Fair

Hotel del Sol, San Francisco

All Weekend, All Ages


stARTup Art Fair SF is a contemporary art fair for independent artists.

Its core mission is to provide artists with direct access to the art world, and an exhibition venue populated by dealers, curators, collectors, and consultants–all of whom are coming to San Francisco to discover and buy art from some of the best independent artists working today.

This three-day fair will run April 27-29, 2018 at the Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco, and take place at the same time as the If So, What? and SF Art Market gallery fairs as well as the Decorator Showcase House–all within walking distance of each other!

Even better–we will be running a FREE shuttle between the three events, noon-7pm, Friday – Sunday. The shuttle leaves every 40 minutes from each venue.

Fair Days and Hours

Friday April 27, 2–10pm Saturday April 28, 12–9pm Sunday April 29, 12–7pm

Opening Night Celebration: Friday April 27, 7–10pm (only general admission ticket needed for entry)

Music, performances, food and drink by Jane, Humboldt Distillery, and Relic Wines

Guided Room Tour: Friday April 27, 3pm.

50% of General Admission ticket proceeds go to the non-profit art organization, Root Division. More Fair information can be found here.

Ticket Types

General Admission / $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

Students/Seniors / $10 in advance ($15 at the door)

Three Day Pass / $30 in advance ($40 at the door)

VIP / $100

VIP tickets includes admission to all three days of the fair, an invitation to our “First Look” preview Friday from 12-2pm, all access to our VIP lounge and bar, and exclusive pre-fair collector’s tour.

Two Art Fairs in One!

stARTup Art Fair and If So, What? have come together to share two totally unique events in one immersive weekend celebrating art, design, and technology.

stARTup + If So, What? One Day Pass / $42 in advance and at the door

A $53 value, this combined ticket is 20% off the regular admission price for both fairs. Our venues are within walking distance of each other, and we’ll have a free shuttle running between the fairs. Visit both events in one day or make a weekend of it exploring a different fair each day.

stARTup + If So, What? Multi-Day Pass / $80 in advance and at the door

A $100 value, this combined ticket is 20% off the all weekend pass price for both fairs. Our venues are within walking distance of each other, and we’ll have a free shuttle running between the fairs. Visit both events anytime or make a weekend of it exploring a different fair each day to celebrate 4 days of art in San Francisco.



Beer Olympics!

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 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 28th



Bay Area Book Festival

MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley

All Weekend, All Ages


The Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley.

Over the weekend of April 28th and 29th, 2018, the fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival will transform downtown Berkeley into a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet.

The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. They have events for kids, writing contests and even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA.

250 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will take part in inspiring keynotes, provocative interviews, dynamic panels, and other presentations.

All genres will be represented including fiction (literary masters along with popular genre writers); memoir; non-fiction; poetry; and new forms of digital storytelling. All topics will be covered including current events, social justice, international affairs, environment, gender, business, spirituality, sports, and, of course, digital innovation.

You can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

> 2018 Film & Literature series at BAM/PFA (tickets required – $5-$13)

Major outdoor street fair filling Berkeley’s Civic Center Park and adjacent streets

  1. 250 exhibitors and food vendors including the Bay Area’s beloved indie bookstores, publishers, literary magazines, nonprofits, writing programs, book arts, and more.

Children’s Programming

  1. Storytelling stage, live story characters, interactive activities, children’s book sales, and exhibitions to promote reading.

Film & Literature Festival

  1. Collaboration with Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive to present a film series relating to literature and writing. Tickets ($5-$13) must be purchased directly from BAMPFA or their box office.



Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

12 PM,  All Ages


The Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate King’s Day 2018 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park.

King’s Day, the biggest national celebration in the Netherlands, is returning once again to San Francisco. Dutch King’s Day San Francisco will be a fun-filled day with traditional Dutch games, a flea market, Dutch food, beer, music & more.

And most likely the windmill will be turned on (weather permitting), so it’s a rare day to see one of Golden Gate Park’s windmills in action. Please note, the windmill is often turned on during this festival, but we haven’t received confirmation of this yet for 2018.

Everything and everyone turns orange to celebrate not just King Willem-Alexander’s birthday, but also Dutch culture and the Dutch way of life.

Celebrate Dutch King’s Day and join this free group bike ride. Wear orange, bring your bicycle, and be ready for a fun group ride in celebration of King’s Day. This free event is for ages 12 and up.

10:30 am: Ride starts at Queen Wilhelmina Windmill (Dutch Windmill) 12:20 pm: Ride ends at the Murphy Windmill

Children’s Toy Exchange noon-5 pm: Vrijmarkt – Register

Email in advance if your kids want to put down a blanket on the grass at the foot of the windmill and showcase their used books, toys, games, and more at this Dutch-style toy exchange, called “Vrijmarkt”. The kids are also invited to perform, sing or play an instrument.

Play 1-3 pm: Dutch Children’s Games

Prepare for some traditional Dutch games like: zaklopen, spijkerpoepen, kroonwerpen, kloslopen, ezeltje prik and memory.

Eat Enjoy Dutch favorites at the various food trucks (not yet confirmed):

  1. Ori Deli – Dutch and Indonesian snacks

  2. ‘Poffertjes’ / micro pancakes

  3. Hiyaaa Truck – Dutch fries, pancakes, pea soup (‘snert’)

  4. Seoulful Chicken – Dutch fries, ‘frikandellen’, ‘bitterballen’

  5. Little Red Riding Truck – schnitzel and currywurst with fries

  6. Mobowl – sateh, pickled herring

The Netherlands’ 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 of the orange you have in your closet (dust off that Halloween and Giants gear).


Sunday, April 29th



Yoga x Mimosas

Spark Social SF, San Francisco

9 AM,  Ages: 21+


Downward Dog, Drank. Tree Pose, Drank. Child’s Pose, Drank!

Pull your yoga pants out of winter hibernation… spring is in the air and we’re reaching for the sun with our friends at CorePower Yoga! Get ready for that yoga glow and bottomless flow – Yoga x Mimosas is back!

This class is for everyone. Whether you’re a top-notch yogie, or you think your instructor is saying chimichangas instead of chaturanga, we can sweat our asanas off together! There will be plenty of room to find your zen on our GIANT astroturf field! Soak in and salute the sun during sun salutations and watch the clouds roll by in savasana!

Once your chakras are aligned, move into SPARK and turn your omm into nom nom nom. Revitalize your body with bottomless house-made mimosas and sangrias. Then, take your pick from 10+ gourmet food trucks serving brunch specials!


9:00am – Roll out your yoga mat on the field 9:30am – Yoga class instructed by CorePower Yoga begins 10:30am – Yoga class sunsets 11:00am – Head into SPARK for those well-deserved mimosas and nom-aste with brunch 2:00pm – Assume the child’s pose after a successful yoga/brunch sesh!


Sunday, April 24th | Yoga 9:30am -10:30am + bottomless mimosas from 11:00am-2:00pm 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158 1 hr yoga class on the field followed by mimosas and brunch BYOM (Bring your own mat…commonly confused with bring your own mimosa)

Yoga. Mimosas. Repeat. Whether your here for the yoga or just the mimosas, we’ve got some exciting news… Yoga X Mimosas will return May 27th & June 24th!

Links coming soon!

About Corepower Yoga: Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, Corepower Yoga believes in working every muscle and every emotion. Their classes, instructors and network of over 170 yoga studios nationwide are there to welcome you when you’re ready for a yoga fitness experience unlike any other. Their mission is to show the world the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga.




Presidio Picnic

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.

Cultural Performances

  1. March 18: Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe performs a traditional welcome blessing to open the season

  2. April 29: SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history

  3. May 27: Ballet Folklórico México Danza appears in a colorful, high-energy performance

  4. June 24: Alafia Dance Ensemble demonstrate the beauty of African Haitian dance

  5. 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:

  1. 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

  2. Hot Bird: Oakland-based Nashville-style fried chicken and first-timer at Presidio Picnic

  3. Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese street food hits like garlic noodles and banh mi

  4. Del Popolo: Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a wood-fired oven featuring local, artisanal ingredients

  5. Slightly Skewed: Asian-style skewers and street foods influenced by the ingredients and flavors of Central and Southeast Asia

  6. Gyro Stop: Gourmet Mediterranean fusion concept specializing in gyro sandwiches, falafels, hummus, and dolmas

  7. Jackrabbit: Creative sliders, sides, and fresh baked treats made with local ingredients from Northern California’s farms and ranches

  8. Seoul of Taipei: Korean and Taiwanese mash-up concept serving outside-the-box rice bowls, burritos and tacos

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Spork and Stix: Thai and Korean fusion purveyors serving inventice rice boxes, noodle bowls and sliders

  12. DUM Truck: Indian soul food classics like chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis

  13. A full bar presented by Rye on the Road featuring wine, beer, spirits and craft cocktails

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